Bài mẫu IELTS Speaking Band 8 – Describe a recent change in your life

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You should say:

  • What the change was
  • When it happened
  • How you felt about it
  • And explain if it was a positive or negative change for you

Band 8 Sample

I suppose one of the biggest turning points in my life was when I graduated from university just a couple of months ago. I looked for a job and began working full-time right after that so I haven’t really had time to take a deep breath and reflect on this momentous change.

People say that university is one of the best periods of time in your life, and that you will miss it once you are employed. That’s not true for me, because I was very relieved when I finally got my degree. I didn’t get to learn a lot in school and was always irritated by the poor attitude of the staff there. Throughout 4 years, all I wanted was to get a job so that I could support myself first and then my family. And that has finally come true. I am more in my element when I’m working because I constantly learn new things and have to deal with new challenges.

But the biggest change for me is that now I can take care of myself financially and not have to rely on my family anymore. I already worked part-time when I was in university, but what I made wasn’t nearly enough to save for a rainy day, let alone support my family. So although my work isn’t all roses, I am still very glad I have made it this far. Personally I feel this change has had a very positive impact on me.

Vocabulary highlights

  • To reflect on: to think carefully and deeply about something
  • To be irritated: to be annoyed

By ZIM Academic English School

  1. What changes do you want to make in your life?

Probably I want to do something about my daily routine. I am quite lazy, you see, so I tend to procrastinate and leave things till the last minute. I have wasted a lot of time and also a lot of energy due to this bad habit. So I think I should make a weekly schedule and stick to it so that I can be more efficient.

  1. Do you believe we can control our own fate? How?

No, I don’t think fate is something we can fully control. There will certainly be things that take you by surprise, whether you like it or not. Well, traffic accidents are a clear example. But it’s not all bad. Sometimes fate can lead you to good things like a business opportunity or a romantic relationship.

  1. What three changes you would want to see in your country?

The first and most important change I want to see is a better education system. I am a teacher, so of course this is very close to my heart. I want there to be a better curriculum that teaches students useful skills they need in the future instead of just useless theories they’ll forget once they have taken a test. I want there to be fewer tests, maybe once or twice a school year. That way children will have a chance to be just children, instead of lifeless zombies going from class to class.

The second thing I want to see is a better public transport system together with better infrastructure. I live in Saigon so there are traffic jams every single day and I’m so sick of it. I am prepared to switch to public transport if only it weren’t so uncomfortable. The buses are always too crowded and unpunctual.

Lastly, I hope that people can be kinder towards each other. I know it’s corny but people treat each other so badly nowadays. You can see it everywhere, from reckless drivers and abusive parents to sellers who put toxic chemicals into the products they sell. The scary thing is that this has become a norm. If only people were more considerate, I believe none of these horrible things would happen.