Thứ Sáu, 25 tháng 12, 2020

Talking about University!

Vocabularies


The people:

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Undergraduate students (undergrad)

Bachelor's degree

Example:

I have a Bachelor's degree in English/ Economics

Graduate students (Grad students) = Master's students

Master's degree

Example:

I plan on doing Master's degree in Business so that I can start up my own business soon.

TA = Teaching Assistant (work for professors)

RA = Research Assistant

PhD students

Doctor's degree = doctorate = PhD

Example:

After working in the same position for 5 years, he decided to go back to school and get his doctorate so he could get a better job.

I want to do my PhD degree in Economics

Instructor = Lecturer

Professor (prof.)

Faculty

Faculty of Art/ Science

Advisor

Registrar

Dean

Major (n), (v)

Example:

My major is English/ Computer Science = I major in English/ Computer Science


University = Uni (Br.E) = College (Am.E)

At university = In college

Midterms

Example:

Midterms are coming up soon, we'd better start preparing. 

Finals

Example:

I didn't do too well on my midterm, so I really need to study hard for the final.


Semester

Commuting

Assignment (n)



Academic (adj)

Academy (n)

Class

Classroom

Club

College

Computer room



Course

Course book

Credit

Dormitory





To drop out 



Associate professor (n)

Exam

Exam results

Experience

Extracurricular activities

To fail an exam

Goal

Good grade

To graduate

Graduation (n)

Gym

All of residence

Attendance

Homework

Internship

Knowledge

Laboratory

Lecture hall

Lecture (n)

Lecturer (n)

Lesson

Lesson plan

Library

Locker


Mark

Masters student


Part time job

To pass an exam

Phd

Phd student

Playground

Presentation


Blackboard

Projector

Researcher

To revise

Rule

Tuition (n) /tuˈɪʃn/


Scholarship (n) /ˈskɑːlərʃɪp/


Service education

To set a goal

To sit an exam

Soft skills

Break the rule

Sport hall

Student

Student union

Study

Subject

Success

To succeed

Talk show

Thesis



Uniform

Canteen

University

Volunteer

Workshop

Career

Certificate

GPA

seminar

registration


advisor

syllabus

department

Bookworm (n)


To experience

Experience the university life

To hang out


Majors

Psychology



Useful expressions/ phrases:

1. What year are you in?

= what year are you studying in?

I'm a freshman

2. What's your major?

Is this your first year of college?

To enroll = to sign up for

Example:

She enrolls in Speaking

To hit the books = study hard

Example:

Paul hits the books

To hand out assignment

Example:

The prof. hands out the assignment

To hand in paper/ assignment

Example:

Peter hands in his paper

To pull an all nighter

Example:

They pull an all nighter

To cut/ skip class

Example:

She often cuts/ skips class

To fall behind

Example:

She falls behind in Reading

To withdraw from the course = To drop a course

Kick out = expel

Example:

The university kicks out/ expels James

In my opinion

A waste of time




Thứ Ba, 22 tháng 12, 2020

Talking about Friendship!

 

I/ Talking about your close/ best friend


Vocabularies:

1. Have/share something in common:


Example:


My best friend and I have a lot of things in common. We both love shopping and playing sports.


2. to argue (with somebody somebody about something) = to quarrel




Example:


I sometimes argue with my BBF about study but we always end up with laughing and understand each other more.


3. to hang out with


Example:


I love hanging out with my friends after work or on the weekend


4. To get together


Example:


Let’s get together on Friday and go for a drink or something


5. Reliable (adjective) = trustworthy


6. to get to know


7. to get on well


8. to be close to


9. to stay beside


Types of friends in English:

  • Close friends
  • BFF = best friends forever
  • Best mate (“mate” is slang for a friend in British and Australian English)
  • Buddy (American slang)
  • Old friend


  • Real / true / good / loyal / trusted friend # fake friend






  • School friend
  • Family friend
  • Childhood friend




  • Acquaintance /əˈkweɪntəns/
  • Colleague /ˈkɑːliːɡ/




  • Classmate
  • Flatmate/roommate (“Flatmate” is British English)
  • Boyfriend # male friend
  • Girlfriend # female friend
  • Just friends

Practice talking about your best friend/ close friend by answering these following questions:


1/ How do you describe a true friend?


2/ Do you believe that a man and woman can be just friends?


