Đời người chỉ có khoảng 20tr phút đã trừ thời gian ngủ, con số không hề lớn. Người VN hay băt người khác đợi, vì họ coi một phút của người khác rẻ, họ cũng xem thường một phút của chính họ.

Thời gian là tiền bạc. Người ta nói giả sử Bill Gate thấy tờ 1$ không thèm nhặt vì giá trị 5 giây cúi xuống lượm đó của ông đáng giá hơn.

Trung bình giá trị một phút của mình là bao nhiêu tiền?

Lấy thu nhập năm nay chia cho 365*16*60 (24-8 tiếng ngủ).
Cộng với thu nhập năm nay – thu nhập năm ngoái chia cho 365*16*60
Cộng với giá trị gia tăng của thói quen sử dụng thời giờ hằng ngày.

Số phút bỏ ra để đọc một cuốn sách, học cái gì đó, đọc cái gì đó có giá trị tạo ra giá trị gia tăng lớn.
Đọc tin showbiz,sao Việt chẳng hạn cũng tạo ra giá trị gia tăng nhưng cho những cuộc trò chuyện bình dân.
Bệnh tật , tai nạn, buồn phiền … thật là xa xỉ

người ta nói “1 penny saved is 1 penny earned”

=> 1 minute sad (of sadness) is 1 minute wasted

(Viết bậy bạ chơi)

Trong sách Đại Học có nói:
“Khi đã biết cái mục đích trọn lành để theo và ở yên nơi đó thì chí hướng mới quyết định. Chí hướng định thì tâm tĩnh. Tâm khí tĩnh thì tinh thần an. An rồi mới suy xét tới sự lý. Nhờ suy xét mới đạt tới mục đích ..”

Hoặc: “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.” -Nido Qubein

Bí kíp là ở chỗ muốn ít lại và muốn chậm lại 😀

Có nhiều đức tính làm giới hạn sự thành công, ví dụ tính vô kỷ luật, tính lười nhát, tính ganh ghét , tính luộm thuộm etc…

Nhưng các đức tính giới hạn đó chỉ là thứ yếu. Cái giới hạn lớn nhất là mình chưa thật sự “MUỐN”. mình chưa thật sự muốn là tại sao, vì mình “MUỐN” nhiều thứ quá. khi mà mình muốn nhiều thứ quá thì thực sự mình chưa muốn cái gì hết.

Định nghĩa thành đạt, thành công là cái gì. Thành công là đạt được điều mình muốn.

Thành đạt là có được một gia đình hạnh phúc, tiền bạc rủng rỉnh, một chút quyền lực địa vị trong một tổ chức đội ngũ nào đó.
Điều mà ai cũng mong muốn trong cuộc sống là hạnh phúc. Hạnh phúc là đạt được điều mình muốn. Hoặc là khi không còn muốn gì nữa hết. Biết đủ không phải là hạnh phúc trọn vẹn vì có thể mình biết đủ đó nhưng những người trong gia đình mình thiếu thốn thì sao!

Thành đạt là thành công trong gia đình, trong công việc.
Vậy để có hạnh phúc, thành công, thì rốt cuộc mình phải biết được là mình muốn cái gì. Sau khi đã biết cái mình muốn thì phải hỏi:

Tại sao mình lại thất bại? Thất bại là mình muốn mà mình không đạt được, nếu mà mình chưa thật sự muốn thì không phải là thất bại. Thất bại dĩ nhiên là do bản thân mình và những yếu tố bên ngoài mà cụ thể là những mối quan hệ phức tạp giữa người và người.

Thất bại do bản thân mình là ở chỗ mình muốn quá nhiều thứ, lúc đi học thì mình muốn vừa học giỏi vừa được chơi bời, chơi game, bạn bè, bồ bịch. Lớn lên thì lại muốn nhiều hơn , muốn tùm lum thứ.

