I’m Posting every week in 2011!

As part of the 2011 challenge of WordPress, and to welcome the new year, I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

englishstudyforvms.

PS: The above post is copied from WordPress sample post with some modification 😉

First Summer Meeting Announcement

Following is the official announcement of the Summer Meeting organizing committee. For more information please visit their homepage. You are welcome to our Meeting no matter what your major is 🙂

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Dear all,

We are happy to announce the bearing of the Ho Chi Minh City Summer Mathematical Meeting (Summer Meeting for short) Summer Meeting is an annual meeting organized by former students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Natural Sciences, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, who are currently studying and doing mathematics abroad. It is hold each summer at the school on the occasion of their home visits.

The official website of the meeting is at

http://www.math.hcmuns.edu.vn/home/ggmh/

The main objectives of our Summer Meeting are: fostering a community of Vietnamese mathematicians working abroad; providing an opportunity for interactions between that community and the faculty and students at our home institution, exposing the latter to current mathematics; and improving the quality of mathematical education in our home institution. Further, we hope that the meeting will be beneficial to all participants too.

The first meeting will be the second week of July 2008 (tentatively) at the University of Natural Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City.

We intend that the range of topics at the meeting can be wide, including original researches, surveys of new and not so new subjects, discussions on mathematical education … We also intend that the atmosphere at our meeting to be more relax and less formal than at a regular conference.

We welcome all of participants regardless of background and origins. If you would like to attend the meeting (giving talks or not), please feel free contact one of the committee members.

Sincerely,

Organizing Committee

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 – englishstudyforvms –

Thank you :)

Dear all,

Thanks, yeah, big thanks to our precious Authors. We all are now busy and rarely have chance to get online for the blog, and it was our precious Authors who have spent their time checking comments, replying and writing posts.

There are some unpublished drafts going on. Just to make sure for our Authors, when you are finished and want to publish please make sure that you hit the “Publish” button instead of “Save”, then check if the article has been posted (I have done it wrong several times then realized my post was not online till days later 😦 )

Other thanks go to our readers. We received helpful comments from our readers as Tâm, Hong Thuy, Khac Phuoc,… (I’m sorry I can’t remember all ^_^ ), and use them to update our post. We also have a comment from a special “reader”, Paul Scott from bbclearningenglish.com replying our concerns about the Blog Competition on BBC Learning Network that has been mentioned in one of our posts 😀 .

Recently, even though we don’t get online often, we still think of the blog and, hopefully, when we have more free time to come back there will be some new ideas for our blog. It will be nice to receive new ideas from our Readers and Authors, too. I hope our blog will be beneficial to many students 🙂

Have a great semester to all,

– englishstudyforvms –

A new busy semester

Dear all,

The new semester have just begun. Our authors will be extremely busy. There will be less new posts, and it will take us quite some time to reply to your comments. I hope that you still enjoy our blog. Feel free to explore it and leave us feedback 😉

Wish all a very good semester with success 🙂

englishstudyforvms.

Blog’s news and new ideas are needed.

1. Recently we received some nice ideas from htluan’s suggestions: “In my opinion, writing Vietnamese on this blog is a bad idea already. The exceptions may be the translation from Vietnamese to English, and in a few cases from English to Vietnamese. Writing Vietnamese without accents here is the worst ever.

About the Vietnamese without accents problem, I’ve just add it into Blog’s rule. I don’t know whether using “rule” here is appropriate or not but can’t think of anything else now 😀 . We only have one “rule” so far, that is no Vietnamese without accents comments will be accepted from now on 🙂

And about writing in English, yeah we would encourage everyone to use English no matter how bad their English could be. So, except for some special posts that should be written in Vietnamese because of its originality (such as some of Dr. Le Dung’s or a Long’s) we better use English more often 🙂

2. About a month ago, we scarcely saw comments from our READERS, mostly us AUTHORS wrote and commented for themselves so we was quite sad for a while. Two wordmaps were then placed on the site, one with name of locations and one without. Surprisingly, we see there are so many visitors from around the world and that cheered us up a little bit 🙂 Our Department is from Ho Chi Minh city, but from both maps we see a lot more accesses from our friends from Ha Noi.

Again, welcome to anyone who come to visit us. Please leave comments about your thoughts, suggestion, questions for us (and remember not to use unaccented Vietnamese 😀 )

3. About the writing topic each week, I was so busy to take care for it, and asked some guys to help me with posting new topics each week but it seemed that they forgot it. I am wondering myself should we keep that going on, and reduce it for like once per 2 or 3 weeks? As we are now at the beginning of the new academic year, everyone should be much busier so we won’t be able to keep track and fix errors from essays so often.

3. New ideas for the blog are needed. We are now short of new ideas for this blog to make it more alive, so if you have one yours will be very appreciated 🙂 The Contribution page is actually for this “góp ý” thing, but it is so deserted that we figured out it is better to bring this concern to the front page. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!! 🙂

And finally, have a nice week and a nice semester 🙂

englishstudyforvms.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

I will try to collect all the useful websites for grammar and writing (via google) in this post

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/

http://a4esl.org/q/h/grammar.html

Blog’s news and some suggestion. Authors and Readers please read :)

It is so nice to see our Blog grows. In this post we will announce some news from our Blog and some suggestions collected from our Authors and Readers.

A . NEWS.

Yeah, good news. There are more students back home give comments, and others are encourage to do so. Don’t hesitate fearing that your English is not good enough to express anything, just try and you will get better.

Next, we now have a very young and active member. She gave out lots of comments recently 😉 . (I don’t know if you realized it or not, her English style is not like most of us. I should say that hers is the American English 🙂 ) Introducing Uyên, Dr. Dũng’s daughter, our new Author. We are happy to have her here, together with our other Authors who are very strong in American English as anh Thống, thầy Dũng, … She offers to help us, so you guys back home better take this opportunity to “speak” more here 😉

B . SUGGESTIONS

Following are some suggestions received either from email or from comments in the blog.

1. About our Online resources posts: Beside citing a good and interesting website, we may better have some words of introduction for that website: why it is interesting, what kind of information we can get there, what we can do there, the interesting features it offers, …

2. About speaking practice: we are forgetting it. Speaking is our weakest part in the TOEFL test and it seems like we don’t have enough practice for it. Basically we can’t practice speaking by writing comments but it can help in some extend.

Here is a suggestion: we may post the Speaking Topics as we did with Writing topics. You try to complete it as you were taking the test, record your speaking, then type it and post it here online so others can give comments and suggestions. As for speaking topics, you guys at home will be responsible for searching it and posting it here 🙂 We now need some more Authors/Contributors at home who are willing to do this. Remember that doing this don’t just benefit others but will benefit you a lot 🙂

englishstudyforvms.