Sunday, March 06, 2005

My suburb overseas

My suburb overseas

I was born and grew up in Binh Thanh District, Saigon. This is an inner city suburb in the South of Viet Nam. It takes about 20 minutes from the nearest city by bike. There are about 1,000,000 people living there. It doesn’t have any special history but I also like staying here because I have my family and friends.

In my country, the weather is hot. There are 2 seasons: rain and dry. The most common type of housing is brick covered by cement. There are a few villas, buildings, flats but there aren’t any townhouses. Local industries are building, clothing manufacture and retail trade. It has a shopping centre near my house. People call it a supermarket. It is only one shop and has a manager. People sell every thing: food, clothes, shoes, etc… It looks like Target and Woolworths. Also, there are a few markets similar to Flemington market here. The prices there are cheaper than the supermarket. There are many kinds of transport: bicycles, bikes, a few cars and buses. Most important are bikes. There aren’t any trains in my suburb. Bikes are a traditional form of transport.

My neighbours are friendly. Everyone knows each other. They can meet and talk every day. It’s a very close community. The suburb has many kinds of entertainment such as cinemas, parks, swimming pools. It also has a few schools: primary, secondary and high schools. There isn’t any university or college there. There is a hospital, church, temple, and a few hotels near my house.

Monday, February 21, 2005

AMES Bankstown


The Adult Migrant English Centre at Bankstown is one of several government English language schools for newly arrived, adult migrants who need English language training for further study or employment.

The centre is located in Jacobs St, close to Bankstown Square and opposite Bankstown Council offices.

It is a two-storey, blue, brick and cement building. At the front of the building, there are steps and a ramp. On the ground floor there is a reception area, about 7 classrooms, childcare, teachers’ staff room and amenities. The first floor has a library, computer room, students’ room, counsellor’s room and 5 classrooms.

There are many different staff in the centre: trained, experienced adult ESL teachers; friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, bilingual reception staff.

The students at the centre have different nationalities and different language, education and cultural backgrounds. They have a range of English levels and needs which depends on their previous English study and current goals.

If you want to join a class at AMES you need to make an appointment for an interview to find out if you are eligible and what time is suitable for you to study.

Sunday, February 20, 2005



1/ Why do people smoke when they know how bad it is for their health?

. Smoking becomes a habit that they can’t stop.
. They have a strong addiction to nicotine.
. They believe cigarettes help them to relax.
. They are concerned about the possible side effects of medication and nicotine patches.
. They believe cigarettes help them work better, help calm them down.

2/ What makes people take up smoking in the first place?

. They imitate their friends and older people.
. They want to experiment or try smoking.
. They want to show they are as sophisticated as anyone else.
. They see images in films on TV showing actors smoking and they want to be like them. So they imitate their behaviour.

3/ What do you think of tobacco companies making money out of the sale of cigarettes?

. It is bad for tobacco companies to make money out of something that caused disease and death.
. Cigarette companies support tobacco farmers by buying their crops. If the farmers can’t sell their crops, they can’t make a living.
. They are selling something that makes you die later on. They don’t care about human life.
. Farmers should grow alternative crops and cigarette companies should produced other products.

4/ What do you think about government collecting revenue from cigarette production?

. Revenue helps governments to pay for many expenses in a modern economy, like pensions, health, jobs, education, etc….
. The government would lose a lot of money if they didn’t collect this revenue from cigarette companies.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

My lessons

I am studying English at AMES. It useful to me. The first time I came to Australia, I couldn't hear and understand. I was afraid of contacting with everyone. Now I am better. I can speak and hear English a little bit. I have also gone to work. Although the job is hard for me but I like working more than staying home.

Monday, January 31, 2005

My life


My name is Tien. I am Vietnamese. Vietnam is a poor country. However, there are many beautiful places there. I started to study when I was 6 years old. After finishing high school, I applied to College. I had studied Accounting.
After that, I worked at Sacombank. I liked this job very much. At the end of 1999, I met my husband on his holiday. After 1 year, we got married and I didn’t work anymore. Then we had a baby, one beautiful girl.
In December 2003, he took my daughter and me to Australia. I have studied English at AMES for 3 terms. 5 months ago, I got a job. I have been working at Spotdress factory, printing newspapers and magazines. I work as casual, when there is any job, they will call me. I often do 8 hours per day, sometimes I got to do 10 to 12 hours per day. Those times, I was very tired.
After this course, I will go to TAFE. I want to study more accounting to look for a better job.