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Do not worry about your pronunciation. If your pronunciation is a little different, the other person will still understand your message if you try speaking slowly and clearly. When you are traveling in an English-speaking country and have some free time, be brave and speak in English with someone who does not look too busy. You may make a new friend.

Certainly, you have not shy or worry if you miss pronouncing the English with others. Especially, to a foreigner you may meet anyway.

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How Do I Continue a Conversation in English?

January 17, 2020

 
Ask a Teacher: How do I continue a conversation in English?


This week, we answer a question from a VOA listener who writes:

Question:

I work with some native speakers of English. I want to practice speaking with them so I improve my English. But sometimes, I get nervous, so our conversation ends quickly. How can I talk with these friends for a longer time?
– VOA fan

Answer:

Dear VOA fan,

You are right. It is not always easy to keep a conversation going in English. You might not be sure about what to say. Or maybe you are afraid that your pronunciation is not good.

Listen and follow up

First, remember the importance of listening. Listen to the other person carefully, so that you can ask a follow-up question. For example, let’s say the other person tells you, “I just got back from a trip to Canada.”

You can follow up with a question using Who, What, Where, When, Why, or How:

  •  Where did you go in Canada?
  •  What was your favorite place there?
  •  How was the food there?

Avoid simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions

If you want to keep a conversation going, it’s a good idea to ask questions that cannot be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

If the other person asks you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question, try to give a longer answer to help keep the conversation going.

For example, a friend might ask, “Hey, have you seen the new Star Wars movie?”

You could just answer, “No, I haven’t.” Or, you could say more.

You could answer: “No, but I plan to see it soon. How about you?”

Be brave and practice often

Do not worry about your pronunciation. If your pronunciation is a little different, the other person will still understand your message if you try speaking slowly and clearly. When you are traveling in an English-speaking country and have some free time, be brave and speak in English with someone who does not look too busy. You may make a new friend.

Do you have a question for the teacher? We want to hear from you. Please understand that we cannot answer all of the questions our listeners send us. Write to us at learningenglish@voanews.com.

And that’s Ask a Teacher.

I’m Jill Robbins.

 

Jill Robbins wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

If you are interested in speaking with an online partner, please read our Education Tips story, Five Tips for Great Language Exchanges.

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Words in This Story

conversation - n. an informal talk involving two people or a small group of people or the act of talking in an informal way

nervous – adj. having or showing feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen

pronunciation – n. a particular person's way of pronouncing a word or the words of a language

Do you have a question for the teacher? We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments Section or write to us at learningenglish@voanews.com.

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ENGLISH @ THE MOVIES

English @ the Movies: Save the day

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Fathers

EPISODE 180816 / 16 AUG 2018

Why do men want to have children? Evolutionary anthropologist Anna Machin wrote a book about it and tries to answer this question. Catherine and Neil - a father himself - discuss her theories and teach you six items of related vocabulary.

This week's question:

According to recent research in the UK, what percentage of men are present when their children are born? Is it…

a)    55%

b)    75%

c)    95%

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary 

admit to something
say something is true, even if it might make you look a little bit bad

to be keen on something
to be very interested in and enthusiastic about something

going along with something
agreeing to do something even though you don't really want to do it

an absent father
a father who is not at home to spend time with his children

disciplinarians
people who have strict rules and they give out punishments when these rules aren't followed

to be hands-on
to be very much involved in something

Transcript

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Catherine
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Catherine. 

Neil
And I'm Neil. 

Catherine
Now, Neil, you're a dad, aren't you? 

Neil
I am a dad. How did you know? Is it the grey hair in my beard? Is it the wrinkles around the eyes? 

Catherine
I thought that was just your age. 

Neil
Well, yes, maybe.In today's programme we're going to be talking about fathers and how being a father has changed over the years. But before we hear more about this topic, our question for the day. According to recent research in the UK, what percentage of men are present when their children are born? Is it…
a)   55%
b)   75%
c)   95%
What do you think? 

Catherine
I think a lot of men these days like to see their children born. It's not culturally inappropriate so I'm going to go for 95%. 

Neil
Well, we'll find out if you're right at the end of the programme. Now, Dr Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist. She studies, among other things, how human behaviour has changed and is changing. She's written a book called The Life of Dad. She's been studying new fathers and spoke about her research on the BBC's Woman's Hour programme. She asked why men want to become fathers. She starts by saying that there are lots of reasons but how many does she mention in her answer? 

