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)"

    Dear Advancers,
    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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    Halloween English phrases



    (Photo courtesy of Gaudencio Garcinuño)

    Halloween is a holiday that happens on October 31st each year. People dress up in strange costumes. Kids wear these costumes to walk around the neighborhood and ask their neighbors for candy. Adults go to parties or street fairs. Here are some phrases that you might hear around Halloween:


    People wear costumes on Halloween.

    They can either buy a pre-made costume or make their own costume by hand.

    You can dress up as:

    • a ghost
    • a witch
    • a fireman
    • a princess
    • a mummy
    • a vampire
    • a zombie
    • an alien
    • a character from a movie
    • someone who's in the news

    When you want to tell people about your costume, say:

    I'm dressing up as a robot for Halloween.

    Trick or treating

    Kids go from door to door, asking for candy. This is called going Trick or Treating. The kids knock on the door or ring the doorbell. When the door opens, they yell:

    Trick or treat!

    When kids show up at your door, you should ask them what their costume is:

    What are you supposed to be?

    Who are you dressed as?

    The candy that kids get can be:

    • mini chocolate bars
    • hard candy
    • chewing gum
    • suckers (also known as lollipops; these are hard candy on a stick)

    There's also one kind of candy that's specific to Halloween. It's called "candy corn". It's not really corn, just colored sugar formed into a little triangular shape that looks a little like a kernel of corn. Most people don't really like it.

    Other activities

    Lots of people carve pumpkins. A carved pumpkin is also called a jack-o-lantern. To do this, you:

    1. cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin
    2. scoop the seeds out of it
    3. cut holes in the sides to make the shape of a face
    4. put a candle inside of it

    You can also go to a haunted house. Real haunted houses are houses that have ghosts in them. But at Halloween, people sometimes put on a haunted house. They do things like:

    • decorate some rooms in a building with cobwebs
    • put fake plastic spiders everywhere
    • hang plastic bats from the ceiling
    • play spooky music
    • turn the lights down low
    • hide behind something wearing a costume, and then jump out to scare people who walk through

    People often pay to walk through these fake haunted houses.

    A word to use on Halloween

    Boo! (to scare people suddenly)

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