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1. Did you learn music at school?
Actually I did. I am quite good at music theory since I've been learning the piano ever since I was 8. As a result, I can learn to play any song by just looking at the music sheet!
music theory: nhạc lý
music sheet: bản nhạc
2. If you could learn a musical instrument, what would it be?
It'd definitely be drums. I always take an interest in this instrument because not many people I know know how to play it. I believe I can play it quite well simply because I have such a good sense of rhythm!
instrument: nhạc cụ
sense of rhythm: khả năng cảm nhận nhịp điệu
3. Do you think music is important?
Definitely. I feel like there are many different roles that music can serve. To be more specific, other than being used for entertainment, music can also help with one's education, particularly the development of several abilities like hand-eye coordination.
roles: vai trò
serve: phục vụ
entertainment: giải trí
particularly: cụ thể là
abilities: khả năng
hand-eye coordination: khả năng phối hợp tay với mắt
Describe a song that you like.
You should say about:
What its name is;
What kind of music it is;
Where/ When you first heard it;
And explain why you like it.
Well, there are many tracks that I put on repeat. However, if I had to choose one, it would be Born this way by Lady Gaga. It’s a pop song from her 2nd album with the same name. The song quickly reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart and received positive feedback from both the public and critics.
It is a pure pop song, but the fact that Gaga is the actual composer makes it more exciting. In an interview, she said that she wrote the song in only 2 minutes. I remember when I heard this song for the first time, I was at home after school. It was about 11 years ago. I was watching the Grammy awards, and then the presenter introduced her performance. I have to confess that I was completely hooked on the song after the first 15 seconds.
There are a variety of reasons why this song is always on my playlist. Firstly, the rhythm of the song is very catchy. Its upbeat melody immediately lifted my spirits and made me dance along with the beat. Secondly, I was impressed by her creative performance. The choreography, light effects, and her stunning outfits contributed to making her stage near perfection. She was able to dance the entire time, but still held her breath to produce perfect vocals. Last but not least, the lyric of the song totally touched my heart. I was amazed by how powerful words were. She encouraged people to believe and love themselves. Her message was clear that even though we have different backgrounds, we all should be respected and treated fairly regardless of age, sex, or race. I think this song will never get old, and it’s always a part of contemporary pop culture.
put on repeat: tua đi tua lại
positive feedback: phản hồi tích cực
the public and critics: công chúng và giới chuyên môn
composer: nhà soạn nhạc
hooked: bị hấp dẫn, thuyết phục
catchy: băt tai
upbeat melody: giai điệu sôi động
lifted my spirits: nâng cao tinh thần
choreography: vũ đạo
light effects: hiệu ứng ánh sáng
touched my heart: cảm động
respected: được tôn trọng
treated fairly: được đối xử công bằng
contemporary pop culture: văn hoá nhạc pop đương đại
1. What kind of music do people like at different ages?
I think old people love the feeling of nostalgia, which means that they tend to listen back to old songs that bring them good memories. Meanwhile, youngsters are subjected to the people surrounding them. They may turn to love a song simply because people around them listen to that song. The fear of being left behind makes them constantly update to new trendy songs.
However, it doesn’t mean that people in a certain age group listen to a particular genre of music. The ultimate aim of music is to touch people’s hearts regardless of their age, sex, or race.
nostalgia: sự hoài niệm
bring them good memories: mang lại kí ức đẹp
are subjected to: bị ảnh hưởng bởi
trendy songs: bài hát theo xu hướng
ultimate aim: mục đích cuối cùng
touch people’s hearts: chạm đến trái tim mỗi người
2. What kind of music is popular in your country now and what kind will be in the future?
From my point of view, pop music is dominating the music industry in Vietnam. This is very understandable since its catchy melody and upbeat rhythm can easily appeal to young people. However, because I’m not versed in this field, I’m not sure what genre of music is anticipated to be ubiquitous in the future. Probably, rap and hip-hop might become mainstream. It is evident that there are more competitions in these kinds of music, and so far they have received positive feedback.
dominating: chiếm ưu thế
catchy melody: giai điệu bắt tai
upbeat rhythm: nhịp điệu sôi động
be versed in: hiểu rõ về
genre of music: thể loại âm nhạc
ubiquitous: phổ biến
competitions: cuộc thi
positive feedback: đánh giá tích cực
3. Do parents in your country require their children to learn and to play musical instruments?
I won’t say that it is compulsory for children to learn how to play instruments. However, kids are encouraged to take such musical courses because most parents believe that this hobby can boost their imagination, originality, and creativity. In fact, a lot of research has shown that music is beneficial for children’s sentimental and intellectual formation stage.especially at an early age. Besides, it would be great if children could have an entertaining pastime to do after school.
compulsory: bắt buộc
boost: tăng cường, nâng cao
imagination, originality, and creativity: khả năng tưởng tượng, tính độc đáo và sáng tạo
sentimental and intellectual formation stage: giai đoạn hình thành cảm xúc và trí tuệ
entertaining: có tính giải trí
1. Do you like sports?
I know you'd expect me to say yes because most men tend to play sports, but not me. I have no interest in it just because I find it to be quite meaningless. You don't really gain anything from sport aside from entertainment. Some would argue that you can keep fit too but it's just as effective as going to the gym.
