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Project week 2 (individual) – LAGGARDS group

November 20, 2008 3 comments

Topic: Should money be spent on space exploration?

Vu Thi Thanh Mai

In recent times, the rapid development of science has helped to improve our lives. Amongst all sciences, space science has contributed striking achievements to our modern world. Outer space exploration should be invested for two major reasons: a long-term solution to overpopulation and scientific inventions.

Firstly, overpopulation problem could be solved by finding other planets for people to live. According to a recent research, the world population is expected to double in 50 years as people have acquired both health and longevity these days. Though the population is becoming bigger, the Earth will not get larger. Hence, there will be no more places for people to live. Top space scientists of the world have been conducting experiments to discover that the Mars has conditions accommodating life. Therefore, spending money on exploring space helps us to find out a long-term solution to this vital issue, which will be a benefit for all people in the globe.

Secondly, space exploration serves scientific inventions. These inventions has been using widely and contributing a great deal to human’s life. For instance, discovery of outer space satellite is used in transforming digital information of mobile phones, communication television and radio that play a crucial role in our lives. Furthermore, some inventions for space use now are available for people on the Earth. An illustration of this is software helping design automobiles by letting designers see how well a design will work even before building a sample. It was a computer program developed by NASA for analysis of a spacecraft.

In conclusion, money should be spent on exploring space to solve overpopulation problem and to support for scientific innovation as mankind living both at the present and in the future could benefit from it. Therefore, space exploration should be focused on scientific purpose as well as economic purposes.

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November 12, 2008 1 comment

Yesterday we learnt about music, movies and books GENRE.

(It is much much better to say genre instead of using kind or type. It seems to make speakers more advanced.)

Music genres: pop, jazz, rock, classical, folk. new age, dance, R&B, country (American cowboy music, not traditional), instrumental, metal, punk.


– Non-fiction: historical (boring for me), biography, auto-biography, academic

– Fiction: Novel, short-stories, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry (Pushkin is famous for this genre), drama, folk tales.

We also learnt some different expressions of like, dislike, relax, and reason used to talk about favourite kind of music, books or movies.


enjoy, crazy about _____, I’m keen on ________, ______ is without a doubt the best _______, I’m quite taken by______.


I can’t stand ______, _______ hurts my ears, ______ puts me off, I despise ______.


take a load off, kick back and relax, chill out, forget my worries, switch off from work, take it easy.


humorous, blood and gore, encouraging, optimistic, realistic, enjoyable, exiting, amazing…

There are some words that need to be kept in mind

saturated = no more spaces


lure (v) = to attract

(n) = a thing to attract

ex: going fishing, people use “lure” to attract fish. It’s pronounced like “lua” in VNese.

tariffs = tax on imported goods

quotas = restrictions/ limits on amount of imported goods

barrierstrade barriers = obstacle, hindrance

overshadow = esclipse

ex: Honda overshadows Yamaha in Vietnam.

sophisticated = complex, well-structured system


November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are benefits and drawbacks of multinationals


– create employment/ opportunities

– transfer of technology

– improve infrastructure

– provide funds for the Government

– increase competitiveness

+ enhance quality

+ reduction in price


– pollution

– exploitation of labour force (take advantage of …)

– brain drain

– potentially control the economy

– edge-out domestic companies (reduce market share of local companies)