Topic 36 – Describe an actor or actress whom you admire.

Topic 36: Describe an actor or actress whom you admire.


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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

You should say:

Who is he or she?

What does he/she look like?

What kind of movies does he or she appear in?

And explain why you admire this actor or actress.


I am really into comedy movies because they make me get away from stress and let off steam. After seeing this topic, Stephen Chow comes to mind right now.

He is a Hong Kong actor, comedian, and director. Stephen Chow is a middle-aged man with short black hair and a distinctive smile. He often appears in his movies with a funny and quirky demeanor, and he has a unique style of comedic acting that I find very entertaining. He is known for his exaggerated facial expressions and physical comedy, which always manage to make me laugh.

Stephen Chow is primarily known for appearing in comedy films, although he has also acted in a few serious roles as well. Some of his most well-known movies include “Kung Fu Hustle”, “The King of Comedy, and “The Mermaid”. In these movies, he usually plays a lovable underdog character who must overcome various obstacles to achieve his goals, all while making the audience laugh loudly.

The reason why I admire Stephen Chow is because of his incredible talent as a comedian and his ability to make people laugh. I always find myself smiling and laughing out loud while watching his movies, even if I’ve seen them before.

Furthermore, Stephen Chow’s movies often convey a deeper message or social context, often addressing important issues such as poverty, inequality, and corruption in a way that is both humorous and thought-provoking. He has a reputation for being a generous and kind person off-screen as well, which has helped to further endear him to his fans.

Overall, Stephen Chow’s talent, charm, and ability to make people laugh have earned him a dedicated following of fans around the world, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and beloved comedians in Asian cinema.



Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. What types of programs do you find funny on TV?

Personally, I do not watch TV that much, though once this has been a great source of entertainment for me. On average, I watch TV for 5–10 hours a week. I find reality TV shows, comedy TV series, and celebrity talk shows quite funny and entertaining.

I consider comedy shows the most interesting. I really admire comedians because of their great sense of humor. They can easily make others laugh with their stories. Whenever I watch them, I can get away from stress. It is really helpful.


  1. What kind of things make you laugh?

As the saying goes, laughter is a great medicine, and I also believe it.

Talking to my husband is really fun. He’s really hilarious. He always tells funny jokes or stories.

Also, watching comedy shows makes me laugh easily because of the great sense of humor comedians have.

Finally, playing with children, especially toddlers, also makes me happy, as they are really naïve and do some funny things.

  1. Are there comedy shows (either live or on TV) in your country?

Yes, of course. I would say most of the TV shows in my country these days are comedy or at least have some comedic aspects to them, namely, Crack Them Up and Thank God You’re Here.

I would even say this is the golden age for Vietnamese comedy TV shows.

As for live plays, we do have the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa shows, which can be translated to “Once upon a time”, These shows gear toward children by telling world-famous fairy tales that have been adapted for Vietnamese children. Because they are for very young audiences, the plays tend to be funny and make kids laugh a lot.

  1. Can someone use humor to learn another language?

Yes, I’m a firm believer that humor is helpful when it comes to language.

I remember myself watching countless hours of sit-com series like Friends and How I Met Your Mother. The comedy in these series was light and easy to understand; it provided me with contexts and stories to follow while I was trying to absorb the colloquial spoken English.

And in class, I reckon that funny and comic pictures also help when I study dull grammar lessons.

  1. Do you like movies or TV shows that make you laugh?

Sure, I love movies that are funny and silly. I’m not really a big fan of sad or dramatic films. When I’m watching a movie, I just want to be able to switch off my brain and enjoy a funny story without having to pay attention to the plot too much.

  1. Do you think having a sense of humor is important? Why/why not?

I think it’s very essential. Life is full of stress.

In my opinion, being able to make people laugh can make a big difference in our lives. Telling jokes can brighten someone’s mood if they’re feeling down in the dumps.

Also, if we can laugh at ourselves, it shows that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, which will make us more like able to other people.


