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WRITING TOPICS

1. An interesting neighbor ( người hàng xóm ưa thích)


I live in a countryside area where people are quite close to each other and they often try to maintain
a strong neighborhood relationship. One of the neighbors I admire and find most interesting is Mr
A.In my neighbor, we know almost each and every people living there, what they do, what they like
and also their characteristics and personalities. Mr A’ s house is just opposite to mine, and I meet
him almost everyday. He is around 60 and he is a retired teacher. He lives in his house alone with a
cat and two dogs. He loves do gardening and he is in his gardoen all the time. He plants a variety of
flowers and vegetable. Sometimes, he brings what he grows to everyone in the village as a gift.
Whenever he has free time, he often find someone to talk to. He talks about everything and he also
give good advices to young people. I also heard a lot of stories from him and I learned so many
valuable things. He is sometimes a close friend, sometimes a mentor and sometimes a guardian. I
like him because of our unclaimed friendship, his personality, honesty, morality and his great
mind.

2. A memorable birthday celebration ( ngày sinh nhật đáng nhớ)


Birthday is always special to all of us. This is the day when we are the center of everyone’s
attention. Like everyone, my birthday is often with candles, songs, gifts, flowers, family and friends.
However my 18th birthday may be the most memorable and the most special one in my life. It was
not the gifts that people brought me but their love and care made me happy and grateful. In the
morning on my birthday, we went for shopping and my parents spent heavily on me. We had a
small party with some of my close friends as usual in the afternoon. After the delicious meal I began
opening everyone’s gifts. What I received made me really surprised. In each gift box, I received a
long letter from the owner. My parents said that I was not a child any more, and they were really
proud of me. My brother and sister also wrote to me with the words from the bottom of their heart.
And my friends, they told me the story of friendship through a video and photos they had prepared
before. I will never forget that great 18th birthday.

3. Difficulties at work ( khó khăn trong công việc)

Teaching is a hard job with long hours (with no overtime). It’s no way a 9-5 job (nor a 7-3 job). My
job starts way before the students enter the classroom, and it starts again when the students leave the
classroom. I work after school and I work at home at night. Most of the work has to do with
preparing lessons, contacting parents, grading papers, going to numerous meetings, extra help for
students, dealing with tons of administrative paperwork, etc. etc. etc. I feel like the time I spend in
the classroom with students is like the end result… you’ll have a good lesson and good rapport with
the students because you did all your ‘homework’.

4. Vietnamese’s traditional festival(s) ( lễ hội truyền thống ở VN)

Tet is one of the most important festivals in my country. It is a big holiday that celebrates the arrival
of spring in VN every year. It usually last about a week.There are a lot of popular customes of
Vietnamese people on Tet holiday. For example, they often visit their relatives, friends and temples.
Some people visit the graves of their ancesters in their homeland. Before Tet holiday, people
decorate their house carfefully to have wonderful time with their family. On Tet holiday, many
traditional food such as chung cake, spring roll or boiled chicken are also served. Perhaps, Tet is the
time for members of family to gather, so it is the most expected festival in a year. In conclusion, Tet
is not only the biggest but also the most essential festival in Vietnam.
5. Traffic problems in Ha noi ( vấn đề xe cộ ở HN)

Nowaday, traffic problem is the biggest problem that many people care about. In VN, I think the
city where have the worst traffic is Ha noi.The first problem is the traffic jam here. Why? In the
rush hours of the day, there're too many people using the road. Last year, in 2013, many bridges was
built so it happen less but in order to stop this, a kind of small car should be invented, people should
go to works by buses instead of going by motorbikes... The second one, as you know, the roads in
VN is not as big and clean as the roads in the big countries. They're narrow, bumpy and some dirty
so it’s really hard for the road users to drive safely. I think we should raise money to make the road
in VN better and better. But everyone knows that Vietnamese people are not respect and don’t
follow the traffic rules. That’s the biggest reason for everything. They wear the helmet that not
strong enough to keep they safe if the accident may happen, they ride too fast on the small roads…
The traffic will never can be improve if they keep doing this. At the end, I hope the traffic in VN
will improve more.

