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Today, in a news report of The Nation is about the university of Vietnam. As the headline: Institute of Vietnamese Costumes officially launches. Caused at first you know that there no uniform of a student at Vietnam University.

Thanks a lot to both Google Translate and G Grammarly as ever.

 

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How Do You Feel Or How Are You?

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How Do You Feel Or How Are You?


This week we answer a question from Ngan.

Question:

Ngan writes, “What is the difference between ‘how do you feel?’ and ‘how are you?’”

Answer:

Dear Ngan,

Thank you for writing us.

The answer to your question depends on who is asking it, and also, who is answering it. It can depend on how well the two people know each other.

'How do you feel' can be a question you ask a friend. It is a personal question about how you feel now.

Let us say you are talking with your friend who just got out of the hospital:

“Hi Janet. I know you’ve been sick. How do you feel now? I hope you are better!”

This phrase can be about how a person feels physically or emotionally.

Like this question you may ask your friend who just got married:

“How does it feel to be a married man?!”

Add “i-n-g” and you get the word “feeling.”

Now you are asking how someone feels over a period of time.

Here is an example:

“How are you feeling since your foot surgery?”

or

“How have you been feeling since your father died last month?”

You might also be asking someone her or his opinion.

“How do you feel about the Nats baseball team playing in the World Series?!”

Let’s turn to 'how are you?' This is something friends ask also each other. But it can be a wider question— one that is not related to a specific issue.

Like this:

“I haven’t seen you for a while, how are you?”

It is also a polite phrase you can use when you meet someone:

“Sam, this is Elizabeth.”

“Nice to meet you Elizabeth. How are you?”

And that’s Ask a Teacher!

I’m Anne Ball.

 

Anne Ball wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter Jr. was the editor.

Do you have a question for the teacher? We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments Section.

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Words in This Story

 

specific – adj. clearly and exactly presented or stated : precise or exact

polite – adj. having or showing good manners or respect for other people

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'The Boarded Window' by Ambrose Bierce

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Working for free

EPISODE 191017 / 17 OCT 2019

 

Introduction

Some companies offer students or recent graduates what they call internships. These are extended periods of work experience where someone can be working full-time without an actual contract and, in many cases, without even being paid. But does this mean some people on lower incomes can't afford to take up the opportunities it offers? We discuss the pros and cons of working for free.

This week's question

Which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it:

A: Bombay
B: New York
C: Amsterdam

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

an internship
a temporary, often unpaid, job for a student or recent graduate at a company as a way of getting work experience in a particular industry

social mobility
the ability to move to a higher social status

to rule out
to exclude or prevent someone from doing something

established connections
previous or pre-existing links

well-connected
having strong links with important people at high levels within a company

to open doors
to make it easier to get into a career 

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript    

Sam
Hello. This is 6 Minute English. I'm Sam.

Rob
And I'm Rob.

Sam
Before you got your first job, Rob, did you do any work experience?

Rob
I think I may have done a day or two at some companies, just shadowing, watching how they did things – but nothing much more than that.

Sam
Some companies offer students or recent graduates what they call internships. These are extended periods of work experience where someone can be working full-time without an actual contract and in many cases without even being paid.

Rob
Ah – yes. This is a bit of a problem, isn’t it? Some companies are being accused of using students and graduates as cheap or free labour.

Sam
Yes, although the counter argument is that internships are valuable experience for people who need it before they can get a ‘real’ job. Well, we’ll look at this topic a little more after this week’s quiz question. On the topic of business and companies, which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it:

A: Bombay

B: New York

C: Amsterdam

What do you think, Rob?

Rob
Tricky, because I was expecting London on that list. I’m going to take a guess then at Amsterdam.

Sam
OK. Well, I will reveal the answer later in the programme. James Turner is the chief executive of an education charity. Recently he took part in a discussion on the BBC radio programme You and Yours, on the topic of internships. What does he think is a big issue with unpaid internships?

James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
In many careers we’re now seeing that it’s almost as an expectation that a young person does an internship before they stand a chance of getting that first full-time job in that profession. And the issue with that from a sort of social mobility point of view is that a substantial proportion of those internships are unpaid and that effectively rules out those who can’t afford to work for free.

Sam
So what is the problem with unpaid internships, Rob?

Rob
Well, if you can’t afford to work for free, it makes it very difficult to do an internship – particularly in expensive cities like London. This excludes, or rules out a lot of people from the benefits of an internship.

Sam
This is bad for social mobility, which is the ability of people to move to higher, better paid levels in society. So the poorer you are the more difficult it can be to get a good job, even if you have the ability.

Rob
Could you afford to work for free here in London, Sam?

Sam
No, I can barely afford to live in London as it is, so the idea of doing an unpaid internship would not appeal to me at all. Turner goes on to talk about other issues that are also problematic in internship programmes.

James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
Too often internships are open to those with established connections in the professions and again that rules out those young people who don’t have the well-connected families or friends who can open those doors for them.

Sam
So what are these other issues?

Rob
In many cases he says that internship opportunities are only available to those with established connections to the company or industry. This means they have some pre-existing link with the company, for example, through family or friends’ families.

