Part 1: Having discussions
1. What topics do you like to talk about?
As I’m passionate about fashion and beauty, I can have endless conversations with my girlfriends about the latest fashion trends around the world. I also love to exchange ideas about my favorite books and movies.
- Be passionate about s.th: đam mê điều gì
2. Have your discussion topics changed since you were a child?
Well, yes and no. I still have had the same hobbies and interests since my childhood so my friends and I often hold conversations about the latest comic books and movies. But as a grown-up, now I also discuss social issues and diurnal responsibilities.
- Grown-up (n): người lớn
- Diurnal (adj): hằng ngày
3. Do you change your opinion frequently?
4. Do you prefer to talk or listen?
In general, I think I am more of a listener, because I find it pretty difficult to come up with ideas to talk about, especially with new friends. But when I’m around my besties, I become much more open and talkative.
- More of a + N: có xu hướng là điều gì hơn
- Come up with s.th: nghĩ ra điều gì
Part 2: Describe an interesting discussion that you had with friends
You should say:
- Who you spoke to
- Where you were
- What the conversation was about
And explain why you think it was interesting
Let me tell you about an occasion when I had a group discussion with my old friends from high school.
It was a Sunday evening when my friends and I decided to get together for a reunion after 5 years apart. We have all been caught up in our work so having such an opportunity to sit back and enjoy ourselves was like gold dust.
We were catching up with each other’s life updates and laughing whilst looking back at our carefree school days. All of the sudden, one of my friends expressed his concern about the future as he was under a lot of peer pressure. We then all manifested our insecurities and problems, trying to let him know that we had all been going through such a hard time during our 20s. After that we decided to write down our dreams and goals and talked about how specific, realistic, achievable, and meaningful they were. We jotted a plan of the resources that we had and the efforts that we would make to reach them, and we then gave out our best wishes to boost each other’s confidence.
It was a conversation that was not only interesting but also enriching. It gave us a new, positive outlook on life. The entire conversation was inspiring and full of new visions and promises and that was what made it fascinating. Thanks to that short meeting with my besties, I was able to find my inner peace, knowing that I was not alone during my journey and that I must do my utmost to achieve my life goals.
Có thể bạn quan tâm:
- Get together (v): gặp gỡ nhau
- Be caught up in s.th: bị cuốn vào gì đó
- Be like gold dust: hiếm có
- Catch up with s.o/ s.th: bắt kịp với ai/ cái gì
- All of the sudden: đột nhiên
- Peer pressure (n): áp lực đồng trang lứa
- Manifest (v): làm lộ ra, bày tỏ
- Insecurities (n): những sự bất an
- Enriching (adj): có tính xây dựng
- Inner peace (n): sự bình yên trong tâm hồn
- Do one’s utmost: cố gắng hết sức
Part 3: Having discussions
1. Is it good to discuss problems with other people?
Well, I believe that the main reason for confiding in others about our personal problems is to find the best solution. True, we are capable of dealing with our own problems, but we can also make some rash decisions on our own. As a result, such decisions may result in worse scenarios and, in some cases, even ruin a person’s life. For example, when it comes to choosing a life partner, we tend to let our hearts guide us rather than our minds. This emotion-based option, on the other hand, appears stunning until that life partner reveals themselves to be a violent, belittling one. We are much more likely to choose a much better person if we consult with some trusted friends and relatives.
- Confide (v): tâm sự
- Rash decision (n): quyết định cẩu thả, thiếu suy nghĩ
- Emotion-based option: sự lựa chọn dựa trên cảm xúc
2. Do you think that it’s better to talk to friends and not family about problems?
Well, I believe we can discuss our problems with whoever we truly trust, whether it is friends or family because problems derive from a variety of sources. When a problem arises in the social circles of friends or love, it is best to talk to a good friend because he or she may understand the issue better than parents, who are from an older generation. On the contrary, if the issue is about healthcare or career choices, we can rely on family members because they have the financial resources and experience to help us out. As a result, before deciding who to talk to, we must clearly define the origins of our problems.
- Derive from s.o/ s.th: xuất phát từ ai/ cái gì
- Rely on s.o/ s.th: dựa/ tin tưởng vào ai/ cái gì
3. Is it always a good idea to tell lots of people about a problem?
No, absolutely not. Despite the fact that speaking out about our problems will make us feel less burdened in heart and mind, this foolish action will have negative consequences. People are already up to ears with a lot of work, and it’s unfair to keep someone bothered by our problems. In addition, when our secrets are divulged to the public, there can be fair-weather friends who would leave us in adversity and even take advantage of the problem to gain the upper hand.
- Burdened (adj): cảm thấy có gánh nặng
- Be up to ears: cực kì bận rộn
- Fair-weather friends: bạn bè giả tạo
- Take advantage of s.o/ s.th: lợi dụng ai/ cái gì
- Gain the upper hand: chiếm ưu thế
4. Which communication skills are most important when taking part in meetings?
I think people should all learn to respect others before they have an axe to grind. Let’s say 10 people are in a meeting at work, and if everyone wants to contribute opinions into the discussion and but nobody stays calm to listen and pose constructive questions, the meetings will become a complete shamble that never brings any value but a negative atmosphere. What’s more, the ability to speak kindly and calmly will be another important factor when joining any kind of group discussion. When you know how to express yourself in a friendly manner, your suggestions are much easier to be approved.
- Have an axe to grind: bày tỏ quan điểm
- Constructive (adj): có tính xây dựng
- Shamble (n): cuộc hỗn chiến
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