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WRITING CONTEST Page 3 The FFL Writing Contest Discovery Page 4 - 5 College student homesickness Memory Transpret Chronicles Page 6 The differences between translation and interpretation Translationcompetition Talkshow

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Pocket address list Page 9 I knew wher I wanted to go Pocket address list

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You have a message! Page 10 - 11 Bookaholic corner

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THE FFL JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CONSULTANT Lecturer Nguyễn Thúy Nga Board of lecturers of Faculty of Foreign Languages EDITORIAL MANAGER Tôn Nữ Tường Vy


Đặng Phương Thảo (L1) Lê Thống (L2) Đỗ Nguyễn Minh Hiếu Quách Minh Minh Nguyễn Thị Thanh Nhàn Ngô Mai Thùy Quyên Hà Nhật Linh Chu Thị Như Trang Phạm Ngọc Tuyết Nguyễn Quốc Vũ

FOREWORDS Dear readers, It is our pleasure to present the first FFL Journal, a department-sponsored, student-run and passion-fueled magazine to all students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Ho Chi Minh Open University. Through FFL Journal, we would like to extend our heartfelt invitation to each of you, regardless of language major, background or aspiration, to be part of the new generation of keen readers and thoughtful writers. Are you a deep-thinking student but your public speaking skills are not so good to fully sefl-express? Are you on the outlook for new, dynamic after class activities like singing, sports, and volunteering projects? Do you have a great book to share or an excellent friend in this faculty to introduce to other students? Or do you simply have the pleasure of seeing your name boldly, yet respectfully, printed in an article? If it sounds like you, welcome home. ^ ^ The vision of The FFL Journal is to create opportunities for us to share our thoughts and emotions into pages, which makes us more special by just the way we are. The prominent factor of this magazine is that it sticks to our school life, knowledge, experience, events, opinions or outstanding students at OUR faculty.Together let’s portray life around us, from a diverse range of perspectives, which in return enriches our own living experience. Our slogan is “Our voice, our reflection” – The FFL Journal will be representing students’ voice at large while yearning to make every moment of school experience richer and more fulfilled. We believe that you can save your stamp at this faculty with your contribution for this academic magazine, and have something to remember about your college life. From now on, you can write for us. The themes for coming issues are listed below: - Volume 2 (November 20th): Happy Teachers’s Day - Volume 3: Holidays For any question or submission, please feel free to email us: We are ready to read your works. Let’s join hands with us and watch ourselves grow up as each page is turned. TÔN NỮ TƯỜNG VY Editorial Manager of the FFL Journal

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THE FFL WRITING CONTEST The FFL Writing Contest (01/11 – 30/11/2011) We, the FFL Journal, would like the readers to join us in making our Journal an academic playground in which you have an opportunity to share your point of view, as well as showing your writing capacity. We, therefore, decide to hold a monthly writing contest and we hope that you, self- starters will be highly enthusiastic to participate in. Guidelines: Source: Write a well-organized essay (500- 600 words) on a topic given. All papers must be original and previously unpublished. Judges: Ms. Lê Phương Thảo and Ms. Phan Thị Thu Nga Prizes: A certificate from the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, a book and a free FFL Journal for the winner. The second runner-up and the third runner-up will be encouraged with a free FFL Journal. Topics for this month: Write a well-organized essay (500- 600 words) to present your answer for the question “In Vietnam, what age is appropriate for dating?” To send entries: Include title(s) with your paper(s), your name, phone#, email, and your student code(s). Mail to:, before 23:59, 30/11/2011.


where you can receive announcements, interesting activities in our school. Check this out regularly so that you won’t miss any of them. ^ ^ 1. Faculty of Foreign Languages: wearing the Student ID card From Monday, 26/09/2011, all students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages must wear their Student ID card when studying at Dao Duy Anh campus. This not only promotes the students’ image but also helps to tighten the security on our campus. In recent weeks, some steals have often happened at Dao Duy Anh campus; therefore, you should keep to your property carefully. If you are a victim of any steals, don’t hesitate to contact our Faculty Office: (08) 39300949 (Room 311, 97 Võ Văn Tần Street, District 3) for help. (continued in page 15) Our voice - Our reflection



College student homesickness: doesn't have to be as negative as you might think


ou may have spent so much time preparing for college that you may not have considered how much you'd miss being back home.While homesickness is very common for the majority of college students, it can be very difficult to overcome. The key to handling it is to understand where it's coming from and knowing what you can realistically do about it.