  1. Be really into:
    • Nghĩa: Rất thích, say mê
    • Phiên âm: /biː ˈriːəli ˈɪntuː/
    • She’s really into photography. (Cô ấy rất thích nhiếp ảnh.)
  2. Let off steam: an idiom
    • Nghĩa: Xả hơi, giải tỏa cảm xúc
    • Phiên âm: /lɛt ɒf stiːm/
    • After a long day at work, she goes to the gym to let off steam. (Sau một ngày làm việc dài, cô ấy đến phòng tập để xả hơi.)
  3. Middle-aged: adj
    • Nghĩa: Trung niên, tuổi trung niên
    • Phiên âm: /ˌmɪdəl ˈeɪdʒd/
    • He is a successful middle-aged businessman. (Anh ấy là một doanh nhân thành đạt tuổi trung niên.)
  4. Quirky demeanor:
    • Nghĩa: Thái độ kỳ quặc, lạ lùng
    • Phiên âm: /ˈkwɜːrki dɪˈmiːnər/
    • She has a quirky demeanor that always makes people laugh. (Cô ấy có một thái độ kỳ quặc luôn khiến mọi người cười.)
  5. Exaggerate: v
    • Nghĩa: Phóng đại, cường điệu
    • Phiên âm: /ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt/
    • He tends to exaggerate when telling stories. (Anh ấy thường có xu hướng phóng đại khi kể chuyện.)
  6. A lovable underdog character:
    • Nghĩa: Nhân vật yếu đuối đáng yêu, người hay đứng dưới
    • Phiên âm: /ə ˈlʌvəbl ˈʌndərˌdɒɡ ˈkærɪktər/
    • The movie features a lovable underdog character who overcomes all odds to achieve success. (Bộ phim có một nhân vật yếu đuối đáng yêu vượt qua mọi khó khăn để đạt được thành công.)
  7. Overcome various obstacles:
    • Nghĩa: Vượt qua các trở ngại khác nhau
    • Phiên âm: /ˌoʊvərˈkʌm ˈvɛriəs ˈɑbstəkəlz/
    • The protagonist of the story overcomes various obstacles to achieve his goals. (Nhân vật chính của câu chuyện vượt qua các trở ngại khác nhau để đạt được mục tiêu của mình.)
  8. Convey a deeper message about poverty:
    • Nghĩa: Truyền đạt thông điệp sâu sắc về đói nghèo
    • Phiên âm: /kənˈveɪ ə ˈdiːpər ˈmɛsɪdʒ əˈbaʊt ˈpɑvərti/
    • The film conveys a deeper message about poverty and its impact on society. (Bộ phim truyền đạt một thông điệp sâu sắc về đói nghèo và tác động của nó đối với xã hội.)
  9. Corruption: n
    • Nghĩa: Tham nhũng
    • Phiên âm: /kəˈrʌpʃən/
    • The government is taking measures to combat corruption. (Chính phủ đang thực hiện biện pháp để chống tham nhũng.)
  10. Thought-provoking: adj
    • Nghĩa: Gợi suy nghĩ, đáng suy ngẫm
    • Phiên âm: /θɔːt ˈprəʊˌvəʊkɪŋ/
    • The novel raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of humanity. (Cuốn tiểu thuyết đặt ra những câu hỏi đáng suy ngẫm về bản chất của con người.)
  11. To endear
    • Nghĩa: Làm cho ai đó yêu mến, thích thú
    • Phiên âm: /tə ɪnˈdɪr/
    • Her kindness and warm personality endear her to everyone she meets. (Tấm lòng tốt và tính cách ấm áp làm cho ai cũng yêu mến cô ấy.)
  12. A great sense of humor:
    • Nghĩa: Khả năng hài hước tuyệt vời
    • Phiên âm: /ə ɡreɪt sɛns ʌv ˈhjuːmər/
    • He has a great sense of humor and can make anyone laugh with his witty jokes. (Anh ấy có khả năng hài hước tuyệt vời và có thể làm cho bất kỳ ai cười với những câu đùa thông minh của mình.)
  13. As the saying goes,
    • Nghĩa: Như câu ngạn ngữ nói
    • Phiên âm: /æz ðə ˈseɪɪŋ ɡoʊz/
    • As the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine. (Như câu ngạn ngữ nói, “Tiếng cười là thuốc tốt nhất.”)
  14. Hilarious-adj
    • Nghĩa: Hài hước, vui nhộn
    • Phiên âm: /hɪˈlɛəriəs/
    • The comedian’s performance was absolutely hilarious, and the audience couldn’t stop laughing. (Màn trình diễn của diễn viên hài thực sự hài hước, và khán giả không thể ngừng cười.)
  15. The golden age:
    • Nghĩa: Thời kỳ hoàng kim, thời kỳ vàng son
    • Phiên âm: /ðə ˈɡoʊldən eɪdʒ/
    • Many people consider the 1960s the golden age of music. (Nhiều người coi thập kỷ 1960 là thời kỳ hoàng kim của âm nhạc.)
  16. To switch off someone’s brain:
    • Nghĩa: Tắt, ngừng hoạt động tư duy của ai đó
    • Phiên âm: /tuː swɪtʃ ɒf ˈsʌmwʌnz breɪn/
    • Watching a comedy show can help you switch off your brain and relax after a long day. (Xem một chương trình hài có thể giúp tắt tư duy và thư giãn sau một ngày dài.)
  17. The plot -n
    • Nghĩa: Cốt truyện
    • Phiên âm: /ðə plɒt/
    • The movie has an intriguing plot that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. (Bộ phim có một cốt truyện hấp dẫn giữ chân khán giả từ đầu đến cuối.)
  18. Brighten someone’s mood.
    • Nghĩa: Làm tươi sáng tâm trạng của ai đó
  • Phiên âm: ˈbraɪtn̩ ˈsʌmwʌnz mud/
  • Her cheerful personality always brightens my mood when I’m feeling down. (Tính cách vui vẻ của cô ấy luôn làm tươi sáng tâm trạng của tôi khi tôi cảm thấy buồn.)
  1. Feel down in the dumps—idiom
    • Nghĩa: Cảm thấy buồn bã, chán nản
    • Phiên âm: /fiːl daʊn ɪn ðə dʌmps/
    • After failing the exam, she felt down in the dumps for days. (Sau khi thi không đạt, cô ấy cảm thấy buồn bã suốt mấy ngày.)


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