Xuân ước vọng.

Thứ Ba, 24 tháng 1, 2017

Xuân sang hoa đào nở.
Hoa mai rực sắc vàng.
Tà áo dài phất phới
Dập dìu trong nắng xuân

Lòng em chút xôn xao.
Nhớ người yêu chiến tuyến
Đã qua ba mùa xuân
Mong chờ xuân hội ngộ

Nơi biên thùy xa đó
Không mai vàng đào đỏ
Không bánh chưng bánh tét
Chỉ bom đạn gầm vang.

Dù muôn trùng cách trở
Em vẫn luôn có xuân
Luôn có anh bên đời
Anh - 
Xuân thanh bình vĩnh cửu.

Nau Hoang

Đợi Anh về.

Thứ Tư, 12 tháng 10, 2016

Waiting For You.


 Đợi Anh về.

Sài Gòn chiều nay trời trở gió
Mình Em lặng lẽ ngó mây trôi
Phương trời xa Anh luôn mãi biết
Bao nỗi buồn vương vấn hồn Em

Những lúc tiếng lòng Em thổn thức
Khúc nhạc tình luôn gởi về Anh
Yêu Anh Em đếm tháng ngày qua
Mong đến ngày trùng phùng hội ngộ

Nơi xa ấy khói bụi mịt mù
Đạn bom xé nát khoảng trời xanh
Anh như nhấn chìm trong biển lửa
Thiên đường địa ngục cách làn mây

Yêu Em Anh gác lại phía sau
Ba lô anh chứa đầy bao thương nhớ
Bình yên Anh về bên Em nhé
Anh cõng Em đi nốt đường tình

....................................    Nau Hoang    ...........

Jobs and Occupations.

Thứ Bảy, 1 tháng 10, 2016

Work - What do they do? Where do they work?
What do they do?
Where do they work?
Look after the finances in an organisation.
They work in an office.
Bake bread.
They work in a bakery.
Shave men's beards and cut men's hair.
They work in a barbers.
Serve drinks.
They work in a bar, pub or restaurant.
Prepare and sell meat.
They work in a butchers.
Clean and tidy rooms.
They work in a hotel.
Prepare and cook food.
They work in a kitchen.
Look after people's teeth.
They work in a dentists.
Look after people's health.
They work in a hospital or surgery.
Prepare and sell fish.
They work in a fishmongers.
Flight attendants
Look after passengers.
They work in an aeroplane (airplane AmE).
Hair dressers
Cut and style people's hair.
They work in a hair salon.
Judge and sentence people.
They work in a law court.
Defend and prosecute people.
They work in a law court and in a lawyers office.
Look after patients .
They work in a hospital or doctor's surgery.
Look after people's eye sight.
They work in an opticians.
Carry other people's bags and luggage.
They work in a hotel or train station.
Meet and greet visitors.
They work in reception.
Sales Assistants
Sell goods and look after customers.
They work in a shop.
Arrange appointments, type letters and organise meetings.
They work in an office.
Operate on people who are sick.
They work in a hospital.
Design, make, alter or repair garments,
They work in factories and shops.
Teach people.
They work in a school.
Organise and repair technical equipment.
They work everywhere!
Look after people's animals.
They work in a veterinary surgery or vets.
Serve people food and drink.
They work in a restaurant.
Weld metal to make things.
They work in factories and construction.