Sau khi suy nghĩ và liệt kê ra thì thấy muốn rất nhiều thứ, thích đủ thứ. Mình không có đủ 3 đầu 6 tay để đầu tư công sức vào hết tất cả những thứ mình muốn được

Những thứ mình muốn có liên quan với nhau không. Mình có N cái muốn, khi đạt được cái muốn x , nó có suy dẫn ra đạt được luôn cái muốn y nào không? Ví dụ tôi muốn đi du lịch và tôi cũng muốn kiếm thật nhiều tiền. Rõ ràng khi đạt được cái muốn thứ 2, mình đạt được luôn cái muốn 1. Loại bỏ đi cái muốn 1, giữ lại cái muốn 2.

Ngoài ra xem xem còn có cái muốn tích cực nào khác không? như là tôi cũng muốn giỏi tiếng Anh và tôi muốn kiếm thật nhiều tiền. Có nhiều tiền chưa chắc đã giỏi tiếng Anh. Nhưng nếu mình một trong những người giỏi nhất tiếng Anh ở Vn mình chắc chắn có tiền . như vậy cái muốn 1 suy ra được cái muốn cái 3. Từ đó có thể tìm ra được cái muốn cốt lỗi của vấn đề. Sau đó loại bỏ những cái muốn khác. Và chỉ tập trung cao độ vào một và chỉ một cái muốn cốt lõi đó thôi. Đây chính là con đường.

Sau khi đã tìm ra được con đường đúng đắn nhờ yếu tố thông minh. Yếu tố thông minh sẽ giúp người ta làm những điều đúng đắn phù hợp khi đi trên con đường đã chọn. Ví dụ học tin học , ngoại ngữ , nếu thông minh hoặc (nếu không thông minh thì phải bắt chước người thông minh), sẽ có các phương pháp học nhanh và hiệu quả.

Thất bại do yếu tố con người khác: rõ ràng yếu tố người khác rất quan trọng không kém yếu tố bản thân. Khi còn nhỏ, mình sẽ bị ảnh hưởng bởi rất nhiều người, cha mẹ, thầy cô, bà con , phim ảnh , nghệ sĩ nghệ sẻo,  tùm lum tá lả người là người. Người thì muốn mình thế này, người thì thế kia, và họ lại trông chờ mong đợi nhiều ở mình. Bản thân mình đôi khi lại hành động theo  những thần tượng phim ảnh ca nhạc cùi bắp nào đó , thật là điên khùng… Đó là những yếu tố cản trở và xáo trộn rất nhiều . Khả năng ít phụ thuộc vào “ngoại nhân” :) và khả năng tổng hợp và phân tích thông tin “ngoại nhân” giúp rất nhiều trong việc trưởng thành.

2 yếu tố không thể thiếu khác là tự chủ và linh hoạt, uyển chuyển. Tự chủ giúp mình kiểm soát được bản thân đi theo đúng con đường, không bị ảnh hưởng xáo trộn bởi những yếu tố bên ngoài hoăc yếu tố bên trong như cảm xúc, sinh lý khác. Người lúc nào cũng tự chủ luôn làm theo những điều mà anh ta biết là đúng, những điều đã lên kế hoạch trong đầu.

Linh hoạt uyển chuyển như nước chảy mây trôi :) là rất cần thiết vì trong cuộc sống không phải mọi việc đều như ý. Có những sự việc từ trên trời rơi xuống có tính bắt buộc mà mình không muốn và không nằm trong cái kế hoạch của mình. Ví dụ như người trong gia đình bị bệnh tật mình phải chăm nom. Cũng như những công việc nhà lặt vặt nhàm chán tiêu tốn thời gian, kế hoạch của mình. Lúc đó tính cách linh hoạt uyển chuyển sẽ giúp mình dẹp cái muốn cốt lõi qua một bên để làm xong cái việc trên trời rơi xuống đó. Làm một cách bình thản mà không nóng lòng , nản chí.

 

fish – Fisch

chocolate – Schokolade

What is that? – Was ist das?

