IELTS Speaking Part 2
Describe an unusual meal you had
You should say:
Who you were with
Where you went
When it happened
Why it was unusual
Band 8 Sample
The meal I had was very unusual, and it happened completely by accident. I was waiting for my flight at the airport when I suddenly heard someone calling my name. When I turned around, I saw my high school best friend whom I hadn't seen in almost 10 years. It was such a wonderful surprise to see him after all this time, and we quickly caught up on each other's lives.
Since we had some time to kill before our flights, my friend suggested that we grab something to eat. We walked around the airport, and eventually found a small restaurant that served local cuisine. I was excited to try something new, and my friend ordered a dish that he said was a local specialty.
When our food arrived, I was surprised to see that it was actually a plate of insects. There were fried crickets, grasshoppers, and beetles. I have never eaten insects before, and I was a bit hesitant at first. But my friend encouraged me to try them, saying that they were delicious and packed with protein.
I finally mustered up the courage to try one, and to my surprise, it was actually quite tasty. It had a crunchy texture and a slightly nutty flavor. I ended up eating more than I thought I would, and my friend and I had a good laugh about the experience.
Overall, it was an unusual meal for me, and definitely not something I would have ordered on my own. However, I'm glad that I tried it, and it's something that I will remember for a long time. It was also a great way to reconnect with my friend and make some new memories after all these years.
by accident: tình cờ
caught up on each other's lives: hỏi thăm tình hình cuộc sống của nhau
had some time to kill: còn thừa một chút thời gian
local cuisine: ẩm thực địa phương
local specialty: đặc sản địa phương
cricket (n): con dế
grasshoppers (n): châu chấu
beetle (n): bọ cánh cứng
mustered up the courage: dồn hết can đảm
Ex: She finally mustered up the courage to ask him for more money.
on my own: tự mình, một mình
Ex: He'd left on his own, without telling his parents.
IELTS Speaking Part 3
What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating in restaurants?
Eating in restaurants offers the convenience of not having to cook or clean up, as well as the opportunity to try new and exotic cuisines. However, the cost of dining out can quickly add up, and the quality of the food and service may be inconsistent. It's important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to dine in a restaurant.
add up: cộng dồn tạo thành con số lớn
Ex: The changes in air quality are small, but after a while they do add up and affect people's health.
pros and cons: lợi ích và tác hại
2. Do you think having dinner at home is a good idea?
Having dinner at home can be a cost-effective and healthy option, as it allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes of your meal. It also provides an opportunity to bond with family members or roommates and practice cooking skills. However, it can be challenging to find the time and motivation to cook after a long day at work or school.
cost-effective (adj): tiết kiệm chi phí
bond (v): gắn kết
3. Do young people like to spend time with their families or friends?
Young people today value both spending time with their families and maintaining a social life with friends. They often prioritize the latter, as it provides a sense of independence and adventure. However, family relationships are still highly valued, and many young people make an effort to stay connected with their families despite their busy schedules.
a sense of independence: cảm giác độc lập
make an effort: nỗ lực để làm gì đó
4. What do you think are the benefits of having dinner together?
The benefits of having dinner together as a family or with friends are numerous. It promotes healthy communication, strengthens relationships, and encourages healthy eating habits. Additionally, it provides a chance to share stories, experiences, and laughter.
healthy communication: giao tiếp lành mạnh
healthy eating habits: thói quen ăn uống lành mạnh
5. Do you think people are less willing to cook meals by themselves these days, compared to the past?
In today's fast-paced world, many people prioritize convenience over cooking meals from scratch. The rise of food delivery services and pre-packaged meals has made it easier than ever to eat without having to cook. However, cooking at home can be a rewarding and satisfying experience, as well as a way to save money and promote healthy eating habits.
fast-paced (adj): có nhịp độ nhanh, nhộn nhịp
pre-packaged (adj): được đóng gói sẵn