expect: mong đợi
have no interest in: không có hứng thú với việc gì
meaningless: vô nghĩa
argue: tranh cãi
effective: hiệu quả
going to the gym: đi đến phòng gym
2. What’s your favourite sport?
Like I said, I’m not much of a sports fan but if I have to choose the most tolerable sport, it'd be chess. The reason is simply that chess requires some kind of intelligence and mental strength. With other types of sports it's just mostly physical strength that comes to play.
the most tolerable sport: môn thể thao dễ chịu nhất
chess: cờ vua
intelligence and mental strength: trí thông minh và sức mạnh tinh thần
physical strength: sức mạnh thể chất
comes to play: vào cuộc
3. How often do you watch sports matches?
Well as I have mentioned before, I don't really take an interest in sports. That's why over the course of my life I've only watched probably fewer than 10 matches. I'd just rather spend my time doing something else!
as I have mentioned before: như tôi vừa nói
take an interest: có hứng thú
over the course of my life: xuyên suốt trong cuộc đời tôi
something else: thứ gì đó khác
Talk about your favorite sport. You should say:
– What it is?
– How you first knew about it?
– How often you practise it?
– And explain why it is your favourite sport.
There are many sports that I play on a regular basis. However, if I had to choose one, it would be swimming. And I believe it is the favorite sport of most Vietnamese people
When I was 12 years old. My mother took me to a swimming pool near my home and signed me up for a swimming course with a personal instructor. Actually, it was not the first time I came to a pool. However, all I did before was just soak my body in the water. So, I was so excited to learn how to swim. It only took me about 2 weeks to be able to swim at a good length. I got a chance to learn how to breathe under the water and how to make my body float. I feel like it’s not too hard to swim, but it requires a little investment.
Fortunately, I still remain the habit of swimming every weekend. There are many good spots surrounding my place, so I don’t have to commute too far. Besides, swimming is such a great way to avoid the boiling hot weather of Ho Chi Minh.
Numerous reasons could be given to explain why I love doing this activity. Most important, it helps me to keep my body in shape. Swimming is a combination of hand and leg movements, which explains why it is beneficial for people who want to lose weight. In addition, since I enjoy the feeling of immersing myself in the water, I think swimming also positively contributes to my mental health. It refreshes my mind and recharges the battery needed for a new week. Last but not least, my eating habit has improved since I started swimming regularly. I actually have fewer digestive disorders and find food more delectable.
on a regular basis: thường xuyên
signed me up for: đăng ký cho tôi vào
swimming course: khóa học bơi
personal instructor: huấn luyện viên cá nhân
soak my body in the water: ngâm mình dưới nước
make my body float: làm cho cơ thể nổi
requires a little investment: đòi hỏi một ít đầu tư
remain the habit of: duy trì thói quan
spots: địa điểm
boiling hot: rất nóng
keep my body in shape: giữ thân hình cân đối
a combination of: một sự kết hợp của
lose weight: giảm cân
immersing myself in the water: đắm chìm vào làn nước
mental health: sức khỏe tinh thần
refreshes my mind: làm mới đầu óc
recharges the battery: nạp lại năng lượng
eating habit: thói quen ăn uống
digestive disorders: rối loạn tiêu hoá
delectable: ngon miệng
1. What types of sports are popular in your country? Why?
Due to the fact that Vietnamese people seem to have a healthy lifestyle, I would say that we love all kinds of sports. However, if I had to choose the most popular one, it would be soccer, which is known as the king of sport. This is because Vietnam has a collectivist culture, which means that a sense of community is very important. Therefore, they are interested in sports that can enhance team spirit.
healthy lifestyle: lối sống lành mạnh
collectivist culture: văn hoá tập thể
a sense of community: tinh thần cộng đồng
enhance: nâng cao
team spirit: tinh thần đồng đội
2. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
Well, there are plenty of advantages to playing sports. Every sport requires intensive moments, which helps to burn a great number of calories. Therefore, sports players usually have a fit body. Besides, doing exercise regularly also enhances our state of health, increases resistance to illness, and improves blood circulation. Last but not least, people can also expand their social circle by joining a club or a sports team.
intensive moments: di chuyển cường độ cao
fit body: thân hình cân đối
enhances our state of health: nâng cao thể chất
increases resistance to illness: tăng cường khả năng chống lại bệnh tật
improves blood circulation: cải thiện lưu thông máu
expand their social circle: mở rộng mối quan hệ
3. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
Probably yes. Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly busy. This means that they don’t have enough time to play prolonged sports. As a result, basketball, tennis, and football may have a reduction in the length of each match. Besides, thanks to the development of technology, it could be more e-sports that require fewer physical activities. People may have some safety concerns, so extreme sports may be no longer their cup of tea.
prolonged: kéo dài, lâu
reduction: sự giảm
match: trận đấu
e-sports: thể thao điện tử
physical activities: các hoạt động thể chất
safety concerns: lo ngại về vấn đề an toàn
their cup of tea: sự yêu thích của họ
1. What games are popular in your country?
Well, there are too many to list. However, if I had to pick the most typical one, it would be “hide and seek”. I have no clue when it was originally created, but I firmly believe that it is one of the most famous games in Vietnam. Even though it is a traditional game, most children nowadays still play it by any chance. The rule is very simple. One player closes his or her eyes for a short period of time while others find a place to hide. The seekers then open their eyes and try to find their friends.
