Sample of work

You are considering moving abroad. Research attitudes to personal space and discuss how you might feel in 2 different countries 

A: I heard that you are considering moving abroad, which country do you prefer?

B: Oh, there are wide variety choices, however, I pick Australia for my final option.

A: That’s great, I have lived in Australia, but have you ever thought about the difference of personal space between Vietnam and Australia? Or do you know anything about personal space?

B: Oh, I just know a little and I think personal space is how close we stand to our colleagues, our friends, strangers and it varies widely between countries.

A: It’s true, therefore you should consider carefully before moving to any foreign countries or else it will bring you a lot of troubles.

B: Oh, do you think that in Vietnam, personal space is smaller than other countries?


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A: Yes, I totally agree with you because in Vietnam, it has no rules about personal space between each person

B: What’s more, Vietnamese culture are more open to the concept of ‘friendly skin-ship,’ the idea that the closer you are to a person, the more you’ll touch him or her and touch reinforces the relationship.
A: That’s why I feel comfortable to live in Vietnam, to communicate with each other without worrying a lot about violating their personal spaces.

B: Yeah, I have the same feeling as you and personal space in Vietnam is not a problem for people, but how about personal space in Australia? Is it serious?
A: Well, let me remember. I think personal space in Australia is different and serious that in Vietnam. Indeed, when talking, Australians do not stand very close to each other. Specifically, roughly an arm’s length of personal space is generally accepted in Australia during a conversation.

B: Really? I should be careful to leave a personal space when communicating with people in Australia. But how about friends? Do we need to make this personal space also?

A: I think it is not needed, I mean, with friends, the personal space is smaller. However, you should be very careful in the business context.

B: Ah, I remember a magazine said that an appropriate personal space of an arm’s length in Australia would be the minimum requirements when talking with business colleagues. It is right?

A: That’s absolutely right, especially between colleagues of the opposite sex.

B: It’s strange. I feel like it is harder to communicate with people in Australia than in Vietnam and I should always be careful about keeping personal space.

A: Yeah, one more interesting thing is that when staying in an Australian family, you are not allowed to enter the bedrooms of family members unless you are invited to do so because these are regarded as personal space.

B: Oh, really, when staying in Vietnam, I think parents can freely to enter their children bedrooms without asking for permissions. So, about this feature, I like Australia than Vietnam.

A: All right. So remember to investigate more about personal space of any countries you want to stay.

B: Yes, I will.



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