No Money Tour
It is our celebration of 10 years anniversary of Awesome Travel, we would like to take this opportunity to thank with our loyal customers. To show our appreciation for your support over the years, so we are organizing No Money Tour in Hanoi old quarter, it is our special gift to you.
Once again, thank you for helping us make the past ten years so successful. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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*No Money Tour in Hanoi old quarter*      

Itinerary from 10.00- 12.30


-10.00. Student tour guide will welcome you in our company office, right location in Hanoi old quarter, nearly Hoan Kiem lake, then start walking in old quarter with discovering local lives and lanes, alley, houses, market. It is really new experience in your vacation.

-11.30. Finish the walking tour at Street Food Cafe, then enjoy free famous dishes such as: Pho, Bun Cha, Banh Xeo, Nem, Cha Ca, Banh Cuon, Banh Mi, Cafe Trung, Hanoi beer. Top 10 for must eats!

-12.30. Say goodbye with our host, and see you again!


- Student tour guide
- Old quarter walking from 10.00- 11.30
- Street Food & drink in Street Food Cafe

*Exclude: pick up/drop off hotels

*Helping: chance for students to practise English

*Meeting point: 64 Nguyen Huu Huan,  Street Food Cafe, Hanoi old quarter.

*Vietnamese students afraid to speak English*   

“I am afraid of making mistakes in speaking English”

Nguyen Duc, who has graduated from the Nguyen Trai High School in Hanoi, honestly admitted that though he learned English at school for seven years, from sixth to twelfth grade, he still cannot speak English.

“Besides the lessons at school, I also went to English centers. However, I could not pass the exams to get the A-level English certificate,” he said. “Now I have to struggle with English again at the university”.

Duc is not alone. Many Vietnamese students cannot communicate in English, even though they spent 6-7 years learning English at grammar schools. The problem is that they learn English just to pass regular tests or examinations, while they cannot use English in reality. Especially, many students got high scores from exams and tests, but they can only write grammatical sentences, while they are very bad at listening and communicating.

Thuy Loan, an 8th grader of Lien Hoa Secondary School in Hoa Binh said on Tien phong, that she likes learning English, and she always has good learning results at school. However, last year, when she came to Hanoi to visit relatives and went to an English club, she found out that she was afraid to speak English in crowded places because she was afraid of making mistakes.

Bad English skills have become a hot topic on education forums. Educators have pointed out that it is the nature of Vietnamese people that they can easily get embarrassed when making mistakes, therefore, they would rather not to speak English to make mistakes.

Learning English like “climbing a greasy poll”

Phuong Nam, a lecturer of the English faculty under the University for Business and Technology, pointed out that it is the traditional teaching method with which students stay passive in learning and do not have a communication environment, which is the main reason behind the ineffective teaching and learning of English. As a result, students have become afraid of learning English.

In fact, during the lessons, students are also requested to communicate with each other in English and they can also practice speaking and listening with audio tapes and video disks. However, due to many reasons, including the habits in teaching and the bad material facilities, students rarely have the chance to access to modern teaching and learning tools. In general, students can only listen to teachers, while teachers are not make good pronunciations in all cases.

“Many of my students at the university make wrong pronunciations of some basic words. However, they think that they have good pronunciations already because they have been pronouncing this way since they were at grammar school, and no need to correct the pronunciations,” she complained.

Nam said that in general, high school students do not have the chance to practice four basic skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. At schools, teachers focus on teaching grammar, while students also focus on grammar lessons in order to pass tests and examinations.

This traditional way of teaching put students in the “passive voice” when learning English, and they cannot have good communication skills, even though students can be good at grammar. Nam said that grammar lessons should be associated with the practice, or the learning would be useless and like “climbing the greasy poll”.

Sourced by Vietnamnet

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