3/ Do you have any BFF or or close friend?


4/ Who is she/he?


5/ What does she/ he look like?


6/ How did you meet her/him?


7/ When did you meet her/him?


8/ How often do you meet this person?


9/ What’s she/ he like?


10/ Do you and she/ he share anything in common?


11/ What do you and he/she do together?


12/ Have you and he/she ever argued/ quarreled?


13/ Do you tell your best friend everything?


Example:


I have a lot of friends, but only few close friends and one best friend.


My best friend is Leah. She’s in her mid-thirties. She’s a little bit chubby but cute. Leah has an average height. She has an oval face, a small nose, big brown eyes, a large mouth and thick lips. She has medium wavy black hair. Her skin is fair.


Leah is my ex office mate at my last company. And we have been good friends for almost 10 years.


Before we used to see each other very often, but now only once or twice a year because we live far away from each other.


Leah is a kind, friendly, quiet and patient person. We have a lot of things in common like traveling or shopping.


We often go hiking/ trekking or shopping together when we meet each other. Sometimes we argue, but finally we always end up with laughing and we understand each other more:)

II/ Verbs Related to Friendship

  • To make friends

Example:


I love making new friends whenever I travel to a new place/ country.

  • To have friends
  • To build a friendship # To destroy / to break a friendship


  • To develop a friendship
  • To keep in touch with
  • To keep good/ healthy relationship
  • Misunderstanding (noun)

Some more questions to practice talking about friendship:


1/ Do you make friends easily?


2/ How do you make new friends?


3/ Do you make any friends over the Internet? Have you ever met them in person?


4/ Do you have many female/ male friends? Is your girl friend/ boy friend jealous if you have many female friends/ male friends?


5/ Do you think it’s a good idea to borrow money from a friend?

  • Why?
  • Why not?

6/ Do you have any long distance friends?

  • How do you keep in touch with your long-distance friends?
  • How often do you see your long-distance friends?

7/ Are you still friends with your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?


8/ What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?


9/ Do you trust all of your friends? Why?

III/ Sayings & Expressions about Friendship

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed


  • Frenemy /ˈfrenəmi/ = friend + enemy




  • Fair-weather friend (a friend that is only there when things are going well for you)




  • Man’s best friend (used in reference to a dog)



Here are some questions you can ask when talking about friends.


1/ "How long have you guys been friends?"/ "How long have you known each other?"


For 10 years.


Since we were students/ kids/ 5 years old.


"We've been friends since elementary school."


"I think it's been like 20 years."


2/ "Did you go to school together?"


"We grew up together. Our parents lived pretty close so we were neighbors."


"We went to the same school since the 5th grade."


"We met in middle school and started going to the same school from the 7th grade."


"We started going to the same school at the University of Washington."


3/ "So how did you meet?"


"We met at church when we were young. We have been close friends."


"We met in high school in our English class."

Thứ Năm, 17 tháng 12, 2020

Talking about Space, Stars and Planets!

 Planets, stars and space travelling 


  1. Do you know anything about the planets or the Solar system?

  2. Do you find it interesting to look at the stars?

  3. Do you like reading fantastic books or watching movies about space traveling?

  4. Do you want to be a space traveller?

  5. Do you believe that in the future we’ll be able to travel in space?



Vocabularies:


Space /speɪs/

Example:

   Who was the first human being in space?

 


Inner space ## Outer space /ˈɪnɚ ˈspeɪs/  /ˌaʊt̬ɚ ˈspeɪs/

Example:

   The film was about creatures from outer space.


Universe /ˈjuːnəvɝːs/

Example:

   Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?


Galaxy /ˈɡæləksi/

Example:

   It is impossible same as humans walking the surface of the planets of distant galaxies.


Solar system  /ˈsoʊlɚ ˌsɪstəm/

Example:

   Beyond the limits of the solar system, we can only watch from a distance.


the Milky Way  /ˌmɪlki ˈweɪ/

Example:

   The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System, with the name describing the galaxy's appearance from Earth.


Matter /ˈmæt̬ɚ/ ## dark matter 

Example:

   How much matter is there in the entire universe? Scientists are not absolutely sure.


Explosion /ɪkˈsploʊʒən/

Example:

   The fire was caused by a gas explosion.


The big bang theory  /ˌbɪɡ ˈbæŋ ˌθiəri/

Example:

   According to the big bang theory, the universe began with a very large explosion of a single mass of matter.


