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Giới thiệu thầy Chris – Introduction about teacher Chris

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7:04 am
May 17, 2013


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Chào các thành viên Việt Di Trú,

Trong nỗ lực giúp đỡ các thành viên Việt Di Trú, Admin đã mời thầy Chris là giảng viên dạy tiếng Anh ESL của trường Cao đẳng cộng đồng Cypress, California sẽ trợ giúp post bài giảng tiếng Anh, sửa các bài reading và writing và mọi thứ liên quan đến việc học tiếng Anh cho các thành viên. Mọi người có thể gửi lời chào thầy Chris tại đây. Vì thầy Chris không biết tiếng Việt nên mọi người có thể gửi lời chào tiếng Anh đến thầy. 

 

Hi Chris,

Welcome you to Viet Di Tru. All members are happy and hope to get the teaching from you.

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12:24 pm
May 21, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

Thanks so much for getting in touch and posting! I look forward to answering any questions you might have and to engaging in some cool English dialogue. What are your goals for English and for your life in the US? I look forward to hearing from you and from any others who would like to join our conversation!

Wishing you the most terrific Tuesday! Hope to hear from you soon :>).

Chris

12:09 am
May 23, 2013


Sophia.K

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Post edited 12:10 am – May 23, 2013 by Lynn.K


Hi Chris,

It's nice to hear from you. 

I have plans and goals for my new life in US, of course. First, I want to improve  my English skills : speaking, listening, reading and writing. I wish I could understand all the conversations, the shows, movies  and news on TV  COMPLETELY and CLEARLY. My concern is pronounciation, often without "s" Smile

English is a big trouble not only for me but for all Vietnamese who starts living US also. So we hope you will help us to improve our English day by day .

My first question for you : Please tell me what mistakes I made in this writing : grammar, words,…

Thanks for your reading and looking forward to hearing from you!

Have a nice day !

Lynn

9:25 am
May 23, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

Your writing is excellent! No mistakes that need to be worried about for now. (only one very trivial mistake….you used the 'third person singular s at the end of 'starts,' but you subject is 'all Vietnamese' which requires a plural verb form ('start') You are right about "-s" endings and other consonant endings, as well. If you have the chance to take a pronunciation class, for example, the one I teach at Cypress College on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30, that would be a great way to address that challenge. Also, I can tell by your writing that your English is quite advanced and that you are conscientious about things such as final consonant sounds….just being aware that you have that need will help you to concentrate on the final consonant sounds and, ultimately, to have better pronunciation.

Are you able to register at a community college to take any advanced ESL classes? Are you planning to take the TOEFL? Just out of curiosity, how long have you been in the US…your English is super!

Chris :>)

9:21 pm
May 24, 2013


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Post edited 3:59 am – July 13, 2013 by Lynn.K


Hi Chris,

Thank you for showing me my mistake. I am also thankful to you for giving me a compliment.

I would like to join to your  pronuciation class, however, unfortunately for me, I do not live in CA. I will try to improve my weak point by talking to American every day. I should save time for another major (maybe business or nurser) and for job too.

I've been in US for few months only. Many things for me to do for my new life here. When I go to school, I am sure that I will need your help by checking my homework.Smile

Nice weekend !

Lynn

 

P.S : Please let me know my faults in this writing .

12:40 pm
May 26, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

Hope you're doing great. BTW (By the way), I just read over my own post to you, and I realized that I, that is, I had more mistakes in my post than you had in yours. When I type fast, I often type 'you' instead of the possessive adjective 'your.' Mistakes that we make because of fast or careless typing are called "typos."

Well, there weren't actually any mistakes in this most recent post of yours, so don't worry too much. BTW, what is your major now? Are you studying at a community college or a university? Hope you, too, have a super weekend, especially because Monday is a holiday.

Best of luck, and keep in touch! Smile

Chris Cool

4:41 am
June 4, 2013


Sophia.K

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Post edited 4:02 am – July 13, 2013 by Lynn.K


Hi Teacher,

How are you doing?  Nobody joins to this class after my absence for 1 week . It seems you have only one student in this course.Smile.I do not go to school yet, I am still waiting for some more papers. I've search some community colleges in my city,but I do not  make a decision yet. As I told you maybe I would take a class of business or nurse.

