Part 1


Do you live in a house or an apartment?

I live in a flat on the 3rd floor of an old apartment building with my workmate. Though my place is not well equipped with modern facilities, I still feel satisfied with my life here. Actually, the apartment is located right in the central district, so it is quite convenient
for my daily commute.

What is your favorite room in your home? Why?

It would be my bedroom, for sure. It is a well-organized, relaxing and personal space of my own where I can curl up with a good book and zone out.

Would you change anything about your home? Why/why not?

Well, I think I want to have some indoor plants in my bedroom. They will produce a green light and a breath of fresh air in my room. Thanks to their air-purifying qualities, I may get a good nights rest.

Would you like to move to a different home in the future?

Definitely. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m sharing a flat with my colleague. To be honest, I’m a kind of person who finds happiness in silence, so I would love to live alone without any disturbances.


How many hours do you sleep every day?

I have to admit that I am not sleeping much recently, just about 5 hours a day. I’m currently working and studying at the same time. That’s why I have to deal with tons of schoolwork as well as the overwhelming workload at my workplace. And of course, this does not allow me to have much time to sleep in a day.

Is it necessary to take a nap every day?

Absolutely. I think napping is a great way to recharge my batteries and refresh my mind. For me, taking nap after long hours is like hitting the restart button in my brain.

Do old people sleep a lot? Why?

I don’t think so. Most of the elderly I know have to suffer from insomnia, which is a sleep disorder that people may have when they reach an old age. Therefore, they can hardly sleep at all.


Who gave you your name?

When it came to choosing my name, it was my dad who had the final word. Actually, most of my family members including my mom and my grandparents agreed with the name as well.

Does your name have any particular (or, special) meaning?

Yeah, it does. My name means being dutiful towards parents. I think this name is very popular in my country because there were always at least two people with the same name as me in every class that I went to.

Do you have any special traditions about naming children?

I think in Vietnam, meanings of names are very important and are believed to determine a child’s destiny. Therefore, most Vietnamese people will give a nice sounding and meaningful name, reflecting the hope of a bright future for their child.

Part 2

Describe an intelligent person
• Who the person is
• What he or she does
• Why you think he or she is intelligent
and explain how you feel about him or her


Today, I’ll take this chance to talk about Hoang, one of the smartest friends that I have ever had. Back in high school, we used to hang out a lot until he went abroad for further education.

Hoang was my classmate at high school and we got on quite well with each other as we shared a big interest – music. However, when it came to studying, everything turned out to be absolutely different. While I was doing really badly at Physics, he was considered as the most quick-witted student in this subject at my school. He always stood first in all of the exams and no other students could come close to him. Every time the teacher asked us to solve a Physics question, it never cost him more than 3 minutes to do the task. As he was quick on the uptake and understood the subject so well, Hoang was always in teachers’ good books.

Not only did he perform well in Physics but he also did brilliantly at other science subjects because of his intellectual ability. Besides, he was also a great companion during my high school time. Thanks to his helpful guidance, I finally managed to get better grades in Physics as well.

That is all I want to share.


Part 3

What could parents do to help their children to become smarter?

Well I’m not quite sure, but scientifically speaking, if children are breasted during their first years, it is very likely that they will grow up more intelligent than those drinking powdered milk. We all know a mother’s milk is highly nutritious for infants, so I guess this is a wise choice.

What kind of job do you think requires workers to be very intelligent?

Personally, I would say being a doctor requires people to be incredibly intelligent. You know, I really admire those who can bear in mind tons of medical theories and know precisely how to deal with a variety of their patents’ ailments. Intelligence and prodigious memory are greatly necessary for this occupation.

Do you think artificial intelligence will take over humans in the future?

No I don’t think so. As we can see in sci-f movies, there will be a day when AI gain control over our civilization. I mean, basically, we can predict such an undesirable prospect so we can totally prevent it from happening. I guess scientists are smart enough not to be controlled by what they devised.

Does technology make our life become better or worse?

Well, there’re two sides to every coin. I think cutting edge technology provides human beings with better living standards like modern air conditioners or eco-friendly solar vehicles. Yet, we are also suffering its negative effects, such as our kids’ addictions to social media or our over-reliance on smartphones.

Is it easy to teach old people to learn how to use modern technology?

Not quite. Most of the elderly have to face memory loss due to aging they may become absent-minded and remember hardly any of the teaching. Also, teaching them to use modern technological devices is hard because they can be seen as inaccessible. You know, there weren’t any such things back to their time.

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