I’m currently an English teacher working for Sunrise Vietnam in Hanoi.
2. Is it a popular job in your country?
Oh yes! There is such a big demand for English as a second language here and it’s also quite a cheap place to live compared to many other big cities in Asia.
3. Do you enjoy your job?
Most of the time. It’s very rewarding to be able to help people every day and the students here are very hardworking and fun to teach.
4. What was your first day at work?
There were lots of teachers starting at the same time as me, 10 I think, so we all had a big induction day. The more senior teachers ran workshops with us to familiarize us with the different systems they had and then we went for a team dinner in the evening.
5. What responsibilities do you have at work?
All of the teachers’ main responsibility is to plan good lessons and then teach them to the best of our ability. On top of that, we have several admin tasks to carry out like mark homework, fill out attendance sheets, and write reports.
My hometown’s in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam. It’s located in the north of the country, not really that far from the southern Chinese border.
2. Is there much to do in your hometown?
Oh yes, there’s certainly lots to do there as it’s a fairly big city. If you like going out in the evening there are a lot of good restaurants and bars. If you prefer cultural activities, there are museums and art galleries. But if you like nature there are lots of other things outside of the city which are easy to reach.
3. What are the people like in your hometown?
They are mostly quite friendly, but as with most big cities everyone is often busy so it may seem as if they are not interested in speaking or having a chat. But if you live there you know that most people are quite happy to have a chat if they have time and will help you if needed.
I live in a 3 bedroom flat on the 11th floor of a big apartment building called Hanoi Apartment Center, in Hoan Kiem District, the busiest area and the heart of Hanoi.
2. Is it a big place?
It’s pretty big for a flat. It has 3 large bedrooms, one for my parents, one for my brother and one for me. The kitchen is small, but it is part of a big open plan living room, so there is lots of space for the family.
3. What is your favorite room?
That would have to be my room because it’s the only room that I can get peace and quiet in.
4. How is your apartment decorated?
My parent does not like lots of decoration, so I guess you would describe it as minimalist. The walls are all white and the furniture is also either white or black. All the rooms have big windows with bright curtains adding a decorative touch to them.
5. What would you like to change about your home?
I would like to have a big balcony. We have a sort of balcony now, but we mainly use it for washing and drying clothes. It would be nice to have some tables and chairs on a proper balcony, with maybe a few plants, so we could sit there in the evenings and relax.
Weekends are my pamper days. The first thing I’ll do every weekend is to oversleep as long as I could. I’d like to cook myself a big yummy meal and watch some TV while eating. I’d probably practice dancing for a while or go online chatting with my friends a bit longer.
2. What do other people in your hometown (or in your country) usually do on weekend?
As far as I’m concerned, people in Vietnam have a number of things to do on weekends. They can go shopping. They can play sports, or they can have drink with their friends at some nice coffee shops. Due to the weather condition, most people prefer getting outdoor during nighttime.
3. What are you going to do next weekend?
I don’t have any actual plan for weekends to be honest. If I’m free and the weather is nice, probably, I’d have a drink and chit chat with my friends, since we don’t see each other often during weekdays. Otherwise, I’ll just stay home, and enjoy myself.
4. Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a child?
Yes, weekends have become so important to me this year. Classes take away so much time that I barely have time for self-study or revision, and I have no time to take care of myself also. Back then I was of course more relaxed. There were no pressure, no deadlines and I had my parents take care of me.