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Monthly Archives: Tháng Chín 2015

Thành ngữ về đồ ăn – Food idioms

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Một số từ vựng cần biết khi đi mua sắm.

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Một số cách nói về ăn uống – Food and cooking

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Food and cooking

  • Nosh / grub – These are informal words for food.
  • Lets go out for a slap up dinner. / Let’s pig out and stuff our faces! – Let’s go out and have a lot to eat!
  • The food was fusion. – There was a mix of two types of food, e.g. Thai and western European.
  • I really fancy an Indian! – You’re not in love with someone from India – you just want to go for a curry [spicy Indian food]!
  • Fancy a ruby? – Here, ‘ruby’ is rhyming slang for ‘curry’. [Ruby Murray was one of the most popular singers in the UK in the 1950s.]
  • I’m starving. I could eat a horse! – you are extremely hungry!
  • I’m just a bit peckish. – You are not particularly hungry but feel like having something to eat.

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Một vài cách nói về sức khỏe trong tiếng Anh – Health related terms

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Feeling ill

  • I feel really rough.
  • I’m shattered.
  • I’m on my last legs.
  • You look poorly.
  • You look like death warmed up.
  • You’re looking peaky.

All these are informal expressions that indicate you are feeling ill or unwell, tired and exhausted.

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Tiếng Anh liên quan tới âm nhạc – Music related terms

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People working in music

  • A bassist – Someone who plays bass guitar.
  • A guitarist – Someone who plays a guitar.
  • A lead singer – The main singer in the band.
  • A drummer – The person who plays percussion and the drums.
  • A programmer – Someone who creates music by mixing different bits or samples of others.
  • A singer songwriter – Someone who writes and sings their own songs, eg Paul McCartney.
  • A boy band – A group of young men brought together by a record company.

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Một số mẹo viết tiếng Anh hiệu quả – 11 microstyle writing tips

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1. Be clear.

Follow the KISS principle: Keep it simple, stupid. (xem thêm bài: Nguyên tắc KISS trong viết tiếng Anh – Keep it short and simple)

Example: A clear and clever maxim that sums up food writer Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food is “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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Một số từ tiếng Anh cần cân nhắc khi sử dụng – 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

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[Không phải luôn luôn đúng, nhưng rất đáng xem và cân nhắc khi sử dụng tiếng Anh]

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Newsprint is on life support, emoji are multiplying faster than hungry Gremlins, and 300 million people worldwide strive to make their point in 140 or fewer characters.

People don’t have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here’s a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.

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Cái tội của nhún nhường – 9 phrases that make you sound less experienced than you are

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It doesn’t matter how much experience (or grey hair) you have compared to everyone else. You were hired to do a job and to work together with the people around you. So, the more you can position yourself as an equal, the more you’ll be treated like one. While you shouldn’t go to the other end of the spectrum and act like you’re more important than the rest of your team, you should never feel afraid to present yourself confidently as a peer. (Oh, and this is true whether you’re in your first job or joining the ranks of upper management.)

How do you do that? Here are a few commonly used words and phrases you want to avoid since they instantly make you sound more inexperienced — plus what to say instead to ensure you come across as the capable, competent professional you are.

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Tổ hợp từ – Collocations – trong tiếng Anh

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[Xem thêm bài: Tại sao cần hiểu và dùng đúng tổ hợp từ trong tiếng Anh (collocation)]

What is a collocation?

A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations just sound “right” to native English speakers, who use them all the time. On the other hand, other combinations may be unnatural and just sound “wrong”. Look at these examples:

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Một số từ thông dụng dùng liên quan tới tiền bạc – Money words used in the street

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The money in your pocket:

  • Doshdoughwedge – These are informal terms for money.
  • fiver , A tenner . – £5, £10
  • Twenty quid – £20
  • ton – £100
  • grand – £1,000
  • Loose change – coins
  • I’ve only got a few coppers. – I only have a few 2p and 1p coins.
  • Plastic – credit/debit cards

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Thành ngữ tiếng Anh thông dụng – Popular English idioms and slangs

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CRUNCH TIME

the period of time just before a project has to be completed and everyone has to work hard.

Examples:

  • I’m not getting enough sleep these days. It’s crunch time at work.

 

LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY

to let others see your uniqueness

Examples:

  • My colleagues were surprised at the Christmas party- I let my freak flag fly and showed them a break dance routine.

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Một số “cấu kiện” tiếng Anh thông dụng – the English we speak

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Out of juice:

When you’ve used all the battery power of something like a mobile phone, so that it doesn’t work anymore, we can say it’s ‘out of juice’. It’s a slang expression.

Sometimes if a person feels low on energy, they could say ‘I’m out of juice’. Also if your car is low on petrol, you could say ‘The car’s running out of juice.’

Examples:

  • My laptop’s out of juice. This is so frustrating.
  • I am packing three spare phone batteries so I don’t run out of juice on my climbing trip.

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Một số từ tiếng Anh dễ bị lẫn lộn – Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English

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Let’s face it, English can be confusing. A lot of words are similar but with different meanings, as a result it is almost impossible to avoid making mistakes in English, but if you can get your head around these explanations, you might be able to avoid making these ones or at least recognise them when you see them. Words marked with an asterisk * have confusing pronunciation.

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Một số thuật ngữ văn học – nghệ thuật – Some literature terms

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1. analogy (phép so sánh, tương tự)

An analogy refers to ‘a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification’.

2. anaphora (phép trùng lặp, thể trùng điệp)

An anaphora is ‘the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses’.

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Một số thành ngữ liên quan đến bánh trái – 11 baking idioms to whet your appetite

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 1. To be caught with your hand in the cookie jar

Have you ever had one (or a few) too many cookies and then felt horribly guilty about it? If so, this is the phrase for you! It extends figuratively to encompass someone being caught doing anything wrong or mischievous.

2. Easy as pie

This phrase refers to ‘something easily accomplished or dealt with’and began life, according to the OED, in the early 20th century. We all know just how easy it is to consume a slice of pie (or a whole pie…).

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