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Bài mẫu chủ đề “Describe a situation when something in your house was broken or stopped working”
You should say:
What it was
When it broke/stopped working
And explain how you felt about it
Máy giặt bị hư vào tuần trước
Đã dùng được 10 năm, khá tốn điện
Một ngày, không bấm nút “start” được
Không biết cách sửa
Vẫn còn bảo hành nên gọi chỗ bán tới sửa
Không có lỗi gì, chỉ vì không đóng chặt cửa máy
Xấu hổ vì sự bất cẩn
It was a week ago when the washing machine in my house stopped running.
My mom got this new washing machine a year ago, to replace the old one which we used for over 10 years, but it also consumed a lot of energy. It is an Electrolux Inverter and can wash up to 10kg at one time. As usual, I do the laundry every other day, and after I placed the dirty clothes inside, it was impossible for me to press ‘start’. I tried to fix it from my experience by unplugging the machine and then plugging it again as a way to restart it. But honestly, I had no clue about how to fix it or why it refused to work so I decided to read the manual again. I was struggling to find the cause, then realized this washing machine still had a warranty so I immediately called the seller to have it repaired. When the mechanic arrived, I was a bit furious because it was a new machine so I was expecting it to work smoothly.
However, it turned out that there was no error and it was simply because I didn’t close the door of the washing machine tight enough. I felt like I had egg on my face because of my carelessness. Obviously I will be more careful next time before calling for help.
Từ vựng chủ đề “Describe a situation when something in your house was broken or stopped working”
laundry /ˈlôndrē/ (n) : việc giặt giũ
My mom does the laundry everyday
unplug /ˌənˈpləɡ/ (v) tháo phích cắm
The machine won't work if you unplug it
have no clue : không có gợi ý nào
I have no clue how to solve this problem
manual : sách hướng dẫn
Every machine has a manual to help the user
warranty /ˈwôrən(t)ē/(n); bảo hành
This stove has a 2-year warranty policy
have egg on my face : ngượng đỏ mặt
I had egg on my face when I slipped in front of the class
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample
What are the most common home appliances that people use these days?
There are some appliances we just can’t live without, like refrigerators, washing machines and cookers. Every family has at least one of these and they really come in handy because nowadays we all need help with household chores. If it takes us 30 minutes to wash the dishes by hand, it only takes the dishwashing machine 15 and we don’t have to touch the greasy and dirty dishes. Since these machines are so common these days, they are now quite affordable.
can’t live without : rất quan trọng, không thể thiếu
Some teenagers just can't live without their phones
come in handy : có ích
This new dishwasher really comes in handy
affordable (a) /əˈfôrdəb(ə)l/ : giá cả phải chăng
Our new stove is affordable and has many functions.
Do you think modern technology makes people lazier?
Yes, I do, but only for some people. Home appliances help us with almost all the household chores we can think of,, from cooking to cleaning. But that is the reason why they were invented in the first place, to make our lives easier. While some people just let the machine do the job and relax, many make use of that time for doing other more meaningful things. So I'd say modern technology is beneficial and saves us time doing things that can be done automatically, and it only make us lazier if we are too dependent on it.
beneficial (a) /ˌbenəˈfiSH(ə)l/ : mang lại lợi ích
Reading books is beneficial for brain development
automatically (ad) /ˌôdəˈmadiklē/ : một cách tự động
The machine runs automatically, you don't have to watch it.
What can people do to protect their equipment from technical problems?
Firstly, make sure to monitor the condition of the equipment and have it serviced occasionally. People should also protect their equipment from dust and water and have it cleaned regularly. Lastly, read the instructions before using it to avoid careless mistakes.
monitor(v) /ˈmɒn.ɪ.tər/ : giám sát, theo dõi
The police were monitoring his transactions.
serviced (v) /ˈsɜː.vɪst/ : kiểm tra và sửa chữa các phần hư hại
You should have your fridge serviced regularly
dust (n) /dʌst/ : bụi bẩn
The table was covered in dust because no one was home.
When an electronic item of yours does not work, would you repair it or buy a new one?
Depending on the reason why it breaks down. But the first thing I do is to get it repaired first, since it costs less than buying a new one, and find out the error. If it’s just a one-time glitch, I'll continue using it, but if the machine is likely to break down again, I'll get a new one.
error (n) /ˈer.ər/ : lỗi
He has made several typing errors
glitch (n) /ɡlɪtʃ/ : lỗi nhỏ
There shouldn't be any glitch in our newly-bought machine
Are you good at handling problems on your own?
I think so. I’m confident that I have great problem-solving skills and always try to figure out the problem myself. However, since I'm not an expert in everything, I will need some professional help once a while. For example, my fridge just broke down last week and I couldn't fix it no matter how hard I tried so I had to call the repair center.
problem-solving skill : kỹ năng giải quyết vấn đề
Problem-solving skills are not taught in schools but are very important in life
expert (n)/ˈekspɜː(r)t/ : chuyên gia
He is an expert in relationships.
professional (a) /prəˈfeʃ(ə)nəl/: chuyên nghiệp
She is a professional volleyball player
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