Hide and seek: trò chơi trốn tìm
Have no clue: không có cơ sở
Traditional game: trò chơi truyền thống
Rule: luật chơi
2. Do you play any games?
Of course yes. I am passionate about speed. One of the ways to fulfill my desire is by playing racing games. However, I always try to keep it at a moderate amount of time in order to make sure that it will not negatively affect my academic performance. Actually, I have a group of friends who share the same interests as me, and we usually play together on the weekend.
passionate about: đam mê điều gì đó
fulfill my desire: thoả lắp khát vọng
moderate: vừa phải
negatively affect: ảnh hưởng tiêu cực
share the same interest: cùng chung sở thích
3. How do people learn to play games in your country?
I think observation is the best way to learn how to do something new. It’s sure that explanation and instruction are needed to be given to new players, but practice is the key to making people better at something. For example, traditional games such as “cat and mouse” do not require too many rules. Children can effortlessly learn it from their friends after joining a few rounds.
observation: sự quan sát
explanation and instruction: giải thích và hướng dẫn
rules: luật chơi
effortlessly: một cách dễ dàng
Describe a game that you used to play in your childhood.
You should say about:
– What the game is;
– Why you like playing it;
– Who you play it with;
– And explain how it is played.
There are many games that imprint in my mind whenever I talk about my younger days. However, if I had to choose one to talk about, it would be “Tug of War”.
There were various reasons why I loved taking part in this game. Firstly, I was always interested in outdoor activities, and this game requires a great amount of strength and movement, which fits me perfectly. In addition, since I had a big neighborhood with a lot of kids around my age, “Tug of war” seemed like the only game that could include all of us.
And for sure, I played the game with the kids in my neighborhood. We had a spot, an empty yard at the back of my house. As usual, right after lunchtime, we all gathered at the playground to play several traditional folk games, but “Tug of war” was still the most preferred option.
The rule is very simple. Initially, we play “rock paper scissors” to divide the group into two teams. Each team lines up along a bamboo rope, facing the other one. There is a red flag that is tied in the middle of the rope. After the hand signal is given by the referee, players will pull as hard as possible to make the red flag move back to their side. The team that is able to tug the red flag over the line will be the winner. However, the interesting thing about this game is the cheers and applause from the audience. It creates such a dynamic and fun environment. People often think this game is all about strength, but it’s actually not. People also need to have a smart strategy to win the game. To be specific, using your leg muscles is better than your arms. Moreover, mutual understanding among team members is very important. Pulling at the same time is much more effective. Also, lower positions can help you to maintain balance better.
Although I don’t play it anymore due to my hectic lifestyle, I still find it interesting to cheer people playing this game, especially at national festivals. Hopefully, this traditional game will always be played by children.
“Tug of War”: kéo co
taking part in: tham gia vào
outdoor activities: các hoạt động ngoài trời
perfectly fits: hoàn toàn phù hợp
spot: nơi, địa điểm
playground: sân chơi
traditional folk games: các trò chơi truyền thống nhân gian
rock paper scissors: oẳn tù xì
lines up: xếp thành hàng
hand signal: dấu hiệu bằng tay
referee: trọng tài
cheers and applauses: sự cổ vũ và vỗ tay
dynamic: sôi nổi, náo nhiệt
strategy: chiến lược
mutual understanding: sự thấu hiểu lẫn nhau
maintain balance: giữ cân bằng
hectic lifestyle: lối sống bận rộn
national festivals: các lễ hội quốc gia
1. Do you think it’s important for people to play games?
Certainly yes. There are a lot of games that are harmless fun, which means that they are not only amusing but also educational. For example, puzzle games are absolutely beneficial for the brain development of children, especially at an early age. This is because these games train children with different complicated levels which require them to practice their problem-solving skills.
harmless: vô hại
amusing: giải trí
educational: có tính giáo dục
brain development: sự phát triển của não
problem-solving skills: kĩ năng giải quyết vấn đề
2. What kinds of game do young people in Vietnam enjoy playing? Indoor or outdoor?
Well, I would say both, but I have to admit that because of the emergence of innovative technology, most people prefer to play indoor games. In fact, many young students nowadays are addicted to video games such as Mobile Legends, or Audition. This is because game design companies have developed features by adding lively sounds and special effects to such games, which makes them appeal to youngsters. Besides, the development of urbanization is likely to minimize spaces and playgrounds for outdoor activities, which explains why indoor games are considered a top priority.
emergence: sự xuất hiện, nổi lên
innovative technology: công nghệ tối tân
are addicted to: bị nghiện
lively sounds: âm thanh sống động
special effects: hiệu ứng đặc biệt
appeal: thu hút
urbanization: sự đô thị hoá
top priority: sự ưu tiên hàng đầu
3. Why do people play different kind of games when they grow up?
There are plenty of reasons for sure, but I believe the most obvious one is that people become busier when they grow up. As a result, they tend to prefer forms of entertainment that are convenient and do not require much time involved. Additionally, as our cognitive ability and logical thinking have developed over time, we expect to play something that is more demanding and problematic. The feeling of overcoming challenges gives people a sense of satisfaction. For example, a young adult may like to play strategic battle games rather than effortless diamond games.
forms of entertainment: loại hình giải trí
convenient: tiện lợi
cognitive ability: khả năng nhận thức
logical thinking: tư duy logic
demanding and problematic: khó khăn và rắc rối
overcoming challenges: vượt qua các thử thách
sense of satisfaction: cảm giác thoả mãn
strategic: mang tính chiến lược
effortless: đơn giản
Do you have a hobby?
