Bài viết giới thiệu Sample IELTS Speaking Part 2 Describe a time when you missed an appointment (planning) thuộc nhóm chủ đề describe an experience (miêu tả trải nghiệm) kèm theo các từ vựng ghi điểm trong bài. Đây là một trong nhóm chủ đề phổ biến trong bài thi IELTS Speaking Part 2.
Describe a time when you missed an appointment (planning)
You should say:
When it was
Who you made it with
Why you missed it
And how you felt about it
IELTS Speaking sample
It was just last month. I was supposed to meet my best friend at her apartment on Sunday and take her to her hometown so that we could enjoy a meal with her family. It was a super busy time because I have just got a new job. A lot of things to learn about and I buried myself in a mountain of workload. I even burned the midnight oil because I wanted to perform well at work. I was exhausted and there was nothing in my mind except work at that time. I even accepted my boss’s request for a business trip to Hanoi on that Sunday and totally forgot about the appointment with my friend. On Saturday, I was on the flight to Hanoi and I posted a picture on my Facebook before my flight. After arriving at my hotel, I opened my phone and saw her messages asking me about the dinner with her family the next day. I felt extremely disappointed with myself for forgetting such a special appointment with my best friend. She has always been a thoughtful and supportive friend who gave me good advice and encouragement. She was not mad at me but I knew she was very sad. After this occasion, I promised myself that I will never ever forget an appointment again and no matter what happens, I need to maintain a work-life balance. Coming back from my business trip, I came to her house with some Hanoi specialties and apologized to her. Thankfully she was happy again and still my bosom buddy.
Từ vựng trong IELTS Speaking sample:
bury myself in a mountain of workload: tự chôn mình trong một núi công việc
Bury /ˈber.i/ : chôn
Mountain /ˈmaʊn.tɪn/ : núi
Workload /ˈwɜːk.ləʊd/ : Khối lượng công việc
Ví dụ: I don’t want to bury myself in a mountain of workload
burn the midnight oil /bɜːn/ /ðə/ /ˈmɪd.naɪt/ /ɔɪl/: làm việc/ học tới khuya muộn
Ví dụ: We admire those who hunker down, stay the course, burn the midnight oil.
maintain a work-life balance: duy trì cân bằng giữa công việc và cuộc sống
Maintain /meɪnˈteɪn/: duy trì
Balance /ˈbæl.əns/ : cân bằng
Ví dụ: Women also expect to be able to maintain a work-life balance
bosom buddy /ˈbʊz.əm ˈbʌd.i/: người bạn thân thiết
Ví dụ: This is a city based on commerce and its bosom buddy, selling
Các ý tưởng và từ vựng trong bài mẫu trên có thể được dùng để phát triển các chủ đề sau:
● Describe an occasion when you were late: Trả lời tương tự, nhưng thay vì không tới được, thì thí sinh có thể trả lời theo hướng nhớ ra lúc gần giờ hẹn và vẫn xoay sở để tới nhưng bị trễ
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample
Câu hỏi: Is it important to have a daily plan?
Gợi ý: get everything organized (mọi thứ được sắp xếp)
Definitely. Writing down things that need to be done will help people not be lost. Everyone, especially those who do more than 1 job at the same time, have a lot of tasks to finish, appointments and goals. A daily plan helps us to remember what has to be done in a day and get everything organized. Especially, when having a clear daily routine, you will be unlikely to forget an appointment with someone.
Câu hỏi: What kind of things do people need to plan carefully?
Gợi ý: long-term goals (những mục tiêu dài hạn), a dream come true (điều ước thành hiện thực), short-term targets (mục tiêu ngắn hạn)
I think that’s their long-term goals. It’s not easy at all to get a dream come true so people have to carefully plan the shorter-term targets and the steps to achieve it. If people don’t spend enough time and effort on this, they may get lost on their way to success and unable to make it.
Câu hỏi: Is there anything that can’t be planned?
Gợi ý: emergencies (những trường hợp khẩn cấp), dangerous situation (tình huống nguy hiểm), under your control (nằm trong tầm kiểm soát của bạn)
Of course! There are a lot of unexpected things that can occur in our life. Planning day-to-day activities is easy, but who knows what will come up in the middle. Just imagine on a typical working day when you are walking home at night, some strangers follow you and that’s something which is definitely never on your daily plan.
Câu hỏi:Do you think it is important to have a work-life balance?
Gợi ý: separating personal and professional lives (Tách biệt đời sống chuyên môn và cá nhân)
Undoubtedly. Separating personal and professional lives helps people maintain both their mental and physical health. They are likely to have less stress and will be full of energy to work effectively and increase their creativity.