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

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion!



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     When people get together for meetings, it's rare that they actually get straight to the point of the meeting. Usually there's a bit of introduction at the beginning of a meeting. This article is about some of the expressions that people use at the beginning of a meeting.

    A very formal meeting:

    Here's an example of how someone might speak in a very formal meeting, like a board meeting for a large company, or the public meeting of a government committee:

    Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Let's get started. I hereby call the March 30th, 2013, meeting of the PhraseMix Society to order.

    Before we begin, I would like to thank you all for attending.

    We have a few announcements to make before we get started. First of all, as you may have noticed, we have had a change in our agenda order. Secondly, there's an attendance log being passed around. Please make sure to sign that at some point during this morning's meeting.

    The 3 items of business under consideration today are: one, the election of 3 new members of the Board; two, discussion of a proposal to establish an International English Day; and three, an update on our fundraising progress.

    Let's begin with the first item. Natalia, I'll turn it over to you...

    Here are some phrases used in this dialogue:

    • Ladies and gentlemen
    • Let's get started
    • call (a meeting) to order
    • Before we begin...
    • I would like to thank you for (attending/coming/being here/etc.)
    • attend (a meeting)
    • have (some/a few) announcements
    • items of business
    • first of all...
    • (something) is being passed around
    • an attendance log
    • (do something) at some point during (an event)
    • a proposal to (do something)
    • an update
    • Let's begin with (something)
    • turn it over to (someone)

    A more casual meeting:

    In a meeting with people who you already know, you can speak a little more casually, even if you're in a business setting. Here's an example of how someone might start a meeting at work:

    All right guys, thanks for coming. Go ahead and take a seat, and let's get started.

    How's everyone doing this morning? Good? All right!

    There's a sheet going around. If you could sign in so that we know who was here, that would be great.

    So, we have a few things to get to today. We're going to have our election, of course. After that there's a new proposal for us to discuss, about starting up an "International English Day" event. And then we'll go over fundraising.

    Natalia, do you want to kick it off with the elections?

    Here are some of the useful expressions:

    • All right
    • guys
    • thanks for coming
    • take a seat
    • How's everyone doing?
    • (something) is going around
    • sign in
    • Have (things) to get to
    • there's (a topic) to discuss
    • go over (a topic)
    • kick it off



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