Speaking (Games / Markets)


Idioms & Expressions


a waiting game (noun; refers to the time period where you must be patient to see what will happen next)

I haven’t heard if I got the job yet, so for now it’s a waiting game.


play the game (verb; means to “follow the rules”)

I know you don’t like to do your homework, but you have to play the game if you want to graduate.


peruse / browse (verbs; mean to look at all the items for sale and decide if you want to buy any of them)

I’m browsing the novels at the bookstore.


in stock / out of stock (adjectives; they refer to weather a store has a product available for sale or not)

Sorry, we don’t have any umbrellas in stock.


mom and pop shop (noun; a store owned by a family)

My parents own a mom and pop shop.


corner store (noun; a small store on the street)

Can you go pick up some milk at the corner store?


Part I: Class Discussion

  1. What games are popular in your country [why?]

Well, there are 330 million people in America. So there are hundreds of popular games. People do like to play board games with their families. And during backyard cookouts they play horseshoes. People also play pool and darts in bars.

  1. Do you play any games?

Unfortunately, no. I am too busy. Though recently I played fun card game called Exploding Kittens.

  1. How do people learn to play games in your country?

By playing them! There is no other way. Your parents and friends usually teach you new games.

4.      Do you think it’s important for people to play games [Why/Why not?]

Yes. They help you relax and connect with other people.


Part II: Individual Presentations

Describe an open-air or street market which you enjoyed visiting. You should say:

– where the market is
– what the market sells
– how big the market is
– and explain why you enjoyed visiting it.

There’s a fabric market in Hai Ba Trung District that I went to with a tailor who was making a suit for me. We went there together so we could pick out the fabric. It was pretty large and is all indoors, and takes up most of a city block. There are two levels and dozens of little stalls where vendors display their fabric. I liked going there because the fabric we bought was going to be used to make custom clothes for me, which is always pretty exciting. I’m tall, so most clothes don’t fit me.


Part III: Group Discussion

  1. Do people in your country enjoy going to open-air markets that sell things like food or clothes or old objects? Which type of market is more popular? Why?

We have a lot of “farmer’s markets”, where farmers bring their produce to a parking lot or another similar vendor to sell. They’re moderately popular.


  1. Do you think markets are more suitable places for selling certain types of things? Which ones? Why do think it is?

I think if you don’t have your products for sale in a store, then you should sell your things in a local market.

  1. Do you think young people feel the same about shopping at markets as older people? Why is that?

They probably think it’s far more boring than old people do.

  1. What do you think are the advantages of buying things from shops rather than markets?

In shops you have a wider selection of products and you know what will be in stock.

  1. How does advertising influence what people choose to buy? Is this true for everyone?

It’s hard to get the word out about a product without advertising. I think everyone is affected by ads, at least on a minor or a subliminal level.

  1. Do you think that any recent changes in the way people live have affected general shopping habits? Why is this?

Not really, except for the fact that as people get richer, they tend to shop more.