I. Find the word which has a different sound in the part underlined.
II. Choose the best answer A, B, C or D to complete the sentences.
III. Complete each blank in the following passage with the correct word below. There are some extra words that you do not need.
Cat Cat Village - Sa Pa
Cat Cat Village is located on the Muong Hoa Valley, this is the village of the Hmong hill 21 ____________. It’s not far from Sa Pa Town, about 3 km and it takes you 45 minutes to walk here. The village is on the 22 ____________ of the hill and easy walking, rice and com are grown here.
Visiting Cat Cat Village, we can have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the 23 ____________ and the old Hydro-electric Power Station built by the French here.
We can also see the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful 24 ____________. It is interesting that Hmong women use plants
and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their 25 ____________ durable.
take , designs , colours , slope
stream , tribe , mountain , figure
IV. Read the articles about the two famous festivals in Viet Nam, and then decide whether the statements are true (T), false (F) or not mentioned (NM).
Cow Racing Festival
The purpose of Cow Racing Festival is to celebrate the last day of the year, according to the Khmer calendar. The festival takes place within the region of Seven Mountains, An Giang Province, from the 29th day of the 8th lunar month to the 2nd day of the 9th lunar month.
Before the competition, from several villages of An Giang Province, best pairs of cows chosen for joining the activity go under special treatment for months. They are well fed and traditionally taught. On the racing day, pairs of cows perform their skills on a rice field which must be really muddy and in a length of 120 meters.
When the race starts, with each pair of cows, the rider, holding a tow, will make them run as fast as possible by slashing. However, within a pair, the cows must maintain the same speed. The race is a circular track, including two laps. In the first round, pairs of cows are under control, while, in the second one, there is no holding back. The pairs which remain until the end of the event and manage to reach the finish line before their competitors will be the winners. The rider leading their cows to the first position will be awarded the greatest honour - the bravest rider in the region.
Elephant Racing Festival
To local people in Central Highlands, the elephant has become a close friend with humans as they help people in working, transporting, and traveling. To express the bond between human beings and this friendly creature, Elephant Racing Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Central Highlands, is held annually in the third lunar month.
As preparation for the festival, villagers feed their elephants with a wide range of food apart from grass, including corn, sugar canes, sweet potatoes, papayas, and bananas. Also, in order to preserve their strength, the elephants take a rest without hard work.
Attending the event, festival goers are in their most beautiful and colorful holiday clothes. On this day, elephants from several villages gather at Don Village. Each time, ten elephants will run at the same time for about one or two kilometers. Therefore, the track’s ground should be large enough. The competition is guided by the sound of til va, a kind of horn. The first elephant which reaches the appointed destination will receive a laurel wreath as a sign of victory, and it will enjoy the achievement excitedly with sugar canes and bananas from surrounding people.
V. Read the text, and choose the correct answers.
Do you think you could live in a world with cold weather, dangerous animals and little daylight? Well, the Eskimo have done so for thousands of years. Let’s take a look at how they live their lives.
Where do they live?
The Eskimo live in North of Canada, Russia and Alaska. In winter, temperatures can be as low as -50°C so it’s difficult for plants to grow. Even in summer it rarely gets above zero. The Eskimo people have been living in extreme conditions for centuries.
What do they look like?
The Eskimo are short and well-built with almond-shaped eyes and straight black hair. They wear large, thick coats to keep warm during the cold winters. They also wear big boots and furry globes to protect their hands and feet. The Eskimo are a cheerful and friendly people. Because they live in small groups, they live in harmony and say 'no’ to arguments and fighting.
How do they live?
Eskimo men are hunters and they spend their days out on the ice looking for whales, seals and even polar bears to catch and bring back home. In winter they cut holes in the ice and go ice fishing. On hunting trips, they live in temporary houses called "igloos’ made from blocks of snow.
What are their traditions?
The Eskimo keep their history alive through a tradition of storytelling. The elders teach their children about their history with stories and legends. A popular tradition is the ‘drum dance’, and the whole community gets together, and performs songs and dances to the beat of a big drum.
VI. Complete the conversation between Nick and Mai about British table manners with the sentences given (A-J). Practise the conversation with your partner.
A. Right. Hold your knife with the handle in your palm and your fork in the other hand with the prongs pointing downwards.
B. Yeah, of course, Mai. First, we are expected to eat properly with cutlery, especially fork and knife.
C. You may eat chicken and pizza with your fingers if you are at a barbecue; otherwise, always use a knife and fork.
D. Of course not. Rest the fork and knife on the plate between mouthfuls, or for a break for conversation.
E. If you have a knife in one hand, it is wrong to have a fork in the other with the prongs pointed up.
F. Well, the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right.
VII. Write sentences about good habits to keep the home clean and tidy, using the words given.
Daily Chores to Keep the Home Clean
Teenagers can make the bed when they get up.