Black hole  /ˌblæk ˈhoʊl/

Example:

   A black hole is a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing, even  light, can escape from it.


Meteor /ˈmiːt̬iɔːr/

Example:

   We saw what must have been a very low, very bright meteor.


Meteor shower

Example:

   Her attention was caught on the falling stars of the meteor shower.


Meteorite  /ˈmit̬iəˌrɑɪt/

Example:

   Mr Robinson's mother was hit by a meteorite.


Asteroid /ˈæstərɔɪd/

Example:

   Saturday 's mission was to collect samples of the asteroid 's surface materials.


Asteroid belt

Example:

    Most meteorites are thought to come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.


Crater /ˈkreɪ.t̬ɚ/

Example:

   This is the world's largest and oldest meteorite impact crater.


Surface /ˈsɜrfəs/

Example:

   Tropical rain forests used to cover ten percent of the earth's surface.


Heavily-cratered surface

Example:

   Mercury is a planet with a heavily-cratered surface similar in appearance to Earth's Moon.


Atmosphere /ˈætməsfɪr/

Example:

   The search for planets with a breathable atmosphere is one of the most popular dreams of scientists all over the world.


Gravity  /ˈɡrævət̬i/

Example:

   He won't be breaking the law of gravity: he'll only prove it.


Gravitation /ˌɡrævəˈteɪʃən/

Example:

   The Moon is moving around our planet because of the Earth's gravitation.



Carbon dioxide /ˌkɑːrbən daɪˈɑːksaɪd/

Example:

   There has been a sudden and worrying rise in the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


Oxygen  /ˈɑːksɪdʒən/

Example:

   Plants are the main source of atmospheric oxygen.


Ozone layer /ˈoʊzoʊn ˌleɪɚ/

Example:

   The ozone layer is a thin part of the Earth's atmosphere that absorbs almost all of the sun's harmful ultraviolet light.


Planet  /ˈplæn.ɪt/

Example:

   I think it's still not too late to repair the damage we have done to our planet.


Names of planets:

  • Mercury /ˈmɜːkjʊri/ 

  • Venus /ˈviːnəs/

  • Earth /ɜːθ/

  • Mars /mɑːz/ 

  • Jupiter /ˈdʒuːpɪtər/

  • Saturn  /ˈsætən/ 

  • Uranus /ˈjʊərənəs/ 

  • Neptune /ˈneptjuːn/ 


Globe /ɡloʊb/

Example:

  1. She is a superstar all around the globe.

  2. Let's spin the globe to find Vietnam on it.


Sun /sʌn/

Example:

   The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.


Star /stɑːr/

Example:

   We can see hundreds of stars in the clear desert sky.


Constellation /ˌkɑːnstəˈleɪʃən/

Example:

   The constellation Orion was first mentioned by Homer many years ago.


Moon  /muːn/

Example:

   With a good telescope, you can see craters on the moon.


Satellite  /ˈsæt̬əlaɪt/

Example:

   The moon is Earth's satellite.


To revolve around sb/sth /rɪˈvɑːlv/

Example:

   His whole life revolves around football.


Astronomer /əˈstrɑːnəmɚ/

Example:

   Astronomer comes from the Latin word astra, which means stars.


To observe /əbˈzɝːv/

Example:

   The satellite will observe objects that are particularly interesting astronomically.


Space station /ˈspeɪs ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

Example:

   Space station is a vehicle in which people can travel around the earth, outside its atmosphere, and do scientific tests.


Space exploration/ travel  /ˈspeɪs ˌekspləˈreɪʃən/

Example:

   It was the period when everyone saw men in space as the most important thing of space exploration.


To explore worlds beyond our own 

Example:

   His dream was to explore worlds beyond our own in order to find another form of life.


Uncharted  territory  /ʌnˈtʃɑːrt̬ɪd/

Example:

   That was the uncharted territory that attracted both scientists and space travellers.


Habitable (=inhabitable) ## uninhabitable /ˈhæbɪt̬əbəl/ /ˌʌnɪnˈhæbət̬əbəl/

Example:

   1) Some areas of the country are just too cold to be habitable.

   2) If there's no roof then the house is uninhabitable.


Terrestrial planet /təˈrestriəl plænɪt/

  •  the search for terrestrial planets

Example:

   Some scientists are still keen on researching the possibility of life on other terrestrial planets.


