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English Learning - Word on the Street - Camden Fashion



Camden Market is made up of many different markets. The first market was called Camden Lock because it was next to the canal. It first opened in 1972 and is now one of the largest markets in the UK.

Half a million people visit Camden market each week. And with hundreds of stalls, there’s something for everyone. But Camden is best known for fashion and famous for punk.

Everyone knows what punk fashion is but 30 years ago it didn’t even exist. Clothes like this seem quite normal now. In the 1970’s it shocked many people because it had never been seen before.  

Punks were young people who were anti-government, anti-popular music and anti-fashion. Punk music was loud, wild and about breaking all the rules. Punk style was the same.

Punks created their own cheap fashion with torn clothes, safety pins and spiky hair. 

Punk fashion is still here today and it’s still about rejecting ordinary fashion and standing out, but there are lots of ways of looking different.

Camden isn’t the only place for fashion. London Fashion Week, held twice a year, is a great place to see clothes by British designers and the latest new fashion trends. 

British fashion is very important; creatively, it’s very important all around the world. Lots of the kind of fashion trends that you and I end up wearing started out on the catwalks in London.

British fashion is different from the fashion that comes from different countries around the world. Often the shape of the clothes is a bit more aggressive - maybe a bit sharper and we try to come up with looks that are a bit more imaginative so possibly they’re less wearable, less classic clothing, but always very exciting. 

Back in Camden there are still many other fashion trends. People mix different ideas and create new looks. Another style that really stands out is Cyber-Goth. 

So this is one of Europe’s biggest Cyber-Goth shops. What’s a Cyber-Goth? Take a look at these.

Carmen: So Jack, what exactly is a Cyber-Goth?

Jack: A Cyber-Goth is someone that doesn’t think about what other people think about them. And it’s someone with a very strong fashion sense. It’s kind of a mixture of varied stuff; like punk, Goth and American surfing scene.

Carmen: So, talk me through the influences of your look, the hair?

Jack: Well, my hair is a really, really lovely creation I think. It takes everything from the punk style like colourful stuff - really standing out.

Carmen: The t-shirt?

Jack: My t-shirt is a Cyber-Goth futuristic style. It’s an exo-tubes top - which means like, it shows the inside of my body. 

Carmen: The trousers?

Jack: I really like the American surfing scene - I’m really into that. So I wanted something to remind me of that so I chose these really, really baggy trousers. 

Carmen: And finally the belt?

Jack: Twenty-first century.

So punk maybe thirty years old but here in Camden it’s constantly evolving in the twenty first century.

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Original Link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-fashion
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:33 PM

English Learning - Word on the Street - Camden Scene 2 - Language Focus



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Original Link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-scene-2-language-focus
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:27 PM

English Learning - Word on the Street - Camden Scene 2



Ashlie: Well, thanks for that Stephen. That was a great lunch.

Stephen: Ah – you’re welcome. My pleasure! Now come on, we’ve got to get a move on.

Ashlie: Oh, wait a minute. They’re nice. 

Stephen: Which ones? Those boots?

Ashlie: No, the shoes at the back - the black ones. Let’s go in and have a look.

Stephen: What size are they? Why don’t you try them on and see if they fit?

Ashlie: Excuse me. Can I try these on, please? Have you got them in a size 6?

Shop assistant: Yes, sure.

Ashlie: Thanks.

Ashlie: Oh wait, they’ve got them in green, too. Maybe they’re nicer. What do you think?

Stephen: Why don’t you try them both on?

Ashlie: Sorry, can I try them both on, please? The green and the black in a size 6.

Shop assistant: OK.

Ashlie: Thanks.

Stephen: Let’s sit down. Shoe shops make me tired.

Ashlie: So, which ones do you prefer? Do you prefer the black ones or the green ones?

Stephen: They’re both nice.

Ashlie: But tell me which ones you like the best.

Stephen: Erm... OK then, the green ones.

Ashlie: Well, what’s wrong with the black ones?

Stephen: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said they’re both nice.

Ashlie: I think I prefer the black ones.

Stephen: OK then, if I say I prefer the black ones, can we just buy them and get out of here?

Ashlie: Yeah, I think I’ll get the black ones. Unless you prefer the green ones?

Stephen: Aaaargh! Come on!

Ashlie: OK, I’ll take the black ones please.

