Speaking Part 2 -3 : looked for information from the Internet

1. Part 2

Describe a time that you looked for information from the Internet.

You should say:

  • When it happened
  • What you were looking for
  • Where you were searching on the Internet
  • And how you felt about the information.

To begin with, I’d like to say that I’m always using the internet, but if I have to mention a specific time I used it, there is one piece of info that I can remember searching for. It was when I was starting to learn how to do some basic coding a couple of months ago.

At the time, I was desperately trying to find a structured course where I could learn how to code. The course had to not only be free or of little cost, but also up to date with the trends of 2019.

I used my brain and my trusty Google Chrome browser alongside Google.com for this task. Thankfully, in the end, after looking at over a dozen articles, I ended up finding what I was looking for.

I felt pretty satisfied after that because as I mentioned, I checked over loads of articles and I was ready to give up. Had it not been for an article on Medium.com, I wouldn’t have found anything. One more thing is that the article was written by an industry expert and has helped me out a lot since and I hope I’ll be able to learn how to code better in the future as well.

Vocabulary

  1. Basic coding: code (tin học) cơ bản
  2. Of little cost: chi phí thấp
  3. Alongside: bên cạnh
  4. Industry expert: chuyên gia trong ngành

2. Part 3

  • How can people get information these days?
    As far as I’m concerned, young people prefer to learn news from online articles on the Internet. I mean to be honest they do everything on the Internet, from talking to studying, so getting news is no exception. However, the older generations, who are not familiar with the virtual world, like to get news via daily newspapers. Also, information from newspaper is generally more trustworthy than online news.
  • What are the differences between getting information from library and getting  information from newspapers?
    Newspapers tend to focus on a limited number of controversial topics like sport or politics. In addition, newspapers only cover the latest news. But if want to find a past article about specific subjects like chemistry or history, there is a higher chance that I will find what I need in the library. Not only is library a wealth of knowledge but it also helps readers concentrate better thanks to the quiet atmostphere.
  • Is the information on the Internet reliable?
    Yes and no. Of course, it is evident since anyone can post anything on the Internet, we should not trust everything we read online. Not to mention the fact that many journalistic write exaggerated articles with misleading titles or misinterpret quotes in interviews to get more views. This is best exemplified by gutter press journalism, the worst nightmare of most celebrities.

Vocabulary

  • The virtual world: thế giới mạng
  • Controversial topic: chủ đề gây tranh cãi
  • Wealth of knowledge: bể trời kiến thức
  • Misinterpret: phân tích sai
  • Guttter press journalism: báo lá cải