Don't Be Too Harsh On Yourself Being homesick is often a sign that you have happy, healthy relationships with people back at home.You may miss your family, your friends, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or just your old routines and familiarity. Even though many students won't talk about it, a very large number of first-year and transfer students experience homesickness during their first few months at school. So, even if no one you know is talking about it, rest assured that many of your classmates are going through the same thing. Don't be too harsh on yourself for experiencing something that is completely normal and part of many students' college experience.

Source: http://vaivia.files.wordLet Yourself Be Sad -- for a Little While Trying to fight your way through homesickness can often be futile. But letting yourself process through your emotions can be a great way of dealing with them.Trying to be stoic might end up backfiring on you, and since homesickness is a part of many people's college experience, it's important to let it process itself out. So give yourself a day here or there to be sad about all that you left behind. But make sure to pick yourself up and not be too sad the next day.A pity day here or there is alright, but if you find yourself having many in a row or feeling overwhelmingly sad, you may want to think about talking to someone in the campus counseling center.You definitely won't need to worry about being the first student in there who misses home!

Be Patient with Yourself If you're a first-year student, you've probably made more major changes in your life than you ever have before. And if you're a transfer, you may be used to being in school - but not this school. Consider what you've done: you've started at an entirely new institution, where you probably don't know anyone at all. You might be in a new city, state, or even country. You have a new lifestyle to manage, where every hour of your day is unlike how you spent your time even 4 or 6 weeks ago. You have new responsibilities that Source: utterlynoodle. are pretty heavy, from managing finances to learning a new academic system and culture. You may also be living on your own for the first time and learning all kinds of things that you hadn't even thought to ask about before you left. Any one of those changes would be enough to throw someone for a loop. Wouldn't it be a little surprising if someone didn't experience homesickness from everything? So be patient with yourself, just like you would be with a friend. You probably wouldn't judge a friend for being homesick after making such major changes in his or her life, so don't judge yourself unfairly. Let yourself be a little sad, take a deep breath, and do what you can to make your new school your new home. Because, after all, won't it feel fantastic when you realize that, next summer when you're back home, you're "homesick" for school to start again? KELCI LYNN LUCIER ( Guide)

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MY NOTEWORTHY MEMORY OF THE FIRST DAY AT HCMC. OPEN UNIVERSITY Transferring from high school to university marks a spotlight in every student’s life; therefore, students of Faculty of Foreign Languages also have their own experience of the very first time they went to Open University. Let’s see what they want to share: Do Nguyen Minh Hieu - AV08B1 LOVE AT THE FIRST SIGHT

I am a student fromTay Ninh Province. Three years have passed at this Open University, but I still remember clearly the day I saw her.It was the Orientation Day, when Ms. Tuyến, the former leader ofThe Sun Club, was selecting monitors, there appeared some active people,and I saw her - the most beautiful girl in my life. She was active and beautiful, as she is now. I think I’ve loved her at the first sight, and luckily, we are currently a couple. ^ ^ Quach Minh Minh AV08B1 HOW DID I THROW AWAY MY BIAS AGAINST OUR SCHOOL?

I heard that students at Open University prefer pleasure to study and other negative information, hence I was not so determined when submitting application to this school.During the registration day,I only wished to finish quickly and did not pay attention to anyone else there.However,I was instructed everything in details by an enthusiastic volunteer. Perhaps, she was a junior or senior of the Faculty.She then showed me an old man in a simple suit leading a new students at the corner of the balcony, and told me that was the Rector.I was quite surprised at his simplicity and his enthusiasm.That day I went home with happiness and eagerness for the new university,throwing away previous bias.Now I am a senior, I am about to do that volunteer work for helping freshmen as the elder did for me.

