SPEAKING – PART 2 + 3 Neighbours
Các em ơi cô Nhã lại cung cấp cho các em thêm một chủ đề rất quen thuộc trong phần thi nói của IELTS về neighbours.
Em hãy học những cấu trúc hay được in đậm (tra cứu từ điển với những từ /cấu trúc mới để nắm được cách phát âm và cách sử dụng). Sau đó hãy trả lời các câu hỏi nhưng cũng nhưng không học thuộc lòng câu trả lời mà hãy trả lời theo cách của em. Em nên làm việc nhóm với một bạn khác để bạn đóng vai trò làm giám khảo hỏi em những câu hỏi dưới đây hoặc cả hai cùng thảo luận những câu hỏi trong phần này. Dùng lại được một số cấu trúc hay mà em học được từ bài mẫu khi có thể. Em nên dùng lại các cấu trúc này càng nhiều tốt khi giao tiếp bằng tiếng Anh để có thể thực sự dùng được chúng sau này trong nói và viết. Chúc em học và nói thành thạo về chủ đề này J.
Nếu cần tìm bạn ghép nhóm để học em có thể gọi về số 0917511052 để được trợ giúp nhé. Các anh chị trợ giảng sẽ tìm nhóm học cho em. (Cô Nhã)
Describe one of your neighbours.
You should say:
how long you have known this neighbour
what sort of person they are
how often you see them
and explain what kind of relationship you have with them.
I would like to talk to you about a neighbor that lives next door to me.
I just moved into a new apartment so I didn't know anyone. But this neighbour is an old woman and she was very friendly when I first met her. She saw me move in all my things and I think she felt sorry for me or something because she offered to buy me some vegetables at the market. She said that she gets them very cheap and that I would have to pay a lot in the store. At first I told her not to buy anything for me as I didn't want to bother her but she insisted and kept assuring me that she wanted to buy vegetables for me. So finally I agreed. I was so surprised when she showed up at my door later as I was arranging my new apartment. She had an armful of onions! She told me that they are very healthy, so I gave her some money for the unions. Then she went home and I continued cleaning and unpacking. Later that day or the next day, I don't remember, she knocked on my door again. She had made a special dish from her hometown and she brought me a little bowlful. I thanked her and she seemed very happy that she could do things for me.
I think she is a very motherly type of person and it makes me feel good that even though
I live away from my family, I have a caring person Like her as a neighbor.
1. Do you think neighbours are important?
I think neighbours are very important because they are some of the people that you are around every day. If you ever have a problem you may need to ask a neighbour for help, since they are right nearby. If you are new in a place, you can always ask a neighbour where to find something. And they are also right there if you are in danger and knowing they are there might make you stronger or less afraid.
2. What are the qualities of a good neighbour?
I think the most important quality of a good neighbour is friendliness. For example, saying "Hello" when you see each other is a good quality. I often speak to my neighbours and try to be friendly because one day I might be lonely and sad, and if I have been friendly to my neighbours they will be friendly to me and cheer me up. I also like for my neighbours to be patient and honest. If I make noise and disturb them I would like them not to get angry but to just tell me that the noise is bothering them. I also think neighbors should be polite and not disturb each other unnecessarily.
3. Now that most people watch a lot of TV, how do you think this has affected relationships with neighbours?
I think TV watching has had a very bad effect on relationships between neighbours. In the old days people would go out for a walk in the evening or sit outside their houses. They would make friends and keep up with what was happening in their neighborhood. But now, many people just plop down in front of the TV in the evening and are ‘couch potatoes’. Having this kind of habit keeps people from being able to build close relationships with their neighbours and even members of their own.
4. Do you think it's important to teach children how to have good relations with neighbours?
I think it is important for children to be polite to neighbours. If your children offend your neighbours then it is hard for you to have a good relationship with your neighbours because they will be upset by what your children have done. One thing that is important for children to learn in life is how to relate to others. It is actually a good opportunity for them to learn this in their interactions with the people they live close to,relate to.
5. How has the relationship between neighbours changed over the last 20 years?
I think that 20 years ago people cared more about each other. I think that neighbours saw themselves as a kind of group to help each other. But now with so much violence and dishonesty in the world today, I think many people are afraid to get involved with others. They don't know if they might be taken advantage of or get in trouble in some way. However, I think that inside, people want to find friends and they want to love. As Mother Theresa said, "Everyone, no matter what color or creed wants to love and be loved." I believe that even though we may not be perfect, I think we all would like to live harmoniously with our neighbors and others around us.
6. What are some of the qualities of a good community?
I think the most important quality of a good community is to be unified. That doesn't mean that every single person has to think exactly the same thing, because that is not possible. But I think they should all have the same ideals. In other words, to be compassionate and concerned about each other, to want to be honest and trustworthy. I know this sounds idealistic, but if you only want to better yourself and live to make yourself rich or more comfortable, you soon find that nothing makes you happy anymore. But if you can incorporate giving into your lifestyle then you do not lose the joy of living.
7. In Vietnam, are there any facilities for improving relations between neighbours?
Well, there are some but not very many. In the old days, the people in Vietnam simply had time, and this helped to facilitate relations between neighbours. Spending time really means the most in almost any relationship. If you spend time to talk or listen, that goes far to build good neighborly relations. Of course having a place to go to mix and mingle with people your own age also helps, you can see these facilities springing up here in Vietnam.
Cô Nhã (thạc sĩ chuyên ngành giảng dạy ngôn ngữ tại đại học Queensland, Australia), giáo viên Đại học Ngoại ngữ đã có kinh nghiệm dạy IELTS hơn 20 năm. Cùng với nhóm giáo viên của Đại học Ngoại ngữ trong những năm qua cô đã giảng dạy cho hàng ngàn học sinh, sinh viên, người đi làm. Rất nhiều trong số này đã đạt được 7.5 đến 8.5 trong kỳ thi IELTS.