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ESL 81: Why the Sky Is Brown


ESL 81: Why the Sky Is Brown


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Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice to get a pollution check to make sure his Cadillac wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that DMV was fighting a losing battle, considering that there were 30 million cars and 10 million cows in California, not to mention the air pollution drifting into California from across the Pacific.

After driving on the 210 freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine up, Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado Blvd. Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of purified water. Sam pulled the car up to the test machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the car's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam showed Cory the printout: "Your vehicle is a gross polluter!"

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant that Cory had to take his car to a mechanic to find out why the car was running so rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's why I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory thought. Sam said that once the problem was fixed, bring the car back for a second test, which would be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, his regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, but his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He gave Cory Ramsey's business card. "Tell him that I recommended you," Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the car by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first served." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There were three cars already parked there, but Cory was relieved to discover that they were the mechanics' cars. He was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "Coffee will be ready in a few minutes. I'll show you the waiting room." He was a friendly, courteous man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him to a good place.

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*Vocabulary:

• battle:
• courteous:
• drift:
• emission:
• foul:
• gasoline:
• gross:
• inefficiently:
• mechanic:
• mention:
• pipe:
• polluter:
• pollution:
• purify:
• recommend:
• regular:
• relieve:
• sensor:
• specialize:
• stick:
• tail:
• vehicle:

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*Yes/No Questions:

• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years?

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked?

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky?

• Did Cory own a Toyota?

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle?

• Were there 30 million cars in California?

• Were there more cows than cars in California?

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic?

• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California?

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up?

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*Fill in the blanks:

Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice _____ get a pollution check to make sure his _____ wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that _____ was fighting a losing battle, considering that there _____ 30 million cars and 10 million cows in _____ , not to mention the air pollution drifting into _____ from across the Pacific.

After driving on the _____ freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine _____ , Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado _____ . Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of _____ water. Sam pulled the car up to the _____ machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the _____ 's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam _____ Cory the printout: “Your vehicle is a gross _____ !”

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant _____ Cory had to take his car to a _____ to find out why the car was running _____ rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's _____ I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory _____ . Sam said that once the problem was fixed, _____ the car back for a second test, which _____ be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, _____ regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, _____ his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He _____ Cory Ramsey’s business card. “Tell him that I _____ you,” Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the _____ by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first _____ ." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There _____ three cars already parked there, but Cory was _____ to discover that they were the mechanics’ cars. _____ was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "_____ will be ready in a few minutes. I'll _____ you the waiting room." He was a friendly, _____ man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him _____ a good place.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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*Vocabulary:

• battle: Cuộc chiến đấu
• courteous: Lịch sự
• drift: Rung động
• emission: Nói ra
• foul: Hôi
• gasoline: Xăng
• gross: Tổng
• inefficiently: Không hiệu quả
• mechanic: Cơ khí
• mention: Đề cập đến
• pipe: Ống
• polluter: Gây ô nhiễm
• pollution: Ô nhiễm
• purify: Làm sạch
• recommend: Giới thiệu
• regular: Thường xuyên
• relieve: Làm giảm
• sensor: Cảm biến
• specialize: Chuyên môn
• stick: Thanh
• tail: Đuôi
• vehicle: Xe

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*Yes/No Questions:

• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years? Yes

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked? No

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky? Yes

• Did Cory own a Toyota? No

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle? No

• Were there 30 million cars in California? Yes

• Were there more cows than cars in California? Yes

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic? No
• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California? No

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up? No

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*Fill in the blanks:

Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice _to_ get a pollution check to make sure his Cadillac wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that _DMV_ was fighting a losing battle, considering that there _were_ 30 million cars and 10 million cows in _California_, not to mention the air pollution drifting into _California_ from across the Pacific.

After driving on the _210_ freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine up, Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado Blvd. Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of purified water. Sam pulled the car up to the _test_ machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the car's tail pipe. This _isn_'t good, Cory thought. Sam _showed_ Cory the printout: "Your vehicle is a gross _polluter_!"