Pham Ngoc Tuyet - AV09A3 THE DESTINY

At the very first day at Open University,I met a person whom I always remember all my life.This handsome senior instructed us to complete the procedure of registration, and I was impressed by his enthusiasm. After months, by chance, I knew that he was the leader of Chinese club and he had just won the third prize for his scientific research.Therefore,I inwardly admired him, and gradually have a deeply interest in studying Chinese. His graduation day finally came, and I felt so sad because I would never have any chances to meet him. However, one year later he became my teacher at an extra Chinese course.When I met him there, I was really happy and wondered if it is the destiny.Although he never knows that there is a girl who likes him, I always pray for his happiness and success.Thanks God for bringing him to the young girl’s life! Ha Hoang Son - AV09A2 THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING ME

I still remember my first day at school as clear as crystal. Before the class, I made friend with a girl who came from Binh Dinh province and we talked as if we were friend for a long time, and other people thought that we were close friend.The amazing part of the day was when our teacher came and asked the class to choose the monitor.The girl I just talked with raised her hand very quickly. I thought “Wow, she must be really active” but it turned out that she introduced me to be the monitor. Oh my God!The whole class looked at me and they went ooh and ah. Maybe my face turned to red I guessed. ^ ^What a pity, I refused that position, but it is a really good feeling to know that someone believe in you even though they do not know you well. (Continued in page 11)

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n the surface, the difference between interpretation and translation is only the difference in the medium: the interpreter translates orally, while a translator interprets written text. Both interpretation and translation presuppose a certain passion of language and deep knowledge of more than one

tongue. However, the differences in skills are arguably greater than similarities. The key skills of a TRANSLATOR are the ability to understand the source language and the culture of the country where the text originated, use a good library of dictionaries and reference materials, and render that material clearly and accurately into the target language. In other words, while the linguistic and cultural skills are still critical, the most important mark of a good translator is the ability to write well in the target language. Written trans- with earphones which allow them to choose lation types: Translation of legal, from several languages. The interfinancial and bank preters work in documents. Literary, medical, sound-proof booths. economic translation. Translation of passports, diplomas, certificates, licenses and other documents. Translation of techniSource: photobucket cal documents (catalogues, technical specifications, manuals etc.). Translation and makeup of charts, manuals and drawings in all formats. Translation and localization of web-sites. An INTERPRETER,on the other hand, has to be able to translate in both directions on the spot, without using dictionaries or other supplemental reference materials. Interpreters must have extraordinary listening abilities, especially for simultaneous interpreting. Oral translation types: In simultaneous interpretation,the interpreter must process and memorize the words that the source-language speaker is saying now, while simultaneously outputting in the target language the translation of words the speaker said 5-10 seconds earlier. At the United Nations conferences the audience listens to the interpretation

Consecutive inter- Source: todaytranslations pretation, on the other hand, requires the speaker to pause after every sentence or two to allow the interpreter to render his interpretation. It works without electronic devices and is commonly used where a small number of speakers are ad- Source: dressing one another. Interpreters must have excellent public speaking skills, and the intellectual capacity to instantly transform idioms, colloquialisms and other culturally-specific references into analogous statements the target audience will understand. Now, do you think you are suitable for interpretation or translation? And if you’d like to pursue this kind of career, do you prefer training yourselves at home or taking some of the courses that we introduce in POCKET ADDRESS LIST section (page…) Whatever you choose, make sure you set clear your objectives, and follow the right directions. Always remember who you are and what you want to achieve, and you will be successful. ĐẶNG PHƯƠNG THẢO Our voice - Our reflection