Kindergarten – Kindergarten

auto – (das) Auto

coffee – Kaffee

cat – Katze

rice – Reis

tea – Tee

soup – Suppe

name – Name

here – hier

and – und

orange – Orange

good  – gut

address  – Adresse

menu – Menü

tomato – Tomate

apple – Apfel

beer – Bier

wine – Wein

 

and a lot more…. cont.

http://leicht-deutsch-lernen.com/same-adjectives-german-english

Sau một hồi research các TTS từ Microsoft Voice Engine free cho tới Real voice , và các ứng dụng khác như Lingoes, TextAloud, Natural Reader, Readplease v.v.

TTS của Microsoft Engine thì cài đặt phức tạp. Khi dùng một ngôn ngữ thứ 2 thì phải cấu hình lại Language trong Region & Language trong Control Panel. Các loại TTS real voice khác thì không miễn phí.

Cuối cùng giải pháp google translate là hiệu quả nhất cho ứng dụng học ngoại ngữ.

private string TranslateGoogle(string text)
{
WebClient web = new WebClient();

web.Headers.Add(HttpRequestHeader.UserAgent, “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows;)”);

string enctext = string.Empty;

string filename = text + “.mp3″;

if (File.Exists(filename))
{
return filename;
}

enctext = Uri.EscapeDataString(text);

Console.WriteLine(encstr);

web.DownloadFile(“http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?tl=de&q=” + enctext, “.\\” + filename);

// thay tl=de bằng tl=en cho trường hợp tiếng Anh
return filename;
}

Để play file mp3 vừa download , dùng NAudio library

IWavePlayer waveOutDevice;
AudioFileReader audioFileReader;
waveOutDevice = new WaveOut();
audioFileReader = new AudioFileReader(file);

waveOutDevice.Init(audioFileReader);
waveOutDevice.Play();

Cách ghi nhớ từ vựng ngoại ngữ sử dụng phần mềm VocReminder do tui viết cách đây 2 năm: (download will be available soon)

Để mỗi ngày ghi nhớ 5 từ:

– Đầu tiên Số lần xem của mỗi từ đều là 0

– Ngày đầu tiên cấu hình cho hiển thị 5 từ , nếu từ nào đã quá thuộc không cần xem lại nữa, click cho tăng view của từ đó lên một , ‘từ’ này sẽ không được remind nữa cho tới khi tất cả các từ đều có số view là 1. Chỉ click cho tăng view khi nào không muốn được remind ‘từ’ đó nữa

– Ngày tiếp theo , cấu hình cho hiển thị 10 từ, phần mềm sẽ remind 5 từ của hôm qua + 5 từ mới

– Ngày tiếp theo, cấu hình cho hiển thị 15 từ, phần mềm sẽ remind 10 từ của 2 ngày trước +  5 từ mới.

Và tiếp tục như thế. Thay vì mỗi ngày phải cấu hình lại thì có thể sử dụng nút : load thêm chẳng hạn 5 từ mới

 

Task Assignment and Reminder Program

– show a task status: seen, done, how many time it has been attended (clicked, viewed)

– chose the persons to be shown, (assignment)

– display a small reminder pop up on the bottom right corner, (the position can be set up: left, right, top , bottom, high, width)

– display a reminder for only one task a time or a list of tasks a time.

– task properties: who created, who ‘s assigned, who’s suppervisor, due date, starting reminding date, task description etc.

– Tasks can be review in website (make it accessible on mobile phone, at home, etc… )

 

 

 

– Hello.

– Tucker, where the hell have you been? We got a problem in Midwest Distribution.

What are you gonna do about it? What’s the problem? Our stock is down another quarter point this morning.

Whose fault is that, Thomas? Nobody’s fault, sir.

It’s a momentary lapse in the market.

– Whose fault is it, Thomas? – It’s Davis’s fault, sir.
His department hasn’t been pulling its weight.

– What do you have to say for yourself? – I’ve been having troubles at home.
My wife ran over the children’s dog with her car…then we had to buy a new dog.
Then the new dog chewed up this entire report that I’d been working on.
Are you suggesting that your dog ate your homework? In a way, yes, sir.
This is not grade school, Davis! Run at the back of the line.