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant _that_ Cory had to take his car to a _mechanic_ to find out why the car was running _so_ rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's _why_ I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory _thought_. Sam said that once the problem was fixed, bring the car back for a second _test_, which _would_ be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, _his_ regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, _but_ his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He gave Cory Ramsey's business card. "Tell him that I _recommended_ you," Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the _car_ by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first served." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There _were_ three cars already parked there, but Cory was _relieved_ to discover that they were the mechanics' cars. _He_ was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "_Coffee_ will be ready in a few minutes. I'll show you the waiting room." He was a friendly, _courteous_ man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent _him_ to a good place.

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*Vocabulary:

• battle(n): trận chiến
• courteous(a): lịch sự, nhã nhặn
• drift(v): theo hướng tới
• emission(n): sự bốc ra, phát ra
• foul(v): làm dơ bẩn
• gasoline(n): xăng
• inefficiently(adv): một cách không hiệu quả
• mechanic(n): thợ máy
• mention(v): đề cập đến
• pipe(n): ống dẫn nước
• polluter(n): vật làm ô nhiễm
• pollution(n): sự ô nhiễm
• purify(v): lọc sạch
• recommend(v): giới thiệu, đề cử
• regular(a): thường xuyên, thông thường
• relieve(v): làm an lòng
• sensor(n): cảm biến
• specialize(v): chuyên môn về
• stick(v): dán
• tail(v): đuôi
• vehicle(n): phương tiện

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*Yes/No Questions:

• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years?Yes

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked?No

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky?Yes

• Did Cory own a Toyota?No

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle?Yes

• Were there 30 million cars in California?Yes

• Were there more cows than cars in California?No

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic?No

• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California?Yes

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up?No

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*Fill in the blanks:

Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice __to___ get a pollution check to make sure his __car___ wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that __DMV___ was fighting a losing battle, considering that there __were___ 30 million cars and 10 million cows in ____California___ , not to mention the air pollution drifting into ____California___ from across the Pacific.

After driving on the __210___ freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine __up___ , Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado __Boulevard____ . Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of ____purified___ water. Sam pulled the car up to the ___test__ machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the ___car__ 's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam ____showed___ Cory the printout: “Your vehicle is a gross __polluter____ !”

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant _that____ Cory had to take his car to a ______mechanic__ to find out why the car was running __so___ rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's __why___ I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory ____thought___ . Sam said that once the problem was fixed, ______bring__ the car back for a second test, which ____would___ be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, __his___ regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, __but___ his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He __gave___ Cory Ramsey’s business card. “Tell him that I ____recommended___ you,” Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the __car___ by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first __served____ ." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There __were___ three cars already parked there, but Cory was ____relived___ to discover that they were the mechanics’ cars. __He___ was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "__"__Coffee___ will be ready in a few minutes. I'll __show___ you the waiting room." He was a friendly, ____courteous___ man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him __to___ a good place.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Tại sao bầu trời lại có màu nâu

Hai năm một lần, DMV gửi cho Cory một thư báo về một cuộc kiểm tra để chắc chắn rằng chiếc Cadillac không làm ô nhiễm bầu trời California. Cory nghĩ rằng DMV đã đang chơi một trò chơi thất bại, nghĩ xem có 30 triệu chiếc xe và 10 triệu con bò ở California, đó là chưa đề cập tới việc không khí ô nhiễm chuyển tới California xuyên qua Thái Bình Dương.

Sau khi lái xe trên xa lộ 210 chừng 20 phút cho nóng máy, Cory lái xe tới trung tâm kiểm tra duy nhất trên Đại Lộ Colorado. Người chủ tên Sam mời Cory một chai nước lọc. SAm kéo chiếc xe tới máy kiểm tra và đặt máy cảm biến vào ống dẫn nước ở đuôi. Không tốt lắm, Cory nghĩ. Sam đưa cho Cory coi bản báo cáo: "Xe của anh là một kẻ gây ô nhiễm nặng!"