TRANSLATION COMPETITION (1st - 15th October, 2011) Dear readers, since our journal’s purpose is to improve everyone’s ability in writing and translating, why don’t we have a little competition about translating Eng-Vie and vice versa? You can translate either one or two of the following pieces and send them to our e-mail: before 23:59, 10zth September, 2011 (Saturday). Besides your translation, your profile details must be fulfilled (full name, class, student code, telephone number). We are choosing 2 best translations (1 for E-V, 1 for V-E) and those participants will be rewarded with valuable gift under 5.000.000 VND. Which gift? Let’s take part in and you will see. :) For further information, don’t hesitate to contact us: (Mr. Đỗ Nguyễn Minh Hiếu, Tel. No. 0933 433 402). ĐỖ NGUYỄN MINH HIẾU English – Vietnamese U.N.: World can 'thrive' as population reaches 7 billion


s the global population hits 7 billion in the coming days, nations can take steps to tackle critical challenges and prepare for the arrival of billions more people this century, the United Nations said Wednesday. The milestone is expected to be reached on October 31. "With planning and the right investments in people now ... our world of 7 billion can have thriving, sustainable cities, productive labor forces that can fuel economic growth, youth populations that contribute to the well-being of economies and societies, and a generation of older people who are healthy and actively engaged in the social and economic affairs of their communities," UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, said in a new report. Among the steps the report focuses on are empowering young people with economic opportunities; planning for the growth of cities; developing programs to share and sustain the Earth's resources; and improving education, including sexual education. (CNN - 26/10/2011)

Vietnamese – English 10 NĂM SAU CUỘC TẤN CÔNG


ã qua 10 năm nhưng những hệ lụy từ vụ khủng bố chấn động 11.9.2001 vẫn đè nặng lên hệ thống kinh tế, chính trị và xã hội Mỹ. Ngày 11.9.2001, khoảnh khắc 2 chiếc máy bay đâm thẳng vào tòa tháp đôi World Trade Center ở New York đã đưa nước Mỹ đến một bước ngoặt lịch sử. Tưởng chừng bất khả xâm phạm, cường quốc số một thế giới lại bị tấn công ngay chính “trái tim” của mình. Sau 10 năm, Mỹ đã hoàn toàn thay đổi, vững chãi hơn nhờ nhiều lớp “áo giáp” an ninh nhưng cũng nặng nề hơn với một nền kinh tế đang trong cơn khủng hoảng lại phải gồng gánh chi phí quốc phòng ngất ngưởng. Sau biến cố 11.9, Mỹ chính thức bước vào thời kỳ “chiến tranh phòng ngừa”: tấn công trước để khỏi bị tấn công. Với sức mạnh quân sự vượt trội, Mỹ nhanh chóng chiếm được Afghanistan và Iraq, nhưng “quá trình chuyển giao dân chủ” đã không diễn ra như mong đợi và hiện Washington gần như sa lầy ở hai chiến trường này. Trong bài viết mới đây trên tờ Les Echos, chuyên gia từng đoạt Nobel Kinh tế Joseph Stiglitz nhấn mạnh: “Việc tăng các chi phí cho quốc phòng cùng lúc với các đợt miễn giảm thuế dưới thời của Tổng thống George Bush đã giải thích vì sao Mỹ từ chỗ chỉ bị thâm hụt ngân sách khoảng 2% GDP lúc ông ấy vừa đắc cử, đến nay phải gánh món nợ hơn 14.000 tỉ USD”. (, 10/09/2011)

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Full name: Trần Mỹ Phương Lecturer of English for Tourism, English for Secretaries, English for Business Studies

The interviewee in this issue is Ms. Tran My Phuong, who gained her graduation score of 9.11, the highest a student has ever got from the Faculty of Foreign Languages so far. She is currently one of our lecturers. By how she got such an excellency, we can consider our attitude and how much effort we must take for academic success, then find ways ahead for ourselves. 1. Could you tell us how you could achieve such an excellent result? I always desired to be a teacher when I was a child. My dream grew up day-by-day and became my own goal. I set myself a target and thought about how to reach it. I already knew where I wanted to go; therefore, what I needed was a specific plan. I made my studying plan, followed it, and met my target. 2. According to what you stated, a goal and a plan were keys leading to your success. Could you share how to set a goal and make a plan? Your goals depend on your interests and passion. What jobs are you interested in, a doctor, a singer, or a journalist? In this case, to be a teacher was my passion. Additionally, you have to consider whether your personalities or characteristics suit your goal or not. After that, you should make a plan. You set yourself long-term goals first, short-term ones then. My long-term goal was to achieve the average score of 9.0. Hence, I required myself to get the score of 9.0 or more for major subjects, and more than 8.0 for others. 3. Were there any difficulties? If any, what did you do to deal with them? There was only one difficulty. It was me, myself. I did not allow myself to be lazy, and focused on my studies so much that I gave little time to other activities such

