Daily English Discussion–Monday, June 22, 2009

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Hi everyone,

June 21 is the Revolutionary Press Day of Vietnam. So we have a couple of articles about the press and writing today.

For our discussion:

How do you think about being a journalist? Are you a journalist? Are you planning to be a journalist? Why do you want to be a journalist?

Where do you normally get your daily news? On TV? radio? hard-copy newspapers? online newspapers?

Do you think you have enough information every day?

What improvement do you think we should have for the Vietnamese press in general?

OK, you guys, chip in. Let’s imagine that your input may help improve Vietnam’s press scene. Think positive!

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TODAY’s CHALLENGE

1. Today chi Huệ posted several songs by Nat King Cole, we can translate them into Vietnamese. And we have chị Ngoan and anh Hưng help proving feedback.

2. Translate the following text into English.

Cả tích cực lẫn tiêu cực, cả tình yêu lẫn thù hận, đều tạo ra năng lực. Cuộc đấu tranh giữa năng lực tích cực và năng lực tiêu cực là cái mà, trong mọi nền văn hoá của con người, chúng ta gọi là cuộc đấu tranh giữa thiện và ác, giữa ánh sáng và bóng tối. Nhưng, bạn đừng vội giơ tay sớm “Tôi phe thiện.” Nếu tự cho điểm, thì tất cả thế giới chỉ có một phe thôi, các bạn ạ–mọi người chúng ta đều dõng dạc tuyên bố, rất thành thật, “Tôi đương nhiên là thuộc phe thiện.” Nhưng rất tiếc, sự thật là thế giới có biết bao nhiêu người gây bao đau khổ và phiền não hằng ngày. Mọi người đã thuộc về phe ta hết rồi, phe địch ở đâu ra vậy kìa?

That’s it for today. Have fun, everyone.

Great day!

Hoành

Một suy nghĩ 2 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Monday, June 22, 2009”

  1. Hi Mr. Hoanh,
    It’s a long time since I last had my reply on DEC. It was just because I had some troubles with my modem. It’s relieving that it’s working alright. Here my translation for today’s challenge:
    ” Both positive and negative, love and hatred can create ability. The struggles between the positive ability and negative ability, in every human beings’ cultures, are called the struggles between the good and evil, between the darkness and the light. You, however, don’t be too haste to claim “I belong to the good”. If self-marking, the whole world is one side, my friends- each of us all loudly proclaim – very honestly, ” Of course, I belong to the good”. But regretfully, the fact is that there are countless people in the world causing miseries and sadness to others every day. All are our side, so where are the enemies from?

    Số lượt thích

  2. Thanks, brother Hưng, for the translation. Nothing is grammatically wrong. But I have here an edited version, using common English, meaning, the English that English-speaking people use often, both in speaking and writing. Good that you do the translation, because that will help you remember the “other” English much better.

    “Both positive thinking and negative thinking, both love and hatred, create energy. The struggle between positive energy and negative energy, in every human culture, is called the struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness. However, don’t raise your hand too quickly: “I am on the good side.” If we grade ourselves, the whole world would be on one side, my friends–each of us would proclaim loudly and very honestly, “Of course, I am on the good side”. Regretfully, the fact is that there are countless people in the world causing miseries and sadness to others every day. If all are our side, then where do the enemies come from?”

    Please note: “If… would”

    Great day, brother. Oh, by the way, please just call me anh Hoanh or brother Hoanh, and we can leave the impersonal “Mr.” out 🙂

    Số lượt thích

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