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ESL 336: The Rental Car (1)


ESL 336: The Rental Car (1)


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What is this for, Ryan wondered as he looked at the bill from Enterprise car rental company. He and Amelia had traveled to Tucson over a month ago. He had wanted to take his car, but she said she didn't trust his car.

"It's a piece of junk," she said. "Besides, it's February. What happens if the heater stops working?" So, even though he trusted his car, he rented a mid-sized Buick. As usual, Enterprise had the best rental rates. The agent asked if he wanted to buy the collision damage waiver for $15 a day. The waiver would cover any damage to the Buick from accidents, vandalism, or theft. Ryan declined; it was only a Friday to Sunday trip. He figured that, if anything happened, his own auto insurance would cover the rental car.

"You should pay the extra $45," Amelia said. He told her that the extra money was just another corporate rip-off, like the extended insurance that Best Buy offers customers on new computers. Only one percent of the time is the insurance ever needed; the rest of the time, the company makes a fortune off customers' fear. Ryan figured he would take his chances. He had used rental cars many times without any problems.

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*Vocabulary:

• accident:
• agent:
• besides:
• collision:
• corporate:
• cover:
• customer:
• damage:
• decline:
• enterprise:
• extend:
• fear:
• fortune:
• heater:
• insurance:
• junk:
• rate:
• rental:
• rip-off:
• theft:
• vandalism:
• waiver:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did Ryan wonder about something as he looked at the bill?

• Was the bill from the USS Starship Enterprise?

• Had he and Amelia traveled to Phoenix over a month ago?

• Did she trust his car?

• Did she say his car was a piece of junk?

• Was she worried that the heater would quit working?

• Did he rent a mid-sized Buick from Enterprise?

• Did Enterprise have the best rental rates?

• Did the collision damage waiver cost $150 a week?

• Did Ryan buy the collision damage waiver for $15 a day?

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*Fill in blanks:

What is this for, Ryan wondered as he ____ at the bill from Enterprise car rental company. ____ and Amelia had traveled to Tucson over a ____ ago. He had wanted to take his car, ____ she said she didn’t trust his car.

“It’s ____ piece of junk,” she said. “Besides, it’s February. ____ happens if the heater stops working?” So, even ____ he trusted his car, he rented a mid-sized ____ . As usual, Enterprise had the best rental rates. ____ agent asked if he wanted to buy the ____ damage waiver for $15 a day. The waiver ____ cover any damage to the Buick from accidents, ____ , or theft. Ryan declined; it was only a ____ to Sunday trip. He figured that, if anything ____ , his own auto insurance would cover the rental ____ .

“You should pay the extra $45,” Amelia said. ____ told her that the extra money was just ____ corporate rip-off, like the extended insurance that Best ____ offers customers on new computers. Only one percent ____ the time is the insurance ever needed; the ____ of the time, the company makes a fortune ____ customers' fear. Ryan figured he would take his ____ . He had used rental cars many times without ____ problems.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 336: The Rental Car (1)

*Vocabulary:


• accident: tai nạn
• agent: đại lý
• besides: bên cạnh
• collision: va chạm
• corporate: cộng tác
• cover: che phủ
• customer: khách hàng
• damage: làm hỏng
• decline: phản đối
• enterprise: xí nghiệp
• extend: gia hạn
• fear: sợ hãi
• fortune: may mắn
• heater: máy sưởi
• insurance: bảo hiểm
• junk: rừng
• rate: giá
• rental: thuê
• rip-off: lột
• theft: cướp
• vandalism: phá hoại
• waiver: từ bỏ, chối từ

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did Ryan wonder about something as he looked at the bill? Yes

• Was the bill from the USS Starship Enterprise? No

• Had he and Amelia traveled to Phoenix over a month ago? No

• Did she trust his car? No

• Did she say his car was a piece of junk? No

• Was she worried that the heater would quit working? Yes

• Did he rent a mid-sized Buick from Enterprise? Yes

• Did Enterprise have the best rental rates? Yes

• Did the collision damage waiver cost $150 a week? No

• Did Ryan buy the collision damage waiver for $15 a day? No

==========================================================

*Fill in blanks:

What is this for, Ryan wondered as he __looked__ at the bill from Enterprise car rental company. _He___ and Amelia had traveled to Tucson over a __month__ ago. He had wanted to take his car, __but__ she said she didn’t trust his car.

“It’s __a__ piece of junk,” she said. “Besides, it’s February. __What__ happens if the heater stops working?” So, even __though__ he trusted his car, he rented a mid-sized _Buick___ . As usual, Enterprise had the best rental rates. __The__ agent asked if he wanted to buy the __collision__ damage waiver for $15 a day. The waiver __would__ cover any damage to the Buick from accidents, __vandalism__ , or theft. Ryan declined; it was only a __Friday__ to Sunday trip. He figured that, if anything __happenned__ , his own auto insurance would cover the rental _car___ .

“You should pay the extra $45,” Amelia said. _He___ told her that the extra money was just ____another__ corporate rip-off, like the extended insurance that Best _Buy___ offers customers on new computers. Only one percent _of___ the time is the insurance ever needed; the __rest__ of the time, the company makes a fortune __off__ customers' fear. Ryan figured he would take his __chances___ . He had used rental cars many times without _any___ problems.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Xe thuê (1)

Tiền gì thế này, Ryan tự hỏi khi nhìn vào hoá đơn từ công ty cho thuê xe Enterprise. Anh và Amelia đã đi Tucson tháng rồi. Anh đã muốn dùng xe của anh, nhưng cô nói cô không tin tưởng xe của anh.

"Đó là một thứ dỏm," cô nói. "Hơn nữa, là tháng Hai. Sẽ thế nào nếu máy sưởi không hoạt động?" Nên, dù anh tin tưởng chiếc xe của anh, anh đã thuê chiếc Buick cỡ vừa. Như thường lệ, Enterprise có giá thuê tốt nhất. Đại lý hỏi anh có muốn mua bảo hiểm va chạm giá $15 một ngày không. Bảo hiểm này sẽ chi trả cho bất kỷ hư hỏng nào cho chiếc Buick do tai nạn, va chạm hay mất cắp. Ryan từ chối; chỉ là một chuyến đi từ thứ sáu đến chủ nhật. Anh tính rằng, nếu có chuyện gì, bảo hiểm xe có thể trả cho chiếc xe thuê.

"Anh nên trả thêm $45," Amelia nói. Anh bảo cô là tiền này chỉ là một thứ thu thêm, như bảo hiểm mà Best Buy chào cho khách hàng máy vi tính. Chí 1% cơ hội cần bảo hiềm; còn lại thì công ty được hưởng lợi từ nổi lo sợ của khách hàng. Ryan tính là anh sẽ có may mắn của mình. Anh đã dùng xe thuê nhiều lần mà không vấn đề gì.

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@lanhuongbm

"It's a piece of junk,"

"Đó là một khu rừng,"

Không có khu rừng nào đâu lanhuong à. Từ JUNK còn có nghĩa là những thứ không có giá trị, không đáng giá,...Ở Mỹ người ta dùng chữ Junk Food để chỉ những loại thực phẩm không tốt cho sức khoẻ như snack, chip, soda,...

Trong bài, Amelia muốn nói là cái xe vứt đi như thế mà đi xa thế nào được.

Rip-off: Dùng chữ bóc lột thì nặng nề và có vẻ lạc đề. Tôi nghĩ nên dừng từ tận thu hoặc kiếm thêm.

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Hi hi, cám ơn anh nguoidochanh nha. lanhuong sửa lại rồi.

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