Greetings, my name is IELTS EZ
But I’m the American counterpart
Well. I’m your examiner today! We ran out of examiners here in the center
Sooooo IELTS EZ-ception. Haha
So, why don't you sit down and tell me your name. We can start
Right, nice to see you. My name is IELTS EZ and I'm your British counterpart
Shall we start?
Do you like to dance?
Yeah, I love dancing. In fact I can do popping and also some shuffling. You know….
...Every day I’m shuffling.....
*bẹp bẹp bẹp bẹp
Well interesting. Have you ever learned how to dance?
Yes I have
as I just told you I know how to dance and I learned how to do certain dance moves myself
I went onto youtube, watched my idols and then imitate(d) them step by step
That's how I did it
Alright, what kind of dancing do people in your country like to do?
Well I think that really depends
Youngsters in my country really love hiphop dance. You know hiphop dance right?
Popping, break dancing and stuff. But it seems like the elderly prefer traditional dance such as hat dance
where people dance with their Vietnamese conical hat
When do people in your country dance?
When do people in your country dance?
For traditional dance I think they only do it in special occasions such as celebration and stuff
but with hiphop dance I think you can see it everyday cos it’s really popular
If you go to places like Lenin park or certain playground(s)
you can definitely see young boys and girls practising hiphop dance moves there
Do people in your country dance during traditional festivals?
Yes, in most traditional festivals, we always always have one particular part for traditional dance performance
such as Hat dance or Scarf dance
Do you think there are any benefits for young people to go dancing?
I think it has COUNTLESS benefits in terms of physical health. You know dancing means lots of moves
and you kinda sweat like a pig when you dance, so, I reckon that it’s one of the best ways to keep fit
Another thing is that an impressive dance also means a creative one
so it is definitely a way to express as well as improve people’s creativity
Let's talk about other topic shall we?
Do you like parks?
Yeah, I must say that I do
places like Hanoi are really polluted these days. I can never enjoy my time that I spend outside of my house
The only place that I can do that is in a green park
I can do so many things inside a park
like relaxing, exercising, you can dance as well
so yeah. I kinda like parks
Are there many parks or public gardens near where you live?
Not that I know of
there’s only one particularly big and well-known park in HN that I know of which is Thong Nhat park
I live right next to it. Other than that I don’t know if there’s any other park worth visiting
Do people in your hometown like to go to a park?
Sure, I’m certain that they do. Especially when the environment is so damn polluted right now
every one needs some sort fresh air to breath and some kind of peaceful, tranquil place to relax
Do you often go to a park?
In the past yes, I used to be a frequent visitor of Thong Nhat park
at that time I was learning how to dance
and there were many hiphop teams and activities around Thong Nhat park
There was also a Parkour group which I was really into as well
Now I’m just too busy with my job that I can’t find time to go to any park
Did you go to parks when you were a child more often than you do now?
Yeah I think so, I am a grown-up now with so many responsibilities, job, girlfriends, family, rent, so on and so forth
so no more time for parks you know
When I was small my dad always took me there for bike rides and exercise. Good old time
but right now, you know, as I told you I have responsibilities and I have a part time job
working in an English centre so I don't have much time now to go to a park
Alright, good job myself, let's go to part 2
In this part, you know what I'll do right. I'll give you a cue card and you have 1 min to prepare and 2 mins to talk about it
Here's the cue card
Alright are you ready?
