Cuộc thi sắc đẹp tại Nhà hát Shakespeare's Globe ở London
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Cuộc thi sắc đẹp khác thường

Từ vựng - Vocabulary

the Bard - biệt hiệu vẫn được dùng để gọi đại văn hào và nhà soạn kịch Anh, William Shakespeare

genders - nam giới và nữ giới

pushed the boat out - thành ngữ, với nghĩa tiêu rất nhiều tiền

unusual - bất thường, không thông thường

beauty pageant - cuộc thi sắc đẹp, thường là thi hoa hậu

Bài khóa - Transcript

This is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, but what would the Bard make of this?

Both genders were competing for the title of Alternative Miss World. And they pushed the boat out with their costumes. How about a peacock for evening wear? Would an octopus do for swimwear?

This unusual contest was created about 40 years ago. Maybe the only real thing this event has in common with a beauty pageant is the emotional coronation.

Bản dịch - Translation

Đây là Nhà hát Shakespeare's Globe tại London nhưng liệu Shakespeare nghĩ gì về những gì đang diễn ra ở đây?

Cả nam giới và phụ nữ đang ra tranh danh hiệu Alternative Miss World (Hoa Hậu Thế giới Thay thế). Và họ tiêu rất nhiều tiền vào trang phục. Liệu một bộ váy dự tiệc tối như đuôi công thì sao? Hay quần áo bơi kiểu bạch tuộc?

Cuộc thi bất thường này được tổ chức cách đây 40 năm. Có lẽ điều duy nhất của sự kiện này thực sự có điểm chung với một cuộc thi sắc đẹp đó là cảnh đầy xúc động khi trao vương miện.

Bài tập - Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

(Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.)

the Bard / genders / pushed the boat out / unusual / beauty pageant

1. Getting people from different types of jobs into school "will help to show children what they could achieve and that no occupation should be closed to them because of their _________. It is exciting to see schools taking the initiative in this way," said the education secretary.

2. Now, the Royal Shakespeare Company has launched a "manifesto" to bring _________ alive in classrooms. It advocates acting out the plays, seeing live performances and starting Shakespeare as early as possible.

3. Superior ‘inn rooms’ come with four-poster beds and, if you really want to _________, there’s an even more luxurious private suite.

4. In Venezuela, there is almost no criticism of the _________ phenomenon. When, in 1972, a feminist group from the country's Central University interrupted the Miss Venezuela broadcast, it was the first and only demonstration of its kind.

5. A stuffed otter was one of the more _________ items of lost property handed in to Scottish police, it has emerged. False teeth and a fully-dressed male mannequin were also among the items handed in to police stations.

Giải đáp - Answers

1. Getting people from different types of jobs into school "will help to show children what they could achieve and that no occupation should be closed to them because of their gender. It is exciting to see schools taking the initiative in this way," said the education secretary.

Source: Primary pupils to learn about work

2. Now, the Royal Shakespeare Company has launched a "manifesto" to bring the Bard alive in classrooms. It advocates acting out the plays, seeing live performances and starting Shakespeare as early as possible.

Source: Bored by the Bard?

3. Superior ‘inn rooms’ come with four-poster beds and, if you really want to push the boat out, there’s an even more luxurious private suite.

Source: Travel review: Enjoying the luxury of the Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District (The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites)

4. In Venezuela, there is almost no criticism of the beauty pageant phenomenon. When, in 1972, a feminist group from the country's Central University interrupted the Miss Venezuela broadcast, it was the first and only demonstration of its kind.

Source: Inside a Venezuelan school for child beauty queens

5. A stuffed otter was one of the more unusual items of lost property handed in to Scottish police, it has emerged. False teeth and a fully-dressed male mannequin were also among the items handed in to police stations.

Source: Scottish police list 'unusual' items of lost property