as hanging around with my friends. If you want to make your dream come true, you must pay for it. 4. In your own opinion, what is the main difference between students in your time and those nowadays? Environment is the main difference. Nowadays you have one great advantage: the Internet.With this technology, you can find out many sources of information about the field you are concerned about just in 1 – 3 seconds. Easy come easy go, however.You will easily forget it. Furthermore, the Internet also has some distractions such as games, online television, chatting and so on. In my time, I have no means to relax except books. Reading takes us a very long time to explore, but they can take us to everywhere, because “There is no frigate like a book”. In addition, I could directly ask my teachers for more information about what I needed to know. Reading books and directly exchanging with teachers helped me obtain and understand clearly knowledge, and keep focusing on learning. Although environment affects us, we must determine on what we have chosen. 5. At present, students are earning their living and also studying. Would you like to give them any advice? I think it is a disadvantage if you have to earn your living and study at the same time. Therefore, you need to find a way out in order to balance study and work. Of course, you need to work harder, and sleep less than others. As I said, we need to pay for all the things. TRẦN THỊ THU TRANG Our voice - Our reflection



POCKET ADDRESS LIST Keep this list in your pocket. It's really handy!

1. Where can you take Translation-Interpretation courses? HCMC. University of Social Sciences and Humanities Location: Room C001, 10 - 12 Đinh Tiên Hoàng Street, Ward Bến Nghé, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.66753567 – 0973.551.041 (Mr. Hiệp) Email: Website: Journalism Foreign Language Center Location: 116-118 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC. Tel: (08) 39302459 – 39306472 Email: Website: English Center “Special English” Location: 289 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám Street, Ward 12, District 10, HCMC. Tel: (08) 6675 2267 Email: Website: Foreign Trade University - Establishment 2, HCMC. Location: 15 D5 Street, Ward 25, Bình Thạnh District, HCMC. Tel: (08) 35127254 Website: HCMC. University of Foreign Languages – Information Technology (HUFLIT) Location: Groundfloor, Department A, 55 Sư Vạn Hạnh Street, Ward 13, District 10, HCMC. Tel: (08) 38 629 232 Email: Website: ĐẶNG PHƯƠNG THẢO

2. This is an entertainment website where you can search for the latest and hottest movies. From Hollywood blockbusters to Hong Kong serials, from classical romantic movies to modern action ones, you will find them all on this website. Apart from movies, there are also many other entertainments waiting for you to find out, such as cool music, lovely wallpapers, handy software, etc. How interesting it is, isn’t it? NGÔ MAI THÙY QUYÊN 3. Le monde panna cotta


Panna cotta is a famous Italian dessert. Panna cotta is served with sweet pennels, caramel, chocolate, and many other fress fruits. Source: Solar If you want to enjoy this special dessert, drop a visit to Le monde du panna cotta (the world of panna cotta). This is a bistro located on No. 66, D3 Street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District. Coming here, you will be impressed by the style of interior design. It surely makes you feel warm and relaxed. HÀ NHẬT LINH 4. Art Exhibition at La’ Maison Café & Gallery Source: amthucgiaitri

Address: La’ Maison Café & Gallery, 139 E3 Ly Chinh Thang Street,Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. La’ Maison Café & Gallery gives you a quiet space in the heart of a bustling city. Here, you are able to regain the tranquility in your soul in the gentle, colorful landscape. Besides, La’ Maison Café & Gallery holds an art exhibition monthly. Exhibition space is always changing with new interesting ideas. Prices of the drinks range from 20,000 VND to 50,000 VND. NGUYỄN QUỐC VŨ Our voice - Our reflection