Well yeah, but my hobby is not exactly the most common one. I enjoy collecting coins and notes from different countries in different eras. The reason why I am so interested in this is because I believe coins can provide a lot of information about a country's culture and history, which is extremely exciting to know about.
common: phổ thông
coins: đồng xu
notes: tiền giấy
eras: thời đại
What equipment do you need for it?
Well I don't really need much. I only need a sturdy book which can be used to keep the coins and notes in a good condition. To be more specific, it protects them from humidity in the air and accidental water spillage.
sturdy: chắc chắn
humidity: độ ẩm
water spillage: sự đổ nước
Do you think hobbies should be shared with other people?
I think it depends on the nature of the hobby. There are hobbies which require the participation of many people such as dancing or playing team sports. On the other hand, there are hobbies which would be better to be enjoyed alone, like reading or playing an instrument.
participation: sự tham gia
team sports: các môn thể thao đồng đội
Discuss your preferred pastime. You should say:
What exactly is it, exactly?
Have you been doing this for a long time?
What kind of company do you have when you’re doing it?
Also, why is this significant to you?
It is extremely hard to pick one hobby to talk about since I have tons. However, the first thing that pops up in my mind is traveling.
I guess I inherited this trait from my mom, who is a passionate traveler. Since I was a young kid, I was in many regions around the country. My mother was a teacher, and annually her school organized a trip for all the teachers and staff. Therefore, I’ve been to different famous tourist attractions so far, which sparks my interest in travel.
Unlike most people, I’m keen on traveling with both family and friends. I believe each one has its own values. My family still maintains the habit of having at least 3 vacations a year. Our favorite spot is Da Lat city, a place known for its mild weather and hospitable people. Meanwhile, I have a group of friends who share the same interest in going off the beaten track. We find it exciting to immerse ourselves in pure nature rather than being in crowded places.
There are numerous reasons why travel is a vital part of my life. Firstly, I have a pretty hectic schedule which constantly puts me under pressure, so traveling is an occasion that allows me to unwind and alleviate all the stress and burdens in my life. I’m sure that I can’t produce effective work performance without taking a break and refreshing my mind.
In addition, I always think that life is too short and there are so many things in the world to explore. It would be a waste if we don’t go out and find out how beautiful the world is. “The more you go, the more you know” is my life maxim. The feeling of trying a new local speciality or learning about a new culture or custom makes me so delightful. I literally broaden my horizons after every trip or even expand my social circle.
Even though I’m quite busy now and unable to take trips as often as I used to, I still try to travel by any chance. There are still a lot of places I have never been to, so I don’t think I’m going to quit this pastime.
pops up in my mind: xuất hiện trong đầu
inherited: thừa hưởng
tourist attractions: địa điểm du lịch
sparks my interest: khơi gợi niềm hứng thú
mild weather: thời tiết dễ chịu
going off the beaten track: đi du lịch những nơi ít người biết
vital: quan trọng
hectic schedule: thời gian biểu bận rộn
unwind and alleviate all the stress: giải tỏa mọi căng thẳng
work performance: hiệu suất làm việc
refreshing my mind: làm tươi mới đầu óc
The more you go, the more you know: đi một ngày đàng, học một sàng khôn
life maxim: châm ngôn sống
local speciality: đặc sản vùng miền
broaden my horizons: mở mang tầm mắt, kiến thức
expand my social circle: mở rộng mối các mối quan hệ
Do you believe that men and women have distinct hobbies?
Sure, I’m with that idea. Men and women have pretty much different preferences. Males tend to prefer extreme sports and demanding activities such as racing or scuba diving while females seem to be keen on sedentary and less intensive activities such as making handicrafts or cooking.
Physical condition also contributes to this difference. For example, rock climbing or wrestling may be too daunting for most women. However, there are still some exceptions. It could be a man who loves to cook or a woman who likes to become a bodybuilder
preferences: sở thích
extreme sports: thể thao cảm giác mạnh
demanding activities: các hoạt động mạnh, khó khăn
sedentary: nhàn hạ, thụ động
handicrafts: đồ thủ công
Physical condition: điều kiện thể chất
rock climbing: leo núi đá
bodybuilder: vận động viên thể hình
Why do some people become enamored with their hobbies?
Well, I think every one of us is passionate about one thing. And at a higher level, when people demonstrate effort, ambition, and determination in practicing their hobby, they may indulge in it.