– Consider yourself on warning.

– Yes, sir.

Everybody, check your pulse. Make sure you’re exercising at the optimum level.
I’m a bit above my level.
I better stop running now, maybe.
– I’m above too.

– I really don’t care. Everybody, run! I can’t get anybody’s approval for the extra two trucks! Tucker, what’re you gonna do about it? All right, look.
What does a boxcar cost? The transfer sheet shows that somebody…
is accumulating an enormous block of our stock.

– What do you think about that, Thomas? – I think it’s very encouraging.

– You do, do you? – Yes, sir.

When a stock takes a dive and somebody buys a ton of it…

It means that stock is on its way to a quick rebound.

It means that the company is ripe for a hostile takeover! – That’s what I meant!

– A hostile takeover, sir? Yes. I’m afraid that’s what we’re looking at.
I want each of you to examine your department…
and see where you can cut costs.
Cut! Cut them to the core! We need to raise capital quickly so we can boost stock support.

Boost it! Boost it to the moon!

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I
get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you
with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual
concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to
get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever
escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the
single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old
to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long
from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.

Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be
trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And
most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They
somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is
secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth
Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a
fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it
to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal
computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters,
scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form,
35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat
tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and
then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the
mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a
photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself
hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay
Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay
Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you
graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day
as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an
impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the
mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life,
would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has
been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything
all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure –
these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly
important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to
avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.
There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the
morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what
a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer
that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six
months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is
doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything
you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It
means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as
possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where
they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my
intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I
was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the
cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be
a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the
surgery and thankfully I’m fine now.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the
best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being
successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure
about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my
life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company
named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife.
Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy
Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a
remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the
technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance.
And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from
Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m
convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is
for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the
only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the
only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet,
keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when
you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better
as the years roll on. So keep looking . Don’t settle.


My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz (Ed. Note-Apple
Computer Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak) and I started Apple in my parents garage
when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the
two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We
had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I
had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company
you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very
talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went
well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had
a falling out.

When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And
very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone,
and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the
previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it
was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to
apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even
thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn
on me I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed
that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to
start over.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten
years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came
back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with
beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in
college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally
spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no
personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have
never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not
have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to
connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very
clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them
looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in
your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma,
whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the
difference in my life.

My biological mother later found out that my mother had never
graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school.
She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months
later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was
almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings
were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the
value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how
college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the
money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and
trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but
looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped
out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin
dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in
friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with,
and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good
meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled
into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later
on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in
the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer,
was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to
take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to
do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the
amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great
typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way
that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

A commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple at Stanford University on June 12, 2005
(published at http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html)

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest
universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this
is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell
you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around
as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I
drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college
graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very
strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all
set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I
popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So
my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night
asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of
course.”

Oh, no!
– What? What is it?
– It’s the jerk.
My husband.
– My uncle.
– Your what?
– Oh, God! That makes you…
– Auntie Vera?
What’s my mother gonna say?
– I’ve disgraced my whole family.
– The hell you did!
Not funny! Okay? This is not a funny moment in my life.
Relax.
Who’s gonna find out?
I’m home!
He’s gonna find out.
That’s who’s gonna find out.
Don’t worry! He won’t fire you.
There’s no way I’m gonna get a raise out of this.
Vera, what’s the company car doing in the driveway?
It broke down, darling. The driver had to take the train back to town.
No, he didn’t, darling.
He’s in here having trouble with his fly.
– Get back! Do you ever stop?
– No! How am I gonna get home?
Maybe we’ll just have to keep you here and adopt you.
You’re a riot, Vera.