"Điều đó có nghĩa là gì?" Cory hỏi. Điều đó có nghĩa là Cory phải đưa xe tới thợ sửa để tìm ta tại sao chiếc xe chạy mất nhiều tiền quá. Nó xài xăng không hiệu quả. Có lẽ đó là tại sao tôi chỉ đi được 8 dặm một gallon, Cory nghĩ. Sam nói rằng ngay khi vấn đề được giải quyết, mang chiếc xe trở lại đây cho lần kiểm tra thứ hai, và lần đó là miễn phí.

Cory mang xe của anh ta tới Moe, thợ sửa máy quen của Cory. Moe nói rằng anh ta không thể giúp Cory, nhưng bạn của anh ta Ramsey chuyên môn về sự phát ra. Anh ta đưa cho Cory tấm cạc của Ramsey. "Nói với anh ta rằng tôi là người giới thiệu cậu nhé," Ramsey nói.

Ramsey nói mang xe tới vào lúc 8 giờ sáng từ thứ hai tới thứ sáu--"tới trước phục vụ trước." Cory tới đó vào lúc 7 giờ 40 phút. Có ba chiếc xe đã tới đó trước rồi, nhưng Cory thì yên tâm khi nhận ra đó là những chiếc xe của thợ. Anh ta là khách hàng đầu tiên. Ramsey tự giới thiệu mình, nói, "Cà phê sẽ sẵn sàng trong vài phút nữa. Tôi sẽ chỉ anh phòng khách." Anh ta rất thân thiện, nhã nhặn. Cory cảm thấy thoải mái. Moe đã chỉ anh ta tới một chỗ tốt.

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*Vocabulary:

• battle:trận chiến
• courteous (adj) lịch sự, nhã nhặn
• drift (v) bay, cuốn theo
• emission (n) sự toát ra, tỏa ra, phát ra
• foul (n,v,adj) hôi thối, bẩn thỉu, ương, tục tĩu
• gasoline: gas
• gross (adj) thô, béo
• inefficiently:
• mechanic:thợ máy, công nhân cơ khí
• mention (v)đề cập đến
• pipe: ống dẫn
• polluter:
• pollution: sự ô nhiễm
• purify (v) làm sạch, lọc, tinh chế, tẩy uế
• recommend (v) giới thiệu, tiến cử
• regular (adj) thông thường, có quy tắc
• relieve (v) xoa dịu, làm khuây khỏa, an ủi
• sensor: phần tử nhạy
• specialize (v) làm đặc trưng, chuyên môn hóa, chuyên về
• stick:cái que
• tail: cái đuôi
• vehicle: xe cộ

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*Yes/No Questions:

• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years?yes

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked?no

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky?yes

• Did Cory own a Toyota?no

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle?yes

• Were there 30 million cars in California?yes

• Were there more cows than cars in California?no

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic?no

• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California?yes

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up?no

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*Fill in the blanks:

Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice ___to__ get a pollution check to make sure his ____Cadillac___ wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that __DMV___ was fighting a losing battle, considering that there _were___ 30 million cars and 10 million cows in ____California___ , not to mention the air pollution drifting into ____California___ from across the Pacific.

After driving on the __210___ freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine __up___ , Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado ______Blvd__ . Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of ______purified__ water. Sam pulled the car up to the ___test__ machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the __car___ 's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam ______showed__ Cory the printout: “Your vehicle is a gross ____pulluter___ !”

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant __that___ Cory had to take his car to a ______mechanic__ to find out why the car was running __so___ rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's ___why__ I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory ____thought___ . Sam said that once the problem was fixed, ____bring___ the car back for a second test, which ______would__ be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, ___his__ regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, __but___ his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He __gave___ Cory Ramsey’s business card. “Tell him that I ______recommended__ you,” Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the __car___ by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first ______served__ ." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There __were___ three cars already parked there, but Cory was ____relieved___ to discover that they were the mechanics’ cars. ___He__ was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "___"___Coffee__ will be ready in a few minutes. I'll __show___ you the waiting room." He was a friendly, ______courteous__ man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him ___to__ a good place.

