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"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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    Funny person

    (01:58:16 AM 21/03/2014)

    How to describe a funny person in English (Part 2: talking about humor negatively)


    Unfunny clown

    In the last article, I presented some phrases that you can use to describe a funny person. Of course, there are a lot of ways that humor can go wrong. Here are some things that you can say about people who try to be funny but fail, or who joke about bad things.

    Unfunny humor

    • Corny jokes are supposed to be funny, but aren't. They're too silly, too predictable, or too dumb. Puns (jokes that involve two similar-sounding words) are very corny.
      You can call a person who tells a lot of corny jokes "corny" or "a cornball".
    • Lame jokes are ones that just aren't funny. A "lame" joke is worse than a "corny" one. You might still laugh at a corny joke even though you think it's bad, but a lame joke just isn't funny.
    • When someone is telling a joke, but messes it up by saying the wrong thing or revealing the joke to early, you can say that they "screwed up the punchline". The punchline of a joke is the really funny part which comes at the end.
    • When someone makes people laugh even though they're trying to be serious, you can say that they're unintentionally funny or unintentionally hilarious. You can use these expressions to talk about people who are not very self-aware.

    Inappropriate humor

    • Some jokes are sexual, racist, make fun of people with disabilities, or have other bad content. You can call this "offensive humor". If someone tells a joke that makes you angry or disgusted, you can say "I found that joke offensive."
    • "Dirty jokes" are offensive jokes about sex and things that people do in the bathroom ("toilet humor").
    • Young men especially like offensive humor, it seems. When young men make dirty jokes, laugh about drinking too much, and so on, you can call it "frat boy humor". A "frat boy" is a young man in a college fraternity. Fraternity members have a reputation for partying a lot and enjoying offensive humor.
    • Some people like to "crack jokes at other people's expense". This means joking about other people's weaknesses, like how they dress, mistakes they make, their financial situation, etc.
    • You can also call jokes that are made at other people's expense "mean-spirited jokes". These are jokes that are meant to hurt someone or put people down.
    • Finally, if someone thinks that other people's pain or death is funny, you can say that they have "a sick sense of humor".

    So these are some ways to describe people whose humor you don't like.

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