Sam
Yes, it’s a lot easier if your family is well-connected, if it has a lot of contacts and links to a particular company or important people in that company.

Rob
These links make it easier to open doors to the opportunity. To open doors is an expression that means to get access to.

Sam
So it seems that to be able to do an unpaid internships you need to have a fair bit of money and to get an internship in the first place you may need to have a previous link to the company through a family connection, for example.

Rob
So the system would seem to be difficult for poorer families and make it more difficult for students without those resources or connections to get on the job ladder. Here’s James Turner again.

James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
Too often internships are open to those with established connections in the professions and again that rules out those young people who don’t have the well-connected families or friends who can open those doors for them.

Sam
Right, time now to answer this week’s question. Which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it:

A: Bombay

B: New York

C: Amsterdam

Rob, what did you say?

Rob
I went for Amsterdam.

Sam
Well done, that’s correct. Congratulations to everyone who go that right, and extra bonus points if you know the date. Rob?

Rob
Haven’t a clue! 1750?

Sam
Actually it’s a lot earlier, 1602.

Rob
Wow, that’s much earlier than I thought.

Sam
Right, let’s have a look again at today’s vocabulary. We’ve been talking about internships which are periods of work at companies as a way for students or new graduates to get experience in a particular field.

Rob
If they are unpaid it can make social mobility very difficult. This is the movement from a lower social level to a higher one and it’s difficult as poorer candidates can’t afford to work for free.

Sam
Yes, the cost rules them out, it excludes them from the opportunity.

Rob
What helps is if you have established connections with a company. This refers to previous or pre-existing links with a company.

Sam
And also if your family is well-connected, if it has good connections, for example if your father plays golf with the CEO, it can open doors, or in other words, it can make it easier to get into the company.

Rob
So Sam, are you well-connected?

Sam
No, only to my smartphone!

Rob
Same here – but we still made it to BBC Learning English and you can find more from us online, on social media and on our app. But for now, that’s all from 6 Minute English. See you again soon. Bye bye!

Sam
Bye everyone!

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SRT to halt legal move against Hopewell

Oct 18. 2019

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Nitithorn Lamleur, a lawyer acting on behalf of State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said today (October 18) that he had been assigned by Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob to file a case against Hopewell at the Civil Court as SRT had discovered that Hopewell's elevated highway and rail line project might have violated the Announcement of the National Executive Council No 281, which requires foreign companies to be qualified and approved by the Cabinet before conducting business in Thailand.
 

“If Hopewell is found guilty in this case, SRT would challenge the Supreme Administrative Court’s order for it pay Bt11.8 billion in compensation to Hopewell, plus 7.5 per cent interest annually," he said.

Nitithorn said he had planned to submit the case to the Civil Court as well as filing an appeal for the Central Administrative Court to temporarily halt the compensation payment order until the issue has been resolved, but changed his mind after a representative from Hopewell contacted him.

“Hopewell (Thailand) Co Ltd has made contact, saying that it would like to re-negotiate with the Ministry of Transport and SRT to find a new solution to this issue,” he said, adding that "Hopewell will not object if SRT proceeds with filing an appeal for an injunction of the payment order at the Central Administrative Court”.

Nitithorn said he would wait for the outcome of the re-negotiations before taking any legal actions.

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Institute of Vietnamese Costumes officially launches

Oct 19. 2019
Many designs inspired from Lemur Áo Dài by artist Nguyễn Cát Tường were introduced by designer Sĩ Hoàng at the event. VNS Photo An Phương
Many designs inspired from Lemur Áo Dài by artist Nguyễn Cát Tường were introduced by designer Sĩ Hoàng at the event. VNS Photo An Phương

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HCM CITY – The Institute of Vietnamese Costumes has officially launched with a mission to honour and preserve the beauty of Vietnamese clothing.

The opening ceremony, held at the HCM City Museum, was attended by many cultural experts, lecturers, businesspeople, and popular artists.

According to Prof. Nguyễn Khắc Thuần, head of the institute, the institute’s establishment aims to promote traditional clothing via many activities including compiling, translating and collecting in-depth documents on Vietnamese costumes and ethnic minorities, and restoring and developing innovative outfits based on traditional values that are suited to modern life.

The institute will also work with other cultural institutes and universities with fashion faculties and invite their students to intern and do research at the institute.

Speaking at the event, the institute's Deputy Head, designer Sỹ Hoàng, emphasised that a piece of traditional clothing can tell a lot about certain period in history.

He introduced a collection of áo dài called “Sắc Lemur”, which marked an era in which the áo dài had a modern take inspired by bold Western details.

This trend was once pioneered by artist Nguyễn Cát Tường, he said, adding that he and his team were trying their best to restore Tường’s designs with the help of Nguyễn Trọng Hiền, Tường’s son, who lives in the US.

“I hope that from now on, with future events, all the women participating will not forget the Lemur áo dài which can showcase your beauty in the most graceful way,” he added.

In addition to the launching event, the Institute of Vietnamese Costumes earlier held a seminar on the apparel of Đàng Trong (Inner Land of Việt Nam). VNS

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FINISHED 

October 19, 2019

 



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