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Stephen: OK, I’ll see you later, then.

Ashlie: OK, I’m going this way. See you!

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Ashlie: Hi there. Wow, such amazing clothes. Oh, this is nice. Can I try this on in a smaller size, please?

Shop assistant: Yes, certainly.

Ashlie: Great, thank you.

Shop assistant: The changing rooms are just over there.

Ashlie: This is wonderful. How much is it?

Shop assistant: That one’s 110 pounds.

Ashlie: It is beautiful but… I’m not sure.

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Stephen: Oh my gosh! Ashley!? What happened to you?

Ashlie: Oh, hiya Stephen. Well, I decided to change my image. What do you think?

Stephen: Well, don’t let Mum see you like that - it's her birthday party tonight.

Ashlie: Don't worry, I'll change first. Are you ready for home?

Stephen: Yes, let's get out of here. Everybody’s looking at you!

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Original Link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-scene-2
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:19 PM

English Learning - Word on the Street - Camden Scene 1 - Language Focus



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Original Link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-scene-1-language-focus
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:08 PM

English Learning - Word on the Street - Camden Scene 1



Stephen: Here we are in Camden Lock Market. It’s a great place to go shopping and we need to buy a birthday present for our Mum. What do you think we should get her, Ash?

Ashlie: Well our Mum loves nice clothes and costume jewellery. So - I’m sure we’ll find something here.

Stephen: It's huge here, Ash. I’ll tell you what, let’s split up, see what we can find and I’ll meet you back here in one hour.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here in an hour, then.

Stephen: Oh, Ash – can you lend me 50 quid?

Ashlie: 50 quid, eh?

Stephen: Don’t worry, you’ll get it back!

Ashlie: That should do it.

Stephen: Thank you.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here later.

Stephen: See you!

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Stephen: Wow, look at these! I’ve never seen one of these before. How much are these?

Shopkeeper: Five pound each.

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Ashlie: Excuse me. Do you have this in another colour?

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Stephen: Hiya – how’s it going?

Shopkeeper: Hi, very well. How are you?

Stephen: Good, thanks.

Stephen: I like these, how much are they?

Shopkeeper: Er, the leaf lights – they are £21.95.

Stephen: Hmm, I’m not sure she’ll like them. Can you help me? I’m looking for a birthday present for my mum. Any ideas?

Shopkeeper: What type of thing does she like?

Stephen: Well, she’s quite stylish – modern, I suppose.

Shopkeeper: Well, the yin yang’s really modern. What do you think of that?

Stephen: Hmm. What about that one over there?

Shopkeeper: Ah, the ball lights – lovely – it’s fifty pounds.

Stephen: Oh.

Shopkeeper: How about... forty, seeing as it’s your mother’s birthday?

Stephen: Twenty?

Shopkeeper: Twenty? That’s really cheap. How about I meet you halfway – twenty-five?

Stephen: Great, thanks mate. My Mum’s going to love this.

Shopkeeper: You’re welcome.

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Ashlie: Aah - I'm running out of time…

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Ashlie: Excuse me, how much is this?

Shopkeeper: Er, that’s fifty pounds.

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Stephen: So? How did you get on?

Ashlie: Pretty good, I guess. I bought this fantastic candle holder. It was a little bit expensive, but I think Mum will love it. In fact I almost bought one for myself!

Stephen: Yeah… great – and look what I found!

Ashlie: Well, that is just crazy – how did we end up buying the same candle holder in this huge market??!

Stephen: I’ll tell you what we’ll do. You take this one. You said you almost bought one for yourself - and you lent me fifty pounds, right?

Ashlie: Right.

Stephen: So you take this one, I’ll get lunch and we’ll call it quits! Come on – it’s time to get something to eat. Lunch is on me, remember. Come on!

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Original Link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-scene-1
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:57 PM

English Reading Habit - Thursday, October 27, 2016



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Hello. I'm Dieu Kiem from Reading Habit of Telev Robo. Reading little everyday will change your life. Today, I continue introducing Grimm's Fairy Tales, a good book for children and even adults who used to be children. Today's story is "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Now, let's start.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody could find out how it happened, or where they had been.

Then the king made it known to all the land, that if any person could discover the secret, and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night, he should have the one he liked best for his wife, and should be king after his death; but whoever tried and did not succeed, after three days and nights, should be put to death.

