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ESL 301: The Slow Computer (1)


ESL 301: The Slow Computer (1)


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Victor turned on his computer. White letters appeared near the bottom of the black screen: "Resuming Windows." Victor wondered how long it was going to take this time. Five minutes later, the light blue screen appeared: "To begin, click your user name." He clicked on his name. Then he filled a pot with water to make some fresh coffee. He returned to his computer.

The desktop icons had still not appeared. Victor went into his bedroom, took the sheet off the bed and the pillowcases off the pillows, and threw them all into the clothes basket on the floor. He vacuumed his bedroom, and then returned to his computer. A few minutes later, the desktop appeared, with about 40 icons on it. He liked how colorful they were.

He clicked on his Word icon. Then he went into the bathroom and shaved. He came back out to the dining room, made himself a cup of coffee, and sat down. Word opened, a full half hour after Victor had turned his computer on. Victor typed his first name into the document. For about ten seconds, the screen was totally blank. Then "Victor" slowly appeared, one ... letter ... after ... another.

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*Vocabulary:

• click:
• desktop:
• document:
• pillow:
• pillowcase:
• screen:
• shave:
• sheet:
• totally:
• vacuum:

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*Yes/No-Questions:


1. Did Victor turn on his TV?

2. Did black letters appear near the bottom of the black screen?

3. Did he wonder how long it was going to take this time?

4. Did the light blue screen appear 5 minutes later?

5. Did he click on his name?

6. Did he fill a pot with water to make some fresh tea?

7. Did he take the sheet off his bed?

8. Did he put pillowcases on his pillows?

9. Did he vacuum his bedroom and return to his computer?

10. Were there about 400 icons on his desktop?

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*Fill in blanks:

Victor turned on his computer. White letters appeared____ the bottom of the black screen: “Resuming Windows.” ____ wondered how long it was going to take ____ time. Five minutes later, the light blue screen ____ : “To begin, click your user name.” He clicked ____ his name. Then he filled a pot with ____ to make some fresh coffee. He returned to ____ computer.

The desktop icons had still not appeared. ____ went into his bedroom, took the sheet off ____ bed and the pillowcases off the pillows, and ____ them all into the clothes basket on the ____ . He vacuumed his bedroom, and then returned to____ ____ computer. A few minutes later, the desktop appeared, ____ about 40 icons on it. He liked how ____ they were.

He clicked on his Word icon. ____ he went into the bathroom and shaved. He ____ back out to the dining room, made himself ____ cup of coffee, and sat down. Word opened, ____ full half hour after Victor had turned his ____ on. Victor typed his first name into the ____ . For about ten seconds, the screen was totally ____ . Then "Victor" slowly appeared, one ... letter... another.


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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 301: The Slow Computer (1)

*Vocabulary:


• click: nhấp
• desktop: màn hình
• document: văn bản
• pillow: gối
• pillowcase:bao gối
• screen: màn hình
• shave: cạo râu
• sheet: một bản
• totally: tổng cộng
• vacuum: chân không

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*Yes/No-Questions:


1. Did Victor turn on his TV? No

2. Did black letters appear near the bottom of the black screen? No

3. Did he wonder how long it was going to take this time?
Yes

4. Did the light blue screen appear 5 minutes later? Yes

5. Did he click on his name? Yes

6. Did he fill a pot with water to make some fresh tea? No

7. Did he take the sheet off his bed? Yes

8. Did he put pillowcases on his pillows? No

9. Did he vacuum his bedroom and return to his computer? Yes

10. Were there about 400 icons on his desktop? No

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*Fill in blanks:

Victor turned on his computer. White letters appeared__near__ the bottom of the black screen: “Resuming Windows.” __Victor__ wondered how long it was going to take __this__ time. Five minutes later, the light blue screen ____appeared__ : “To begin, click your user name.” He clicked __on__ his name. Then he filled a pot with __with__ to make some fresh coffee. He returned to _his___ computer.

The desktop icons had still not appeared. __Victor___ went into his bedroom, took the sheet off __the__ bed and the pillowcases off the pillows, and ____threw__ them all into the clothes basket on the __floor__ . He vacuumed his bedroom, and then returned to___his_ computer. A few minutes later, the desktop appeared, _with___ about 40 icons on it. He liked how ____colorful__ they were.

He clicked on his Word icon. __Then__ he went into the bathroom and shaved. He _came___ back out to the dining room, made himself __a__ cup of coffee, and sat down. Word opened, __a__ full half hour after Victor had turned his ____computer__ on. Victor typed his first name into the __document___ . For about ten seconds, the screen was totally ____blank__ . Then "Victor" slowly appeared, one ... letter....after... another.


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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Cái máy vi tính chậm (1)

Victor bật máy tính lên. Chữ trắng gần cuối màn hình đen xuất hiện:" Đang kết nối với Windows." Victors tự hỏi không biết lần này mất bao lâu nữa. Năm phút sau, màn hình xanh da trời nhạt xuất hiện :"Để bắt đầu, nhấn tên người dùng." Anh nhấn tên anh. Rồi anh đổ đầy bình nước để pha cà phê. Anh trở lại máy tính.

Màn hình chứa biểu tượng vẫn chưa xuất hiện. Victor vào phòng ngủ, lấy tấm phủ khỏi giường, lột bao gối khỏi gối và bỏ chúng vào giỏ quần áo dưới sàn. Anh hút bụi phòng ngủ của mình, và quay lại máy tính. Vài phút sau, màn hình xuất hiện, khoảng 40 biểu tượng trên đó. Anh thích chúng đầy màu sắc như thế nào.

Anh nhấp vào biểu tượng Word. Rồi anh vào phòng tắm và cạo râu. Ra khỏi vào phòng ăn, làm một ly cà phê cho anh, rồi ngồi xuống. Word mở ra, nửa giờ sau khi Victor bật máy. Victor gõ họ vào văn bản. Khoảng mười giây, màn hình hoàn toàn trắng. Rồi "Victor" bắt đầu xuất hiện, từng...chữ... một... nối tiếp.

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. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
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. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
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. 147.The Argument-2
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. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
. 150.Santa Was Molested




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. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
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. 167.A Hole in Her Ear-2
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. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
. 174.The Haircut-1
. 175.The Haircut-2
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. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
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. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
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. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
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. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 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
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. 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
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. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
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. 324.US Passports Outsourced
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. 339.School Bus Crashes
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. 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
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. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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