Dr Anna Machin
There's lots of different reasons why men want to be fathers ... for some of them it's just a stage in life they've reached. They've got the house, they've got the job, now it's time to have a family. Sometimes they admit that actually they're not that keen, but their partner wants a baby, so they're kinda going along with it. And a reasonable number actually say they do it because they want to undo what their father did to them, so rewrite history in relation to fathers and the experience of fathering, to be a better father than their father was. 

Neil
How many reasons does she mention? 

Catherine
She mentioned three reasons. The first was that it was that time in life – the guys had a home and a job and having children was the thing to do next. 

Neil
Another reason was that it was what their partners wanted, even if they weren't that keen themselves. If you're not keen on something it means you are 'not enthusiastic about it', it's not really something you want to do, but because it's what their partner wants they agree to it, or as Dr Machin said, they're going along with it. 

Catherine
Yes, going along with something, is a phrase that means 'agreeing to do' something even though you don't really want to do it. It's interesting that Dr Machin said that some men admit to this. To admit to something is to 'say or agree that something is true even if you're perhaps ashamed of it or you don't want it to be true'. 

Neil
There was one more reason she mentioned and that was that some men become parents because they want to be a better father than their own father had been. Let’s listen again. 

Dr Anna Machin
There's lots of different reasons why men want to be fathers ... for some of them it's just a stage in life they've reached. They've got the house, they've got the job, now it's time to have a family. Sometimes they admit that actually they're not that keen, but their partner wants a baby, so they're kinda going along with it. And a reasonable number actually say they do it because they want to undo what their father did to them, so rewrite history in relation to fathers and the experience of fathering, to be a better father than their father was. 

Neil
So what is it about some father's own dads that they didn't like? Here's Dr Machin again. 

Dr Anna Machin
Well, in some cases, you know, the father would be neglectful, some fathers were absent and others they just felt they were a very, I suppose, we'd say a 1950s father so distant, disciplinarian not actually involved in their children's daily life and certainly not involved in their care. So today's generation fathers, even in the 10 years that I've been studying dads we've seen a massive evolution in how hands-on fathers are. 

Neil
She talks there about some negative characteristics associated with dads in the past. She suggests that some fathers didn't have a very close relationship with their sons, they were absent which means they weren't at home a lot and 'didn't spend time' with their children. 

Catherine
Yes, and some fathers were seen as a disciplinarian. That describes someone whose main communication with their children was to give them strict rules and tell them off or punish them if they did something wrong. 

Neil
These days, according to Dr Machin, fathers are much more hands-on. This phrase means they are 'much more involved' with their children and share bringing up their children with their partners. 

Catherine
And talking of sharing, Neil, come on – it's time to know the answer to today's question. 

Neil
Yes, indeed. According to recent research in the UK, what is the percentage of fathers who are there when their children are born? Was it 55%, 75% or 95%? 

Catherine
And I said a very optimistic 95%. 

Neil
Being optimistic is good obviously because you are correct. 

Catherine
That's fantastic! 

Neil
And now, for something else fantastic, our review of today's vocabulary… 

Catherine
We started off with admit to for when you say something is true, even if it might make you look a little bit bad. And before we go on I have to admit, Neil, that it was me who ate your biscuit. 

Neil
Which one? 

Catherine
The one that you left on the desk. 

Neil
That's all right. I wasn't really keen on it anyway. It had been on the floor. 

Catherine
What? Yuck! 

Neil
Yeah, well, it serves you right! And to be keen on something is our next phrase, meaning 'being very interested in and enthusiastic about' something. 

Catherine
Then we had to go along with something. This is when you agree to do something even if you are not keen on it. 

Neil
An absent father is one who is not at home to spend time with his children. 

Catherine
And some fathers are disciplinarians. They 'have strict rules and they give out punishments' but these days more fathers are hands-on which means they are 'very much involved' in looking after and bringing up their children. 

Neil
Well, that's all we have time for today. Join us again next time and remember you can find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and of course our website bbclearningenglish.com. See you soon. Goodbye! 

Catherine
Bye!

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France keen on more investment from Thailand

Jan 18. 2020

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France is looking forward to more Thai investment in the country, says its ambassador to Thailand Jacques Lapouge in an exclusive interview with The Nation.
 

Toshiba completes NuFlare takeover, snubs minority holders

Jan 18. 2020
 
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By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Pavel Alpeyev, Yuki Furukawa 

Toshiba Corp. said it completed a takeover of NuFlare Technology Inc. despite a higher competing offer, in a snub to minority shareholders.