6. Your hometown or village ( miêu tả về quê huơng)

I live in a town called Hoa Mac, which is in a suburb area. It's really nice and quiet. There are a lot
of rice fields and some shops. We have some bus stations with different buses. A bus comes every
30 minutes, so it's quite convenient. We have few tourist atractions, but some great places to go,
such as the town’s library with many kinds of books and materials or the football ground the young
people to play in. I used to go there almost every day when I was a kid.Most people in my area
commute to the city and work there. They're mostly office workers. Often mums or older people in
my town work at local shops, supermarkets and drug stores, for instance. I'd say it's a nice place to
live because it's quite pretty and greenery compared to the city. My town also has a great access to
the city. It takes only half an hour to get there.

7. Benefits of doing sports ( lợi ích của thể thao)

No one can deny the benefit of doing sports. Firstly, it's keeping fit. Doing sport is a great workout
because you need to move your whole body. It keeps your heart rate up, builds endurance, muscle
strength and remains the sport least likely to cause injuries in people. In addition, doing sport is also
an effective way to relax. For example, when you swim, you have to dip yourself in cool water, let
your mind wander and focus on nothing, you'll be comfortable. Doing sport may give you a chance
to be with your family or with some friends, you can improve your relationship by this recreational
activity. In short, it has so many benefits that all everybody should learn some certain sports.

8. Ways of learning English (cách học tiếng anh hiệu quả)

English is an international language. Nobody can succeed in life without knowing English well.
Now, it is the demand of time to know English well. The necessity of learning English can not be
described in words. To get a good job, English is must. Besides, to run business with any country,
English is the only language of communication. However, for all these reasons, we must learn
English well. To learn English well means to develop some basic skills of English language such as
by reading, writing, listening and speaking. To develop these skills we have to learn vocabulary,
basic rules of grammar and sentence patterns. We know that practice makes a man perfect. To
develop these skills, practice is essential. To develop reading skill, we need to make the habit of
reading English books and newspapers. To develop writing skill, we should write regularly. To
develop writing skill, we should write regularly. To develop listening skill, we should listen various
English programs and news. To develop speaking skill, we should speak in English everyday. Thus,
we can learn English well.

9. Advantages and disadvantages of the internet ( lợi ích và tác hại của internet)

Nowadays, the Internet, which has many benefits and some drawbacks is becoming popular all over
the world. For one thing, it can provide a lot of information and some kinds of entertainment for us.
Instead of using the traditional media like newspaper, we can use the Internet to surf web to get
information. When you have free time, you can relax by listening to music and plalying games.
Furthermore, through the Internet we not only keep in touch with friends and family but also share
the opinions or photos with each other. Beside the advantages, it also has some disadvantages. It can
make us lazy. We only want to use the internet to get information instead of thinking
independently.In addition, we can waste too much time sitting in front of computer to read
newspaper or playing games. In short, I think the internet will be useful to us if we know to use it
effeciently.

10. Ways of relaxing ( các cách thư giãn)

I have several ways to relax. I use them according to my mood and circumstances. I enjoy walking
while listening to music or a podcast. I love yoga. I am just getting into meditation. It’s still a bit
hard for me to quiet my mind. Writing in a journal is one of the best ways for me to decompress and
relax after a particularly tough day. I also love to get lost in a good book. I find that the best results
for relaxation always come from a physical activity (ie. walking, yoga) and something that relaxes
me mentally. Most of the time this is writing, meditating, or doing some kind of art project. I have
to say that it’s tough to make the time to relax sometimes; but it is so very important.

SPEAKING TOPICS
1. Your favorite hobby and why you enjoy it. ( sở thích và lý do yêu thích nó)

There are a lot of sports but I myself like swimming very much because it is interesting and
healthful.Swimming is an amazing sport that does not cost us too much to take it on. All we need is
an appropriate swimming suit and pair of swimming goggles. I usually go swimming at the
swimming pool near my house in the early morning 2 or 3 times a week.There are many swimming
styles. But I can swim front crawl and butterfly very well. I am training myself to be good at the
other interesting styles of swimming.After one hour of swimming, I feel refreshed and pleasant,
which helps me prepare well for the hard studying day. Besides, swimming can bring us good
health, strong muscles and a sound mind. It also helps us keep fit. For the excitement and benefits I
have when I go swimming. Therefore, I love swimming the best.

