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: "RAISING CHILDREN IN THE 4.0 ERA (Novemver 28, 2021)"

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    It is obvious that the Internet and social media have become a part of 4.0 technologies. In a survey of 2019 by the Management Development Institute (MSD) and Save the Children in Vietnam, 66.1% of children had access to an Internet-connected device of which 43,4% had an average use of 1-3 hours per day.
    There is no denying that smart devices have brought plenty of benefits in our daily life. Smartphones or tablets are considered as crucial tools for parents in feeding children, teaching and entertaining them. However, many people are concerning the impact of 4.0 technology on children’s lives. Without smartphones, children will not eat and keep crying. The question is that “Do parents need to have the courage to put their phone down or learn to live with technology especially in educating your children?
    Questions to ponder:
    How long do you let your children/ cousins/ nieces use social media? Why do you let them use media?
    What are the pros and cons of allowing children to approach the Internet at a very young age?
    In your opinion, at which ages can children use mobile phones? Can you share some tips to raise children effectively in the 4.0 era?
    Case 1: You are so busy with an urgent task but your child is crying, what will you do, will you give him/her a mobile phone/TV or do something else?
    Case 2: Anytime you do not pay attention, your child will take your phone to play games or watch YouTube, etc. what will you do?
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    (02:07:40 AM 21/03/2014)

    English phrases for describing elections


    Voting box

    How can you describe what happens in an election in English? Here are some phrases to help you talk about them.

    People cast their votes for their preferred candidates in an election. Most candidates belong to a political party. In the United States, the two main parties are the Republican Party (Republicans) and the Democratic Party (Democrats).

    For each government position, called a "public office", there is a "race". So there is the presidential race, Congressional races (for electing members of Congress), Senate races, and various local races. The candidate who already holds the office that they're running for is called the incumbent, while the other candidates are called the challengers.

    Candidates "run for office" by raising money, giving speeches, airing TV commercials, participating in debates, and so on. The "race" theme also extends to some other phrases. Throughout the campaign, we talk about which candidate is "in the lead" according to pre-election polls. When they have equal numbers of supporters, we say that they're "dead even".

    The organization that helps the candidate run for office is their "campaign". Each campaign has a campaign manager. We also use the word "campaign" to talk about what the candidates do to run for office. So you can say that a candidate is "running a negative campaign" (attacking the other candidates) or "campaigning hard".

    On election day, voters go to their local polling stations and vote. To vote, you go to one of the voting booths to fill out your ballot. Some people use an absentee ballot if they can't make it to the polling stations on election day.

    The U.S. has a complicated electoral college system. Instead of directly electing the president, Americans elect representatives from each state who will then select the president. Because of this, states that are more evenly split between the two parties are a lot more important than others. We call these battleground states.

    After the presidential election, there's an inauguration a few months later. Until the inauguration, the chosen candidate is called the President Elect. The President Elect is sworn in at the inauguration, and from that moment on is officially the president.

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