Topic 37: Talk about an item that you plan to buy in the future

Topic 37: Talk about an item that you plan to buy in the future.

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

What is it?

Where do you plan to buy it?

What do you need in order to buy this object?

Why have you decided to purchase this item?

What are the alternatives if you don’t purchase this item?


We now use public transportation or motorbikes because of that, we have to depend on the schedules of public transportation when using taxis, buses, and trains, and that kills our time and energy. And I think that using our motorbike is unsafe.

So we often feel the need for a personal car because it would give us great freedom when it comes to commuting.

That’s why I’m considering buying a crossover MPV next year. Its brand name is Xpander.

The Mitsubishi Xpander is a car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors since 2017, which is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

I would like to buy it because its price is quite reasonable and it is durable. And it has also attracted a great deal of attention and quickly achieved many successes.

My family and I are really into traveling, so I think that car can accommodate our needs. I believe owning a personal car would give us far more flexibility and autonomy, so we would then be able to go to many different places more frequently in our free time and enjoy our time as a family.

Owning a private car also eliminates our dependency on public transportation, allows us to avoid busy roads, and allows us to attend more social programs as a family.

Actually, I don’t know a lot about cars, so it depends on my husband. He has searched for a lot of information and reviews on the internet. And we are considering purchasing it at Truong Hai Auto, one of the largest car companies in Vietnam, located in Binh Tan district.

The reason we want to buy from this company is because it has the largest car collection in VN, and their after-sales service and support are excellent.

In order to buy this car, we have to accumulate as much money as possible because it costs about $300,000, which is a large amount of money for us. Currently, we save about 200,000 dollars. So hopefully, next year, we will have enough money to buy it.

If I don’t buy this car, I will take my family to America to travel. Because I’ve seen a lot of magnificent cities in movies with spectacular views, it would be amazing to check them out in real life with my family.



Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. With so many choices these days, how do people decide what product to buy?

Nowadays, with the advent of the internet, we can read customer reviews on the internet or ask our friends or relatives that use or own an object that we are going to buy for recommendations. It’s really helpful because they can give useful advice.

Aside from that, I think factors like price, quality, and brand loyalty can also affect people’s choices.

  1. How has technology helped customers select the right products?

I believe that technology plays an important role in helping customers buy products.

We can use mobile phones or computers to compare prices and goods anywhere and anytime. And we also get customer reviews online, so we can choose the best one.

  1. Is this technology always beneficial?

I think most of the time. But sometimes, it has some drawbacks, like buying a dress that doesn’t fit me or doesn’t have the same high quality as advertised.

  1. Will the way people select and purchase goods in the future be different than today?

No. I think any person who wants to buy any products will look for some advice from users and compare prices before making a purchase.

  1. Do you think online shopping will completely replace traditional shopping in the future?

In my opinion, online shopping will never completely replace high-street shops, as there will always be a small demand for going into stores.

However, if we are talking about which will become the most popular form of shopping over the coming years, it is hard to see how shops can compete with their online counterparts.

  1. Why is shopping in person better than online?

From my perspective, traditional shopping lets consumers see the actual product so they can touch, feel, or try it on before purchasing it. As a result, it is less risky and more tangible, while other factors are impossible to know when online shopping, like the quality of material, comfort, range of motion, and functionality.

  1. What are the differences between traditional consumers and online consumers?

In my humble opinion, when it comes to traditional shopping, the customer may consume a lot of time to figure out what they want due to a lack of proper information, less variety, and fewer choices for comparison.

On the other hand, online shopping saves time searching for information, costs less, and compares prices and products from any part of the world.

  1. What are the different factors that will make people buy their products?

When it comes to making a purchase, I reckon that they consider various things, like the characteristics of the product, the price, the availability of the product at the required location, and much more. Moreover, the personal factors include age, occupation, lifestyle, social and economic status, and the gender of the consumer.

  1. How is shopping different now compared to how it was in the past?

Several decades ago, shoppers would almost always visit stores in person, ready to make a purchase that day. Today, people can browse a catalog and place an order through the mail or by phone.


