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Listening 1

Unit 31: The Marathon

The marathon

I. DIALOUGE

W: Did you watch the Boston marathon?
M: Yes, I went to Boston to see it.
W: You were in Boston for the marathon?
M: That’s right. My friend is a runner, so I went there to watch her run. We traveled to Boston together.
W: You are so lucky! Which part of the marathon did you see?
M: I watched the entire race, from start to finish.
W: I don’t know how the runners can finish the whole race! It’s so long and difficult! I could never do something like that.
M: I tried to run a marathon once. It was really difficult. I just can’t run like my friend can.
W: Yes, running a marathon is not an easy thing to do. By the way, how did your friend do in the race?
M: She did quite well! She was not the fastest runner, but she was in the top 50.

II. VOCABULARY

  • marathon /ˈmerəˌθɑn/: cuộc chạy đua (đường dài)
  • entire /ɪnˈtaɪr/: toàn bộ
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Truyện ngắn

A Thousand Dollars by O. Henry

“One thousand dollars,” said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. “And here is the money.”

Young Gillian touched the thin package of $50 bills and laughed.

“It’s such an unusual amount,” he explained kindly to the lawyer. “If it had been $10,000, a man might celebrate with a lot of fireworks. Even $50 would have been less trouble.”

“You heard the reading of your uncle’s will after he died,” continued the lawyer Tolman. “I do not know if you paid much attention to its details. I must remind you of one. You are required to provide us with a report of how you used this $1,000 as soon as you have spent it. I trust that you will obey the wishes of your late uncle.”

“You may depend on it,” said the young man respectfully.

Gillian went to his club. He searched for a man he called Old Bryson.

Old Bryson was a calm, anti-social man, about 40 years old. He was in a corner reading a book. When he saw Gillian coming near he took a noisy, deep breath, laid down his book and took off his glasses.

“I have a funny story to tell you,” said Gillian.

“I wish you would tell it to someone in the billiard room,” said Old Bryson. “You know how I hate your stories.”

“This is a better one than usual,” said Gillian, rolling a cigarette, and I’m glad to tell it to you. It’s too sad and funny to go with the rattling of billiard balls.

I’ve just come from a meeting with my late uncle’s lawyers. He leaves me an even $1,000. Now, what can a man possibly do with $1,000?”

Old Bryson showed very little interest. “I thought the late Septimus Gillian was worth something like half a million.”

“He was,” agreed Gillian, happily. “And that’s where the joke comes in. He has left a lot of his money to an organism. That is, part of it goes to the man who invents a new bacillus and the rest to establish a hospital for doing away with it again. There are one or two small, unimportant gifts on the side. The butler and the housekeeper get a seal ring and $10 dollars each. His nephew gets $1,000 thousand dollars.”

“Were there any others mentioned in your uncle’s will?” asked Old Bryson.

“None.” said Gillian. “There is a Miss Hayden. My uncle was responsible for her. She lived in his house. She’s a quiet thing … musical … the daughter of somebody who was unlucky enough to be his friend.

“I forgot to say that she was in on the ring and $10 joke, too. I wish I had been. Then I could have had two bottles of wine, given the ring to the waiter and had the whole business off my hands. Now tell me what a man can do with $1,000.”

Old Bryson rubbed his glasses and smiled. And when Old Bryson smiled, Gillian knew that he intended to be more offensive than ever.

There are many good things a man could do with $1,000,” said Bryson. “You?” he said with a gentle laugh. “Why, Bobby Gillian, there’s only one reasonable thing you could do. You can go and buy Miss Lotta Lauriere a diamond necklace with the money and then take yourself off to Idaho and inflict your presence upon a ranch. I advise a sheep ranch, as I have a particular dislike for sheep.”

“Thanks,” said Gillian as he rose from his chair. “I knew I could depend on you, Old Bryson. You’ve hit on the very idea. I wanted to spend the money on one thing, because I have to turn in a report for it, and I hate itemizing.”

Gillian phoned for a cab and said to the driver: “The stage entrance of the Columbine Theatre.”

The theater was crowded. Miss Lotta Lauriere was preparing for her performance when her assistant spoke the name of Mr. Gillian.

“Let it in,” said Miss Lauriere. “Now, what is it, Bobby? I’m going on stage in two minutes.”

“It won’t take two minutes for me. What do you say to a little thing in the jewelry line? I can spend $1,000.”

“Say, Bobby,” said Miss Lauriere, “Did you see that necklace Della Stacey had on the other night? It cost $2,200 at Tiffany’s.”

