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  • Hi guys! Welcome back to my channel!

  • This is Trang and I'm just gonna get straight to the point

  • Today's IELTS topic is gonna be about:

  • So let's get started!

  • There're quite a few waterways that are very important in my country

  • but today I'd like to talk about a river that I've always wanted to visit

  • Mekong delta river

  • It's one of the world's longest rivers

  • flows through our neighbor countries

  • China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia to Vietnam

  • then drains into the East Sea through 9 mouths

  • That's why it also has the name: 9 dragons river

  • Mekong delta is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands

  • located in the Southwestern region of Vietnam

  • It has a myriad of uses in the region it passes through

  • The reason that I think Mekong delta is

  • one of the most important rivers in my country is because

  • first of all, Mekong and its tributaries are essential

  • to rice production and agriculture in Vietnam

  • because as you might already know

  • rice is the staple diet of our country

  • Apart from rice, the delta also provides various seafood species

  • to the local economy

  • Second of all, Mekong River is a hub for Vietnamese culture

  • and a major transportation route for people living in the area

  • as well as for tourists traveling to Vietnam

  • Lastly, Mekong delta offers many exciting

  • excursions, activities and attractions

  • The floating market is definitely a highlight that's worth visiting

  • Tourists can buy different types of commodities that are locally produced

  • directly from the boats

  • Furthermore, you can take a sampan ride

  • that meanders through small villages

  • and experience beautiful tropical scenery

  • and amazing cuisine from real life of the Mekong people

  • Those are the reasons that I think

  • Mekong delta is critically important to my county

  • There you go!

  • That was my example answer for the IELTS topic:

  • Describe a major river in your country

  • I don't have any quotes that I like related to river

  • but I'd like to share with you some interesting river idioms today

  • 1st idiom: "Up the river without a paddle"

  • means that you're in a very challenging or difficult situation that can not be easily resolved

  • or you're totally not prepared for this situation

  • For example

  • "I think I'm gonna start saving from now on

  • just in case if I got fired

  • I don't want to be up the river without a paddle"

  • 2nd idiom: “sell (someone) down the river

  • if someone sell you down the river

  • that means they betray your trust

  • or they didn't do what they promised to you

  • For example:

  • "The police raided the gangsters den and arrested them all

  • Apparently, someone had sold them down the river"

  • 3rd idiom: “Cry me a river

  • this one is my favorite

  • You normally use this idiom to someone that complains or whines a lot

  • for example:

  • If your friend always complains:

  • "OMG, I don't have any clothes to wear!!!"

  • You can say:

  • Cry me a river! You go shopping all the time!

  • That's it for today!

  • I hope this video was helpful for you guys

  • Please let me know in the comment section down below

  • if you've been to the Mekong delta or not

  • and how was it?

  • I'll see you next time, bye!

Hi guys! Welcome back to my channel!

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