Well, let's go
I have always been good at English
I couldn’t remember how I started learning English but I can remember very clearly
how I first used English to communicate when I went abroad
It was in 2005 so It was roughly 10 years ago now. My family had a trip, I think, a 3 or 4day trip to Malaysia-Singapore
and it was a fabulous trip
I was only 8-9 years old at that time and I was super excited about my first time abroad
You know, both Singapore and Malaysia are countries that can speak English fairly well
so in many parts of the trip I saw the local people talking to each other in English
and I was wondering if there could be any chance, at all, that I could use my English to chat with them
to practise what I have learned and also to show my parents that I’m good at it... alright...
and that chance finally came, when the whole group got to a shopping mall
and the tour guide had to go some where else to take care of some unfortunate business
diarrhea, i think
he left us stranded, on our own
trying very hard to buy digital cameras
and most people in our group didn’t know any English at all so it was really funny & ridiculous
seeing them talking both in English and in broken Vietnamese (wrong, it should be the other way around: talking in Vietnamese and broken English :p)
you you me me no no come on come on =))
and I was laughing all the time. Then came the moment of realisation
and I realised that I could use my simple, textbook English to help them communicate
You know what, I did just that, just simple translation, interpretation, this and that try this try that, want this want that
And it just worked, perfectly
The group got the cameras they wanted and my parents also got what they always wanted as well
a good camera, and a perfect son who can speak good English, muahahaha (that's silly laughing)
Not just that, after selling many cameras to many people
the owner of the shop was really thankful to me, he was grateful, and he offered me a CANON backpack (bag) (*just backpack or bag is enough)
that I used for school later on
well I got the bag for free though, it was like a gift
and it was such a nice experience for me that I can never ever forget about it
If I could turn back time, you know, that would be one of the first memories that I would love to relive
Alright, so, besides English,what other foreign languages do some people in your country study?
I reckon Vietnamese people do study many other languages other than English
and I believe those languages are, well firstly Chinese, the second one is Japanese and then Korean
Can you explain why people learn foreign languages?
Sure, I guess there are two main reasons why people do that
the first reason is related to either business or study
You know people might go abroad to start a business there
or maybe the foreign people may go to our country to start a business here
and then people might go abroad to study, now that happens a lot in my country (x2 - I don't know why @@)
many students have to go abroad to work and to study
so the first thing they do is to learn the language of their destination, you know where they go to
the second reason, which I think is (also) reasonable
is that many youngsters fall in love with the foreign country’s culture or language and they just decide to learn the language voluntarily
without any other reason
for example many young girls I know love Korean movies and they decide to learn Korean
for no particular reason whatsoever
they do it just to understand what their "oppa" say
Do you think it's really useful (or, important) to study a foreign language?
I think, I suppose it is a must to study a second, or a third language nowadays. The world has become smaller than ever
it’s like a village now, really easy to travel to another part of the world and stay there forever
If you know another language other than your own then I think it would be a plus in your CV at least , or your life
It kinda makes your life easier and opens more doors
Which do you think is more important, learning to speak a language or learning to write it?
well I think it really depends on the situation. I mean If you go abroad and study or work in an office
then it is a must that you know how to read or write
Because you’ll need to use written communication sooner or later, right?
But if you travel abroad for leisure purposes
or if you go there just to work as a cleaner or some other blue-collar jobs
then it might be more practical to be good at speaking rather than writing. It saves you more time
At what age do you think is best for a person to begin to learn a new language?
Well I think the answer would be as soon as possible
You know, the younger we are, the better and quicker we learn. Well I experience this myself
In the past I was able to switch from American to British accent in only 4 months
So before, prior to my arrival in the UK
I used to speak with American accent, but after just 4 months I was able to switch to British accent completely
no one was able to detect my AA
But after years of speaking with only one accent and after reaching adulthood, you know, when I'm a grown-up already
I find it extremely hard to switch back to American accent
You see, it’s just a real life example sitting in front of you to show you the point that
it’s better to learn things when you’re a child
How do you think teachers could make language classes at school more successful (or, more interesting)?
I think teachers should put themselves in the position of their students
Like walk a mile in their shoes before the teaching
this is to make sure that teachers understand what students need
before throwing unnecessary, boring information at the students
especially when the students are in secondary school
you know during that time, their brain needs constant stimulation to find lessons worth studying
so maybe, more games, more fun facts, to name but a few