Miss Lauriere was called to the stage for her performance.

Gillian slowly walked out to where his cab was waiting. “What would you do with $1,000 if you had it?” he asked the driver.

“Open a drinking place,” said the driver, quickly. “I know a place I could take money in with both hands. I’ve got it worked out — if you were thinking of putting up the money.”

“Oh, no,” said Gillian. “I was just wondering.”

Eight blocks down Broadway, Gillian got out of the cab. A blind man sat on the sidewalk selling pencils. Gillian went out and stood in front of him.

“Excuse me, but would you mind telling me what you would do if you had $1,000?” asked Gillian.

The blind man took a small book from his coat pocket and held it out. Gillian opened it and saw that it was a bank deposit book.

It showed that the blind man had a balance of $1,785 in his bank account. Gillian returned the bank book and got back into the cab.

“I forgot something,” he said. “You may drive to the law offices of Tolman and Sharp.”

Lawyer Tolman looked at Gillian in a hostile and questioning way.

“I beg your pardon,” said Gillian, cheerfully. “But was Miss Hayden left anything by my uncle’s will in addition to the ring and the $10 dollars?”

“Nothing,” said Mr. Tolman.

“I thank you very much, sir,” said Gillian, and went to his cab. He gave the driver the address of his late uncle’s home.

Miss Hayden was writing letters in the library. The small, thin woman wore black clothes. But you would have noticed her eyes. Gillian entered the room as if the world were unimportant.

“I have just come from old Tolman’s,” he explained. “They have been going over the papers down there. They found a …”

Gillian searched his memory for a legal term. “They found an amendment or a post-script or something to the will. It seemed that my uncle had second thoughts and willed you $1,000. Tolman asked me to bring you the money. Here it is.”

Gillian laid the money beside her hand on the desk. Miss Hayden turned white. “Oh!” she said. And again, “Oh!”

Gillian half turned and looked out the window. In a low voice he said, “I suppose, of course, that you know I love you.”

“I am sorry,” said Miss Hayden, as she picked up her money.

“There is no use?” asked Gillian, almost light-heartedly.

“I am sorry,” she said again.

“May I write a note?” asked Gillian, with a smile. Miss Hayden supplied him with paper and pen, and then went back to her writing table.

Gillian wrote a report of how he spent the $1,000: “Paid by Robert Gillian, $1,000 on account of the eternal happiness, owed by Heaven to the best and dearest woman on Earth.”

Gillian put the note into an envelope. He bowed to Miss Hayden and left.

His cab stopped again at the offices of Tolman and Sharp.

“I have spent the $1,000,” he said cheerfully, to Tolman. “And I have come to present a report of it, as I agreed.” He threw a white envelope on the lawyer’s table.

Without touching the envelope, Mr. Tolman went to a door and called his partner, Sharp. Together they searched for something in a large safe. They brought out a big envelope sealed with wax. As they opened the envelope, they shook their heads together over its contents. Then Tolman became the spokesman.

“Mr. Gillian,” he said, “there was an addition to your uncle’s will. It was given to us privately, with instructions that it not be opened until you had provided us with a full report of your handling of the $1,000 received in the will.

“As you have satisfied the conditions, my partner and I have read the addition. I will explain to you the spirit of its contents.

“In the event that your use of the $1,000 shows that you possess any of the qualifications that deserve reward, you stand to gain much more. If your disposal of the money in question has been sensible, wise, or unselfish, it is in our power to give you bonds to the value of $50,000. But if you have used this money in a wasteful, foolish way as you have in the past, the $50,000 is to be paid to Miriam Hayden, ward of the late Mr. Gillian, without delay.

“Now, Mr. Gillian, Mr. Sharp and I will examine your report of the $1,000.”

Mr. Tolman reached for the envelope. Gillian was a little quicker in taking it up. He calmly tore the report and its cover into pieces and dropped them into his pocket.

“It’s all right,” he said, smilingly. “There isn’t a bit of need to bother you with this. I don’t suppose you would understand these itemized bets, anyway. I lost the $1,000 on the races. Good-day to you, gentlemen.”

Tolman and Sharp shook their heads mournfully at each other when Gillian left. They heard him whistling happily in the hallway as he waited for the elevator.