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*Vocabulary:

• battle(n): trận chiến
• courteous(a): lịch sự, nhã nhặn
• drift(v): theo hướng tới
• emission(n): sự bốc ra, phát ra
• foul(v): làm dơ bẩn
• gasoline(n): xăng
• inefficiently(adv): một cách không hiệu quả
• mechanic(n): thợ máy
• mention(v): đề cập đến
• pipe(n): ống dẫn nước
• polluter(n): vật làm ô nhiễm
• pollution(n): sự ô nhiễm
• purify(v): lọc sạch
• recommend(v): giới thiệu, đề cử
• regular(a): thường xuyên, thông thường
• relieve(v): làm an lòng
• sensor(n): cảm biến
• specialize(v): chuyên môn về
• stick(v): dán
• tail(v): đuôi
• vehicle(n): phương tiện

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*Yes/No Questions:

• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years?Yes

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked?No

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky?Yes

• Did Cory own a Toyota?No

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle?Yes

• Were there 30 million cars in California?Yes

• Were there more cows than cars in California?No

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic?No

• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California?Yes

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up?No

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*Fill in the blanks:

Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice __to___ get a pollution check to make sure his __car___ wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that __DMV___ was fighting a losing battle, considering that there __were___ 30 million cars and 10 million cows in ____California___ , not to mention the air pollution drifting into ____California___ from across the Pacific.

After driving on the __210___ freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine __up___ , Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado __Boulevard____ . Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of ____purified___ water. Sam pulled the car up to the ___test__ machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the ___car__ 's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam ____showed___ Cory the printout: “Your vehicle is a gross __polluter____ !”

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant _that____ Cory had to take his car to a ______mechanic__ to find out why the car was running __so___ rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's __why___ I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory ____thought___ . Sam said that once the problem was fixed, ______bring__ the car back for a second test, which ____would___ be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, __his___ regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, __but___ his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He __gave___ Cory Ramsey’s business card. “Tell him that I ____recommended___ you,” Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the __car___ by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first __served____ ." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There __were___ three cars already parked there, but Cory was ____relived___ to discover that they were the mechanics’ cars. __He___ was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "__"__Coffee___ will be ready in a few minutes. I'll __show___ you the waiting room." He was a friendly, ____courteous___ man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him __to___ a good place.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Tại sao bầu trời lại có màu nâu

Hai năm một lần, DMV gửi cho Cory một thư báo về một cuộc kiểm tra để chắc chắn rằng chiếc Cadillac không làm ô nhiễm bầu trời California. Cory nghĩ rằng DMV đã đang chơi một trò chơi thất bại, nghĩ xem có 30 triệu chiếc xe và 10 triệu con bò ở California, đó là chưa đề cập tới việc không khí ô nhiễm chuyển tới California xuyên qua Thái Bình Dương.

Sau khi lái xe trên xa lộ 210 chừng 20 phút cho nóng máy, Cory lái xe tới trung tâm kiểm tra duy nhất trên Đại Lộ Colorado. Người chủ tên Sam mời Cory một chai nước lọc. SAm kéo chiếc xe tới máy kiểm tra và đặt máy cảm biến vào ống dẫn nước ở đuôi. Không tốt lắm, Cory nghĩ. Sam đưa cho Cory coi bản báo cáo: "Xe của anh là một kẻ gây ô nhiễm nặng!"

"Điều đó có nghĩa là gì?" Cory hỏi. Điều đó có nghĩa là Cory phải đưa xe tới thợ sửa để tìm ta tại sao chiếc xe chạy mất nhiều tiền quá. Nó xài xăng không hiệu quả. Có lẽ đó là tại sao tôi chỉ đi được 8 dặm một gallon, Cory nghĩ. Sam nói rằng ngay khi vấn đề được giải quyết, mang chiếc xe trở lại đây cho lần kiểm tra thứ hai, và lần đó là miễn phí.

Cory mang xe của anh ta tới Moe, thợ sửa máy quen của Cory. Moe nói rằng anh ta không thể giúp Cory, nhưng bạn của anh ta Ramsey chuyên môn về sự phát ra. Anh ta đưa cho Cory tấm cạc của Ramsey. "Nói với anh ta rằng tôi là người giới thiệu cậu nhé," Ramsey nói.

Ramsey nói mang xe tới vào lúc 8 giờ sáng từ thứ hai tới thứ sáu--"tới trước phục vụ trước." Cory tới đó vào lúc 7 giờ 40 phút. Có ba chiếc xe đã tới đó trước rồi, nhưng Cory thì yên tâm khi nhận ra đó là những chiếc xe của thợ. Anh ta là khách hàng đầu tiên. Ramsey tự giới thiệu mình, nói, "Cà phê sẽ sẵn sàng trong vài phút nữa. Tôi sẽ chỉ anh phòng khách." Anh ta rất thân thiện, nhã nhặn. Cory cảm thấy thoải mái. Moe đã chỉ anh ta tới một chỗ tốt.

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LESSON 81:

WHY THE SKY IS BROWN - TẠI SAO BẦU TRỜI CÓ MÀU NÂU.

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*Vocabulary:

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• battle: trận đánh, cuộc chiến đấu.
• courteous: lịch sự, nhã nhặn.
• drift: trôi giạt, bị cuốn đi, chảy đi.
• emission: khí thải.
• foul: nhiễm độc, ô nhiễm.
• gasoline: xăng.
• gross: nặng, ngó ngửi(mùi).
• inefficiently: không hiệu quả, không hiệu nghiệm.
• mechanic: thợ máy.
• mention: kể ra, nói đến, đề cập.
• pipe: ống dẫn(khí, nước, dầu).
• polluter:
• pollution: sự ô nhiễm, chất làm ô nhiễm.
• purify: tinh khiết, trong sạch.
• recommend: giới thiệu, tiến cử.
• regular: thường xuyên.
• relieve: làm an tâm, làm yên lòng.
• sensor: thiết bị cảm biến.
• specialize: chuyên môn hoá, chuyên gia về..
• stick: dán.
• tail: đuôi, đoạn cuối, đoạn chót.
• vehicle: xe cộ, phương tiện.
* DMV: Department of Motor Vehicles: Cục quản lý xe có động cơ.

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*Yes/No Questions:
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• Did DMV send Cory a notice every two years?
- Yes, it did.

• Was the DMV notice for him to get his brakes checked?
- No, it wasn't. The DMV noticed for him to get his pollution checked.

• Was the pollution check to make sure his car wasn't fouling the sky?
-No, it wasn't. The pollution was checked to make sure his car was fouling the sky.

• Did Cory own a Toyota?
- No, he didn't. Cory owned a Cadillac.

• Did he think California was fighting a losing battle?
- No, he didn't. He thought DMV was fighting a losing battle.

• Were there 30 million cars in California?
- Yes, there were.

• Were there more cows than cars in California?
- No, there weren't. There were 10 million cows in California.

• Did air pollution drift into California from across the Atlantic?
- No, it didn't. Air pollution drifted into California from across the Pacific.

• Did air pollution from Asia drift into California?
- Yes, it did.

• Did he drive on the 710 freeway for 70 minutes to warm the engine up?
- No, he didn't. He drove on the 710 freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine up.

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Every two years, DMV sent Cory a notice to get a pollution check to make sure his Cadillac wasn't fouling the California sky. Cory thought that DMW was fighting a losing battle, considering that there were 30 million cars and 10 million cows in California , not to mention the air pollution drifting into California from across the Pacific.

After driving on the 210 freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine up , Cory drove to the test-only center on Colorado Blvd . Sam, the owner, offered Cory a bottle of purified water. Sam pulled the car up to the test machine and stuck the machine's sensor up the car's tail pipe. This isn't good, Cory thought. Sam showed Cory the printout: “Your vehicle is a gross polluter !”

"What does that mean?" Cory asked. It meant that Cory had to take his car to a mechanic to find out why the car was running so rich. It was using gasoline inefficiently. Maybe that's why I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon, Cory thought . Sam said that once the problem was fixed, bring the car back for a second test, which would be free.

Cory took his car to Moe, his regular mechanic. Moe said he couldn't help Cory, but his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. He gave Cory Ramsey’s business card. “Tell him that I recommended you,” Moe said.

Ramsey said to bring the car by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--"first come, first served ." Cory got there at 7:40 a.m. Monday. There were three cars already parked there, but Cory was relieved to discover that they were the mechanics’ cars. He was the first customer. Ramsey introduced himself, saying, "Coffee will be ready in a few minutes. I'll show you the waiting room." He was a friendly, courteous man. Cory felt comfortable. Moe had sent him to a good place.

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Cứ mỗi hai năm, DMV lại gởi cho Cory một thông báo thực hiện cuộc kiểm tra về ô nhiễm để bảo đảm chiếc xe Cadillac của anh không làm ô nhiễm bầu trời California. Cory nghĩ rằng DMV đã đánh một trận mà biết chắc chắn sẽ thua, thử nghĩ mà xem có 30 triệu chiếc xe và 10 triệu con bò ở California, chưa kể đến không khí bị ô nhiễm từ phía bên kia Thái Bình Dương chuyển tới California nữa.

Sau khi lái xe trên xa lộ 210 trong 20 phút để làm ấm động cơ, Cory lái xe đến trung tâm kiểm tra duy nhất ở đại lộ Colorado. Sam, ông chủ, mang đến cho Cory một chai nước tinh khiết. Sam kéo chiếc xe đến chiếc máy kiểm tra và đặt chiếc máy cảm biến phía trên ống pô. Không tốt rồi đây, Cory nghĩ thế. Sam chỉ cho Cory các dữ liệu được in ra: "Xe của anh là một kẻ gây ô nhiễm nặng nề đấy nhé!".

"Điều đó có nghĩa là gì?" Cory hỏi. Đó có nghĩa là Cory phải mang xe đến thợ máy tìm cho được lý do vì sao chiếc xe lại chạy hao xăng đến như thế. Chiếc xe xài xăng không hiệu quả tý nào cả. Có lẽ đó là lý do vì sao một ga-lông tôi chỉ chạy được 8 dặm, Cory suy nghĩ. Sam bảo khi vấn đề được giải quyết xong, hãy mang chiếc xe trở lại để kiểm tra lần hai, sẽ được tính miễn phí.

Cory mang chiếc xe đến chỗ Moe, người thợ máy quen thuộc của anh. Moe bảo ông không thể giúp Cory được, nhưng bạn ông, Ramsey là chuyên gia về vấn đề khí thải. Ông đưa cho Cory tấm danh thiếp của Ramsey. "Hãy nói với anh ta là tôi giới thiệu cậu tới nhé," Moe bảo.

Ramsey nói mang xe tới vào lúc 8 giờ sáng. Từ Thứ Hai đến Thứ Sáu --"đến trước, được phục vụ trước." Cory đến đó vào lúc 7 giờ 40 phút sáng Thứ Hai. Có ba chiếc xe đã đậu ở đó, nhưng Cory cảm thấy an tâm khi nhận ra đó là những chiếc xe của các thợ máy. Anh là khách hàng đầu tiên. Ramsey tự giới thiệu về mình, anh nói, "Cà-phê sẽ có trong một vài phút nữa. Tôi sẽ chỉ cho cậu phòng chờ đợi." Ông là một người đàn ông thân thiện, nhã nhặn. Cory cảm thấy thoải mái. Moe đã đưa anh đến một nơi thật tuyệt.

