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ESL 338: The Marathon Cheater


ESL 338: The Marathon Cheater


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The 2007 Berlin marathon for males over 55 was unusual in that the winner cheated. "Hank" skipped two checkpoints during the race. The electronic tracking chip that all runners must wear confirmed that Hank had run only 17 miles of the 26-mile marathon. Instead of confessing, Hank let race organizers discover the facts by themselves. He accepted the cheers and winner's trophy. He wasn't officially disqualified until the following day. Race organizers were angry that Hank, who was a well-known but retired politician in his native country, had accepted the winner's trophy. "He disgraced himself and his country," said one race official.

Hank later told the media that he had never intended to run the whole Berlin marathon, as he was still tired from the San Diego marathon he had run two months earlier. Hank's San Diego marathon time was just under 4 hours; his Berlin time was little more than 2 ?hours. Asked why he had held his arms up high as if he was the winner at the finish line, Hank said, "Everyone does that. This was my fifth marathon this year. I knew the computer chip would detect my shortcut. The organizers need to lighten up; it's only a race."

Hank crossed the finish line wearing a floppy hat, a long-sleeved T-shirt, long pants, and a huge grin. He looked as cool as a cucumber, said a suspicious photographer. The other early finishers in the over-55 group crossed the finish line wearing sweaty T-shirts and nylon running shorts. None of them were grinning.

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*Vocabulary:

• announce:
• board:
• bomb:
• breast:
• detonate:
• disguise:
• focus:
• grenade:
• inspect:
• jewelry:
• lawsuit:
• motto:
• nipple:
• original:
• passenger:
• press:
• reimburse:
• settlement:
• supervisor:
• televise:
• undisclosed:
• valuable:
• visually:
• wedding:

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 338: The Marathon Cheater

*Vocabulary:


• announce: tuyên bố
• board: bảng
• bomb: bom
• breast: ngực
• detonate: nổ
• disguise: che đậy
• focus: tập trung
• grenade: lựu đạn
• inspect: điều tra
• jewelry: đá quý
• lawsuit: luật, kiện
• motto: châm ngôn
• nipple: núm vú
• original: nguồn gốc
• passenger: hành khách
• press: ấn
• reimburse: hoàn trả
• settlement: giái quyết
• supervisor: quản lý
• televise: truyền hình
• undisclosed: không được tiết lộ
• valuable: giá trị
• visually: thấy được
• wedding: đám cưới

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Người chạy việt dã lừa gạt

Cuộc đua việt dã Berlin năm 2007 dành cho đàn ông trên 55 tuổi bất thường là người chiến thắng đã lường gạt. "Hank" đã bỏ qua hai điểm trong cuộc đua. Thiết bị dò điện tử mà tất cả những người chạy bộ phải đeo đã xác nhận là Hank chỉ chạy 17 miles của đường dài 26 miles. Thay vì thú nhận, Hank để cho những người tổ chức tự phát hiện ra sự thật. Anh nhận những lời chúc mừng và chiến lợi phẩm của người chiến thắng. Anh không bị chính thức không công nhận cho đến hôm sau. Những người tổ chức giận dữ thấy Frank, một chính trị gia nổi tiếng nhưng đã nghỉ hưu trong quốc gia của mình, đã nhận chiến lợi phẩm chiến thắng. "Anh ta tự làm mất mặt mình và cả nước của anh," một nhân viên cuộc đua nói.

Hank sau đó tuyên bố với giới truyền thông là anh không bao giờ dự định chạy hết vòng việt dã Berlin, vì anh vẫn còn mệt sau cuộc đua đường dài San Diego mà anh đã chạy hai tháng trước. Cuộc đua San iego của Hank chỉ dưới 4 giờ; còn cuộc đua Berlin nhiều hơn hai tiếng. Được hỏi tại sao anh lại giơ tay lên cao như là người chiến thắng tại nơi đến, Hank nói, "mọi người đều làm thế. Đây là cuộc chạy việt dã thứ năm vào năm nay của tôi. Tôi biết con chip vi tính sẽ phát hiện việc đi tắt của tôi. Những nhà tổ chức cần coi nhẹ chuyện này; nó chỉ là một cuộc đua."

Hank băng qua đường đích đến, đội mũ mềm, mặc áo thun tay dài, quần dài, và cười lớn. Anh nhìn thật tươi tỉnh, một người chụp ảnh nghi ngờ. Những người khác băng qua đích đến trong nhóm trên 55 tuổi với những chiếc áo thun đãm mồ hôi và quần sóc nylon. Không ai cười nổi.

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@ chị lanhuongbm thân mến:

Chị chịu khó xem lại 2 mục :

1.
"He disgraced himself and his country,"
"Anh ta tự làm mất mặt mình trong nước,"

Theo mình nghĩ nên dịch: Anh ta tự làm nhục/mất thể diện chính mình và cả đất nước của anh ta.

2.
He looked as cool as a cucumber,

Anh nhìn thật tươi mát như một trái dưa leo,


as cool as a cucumber = hết sức bình tĩnh đặc biệt là khi chịu nhiều áp lực.