Another reason is that many hobbies now become competitions. As a result, some people may find it intriguing, so they seek a sense of satisfaction when winning a game over other people. At this point, a pastime turns into a desire to overcome their own limits.
is passionate about: đam mê một cái gì đó
effort: sự cố gắng
ambition: hoài bão
determination: sự quyết tâm
indulge: say mê, đắm chìm
intriguing: thú vị, hấp dẫn
sense of satisfaction: cảm giác thỏa mãn
overcome their own limits: vượt qua giới hạn của họ
Do you believe that hobbies that keep you fit are preferable to hobbies that you can do while sitting?
No, I don’t buy that idea. Every pastime has its own values, and people can experience them as a form of enjoyment in different ways. Therefore, it is absurd to compare one to another. For example, even though reading books doesn’t involve too many movements, lots of people find it intriguing. They claim that reading book helps them to live not only their own life but also the lives of other people, which is such a great experience. Or people who are into music may argue that they prefer it since it can help to heal the pains in their souls and make their life more meaningful.
values: giá trị
absurd: nực cười, ngớ ngẩn
intriguing: thú vị, hấp dẫn
heal the pains in their souls: chữa lành vết thương trong tâm hồn
meaningful: có ý nghĩa
1. What’s the weather like today?
The weather is quite nice today actually. There was a drizzle on my way here so it has cooled down the atmosphere a little bit, since it tends to be hot at this time of the day. I wish everyday could be like this. It’d be really nice.
quite nice: khá tốt
drizzle: mưa phùn
cooled down the atmosphere: làm dịu bầu không khí
tends to be: có xu hướng
2. What’s your favourite kind of weather?
Well, I enjoy cloudy days. That’s because it’s really hot in Vietnam all the time so I get really sweaty and uncomfortable when the sun is out. On sunny days like that I just tend to stay at home.
cloudy days: những ngày nhiều mây
sweaty and uncomfortable: mồ hôi nhễ nhại và khó chịu
when the sun is out: khi mặt trời xuất hiện
sunny days: ngày nắng
3. Do you like the weather in your country?
To some extent, I guess. I mean, it can be really hot at times but overall it’s nowhere near the extreme. At least we don’t have freezing temperatures or burning hot climates here. It’s a quite habitable land to be fair.
To some extent: ở một mức độ nào đó
at times: vào một vài lúc
nowhere near the extreme: không quá tồi tệ
freezing temperatures: nhiệt độ lạnh buốt
burning hot climates: khí hậu nóng cháy da
habitable: có thể sống được
to be fair: công bằng mà nói
Describe a kind of weather you like
- What kind of weather it is?
- When this weather usually occurs?
- What you usually do during this weather?
- Explain how this weather affects you?
And explain why you like this type of weather
I don’t have a particular favorite kind of weather, it really depends on my mood, but if I have to pick then the kind of weather that I have the fondest memory with is when it’s snowing.
I experienced it for the first time around 3 - 4 years ago, when I first moved to Denmark. It was late February if I remember correctly. My roommate told me that I arrived kinda too late for snow, and that I have to wait until next winter. But then one very cold night, when I was having a glass of wine in my backyard, I suddenly noticed that there were some white flakes in my glass. At first, I even thought that it was my dandruff, but when I looked up, it was snowing. I was so overwhelmed with joy I almost threw the glass away. It may sound very cliched but I really twirled round and round, with my mouth wide open, and of course when the snow was thick enough, I even laid down and made a snow angel. It was wonderful.
Honestly speaking, of course there are certain things I hated about snow. It is mind-numbingly cold when it snows, and in my city it even reached -25 degrees. Not to mention the streets are so
muddy and slippery when the snow melts, and I stopped keeping track of how many times I slipped and fell on my butt. But then again, there are also so many things to adore about that weather. I just love waking up in the middle of the night to see everything covered with a blanket of fresh snow. It felt so serene, and I’d even be careful not to make any noise because I was afraid that just the slightest movement would ruin that moment. And not to romanticize
alcoholism, but I also can’t forget the feeling of walking under heavy snowfall and having strong liquor in my veins, it felt like I'm a firefly radiating heat and drifting through an ocean of white, it is something I think every adult should try once in their lives.
Now that I have come back to a tropical country that is Vietnam, I miss the snow a lot, but I think it’s not only the weather that I miss, but also the memories of younger days.
fondest memory: kỉ niệm thân thương nhất
flakes: những miếng vảy nhỏ
cliched: sáo rỗng, rập khuôn
muddy and slippery: nhiều bùn, trơn trợt
adore: thương mến
a blanket of fresh snow: một lớp tuyết mới
serene: thanh bình
the slightest movement: cử động nhỏ nhất
alcoholism: chứng nghiện rượu
heavy snowfall: sự tuyết rơi dày
Does the weather in your country ever affect transportation?
Not that I can remember. Like I said, the weather here is mild and by no means extreme. That’s why there has been no clear effect on transportation, unlike countries like Canada where snowstorms can block roads.
mild: ôn hoà
by no means extreme: không quá tồi tệ
no clear effect: không có tác động rõ ràng
snowstorms: bão tuyết
block roads: chắn đường
What are people’s opinions on weather forecast?
