Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn't like

“Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn't like” thuộc nhóm chủ đề “Describe a experience (miêu tả trải nghiệm)” là đề bài thường gặp trong Part 2 IELTS Speaking. Bài viết sau đây sẽ gợi ý bài mẫu cùng các câu hỏi thường gặp và cách trả lời tự tin hơn cho chủ đề này. Hơn nữa, bài viết cũng sẽ giới thiệu về các từ vựng và mẫu câu giúp tăng phần Lexical Resource.
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You should say: 

  • When and where it happened 

  • Who he/she was 

  • Why you didn't like this person 

  • And explain why you were friendly to him/her on that occasion

Bài mẫu chủ đề “Describe a habit your friend and you want to develop”

No one wants to deal with a person that they don’t like. Unfortunately, there are a lot of times when people have to deal with a difficult person. I'm going to tell you about one of my Oscar-worthy performances when I pretended to be nice to an irksome colleague.

It was a year ago when I still worked for my old company. I had to work on a project with one of the most vexing co-workers in my workplace. We were like oil and water. While I am very into trying new ideas and solutions, he was a very conventional person, and I considered him to be quite narrow-minded. Whenever I came up with something new, he would be the first person to reject it. Besides that, we share different interests so we rarely had a conversation with each other.

He and I were assigned a project from my boss, which required us to work together. I was quite worried when I knew that I had to work with him on this project as we hadn’t done anything together before that. I tried to seek his approval for many ideas that I had. I didn’t say anything when he rejected my ideas because I didn’t want to argue with him so that we could progress faster and meet the deadline of the project. 

Pretending to be nice to him is the only way that I could think of that would allow us to collaborate together effectively. Sadly, our relationship did not improve after that project as we had nearly nothing in common.

Context

(Bối cảnh)

  • Làm việc cùng với 1 đồng nghiệp khó tính

Content

(Nội dung)

  • Anh ta hẹp hòi => không hợp nhau

  • Làm việc cùng nhau => lo lắng

  • Tôi không bao giờ tranh cãi với anh ta => để công việc tiến triển nhanh hơn

  • Giả bộ thân thiện để có thể làm việc chung

Conclusion

(Kết thúc)

  • Mối quan hệ không có tiến triển

Describe a time you friendly to someone you didn't like


Context

No one wants to deal with a person that they don’t like. Unfortunately, there are a lot of times when people have to deal with a difficult person. I'm going to tell you about one of my Oscar-worthy performances when I pretended to be nice to an irksome colleague. 

Content

It was a year ago when I still worked for my old company. I had to work on a project with one of the most vexing co-workers in my workplace. We were like oil and water. While I am very into trying new ideas and solutions, he was a very conventional person, and I considered him to be quite narrow-minded. Whenever I came up with something new, he would be the first person to reject it. Besides that, we share different interests so we rarely had a conversation with each other.

 

He and I were assigned a project from my boss, which required us to work together. I was quite worried when I knew that I had to work with him on this project as we hadn’t done anything together before that. I tried to seek his approval for many ideas that I had. I didn’t say anything when he rejected my ideas because I didn’t want to argue with him so that we could progress faster and meet the deadline of the project. 

Conclusion

Pretending to be nice to him is the only way that I could think of that would allow us to collaborate together effectively. Sadly, our relationship did not improve after that project as we had nearly nothing in common.

Từ vựng IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • Oscar-worthy /ˈɒskə-ˈwɜːði/: diễn xuất xuất sắc 

Ví dụ: I made an Oscar-worthy job of convincing the boss

  • irksome /ˈɜːrksəm/: khó chịu

Ví dụ: I found the restrictions irksome.

  • vexing /ˈveksɪŋ/ làm phật ý

Ví dụ: I found their attitude extremely vexing.

  • oil and water (idiom): như nước với lửa

Ví dụ: Like oil and water, the worlds of work and pleasure do not blend easily.

  • narrow-minded  /ˌnær.əʊˈmaɪn.dɪd/(adj): bảo thủ, khó chấp nhận ý kiến của người khác

Ví dụ: There is no point in trying to persuade her because she is very narrow-minded

  • progress /prəˈɡres/: tiếp tục tiến hành

Ví dụ: Things are progressing well.

  • collaborate /kəˈlæbəreɪt/: hợp tác

Ví dụ: Researchers around the world are collaborating to develop a new vaccine.

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample

1. Why are people friendly with the people they don’t like?

To show their politeness. Even when you are talking to a person you don’t like, you have to be respectful towards the other person. I think it’s a part of our culture, we were taught to be nice to the people around us, even to those who are irritating and annoying.

  • respectful  /rɪˈspektfl/ tôn trọng

Ví dụ: The onlookers stood at a respectful distance.

  • irritating  /ˈɪrɪteɪtɪŋ/: khó chịu

Ví dụ: I found her extremely irritating.

2. What kinds of people are usually friendly?

Celebrities. They have to be well-rounded in the eyes of the public. Everything they do can affect their image and reputation as they are closely watched by other people. So I think that those people have to be friendly all the time to gain the love and trust of the public. Well, rising to stardom isn’t an easy 

thing to do, right?

  • Well-rounded /ˌwel ˈraʊndɪd/: toàn diện

Ví dụ: Famous people make others think that they are well-rounded individuals.

  • Stardom /ˈstɑːr.dəm/ trở thành ngôi sao

Ví dụ: From childhood, Britney Spears seemed destined for stardom.

3. What are the difference between being friendly and being polite?

Friendliness and politeness are often associated with each other so I guess they are kind of similar. You have to be friendly to show your politeness, right? But I guess being friendly means you have to be fun and sociable, you know, to bring people together. Meanwhile, it’s not necessary to do that to show your politeness.

  • Friendliness /ˈfrendlinəs/: sự thân thiện

Ví dụ: We were greeted with warmth and friendliness.

  • Politeness /pəˈlaɪtnəs/: lịch sự

Ví dụ: He stood up out of politeness and offered her his seat.

4. What do you think of people who are straightforward?

For me, it’s a virtue. I love those who are honest and open, willing to tell you the truth in the most direct way. Eventually,the truth will come out, so it is pointless and time-wasting to keep beating around the bush. It is quite annoying to listen to a meaningless story before getting to know the main point.

  • The truth will come out (idiom): sự thật cuối cùng cũng sẽ phơi bày

Ví dụ: This is the time when the truth will come out.

  • beating around the bush (idiom): nói vòng vo

Ví dụ: Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you want.

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Hy vọng rằng thông qua bài viết trên, người học đã hình dung được những câu hỏi trong phần thi Speaking Part 3 có thể gặp trong chủ đề này, cách lập dàn ý và cách trả lời phù hợp nhất cho từng câu hỏi liên quan đến chủ đề “Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn't like”.

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