TOPIC 8 – Talk about an idea you had to make SB happy

TOPIC 8 – Talk about an idea you had to make SB happy.

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

What was the idea?

When and why did you think about this?

What did you need to make this idea a reality?

What happened in the end, and how did the person react?


I am an outgoing person, so I love sharing and helping others, as well as bringing laughter to them. I believe it’s a wonderful way to build and maintain relationships with everyone.

I had a brilliant idea to make my close friend Mai happy because she was really down after losing her job.

I remember vividly that 5 months ago, she called me on a Saturday night to tell me that she had been let go from her company because it was downsizing due to the financial crisis. She was dissatisfied and shocked on the phone, so I really wanted to cheer her up.

After my conversation with her, I wanted to do something special to put a smile on her face, so I decided to call all my friends for a surprise night out. I discovered that there is a karaoke bar called Amazing Place in District 1, quite near my place, where we can play and sing together to get away from stress and refresh our minds as well.

To make it happen, I called up all my friends to attend. There were four people, including me, Mai, Lan, and Suong. We went there by taxi. and the total amount of money needed to be spent was about $200 for that night.

On that night, we really had a blast on a Sunday night. We were screaming, singing, drinking, and laughing for nearly 3 hours.

The best thing is that we were able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, reduce stress, and recharge our batteries. It was amazing and exhilarating.

After all, Mai was extremely ecstatic, and she was really cheered up. She had a positive vibe that helped her get a better job in just two months.

So I’m really delighted to help her overcome her setback, and she had a great job at her new company.


Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. Would you recommend this activity to others as well?

I definitely recommend this to those at least 16 years old. I have already suggested this to several of my friends, as it is a lot of fun.

  1. What are some different ways that people can make others happy?

In my opinion, there are numerous ways to improve SB’s mood. Like going out for a drink, telling jokes, or smiling with them.

The most important thing is to be a good listener and to be empathetic.

  1. What is a simple way to make a person feel good?

As I just mentioned, we can tell some jokes, smile at them, or give them a warm hug. It always works for me.

  1. How has society improved over the past few hundred years to enable citizens to feel better?

This is an interesting question. There has been much in the way of improving society. In terms of medicine, technology such as cars, computers, and smartphones evolved a lot.

We have had more positive experiences than in the past. I remember vividly when I sat with my grandmother; she went through a lot more hardships than me.

  1. What further improvements can society make to help citizens have even more positive experiences?

I believe that a variety of things can be done better. People are expecting clean water and clean air for their safety. In some places, people cannot go at night because they feel it is dangerous or insecure. 

  1. Why is it important to share our memories with other people?

In my opinion, sharing experiences is a fundamental human trait and a very natural desire for most of us.

Telling stories draws us together; we strengthen shared connections, offer sympathy, and give support to each other.

  1. Is it always good to share our past with others?

I don’t think so. We have to consider the other person’s position.

Some pictures might bring some bad memories for them, or they can feel sad or jealous because they don’t have enough money to buy expensive stuff like a convertible car a mansion, or a big house.

  1. What are some ways that people can share their positive experiences with other individuals?

We can use social media platforms like Facebook, Zalo, and Instagram. They are easy and quick to use, provided that they have mobile phones and internet connections.

I usually share my pictures and videos on Facebook to share my experiences with my family and friends. It’s a great feeling.


  1. downsizing –n-(cắt giảm quy mô, giảm nhân sự)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈdaʊnsaɪzɪŋ/
    • Ví dụ: The company is going through a period of downsizing to reduce costs.
  2. cheer sb up (làm ai đó vui vẻ lên)
    • Phiên âm: /tʃɪr ʌp/
    • Ví dụ: I bought her favorite ice cream to cheer her up after a long day.
  3. put a smile on sb’s face-idiom- (làm ai đó mỉm cười)
    • Phiên âm: /pʊt ə smaɪl ɒn/
    • Ví dụ: The surprise gift put a smile on her face.
  4. get away from stress (tránh xa căng thẳng)
    • Phiên âm: /ɡɛt əˈweɪ frɒm strɛs/
    • Ví dụ: I like to go for a walk in nature to get away from stress.
  5. have a blast (thật vui, thú vị)
    • Phiên âm: /hæv ə blæst/
    • Ví dụ: We had a blast at the amusement park.
  6. Scream –v- (hét lên, la hét)
    • Phiên âm: /skriːm/
    • Ví dụ: The children screamed with excitement on the roller coaster ride.
  7. to escape the hustle and bustle of the city- idiom- (trốn thoát khỏi sự ồn ào và hối hả của thành phố)
    • Phiên âm: /tuː ɪsˈkeɪp ðə ˈhʌsəl ænd ˈbʌsəl ʌv ðə ˈsɪti/
    • Ví dụ: They went camping in the mountains to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
  8. recharge batteries –idiom- (nạp lại năng lượng, thư giãn)
    • Phiên âm: /riːˈtʃɑːrdʒ ˈbætəriz/
    • Ví dụ: Taking a vacation by the beach is a great way to recharge your batteries.
  9. Exhilarating-adj- (mang lại cảm giác hồi hộp, phấn khích)
    • Phiên âm: /ɪɡˈzɪləreɪtɪŋ/
    • Ví dụ: Skydiving can be an exhilarating experience.
  10. ecstatic –adj-(vô cùng hạnh phúc, mãn nguyện)
    • Phiên âm: /ɪkˈstætɪk/
    • Ví dụ: She was ecstatic when she received the job offer.
  11. vibe –n-(bầu không khí, cảm giác)
    • Phiên âm: /vaɪb/
    • Ví dụ: The party had a great vibe with music and dancing.
  12. overcome setbacks (vượt qua khó khăn, trở ngại)
    • Phiên âm: /ˌoʊvərˈkʌm ˈsɛtbæks/
    • Ví dụ: Despite facing setbacks, she managed to overcome them and achieve her goals.
  13. empathetic – adj- (thấu hiểu, thông cảm)
    • Phiên âm: /ɛmˈpæθɪtɪk/
    • Ví dụ: She is known for being empathetic and always lending a listening ear to others.
  14. go through/ experience hardships (trải qua khó khăn, gian khổ)
    • Phiên âm: /ɡoʊ θruː/ /ɪkˈspɪriəns ˈhɑrdʃɪps/
    • Ví dụ: He went through many hardships before achieving success.
  15. insecure – adj- (không tự tin, thiếu an ninh tâm lý)
    • Phiên âm: /ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊr/
    • Ví dụ: She often feels insecure about her abilities.
  16. a fundamental human trait (một đặc điểm cơ bản của con người)
  • Phiên âm: /ə ˌfʌndəˈmɛntəl ˈhjuːmən treɪt/
  • Ví dụ: Kindness is considered a fundamental human trait.
  1. Sympathy – n- (sự thông cảm, đồng cảm)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈsɪmpəθi/
    • Ví dụ: She expressed sympathy for her friend who had lost a loved one.
  2. a mansion –n- (biệt thự)
    • Phiên âm: /ə ˈmænʃən/
    • Ví dụ: The billionaire lived in a luxurious mansion overlooking the ocean.


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