Nếu một người bản xứ nói với bạn rằng “You are as cool as a cucumber” có phải họ có ý trêu chọc rằng trông bạn hơi giống một quả dưa chuột không? Mời các bạn cùng tìm hiểu ý nghĩa của câu thành ngữ as cool as a cucumber qua chuyên mục “Mỗi ngày một tri thức mới” nhé!

Thực ra đây là một câu thành ngữ thông dụng mà người Anh dùng để khen ngợi ai đó. As cool as a cucumber có nghĩa hết sức bình tĩnh đặc biệt là khi chịu nhiều áp lực.

Ví dụ:

· Although he was driving at 110mph James Bond was as cool as a cucumber. (Mặc dù đang lái xe với tốc độ 110 dặm một giờ nhưng James Bond vẫn hết sức bình tĩnh)...
http://www.globaledu.com.vn/Thong-Tin-C ... /2270/2270


Chúc chị vui khoẻ.

Thân.

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. 27.A Daytime Robbery
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. 30.Spock Saves His Dad
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. 32.The Breakup
. 33.Famous Model Dies
. 34.Shopping Carts Everywhere
. 35.Four Slit Throats
. 36.Does Garlic Mean Garlic?
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. 49.LA Traffic Report
. 50.LA Radio News


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. 54.I’ve Got You Covered
. 55.Paris Goes to Jail in LA
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. 57.Let’s Buy Some Paint
. 58.I Need Water for My Clients
. 59.Putting Bunny to Sleep
. 60.Where Is That Darn Battery?
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. 62.The Wedding Gift (1)
. 63.The Wedding Gift (2)
. 64.Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes?
. 65.No Place Like an Open House
. 66."We Could Have All Died!"
. 67.It’s the Thought that Counts
. 68.Who Ordered the Scallops?
. 69.You’re Not My Daddy
. 70.Let He Who Is Without Sin…
. 71.Shopping at the 99 Cents Store
. 72.Betting Big in Vegas
. 73.Priced to Sell!
. 74.The Handyman Comes
. 75.A Woman Has Needs
. 76.A Hot Day and a Cool Pool
. 77.Up, Up, and Away
. 78.Man's Best Friend
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. 85.Tagger Shoots Woman
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. 90."Semper Buy"
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. 95.No Doughnuts for Old Folks
. 96.It’s Just Business
. 97.A Walk in the Wild
. 98.Elvis Is Alive and Well
. 99.Bad Weed, Bad Call
. 100.Shark Attack


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. 102.Interstate Bridge Collapses
. 103.Stop Selling Those Bunnies
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. 106.E.Coli Is Everywhere
. 107.Influenza
. 108.The Hospital Orderly-1
. 109.The Hospital Orderly-2
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. 117.New Dog-Barking Law
. 118.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-1
. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
. 120.Cleaning a Dirty Plate
. 121.Her Driving Lesson
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. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
. 125.The Lovely Banana
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. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
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. 140.Red Meat, Gray Water
. 141.All Bite, No Bark
. 142.Tiger Kills Two Men-1
. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
. 146.The Argument-1
. 147.The Argument-2
. 148.The Toilet Tank-1
. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
. 150.Santa Was Molested




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. 152.Police Arrest Fire-Starters
. 153.Get out of "Jail"-1
. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
. 155.New Year Celebrations
. 156.$50K to Waitress-1
. 157.$50K to Waitress-2
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. 159.Black Friday
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. 162.The Clapper
. 163.Tuberculosis Still Kills
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. 167.A Hole in Her Ear-2
. 168.The Drugs Keep Coming
. 169.Missing Husband-1
. 170.Missing Husband-2
. 171.Don’t Get Mad-Get Even
. 172.The Christmas Gift-1
. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
. 174.The Haircut-1
. 175.The Haircut-2
. 176.The Robbery at the Mall-1
. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
. 178.The Driving Lesson-1
. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
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. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 275.Say Your Prayers
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. 283.Pump Up the Tires
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. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
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. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
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. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
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. 295.It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
. 296.Five-Finger Discount on Candy
. 297.Collecting Seashells
. 298.At the Store Entrance
. 299.We Will See the World
. 300.Get Me a Caffe Latte




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. 302.The Slow Computer-2
. 303.The Careful Reader
. 304.Avoid the Flu
. 305.Magician Attracts Women
. 306.US Border Patrol
. 307.Car Shopping in California
. 308.Happy Anniversary
. 309.“Read All about It!”
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. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
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. 315.Weekly Driving Lessons-2
. 316.Laundry Day-1
. 317.Laundry Day-2
. 318.The Bargain CD Set-1
. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
. 321.The New Clothes-1
. 322.The New Clothes-2
. 323.Food as Punishment
. 324.US Passports Outsourced
. 325.The Demanding Son
. 326.A Practical Joke
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. 328.Bad News, Good News
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. 333.The Fire in the Hills-2
. 334.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-1
. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
. 337.The Rental Car-2
. 338.The Marathon Cheater
. 339.School Bus Crashes
. 340.Don’t Take My Property
. 341.New Law for Taco Trucks
. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
. 344.Shut Your Mouth
. 345.TSA’s New Policy-1
. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
. 348.Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
. 349.Impolite to His Brother
. 350.Protecting the Public
. 351.Malibu to License Paparazzi
. 352.I'm Moving to NY
. 353.The Heart Attack-1
. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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