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disgrace my whole family: 

shame my whole family,  to cause my family to feel ashamed 
▪ Her crime disgraced /shamed the whole family.

get a raise out of this: /ˈreɪz/  get an increase in the amount of your pay  
▪ I asked my boss for a raise. [=(Brit) rise] ▪ a raise in salary = a pay raise

a riot /ˈraiət/:someone or something that is very funny 

 

I’m gonna see that my husband gives you a leg up.
I think we’ve done pretty well so far by ourselves.
I mean Pemrose.
No.
No, thanks.
No, I’m gonna make it to the top by myself.
God, you’re adorable.
I could spend a week inside those sweet, unwrinkled eyes.
– Can I make a personal observation?
– Anything but the thighs.

Somebody sold you a bill of goods and convinced you you had to be 21 forever.

That’s bullshit! I think you’re terrific.
The only thing wrong with you is your husband is a jerk.
You’re beautiful.
You’re intelligent.
You’re sensuous.
Say that again!
– Which part?
– All of it!

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adorable: /əˈdorəbəl/ very appealing or attractive : very lovable

jerk: /ˈʤɚk/  

1 informal : a stupid person or a person who is not well-liked or who treats other people badly

give someone a leg up 

: to hold your hands together to let someone step into them to climb up onto something  (ie. get on a horse)
 Can someone give me a leg up to get on this horse? 
: to give someone an advantage over others 

3. have a leg up : to have an advantage over others

make a personal observation : personal comment/remark

thighs /ˈθaɪ/ the part of your leg that is above the knee

 

 

I’ve swum laps from here to the moon in that pool.
Do you see anything in this body that isn’t firm? Tennis, swimming, aerobics, jogging, massage…
Anything and everything to stay in shape.
Not that he’d ever notice.
So, Brantley, do you know why I stay in shape?

– How ’bout a dip in the pool?

– No, wait! Are you serious? Listen…
I have to get back. This is a tempting diversion, but I got a job.
– I don’t know if this is a good idea.
– Transportation, please.
Yes. The young man from the mail room who drove me home? He’s going to stay here and do a little work in my garden.
See that he gets full credit on his time card.
Thank you.
Help me out of this, will you, dear?

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lap:

(1. in laptop)

2.  : an act of going completely around a track or over a course when you are running, swimming, etc.
▪ The race is 12 laps long. ▪ With one lap remaining, the race was still close. ▪ the last/final lap of the race ▪ (US) He was swimming/doing laps in the pool. [=he was swimming from one end of the pool to the other and then back again] ◊The winner of a race often takes a victory lap (US) or lap of honour (Brit) by going around the track or over the course alone one more time as a way to celebrate.

dip

a brief swim

diversion:

1. (detour)  act of changing the direction or use of something : the act of diverting something [count] ▪ The bad weather forced the diversion of several flights

2. something that people do because it is enjoyable, entertaining, or pleasant [count] ▪ Hiking is one of my favorite diversions.

tempting: 

causing an urge or desire to have or do something  tempting /ˈtɛmptɪŋ/ causing an urge or desire to have or do something The desserts look very tempting. ▪ It is tempting to think of him as the next American president. ▪ It was a tempting [=enticing] offer. The desserts look very tempting. ▪ It is tempting to think of him as the next American president. ▪ It was a tempting [=enticing] offer.

What did you say your name was?
– Brantley.
– No, I mean your first name.
That’s it: Brantley.

Well, Brantley, I don’t know what you want out of Pemrose Corporation…
but I’ll tell you what you do not want.

You don’t ever, ever wanna become a corporate wife.

I’ll watch my step.
Have another.
Thanks.

I’ve run miles on that tennis court…
chasing a fuzzy, little yellow ball with an oversized racket.

Do my legs look heavy to you? No.
a corporate wife
corporate (adj) 1 a : involving or associated with a corporation
fuzzy adj , noun: fuzz 2 a : not clear : not sharp or distinct

Turn in here. Please.
– Bring those inside. Charles.
– May I help you with those, sir?

– Yeah. Thanks.
– What are you drinking?