You have a message! From: ÂU TUYỀN DIỆU (HV06B1, Alumnus, class of 2006 – 2010) To: All of FFL’s students Dear FFL’s students, Short in time but student life is always beautiful and unforgettable. Four years of university went by. There remain merry and sad memories of student time when my friends and I used to attempt to find out the way to tease teachers. With the B.A. degree, an invaluable and invisible property, I together with other alumni have to work hard everyday so as to earn the thing called “money” for living. As you know, working environment is totally different from our study environment. We are required to be perfect in not only basic and professional knowledge but social relationship and communication as well. Of course, it is not as comfortable as when we are students. Sometimes when I am in break time at the office and have nothing to do, there appear on Yahoochat some sentences: “Hey, how are you doing? How is your work? When will you be boss? Coffee when free, ok?” Despite simple sentences, they make me recall old memories. I sometimes remember the time when I was a student; I received much care and forgiveness from teachers. They always forgave and instructed me to correct my mistakes. Besides study, we can take part in other activities at university. I realize one funny and childish thing that I do not understand: why some of my classmates did not take part in the outdoor activities until the faculty and the school subtracted their scores of intellectual exercises. To be honest, you have to be active and self-controlled at work. Nobody reminds or takes much care of you. I hope all of you, my juniors’ rank, will be more active in study and other activities at university, for yourself first, not for scores or fame. Finally, I wish students of FFL in particular and OU in general always love your students’ lives, hold your belief, and be healthy in order to actively make your dreams come true. From: TÔN NỮ TƯỜNG VY (AV08A2) To: Editorial Board of FFLJ

"If you want to go fast, go alone If you want to go far, go with the others" Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Ninh has said that, and I think it does make sense. Each of us is from many classes in this faculty, some have known each other before, some haven't, but now we are in the same ship to sail. I believe that our little family is navigating this ship well with all of our effort and love. This Journal is an academic activity for me, for you, but furthermore, this is a platform for our connection in this miraculous world. Take chance, take challenges and take reward for your life. We are all in this together, FFLJ-family. :D

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From: LÊ THỐNG (AV09A1) To: FFLJ’s readers Hi everyone, I want to say thank to all of you who are reading this newspaper. Making this newspaper is a real challenge to me so I put so much effort in doing this. Sometimes, things get tougher and tougher (as usual) and I just want to give up. However, you are my inspiration so I can’t quit. I have to finish what I started. Thank you so much for reading this! Do you like the idea that your friends can read your messages in this section? If you do, send your messages to

From: TRẦN THỊ THU TRANG (AV08B1) To: Hiếu Hiếu, I know you've encountered some difficulties in your study. Please be stronger, more optimistic and more confident.You are not a coward or loser.You are unique! I trust you. :)

"You have a message" - where you can send your little message to your friends, teachers and or anyone else. Send your message to, rememeber to write "You have a message" at the Subject box (Title) of the email. :D

My noteworthy memory ... Nguyễn Lê Tùng Linh – 11NB01 A LONG JOURNEY AHEAD When my University admitted notice came, I was both happy and worried about this first independent life. Beyond my thought, the journey to seek for the accommodation in this big city is too difficult for a freshman living in a remote area like me. How discouraged it was! Fortunately, however, thanks to the volunteers of the Faculty, I finally found a shelter. During my first days in this city, I missed my family so much that I often burst into tears. Now, I feel gradually better, and I still have a long journey ahead and I must make all of my effort to go. I hope that I will have a wonderful student time. NGUYỄN THỊ THANH NHÀN Our voice - Our reflection