2. Describe the best friend ( miêu tả người bạn thân nhất)

I have had many friends in life, many have come and gone, but there is one friend that has remained
to be loyal through thick and thin. Her name is Hang. She is outspoken and outgoing, the complete
opposite of my character. I am quite shy and reserved. The more time we spent together the more
our friendship grew. We have remained the best of friends since then and though we argue and
disagree about some things, we always find a solution and our friendship continues to grow.With
ever no doubt I will love my best friend until the day I die, until the day I can no longer stand, until I
can become dust in the wind, until the highest of the high sends his angels to come and take my
soul.

3. Why is it necessary to learn English? ( tại sao tiếng anh lại quan trọng)

English is considered the most common language in the world. Almost every countries learn this
language to communicate with each other, therefore the role of English is very important to our life,
expecially to the young one. Learning English give us a better chance to get a well-paid job. English
help us to communicate with people from different countries, to travel around the world without the
barrier of language. Besides, if we want to enrich our knowledge, English can help us a lot. Many
books and materials are written in English, therefore people with good english may discover so
many things from this. Learning a second language as English can also help to activate our brain
and make us smarter. In short, it is necessary to learn English, not only for your future job but also
for other spiritual benefits.

4. Describe the house/flat where you live. ( miêu tả ngôi nhà nơi bạn sống)

Well, I am living in a small flat, only approximate 40 square meter. In fact, it is a beautiful flat.
There is a living room where I has been hung a lot of picture of my family and friends. Plus I also
decorate some flowers on the wall and on my desk in front of the window. I sleep there sometime.
Besides, there are a bathroom, a kitchen and upstairs. On top of that I can also add that there is a
front yard that I have been sharing with my neighbors which means neighbors' children often come
here to play their favorite games, especially football. Something else that I need to comment on is
that there is a back small garden. So actually, it is the most wonderful part of my flat where I often
grow little flowers, bonsais and have small parties with my friends at weekends.

5. Talk about an important city in your country ( nói về tầm quan trọng của thành phố ở VN)

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It’s quite nice and large. The city always busy and have many
populations. The city located on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi locates at 1760 km north of
Ho Chi Minh City. The city has the weather of northern Vietnam, the summer are hot and wet, the
winter quite cold and dry. The summer in Hanoi is very long, from May to August and has the
heavy rain are 1680 millimetres. The winter are short, cold, dry while spring can bring rains. The
autumn in Hanoi is the best season in a year, romantic and very cool. Hanoi is also has some notable
famous museums: National Museum of Vietnamese History, Vietnamese Museum of Evolution, Ho
Chi Minh Museum. There are so many places for entertainment in Hanoi can find easily in the city.
Modern and traditional theaters, cinemas, karaoke bars, dance clubs, bowling alleys, and many
shopping centres for both locals and tourists. Hanoi has been named as one of the top ten cities for
shopping in Asia by Smart Travel Asia. Hanoi has rich food and many Vietnam’s most famous
cuisines, such as ”pho”, ”cha ca”, ”banh cuon” and ”com”.

6. Your favorite way of relaxing ( cách ưa thích của bạn đề giải trí)

Music is one of the most important and powerful things in my life. My life without melodies and
harmonies would be totally empty. I love listening to music while on my way to school, I believe
music has the ability to convey all sorts of emotion. Whether the emotion is joy and happiness or
sadness and despair through rhythms, harmonies and the lyrics music shows it. The effect that music
can have on our emotions is tremendous, as it can bring people to floods of tears or bursts of
laughter.The musical images that music and song are able to create are amazing. Music has the
ability to transport me back in time just like a time machine. It lets me revisit lost and forgotten
moments in life. Songs can paint a picture, for example in classical and country music where a story
is being told. I believe music effects people in many different ways. To me music is more than just
something to listen to or play, it’s something to feel. Music is extremely important in my life.

7. What do you think of the weather in VN ( thời tiết ở việt nam)

There are 3 region in Viet Nam: north VietNam, south VietNam and middle Vietnam. The weather
is different betwen each region. In North Vietnam, there are 4 season: Summer, winter, spring and
autumn but there are only 2 season in South and middle Vietnam. I love winter because the winter is
beautiful and the cold of winter will be people near together. it is not too cold so there isn't snow in
the winter in vietnam. In winter we get to wear warm clothes and have comfortable sleeps on
mattress bet with quilted blanket.In summer, it is hot. There are many play in the Summer:
swimming, foodball, camping... there are many colour in summer especially the colour of clothes,
we will get to wear many model clothes.And spring season. it is special season beacause there is a
big holiday in the season, do you know?.. Tet holiday. Tet holiday is biggest holiday in a year in
Vietnam. Tet holiday begin at top of spring season and finish 7 day after. And there is an important
day in spring, do you know, i thing that you know, it is velentine day. In autumn, it is wet and sky
clear. The trees are beginning shed their leaves.