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Listening 2

Mark’s Big Game

Mark’s Big Game

I. DIALOUGE

Mark’s favourite sport is hockey.
He is 15 years old.
Mark practises three times a week.
Practices are two hours long.
Mark plays one game a week.
Mark is a good hockey player.
He plays on Friday nights.
Friday night hockey games are popular.
Mark’s family watches him play.
Mark’s friends watch him play too.
There are always many fans.
Tonight is the big game.
Coaches are coming to watch Mark play.
Mark wants to play in the National Hockey League.
Mark wants to make a lot of money.
It is very hard to play in the NHL.
Mark’s parents want him to go to college.
They want him to have an education.
They want Mark to be successful.
They want Mark to be happy.

II. VOCABULARY

  • hockey /ˈhɑki/: môn thể thao khúc côn cầu
  • coach /koʊtʃ/: huấn luyện viên
  • league /liɡ/: liên đoàn
  • college /ˈkɑlɪdʒ/: (trường) cao đẳng
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Từ vựng A1

Above – từ vựng A1

Above (adv, prep)

US /əˈbʌv/
UK /əˈbʌv/

Sử Dụng “Above” Trong Câu

Above all, be patient.
Trên tất cả, hãy kiên nhẫn

Tom lives in the apartment above us.
Tom sống ở căn hộ phía trên chúng tôi

Tom lives just one floor above Mary.
Tôm sống trên Mary một tầng

This city is 1,600 meters above sea level.
Thành phố trên mực nước biển 1600 mét

Her voice could hardly be heard above the noise.
Tiếng của cô ấy rất khó nghe trên sự ồn ào

I hope that you’re aware that no one is above the law.
Tôi hi vọng rằng anh hiểu rõ là không ai đứng trên pháp luật

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Tips

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Listening 2

Jennifer the Firefighter

Jennifer the firefighter

I. DIALOUGE

Jennifer Smith is a firefighter.
She is one of the first female firefighters.
Jennifer works hard every day.
Jennifer exercises every day.
She lifts weights.
She wants her muscles to be very strong.
She saves people’s lives every day.
She is very strong.
Jennifer is married.
Her husband is a school teacher.
Jennifer’s husband is proud of her.
Jennifer is a mother.
She has two daughters.
Jennifer’s daughters are proud of her too.
Jennifer is happy being a firefighter.
Jennifer is happy being a wife.
Jennifer is happy being a mother.

II. VOCABULARY

  • firefighter /ˈfaɪrˌfaɪtər/(n): lính cứu hoả
  • exercise /ˈeksərˌsaɪz/: luyện tập
  • lift weight /lɪft weɪt/: nâng tạ
  • muscle /ˈmʌs(ə)l/: cơ bắp
  • proud /praʊd/: tự hào (về)
  • proud of somebody: tự hào về ai đó
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Từ vựng C1

Abortion – Từ vựng C1

abortion (n): phá thai

US /əˈbɔrʃ(ə)n/
UK /əˈbɔː(r)ʃ(ə)n/

Sử dụng “abortion” trong câu

Are you against abortion?
bạn có phản đối phá thai không

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Listening 2

My First Pet

My first pet: thú cưng đầu tiên của tôi

I. DIAGLOUGE

My name is Sarah.
I am 14 years old.
I have a pet cat.
My cat’s name is Milo.
My cat is black and white.
Milo’s paws are white.
Milo’s body is black.
She is very cute.
Milo’s fur is very soft.
Milo was a very small kitten.
Milo is a very big cat.
Milo cannot have kittens.
She is fixed.
Milo likes to eat.
Milo likes to play outside
Milo likes to hunt for birds.
Milo likes to hunt for mice.
She likes her ears scratched.
Milo likes to sit in my lap.
Milo likes to sleep on my bed.
Milo is a good pet.

II. VOCABULARY

  • paw /pɔ/: bàn chân (thú)
  • fur /fɜr/: lông (thú)
  • kitten /ˈkɪt(ə)n/: mèo con
  • fixed /fɪkst/(adj): bị thiến (tiệt sản)
  • hunt /hʌnt/: săn (bắt)
  • scratch /skrætʃ/: gãi (ngứa)
  • lap /læp/: lòng (khu vực giữa 2 dùi được tạo ra khi bạn ngồi)
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Listening 2

My House

my house: nhà của tôi

I. DIALOUGE

I live in a house.
My house is small.
My house has two bedrooms.
My Mom and Dad sleep in one bedroom.
My sister and I share the other bedroom.
My house has a kitchen.
My Mom and Dad cook dinner there every night.
My house has a living room.
My family watches television there every night.
My house has a big bathroom.
My house has a lot of closets.
My house has a basement.
My Dad has a workshop in the basement.
My Dad makes wood furniture.
My house does not have a second floor.
My house has a garage.
My house has a big backyard.
My backyard has a maple tree.
My backyard has a swimming pool.
My backyard has a vegetable garden.
My family likes our house.

