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Chó hoang Sochi gặp vận may

13 tháng 2 2014 Cập nhật lúc 18:08 ICT

Từ vựng - Vocabulary

a dog's life - cuộc sống khó khăn, vất vả (đồng thời cũng có nghĩa đen là cuộc sống của một con chó)

strays - động vật vô chủ

roaming - lang thang

put down - giết chết một cách yên ả

makeshift - tạm bợ

Bài khóa - Transcript

It's a dog's life… but not for these strays.

They'd been happily roaming the Olympic Park in Sochi. That's until the authorities began to see them as a nuisance and threatened to have them put down.

But dog lover and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has come to their rescue.

He's paying for this makeshift shelter where 140 dogs collected from the streets compete for people's affections. The top prize - becoming a pet.

Bản dịch - Translation

Một cuộc sống khó khăn, vất vả... nhưng không phải của những chú động vật vô chủ này.

Chúng đã lang thang đầy vui vẻ trong Công viên Olympic tại Sochi. Cho tới khi giới chức bắt đầu coi chúng là mối gây phiền phức, và dọa chúng sẽ bị giết chết một cách yên ả.

Thế nhưng một người yêu quý chó, đồng thời là tỷ phú người Nga, ông Oleg Deripaska đã ra tay cứu vớt.

Ông đang chi trả cho khu nương náu tạm bợ này, nơi 140 chú chó được thu gom từ các đường phố đang có cơ hội thể hiện nhằm cuốn hút sự yêu mến của con người. Và phần thưởng lớn nhất chính là được trở thành một con thú cưng.

Bài tập - Exercise

Hãy dùng các từ và cụm từ dưới đây ở dạng thích hợp để hoàn thành những câu sau:

a dog's life / strays / roaming / put down / makeshift

1. In the middle of a new camp for the scared and the desperate, made up of hundreds of __________ shelters clustered around a road, I saw a familiar face.

2. A wallaby thought to have been __________ around north London has been captured on a tennis court. The RSPCA was called to reports of a "large wild animal causing chaos" in York Rise, near Kentish Town, earlier.

3. It is almost impossible to walk the streets of Bucharest for more than five minutes and not encounter a __________ dog. According to official estimates there are 65,000 of them - one for every 30 residents of the Romanian capital.

4. In a statement, the Wiltshire park said it had no choice but to __________ a lioness and her cubs because they displayed "odd aggressive behaviour".

5. Our conversation lulls as the night deepens. Premchand's voice breaks the silence. It is his turn to ask me a question: "Why do you ask about the beauty in our daily lives? Of green hills, lush forests, peacocks, sambars and the full moon? Ours is __________. We have built homes with a 'pucca' roof but are not destined to sleep in them. In this smelly quilt, I will pass my life, and in death I will bequeath it to my son to sleep in."

Giải đáp - Answers

1. In the middle of a new camp for the scared and the desperate, made up of hundreds of makeshift shelters clustered around a road, I saw a familiar face.

Source: Analysis: South Sudan's bitter divide

2. A wallaby thought to have been roaming around north London has been captured on a tennis court. The RSPCA was called to reports of a "large wild animal causing chaos" in York Rise, near Kentish Town, earlier.

Source: North London wallaby found on Kentish Town tennis court

3. It is almost impossible to walk the streets of Bucharest for more than five minutes and not encounter a stray dog. According to official estimates there are 65,000 of them - one for every 30 residents of the Romanian capital.

Source: Bucharest dog cull plan divides Romanians

4. In a statement, the Wiltshire park said it had no choice but to put down a lioness and her cubs because they displayed "odd aggressive behaviour".

Source: Why did Copenhagen Zoo kill its giraffe?

5. Our conversation lulls as the night deepens. Premchand's voice breaks the silence. It is his turn to ask me a question: "Why do you ask about the beauty in our daily lives? Of green hills, lush forests, peacocks, sambars and the full moon? Ours is a dog's life. We have built homes with a 'pucca' roof but are not destined to sleep in them. In this smelly quilt, I will pass my life, and in death I will bequeath it to my son to sleep in."

Source: Curse of a full moon (Hindustan Times) (Note: The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites)