The rich are helping people – level 3
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he and his wife will give away 99% of their Facebook shares to a new charity. In a letter addressed to their daughter Max, who was born last week, they pledged to give away shares currently worth about 45 billion dollars.
On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself, his wife Priscilla Chan and their new daughter Max, along with a post entitled “A letter to our daughter”.
It said, “Dear Max, Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.”
The couple go on to mention issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg initiative which aims to advance human potential and promote equality.
The letter ends, saying, “Max we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.” It is signed “Love, Mom and Dad”.
The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates who have pledged and setup foundations to give away their fortunes to charity.
Facebook said Zuckerberg is expected to be the controlling stockholder of the company for the foreseeable future. He would give away up to one billion dollars of Facebook stock each year for the next three years.
Last month, Zuckerberg announced he would take two months of paternity leave after the birth of his daughter. He and Chan said they will share more details when they return from their paternity and maternity leaves.
Difficult words: CEO (Chief Executive Officer = boss), announce (to officially say something), share noun (part of a big business which you can own), pledge (to promise), initiative (a plan, organisation to change something), advance (make better), high-profile (famous), foreseeable (soon).
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If you read and listen to two articles every day, your reading and listening skills can improve fast. You can learn quickly and after some time you will not have to translate into your own language. You will simply understand. Why should you do this?
When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.
Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.
You also have to hear every new word 5 to 10 times if you want to remember it. That’s why we use the same words in one level. If you read and hear the same words again and again, you will understand them and remember them. If you know words from one level, you can go to a higher level and learn new words. It is important to go step by step, and read and listen to words which are used in English often. This is what we do with our news. In our short news, we use words which are used in English often. Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.
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