  1. Public transportation
  • Nghĩa: phương tiện giao thông công cộng
  • Phiên âm: /ˈpʌblɪk ˌtrænspɔːˈteɪʃən/
  • Many people prefer to use public transportation to commute to work due to its affordability and convenience.
  1. Durable -adj
  • Nghĩa: bền, bền bỉ
  • Phiên âm: /ˈdjʊərəbl/
  • This jacket is made from high-quality materials, so it is very durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions.
  1. Attract a great deal of attention.
  • Nghĩa: thu hút rất nhiều sự chú ý
  • Phiên âm: /əˈtrækt ə ɡreɪt dil əv əˈtɛnʃən/
  • The new product launch attracted a great deal of attention from both the media and consumers.
  1. Accommodate needs
  • Nghĩa: đáp ứng nhu cầu
  • Phiên âm: /əˈkɒməˌdeɪt niːdz/
  • The hotel offers a range of room options to accommodate the needs of different guests, from single travelers to families.
  1. Flexibility and autonomy
  • Nghĩa: tính linh hoạt và tự chủ
  • Phiên âm: /ˌflɛksəˈbɪlɪti ænd ɔːˈtɒnəmi/
  • Freelancers enjoy the flexibility and autonomy of managing their own schedules and choosing their projects.
  1. Eliminate -v
  • Nghĩa: loại bỏ, tiêu diệt
  • Phiên âm: /ɪˈlɪmɪˌneɪt/
  • The new software update aims to eliminate bugs and improve the overall performance of the application.
  1. After-sales service
  • Nghĩa: dịch vụ hậu mãi
  • Phiên âm: /ˈɑːftə ˈseɪlz ˈsɜːvɪs/
  • The company prides itself on providing excellent after-sales service, including free repairs and customer support.
  1. Accumulate money
  • Nghĩa: tích lũy tiền
  • Phiên âm: /əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪt ˈmʌni/
  • By saving a portion of their income each month, they were able to accumulate enough money to buy a new car.
  1. Spectacular views
  • Nghĩa: cảnh quan đẹp đến nghẹt thở
  • Phiên âm: /spɛkˈtækjʊlər vjuːz/
  • The hike to the mountain peak offered spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and lakes.
  1. Play an important role in
  • Nghĩa: đóng vai trò quan trọng trong
  • Phiên âm: /pleɪ ən ɪmˈpɔːtənt rəʊl ɪn/
  • Exercise plays an important role in maintaining good physical and mental health.
  1. Drawback -n
  • Nghĩa: hạn chế, điểm yếu
  • Phiên âm: /ˈdrɔːˌbæk/
  • The only drawback of living in the city center is the high cost of housing.
  1. Make a purchase.
  • Nghĩa: mua hàng
  • Phiên âm: /meɪk ə ˈpɜːrʧɪs/
  • I’m planning to make a purchase of a new smartphone this weekend.
  1. Counterpart -n
  • Nghĩa: đối tác tương ứng, đồng nghiệp
  • Phiên âm: /ˈkaʊntəˌpɑːrt/
  • The CEO of the company met with his international counterparts to discuss potential collaborations and partnerships.
  1. A lack of
  • Nghĩa: sự thiếu hụt, thiếu
  • Phiên âm: /ə læk ʌv/
  • The project faced delays due to a lack of funding and resources.
  1. As a result,
  • Nghĩa: kết quả là, do đó
  • Phiên âm: /æz ə rɪˈzʌlt/
  • The heavy rainfall caused flooding in many areas. As a result, several roads were closed for safety reasons.
  1. In person
  • Nghĩa: trực tiếp, mặt đối mặt
  • Phiên âm: /ɪn ˈpɜːrsən/
  • It’s better to discuss sensitive matters in person rather than through email or phone calls.
  1. Place an order.
  • Nghĩa: đặt hàng
  • Phiên âm: /pleɪs ən ˈɔːdər/
  • I would like to place an order for a new book from the bookstore.


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