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HỌC TẬP CŨNG CẦN CHIẾN LƯỢC Author: Joe Landsberger – Many translators Publisher: Lao Dong Xa Hoi Price: 49.000VND “Why do you need to arrange scientifically your timetable? How can you overcome stress in studying or is it difficult to have a critical thinking? How can you make a perfect oral examination?”These matters (and more, of course) will be answered in “Học tập cũng cần chiến lược”. Many modern and effective methods of learning, which are applied all around the world, are described in detail with several easy examples to understand. Even when you do not take part in any course, you can also get the knowledge in any areas of life in this book. “Học tập cũng cần chiến lược” is really a discovery for you. ĐỂ THÀNH CÔNG Ở TRƯỜNG ĐẠI HỌC Author: Bob Smale, Juile Fowlie - Translator: Lê Hồng Vân Publisher: National Economic University Price: 85.000 VND “Để thành công ở trường Đại học” is a uniquely comprehensive study skills and personal development guide, incorporating coverage of personal skills, academic skills, and job search skills within the framework of personal development planning. In personal skills the book gives you some advises for overcoming stress, managing the time and developing communication skills. Especially occupation search skils will help you recognize which career is suitable for you and how to become an impressive candidate in the recruiment.We hope that “Để thành công ở trường Đại học” will be a valuable manual for new students. ĐA DẠNG SINH HỌC Author: Bruno Streit – Translator: Phan Ba Publisher: Tri Thuc Price: 40.000VND Biodiversity represents an inherent characteristic of life.There can be no life without biodiversity.The book named inVietnamese “Đa dạng sinh học” explains these features and point out the values of biodiversity, the advancement of research and conservation efforts. He is the author, the co-author and the chief editor of more than 160 specialist promulgations in scientific magazines and other 11 books as well.We hope that the book not only provides you a certain amount of knowledge about biodiversity, but will also be a meaningful present for ones who love nature. PHẠM NGỌC TUYẾT Our voice - Our reflection



If you have some emotioanl ideas , why don't you try composing a poem? And if you read a wonderful poem, why don't you share to your friends? SPlease feel free to send us your poem at: You're welcome.

Winter Now in Sydney


Winter now is in Sydney are you sad and cold sweetheart? The sweater left is warm enough when alone in streets you go?

Happiness isn’t sold in a market Something that can’t be learned through books It’s neither the hot blazing enemy Nor the sweet scented pleasing friend Happiness is all how one feels The more contended the mind More happy one gets Out of life’s trivial affairs Nothing seems perfect unless one feels it so Happiness isn’t bargained or bought It’s an unconditional flow from deep within No matter how much the mess Or how big a hitch Just smile and stay happy All would get perfectly fine So don’t wait on a sunny day Or for a rainy day Just be happy, for you want to be No reasons no conditions Only reason to stay happy Is to be always happy

Do you often pass the station where I waited for you in a summer evening when suddenly it turned too windy and I was trembling miserably while you hurriedly drove around to look for your possum with the inner flame of love? Sydney now the lights at night along the streets have they ever reminded my name? Burnt in your soul affections of us Together those days too peaceful... Lecturer Lê Quang Trực

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OPPORTUNITY PLANET OPPORTUNITY PLANET A planet is full of opportunities for you. Try and take chance!

