TOPIC 16- Talking about a person you were nervous to meet

TOPIC 16- Talking about a person you were nervous to meet

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

You should say

Who is this person?

When did you meet this person?

Where have you met him or her?

Why did you meet with the person, and what made you worried?


I am keen on music; I can immerse myself in music every day to unwind. One of my favorite singers is My Tam, who is a vocalist, and she is really famous in Viet Nam. I remember being super nervous, as she has been one of my idols and has been an inspiration since I was a teenager.

Several years ago, I traveled to Hanoi and spent my summer vacation with my family members. During my stay there, I was lucky enough to go to her live concert. I was awestruck by the glamour of the event, with a huge crowd gathering at the event.

More importantly, I was attracted by her warm and high voice. She is so beautiful, nice, and friendly with fans.

After the live concert, I had a chance to talk to her. That was my first time getting close to her and interacting with her. At that time, I felt like I wouldn’t be able to make any sound. She was very pleasant and made me feel comfortable.

I asked her several questions, and she kindly replied.

This was definitely one of the most nerve-racking experiences I’ve ever had. And it was also exhilarating.


Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. Have you ever had the chance to meet her since that time?

Unfortunately, not. But hopefully, I would like to meet her someday when I have a chance.

  1. What should a person pay attention to when meeting an important individual, like a teacher or boss, for the first time?

I think that it’s very important to be polite, attentive, make eye contact, and be smartly dressed when talking to anyone for the first time, especially a teacher or an employer.

  1. Why is it?

I reckon that they must feel honesty and respect from the individual so that it sets the foundation for a positive relationship going forward. I really pay attention to those myself.

  1. How well can a person evaluate someone based on the first meeting?

As the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I think that we can gauge someone’s character based on their appearance to know what kind of person they are and their body language because body language speaks much louder in just a few seconds. It can convey whether they are confident, intelligent, or not.

  1. Is it always true?

I think most of the time, because appearance and body language are also forms of communication and clearly represent who this person is.

  1. In what ways has meeting people for the first time changed from 30 years ago?

Technology has had a huge impact on people’s first hook-ups over the past three decades.

Nowadays, people often meet online instead of in person through social apps like Facebook, Instagram, and so on.

  1. How has this impacted relationships?

Research studies have shown that technology can help couples manage conflict better, communicate better, and feel closer to one another.

Technology can have a negative impact on a relationship by being a big distraction for either party. Instead of having important conversations, one or both partners are more focused on their phones and checking social media. Lastly, heavy use of technology can actually lead to negative mental health issues such as obesity, health issues, and sleep problems.

Meeting virtually for the first time affects people’s expectations since it’s hard to know whether that person is genuine or not.

People fake their profiles and their pictures to present unrealistic images to others.

  1. How does technology bring people closer together?

Technology does bring us closer to family, friends, and acquaintances, as it easily gets in touch with those we have not communicated with in a long time. For those who live thousands of miles apart from one another, technology has made it easy for people to communicate with ease.

  1. Does technology make people more connected?

Besides making people feel connected, they also provoke feelings of isolation and loneliness. Technology can make people feel more dependent on social connections than on real-life connections.

  1. What are the dangers of online relationships?

Online dating has become a serious problem, with people exposing themselves to the risks of fraud, scams, and sexual abuse.

  1. Is it OK that I have no friends?

In my opinion, people need at least a little human contact in order to thrive, like getting some help when they are in trouble. If you’re not totally isolated, though, and your lack of friends doesn’t trouble us, it can be perfectly fine to be satisfied with our own company.

  1. Can humans be happy alone?

From my point of view, to be happy alone, experts say that it can help to try exercising, spending time in nature, or volunteering. Taking a break from social media or adopting a pet can also help you feel less lonely. However, if we are struggling to feel happy alone, it may be worth seeking medical help.

  1. What are the benefits of building relationships with people in the community?

Knowing people in the neighborhood is definitely advantageous for building a sense of security and belonging.

In case of emergencies, it’s very beneficial to be able to rely on people close by for help.

For example, my family is quite tight with the neighborhood, which is very helpful in many cases. 2 months ago, my neighbor helped my dad fix the roof of my house.

  1. Are there any negatives?

Sometimes it can be noisy or judgmental. It’s a drawback of a tight community, but it’s less important than the benefits I mentioned.

  1. How has technology impacted the way people network?

Technology has a significant effect on the way people build and establish their social groups, especially through communication channels that didn’t exist before the advent of the internet.

To connect with someone in society today, we have many more efficient options at your fingertips. We can send them a message on social media, text them, video chat with them, email them, or put a call through. These new methods can help you keep in touch with loved ones, especially if you’re living alone.

  1. Is this a good development?

It’s positive for most parts because it gives additional tools for staying in touch that didn’t exist before.

The only downside is that you rely on technology to communicate with others and get less human contact than ever before.


  1. to unwind (/tuː ʌnˈwaɪnd/): thư giãn, nghỉ ngơi.
    Example: After a long day at work, I like to unwind by taking a relaxing bath or reading a book.
  2. a vocalist –n- (/ə ˈvoʊkəlɪst/): ca sĩ.
    Example: The vocalist captivated the audience with her beautiful singing voice.
  3. Awestruck –adj- (/ˈɔːˌstrʌk/): kinh ngạc, sửng sốt.
    Example: When she saw the magnificent sunset, she was awestruck by its breathtaking beauty.
  4. nerve-racking-adj- (/nɜrv ˈrækɪŋ/): căng thẳng, gây áp lực.
    Example: Taking a driving test can be nerve-racking, especially for new drivers.
  5. set the foundation for (/sɛt ðə faʊnˈdeɪʃən fɔr/): đặt nền móng cho.
    Example: Early childhood education sets the foundation for a child’s future academic success.
  6. gauge someone’s character (/ɡeɪʤ sʌmˈwʌnz ˈkærɪktər/): đánh giá tính cách của ai đó.
    Example: It takes time to gauge someone’s character and determine if they can be trusted.
  7. hook-ups –n- (/hʊk-ʌps/): cuộc gặp gỡ ngắn hạn, quan hệ tình dục ngắn ngủi.
    Example: Some people prefer casual hook-ups rather than being in committed relationships.
  8. Genuine –adj- (/ˈdʒɛnyuɪn/): chân thành, thành thật.
    Example: She expressed genuine concern for her friend’s well-being.
  9. with ease (/wɪð iz/): dễ dàng, nhàn hạ.
    Example: He completed the task with ease due to his extensive experience in the field.
  10. provoke –v-(/prəˈvoʊk/): khiêu khích, kích động.
    Example: His offensive remarks provoked a heated argument among the participants.
  11. fraud, scams, and sexual abuse (/frɔd, skæmz, ænd ˈsɛkʃuəl əˈbyus/): gian lận, lừa đảo và lạm dụng tình dục.
    Example: The government implemented stricter regulations to combat fraud, scams, and sexual abuse.
  12. our own company (/aʊr əʊn ˈkʌmpəni/): thời gian ở một mình.
    Example: Sometimes, it’s nice to have some alone time and enjoy our own company.
  13. stay in touch (/steɪ ɪn tʌʧ/): giữ liên lạc.
    Example: Even though we live in different countries, we make an effort to stay in touch through regular phone calls and video chats.
  14. downside –n-(/ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/): mặt tiêu cực, bất lợi.
    Example: One downside of living in a crowded city is the lack of personal space and privacy.


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