Leaving or Losing your job
There are many different ways to express leaving or losing a job.
To resign | To quit | To leave your job = to give up a job or position by telling your employer that you are leaving.
To retire = to leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health.
To be dismissed | To be fired | To get fired | To be sacked | To get the sack | To get the chop | To get your P45 | To lose your job = to be asked to leave a job, usually because you have done something wrong or badly, or sometimes as a way of saving the cost of employing you.
To be made redundant = to lose your job because your employer no longer needs you.
These are the most common questions asked in a normal interview with some ideas of how to prepare an answer:-
Tell me about yourself.
This does not mean "Give me your life story". It's your chance to give an overall impression of who you are. Research the company to get an idea of the skills and experience they're looking for, work those into your response. Make sure you concentrate on who you are, your work experience, and relates   everything to show that you would be a great candidate for the position.
What were your main responsibilities in your last job?
Be specific and positive about what you did in your current / previous job. Try to relate them to the job you are being interviewed for.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Give an example that relates to the job you are interviewing for.
What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
Your ability to work well under pressure, prioritizing skills, problem-solving skills, professional expertise, leadership skills, team spirit. Be prepared to give real life examples.
Be honest about a specific weakness, but show what you are doing to overcome it.
Why do you want to work for this company?
Be positive. Research the organisation and relate what they offer to your long-term ambitions.
Why do you want to level your current job?
Why did you leave your last job?
Never say anything bad about your previous employers. Think about leaving for a positive reason.
When can you start?
Straight away.
I need to give x weeks notice.
Do you have any questions?
Yes. Prepare several questions before the interview. You could ask about career / development / training opportunities. Be sure to ask when they'll make their decision.
There are lots of "typical" interview questions on Monster.co.uk.
John has a job interview for a Saturday job
So, you've applied for the Saturday position, right?
Yes, I have.
Can you tell me what made you reply to our advertisement?
Well, I was looking for a part-time job to help me through college. And I think that I'd be really good at this kind of work.
Do you know exactly what you would be doing as a shop assistant?
Well I imagine I would be helping customers, keeping a check on the supplies in the store, and preparing the shop for business.
That about covers it, you would also be responsible for keeping the front of the store tidy. What sort of student do you regard yourself as . . . did you enjoy studying while you were at school?
I suppose I'm a reasonable student. I passed all my exams and I enjoy studying subjects that interest me.
Have you any previous work experience?
Yes. I worked part-time at a take-away in the summer holidays.
Now, do you have any questions you'd like to ask me about the position?
Yes. Could you tell me what hours I'd have to work?
We open at 9.00, but you would be expected to arrive at 8.30 and we close at 6.00 pm. You would be able to leave then.
I think I have asked you everything I wanted to. Thank you for coming along to the interview. 
Thank you. When will I know if I have been successful?
We'll be making our decision next Monday, we'll give you a call.

fire fighter

Common Verbs For Beginners

Learning English .

Thứ Bảy, 13 tháng 8, 2016

Learning English words


Express your "self."

Thứ Sáu, 29 tháng 4, 2016

When you talk to people, it is always all about you? Or are you able to put yourself aside? Tell us about yourself. Let's talk about you!
Express Your "Self"

Hello! From VOA Learning English, this is Words and Their Stories.

Have you ever talked to someone who only wants to talk about themselves? It’s “me, me, me” or “I, I, I” from them all day long! This kind of talk can be a real “turn off” to the people listening.

But at times, perhaps we are all guilty of being selfish or self-absorbed. For those days, here are some self-centered expressions you can use.

Today our program is all about you!

Let’s start with the word “self.”

“Self” can be added to many words to make new words. If you are self-conscious, you are aware of yourself in a bad way. You carefully plot your every move. People who are self-conscious can seem nervous around others and perhaps not very self-confident.

However, self-awareness is a good thing.

Self-awareness means you recognize both your good points and bad points. 
A person who is self-aware understands that what they say and do affects the people around them.
The difference between being self-aware and self-conscious may seem minor. But there is a big difference.

Self-employed people are people who work for themselves. They are their own bosses. But people who are self-serving only think of their own needs. However, if you are self-employed, being a self-serving business person is a good thing. No one is there to help you. You must look after yourself.

Self-preservation is also good thing. You have to depend on yourself to survive. However, self-pity is not a good thing to have. Nobody likes to be around people who always feel sorry for themselves.

You don’t have to be filled with self-pity to annoy other people around you.
If you are unable to make a decision, people could say to you, “suit yourself.” This expression is a response when you don’t really care what someone does. It means "do as you please." In other words, have it your way!

Let’s listen to an example:
“I don’t think I’m going to the party tonight.”
“But you just said you were going and that you would give me ride!”
“Okay, I’ll go.”
“Look, suit yourself. Don’t go because of me. But make up your mind!”

Some expressions using the word “self” can sound strange.

Take, for example, the saying to be beside yourself. To many people, this might sound like you are having an out-of-body experience. But to be beside yourself means to be affected by a strong, usually negative emotion, like anger or sadness.

Here are a few examples:
“When her mother died, she was beside herself with grief.”
“He was so upset that he was beside himself.”

Another unusual-sounding expression is to be full of yourself. This means that you think so highly of yourself that you are full; there is no room for anyone else.
If you are full of yourself, you might think that you are the greatest thing since sliced bread -- a common expression in American English.
If you are full of yourself, you may need to get over yourself. “To get over yourself” may sound like a difficult physical exercise. But it only means that you need to think of others not just yourself.
If you are way too caught up in your own life or think you are better than everyone else, others might say to you, “Get over yourself.”

Now, getting out of your own way is different. This means that the thing or barrier keeping you from getting what you want is you!

If you are the reason you are not achieving your goals, a friend could say to you, “You have to get out of your own way!”

People who experience hard times can become a shadow of their former self. This means they have less influence or strength than they once did.

