speaking part 2 – Jack Mak

Describe something you learned in a place or from someone

You should say:

What it was

Where or who you got it;     the quality of not giving up.

What the situation was

How you felt


Something I learned from someone was about some basic Vietnamese from a teacher of mine named Ellen who is a very professional language teacher trainer in the U.S.


Last year I got some training in language teaching from a certified professional trainer in Cambridge. One day morning in Sept., she gave us a language course about Vietnamese in Vietnamese which we didn’t have any knowledge about. Plus, she was very strict with us in terms of learning. So, I even got butterflies in my stomach and worried that I might not pick up anything about it because you know how hard it is for a beginner or even a learner with zero foundation to learn how to blurt out a sentence.


However, what happened next made us just can’t believe it’s real. Under some guidance using some gestures and facial expressions together with some realia, we managed to say some greetings and personal information in Vietnamese.


I felt it was one of the most memorable periods last time. Because you would imagine how magical it is when you had been able to pick up some Vietnamese in the class where only lessons taught in Vietnamese!


Since then on, She just became my role model in language teaching. I hope I could one day make a difference at least in my own little circle.

Describe a popular person

You should say:

Who the person is

What kind of person he or she is

Why you think this person is popular

How this person influences the public;  he does have a great power to encourage people for them to overcome their difficulties.

Describe a famous person that you are interested in:
who this person is :   Jack Ma;
how you know about this person:  one of the richest people in Asia
what sort of life they had before they became famous
how this person became famous and explain why you like this person

Describe a business person you admire

You should say:    the business person that.. is ..

Who is this person;    he is so famous that I guess most people would know him.

what is his/her business

Why you admire this person

Describe a successful businessman you admire:
Who the person is
What makes him/her a good leader?
Why you admire this person
Whether this person has influenced you

Jack Ma

  1. Jack Ma. the chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group. He built the first Chinese Internet-based company. He is currently one of the richest people in Asia.
  2. Before … he was an English teacher. Ma started to study English at a young age and practised English daily by conversing/ talking with English-speakers
  3. good communication skills. strong leadership and initiative. the Foresight about information technology.
  4. In 1994, Ma heard about the Internet. He is the first person who introduced the website to China. In 1999, he found Alibaba, which turns to be a huge success.
  5. a great publish speaker, motivate me. feel motivated. Jack Ma applied for 30 different jobs and got rejection by all. his harsh days; not give up; He also improved the global e-commerce system, like Alipay and Taobao website. It greatly improves our life convenience that we don’t need to go out with cash
  6. He has a great power to refresh my mind, and keep me moving forward, and stimulates my encouragement to get things done.


So I suppose I should commence with the first aspect which is who the person is, and I’d probably select Jack Ma, the current director of Yahoo.com.
Regarding the theme of what makes him successful, and the thing that needs to be highlighted here is that his success should mostly be attributed to some priceless qualities he possesses such as entrepreneurship, leadership and the courage to take risks.
This also explains the reason why I admire him, you know, he is a successful entrepreneur who started from the scratch.
When he set up his company, all he had was a budget of 50,000 Yuan and merely 5 staff.
Hard as the condition was, he managed to lead his team to achieve business success one after another just like the King Midas.
To cut a long story short, as my very last point, with reference to the question of whether he has influenced me, I have to say so deeply has his legendary story influenced me that I have made up my mind to set up my own company after I graduate following his steps.
In October 1999 and January 2000, Alibaba twice won a total of a $25 million foreign venture capital investment. The program was expected to improve the domestic e-commerce market and perfect an e-commerce platform for Chinese enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to address World Trade Organization (WTO) challenges. Ma wanted to improve the global e-commerce system and from 2003 he founded Taobao Marketplace, Alipay, Ali Mama and Lynx. After the rapid rise of Taobao, eBay offered to purchase the company. However, Ma rejected their offer, instead garnering support from Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang with a $1 billion investment.

Describe a person who is helpful in your study or work.
You should say:
   Who the person is: jump out to my mind, Jack Ma,
   What kind of person: hardworking and never give up
   How this person help you: He did a lot of speeches about his success and experience motivate me.
   Why do you think this person is helpful: frustrated, watch his speech. Improve my mental status.

Describe a book that you would like to read again.
You should say:
what the book was about:     biography/baɪˈɒɡ.rə.fi/  of Jack Ma
why you read it:        fan; famous in Internet, he is hardworking but also brave and creative,so know the story of him, and what he had experienced
what you learned from this book, and explain why you would like to read it again.:          his tough days, at the beginning of building his first company. shocked;  fell motivated. Compared to the tough days he went through, the difficulty in front of mine is totally nothing. After reading his stories, it helps me to keep moving forward. 

(Describe an exciting book)

You should say:

What is the name of the book

what type of book it is;    It’s a biography which describes the success and business experience of Jack Ma.

how you knew this book

and explain why you like to recommend this book to your friend

Describe a polite person you know
You should say:
    Who the person is: a teacher in our research group.
    How you know the person : as for how I know him, my boyfriend,
    What the person looks like And explain why you think the person is polite.   
handsome, tall, confidence. Admire him. Has a wide range if knowledge. Gentle, Patient and polite. Lose his temper.  he has good manners…   he’s got  really good manners

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