IELTS Speaking Part 2
Chủ đề: Describe something special you took home from a tourist attraction.
- What it was
- When you bought it
- Where you bought it
- and explain why you think it was special.
Let me tell you about the time I visited Namsan Tower, a famous tourist attraction in Seoul, Korea and took something really important home.
I visited Seoul for seven days during last year’s winter with my mom and brother. Although we tried a lot of delicious food and saw a lot of beautiful scenery, I was looking forward to the Namsan trip the most in order to accomplish a secret mission. Namsan tower is famous for the ‘tree of love”, a designated area around the base of the tower where couples can publicly declare their eternal love by placing love locks. My girlfriend, who is a hopeless romantic and a huge K-drama fan, left there a pink, heart-shaped love lock with our names on it a couple of months ago. My mission was to retrieve it and bring it back to her as proof that we were meant to be.
However, I was at a loss for words when I saw thousands of love locks of diﬀerent shapes and sizes, scattered around the “Tree of love”. My brother and I spent hours searching but there was no sliver of hope. We even had to video call my girlfriend to ask for more directions, but all of our eﬀort was in vain. I gave up two hours later since the tower was closed and ended up buying a new lock back home for my girl, unreluctantly bursting her bubble of a fairy tale love story.
So the love lock was really special to me just because of the funny story behind it. That’s all.
- Declare eternal love: tuyên bố về tnh yêu vĩnh cửu
- Hopeless romantic: một người lãng mạn hết thuốc chữa
- (To be) meant to be: thuộc về nhau
- Loss for word: sốc không nói nên lời (cạn lời)
- Sliver of hope: ta hi vọng
- In vain: vô ích
- Burst sb bubble: phá vỡ kỳ vọng/ảo tưởng của một ai
Các chủ đề tương tự
Những ý tưởng và từ vựng trong bài mẫu trên có thể được sử dụng để phát triển những chủ đề sau:
- Describe a situation when you didn’t have enough time: I didn’t have enough time to ﬁnd the love lock for my girlfriend.
- Describe an unusual experience of travelling: I spent 4 hours ﬁnd a love lock on Namsan Tower in Seoul during my trip to Korea.
- Describe a time that you changed your plan: Since I could not ﬁnd the love lock, I had to change my plan and buy my girl a new lock.
IELTS Speaking Part 3
1. What souvenirs do people buy from tourist attractions?
Gợi ý: đồ trang trí (ornaments), T-shirt, thiệp (postcard), cốc (mug), đồ ăn, nam châm tủ lạnh (fridge magnet).
That’s a long list. From my experience, Westerners like to bring back home ornaments, postcards or mugs, while people from Eastern countries like to buy food. My mom, for example, often buys local specialties where ever she visits, like seafood or fruits from the places she visits, which are more expensive than a T-shirt, for sure. This is because she must share the souvenirs with our relatives and neighbors, given the Vietnamese is strong sense of community.
2. Why do people like to take photos while travelling?
Gợi ý: chia sẻ với bạn bè, lưu trữ khoảng khắc đẹp sống ảo.
My initial thought was to capture the moments and happy memories to impress our future self when we revisit these pictures. But now I think about it, it seems to be far from reality. Most people now take photos to post on social networking sites and impress their online followers. A volunteer trip to an African village can totally change a Facebook’s proﬁle picture. I’m not a big fan of this virtual lifestyle, though.
3. Is this good that locals sell things to tourists?
Gợi ý: Có → thúc đẩy phát triển kinh tế (tạo việc làm), truyền bá văn hoá đặc sắc, bảo vệ ngành nghề truyền thống.
Không → tạo hình ảnh xấu trong mắt bạn bè quốc tế (đồ quá đắt), thiếu nhân lực làm ngành nghề khác (làm nông).
Everything has pros and cons. The advantages of selling local goods is that it will help promote economic growth by creating more jobs, especially for underdeveloped areas. Also, this will help preserve traditional values and encourage cultural interactions. However, some tourist attractions are selling overpriced products which creates a bad image amongst international tourists, so overall, I believe this is a positive development if managed properly.