Part 1


Are you a student or do you work?

I’m a student at Foreign Trade University, which is located on Chua Lang street. My school is about 5 kilometers away from where I live.

Do you enjoy what you study?

Not really. I don’t think what I am learning is practical and there is always a lot of homework and deadline. But my friends at school are really nice. They are the main the reason for me to go to class.

Street market

Are street markets common in Vietnam?

Yes. Street markets and supermarkets coexist in Vietnam because people prefer to have more than one option for grocery shopping. Street markets offer a variety of products from food to clothing. Most of the goods here are dirt-cheap.

What is usually sold there?

As I mentioned before, mostly groceries. However, There is another kind of street market, the night market, which is a must-visit place for tourist. These open-air markets are a heaven for shopaholics with lots of accessory shops.

Part 2

Describe a time someone gave you money as a gif
• When you received money
• Who the person was
• Why he/she gave you money
And how did you feel about the gift


Let me tell you about the time my parents gave me some money as a present.

So you know during Tet holiday, adults often give children red envelopes with paper money inside. Traditionally, these notes are a bless for a new year of good health, luck and happiness. However, this custom has become something ugly as many children do not understand such gestures and think of these gifs as nothing more than some extra pocket money. I was no exception.

For years, my parents have always been the most generous people when it comes to the amount of money I received in these red envelopes. Sometimes they gave me a million VND, which was like a fortune to a kid at the time. However, about five to six years ago, when I received a two dollar note, which was about 40 thousand VND, from my parent’s envelope, I was super disappointed. No further explanations were given for the lost of the lion share of my “income” during Tet that year.

Once I have to start giving out money, I begin to understand what my parents was trying to teach me. Kids need to realize that lucky money are only meant for good luck. I hated to see that the first thing many kids do after receiving my envelopes is to immediately check how much they “earn”. My future kids, therefore, should not expect a thick envelope from me during Tet.


Part 3

Do you think money management skills are important?

Absolutely. Knowing how to manage money properly is an essential life skill, you know. It helps us avoid getting into financial issues in the future. For example, many people cannot stop themselves from purchasing unnecessary items , you know. A person who have great money management skills, on the other hand, will save up some money in case of emergencies.

Do you think cash will be replaced by credit cards in the future?

I believe payment by cash will be a thing of the past. Most developed nations has managed to establish cashless societies where credit cards or mobile payment are more commonly used than cash. Cashless payment needs a boost in Vietnam since most Vietnamese people are still used to carrying a lot of money at all times.

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