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. 1.New To America
. 2.A Haircut
. 3.The Yardman
. 4.Grab Your Umbrellas
. 5.Shopping for Bargains
. 6.Horses to Ride
. 7.A Shower Injury
. 8.Pete's Sharp Knife
. 9.A Good Sandwich
. 10.Sara's Upset Stomach
. 11.Please Marry Me!
. 12.Laundry Day
. 13.A Noisy Neighbor
. 14.The New Realtor
. 15.The Fire Alarm
. 16.Eddie's Short Visit
. 17.Carbon Monoxide
. 18.A Visit to Asia
. 19.School Boys
. 20.The Loose Button
. 21.The Pile of Paper
. 22.Brushing and Flossing
. 23.Raising the Kids
. 24.A Clean Toilet Bowl
. 25.A Love Letter
. 26.A Bird Attacks
. 27.A Daytime Robbery
. 28.Trick or Treat
. 29.The Motorcycle Rider
. 30.Spock Saves His Dad
. 31.Provider Overbills Customer
. 32.The Breakup
. 33.Famous Model Dies
. 34.Shopping Carts Everywhere
. 35.Four Slit Throats
. 36.Does Garlic Mean Garlic?
. 37.A Jealous Girlfriend
. 38.Towns Hit by Snowstorms
. 39.Another Jealous Girlfriend
. 40.She Loves Her Son
. 41.The Doctor’s Exam
. 42.Hospitals Can Make You Sick
. 43.English Is So Hard
. 44.Hollywood Stars and Tourists
. 45.GEICO’s TV Lizard
. 46.Law and Order in LA
. 47.Destruction of Iraq
. 48.Have You Seen This Man?
. 49.LA Traffic Report
. 50.LA Radio News


. 51.Trash Truck Misses Pick-up
. 52.Her First Driving Accident
. 53.You’re Not a Good Principal
. 54.I’ve Got You Covered
. 55.Paris Goes to Jail in LA
. 56.A Year with No TV
. 57.Let’s Buy Some Paint
. 58.I Need Water for My Clients
. 59.Putting Bunny to Sleep
. 60.Where Is That Darn Battery?
. 61.If You Really Love Me…
. 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
. 79.Six Feet Under
. 80.An Unhappy Worker
. 81.Why the Sky Is Brown
. 82.It’s a Small World
. 83.Suspicious Shoppers
. 84.Death Is Part of Life
. 85.Tagger Shoots Woman
. 86.Crime on the Rise
. 87.Too Soft on Crime
. 88.Pluto Chases Kid
. 89.In Harm’s Way
. 90."Semper Buy"
. 91.A Little Respect, Please
. 92.A Dream from Beyond-1
. 93.A Dream from Beyond-2
. 94.A Trip to Egypt
. 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


. 101.Love in the Hospital
. 102.Interstate Bridge Collapses
. 103.Stop Selling Those Bunnies
. 104.Actor Tries to Kill Himself
. 105.US Senator Says He’s not Gay
. 106.E.Coli Is Everywhere
. 107.Influenza
. 108.The Hospital Orderly-1
. 109.The Hospital Orderly-2
. 110.Flower Power
. 111.Dog Inherits Millions
. 112.Man Holds Staff Hostage
. 113.Young Boy Defends Sister
. 114.Remember Me?
. 115.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 116.Sail Around the World
. 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
. 122.Hurricane Dean
. 123.Adventurer Disappears
. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
. 125.The Lovely Banana
. 126.Smells like Chicken
. 127.The Wedding-1
. 128.The Wedding-2
. 129.The Waiter
. 130.Your Country Thanks You
. 131.D.B.Cooper Lives On-1
. 132.D.B.Cooper Lives On-2
. 133.I’m No Alcoholic!
. 134.48 Homes Burn Down-1
. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
. 136.Drought Attacks Georgia
. 137.A Bad MRI Experience
. 138.Body in a Barrel-1
. 139.Body in a Barrel-2
. 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




. 151.Fire Kills Two Young Girls
. 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
. 158.Who Needs School?
. 159.Black Friday
. 160.JFK Assassination
. 161.Don’t Top Off the Tanks
. 162.The Clapper
. 163.Tuberculosis Still Kills
. 164.Old Dogs Become Young Again
. 165.Ham and Eggplant
. 166.A Hole in Her Ear-1
. 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
. 180.The Move to Georgia-1
. 181.The Move to Georgia-2
. 182.I’ll Get a Job in a Restaurant
. 183.A Cleaner River-1
. 184.A Cleaner River-2
. 185.The Spitter
. 186.Kill Those Flies-1
. 187.Kill Those Flies-2
. 188.The Oil Change-1
. 189.The Oil Change-2
. 190.Boy Starts Huge Fire
. 191.Writers Go on Strike
. 192.Please Don’t Hurt Me!
. 193.It’s Just a Little White Lie
. 194.Jury Service in California
. 195.The Rude Golfer-1
. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
. 197.Man Invents Toilet for Cars
. 198.Monkeys Cause Man’s Death
. 199.The Light Eater-1
. 200.The Light Eater-2


