English proverb of the day

"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (May 9, 2021)"

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    Some old topics (yet still helpful) will be picked for ONLINE discussion during this period.
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    The online discussion will start at 3.00pm and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 9th, May 2021.
    Topic 9th, May 2021: HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
    (The topic actually was discussed on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016)

    “Health is not valued till sickness comes” - Thomas Fuller
    “It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth” - Benjamin Franklin
    Young people, who are full of energy and eager to discover the whole new world ahead, may feel “hollow” or “theoretical” when you try to discuss with them about “a healthy lifestyle”. But they will soon realize that a healthy lifestyle would leave them fit, energetic and at reduced risk for diseases. Early recognition of healthy lifestyle practices would help young people make good use of their time and lead a more meaningful life.
    Healthy lifestyles could be defined physically and mentally. In terms of physical healthy lifestyles, people are advised to pay appropriate attention to basic daily activities including:
    - Eating: Good nutrition, reduce alcohol, fat and sugar intake;
    - Exercising: weight control, do exercise daily;
    - Sleeping: Sleep adequately;
    - Reducing Stress: Managing stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol.
    For mental well - being, it is interesting that advises given are very simple but of remarkable importance:
    -To enjoy regular family meals: This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations.
    -To smile and laugh out loud several times a day: Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes, raise a pet; forgive people and forgive yourself to bring out those happy feelings.
    -To have a positive attitude: Do your best to look at life as if "the glass is half full." You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively ("I think I can, I think I can…") to succeed.

    Questions for discussion:
    1. What lifestyle habits do you engage in that contribute to an illness or health condition you have right now?
    2. If you continue with these bad habits without making any lifestyle changes, what might your health be like in 10, 20, or 30 plus years?
    3. Do the bad habits you described above have any negative effects on people you care about or love? If so, please describe the habit and its negative effects.
    4. Can you think of any positive influence or hope you could bring to the lives of people you care about if you changed bad lifestyle habits to healthful ones?
    5. What thing would you love to do to change your lifestyle habits? What would be your goal?
    6. Who do you love or value enough to make the sacrifice necessary to break your bad habit and?
    Topic writer: Van Anh Tran


    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 



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    (02:29:24 AM 21/03/2014)

    What's the difference between "still better", "better still", and "better yet"?


    I recently got this question on Twitter:

    The answer is "no". Here's what each of them means:

    Still better

    Use this when something was better before, and it continues to be better now. For example, a father might say this when his teenage son challenges him to a basketball game:

    I'm not as good as I used to be, but I'm still better than you.

    You can also use "still better" in a situation like this:

    A: How's your chicken?

    B: It's a little dry, actually. It's still better than anything I could have made, though.

    In this case, "still better" means "better, even though it has some bad points".

    Better still

    Use the phrase "better still" when someone makes a good suggestion, but you have an even better suggestion:

    You can send them your résumé, or better still, see if you can contact one of the hiring managers directly.

    A few notes about "better still":

    • It's more common in Britain than in the U.S. Americans use "better yet" more often.
    • You use it when 2 ideas are good, but the second idea is better. In American usage, you wouldn't say "better still"  if the first idea was actually bad.

    Better yet

    "Better yet" is basically the same in meaning as "better still", but it sounds a little more negative.

    You can use "better yet" in the same situations as "better still":

    Why don't you take a snack with you? Better yet, here's some money; stop and get something to eat on your way.

    You can also use it to offer a better suggestion to replace a bad idea. For example:

    A: It's not my fault I was late. I got stuck on the train. I'm sorry, OK? Next time I'll try to call to let you know.

    B: Better yet, why don't you take responsibility for yourself and leave eariler next time

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