I think that is still a controversial question. In fact, people still rely on weather forecasts if they need to make plans for special occasions. However, at the same time, they doubt its accuracy. It is understandable as such technology has made several wrong predictions, and people have to experience unexpected weather changes, which makes them lose faith in the forecast. However, there are many times this tool is useful as it saves people’s lives by alerting them about upcoming natural disasters that may happen in the area.
controversial: tranh cãi
make plans: lên kế hoạch
special occasions: các dịp đặc biệt
doubt: nghi ngờ
accuracy: sự chính xác
understandable: dễ hiểu, có thể
predictions: sự dự đoán
unexpected: bất ngờ, ngoài mong đợi
lose faith in: mất niềm tin
alerting: cảnh báo
natural disasters: thảm hoạ thiên nhiên
Do you think that weather affects people's behaviour?
I completely agree with the idea that weather may influence the way people behave. If it is too boiling hot outside, people may feel irritated and be likely to get mad with others, and this can negatively affect their work performance. Besides, traffic participants tend to rush on the street to avoid the annoying humidity or heavy rain, which increases the rate of reckless drivers. In contrast, if the weather is temperate, people might feel calm and comfortable.
influence: ảnh hưởng
behave: ảnh hưởng
boiling hot: cực kì nóng
irritated: bực bội, khó chịu
negatively affect: ảnh hưởng tiêu cực
work performance: hiệu suất làm việc
traffic participants: người tham gia giao thông
rush: vội vàng, lao vào
humidity: độ ẩm
reckless drivers: những người lái xe bất cẩn
temperate: ôn hoà
Do you work or study?
I'm currently working as an intern for a marketing company. It's an entrance position so the workload is not too much and the salary is quite low. I've been holding this position for about 3 years and I’m looking forward to being promoted real soon.
intern: thực tập sinh
entrance position: vị trí đầu vào
workload: khối lượng công việc
promoted: được thăng tiến
Do you get on well with your colleagues/classmates?
Well, I have to say that I have quite a good relationship with my coworkers. We work well on team projects and are able to communicate effectively with one another. I guess this is because our personalities are quite similar and we also share a lot of common interests.
team projects: dự án nhóm
communicate effectively: giao tiếp 1 cách hiệu quả
personalities: tính cách
similar: tương đồng
common interests.: sở thích chung
Do you plan to get a job in the same field as your major?
If I have the chance, I'll definitely try to find a position which is more directly related to my field. The reason is that I want to try applying the theories learnt at school in real-life situations and see if the knowledge I learnt is actually practical or is just purely theoretical and out of touch with reality.
theories: lý thuyết
practical: thực tế
purely: thuần tuý
theoretical: mang tính lý thuyết
reality: thực tại
Describe a skill that you can teach other people
You should say
What is it?
How you learnt it?
How can you teach others this skill?
How do you feel about this skill?
A skill that I think I'm good enough to teach people would be basic cooking skills. Not the Masterchef advanced kinda cooking, but emphasize on the “basic” part.
I actually really love cooking. It all started when my mom taught me my first knife moves when I was 7 or 8 in order to help her cut fruits and other desserts. When she noticed that I picked it up really quickly, she started teaching me more simple stuff like how to properly fry an egg, how to boil veggies, how to make a basic meat stew, etc. After that, I started watching more cooking shows on TV and learned more techniques. Then, by the time I was in high school, I could already follow recipes by myself and make more complicated dishes, both traditional and foreign.
I think I could teach “basic” cooking skills because I consider it to be just a combination of basic motor skills and a keen eye. Anyone with a little patience and willingness to practice can pick it up in no time. It really isn’t rocket science. My immediate tip for you is that you should break essential cooking skills down to 3 main things: knife techniques, working with heat, and seasoning. With knives, I’d say that you should start slow, cuz if you are only cooking for yourself, there is no need to chop with the speed of light like the chefs on TV, and always pay attention to where the pointy end and the sharp edge is. With heat, it is okay to be afraid of it, but try to build your resistance up slowly, and a thick oven mitt can always come in handy when dealing with heat. And with seasoning, remember to just sprinkle them in little by little, and taste it as you go. You absolutely would not want to follow the recipe blindly and end up with the Dead Sea in your pot.
I think it is extremely important to know basic cooking skills because eating is a vital thing, and if you are content with leaving your survival in the hands of food delivery apps, then what would happen if one day you end up alone and those apps aren't available? Of course who knows if it would ever happen, but that’s some food for thoughts.
knife moves: các đường dao
meat stew: thịt hầm
combination: sự kết hợp
motor skills: khả năng vận động
keen eye: khả năng quan sát kỹ
rocket science: một điều gì đó phức tạp
heat: hơi nóng
seasoning: việc nêm nếm
the speed of light: tốc độ ánh sáng
the pointy end: đầu nhọn
the sharp edge: lưỡi dao bén
thick oven mitt: găng tay chống nóng dày
little by little: từng chút một
taste it as you go: vừa nấu vừa nếm
food for thoughts.: một quan điểm xứng đáng được suy xét
Which one do you think is more important? Practical skills or academic skills?
