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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"It takes three generations to make a gentleman" nghĩa là gì?

Why do the Republicans nominate blue bloods? Photo credit: Wikipedia/AP.

'It takes three generations to make a gentleman' = phải mất 3 thế hệ, đến đời cháu mới là một quý ông -> = trăm năm trồng người.

Ví dụ
Among Democratic presidential nominees in the same era, only Kerry — related to the wealthy Forbes, Winthrop and Dudley families of the Northeast — could claim anything like the pedigree of the Bushes. If it takes three generations to make a gentleman, or even two, Al Gore doesn’t qualify as upper class. His father, who preceded him as a senator from Tennessee, came from a modest background and received his law degree from the Nashville YMCA Night School of Law. The other Democratic nominees in the 1980-2008 period came from middle-class backgrounds, like Barack Obama, the son of two college professors. Bill Clinton was born into the lower middle class.

Ahmad Soliman, who writes children’s books, stakes out a middle ground. Cultural change will take time and must begin with education: “The English have a saying,” he says. “It takes three generations to make a gentleman.” And it might take that long for Egypt to compete, once again, on the international stage.

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