A king's son soon came. He was well entertained, and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance; and, in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it, the door of his chamber was left open. But the king's son soon fell asleep; and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing, for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be cut off. After him came several others; but they had all the same luck, and all lost their lives in the same manner.

Now it chanced that an old soldier, who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer, passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood, he met an old woman, who asked him where he was going. 'I hardly know where I am going, or what I had better do,' said the soldier; 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance, and then in time I might be a king.' 'Well,' said the old dame, 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening; and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep.'

Then she gave him a cloak, and said, 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible, and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel, he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king, and said he was willing to undertake the task. He was as well received as the others had been, and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him; and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. Just as he was going to lie down, the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine; but the soldier threw it all away secretly, taking care not to drink a drop. 

Then he laid himself down on his bed, and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily; and the eldest said, 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes, and took out all their fine clothes, and dressed themselves at the glass, and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. But the youngest said, 'I don't know how it is, while you are so happy I feel very uneasy; I am sure some mischance will befall us.' 'You simpleton,' said the eldest, 'you are always afraid; have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier, even if I had not given him his sleeping draught, he would have slept soundly enough.'

When they were all ready, they went and looked at the soldier; but he snored on, and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe; and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands, and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another, the eldest leading the way; and thinking he had no time to lose, he jumped up, put on the cloak which the old woman had given him, and followed them; but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest princess, and she cried out to her sisters, 'All is not right; someone took hold of my gown.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest, 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall.' Then down they all went, and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled beautifully. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place; so he broke off a little branch, and there came a loud noise from the tree. Then the youngest daughter said again, 'I am sure all is not right—did not you hear that noise? That never happened before.' But the eldest said, 'It is only our princes, who are shouting for joy at our approach.'

Then they came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a branch from each; and every time there was a loud noise, which made the youngest sister tremble with fear; but the eldest still said, it was only the princes, who were crying for joy. So they went on till they came to a great lake; and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them, who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses.

One of the princesses went into each boat, and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. As they were rowing over the lake, the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said, 'I do not know why it is, but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual, and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today.' 'It is only the heat of the weather,' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too.'

On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle, from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. There they all landed, and went into the castle, and each prince danced with his princess; and the soldier, who was all the time invisible, danced with them too; and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her, he drank it all up, so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. At this, too, the youngest sister was terribly frightened, but the eldest always silenced her. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning, and then all their shoes were worn out, so that they were obliged to leave off. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess); and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other, the princesses promising to come again the next night.

When they came to the stairs, the soldier ran on before the princesses, and laid himself down; and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired, they heard him snoring in his bed; so they said, 'Now all is quite safe'; then they undressed themselves, put away their fine clothes, pulled off their shoes, and went to bed. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened, but determined to see more of this strange adventure, and went again the second and third night; and every thing happened just as before; the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces, and then returned home. 

However, on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret, he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup; and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. And when the king asked him. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered, 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground.' And then he told the king all that had happened, and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. Then the king called for the princesses, and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered, and that it was of no use to deny what had happened, they confessed it all. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife; and he answered, 'I am not very young, so I will have the eldest.'—And they were married that very day, and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir.

It's enough for today. See you again tomorrow, Friday, October 28, 2016.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Vietnamese Reading Habit - Thursday, October 27, 2016



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Chào các bạn. Tôi là Diệu Kiếm từ chương trình Reading Habit của Telev Robo. Mỗi ngày đọc một ít tác phẩm hay, cuộc sống của bạn sẽ thay đổi. Hôm nay, tôi tiếp tục giới thiệu với các bạn tác phẩm "Mắt biếc" của nhà văn Nguyễn Nhật Ánh. Đây là tác phẩm lãng mạn có thể giúp những người chưa biết yêu bước vào thế giới của tình yêu. Nào chúng ta hãy bắt đầu nhé.

Tôi và Hà Lan càng ngày càng chơi thân với nhau. Những năm lớp bốn, lớp năm, hai đứa tôi không chỉ cặp kè với nhau trong lớp mà khi về nhà, tôi và Hà Lan cũng không rời nhau nửa bước.

