English for practising

Worshippers were told to reflect on the Christmas story and what it means to their lives this year

Arch Bishop Denis Hart told followers to remember God’s love and worth all people: “All of us, old or young, can learn to value the people that surround us, respect their different points of view and learn that great peace and happiness comes from giving of our time to others rather than indulging ourselves in food, drink and pleasure”

To indulge: (đãi cho chính mình, thưởng cho chính mình = tự thưởng, thỏa mãn, xả láng)

Until: before

She said until Santa spread his magic it hadn’t felt like Christmas (không thấy không khí giáng sinh)

The child didn’t miss out on Santa’s visit either. (bỏ lỡ cơ hội)

It’s actually been a lot of fun -> (thật sự là vui) I used to say: “it has a lot of fun”

It’s a wonderful feeling -> (cảm giác tuyệt vời) I used to say: I have a wonderful feeling

It’s actually a wonderful feeling -> (cảm giác thật tuyệt với)

English practise

It’s lovely, everything is in the right place and I finally have an en suite (The bathroom is en suite) Is everything in the right place? (mọi thứ đâu vào đấy roi phải không??)

a rambunctious, out-of-control bunch = huyen nao, mat trat tu

I am always sick with worry thinking you can hear me screaming at the kids. We are so feral (hung dữ, dữ tợn)
And I would say: “same, same, same”

I don’t want to cast aspersions or anything (noi xau or vu khong: to cast aspersions on s.o)

Would you stop swinging that poor dog on the hammock? (would you stop: may co ngung khong)

Don’t leave your toys outside, who do you think will bring them in later? (who do you think will do: may nghi ai se lam)

A perennial favourite “Dinner’s ready”, followed five minutes later with, “Dinner’s ready, and if I have to say it one more time I’m feeding it to the dogs” (sounds like Vietnamese saying)

I realize I sound like a tired old witch (Toi noi nhu la mot mu phu thuy gia)

It’s not always that good to hear your neighbors, their loud conversation or their quiet ones.

and sometimes it’s not that good to hear their just-plain-quiet (completely quiet)

It took me ages to work out whether my mind was playing tricks on me. (she couldn’t think clearly, choi kham, choi xo ai)

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English notes

I try to make time for friends and do social things a couple of times a week, catch up with people, more than anything to keep it real, to make sure you’re hanging out with people and finding out what’s going on in the real world.-> would be a very good answer for the question: “what do you often do in your spare time?”

I couldn’t hear what they were saying. -> past tense

I had sunglasses on. -> instead of saying ‘wore’

Our TV was fuzzy reception.

I was probably hungover.

That’s a normal-looking girl. It can be very hurtful and it’s very personal.

It’s just the way life goes. You get used to these things.

On the air

on-air (adj)

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