Describe a time you moved to a new home/school - Bài mẫu IELTS Speaking

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Đề tài - Cue card

Describe a time when you moved to a new home/school. You should say:

  • When you moved

  • Where you moved

  • Why you moved

  • And how you felt about it

IELTS Speaking sample

To be honest, I've never really lived anywhere outside my own house - the same house since I was born, up until last year when I had to move because I was starting university in another city. I was very excited back then, so without delay, I searched for rented apartments at an affordable cost and prepared to move in a rush. The place I moved to was actually not that close to my university. To be precise, it’s at least 3 km away from my block. The road to school is still a chore, not to mention traffic jams in rush hours. However, I never regretted staying here. The apartment is great, fully furnished, not exactly new, but very clean and spacious. The best advantage is that rent-wise and maintenance expenses are actually cheaper than other apartments I found in the same area. The block is located in quite a remote place, pretty far from the center of the city. However, there are still grocery, stationery and other essential products in close vicinity. Another plus is that there’s a hospital that’s only five minutes' walk from the block. The most special feature this place has is a flower garden and an overall greenery atmosphere. There really are not many places in this city where one can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the sound of birds chirping every morning. Overall, it was an unbelievable experience living in this new apartment, so much that I often feel grateful for the opportunity.

Từ vựng trong IELTS Speaking sample

Từ vựng

Ví dụ

Rented apartment (n): căn hộ cho thuê

rented (adj) /ˈrentɪd/: (được) thuê

apartment (n) /əˈpɑːtmənt/: căn hộ

She bought a house since she didn’t like living in rented apartments.

affordable (adj) /əˈfɔːdəbl/: có thể đáp ứng được

The only affordable apartment I can find is 5km from here.

block (n) /blɒk/: tòa nhà

My block is just around the corner.

spacious (adj) /ˈspeɪʃəs/: rộng rãi

Despite the look, the room is actually surprisingly spacious.

maintenance (n) /ˈmeɪntənəns/: bảo trì

The maintenance cost is getting higher lately.

vicinity (n) /vəˈsɪnəti/: phạm vi xung quanh

There isn’t any restaurant in the close vicinity it seems.

Hustle (n) /ˈhʌsl/ - hustle and bustle: sự ồn ào náo nhiệt (của một thành phố)

I can’t seem to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up questions

1. Why do people move to a new home?

There can be a lot of reasons why people move to a new home. But I think people most commonly move for jobs, education or just to rediscover themselves. For example University students leave home to better facilitate their study, workers move for a dream job in another city or somebody simply wants to travel around to explore - both the world and themselves. Also, people tend to relocate when they think their living environment has become more dangerous - for example people in Afghanistan when the Taliban force surged back to power.

2. What problems do people face after moving to a new place? How do people solve these problems?

Home-sick, definitely. They are leaving your old home behind after all, and that includes their house, their relationships, and the origin of many of their memories. Aside from that,  it would depend on the place they are moving to. If they are moving to a new place with a different culture, they might face a culture shock. I don’t think there is a definite way to solve these kind of problem, people would just have to slowly get used to it.

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the same place?

I think the main benefit of living in one place is that you will develop a strong sense of community.  People find happiness through relationships, and yet how will you maintain those relationships if you keep relocating? Giving up on a place is, in a sense, giving up on the chance to know the people there. And also moving expenses are huge so living in the same place can also be considered a kind of saving. 

The biggest disadvantage is probably that you won’t get to broaden your horizon the way traveling does. Staying in the same place for a long period of time can make life seem monotonous and boring, maybe the best solution then would be to move, since that’s a great way to experience new things and meet new people.

4. Is it good to move to a new place frequently? Why?

I don’t think so. Firstly, moving to a new place is a big deal, it involves a lot of expenses. I can only imagine how costly it would be for people who often relocate. Secondly, moving means you have to reintroduce yourself to the new community (at your new place) and start the process of connecting with people all over again, while leaving your old friends and kind neighbors behind. And well personally, I get emotionally attached to things, so moving never seemed like an easy task for me since I’d have to choose what to bring and what to leave behind. I feel like whenever I have to make such a choice, it’s a very painful process.

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Tài liệu tham khảo

English collocations in advanced use, Felicity O’Dell and Michael Mccarthy.

“Cambridge Dictionary | English Dictionary, Translations and Thesaurus”, dictionary.cambridge.org https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

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