Lúc này, tôi đã lớn, được quyền đi xuống chợ một mình hoặc đi lông bông đâu đó trong làng mà không cần phải có người lớn đi kèm. Và, như không thể khác, tôi thường xuyên xuống chơi nhà Hà Lan.

Nhà Hà Lan ở cuối chợ Đo Đo, trên con đường dẫn đến giếng Cây Duối. Nhà nó tuềnh toàng, vách tre mái lá, thua xa căn nhà gạch của tôi. Nhưng nhà nó mát mẻ hơn nhà tôi nhiều. Phía sau nhà, lũy tre xanh suốt ngày kẽo kẹt và trên ngọn tre cao lủng lẳng những tổi chim chào mào, gió thổi rì rào qua kẽ lá và không ngừng phát ra những âm điệu du dương và êm ái tuyệt vời. Đằng sau lũy tre là cánh đồng rập rờn sóng lúa, lúc xanh ngát mạ non lúc trĩu chín bông vàng, mùa cày xới nồng nàn mùi phân bò và mùi đất ải.

Trước nhà Hà Lan, có một giàn thiên lý lấm tấm hoa vàng. Đã không biết bao nhiêu lần, tôi và Hà Lan ngồi dưới bóng mát của giàn thiên lý thơ mộng này chơi những trò chơi tuổi nhỏ. Với bọn con trai, tôi chơi đánh đáo, đánh bi, đá bóng và những trò rượt bắt. Còn với Hà Lan, tôi phải chơi đánh chuyền, ô quan, nhảy lò cò và những trò con gái khác. Nếu không thế thì Hà Lan sẽ nghỉ chơi tôi ra. Nó đã dọa tôi một lần rồi, khi tôi tỏ vẻ thờ ơ và nhầm lẫn lung tung khi rải sỏi trong trò chơi ô quan buồn chết được.

Ba Hà Lan có đôi mắt tuyệt đẹp, đó là đôi mắt mà Hà Lan thừa hưởng. Ông chẳng quan tâm gì đến sự có mặt của tôi trong nhà. Đôi mắt của ông thường xuyên hướng lên bầu trời, dõi theo những tia nắng và những đám mây. Ông nghĩ ngợi về thời tiết và mùa màng. Ông chẳng nghĩ đến tôi.

Mẹ Hà Lan lại khác. Bà rất mến tôi và bày tỏ sự quí mến đó bằng cách kẹp rổ vào nách và bắt ghế đứng lên hái hoa thiên lý xuống nấu canh mời tôi ăn. Dĩ nhiên tôi không từ chối. Trong bữa ăn, tôi vừa húp canh xì xụp vừa lơ đãng nghe mẹ Hà Lan kể chuyện ông nội tôi đã cứu sống bà trong một cơn bệnh thập tử nhất sinh như thế nào. Ông nội tôi hốt thuốc bắc, đã qua đời lúc tôi mới ba tuổi, nhưng mẹ Hà Lan kể về ông nội tôi với giọng điệu như nói về một người còn sống. Tôi ngồi nghe, thờ ơ, sung sướng, giọng nói cảm động của mẹ Hà Lan xen lẫn với những tiếng lích chích của bầy chim sâu đang cãi nhau sau hè. Và tôi mường tượng nghĩ đến ông tôi, một hình ảnh đã xa xăm lắm.

Nhưng không phải chỉ có tôi đến chơi nhà Hà Lan. Nó cũng hay lên chơi với tôi và chị Quyên. Thời gian này, chị Nhường và cô Thịnh không có nhà. Trường làng tôi chỉ mở tới lớp năm, lên lớp sáu chị Nhường và cô Thịnh phải ra trường huyện.

Bác tôi cho chị Quyên đi học trễ. Chị học sau tôi và Hà Lan hai lớp, nhưng điều đó không ngăn cản ba đứa tôi chơi với nhau rất tâm đầu ý hợp.

Thỉnh thoảng, vào những ngày cuối tuần, chị Nhường và cô Thịnh xách gói về thăm làng. Nhưng điều đó chẳng khiến tôi xúc động chút nào. Chị Nhường và cô Thịnh đã lên lớp tám, tự coi mình là người lớn, đã từ lâu chẳng thèm chơi với bọn nhãi nhép chúng tôi.

Hôm nay đến đây là kết thúc. Hẹn gặp lại vào ngày mai, thứ sáu ngày 28 tháng 10 năm 2016.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM

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