For example, imagine a man who has a loving wife, a high-paying job and helps out in his community. Then his wife leaves him. She blames herself for the separation. But this doesn’t help. The man turns to alcohol to escape his marriage problems. Then he loses his job, his home, his friends. When you see how low he has fallen, you could say he is a shadow of his former self.

But enough about him .

Let’s get back to you. Practice using some of these “self” expressions to express yourself.

I’m Anna Matteo.

Anna Matteo wrote this article for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor. The song at the end is “Express Yourself ” sung by Madonna. 

Expressions from Alice in Wonderland.

Thứ Hai, 21 tháng 3, 2016

The book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a favorite around the world. The characters are popular costumes as well! Here, two people dress as "The Hatter" and "Alice" during the Chelsea Flower Show in London, May 2015. (AFP PHOTO)

Expressions from Alice in Wonderland
Hello! From VOA Learning English, this is Words and Their Stories.
Many expressions that we use in American English come from movies and books. Today we will explore expressions from Lewis Carroll’s famous book “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.” This book is better known as “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published in 1865. The story is about a young girl falling, falling, falling … for a long time down a rabbit hole. When she finally lands, she finds herself in a strange world.                                                             
In this strange world are some of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature. Many of them, and other expressions from the book, have found their way into American English.
The first character Alice meets is the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is not your usual rabbit. First of all, he is wearing a vest and carrying a pocket watch. He also has somewhere very important to be, he says over and over.
Running past Alice, he says, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”
Alice chases after him, and that is where her adventures begin. 
In English, chasing a white rabbit means to chase the impossible, a fantasy, a dream. In 1967, the rock band Jefferson Airplane wrote a song called “White Rabbit.” The song tells of Alice's adventures and hints that drugs are involved.
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
But don’t worry. You need not take drugs. Following the white rabbit means following an unlikely clue and finding yourself in the middle of an extraordinary situation. This situation often challenges your beliefs and changes your life.
The White Rabbit is so curious, so strange, that Alice cannot help but to follow him. As she chases after him, she falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
Like chasing a white rabbit, these days to go down the rabbit hole does not have to mean taking drugs to change your reality.
To fall down the rabbit hole can mean to enter a confusing situation.
However, usually we use this expression to mean we got interested in something to the point of distraction. We lose all track of time. It often happens by accident and is about something not that meaningful.
With this idiom, you can add details to further describe what type of rabbit hole you fell into, as in this example:
"Where have been? You were supposed to meet me here an hour ago."
"I am so sorry! I was looking online for some advice on how to get a baby to fall asleep and I fell into a rabbit hole of parenting blogs!"
"There are tens of thousands of those. It’s a wonder you made your way out!"
Going down the rabbit hole can also mean a strange state of mind.
Later in the story, Alice is the guest at a tea party – a crazy tea party! There she meets the March Hare and the Hatter. They give her riddle after riddle. And both seem truly crazy.  
As with many expressions found in Carroll’s books mad as a March hareappeared in other places long before the publication of his book.
Hares have long been thought to behave excitedly in March, which is their mating season. Scientifically, this may not be true. But to be mad as a March hare means that someone is completely mad, or crazy.
The expression mad as a Hatter also means to be completely crazy. Of the two, mad as a Hatter is more common. But don’t tell the March Hare. Who knows how he will react!
Now, we move on to the Cheshire Cat. Smiling like the Cheshire Cat was a common expression during Victorian times. Carroll brought this expression to life in his book with the character the Cheshire Cat. A person who is compared to the Cheshire Cat is sneaky, cunning, mischievous, unpredictable and mysterious.
Near the end of the story, Alice meets the Queen of Hearts.
The Queen of Hearts is a foul-tempered monarch. She is quick to give the death sentence for the slightest wrongdoing by yelling, “Off with their heads! Off with their heads!”
A woman who is called a Queen of Hearts is a control freak.
She is a self-appointed queen of events. And she is an aggressive woman who tries to dominate everything and everyone around her.
Using expressions from popular books can add a special flavor to your English. And when used properly, they also show you have a deeper understanding of the literature and culture of the English language. So, have fun with them!
And that’s Words and Their Stories.
I’m Anna Matteo.
I found myself in Wonderland, Get back on my feet again ...

Anna Matteo wrote this for VOA Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor. The song at the end if "Almost Alice" by Avril Lavigne and is featured in the movie "Alice in Wonderland" by Walt Disney Pictures.

Words in This Story

hint  v. to say (something) or give information about (something) in an indirect way; to suggest
extraordinary  adj. very unusual; very different from what is normal or customary
sneaky  adj. behaving in a secret and usually dishonest way
cunning  adj. getting what is wanted by trickery
mischievous  adj. showing a playful desire to cause trouble
monarch  n. a leader of a kingdom or empire
dominate  v. to have control of or power over someone or something