1. Hoa Sen University (HSU): Speaking Contest 2011 Theme: “At the threshold of life”. Round 1: Write an English essay (minimum 1000 words) on a topic concerning the theme email to before 23:59, 23/10/2011. Round 2: Make presentation (in pair), Q&A, 13/11/2011 Round 3: Make presentation (individually), Q&A, 11/12/2011 The prizes range from 3,000,000 VND to 1,500,000 VND. (Contact Thơ: 0121 467 8059 or email to NGUYỄN QUỐC VŨ 2. Communist Youth Union of HCMC: recruit volunteers for SSEAYP 2011 The Ship for South East Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is docking at Sai Gon Port and the program will start at Ho Chi Minh City from December 4th – 7th, 2011. Communist Youth Union of HCMC recruits volunteers to SSEAYP.You can send your application form (downloaded from to International Department of Communist Youth Union of HCMC, 1 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1 (NOT by email). Deadline: 05/10/2011. NGUYỄN QUỐC VŨ 3. The Student’s Cultural House of HCMC: “Youth and Books the Fourth 2011” Contest You love reading books? You can’t miss “Youth and Books the Fourth 2011” contest. Round 1: Write a Vietnamese essay (maximum: 10 pages) about your most favorite book + application form (downloaded from, email to before 23:59, 05/10/2011 Round 2: Make presentation, illustration, Q&A, from 8:00 a.m, 23/10/2011, at the Hall, Floor 4, 643 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 1, District 3. Prizes range from 4,000,000VND – 500,000 VND. For more information, visit TÔN NỮ TƯỜNG VY 4. “For the Community Health” Competition Round 1: (5/9/2011 – 21/9/2011) Choose 1 topic (given by the Organization Board), write a Vietnamese essay, deadline 17:00 21/9/2011 Round 2: (1/10/2011) Tour to Kirin Vietnam Corporation (a beverage corporation) Round 3: (1/10/2011 –7/10/2011) Make presentation about knowledge accomplished from the tour Awards: 10 scholarships (300$ for each) and a visit to a high-tech Japanese-standard factory model will be given to the winners. (Visit NGUYỄN QUỐC VŨ 5. “Marketing Challenges Contest 2011” Participants: Any student interested in marketing Round 1: 05/09/2011 - 02/10/2011: submit application form Round 2: 10/10/2011 - 16/10/2011: interview Welcome day: 19/10/2011: observation in companies, meeting with Marketers Round 3, 4, 5: 24/10/2011 - 03/12/2011: training + execute marketing projects Training in Singapore: 11/12/2011 - 15/12/2011: 5-day training at Marketing Institute of Singapore Final round: 30/12/2011: emulation show of 4 positions in Marketing Prizes range from 15,000,000 VND to 5,000,000, internship and training. Our voice - Our reflection


OPPORTUNITY PLANET - OU SPOTLIGHTS - FUN PIC (Contact Ms.Vo Thi Hoai Chau, Marketing Department of Tel: 0934 7272 36. Email: website: ª NGÔ MAI THÙY QUYÊN 6. FULBRIGHT: 2012 – 2013 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Global UGRAD This program provides scholarships for one semester or one academic year of U.S. Study in a NON-DEGREE Program. The goals of the program are to provide a diverse group of emerging student leaders, from non-elite and underrepresented groups in East Asia. Basic eligibility: - Leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. - Minimum ITP/IBT TOEFL score of 500-score or IELTS 5.0 Submission of Applications (Deadline: 01/11/2011, via post office to the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, NOT via email) For additional information, contact: or visit website: TÔN NỮ TƯỜNG VY


So, must we study so hard? =))

OU SPOTLIGHTS ... 2. Faculty of Foreign Languages: “Student’s Scientific Research” Contest Students who want to participate in this contest, please fill in the forms (you can take the forms from Room 311) and submit them to the Faculty Office (Room 311, 97 Võ Văn Tần Street, District 3) from 15/09 to 30/11/2011. The winners will receive valuable prizes and specific recognition from the Faculty of Foreign Languages. Note: For further information, please visit: 3.FFL Sport Club: Schedule for the new school year - Football: 9:00 – 11:00 (Sunday morning) � Practise at Phú Thọ stadium, 2 Lê Đại Hành, Ward 15, District 11 – contact Mr. Nhân 0902 623 599 - Volleyball: 8:00 – 11:00 (Sunday morning) � Practise at Bàu Cát park, Ward 14, Tân Bình District - contact Mr. Nhân 0902 623 599 - Badminton: 12:00 – 15:00 (Sunday afternoon) � Practise at Lê Hồng Phong stadium, 235 Nguyễn Văn Cừ Sreet, Ward 4, District 5 – contact Mr. Mạnh 0982 934 338 12:00 – 14:00 (Tuesday afternoon) � Practise at Badminton club, 367 Hoàng Hoa Thám Sreet, Ward 12, Tân Bình District – contact Mr. Mạnh 0982 934 338 CHU THỊ NHƯ TRANG Our voice - Our reflection



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