. 201.Sara Went Shopping
. 202.Man Injured at Fast Food Place
. 203.A Life-Saving Cow
. 204.Driver Loses Mabel, Finds Jail
. 205.Jerry Decided To Buy a Gun
. 206.Freeway Chase
. 207.Better To Be Unlucky
. 208.Food Fight Erupted in Prison
. 209.How His Pig is Doing
. 210.Goats Being Hired
. 211.A Missing Cat
. 212.Book Him
. 213.Water Under the Sink-1
. 214.Water Under the Sink-2
. 215.Theft Occurs Everywhere
. 216.Eggs and a Bunny
. 217.Goodbye to Clean Couple
. 218.$100 Deposit
. 219.Books Don’t Grow on Trees
. 220.A Murder-Suicide
. 221.New Store and Its Owners
. 222.Hit-and-Run Charge
. 223.Gasoline Prices Hit Record High
. 224.A Festival of Books
. 225.Crazy Housing Prices
. 226.Happy and Unhappy Renters
. 227.Pulling Out Nine Tons of Trash
. 228.Cloning Pets
. 229.Rentals at the Oceanside
. 230.Trees Are a Threat
. 231.Gets Booked, Writes a Book
. 232.Popular Park Reopens
. 233.Swim Classes Begin Soon
. 234.Not Sitting Around
. 235.Get Millions for Homeless
. 236.Tenants Watch Building Burn
. 237.Bathtub Blues
. 238.Blood Drive at Civic Center
. 239.City Hosts 42nd Art Fair
. 240.City and Crime
. 241.Bank Robbery
. 242.Immigration Goes Online
. 243.Jimmy Fixes His Door
. 244.Needs a New Air-Conditioner
. 245.Man Gets 12 Years for Fraud
. 246.Man Shoots Up Post Office
. 247.Murals Are Over 200 Years Old
. 248.Pier Collapses
. 249.Cameras in Police Cars
. 250.A School Girl Sues Her School


. 251.SUV Driver Sends Officer Flying
. 252.Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool
. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
. 255.Fishing for Girls
. 256.Shot Next to Christmas Tree
. 257.Stabbed Outside Nightclub
. 258.Fishing Boat Sinks
. 259.The Mysterious Carport Stain
. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
. 262.Eat Your Vegetables
. 263.Honk if You're in a Hurry
. 264.The Man Who Loved Women
. 265.How to Get out of Jury Duty
. 266.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 267.Female Seeks Mature Male
. 268.Let’s Go Fishing
. 269.Train Wreck “Frees” Cows
. 270.Valuable Guitar Found
. 271.Stepmother Kills Herself
. 272.Beautiful Teacher Smiles
. 273.Are Criminals Taking Over LA?
. 274.Police Arrest Happy Van Driver
. 275.Say Your Prayers
. 276.The Final Phone Call
. 277.Almost Perfect Children
. 278.There Goes the Neighborhood!
. 279.Let’s Go to Vegas!
. 280.Squirrel Attacks Woman
. 281.To Save His Baby
. 282.English Is Confusing
. 283.Pump Up the Tires
. 284.Don’t Go Swimming
. 285.The Park That Went to the Dogs
. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
. 287.Golf Like a Girl
. 288.Take Me Out to the Ball Game
. 289.Take This Job and Shove It
. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
. 291.When You’ve Got Your Health
. 292.That ‘New Car’ Smell
. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
. 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




. 301.The Slow Computer-1
. 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!”
. 310.A Factory Worker
. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
. 314.Weekly Driving Lessons-1
. 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
. 327.The Dead Pedestrian
. 328.Bad News, Good News
. 329.The Cluster Balloonist
. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
. 332.The Fire in the Hills-1
. 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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