In this day and age, I think those two kinds of skills are equally important. We are still living in a society that very much values degrees and certifications, so good academic skills open doors to better educational opportunities, and better job opportunities down the line. It is still hellish to get a good job without a college, or even a master’s degree, regardless of what people nowadays like to say. But then again, having good degrees to get you into places is one thing, having the practical skills and experience is what sets you above the rest. For example, a teacher is someone who knows how to impart knowledge, but a good teacher is someone who can actually spark the love of learning and trigger the sense of curiosity in their students, and that is something that comes from years of trials and errors, and not from any institutions.
equally important: quan trọng như nhau
degrees and certifications: bằng cấp và chứng chỉ
academic skills: kỹ năng học tập
down the line: trong tương lai
hellish: cực kỳ khắc nghiệt
get you into places: vào được các công ty
practical skills: kỹ năng thực tế
sets you above the rest: tách mình hơn khỏi số đông
impart knowledge: truyền đạt kiến thức
spark the love of learning: khơi dậy tình yêu học tập
trigger the sense of curiosity: kích thích sự tò mò
trials and errors: thử nghiệm và sai sót
institutions: học viện
Should students be allowed to use computers at school?
Not at all, especially when students want to use their laptops or tablets to take notes. I personally think that it is something that is not suitable for every student. Even though it allows them to take notes very quickly, it does not help them to really absorb the lesson at all. Since they could note down whatever the teacher is saying as they are saying it, they just type things down absent-mindedly without really paying attention to what the important points are, so when they get home, they don’t really take the time to revise what they have learned, because they are confident that they already have the entire lesson documented, and by the time finals come, they have these walls of text that they have to digest. Some try to learn it all by heart, some just give up. Of course there are still many students who are disciplined and systematic enough with their study to use laptops, but I don’t think that probability is something teachers should bet on.
take notes: ghi chép
absorb the lesson: tiếp thu bài học
absent-mindedly: lơ đãng
paying attention: chú ý
documented: được ghi chép lại trên văn bản
walls of text: các văn bản chỉ toàn chữ
digest: tiêu hoá
learn it all by heart: học thuộc lòng
give up: bỏ cuộc
disciplined and systematic: kỉ luật và có hệ thống
probability: xác suất
bet on: đánh cược vào
Which age group is the best to learn?
As a teacher who has worked with many different age groups, I would say the age from 25 to 35 or 40, especially when they need to prepare for the IELTS test. This is because the IELTS is not only an English test, it also tests candidates on their logical thinking. Even though younger students are able to catch on and use new language points faster, they lack the living experience to generate ideas and really put what they learned to use. Meanwhile, even though more mature students are slower with remembering new vocabulary, they actually have been through enough in their life, therefore, they can better put what they learned into context and hence, generate much more coherent ideas and answers. So I always prefer teaching a class full of adults than high schoolers.
many different age groups: nhiều nhóm độ tuổi khác nhau
candidates: thí sinh
logical thinking: khả năng suy nghĩ logic
catch on: nắm bắt
living experience: kinh nghiệm sống
generate ideas: nghĩ ra được ý
put what they learned to use: ứng dụng được những cái đã học
been through enough in their life: trải qua đủ nhiều trong cuộc sống
put what they learned into context: đưa những gì đã học được vào bối cảnh
coherent ideas: ý tưởng mạch lạc
high schoolers: học sinh trung học
Do you have your own computer?
I do, actually. I mean, it's really rare to find someone who doesn't have a computer nowadays since technology has already developed so much. Everyone has to have a computer now in order to assist them in their work, study and other purposes.
already developed so much: đã phát triển rất nhiều
in order to: nhằm
assist: hỗ trợ
other purposes: những mục đích khác
What’s your favourite website?
It’s a tough question because it depends on the type of website. Like, if I want to look for news
then I'll go on websites like The Guardian. They usually deliver news quickly and accurately without much bias.
look for news: tìm kiếm thông tin
deliver news: đưa tin
quickly and accurately: nhanh và chính xác
without much bias: không có thành kiến
Do you think children should be allowed unsupervised access to the internet?
I don't really think that's a good idea to be honest. I mean, it's very difficult for children at that age to distinguish what is appropriate information for them and what's not. That's why it's easy for them to accidentally expose themselves to violent or sexual content which can pose a threat to their mental development.
distinguish: phân biệt
appropriate information: thông tin phù hợp
accidentally: vô tình
violent or sexual content: nội dung mang tính bạo lực và gợi dục
pose a threat: là một mối đe dọa
mental development: sự phát triển về mặt tâm lý
Describe a time when you had a problem with using the computer.
Today I would like to tell you a problem I had with using my computer.
If I remember correctly, it was around 2 months ago when I needed to complete a task for my boss. The issue occurred when it was very close to my deadline so I really freaked out.
To tell you more about this problem, at first, my computer worked very slowly. To be more specific, when I clicked or typed something, it would take 5 to 10 seconds to appear. It got more worrying when my computer started whirring very loudly but nothing was coming out of the air vents behind it. And suddenly there was a long beep, then my computer shut down, leaving me with my jaw on the ground. I tried rebooting it, the monitor turned on for barely 5 seconds and went dark again. And like most sensible adults, I panicked. I tried calling my boss for a deadline extension, but he did not pick up or respond to any of my texts. I called my IT friend but he was already in bed, and no matter how much I begged and nagged, he would not come over to help me fix my computer. At midnight I was already at my wits end, and with tears in my eyes, I started doing my task again from scratch, on my phone. I finished at around 5 in the morning, and I think I lost consciousness as soon as I hit the submit button. Later that day, I brought my computer to a store to have it fixed, and the problem was, there was too much dust in the air vents that the computer overheated. It only needed a little vacuuming and dusting, and then my computer sprung back to life, and luckily for me, all of my files were still safe and sound. The store told me this can be easily avoided if I would use a small vacuum cleaner frequently to keep the vents well ventilated, which conveniently were available there at a not-so-reasonable price, but I was so traumatized by the night before that I bought it immediately, only to find out that it could be purchased at plenty other hardware stores at half the price.