Hope you are doing well and have a good week!

Lynn

8:51 am
June 4, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

I think I'll use your post as a basis for some helpful English hints. Don't feel too shy about calling me 'Chris' even though I am a teacher. It's customary go by name here – not by title. And 'Mr. Robinson' is too formal for many Americans – not for all, but for many, myself included….it feels aloof and a bit stiff for our informal and egalitarian culture. Using "Hi Chris," as a salutation may feel awkward at first because the Vietnamese language includes honorific forms and titles for people of varying ages, but in the US, you can rest assured that using relatively informal greetings represents acceptable and normal conduct, except in formal written letters such as letters of interest in a job position ('cover letters'), or in initial communications with a new boss at work.

 

If a community college in your area has a 'School of Continuing Education,' those classes should be free of charge (i.e., tuition-free), and my understanding is that such classes do not require a social security number to register or enroll. Classes in such programs are definitely a great starting place because of their affordability.

 

Well, I'll let this be all for now.

 

Cheers! Smile

 

Chris

1:12 pm
June 11, 2013


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Hi Lynn, 

Sorry it has taken so long to reply to your post. My family just moved from Anaheim to Cypress, so things are a little crazy at the moment. Just FYI, Schools of Continuing Education are called 'schools' but are actually departments within a community college. Often departments at colleges and universities are called 'schools.' They're like schools within the larger school. 

 

"I'll let this be all for now" is an expression we use to close an informal letter, e-mail or post.

 

Thank you for sharing a little about the stresses of being in your first few months here. Take everything "one step at a time," and don't forget to take enough time to rest. This will help you cope with all the changes you are experiencing. Of course, exercise also helps to alleviate stress (Alleviate means to make less bad or less severe).

 

Well, I'll let this all for now. I'll try to reply more quickly next time!Cool

 

Chris 

1:49 am
June 24, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

Chris asked me about you some days ago. He wondered some bad things happen with you such as are you sick… Laugh.  I said maybe she did not have any questions right now. He's really a good teacher who take care his student perfectly. Also, he loves Vietnamese culture that the reason he had a wonderful Vietnamese wife. 

 

Hi Chris,

It look like quietly in your forum. But I deeply think there will be more members to be your student in the near future because American English, Culture, Education are super important.

 

Have a good weekend!

7:33 am
June 24, 2013


Sophia.K

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Post edited 9:10 am – June 24, 2013 by Lynn.K


Chris Robinson said:

Hi Lynn, 

Sorry it has taken so long to reply to your post. My family just moved from Anaheim to Cypress, so things are a little crazy at the moment. Just FYI, Schools of Continuing Education are called 'schools' but are actually departments within a community college. Often departments at colleges and universities are called 'schools.' They're like schools within the larger school. 

 

"I'll let this be all for now" is an expression we use to close an informal letter, e-mail or post.

 

Thank you for sharing a little about the stresses of being in your first few months here. Take everything "one step at a time," and don't forget to take enough time to rest. This will help you cope with all the changes you are experiencing. Of course, exercise also helps to alleviate stress (Alleviate means to make less bad or less severe).

 

Well, I'll let this all for now. I'll try to reply more quickly next time!Cool

 

Chris 

Hi Chris,

I've heard from Admin that you asked about me some days ago.Thank you for your asking, I am still doing fine, not sick at allLaugh.Thank God! 

Sorry for taking so long to reply you. You said your family moved to new place,so I thought you should be busy to make everything in order, so I should not bother you Smile

However,I have been busy to decor my house, and save time to take care of my  small gadern of flower in back yard.

Happy to know that your wife is Vietnamese. So I am sure you understand Vietnamese culture and custom well.

I guess I would have many things to ask you when I go to school.

Hope that everything is ok for your family in new place.

A good week is waiting for you!