II. VOCABULARY

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Từ vựng C1

Abolish – từ vựng C1

Abolish (v): bãi bỏ, huỷ bỏ

US /əˈbɑlɪʃ/
UK /əˈbɒlɪʃ/

Sử dụng “abolish” trong câu

Tom believes the death penalty should be abolished.
Tom tin rằng án tử hình nên được bãi bỏ.

Capital punishment should be abolished.
Hình phạt tử hình nên được bãi bỏ

The president abolished slavery.
Tổng thống đã bãi bỏ chế độ nô lệ

Slavery in the United States was not abolished until 1865.
Chế độ nô lệ ở Mỹ tồn tại cho tới năm 1865

Many people in England would like to see the public subsidy of the monarchy abolished.
Nhiều người ở anh muốn nhìn thấy sự bao cấp công khai của chế độ quân chủ bị bãi bỏ

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Từ vựng A1

About – từ vựng A1

About (adv, prep):
US /əˈbaʊt/
UK /ˈəˈbaʊt/

Sử Dụng “About” Trong Câu

How about you?
Anh thì thế nào?

About what time?
Khoảng mấy giờ?

How about tomorrow?
Ngày mai thì sao?

Don’t kid about that.
Đừng đùa về chuyện đó

Nobody cares about that.
Không ai quan tâm chuyện đó đâu

I was about to go home.
Tôi chuẩn bị về nhà

Don’t say bad things about others.
Đừng nói những điều tệ hại về người khác

I’ll tell you all about it.
Tôi sẽ kể tất cả về nó cho bạn

I don’t want to hear about it.
Tôi không muốn nghe về điều đó

I want to talk about it now.
Tôi muốn nói về nó bây giờ

I don’t want to talk about it now.
Tôi không muốn nói về điều đó lúc này

I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
Tôi không muốn nói về nó nữa

I need more time to think about it.
Tôi cần thêm thời gian để suy nghĩ về nó

I don’t want to hear about it anymore.
Tôi không muốn nghe về nó nữa.

There’s nothing I can do about it.

There’s nothing you can do about it.

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Listening 2

Going Camping

going camping:đi cắm trại

I. DIALOGUE

The Bright family went camping on the weekend.
The Bright family went to Silent Lake.
The Bright family left on Friday.
They camped for three days.
The Bright family brought a big tent.
They brought a lot of food.
They brought insect repellent.
The Bright family had a campfire on Friday.
They roasted marshmallows.
They sang campfire songs.
On Saturday they went canoeing.
On Saturday they went fishing.
On Saturday they went swimming.
They went hiking on Sunday.
The Bright family saw many birds.
They saw bluejays.
They saw hummingbirds.
The Bright family saw many animals.
They saw a raccoon.
They saw a squirrel.
But they didn’t see a bear.
The Bright family had a fun vacation.

II. VOCABULARY

  • camping /ˈkæm.pɪŋ/ (n): cắm trại
  • brought /brɔt/: mang theo, đem theo (quá khứ của bring)
  • tent /tent/: cái lều (dùng để cắm trại)
  • insect /ˈɪnˌsekt/: côn trùng
  • repellent /rɪˈpelənt/: thuốc xua đuổi (côn trùng)
  • insect repellent /ˈɪnˌsekt rɪˈpelənt/: thuốc đuổi côn trùng
  • campfire /ˈkæmpˌfaɪr/: lửa trại
  • roast /roʊst/: nướng
  • marshmallow /ˈmɑrʃˌmeloʊ/: kẹo dẻo (kẹo mềm)
  • canoeing /kəˈnuː.ɪŋ/ (n): bơi xuồng (loại xuồng nhỏ dùng để chơi vượt thác gềnh)
  • fishing /ˈfɪʃ.ɪŋ/ (n): câu cá
  • hiking /ˈhaɪ.kɪŋ/ (n): đi bộ đường dài
  • bluejay /ˈbluˌdʒeɪ/: chim giẻ cùi lam
  • hummingbird /ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜrd/: chim ruồi (loại chim nhỏ, có tốc độ bay nhanh và tạo ra âm thanh tầng số thấp khi bay)
  • raccoon /ræˈkun/: con gấu mèo
  • squirrel /ˈskwɪrəl/: con sóc