I can’t really.
I have to get back.
God, I hate the country.
Yeah, I can see how you’d be real miserable here.
Who can live with so many trees? They suck up all the oxygen.
No, actually, trees produce oxygen.
Who are you? Mr. Wizard? What did you say your name was? – Brantley.

I’m so mad, I could spit.
He looks twice as good today as the day we were married.
I just look twice as old.
Are you kidding? You look… I just hope that when I’m his age, I can wake up every morning…
and find a woman as beautiful as you are lying next to me.
Thank you.

 

spit: (honk and spit) 

1b. b [+ obj] : to force (something, such as food or liquid) from your mouth

2 [+ obj] : to say (something) in a quick and angry way

 

Excuse me, ma’am.
I’m not quite sure which way…
Turn the key, start the car, put it in drive and step on the gas.
Any idiot can do that, even my husband.
Excuse me, ma’am.
– I know I’m not supposed to consort…
– Then don’t.
You seem kind of upset. I was wonderin’ if there was anything I could do.
I don’t know.
My cook quit this morning.
My analyst is away on vacation.
My Mercedes broke down.
I split my nail, and my husband is screwing somebody at the office.
What did you have in mind? Stick of gum?

This is the third weekend he’s found an excuse not to come to the country.
No, I don’t know. But knowing him it’s probably some teenage airhead…
from the steno pool.
The last one I caught him with was so dumb…
she thought dictation was some kind of S and M trip.
Do you know my husband? I’m sorry. I can’t hear you.
Never mind.
– Didn’t hear a thing.
– I’m gonna have to call you back.

airhead a silly and stupid person airhead.jpg

steno pool: a group of employees, especially in a large company, who are available to take notes in shorthand for different people or departments

stenography : a method used for writing down the words that someone says very quickly by using a special type of writing (called shorthand)
–>>> in short: steno ->>> stenographer
S and M: Slave and master / a sex behaviour

 

 

She’s the most incredible-looking woman

I’ve ever seen in my life.

She’s a Rolls-Royce,

but she’s also a suit.

What’s she like?

What do you know about her?

I know enough never

to consort with the suits, pal.

– Even when they do have legs like hers.

– Come on. You know more than that.

Her name is Christy Wills.

She’s supposed to be some

sort of financial wizard, you know?
Harvard, all that crap.
And forget it.
No.

That’s Transportation’s problem.
No, we do not supply drivers

for executives’ wives.
We are a messenger service.

I don’t care if the other drivers are all busy.

Yeah, well, the same to you, sweetheart.

Hey, Dartmouth, get over here.
Executive’s wife wants a ride up to Litchfield.

– Check out a car and drive her.

– Where’s Litchfield?

You’ll find it.

Just follow the smell of money.


We’re entering a sensitive zone.

This guy in that office just got canned.

Mail room knew about it on Friday. He just found out today.

No kidding. Is his job still open?

No, man, an economic cutback. His job was dissolved.

About two dozen suits got the ax.

Will you quit trying to consort? Come on.

All right, the yellow ones go to Purchasing.

All the white ones are a bunch of suits talkin’ to themselves.

You’re supposed to deliver ’em, not read ’em.
Some of this stuff doesn’t make any sense.

They send requisitions through two departments…
to get procurements for a third.

– What kind of thinking is that?
– That’s suit thinking.

Something happens to a man when he puts on a necktie.

Cuts off all the oxygen to his brain.

You crazy? You’re not supposed to

take the memos out of the mail room.
I can’t follow a chain of command in this company.

They got the right title, but their job

assignments and objectives are screwed…
– Look at this. Jesus. Purchasing.

– What?
It’s a joke. They’ve got two people

doin’ basically the same job.
Neither one of them is doin’ it right.

I’ll bring it up at the next stockholders meeting.
– Would you put these things away?

– Whoa, Melrose.
How ya doin’? We’ve been gettin’

a lot of requests in the mail room… for stockholder information,

company assets, expenditures.
– Anything you can give us.
– You’re kidding?
Any of this research you want,

you can have.
– Take it all.

