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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: "TOURISM (June 23, 2019)"

    Tourism is still booming as one of the largest industries around the world. It boosts the economic growth of a country while providing potential job creation for residents. For instance, by estimating to serve approximately about 15.6 million foreign tourists and about 80 million domestic travelers, Vietnam generate receives 620 trillion VND (26.66 billion USD) in tourism and a rise of more than 25 thousand employees per years.
    From another angle, tourism can also have many negative impacts on the quality of life. One of them is that it leads to the overcrowding on such places as Barcelona, Venice and Spain. Venice, a city of 60 000 people, welcomes nearly 30 million visitors a year, that 76000 tourists a day. Spain welcomed over 82 million travelers in 2017 with 9 million visiting Barcelona alone. Even, CNN 10 reported on 28 of May, there were a significant rise in the number of hiker climbing Mount Everest, which led to traffic jams on the climbing path.

    How about the other impacts of tourism? Come to Advance Hanoi to discuss and contribute your personal opinions.

    QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

    1. In your opinion, what is the positive and negative effects of tourism? How important is tourism to your country and to you? Do you think tourism destroy the culture of a place?
    2. How many types of tourism do you know? What types will be a trend next 10 years?
    3. Nowadays, some tourists do not concern with the culture of the destination, what do you think about this case? What lead you to decide to travel to a place?
    4. Some tourists assert that the culture of Vietnam is the same as that of China? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why (not)? What will you introduce to your foreign friends about Vietnam?
    5. Who is a smart traveler? How can we be the smart travelers?

    Prepared: Chirpy Duong

     

     

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    See you on Sunday at 3 P.M.!!!     

     

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    Learning material 2

    (06:59:10 AM 04/04/2014)

     I'll assume that you're thoroughly convinced by my arguments for using real, authentic language rather than material that's been created for learners.

    But where do you find good examples of language in its natural habitat?  The good news is that there's more good learning material out there than ever before.

    The Ultimate Weapon: Immersion

    Let me go ahead and get this out there.  Immersion is the ultimate way to learn.  Immersion means that you talk with your friends in the target language, you watch TV in the language, you do your banking, buy your groceries, and get your hair cut in that language. You will get so many hours of education in without even knowing it, and what you learn in the morning will be reinforced later in the afternoon, so the problem of forgetting language that you've learned will be minimized.

    The Problem?  It's hard to find an immersive environment for yourself as an adult.  Even harder than you think. Even if you are able to pick up your life and move it to a foreign country, there are still social and economic barriers. What kind of job can you get without speaking the language well? How are you going to make friends who speak the language you want to learn? And how will you avoid using your native language with people who are trying to learn your language and see meeting you as their big opportunity to get some practice? Younger children are much better able to immerse themselves in a foreign language environment because the barrier for acceptable communication between young people is so low. It's easy for a 5-year-old to make friends with kids who speak another language and find themselves fully immersed within a half hour.  For adults, it's more of a challenge.

    For the Rest of Us: Pseudo-Immersion

    So assuming that you're trying to learn a foreign language but also maintain a life in your current langauge environment, you will have to try to immerse yourself as much as possible, using whatever language input you can find.

    Books, Movies, and Podcasts in the target language are great - if you're ready for them. But as I explained in an earlier post, trying to watch a movie in a foreign language isn't going to do you a bit of good until you've reached the point where a large percentage of what you're watching is already intelligible.  You need to build up to it.

    Textbooks can help you to build up to that basic level. But you want to make sure that the textbooks you get are authentic - that they are based on observations of real usage. For English, I've found a couple of mostly newer books, like the Collins Cobuild dictionaries, that are based on corpus analysis of the language. But as you may be able to guess by the name of my site, I'm personally partial to using phrasebooks.

    Classes - the kind taught in classrooms - are really a horrible way to learn. If your teacher is a native speaker of the language you're learning, you do get something out of it. But not enough to justify the time and money you'll sink into it. A one-on-one tutor is a much better option. They can be a lot more expensive than paying for group classes, but don't feel like you have to spring for a really professional tutor with lots of experience. Any old college student will do, as long as they're a native speaker of the language and you're resourceful about structuring sessions to get as much real language out of them as possible.

    Back to Books, Movies, and Podcasts.  Once you're at a level where you can understand a few things, it's time to start looking back at target-language media.  What's most important here is volume, so you need to find something that you are truly interested in. Along with this, it needs to be something that you mostly understand.  It will hold your attention a lot longer if you know what's going on.

    Multi-media is awesome. If you can get your hands on any material that exists in multiple forms, that is golden. Like if you can find the script for a movie, or rip the audio from a TV show that you've watched.  Getting the same information in multiple media makes it easier to gain usable information from the material, because you already have some basis of understanding from the first time around. And you start to match up spellings, meanings, and pronunciations.

    There's more.  But I've already put off posting this for long enough.  So I'm going to send this out now and come back to the topic of finding good learning material at a later time.  Let me know what you think!

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