To hypothesize  /haɪˈpɑːθəsaɪz/

Example:

   This discovery led experts to hypothesize a different path of evolution for early man.


To set foot on

Example:

   Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the surface of the moon.


Astronaut = outer man = spaceman = space traveller /ˈæstrənɑːt/

Example:

   A major challenge for astronauts is the low-gravity, or micro-gravity environment, which means they must re-learn how to move the body.


Space rocket  /ˈspeɪs ˈrɑːkɪt/

Example:

   The space rocket soon disappeared into the sky.


To launch  /lɑːntʃ/

Example:

   They launched a rocket to the planet Venus.


Countdown  /ˈkaʊntdaʊn/

Example:

   The countdown to the rocket launch will begin at 9.00 a.m.


Space probe /ˈspeɪs ˌproʊb/

Example:

   It was the first space probe to provide detailed images of the two largest planets and their major moons.


Flyby  /ˈflaɪbaɪ/

Example:

   The pictures were taken during the spacecraft's 25-minute flyby of the asteroid.


Spacecraft = spaceship  /speɪsˌkræft/ /speɪs·ʃɪp/

Example:

   They found a strange spacecraft with nobody inside.


Fuel /ˈfjuːəl/

Example:

   Wood, coal, oil, petrol, and gas are all different kinds of fuel.


Spacefaring = space traveling  /ˈspeɪsˌferɪŋ/

Example:

   In that game players were given control of a spacefaring empire in the distant future.


Hyperspace /hī'pərspās'/

  • hyperspace jump

Example:

   As the Alliance's ships get out of hyperspace, they are attacked by Imperial fighters.


Weightlessness /ˈweɪtləsnəs/

Example:

   The scientists can simulate rocket mode and make it possible to experience the feeling of weightlessness and flying.


Protective equipment /prəˈtektɪv ɪˈkwɪpmənt/

Example:

   The astronauts have their protective equipment a final check before setting off.


Spacesuit /ˈspeɪssuːt/

Example:

   To go outside the space station, you must wear a spacesuit.


Exposure to radiation /ɪkˈspoʊʒɚ tu reɪdiˈeɪʃən/

Example:

   Even a short exposure to radiation is very dangerous.


Space junk /ˈspeɪs ˌdʒʌŋk/

Example:

   The space station Mir became the largest piece of space junk ever to fall to Earth.


Alien  /ˈeɪliən/

Example:

   She was expecting some sort of monster-like aliens to inhabit that scary looking planet.



Questions:

  1. How many planets are there in our Solar system?

  2. Do you know their names? Which ones?

  3. What is the difference between the Earth and the Sun?

  4. What do you know about the Moon?

  5. Why is the Moon sometimes bright, and sometimes dark?

  6. Have you ever looked at the Moon or the stars through a telescope? If not, do you want to try?

  7. Do you wish on stars?

  8. Do you know any constellations? Which ones?

  9. What do satellites do? How would our lives be different without them?

  10. Who was the first man in space? The first woman?

  11. Do you think it’s easy to be an astronaut? Why or why not?

  12. Do you want to try the feeling of weightlessness?

  13. Do you think traveling in space is safe or dangerous? 

  14. What are good and bad things about spacefaring?

  15. Do you think that people will be able to travel in space in the distant future?

  16. Do you like to watch movies or read books about space and spacefaring? Why or why not?

  17. Do you think there is an intelligent life on other planets? 

  18. If we were to find intelligent aliens, would we be able to communicate with them?

  19. What would you say to an alien if you met one?

  20. How do you think people would react if aliens came to visit us?

  21. If aliens have already visited us, why have they not contacted us openly?

  22. Do you think the government should tell us the truth if they get in touch with the aliens? Why should governments want to hide this information?

  23. Would you like to go to the moon or travel into space?  Why or why not?

  24. What small personal item would you take with you on a journey into space if you had a chance?

  25. Would you agree to help colonize a planet if you knew you couldn’t come back to earth?

  26. Should students learn more about space in school? Why or why not?

  27. Should the government spend more money to explore worlds beyond our own? Why or why not?

  28. What do you think of your country’s involvement in space?

  29. Do you think that space exploration can save human beings from extinction?

  30. What do you think of the idea that we could escape into space if (or when) the earth becomes uninhabitable for whatever reason?