Daily English Discussion–Monday, June 8, 2009


Hi everyone,

As mentioned last week, today we have a new category called “Daily English Discussion” (Thảo luận bằng tiếng Anh) and our Daily English Challenge is still here, in the second half of this page. Let’s experiment with this for a while to see how things will go. We will refine our working process as we go along.

Let’s hope that everyone will jump in with enthusiasm and make this project full of fun.

Today there are a number of news items. Let’s read the news and then comment, argue or expand on it, or do whatever with it as we see fit 🙂

1). VN makes top 10 for outsourcing. HCM CITY — Viet Nam ranks as one of the 10 most attractive destinations in the offshoring industry, according to a report recently released by the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.

“Viet Nam is a country to watch as it has climbed the rankings nine spots into the 10th place since 2007,” according to the report The Geography of Offshoring is Shifting.

This was the biggest change in the Global Services Location Index rankings among Southeast Asian countries.

(Chị Loan Subaru must be proud about this. What do you say about this, Loan?)

2). HCMC drainage projects outdated before completion: experts

May 18, 2009

An unforeseen increase in rainfall and tide levels may reduce the effectiveness of major water drainage projects underway in Ho Chi Minh City, experts warn.

The projects are based on old hydrometeorology statistics and will likely fail to handle the actual amount of rain in the city, where flooding remains a major concern, said Ho Long Phi of the HCMC University of Technology.

Three water drainage projects are currently under construction in HCMC with a total investment of nearly US$800 million. The construction of the projects, including around 100 kilometers of street barriers erected for a new sewage system, has caused numerous gridlocks on HCMC roads.

Lately the folks in Saigon got constant problems with flooding on the streets. Obviously the HCMC does have enough water drainage capacity. Are we building too many structures too fast on the ground and not building enough water drainage system for it?

What should we say to the city leaders?


3). You are talking to your 12 year-old daughter/sister Hoa, and you tell her this: “Hoa, if there is only ONE thing in this life I would like you to remember, it is …..”

Please fill in the blank to continue your conversation, as long as you want.



Below is an excerpt from the speech “I’ve been to the mountaintop” by Martin Luther King. Please translate it into Vietnamese.

Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee — the cry is always the same: “We want to be free.”

And another reason that I’m happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we are going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.

Have fun and have a wonderful day, everyone.


Một suy nghĩ 3 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Monday, June 8, 2009”

  1. Hi anh Hoanh,
    Thank you very much for your information in term of topic No. 1. It’s really interesting to know that Vietnam is one of the 10 most attractive offshoring destinations. Of course, not only me but also others working in Software outsourcing industry should be very proud about this! 🙂

    As far as I’m concerned, the ranking result of Vietnam in the year 2009 according to 3 main criteria (Financial Score, People Score, Environment Score) is as below.
    1) Finance: No.2 attractiveness (Indonesia: 1st; Phillipines: 3rd)
    2) Skill: No.9 (India & China are 1st & 2nd)
    3) Business environment: No.8 (the same with Philippines & better than Indonesia).

    From this result, I think what we should improve most is the labor quality. Currently, we offer customers very cheap price but, due to poor quality of the labor pool, there’re lots of reworks in our deliverables. As the result, customers have to pay a total cost which is more expensive than that of India and China – where its price is more expensive than that of Vietnam but less rework and headache.

    Số lượt thích

  2. Thanks for the note, sis. Loan. It is very interesting that you mention labor quality. I agree wholly. We Vietnamese should be more demanding on ourselves on quality. Business quality is simple: We must deliver the best product that we can produce. And if that means we have to redo the product 20 times before delivering, then redo it 20 times. That is how the business world operates. The world doesn’t accept anything less than the best.

    Great day, sister. 🙂

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  3. Yes, agree with you! 🙂
    Ah, there’s also another funny idea about how to do Software outsourcing: “Why don’t we think that some day Vietnam will play the role as prime contractor (get the projects), then hire China, India (as subcontractor) to do outsourcing projects?”. This is also one way to deliver customers the best quality! 😀 😀

    BTW, here is the link which provides you more related ranking information.

    Have a nice day, bro. Hoanh.

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