Short reading – writing practice

I found an interesting topic on the Learning network of the NY times. This topic was partly mentioned a couple of years ago. But, as students never age, neither does this topic. It is “What have you done to earn money?”

Here is the first paragraph:

Joshua Johnson tap dances on the New York City subways to pay for college. Cameron Stephens knew he was unlikely to find paid work in a poor economy, so he just worked at an Atlanta farmer’s market, free, until someone noticed — and started paying him. What have you done, at any point in your life, to earn a bit of money — or to gain valuable job skills, even if you worked with no pay?

Before jumping on trying to answer this, let us see what are the structure we can learn from this short paragraph.

How to use preposition:
– tap dances on the subways (not in, not under!)
– work at a farmer market (not in a market)

A couple of ways to write english (phần dịch sau chỉ là thoát ý chứ không dịch từng từ một):
– làm việc để kiếm tiền đi học: do some job to pay for college
– nền kinh tế yếu kém: poor economy
– có lúc nào (trong cuộc sống): at any point in your life
– làm việc không ăn lương: work with no pay
– tích luỹ kinh nghiệm làm việc: gain valuable job skills

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