Lynn

3:57 am
July 1, 2013


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1:55 pm
July 2, 2013


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Hi Lynn (and Admin, too :>),

Everything is going well. Thanks for your concern about our move. All is great in our new place, and we're comfortably settled (i.e., we've settled in comfortably). Lynn, I'm glad to hear that you that you're well, and especially that you have a nice garden to tend to!!! Don't worry too much if there isn't a lot of traffic on this forum. Actually, this format works well for me – not so much a "course" in English but a forum for dialogue. Live dialogue is also an incredibly useful and personalized way to help students on their journey to improvement and success. If too many people join the blog, I'm afraid my answers would have to be quick and less personalized. Anyway, I'll let this all for now. Study hard…it's another necessary ingredient for improvement!!! :>)

1:35 am
July 6, 2013


Sophia.K

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Post edited 2:08 am – July 13, 2013 by Lynn.K


Chào Chris,

I am glad to hear that everything is going well for you and your family in new place. Here it is also messy for me because I want to change somethings in the house,…..It makes me to be busy and also tired to make things in order.However, I have fun for taking care of my flower garden, happy to see the plants are in flower….Smile

Bon weekend !

Lynn

12:28 pm
July 10, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

So sorry to be so late answering your post (…again). Things are heating up here both in terms of the weather and in terms of an increasingly busy schedule as I have been busy looking for additional work, which I need to acquire by September, the start of the upcoming school year. It has also been difficult to balance my job search with my home life as my son is now home all day for summer break, and of course, he always wants to play. I'm glad you're finding pleasure and solace in your gardening; gardening can be very healthy for mental and emotional health – many people find gardening (and art) cathartic. The word 'cathartic' means "causing or bringing about emotional or spiritual renewal". Some also find gardening 'therapeutic,' which is similar to 'cathartic.'

Hope this vocabulary mini-lesson helps, or at least is interesting! 

 

Bon week to you, too! :>)

Chris

 

1:55 am
July 13, 2013


Sophia.K

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Hi Chris,

You don't have to say sorry for being late reply. Just take your time and answer me  anytime you can.SmileI really enjoy the vocabulary mini-lesson form you, it helps me to get some more new words. Thank you!

It is not easy for everyone to balance job with home life, but with love all of us can do that. And I am sure you too, just save time and enjoy it with your son in his summer break.

You know I realized that how much I enjoy the garden, the job  I never do before in Viet Nam. I also enjoy reading, there are two books for me have to read now " Dont know much about history" and " Dont know much about geography" by Kenneth C. Davis, they help me to know more about America and enrich my vocabulary. They are interesting ones.

By this English forum, I learn many things form you: new words, writing,… Thank you again!Smile

Enjoy a nice weekend with your family!

Lynn

5:06 am
July 25, 2013


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Hi Lynn,

Wow, I don't know what has happened, but I have been neglecting my duties as an English dialogue facilitator via VietDiTru.org. I've been busy looking for additional work, and I have a part time job working at weddings and wedding ceremonies until I find another adjunct (i.e., part time) teaching position. Kenneth C. Davis' 'Don't Know Much About….' series is generally excellent. I love the history book, which I also have myself. I would not recommend, 'Don't know much about the Bible', though. In this book only, it seems that he departed from his usual professional approach, and went on a book-long tirade (harangue) about how, in his opinion, nothing can be true because throughout much of the Old Testament, authors are not cited (e.g., the authors of the first five "Books of Moses" (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). This book alone was a big disappointment for me, but his other books seem excellent. How is his Geography book. Do you recommend it?

By the way, I'm on Facebook, too, but I'm hard to find because there are thousands of Chris Robinsons on Facebook. It would be fun if you could see my wife and son on Facebook. My wife is from Dalat and came here in 1994. Our son is 9 years old.

Well, I'm you like reading. It could be the single most important habit that fosters language acquisition. If you need help with pronunciation, just remember to  pronounce final consonants and consonant blends at the ends of words.

 

Well, I had better let this be all for now.

 

CHEERS! Smile

 

Chris

2:20 am
August 8, 2013


trung

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Hi teacher Chris, nice to meet you.

2:24 am
August 8, 2013


trung

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hi teacher Chris

My name is Trung, I am from Vietnam, I recently found your class. And I read you posts, please let me join your online class . Thank you in advance. If I have any wrongs, please correct me.

I have a question about the spelling of this sentence. I have heard people say something line NOT THE THOUGHT I KNOWN , I know they mean I DO NOT KNOW, but because they say so fast, I guess it is spelled NOT THE THOUGHT I KNOW. Can you please write that sentence for me please, thanks a lot .Smile

9:54 am
August 13, 2013


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Hi teacher Chris.

I would like joining your class. thank you so much

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