All in all, it was a very educational experience, and I have the habit of bringing my computer to maintenance more often now.
air vents: lỗ thông hơi
rebooting: khởi động lại
sensible adults: người lớn có lý trí
panicked: hoảng loạn
deadline extension: gia hạn deadline
pick up: bắt máy
begged and nagged: gian xin và nài nỉ
overheated: bị trở nên quá nóng
vacuuming and dusting: hút và phủi bụi
safe and sound: an toàn và yên ổn
well ventilated: thoáng khí
not-so-reasonable price: gía không phải chăng lắm
traumatized: bị sang chấn tâm lý
hardware stores: cửa hàng đồ kim khí
maintenance: bảo trì
Do you think computers make our life simpler or more complex?
I would say it is a little bit of both. On one hand, it made working and studying so much easier. We can find, store, and work with documents without much fuss, and not to mention it is also a one-stop entertainment center where you can play video games, listen to music and watch movies from the comfort of your own home. But funny enough, it brought along so many problems too. Staring at a computer screen for too long and the blue light emitting from the screen can cause eye problems and accelerate the aging process of your skin. So, we have to buy glasses to protect our eyes and wear sunscreen even indoors to protect our skin. Then the keyboard can malfunction if there is too much dust on it, so we have to buy mini vacuums, or replacing the keyboard is gonna cost you a bunch. The amount of problems that computers created is no less than the problems it solved, so I personally find it very funny.
without much fuss: không có quá nhiều phiền hà
one-stop entertainment center: nơi tụ họp nhiều hình thức giải trí
Staring: nhìn chằm chằm
emitting: thải ra
accelerate the aging process: tăng tốc quá trình lão hoá
malfunction: sự hư hỏng
vacuums: máy hút bụi
cost you a bunch: tốn rất nhiều tiền
Do you think online shopping is a good trend?
Honestly, I had my doubts before, but now I totally think that it’s amazing, particularly with the lockdown going on due to Covid-19. People can have fresh groceries, electronics, books and whatnot delivered straight to their home, sometimes only within 30 mins after you ordered. And with contactless delivery procedures, online shopping is really helping to reduce the risk of getting the virus. Before, I had my worries about product quality, but now almost all online shopping apps have very strict screening for merchants as well as product, and even if you unfortunately got scammed, most app offer really great after-sale service to help you get your money’s worth, whether by refund or guiding you to better product alternatives. What’s not to like?
doubts: sự nghi ngờ
fresh groceries: thực phẩm tươi
electronics: đồ dùng điện
whatnot: những thứ khác
contactless delivery procedures: quy trình giao hàng không tiếp xúc
risk of getting the virus: nguy cơ nhiễm vi rút
worries: sự lo lắng
strict screening: quá trình kiểm soát nghiêm ngặt
merchants: người buôn bán
got scammed: bị lừa
after-sale service: dịch vụ sau khi mua hàng
refund: hoàn tiền
better product alternatives: những phương án sản phẩm khác tốt hơn
What do you think of people who are addicted to playing online games?
I don’t mean to sound condescending or anything but I actually feel really sad and sorry for them. I absolutely do not like the fact that the general public usually paints them as lazy individuals or menaces to society. From what I have seen, people who are addicted to online games or video games in general don't just one day decide to devote all their time to games. Most of the time it’s because they feel lonely, stressed out, frustrated or maybe all of the above. Many of them even tried to reach out to friends and family, but sometimes all they get is just “Get over it”. So, they seek the thrill, companionship or just any kind of attention from playing video games. Therefore, I think that instead of villainizing online games and the addicts, we should first look into the society that made them that way.
condescending: trịch thượng
sad and sorry: buồn và tiếc
menaces to society: mối nguy hại cho xã hội
devote: cống hiến
stressed out: căng thẳng
frustrated: bực bội
“Get over it”: vượt qua điều gì đó
seek: tìm kiếm
thrill: sự xúc động, hồi hộp
companionship: bạn đồng hành
villainizing: biến ai đó thành kẻ ác
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Câu hỏi thường gặp:
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What kinds of emails do you receive about your work or studies?
Are you happy to receive emails that are advertising things?
Do you prefer to email, phone, or text your friends?
How satisfied you were with what you bought?
Why do you think online shopping has become so popular nowadays?
What are some possible disadvantages of buying things from online shops?
Gợi ý trả lời câu hỏi: What is your Favourite subject?
Có thể trả lời như sau: History was my favourite subject in my academic life. I have learned so many things from history books and started realising how important it is for us to know our past to build the future. I learned a lot from my history teachers and they were excellent tutors who always motivates us.
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