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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    Jail and Prison

    (23:08:31 PM 18/03/2014)

     Do you know the difference between the words "jail" and "prison"? Learning the difference can teach you not only about these words, but about other words related to crime, courts, and punishment as well.

    The meaning of "jail"

    If you get arrested, the police take you to a jail. Jails are operated by the local police department or government. The police can release you if they want to, or you will be taken to court to find out what should happen to you next. You might be released on bail until your trial, which means that you're allowed to leave the jail, but have to pay some large amount of money that won't be returned unless you show up for the trial.

    If the judge and jury decide that you're guilty, you might be sent to jail if the crime was small (a "misdemeanor") and your punishment is short. 

    The meaning of "prison"

    If your crime was more serious, you might be taken to a jail first before being sent toprison.

    Prison is where criminals are kept for punishment for longer periods of time. People who are being held in a prison are called "inmates".

    Here's another description of the difference between "jail" and "prison", written for native English speakers:

    Other words for jail or prison

    Another, more formal, word for "prison" is "penitentiary". Some prisons use the word "penitentiary" in their official name, like "Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary".

    There are a few well-known slang terms for jails and prisons: "The slammer" sounds old-fashioned. "The joint" sounds like something that a person who has actually been to prison would say.



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