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  1. Lord, it is time for studying. Thanks You for giving me a lovely swimming in the early morning and a wonderful trip with my close friend in Gia Định Park.
    Let’s start, Lord.

    1. News
    In Bangladesh, two trains crashed into each other, leaving at least 16 people dead.
    Tại Bangladesh, hai đoàn tàu đâm vào nhau, khiến ít nhất 16 người thiệt mạng.

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the government released three Taliban commanders in exchange for an American and an Australian professor.
    Tổng thống Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani tuyên bố chính phủ đã thả ba chỉ huy Taliban để đổi lấy một người Mỹ và một giáo sư người Úc.

    Banks and schools in Lebanon closed on Tuesday as protesters tried to prevent state employees from going to work.
    Các ngân hàng và trường học ở Lebanon đã đóng cửa hôm thứ ba khi những người biểu tình cố gắng ngăn cản nhân viên nhà nước đi làm.

    And people in Chile continue protests against the government of President Sebastian Piera. The government has announced plans to replace a constitution dating back to the rule of Augusto Pinochet.
    Và người dân ở Chile tiếp tục biểu tình phản đối chính phủ của Tổng thống Sebastian Piera. Chính phủ đã công bố kế hoạch thay thế một hiến pháp có từ thời Augusto Pinochet.

    New words:
    • Commanders /kəˈmɑːn.dər/ người chỉ huy
    Ex: Manh who is my classmate in high school dreamed of becoming a military commander.
    • Constitution /ˌkɑːn.stəˈtuː.ʃən/ hiến pháp
    Your right to vote under the constitution.
    • date back (phrasal verb): to have existed for a particular length of time or since a particular time:
    These traditions date back to ancient times.
    They found jewelry dating back to the 1700s.

    2. Daily conversation
    A: Hi, there! Washington, D.C. is a great place to work. Many people here work in government and politics. There are many other jobs. You can work at a hospital, a university. You can work in a coffee shop. Wait a minute, I think I see a friend of mine. Pete? Is that you?
    B:Hi Anna!
    A: You look different. Your beard is really big.
    B: You don’t like it, do you?
    A: No, no….You just look different. So what’s wrong? You look sad.
    B: I don’t have a job.
    A: Sorry, I can’t hear you.
    B: I do not have a job!
    A: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that, Pete.
    B: I don’t have a skill.
    A: Everyone has a skill. You need to find yours.
    B: I don’t know Anna.
    A: Pete, I am good at asking questions. Let’s me ask you some.
    B: Really, Anna? Can you help me?
    A: Yes. I can. Let me help.
    B: Sure, Anna. Maybe you can help me.
    A: Can you write code?
    B: Sure, c-o-l-d. How is this going to help?
    A: No, not “cold”. You know, for making phone apps, or website. You can make tons of money writing code.
    B. Tons of money? But I can’t code.
    A: Next question. Can you drive?
    B: Do you mean drive a race car? It’s really hard to be a race car driver. First, you need a race car…
    A: No, I mean drive a taxi or drive a bus.
    B: No, I always fall asleep when I drive.
    A: No, that’s not good. Next question. Can you teach?
    You can be a teacher in a school.
    B: No. I can’t teach.
    A: Can you cook? You can be a shelf in a restaurant.
    B: No, I can’t code! I can’t teach! I can’t cook! Anna, I can’t do anything. This is sad. I’m gonna write about my feelings in my blog.
    A: You write a blog?
    B: Yes, I write a blog.
    A: How many followers do you have?
    B:I don’t know…59,538.
    A: Pete, there are a lot of followers! You can make money writing!
    B: Writing is easy. Everyone can write.
    A: Not everyone can write well. You can be a writer.
    B: I can be a writer. I can be a writer. I can be a writer. Thanks, Anna.
    C: Hi,Pete. Hi,Anna.
    B: Hi, Marsha. Excuse me, I have to go.
    C: Where are you going?
    B: I’m going to be a writer.
    C: Good luck, Pete.
    He does know that it’s not easy to be a writer, doesn’t he?
    A: There are many different jobs you can have in Washington DC. Pete wants to be a writer.
    I wish him luck. Lots of luck. Until next time.

    Note:
    • Let’s do st: used for making suggestion
    Let’s go to the beach.
    • Let sb/st do st: used for offering help to sb.
    Let me do it
    Let us get those boxes down for you.

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