Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone

“Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone” thuộc nhóm chủ đề “Describe a experience (miêu tả trải nghiệm)” là chủ đề thường được đưa ra trong bài thi nói học thuật như IELTS Speaking Part 2.
Phan Thị Hoàng Khánh
20/12/2022
describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone

Bài viết sau đây sẽ gợi ý bài nói mẫu cho chủ đề “Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone” cùng những câu hỏi thường gặp và hướng dẫn trả lời lưu loát và gây ấn tượng với giảm khảo cho chủ đề này. Hơn nữa, bài viết cũng sẽ giới thiệu về các từ vựng và cách diễn đạt phù hợp. Từ đó giúp tăng điểm trong bài thi nói của thí sinh.

Bài mẫu chủ đề “Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone”

You should say:

  • Who you gave advice to

  • What the advice was

  • Why you gave the advice

  • And how you felt about the advice

I am going to talk about the time when my best friend poured her heart out to me. A few years ago, she found herself at a crossroads where she had to choose between continuing to study abroad for a master’s degree or working a nine-to-five job with a bachelor’s degree. She was in two minds and really needed my help to make up her mind. I told her to think of her deepest desire for the future and also her fears.  After hours of listening to her, I talked her into pursuing  a Master’s degree instead of working early. Of course, she wouldn't just simply go along with my advice, so she  pondered for days before  finally settling on the seemingly more promising option which was studying abroad. I emphasized that a master’s degree can open the door to a more rewarding career path which offers advanced opportunities and obviously a lucrative income. Although taking a master’s degree is by no means an easy task,  I believe as long as she applies herself and spares no effort, she would achieve her goal. 

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Từ vựng chủ đề “Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone”

  • at a crossroads /ˈkrɒs.rəʊdz/: đến bước ngoặt quyết định 

VD: I was at a crossroads where i needed to choose between starting my career early or going onto university

  • a nine-to-five job: công việc làm 8 tiếng một ngày

VD: Many young people feel satisfied with their nine-to-five jobs because of the stable income

  • be in two minds (a) lưỡng lự

VD: he was in two minds whether to learn English by himself or at a language centre

  • apply oneself  /əˈplaɪ/ : nỗ lực hết sức

VD: As much as I applied myself, I still failed the driving test.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample

What kind of advice do parents give to their children?

Parents should teach their children how to assess risks so they can learn to be independent and make their own decisions. You know, some risks are worth taking, but some are too dangerous. But children may not have enough real-life experience to recognize when to step out of their comfort zone and when they should not. So parents should give some examples of different risks so that children learn to consider carefully before taking risks and to know which risks that they should avoid.

  • Step out of one’s comfort zone: bước ra khỏi vùng an toàn

  • Comfort zone /ˈkʌmfərt zəʊn/ (np): vùng an toàn, thoải mái

Ví dụ:

  • He was so brave to step out of his comfort zone and start a new career at the age of 50. 

How do experts give advice to others? (e.g a doctor gives advice to patients)

Well, I have very little experience in this but I think experts need to inform others about their available options and give them some recommendations. Experts will provide support and guidance so they can make a sound decision.

  • A sound decision: một quyết định tốt, đáng tin cậy

  • Sound /saʊnd/ (adj): tốt, đáng tin cậy

Ví dụ:

  • After asking for his mom’s advice, he was finally able to make a sound decision. 

What advice do parents give to teenagers about making friends?


Parents should encourage their children to befriend those who respect and accept their differences. Children should also be taught how to identify bad friends, and what kind of behavior is unacceptable, and how to treat friends. 

Whose advice is more helpful? Parents’ or friends’?

It really depends. Sometimes, friends would have a better understanding and give better advice. But for the most part, parents are more experienced and make more sensible judgments on situations. However, not many are willing to listen to their parents, especially teenagers who only do what other teenagers do.

  • sensible /ˈsensəbl/ (adj): hợp lý, đúng đắn

Ví dụ:

  • We are just asking people to be sensible about the amount of water they use.

Hy vọng thông qua bài viết trên đây, người học đã nắm được cách triển khai ý cho chủ đề “Describe a time you gave some helpful advice to someone”.

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