Learning English with VOA

1. Special English international headlines Dec. 3, 2019

2. Special English health report: Cardiovascular disease

3. Everyday conversation: Will It Float?

4. Everyday grammar: Euphemisms

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  1. 1. News

     At least 4 people are dead after a typhoon struck the Philippines. The storm forced the international airport in Manila to close.
     Ít nhất 4 người đã thiệt mạng sau khi cơn bão đổ bộ vào Philippines. Cơn bão buộc sân bay quốc tế ở Manila phải đóng cửa

     Sudan’s government says at least 23 people have died in a large explosion at a factory in Khartoum. Many more have been injured.
     Chính phủ Sudan cho biết ít nhất 23 người đã tử vong trong một vụ nổ lớn tại một nhà máy ở Khartoum. Nhiều người khác bị thương.

     Iranian state television confirms that security forces shot and kill “rioters” in several cities during recent protests over rising gasoline prices

     Truyền thông Iran cho hay lực lượng an ninh đã bắn và giết những người bạo loạn ở một số thành phố trong các cuộc biểu tình gần đây về giá xăng dầu tăng

     And in London, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European leaders meet for talks on Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria.
     Và tại Luân Đôn, Tổng thống Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ Recep Tayyip Erdogan và các nhà lãnh đạo châu Âu gặp gỡ để đàm phán về hoạt động quân sự của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ tại Đông Bắc Syria.

    2. Special English health report:
    Cardiovascular disease (Bệnh tim mạch)

    Some main points as below:

    Cardiovascular disease including heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure is the world’s leading cause of death.

    Some substances in the blood called cardiac biomarkers used to measure the presence and development of cardiovascular disease.
    A new study has found that they offer little help in this way.

    Doctor Wang – a senior author of the study said that even after measuring those additional biomarkers they were not able to fully understand who was more likely to develop heart disease.In certain patients, measuring these biomarkers would be helpful. But for the majority of patients, having the information of biomarkers probably would not make a difference.

    Doctors should depend on traditional factors including a history of high cholesterol, tobacco use, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity or poor nutrition.

    A separate study found no support for a theory that a biomarker called C-reactive protein causes heart disease. Earlier research suggested that the more protein in people’s blood, the more likely they are to develop heart disease. The new study confirmed a link but did not find evidence that C –reactive protein causes the disease.

    3. Everyday conversation: Will It Float?
    It is interesting. Many things in Washington D.C have been introduced in these videos.

    4. Grammar: Euphemisms

    Euphemism is a mild or pleasant word used instead of one that could be harsh or offensive.
    The lesson introduces 2 euphemisms about crime and punishment.

    • Correctional facility means prison or jail
    He was sent to correctional facility for 5 years.

    • Capital punishment means death penalty
    The most recent country to end capital punishment was Burkina Faso in June 2018.

    Note that: Not everyone agrees that euphemisms should be used at all because they are misleading and help avoiding unpleasant truths about society.

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