The Japanese conglomerate acquired 5,450,695 shares of NuFlare, clearing the 14.27% minimum needed for its bid to succeed, Toshiba said in a statement on Friday. While the 11,900 yen per share price it paid is a 45% premium to where the stock traded before news of the deal broke in November, it's less than the 12,900 yen Hoya Corp. was prepared to pay.

Toshiba was already NuFlare's biggest shareholder with 52.4% when it initiated the buyout. Toshiba Machine Co., an independent company that retains the former parent's name and the second-largest NuFlare stockholder, late on Wednesday said it will sell its 15.8% stake to Toshiba.

"Just because the stock went up, it doesn't mean it was done right," said Travis Lundy, a special-situations analyst who writes for Smartkarma. "A lot of Japanese companies trade inexpensively precisely because shareholders don't expect to be treated fairly."

Hoya offered to spend as much as 148 billion yen ($1.35 billion) for NuFlare, seeking a minimum of 66.7% of the chip-equipment manufacturer. At the time, Hoya said it hadn't discussed the bid with NuFlare or Toshiba in advance for fear of the information leaking out and driving up the price. Toshiba Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Nobuaki Kurumatani has said that NuFlare wouldn't be able to survive outside of the group and he has no plans to sell his stake. After Toshiba's announcement, Hoya said it would not pursue its tender any further.

"We saw it as a 50-50 chance to begin with," said Taishi Arashida, a spokesman for Hoya. Arashida said there is still room to discuss acquisition or some kind of a partnership with Toshiba.

NuFlare dominates the market for mask writers, which are used for imprinting patterns on glass squares slightly bigger than a CD case that act as a stencil for semiconductor designs. Hoya is one of only two companies in the world -- the other being Japanese compatriot AGC Inc. -- capable of making the blank masks used in next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography, and it sees a lot of synergy between itself and the acquisition target.

Toshiba hasn't explained how it arrived at the offer price and it's not clear how NuFlare fits into the company's business portfolio, since chip manufacturing hasn't been core to its business after it spun off memory operations in 2018. NuFlare has said that it saw Toshiba's bid as the best way to increase the company's value and that the two of its 10 board directors who had connections to Toshiba group recused themselves from voting on the matter.

"The burden was on NuFlare management and its board to look at the competing bid," Lundy said. "This conflict of interest between parent-subsidiary and minority shareholders won't go away."

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day, January 18, 2020

Northern treks: Chiang Mai’s gorgeous Wat Chan forest

Jan 17. 2020
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By Supachai Petchtewee
The Nation

Few Thais have heard of the Wat Chan pine forest in Chiang Mai’s Kalayaniwattana district, but it’s a key supplier of farm goods used in the Royal Initiative Project founded by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol.

The Wat Chan Royal Project Development Centre in Ban Chan grows mainly fruits and vegetables specifically acclimatised to the area. 

They’ve been carefully studied and developed to assure a match for the growing conditions before being sent to the Wat Chan Royal Project Foundation and introduced to growers, who also submit their own produce to the centre for quality assessment.

Unlike the foundation, the centre is under the supervision of the Royal Forest Department.

While my first visit to the pine forest at Wat Chan in 2018 was fleeting, I arrived this year planning to camp overnight. The temperature was cool even in the daytime, the wind constantly rustling leaves. I was 900 metres above sea level and quickly being charmed by the local people’s simple way of life and innate friendliness to travellers.

A sight not to be missed is the sun rising over a reservoir, and soon its beams slicing through the fog and striking the water, to be reflected among the trees. 

There are several ways to reach Wat Chan, including private vans and minibuses that take four to five hours to get there from downtown Chiang Mai. You can find them parked at Chang Peuk Station. 

More popular is the route from Pai in Mae Hong Son, right across the provincial border from Kalayaniwattana. It passes lovely strawberry fields.

If you have your own car, there are two routes to Kalayaniwattana, the first from urban Chiang Mai along Highway 107 to the Mae Malai-Pai intersection, left onto Highway 1095 and continuing about 15 kilometres into Pai district, then Kalayaniwattana for another 40km. 

The other route runs from Chiang Mai to Samoeng district, then via Highway 1349 to Ban Chan sub-district, and you’ll see the pine forest. 

I’ve travelled both routes and found them equally convenient and the experiences equally pleasant, with gorgeous views on both sides of the well-maintained roads.

 

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FINISHED 

 
January 18, 2020
 
 

 


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