Part 1

Social networking sites

Do you often use social networking sites?

Yes, absolutely. I mean, who doesn’t? I use many platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I think the main reason I use social media is to stay in touch with others and to stay updated on what is going on in the world around me.

Do social networking sites have disadvantages?

Sure. The most obvious one, for me, is that it is really time consuming. I know social network is supposed to be fun only, but the fact is I am wasting my precious time logging in such sites. And if I cannot manage my time well, my study and work may be badly affected too.

Do you think it is good to make friends online?

Well, I think whether it is labeled good or bad will depend on what people expect from a friend. If we just wish to share your thoughts, online friends can really help. But if you need something like “a friend in need is a friend indeed”, then it may not be a good idea because online friends cannot offer you any emotional support.


Do you like perfume?

I used to hate it a lot when I was younger as I could not stand strong fragrance. But when I grow older, I realize that a girl should have something called a “signature scent”. That’s the reason why I started to wear perfume almost every day.

How many bottles of perfume do you have?

Despite the fact that I love different scents of perfume, I only own one bottle of it at home. Actually, this is my most favorite ever and I always stay true to it no matter what.

What scent of perfume do you like the most?

This is absolutely the scent that I’ve just told you about. It is a refreshing blend of citrus and lemon aroma, which gives you the feeling of the wind blowing through a fruit tree in the summer. I have to say that I’m so into this scent that I’ve owned the 5th bottle of it.


Do you like Math?

Definitely. It was one of my favorites at high school. I’m not boasting about anything but actually I was the most quick-witted student on this subject in my class at that time. Though I’m now working as an English teacher, I am still interested in figures and numbers.

Do you think it is easier to use a calculator to solve Math questions?

Of course. I mean, we all know that a calculator is used for making calculations much easier. As it performs a variety of functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionstudents can save a huge amount of time when dealing with Math problems by using this tool.

Do you prefer to do Math by hands or by calculators?

I would go for calculators. With high speed and accuracy, they are absolutely a big help to do mathematical equations correctly. Actually, for me, calculators are what make Math classes less tedious.

Part 2

Describe an occasion that you travelled with your vehicle being broken down
• Who you were with
• What happened to the vehicle
• How long it took to get the vehicle repaired
and how you feel after the vehicle was repaired.


Today I would like to tell you about my ride last weekend when my bike broke down halfway back home.

It was such a bright and sunny day that I decided to take my 3-year-old bike out for a ride to enjoy the sights along the street. Unlike other scorching hot days, it was one of those rare summer days when the temperature was about 26 Celsius degree, which was perfect for a nice ride around the city. I was fairly confident that my beloved bike would take me home safely as it still looked rather new and had been running flawlessly ever since.

Following some of my favorite roads, I made my way to Ton Duc Thang Street, enjoying the views of Sai Gon River and Bach Dang Wharf along the bank. The ride went well and smoothly until I set out to return home. While riding along a secondary road, I noticed that the chain of my bike suddenly fell off. I panicked for a while, before deciding to pull over in a park nearby. At that time, I was so sweaty as the temperature began to rise. Luckily enough, I came across a bike-repair shop on the pavement just after 10 minutes of walking. The repair was quick, so I did not have to wait for so long under the harsh sun.

It was a bit disappointing that the trip turned out to be a weary one, not as perfect as I expected. Another reason which let me down was that my lovely bike broke down only after three years. I guess it needs to be maintained more frequently from now on.

That’s all I want to say. Thank you for listening.


Part 3

Do you think public transport in your country is more suitable for the elderly or youngsters?

I think it is convenient for both groups of ages. For senior residents, it can be seen that most of them are not able to control a vehicle themselves anymore. Therefore, using public transport such as buses or trains is one of their top choices. Besides, young commuters whose houses are far away from their workplace can save a huge amount of travel costs when using public transport to travel to work every day.

What kinds of public transport does your country have?

The most common type of public transport that can be seen in big cities of Vietnam is obviously buses. Needless to say, they are super convenient, especially for university students because travelling by this means of transport helps them greatly to save their budget. As far as I know, HCMC is now in progress of constructing the first metro line, with the corporation of Japanese investors. I hope this metro system will be operational soon.

Are there any problems with the public transport system in your city?

Surely there are several. Based on what I’ve noticed recently, one of the problems is that buses are too old that they release a huge amount of exhaust fumes into the air, which does great harm to the environment. That’s why the authorities should consider upgrading the bus system or replacing old ones.

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