Learning English with VOA

Special English: Technology report

Everyday conversation: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Everyday grammar: You know

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  1. 1. Special English
     Technology report
    China says that internet addiction is the biggest threat to its teenagers. In 2008, China became one of the first countries to declare internet addiction an official medical condition.
    People with internet addiction disorder spend more than 6 hours doing other than study or work. Based on the definition, China has over 20 million internet addicts. The condition has led to the creation of over 250 camps within China.
    China is not the only country dealing with internet addiction. South Korea has opened over 100 treatment centers for teenagers.

     Agriculture report
    Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer and exporter of the cocoa bean. But people have been illegally transporting or smuggling cocoa bean between Ivory Coast and neighboring Ghana for many years.

     Heath report
    Many college students have stopped taking notes by hand. Instead, they type on computers. But scientists say that typing computer is less effective. To remember something, write it down. Writing notes by hand is much better for long-term memory of ideas or conceptual information.

    2. English in a minute
    I am very happy by knowing the meaning of “The apple does not fall far from the tree” to describe a person.
    It means two people are very similar such as family members are similar.
    Ex: My friend has many same qualities of her mother. We often say that “ Wow! The apple sure did not fall far from the tree”.

    3. Grammar
    The meaning of “You know”
     Literal sense of familiarity of someone and something
    Do u know that person? Yes. I know
     An acknowledgement marker in a casual conversation -> soften a statement, especially an opinion. It can appear almost everywhere in a sentence.
     Can also be used to share understanding or suggest agreement.
    You know, we’ll cancel this meeting. You’re right.
     To fill space in a conversation if they are unsure of how or what to say next

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