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Thử tý – Accuracy Quiz

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Many people would say there was a “mistake” in each of the following sentences. Can you identify them? For each sentence, please do four things:

  • mark the faulty word or words;
  • briefly describe what is wrong;
  • try to write a correct or improved version;
  • decide how important the mistake is.

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Danh mục từ vựng học thuật thường dùng trong trường đại học – Academic word list

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Academic Word List Coxhead (2000). The most frequent word in each family is in italics. There are 570 headwords and about 3000 words altogether. For more information see The Academic Word List. For more practice see: Schmitt & Schmitt (2005), or the Compleat Lexical Tutor.

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone and want to practise these words, you could try: Flashcards Deluxe. Install the application, then search in the shared library for “Academic Word List”. Or on an iPhone you might like to try Testmaker: Install the application, then follow the instructions to use this file, or iMemento: Install the application, then follow the instructions to use this file,

*Definitions linked to: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Used with permission)

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Lời khuyên sử dụng thể chủ động và bị động trong tiếng Anh – Active vs. Passive Voice

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Use the active voice

At the heart of every good sentence is a strong, precise verb; the converse is true as well–at the core of most confusing, awkward, or wordy sentences lies a weak verb.

Try to use the active voice whenever possible.

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Nghệ thuật giao tiếp: không chỉ là nói

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(by David Kranes )

“We are bodies that learn language.”
–Kenneth Burke

“The best things cannot be told; the second best
are misunderstood.  After that comes civilized
conversation; after that, mass indoctrination; after
that, intercultural exchange.”
–Joseph Campbell 

To genuinely “speak” is so powerful that few do it.  And those who do speak do it rarely. Human beings use dialogue to avoid speaking.  Dialogue is the dance we do to avoid the music.  It is, in Harold Pinter’s words, “the speech to cover speech.”

Dialogue is one of the tools we have for negotiating what we want and for negotiating our relationships.

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Cách nối câu để tránh kiểu “vỡ lòng” – Sentence-combining skills

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The Need to Combine Sentences

Sentences have to be combined to avoid the monotony that would surely result if all sentences were brief and of equal length. (If you haven’t already read them, see the sections on Avoiding Primer Style and Sentence Variety.) Part of the writer’s task is to employ whatever music is available to him or her in language, and part of language’s music lies within the rhythms of varied sentence length and structure. Even poets who write within the formal limits and sameness of an iambic pentameter beat will sometimes strike a chord against that beat and vary the structure of their clauses and sentence length, thus keeping the text alive and the reader awake. This section will explore some of the techniques we ordinary writers use to combine sentences.

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Tránh dùng tiếng Anh kiểu “vỡ lòng” – Avoiding primer language

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(Xem thêm bài Cách nối câu để tránh kiểu “vỡ lòng”)

Primer style is characterized by too many short sentences. It is important to note that there is nothing inherently wrong with short sentences. Too many of them in a small space, however, can remind readers of material they read in kindergarten or first grade: See Dick. See Dick chase Jane. See Jane run.

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Thử kiến thức về phát âm tiếng Anh – English Pronunciation Quiz

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Summary: Test your knowledge of accent reduction

  1. What is an accent?

A. carryover of speech sounds from your native language to your second language.
B. A speech or language disorder.
C. A personality trait/characteristic

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Sử dụng ngôn ngữ cơ thể trong giao tiếp tiếng Anh – Speak English with Body Language

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Xem thêm bài: Giao tiếp phi ngôn từ, Nguyễn Quang, Tạp chí Khoa học ĐHQGHN (2007)


Summary: A look at the importance of non-verbal communication.

When we speak, we use much more than just words. We also communicate with our face, our hands, and even our own body. This kind of communication can be called “body language” or “non-verbal communication”. Non-verbal communication not only includes how we move our body, but also hand gestures, facial expressions including eye contact, and how we use our voice. Psychologists estimate that between 60% and 80% of all of our communication with other people is non-verbal. We communicate a wide range of information non-verbally. We also show our feelings, attitudes, moods, hopes and wishes far better with non-verbal language than with words.

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 57 cách cải thiện kỹ năng nói tiếng Anh – 57 ways to improve your fluency

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Summary: Short and long term solutions for those who want to speak more quickly and smoothly. Also useful for teachers planning classroom fluency practice.

One of the top priorities of learners of English around the world is to improve their fluency, by which they usually mean how quickly and/ or “smoothly” they can speak the language, including avoiding pauses. Unfortunately, fluency is one of the most difficult things to improve, particularly without living in an English-speaking country and if you are trying to improve this skills outside class. This article gives over 50 tips that should help learners to speak more fluently, including many things people can do on their own outside the classroom. The advice is divided into things to do while speaking, (just) before speaking, and when trying to “study speaking” to improve your skills. These tips are mainly for language learners themselves, but the suggestions should also be useful for teachers who want to give students advice or bring more development of fluency into their classes.

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Thành ngữ mới “sáng tác” – new idioms

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Thành ngữ mới trong tiếng Anh

Cross the line

Handsome is as handsome does

Talk a mile a minute

Too clever by half

Busy as a one-armed paper hanger

Grinning like a shot fox

I may have been born at night, but not last night

Fight fire with fire

First up, best dressed

Part of the furniture

Cut someone off at the knees

Turn someone’s crank

Cat and mouse

Fine-tooth comb

Like to died

Cool your Jets

Fly in the face of

Out of the goodness of your heart

It is what it is

Hit below the belt

Up to the hilt

On the off-chance

Lose your head

Wilder than a peach orchard boar

Put your oar in

Spread the word

Get the word out

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Love you and leave you

Foggiest idea

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Cẩn thận với lối “nói phũ” – dysphemism

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Definition of Dysphemism

Dysphemism is originated from a Greek word “dys” means miss or none and “pheme” means reputation or speech. It is a figure of speech which is defined as the use of disparaging or offensive expressions instead of inoffensive ones. Dysphemism is the use of negative expressions instead of positive ones. A speaker uses them to humiliate or degrade the disapproved person or character. Dysphemism examples may be classified according to the following types.

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Tìm hiểu về Uyển ngữ – Euphemism

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euphemism is a polite expression used in place of words or phrases that otherwise might be considered harsh or unpleasant to hear. Euphemisms are used regularly, and there are many examples in every day language.

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