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: "CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability? (October 17, 2021)"

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    CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability?
    (the topic was once discussed on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016)

    Making a career choice is more than just landing a job. It is a decision that has a huge impact on our lifestyle and the way we achieve our lifetime goals. But how can we decide on a career path when our academic performance suggests an option but we desire otherwise?
    Imagine you make it through four years of college and get your degree; you graduate and get a job in a related field. But years later, you realize it was actually a mistake. What you are doing is not what you actually want to do. You feel bad having to get up each day and go to a job you do not like.
    That scenario is not rare. For many people, it may take years or more to find out what they are good at, and sometimes, their skills and abilities may not equal their interests and passions. That is one reason why many college students change their major halfway through college, and many never do the jobs related to their majors after graduation.
    The fact is that you cannot be successful at something you are not interested in, but if you have no special skill in something you are passionate about, you can be discouraged; your passion can be drained, and it can be another dilemma.
     
    QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
    1. Are you doing what you love for a living?
    2. Why do people sometimes do the jobs they hate?
    3. How do we know if a job is our true calling?
    3. What should we do to make a smart career choice?
    Topic maker: Giang Hải Đăng
     

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    Gift or present

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    Gift or present?

    The words "gift" and "present" mean the same thing, but which one to use depends on the occasion. These are the most common collocations (word combinations) for each holiday:

    a Christmas present

    a Birthday present

    a wedding present

    a Valentine's Day gift

    a Mother's day gift

    an anniversary gift 

     

    Gift wrapping

    "Wrapping" a gift means wrapping colorful paper around it.

    The paper you use is called "wrapping paper". You can "put a bow on it" or "tie a ribbon around it". If something is too hard to wrap, you can put it in a "gift bag" instead.

    When you go to certain stores around the holiday season, the cashier may ask you, "Would you like this gift-wrapped?"

    Taking the gift out of its wrapping is called "unwrapping" it.

     

    Giving and receiving gifts

    Here's an example of a conversation between two friends around Christmas time:

    A: Hey, I got you a little something.

    B: What? Oh! You didn't have to do that! I'm so sorry, I didn't get you anything.

    A: Don't worry, it's nothing big. Go ahead and open it. 

    B: (unwraps the gift) Wow! A coffee grinder! It's just what I wanted

    A: I remembered you saying that you wanted one of these.

    B: That's so thoughtful of you. Thank you so much.

     

    Things to do with a gift

    When someone gives you a really thoughtful and meaningful gift, you may "cherish" it for a long time. This means to keep it and treat it as something important.

    A gift which is not very useful might sit around your home and "gather dust". Or, if it's something small, you might decide to "regift" it, which means to give it to someone else. Just make sure that the person who gave it to you doesn't find out!

    If someone gives you clothes which don't fit or don't match your style, you can "return" or "exchange" the gift. Returning it means that you get money back, and exchanging it means that you just get another item from the same store. Sometimes the gift-giver will include a "gift receipt" for this purpose. Since it's rude to show someone the price of the gift you give them, a gift receipt allows someone to exchange the gift but doesn't have a price listed on it.

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