March 6 2016

Keep Your Dream – Giữ lại giấc mơ của bạn

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Isidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

Moral: Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.   No Dream is too big or too small when one works hard to live it.  One should always try making dreams come true no matter what.

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March 5 2016

Boy’s Job Appraisal – Đánh giá công việc của chàng trai

A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers).  The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation.

Boy: ‘Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?

Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’

Boy: ‘Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.’

Woman: I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.

Boy: (with more perseverance) : ‘Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach , Florida.’

Woman: No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner: ‘Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.’

Boy: ‘No thanks.’

Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.

Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the Job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!’

Moral: This is what we call ‘Self Appraisal’.  Every time if we don’t get ahead of others, we blame others for it.  We should look to our self and compare, find own weaknesses and work hard to throw away weaknesses.  Always Work Hard, Honest and with full Dedication.  It will always pay up.

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March 5 2016

A Mother’s Day Story – Câu chuyện ngày của mẹ

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.” She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

Moral: Life is Short.  Spend much time as you can loving and caring people who love you.  Enjoy each moment with them before it’s too late.  There is nothing important than family.

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March 5 2016

Father Son Conversation – Cuộc trò chuyện giữa bố và con

Once day, father was doing some work and his son came and asked, “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” Father said, “Yeah sure, what it is?” So his son asked, “Dad, how much do you make an hour?” Father got bit upset and said, “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” Son said, “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” So, father told him that “I make Rs. 500 per hour.”

“Oh”, the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, “Dad, may I please borrow Rs. 300?” The father furiously said, “if the only reason you asked about my pay is so that you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then march yourself to your room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day and do not like this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think, “May be there was something he really needed to buy with that Rs. 300 and he really didn’t ask for money very often!” The man went to the door of little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you a sleep, son?” He asked. “No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy. “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier”, said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you, Here’s the Rs.300 you asked for”.

The little boy sat straight up, smiling “oh thank you dad!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crippled up notes. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.

“Why do you want money if you already had some?” the father grumbled. “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy I have Rs. 500 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you”. Father was dumbstruck.

Moral: It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life! We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

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March 5 2016

Phân biệt “so, too” và “very”

Chúng ta đều đã quá quen thuộc với các từ so, too và very, nhưng vẫn có thể lúng túng khi sử dụng. Trong bài này, ta sẽ được học cách phân biệt chúng.

1.So.

Ý nghĩa: Rất  (nhấn mạnh tính chất sự vật)

So đi với các tính từ và mang nghĩa nhiều tới một mức nào đó, đôi khi socòn mang nghĩa nhấn mạnh.

Ví dụ:

Don’t put it so far. I can’t see it. Put it near a bit.

Đừng đặt nó quá xa. Tôi không thể nhìn thấy nó. Đặt nó gần một chút đi.

How could I have been so impolite!

Tại sao tôi có thể bất lịch sự như vậy nhỉ!

So có thể đi kèm với that để giải thích thêm về mức độ, tính chất được nhấn mạnh của vấn đề

Ví dụ:

Peter was so tired that he fell asleep in class.

Peter đã quá mệt tới mức anh ta đã ngủ gật ở lớp.

The cake was so delicious that I could not stop eating it.

Cái bánh ngon tới mức mà tôi đã không thể dừng ăn nó.

Tuy nhiên , đôi khi So cũng được sử dụng không đi kèm với that nhưng vẫn mang nghĩa giải thích hay nhấn mạnh

Ví dụ:

I am so angry, I cannot forgive him!

Tôi tức quá, tôi không thể tha thứ cho anh ta.

I’m so embarrassed, I could die!

Tôi thực sự xấu hổ. Tôi chết mất!

2. Very

Ý nghĩa: Rất (nhấn mạnh tính chất sự vật)

Very thường đi trước tính từ và mang nghĩa nhấn manh.

Ví dụ:

It’s very cold today.

Thời tiết hôm nay rất lạnh.

Listen to me very carefully!

Nghe lời tôi thật kĩ nhé!

Tuy cũng mang nghĩa nhấn mạnh như So tuy nhiên mức độ tập trung nhấn mạnh củavery thấp hơn so với So. Do đó khi sử dụng trong câu nếu chúng ta cần tìm một từ nhấn mạnh mang mức độ cao hơn Very chúng ta có thể sử dụng So. Các trường hợp đặc biệt lưu ý trong trường hợp này là cảm xúc của con người

Ví dụ:

Thank you so much!  (Thank you very much!)

Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều.

I’m so sorry. (= I am really very sorry; I am sincerely sorry.)

Tôi rất lấy làm tiếc.

3. Too

Ý nghĩa : Quá, rất..

Too cũng là một từ mang ngụ ý nhấn mạnh tuy nhiên sự nhấn mạnh của too mang nghĩa tiêu cưc . Thông thường trong câu sử dụng too chúng ta thường hiểu khi đó vấn đề được nói đến theo nghĩa nằm ngoài mức độ mà đáng lẽ nó nên xảy ra

Ví dụ:

It’s too big. I can’t bring it. Do you have anything smaller?

Nó quá to. Tôi không thể mang nó. Bạn có cái gì khác nhỏ hơn không?

That exercise is too difficult. You’ll have to choose easier exercise, otherwise no one can do it.

Bài tập này quá khó. Bạn sẽ phải chọn một bài tập dễ hơn nếu không thì không ai có thể làm nó.

Too thường được sử dụng để nói đến ý nghĩa giới hạn của một sự việc hay hành động xảy ra theo cấu trúc:

X is too Y for Z (where Z sets the limit).

X is too Y [for W] to do Z (where Z says what cannot be done because Y isabove or below the limit [of W]).

Ví dụ:

She is too young to come here.

Cô ấy quá trẻ để tới đây

What she said is too difficult for me to understand.

Những gì cố ấy nói quá khó hiểu đối với tôi

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