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Thông không chỉ dành cho Giáng Sinh

Từ vựng

baubles – các quả cầu nhỏ nhiều màu sắc, thường được gắn lên các cây thông Giáng Sinh

put to good use – dùng vật gì đó một cách hiệu quả, thông minh, phù hợp với tính năng của vật đó

banks – bờ (sông)

erosion – xói mòn, ăn mòn (tình trạng đất, đá bị gió, nước xói mòn)

recycling –tái sử dụng

Bài khóa

Covered in baubles, they are the ultimate symbol of Christmas. But what happens when the party's over?

In Cumbria in the UK, old Christmas trees are being put to good use.

Once drilled into the river banks, these branches help to reduce the force of the water.

It prevents erosion and reduces the risk of flooding. And so recycling means Christmas trees are not just for Christmas.

Bản dịch

Được trang trí bằng những quả cầu nhỏ sặc sỡ, cây thông là biểu tượng đặc trưng cho các dịp Giáng Sinh. Nhưng điều gì xảy ra sau khi những ngày lễ hội qua đi?

Tại Cumbria của Anh, các cây thông Noel cũ được đưa vào dùng vào việc khác.

Một khi được khoan gắn xuống bờ sông, những cành cây này sẽ giúp giảm bớt sức mạnh của dòng chảy.

Nó giúp chống xói mòn và giảm nguy cơ lụt lội. Và việc tái sử dụng khiến cho các cây thông Noel không chỉ dùng vào các dịp Giáng Sinh.

Bài tập

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.

baubles / put to good use / banks / erosion / recycling

1. The British Red Cross has reassured Guernsey taxpayers the money sent in Overseas Aid has been __________.

Richard North, head of the charity's emergency response unit, has recently returned from Haiti, which was struck by an earthquake in January.

2. British coastal __________ experts have been working closely with Dutch scientists - seeking the latest solutions for flood prevention, management and recovery.

3. A south Wales grandmother takes longer than most when it comes to hanging up her Christmas decorations.

That is because Sylvia Pope, 72, is the owner of 2,061 festive __________ which she hangs from her living room ceiling.

4. Extremely cold temperatures have frozen parts of the Hukou waterfall on the Yellow River in north-west China.

People could see a wall of ice on the __________ of the river.

5. There are bottle banks at every supermarket, with separate slots for clear, green and brown glass. Every town has a free paper collection once a month, and that does not mean just old newspapers; most people __________ everything made of cardboard or paper, from cereal packets to old telephone bills.

Trả lời

1. The British Red Cross has reassured Guernsey taxpayers the money sent in Overseas Aid has been put to good use.

Richard North, head of the charity's emergency response unit, has recently returned from Haiti, which was struck by an earthquake in January.

Source: Guernsey overseas aid ‘put to good use’, say Red Cross

2. British coastal erosion experts have been working closely with Dutch scientists - seeking the latest solutions for flood prevention, management and recovery.

Source: The Dutch help build flood defences for British shorelines

3. A south Wales grandmother takes longer than most when it comes to hanging up her Christmas decorations.

That is because Sylvia Pope, 72, is the owner of 2,061 festive baubles which she hangs from her living room ceiling.

Source: Swansea grandmother Sylvia Pope has 2,000 Christmas baubles

4. Extremely cold temperatures have frozen parts of the Hukou waterfall on the Yellow River in north-west China.

People could see a wall of ice on the banks of the river.

Source: Yellow River waterfall turns to ice in China

5. There are bottle banks at every supermarket, with separate slots for clear, green and brown glass. Every town has a free paper collection once a month, and that does not mean just old newspapers; most people recycle everything made of cardboard or paper, from cereal packets to old telephone bills.

Source: Recycling around the world