– Thanks very much.
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got canned:  got fired, got sacked (to be dismissed from a job)

an economic cutback

His job was dissolved

get the ax: (ax: a tool that has a heavy metal blade and a long handle and that is used for chopping wood)

informal : to lose your job : to be fired from your job 

▪ The employees with less experience got the ax. [=were fired]

acquisition , the act of acquire sth.

acquire: to get (something) : to come to own (something) 
▪ They’re planning to acquire [=buy] a new home in the country.

requisitions 

to ask for or demand and take (something) for your use 
▪ The officer requisitioned supplies for his troops. ▪ The car was requisitioned by the police.

— requisition noun, plural requisitions [count] 
▪ The office manager made a requisition [=an official request] for supplies.

procurements

obtain, acquire, get; buy, purchase; pimp, obtain people to work as prostitutes

 a necktie  = a tie

screwed = twisted

stockholder : cổ đông

 

Well, you’re in the front door, kid.

What you do on this side of it is up to you.

Congratulations. He really must have taken a shine to you.

Thanks. He’s a warm guy.

May I?
You can’t come in here, Bozo. Take your crap to the mail slot.

I work here. Just started.

What do you want, an engraved invitation? Come on. Come on.

Brantley, eh? Somebody gave you that name?

Jesus, a college puke. This really makes my day.

– Well, you’re welcome.

– Melrose, get over here!

Listen to what he says, then do what he does.

Stay out of my way. Don’t use the stamp machine for personal letters.
Take off that stupid-looking tie.

Looks like you shot your couch.

– You got any questions?

– Yeah. What do I call you?

– Call me God.

– Got a problem, Boss? I’m your man.

Show the college puke the ropes and keep him outta my face.

His name is Brantley.

All right, kid.

Follow me.
All right, you stick with me and everything’s gonna be copacetic.

Twice a day you deliver. Like a mailman,

you pick up whatever’s goin’out.

I can do it in 30 minutes.

Rattigan thinks it takes me two hours.

What’s this department?

What do they do here?
Who knows? This place is a zoo.

Nobody knows what anybody else is doin’.

Can you get promoted out of the mail room?

You can’t even get paroled out of the mail room.

Excuse me, dear.
Good morning.
– Nix.

– What?
– Good morning.

– Look, not the suits.
– What do you mean?

– Excuse me, sir.
– Good morning.

– Look, not the suits, man.

You never consort with the suits, unless they consort with you first.

That’s ridiculous. He’s a person. I’m a person. I can’t say hello?

He’s not a person. He’s a suit.

You’re mail room. No consorting. Come on.

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take a shine to:   to begin to like (someone or something) . shine: the brightness that results when light is reflected from a surface . v: to give off light 

crap: in phrase: take/have a/your crap(shit ) solid waste passed out of the body

engrave: to cut or carve lines, letters, designs, etc., onto or into a hard surface .  engraved adjective ▪ engraved wedding invitations [=wedding invitations that are printed from a surface that has letters, designs, etc., engraved into it]

consort: to spend time with (someone). There is evidence that he has consorted with criminals.

 


What can you do for us, Brantley?

What experience have you had?

Practically none.

But I believe in myself.

Doesn’t that count? Deep inside, I know

I can do anything if I get a chance.

Think back to when you were my age.

Remember how you felt when you went after that first job.

Remember how you wanted it so badly…
you couldn’t sleep the night before the interview.

Remember how crushed you were when the guy said…
“What kind of experience have you got?”
You wanted to shake your fists and say…
“I can do anything if I can just get a chance”.

They’re ready for you in the boardroom, Mr. Prescott.

Call Bates in Personnel. Tell him I’m sending somebody up.

Clever.

So you’re one of the Kansas Fosters, huh?

Shirttail relative, to say the least.

Listen…

I know you probably told your secretary

to get me outta here in five minutes.

– Two.

– Right.

So I’ll get right to the point.

– I need a job, Uncle Howard.

– Around here, I’m Mr. Prescott.

Do you have any idea what we do here?

Yes, sir.

