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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: "RAISING CHILDREN IN THE 4.0 ERA (Novemver 28, 2021)"

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    It is obvious that the Internet and social media have become a part of 4.0 technologies. In a survey of 2019 by the Management Development Institute (MSD) and Save the Children in Vietnam, 66.1% of children had access to an Internet-connected device of which 43,4% had an average use of 1-3 hours per day.
    There is no denying that smart devices have brought plenty of benefits in our daily life. Smartphones or tablets are considered as crucial tools for parents in feeding children, teaching and entertaining them. However, many people are concerning the impact of 4.0 technology on children’s lives. Without smartphones, children will not eat and keep crying. The question is that “Do parents need to have the courage to put their phone down or learn to live with technology especially in educating your children?
    Questions to ponder:
    How long do you let your children/ cousins/ nieces use social media? Why do you let them use media?
    What are the pros and cons of allowing children to approach the Internet at a very young age?
    In your opinion, at which ages can children use mobile phones? Can you share some tips to raise children effectively in the 4.0 era?
    Case 1: You are so busy with an urgent task but your child is crying, what will you do, will you give him/her a mobile phone/TV or do something else?
    Case 2: Anytime you do not pay attention, your child will take your phone to play games or watch YouTube, etc. what will you do?
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    (02:20:22 AM 21/03/2014)

    Are English speakers changing the way they speak for you?


    Have you ever noticed that it's a lot easier to understand someone who's speaking directly to you in English than a conversation between two other people?

    I have this problem when I visit my in-laws in Japan. If I'm riding in the car with my wife and her mother and they're speaking Japanese to each other, it's hard to understand their conversation. Sometimes I have to ask my wife to repeat what they're talking about. When my wife summarizes the conversation for me in Japanese, I'm usually able to understand it.

    The reason that this happens is that we all naturally adjust our way of speaking to match the audience. When you speak to a colleague, you naturally use terminology that's specific to your field. When you speak to a child, you use smaller and more gentle-sounding words. When you speak to someone from your hometown, you switch into the local accent.

    And when English speakers talk to you, they speak an easier-to-understand form of English. They use a smaller range of vocabulary and simpler sentence structure. They speak more slowly and pronounce words more clearly. It's not something that they do intentionally. It's automatic. In fact, it's almost impossible to stop doing.

    English teachers do this most of all. We spend a lot of time talking to English learners. We know which words and expressions are easy, and which ones are hard. That makes us very good at changing our speech to fit the English learner's ears.

    Keep this in mind when you're taking classes or watching English instructional videos, or even when you're having a conversation with your English-speaking friends. It's easier to understand English that's been adjusted for your ability. But you need to look for ways to keep raising the difficulty level, little by little.

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