8. What form of transport are the most suitable for cities? Why? ( phương tiện giao thông
phù hơpj ở thành phố)

Nowadays, society is developing, people have lots of form of transportation such as: car, motorbike,
bicycle, bus and so on. Every people have a different choice and I think bus is a good choice.
Today, our city have lots of bus, it go through most of district in the city so your travel will be
become easier and cheaper. Before having the bus, we must pay lots of money for travel and now,
everything become easier, we only pay a little money. Using the bus we will never be affect from
sun, wind and dust. Everything has two sides: good and bad. Beside the good thing, using the bus
also bring lots of bad thing such as we take lots of time for travel or even you must stand on all the
way. But it can't deny the benefits of bus. In conclusion, the bus is a good choice. Don't pay lots of
money, protect your health. The bus bring lots of benefits so the bus is my choice for cities.

9. What are the benefits of cylcling to work. (lợi ích của việc đạp xe đi làm)

It can’t be denied that cycling to work brings us a lot of benefits. First of all, cycling to work is the
cheapest way compared to other transportation. We don’t have to pay for bus ticket, for petrol used
to run car engine or even for parking. Secondly, cylcling to work is as good as taking exercise
everyday. It helps to boost our mood, promote weightloss, build muscles, and also activate our brain
power. Last but not least, cylcing to work can also save time if we work in a busy city where rush
hours are very often. We don’t have to get in the car, sit in traffic, and queue to get into the parking
lot. Cycling to work aslo help to reduce polllutants released in to the environment. Due to these
obvious benefit, we should find a chance to cycle to work as often as possible.
10. Give some advantages and disadvantages of travelling by airplane? ( lợi ích và tác hại của
việc đi máy bay)

Nowadays, there are many means of transport to travel around the world such as train, ship,car,
airplane, ect. Almost all people choose airplane. But in fact, it has both advantages and
disadvantages.Traveling by air brings us many advantages. First of all, it is fast. We can travel to
anywhere in few hours. If we travel by car or ship, it will take few days. Secondly, we have many
comforts. We can listen to music, read books or play games on the plane. Thirdly, the plane has
much convenience. The flight attendants are always friendly, we can "call" them when we need.
Moreover, some meals on the plane taste well.On the other hand, we cannot deny the negative
impact traveling by air will bring. Firstly, the cost of the tickets is not cheap, especially travel to
other country or other continent. It amounts to hundreds of dollars or even millions. In addition, we
cannot be able to see beautiful sights on the way. The sights below become very small, cities are
small, mountains are small too, everything is small. But when we travel by ship or car, we can see
all beautiful sights. Finally, it maybe able to contract disease, it can spread the diseases best. You
can be contracted a virus that appeared from the other continent. In conclusion, there are both pros
and cons of traveling by air. People should choose the suitable means and that means suits their
standard.

11. Which season do you like best in a year? Why? Which activity can you.......season?

(mùa nào bạn thích nhất trong năm? Tại sao)

I am from a tropical country and we have four main seasons, that is summer ,winter, autumn and
spring. I always love the summer here in our country. I do enjoy the warm breeze of summer. I love
going to beaches, to falls, to mountains. I am a solo backpacker and I find peace in travelling to
different natural attractions during summer. Summer is also the season of flower and trees , so I can
eat many fresh fruits and enjoys flower blossom. Besides, summer is also the time for traveling and
camping. I love go out side with my friends and family in this season. Though sometimes it’s quite
hot, summer is great to me.

12. Talk about your free time activities. ( nói về những hoạt động trong thời gian rảnh rỗi)

Watching TV is one of the activities I like to do in my spare time. I enjoy watcing cartoon on
Saturday mornings and sport programs on Sunday afternoons. I also watch TV during the week after
I have finished all my school work. At night, I especially like to watch movie and situation
comedies. If I have a lot of work, I try to arrange my schedule so that I can watch at least one of my
favorite shows. Watching TV is not the only activity that I do in my spare time. I also make paper
flowers and go shopping with my friends. How ever when I have spare time, I spend more time
watching TV than other activities. Watching TV can help me not only relax but also build me a
huge knowledge of the open world.