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.
    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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    Idiomatic English

    (23:13:35 PM 18/03/2014)


    What is Idiomatic English?

    Using "idiomatic" English means speaking and writing in a normal way.

    This is a little different from "correct" English. It's possible to make English sentences that are completely grammatically correct, but they're not idiomatic.

    For example, consider the following conversaton:

    A: What is your job?

    B: Umm... I'm a nurse.

    The question "What is your job?" is grammatically correct, but it's not the question that English speakers usually ask. When someone wants to find out about another person's job, they usually ask:

    A: What do you do?

    B: I'm a nurse.

    There are other idiomatic ways to ask about a person's job, of course, but "What is your job?" is not one of them.


    How do you learn Idiomatic English?

    You should aim to use idiomatic English as much as possible. You can do that by learning multi-word phrases.

    Don't think about language as single words connected by grammar. Think of it as phrases which combine with each other. So instead of learning a single word like this:


    ...learn some phrases like these:

    take the initiative

    an education initiative

    show initiative

    Make sure that you're not only learning English from textbooks. Learn from real-life sources as well: conversations, videos, websites, etc. with native English speakers.

    On the other hand, you won't always be able to speak idiomatically. If you need to say something, but don't know the normal way to phrase it, just do your best using the words and phrases you already know!

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