Topic 39: Talk about a person you consider very brave.

Topic 39: Talk about a person you consider very brave.

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

Who is this person?

What is this person like?

What makes them courageous?

What would you ask this person in a conversation, and why?


I believe courage is one of the virtues that individuals should have because it enables us to help each other when we encounter difficulties or emergencies such as illness, accidents, or natural disasters. Fortunately, most of my friends are kind-hearted.

After seeing this topic, Mr. Nam comes to mind. He is my neighbor, who lives opposite my house. He is a doctor and works at Nguyen Trai Hospital in District 5. He dedicates his time to helping others in critical conditions.

He’s quite tall—about 1.8 meters. He has short hair and a straight nose, so he’s quite handsome. More importantly, he is very strong, physically fit, and kind to other people around him.

In fact, he is running on a daily basis to keep him fit, which makes it easy for him to assist other patients and other people in need as well.

He’s super energetic too; I know that he usually wakes up at around 5 a.m. to do exercise. He has a wife and two kids as well. He takes care of them very well.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam last year, he was under a lot of stress because of the spread of this disease. To stop the spread of COVID, he worked around the clock and worked alongside other healthcare workers, risking his own health and getting affected while treating the patients.

I think that he’s so courageous in the sense that he was not afraid of intense situations where he was helping the patients.

Actually, I don’t talk to him a lot, as we are all tied up with our work. If I could, I would ask him how to keep his cool and ask for some tips on how to stay healthy and avoid contagion as well.



Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. What are some different ways that people can be brave?

As I mentioned before, people can be brave when they are helping others. For example, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and some athletes like rock climbers and deep-sea divers

  1. Which of these takes the most courage, and why?

All of these professions require a large amount of bravery. So it’s challenging to choose. But if I had to choose, it would be the firefighters.

Imagine looking at a building in flames; it’s so terrible. It takes a lot of courage to walk into a flaming building and search for survivors. That’s why I think they are definitely the bravest people, and I really respect them.

  1. What does it mean when someone is brave?

I consider someone courageous when they have or show mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty; they have or show courage.

  1. Some people think that being brave is often foolish. Why do people say this?

I think there is a thin line between courage and stupidity. But it’s completely different.

The main difference between courage and stupidity is the possession of good sense or judgment. A courageous person knows the possible harmful consequences of his actions but continues on despite the danger and fear. A stupid person, on the other hand, has no knowledge of the consequences of his actions and thus feels no fear.

And people consider brave people foolish because they can sacrifice their lives for others, even though they know it’s dangerous.

But sometimes, some brave people are considered foolish. For example, some teenagers jump off cliffs into water just to record themselves and drive fast on the roads.

  1. Why is bravery important today?

Courage gives you the ability to put aside your fear of failure and take the first steps. Courage helps you overcome the fear of rejection and engage our stakeholders. Courage allows you to attempt things that you have not tried before, despite your fear of looking foolish.

  1. How has technology had an influence on people’s bravery?

Based on my observation, there are a few machines and equipment like GoPro, which helps people record themselves when they’re doing crazy activities and spread them around the world.

  1. Why are people so driven to create technology that elicits fear, such as fast cars?

I guess they want to push people’s physical and mental capabilities to see to what extent they can.

  1. What are the common reasons that people sacrifice their health and safety?

Like I just mentioned about Mr. Nam, he sacrificed his health and safety to help patients or firefighters sacrifice their lives to save others’ lives. Apart from that, some people also want to impress others by driving fast on the road.

  1. Is this always good?

It depends on the situation.

If we sacrifice our health to save others, it’s definitely a moral activity, and we should encourage and reward them. But some people do foolish or stupid things, like riding fast on the roads. They should be fined to deter the public from doing the same thing.


  1. Courage -n
  • Nghĩa: lòng dũng cảm, sự can đảm
  • Phiên âm: /ˈkʌrɪdʒ/
  • It took a lot of courage for her to speak up against injustice.
  1. Virtues -n
  • Nghĩa: đức tính, phẩm chất đạo đức
  • Phiên âm: /ˈvəːtʃuːz/
  • Honesty, kindness, and integrity are considered virtues in many cultures.
  1. Natural disasters
  • Nghĩa: thảm họa tự nhiên
  • Phiên âm: /ˈnatʃrəl dɪˈzɑːstərz/
  • Ví dụ: Earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods are examples of natural disasters.
  1. Kind-hearted -adj
  • Nghĩa: tốt bụng, từ thiện
  • Phiên âm: /ˌkaɪndˈhɑːtɪd/
  • She is known for her kind-hearted nature and willingness to help others.
  1. Be under a lot of stress.
  • Nghĩa: bị/gặp nhiều áp lực, căng thẳng
  • Phiên âm: /biː/ /ɡɛt ʌndər ə lɒt ɒv strɛs/
  • He is under a lot of stress due to his demanding job.
  1. Work around the clock—idiom
  • Nghĩa: làm việc suốt ngày đêm
  • Phiên âm: /wɜːk əˈraʊnd ðə klɒk/
  • The medical team worked around the clock to save lives during the emergency.
  1. Intense situations
  • Nghĩa: tình huống gay gắt, căng thẳng
  • Phiên âm: /ɪnˈtɛns sɪtʃuˈeɪʃənz/
  • Firefighters are trained to handle intense situations and make quick decisions.
  1. Keep somebody cool—idiom
  • Nghĩa: giữ cho ai bình tĩnh
  • Phiên âm: /kiːp ˈsʌmbədi kuːl/
  • In emergency situations, it’s important to keep calm and cool to make rational decisions.
  1. Contagion -n
  • Nghĩa: sự lây nhiễm, sự truyền nhiễm
  • Phiên âm: /kənˈteɪʤən/
  • The contagious disease spread rapidly throughout the population.
  1. Courageous—adj: brave
  • Nghĩa: dũng cảm, can đảm
  • Phiên âm: /kəˈreɪʤəs/
  • The firefighters displayed courageous acts while rescuing people from the burning building.
  1. A thin line between
  • Nghĩa: một ranh giới mong manh giữa
  • Phiên âm: /ə θɪn laɪn bɪˈtwiːn/
  • There’s a thin line between love and hate, where emotions can quickly change.
  1. Put aside -v
  • Nghĩa: bỏ qua, đặt sang một bên
  • Phiên âm: /pʊt əˈsaɪd/
  • Ví dụ: Let’s put aside our differences and work together towards a common goal.
  1. Deter somebody from
  • Nghĩa: ngăn cản ai làm gì, cản trở ai
  • Phiên âm: /dɪˈtɜː ˈsʌmbədi frɒm/
  • The fear of failure should not deter you from pursuing your dreams.


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