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  • Topic of this Week: "HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (May 9, 2021)"

    Dear Advancers,
    Some old topics (yet still helpful) will be picked for ONLINE discussion during this period.
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    The online discussion will start at 3.00pm and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 9th, May 2021.
    Topic 9th, May 2021: HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
    (The topic actually was discussed on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016)

    “Health is not valued till sickness comes” - Thomas Fuller
    “It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth” - Benjamin Franklin
    Young people, who are full of energy and eager to discover the whole new world ahead, may feel “hollow” or “theoretical” when you try to discuss with them about “a healthy lifestyle”. But they will soon realize that a healthy lifestyle would leave them fit, energetic and at reduced risk for diseases. Early recognition of healthy lifestyle practices would help young people make good use of their time and lead a more meaningful life.
    Healthy lifestyles could be defined physically and mentally. In terms of physical healthy lifestyles, people are advised to pay appropriate attention to basic daily activities including:
    - Eating: Good nutrition, reduce alcohol, fat and sugar intake;
    - Exercising: weight control, do exercise daily;
    - Sleeping: Sleep adequately;
    - Reducing Stress: Managing stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol.
    For mental well - being, it is interesting that advises given are very simple but of remarkable importance:
    -To enjoy regular family meals: This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations.
    -To smile and laugh out loud several times a day: Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes, raise a pet; forgive people and forgive yourself to bring out those happy feelings.
    -To have a positive attitude: Do your best to look at life as if "the glass is half full." You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively ("I think I can, I think I can…") to succeed.

    Questions for discussion:
    1. What lifestyle habits do you engage in that contribute to an illness or health condition you have right now?
    2. If you continue with these bad habits without making any lifestyle changes, what might your health be like in 10, 20, or 30 plus years?
    3. Do the bad habits you described above have any negative effects on people you care about or love? If so, please describe the habit and its negative effects.
    4. Can you think of any positive influence or hope you could bring to the lives of people you care about if you changed bad lifestyle habits to healthful ones?
    5. What thing would you love to do to change your lifestyle habits? What would be your goal?
    6. Who do you love or value enough to make the sacrifice necessary to break your bad habit and?
    Topic writer: Van Anh Tran


    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 



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    Sentence skills

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    Hôm nay mình bắt đầu vào phần quan trọng nhất của writing. Đó là tìm hiểu về câu. Các bạn chịu khó đọc kỹ từng phần nhé.


    •       explain the basic skills needed to write clear, error-free sentences

    •     provide numerous activities so that you can practice these skills enough to

    make them habits

    •     In addition, each chapter in Part 3         concludes with one or more review tests,

    allowing you to immediately test your understanding of each skill  


    Subjects and verbs


    Understanding subjects and verbs is a major step toward mastering many sentence skills. As a speaker of English, you already have an

    instinctive feel for these basic building blocks of English sentences. See if you can insert an appropriate word in each space that follows. The

    answer will be a subject.

      1.      __________  is one of my favorite Web sites. 

      2.     __________   told  me  a  secret.  

      3.    A  __________  is all I need to make me happy. 

      4.     __________   appeared  in  my  dreams.

      Now insert an appropriate word in the following spaces. Each answer will be a verb. 

      5.    The student  __________  for the exam.

       6.    My children  __________  much faster than I do. 

      7.    Every night, I  __________  my friends. 

      8.    Kalani  __________  home right after class.

      Finally, insert appropriate words in the following spaces. Each answer will be a subject in the first space and a verb in the second. 

      9.    A   __________   slowly   __________   into  the  room. 

    10.    Many   __________   today   __________   the  Internet.  

    11.    The   __________   never   __________   me. 

    12.    The   __________   nervously   __________   you  for  help.    

    The basic building blocks of English sentences are subjects and verbs. Understanding them is an important first step toward mastering a number

    of sentence skills.

       Every sentence has a subject and a verb. Who or what the sentence speaks about is called the  subject;   what the sentence says about the subject

    is called the  verb  In the following sentences, the subject is underlined once and the verb twice:

          People    gossip .

        The   truck    belched   fumes.

         He    waved   at  me.

         Alaska   contains  the largest wilderness area in the United States.

        That   woman    is   a  millionaire.

        The   pants    feel   itchy.

      A Simple Way to Find a Subject

       To find a subject, ask   who   or  what  the sentence is about. As shown below, your answer is the subject.

         Who   is the first sentence about?  People

         What   is the second sentence about? The  truck  

         Who   is the third sentence about?  He

         What   is the fourth sentence about?  Alaska

         Who   is the fifth sentence about? That   woman

         What   is the sixth sentence about? The   pants

       It helps to remember that the subject of a sentence is always a  noun   (any person, place, or thing) or a pronoun. A  pronoun   is simply a word

    like   he, she, it, you,   or   they   used in place of a noun. In the preceding sentences, the subjects are persons ( People, He, woman  ), a place ( Alaska  ),

    and things ( truck,  pants  ). And note that one pronoun ( He  ) is used as a subject. 

      A Simple Way to Find a Verb

       To find a verb, ask what the sentence   says about  the subject. As shown below, your answer is the verb.

         What does the first sentence  say  about   people? They   gossip .

        What does the second sentence  say  about   the truck? It  belched  (fumes).

        What does the third sentence  say  about   him? He  waved  (at me).

          What  does  the  fourth  sentence  say  about   Alaska? It  contains  (the largest wilderness area in the United States).

         What does the fifth sentence   say  about   that woman? She  is  (a millionaire).

        What does the sixth sentence  say  about   the pants? They   feel   (itchy).

    A second way to find the verb is to put   I, you, he, she, it,   or  they   in front of the word you think is a verb. If the result makes sense, you have a

    verb. For example, you could put   they   in front of   gossip   in the first sen-tence in the preceding list, with the result,   they  gossip,   making sense.

    Therefore, you know that   gossip   is a verb. You could use the same test with the other verbs as well.

       Finally, it helps to remember that most verbs show action. In “People gossip,” the action is   gossiping.   In “The truck belched fumes,”

    the action is   belching.   In “He waved at me,” the action is   waving.   In Alaska contains the largest wilderness area in the United States,” the

    action is  containing.  

       Certain other verbs, known as  linking  verbs,   do not show action. They do, however, give information about the subject of the sentence. In “That

    woman is a millionaire,” the linking verb   is   tells us that the woman is a millionaire. In “The pants feel itchy,” the linking verb   feel   gives us the


    information that the pants are itchy.

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