Pemrose is a multinational conglomerate with different divisions.

Products ranging from dog food to guided missile systems.

There are 30 thousand people working in this building alone.

Their accumulated salary is higher than the gross national product…

of half the nations in the Common Market.

Last year we borrowed more money from banks than Mexico did.

It’s a great company, Uncle…

Mr. Prescott. That’s why I’m here.

Give Uncle Howard my card.

Are you really

Mr. Prescott’s nephew?

In a roundabout

sort of way.

You sons of bitches don’t

have a half a brain between you!

I’m looking at

a 300 million $ deficit here…

because you idiots didn’t anticipate

the needs of a changing market!
– Uncle Howard?

– Now, get out, all of you!
And bring me back some

new ideas that’ll work!
Or I’ll have your heads

mounted on my wall!

– Geez, he’s gonna burst a blood vessel.

– Yeah, wishful thinking.
I’ll see if I can

get you in now.
Thank you.

You know, it can’t be good

for his heart to shout that way.
He doesn’t have a heart.
– What, Maureen, what?

– Brantley Foster is here to see you.

I don’t know any Brantley Foster.
– Your nephew from Kansas.

– Who?
– He says he’s your nephew from Kansas.

– Kansas?
Mr. Prescott

will see you now.

7 Oct, 2012  |  english listening

 

 

Take this. It’s Uncle Howard’s

phone number in New York.

I got an uncle

in New York?

My cousin Ellen married

his half sister’s nephew…

before she got bit

by that dog and died.

But he’s still kin,

and kin is kin.
Hi.
I’d like to see

Mr. Prescott, please.

Do you have

an appointment?

I tried to get one, but I couldn’t,

so I just thought I’d surprise him.
Mr. Prescott

doesn’t like surprises.

– Everybody likes surprises.

– Not Mr. Prescott.
– You can leave your name.

– Brantley Foster.
– Of?

– S-T-E-R. Of Kansas.

Of what company?
What do you wanna see

Mr. Prescott about?

About being his nephew.
Well, why don’t you

have a seat?
I’ll see if I can work you

into Mr. Prescott’s schedule.
Thank you.

5 Oct, 2012  |  english listening

– Mom, I’m doin’ great.

– Is it dirty? Are the people rude?

No, this town is terrific. The people are really nice.
– That’s good. What about your job?
– Job? Hey!

I got a fantastic office, got a gorgeous secretary. The works.
We don’t care if she’s gorgeous. Is she any good?

– What?

– You heard me. Can she type?

Ma, of course she can type.

Some can’t, you know. Is it safe there?

You haven’t been robbed?

Ma, will you quit worryin’.There is no danger.

– But New York is…

– New York is like Kansas intensified.

– What?

– What’s that? Something the matter?

No, Mom.

That’s just the TV.

– It sounds so real.

– It’s Miami Vice.

Can you turn the sound down?

It’s too loud.

Ma, it’s broken.

The knob came off in my hand.

Goodness. Well, what about Uncle Howard? Did you call him?

Uncle Howard!

Yeah, the phone number. Well, you still have the number, don’t you?
Oh, yeah.I got it right here.

Are you all right? You seem distracted.
They just totaled a Ferrari.

But Uncle Howard?

Did you call him?

No, I haven’t had a chance to call Uncle Howard yet.

Will you try to see him?
I’ll probably bump into him at the country club.
Get the TV fixed, dear.

Yeah.
– Listen, I gotta go. Okay?

– Okay.
– Give Dad my love.

– I will, dear. I love you, Brantley.

– I love you too, Mom. Bye-bye.

– Bye!

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intensify:
1 [no obj] : to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense
▪ We could hear the wind howling outside as the storm intensified. ▪ The fighting has intensified.

knob  a round handle on a door, drawer, etc.   a round switch on a television, radio, etc.

bump into (someone) informal : to meet (someone) by chance : to see and usually talk to (someone you did not expect to see) 
▪ I bumped into [=ran into] a friend at the store.

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