Sunday, 11 November 2018

25 topics for IELTS speaking - Part 1

These answers were estimated band 7.

Accommodation

  1. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in
    I live in a house that has a living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a small garden. It's not a very big house, but it's just right for me.
  2. How long have you lived there?
    I have lived there for about five years. It's the first house that I've owned; before that, I was renting an apartment.
  3. What do you like about living there?
    I like living there because I think the house reflects my personality. I decorated it myself, I chose all the furniture and everything is where I want it to be.
  4. What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?
    If I could, I would buy a bigger near a beach or in the mountains, preferably somewhere with a warm climate.

Clothes

  1. Are clothes and clothing fashions important to you? (Why/Why not?)
    No, clothes and fashions are not really important to me. I tend to wear clothes that are comfortable and practical rather than fashionable.
  2. What different clothes do you wear in different situations?
    Well, I have to dress quite formally for work, so I wear a shirt and trousers. At home, I prefer to wear jeans and a T-shirt, and on special occasions, I might wear a suit.
  3. Do you wear different styles of clothes now compared to 10 years ago?
    No, not really, because I don't follow fashion much. I think I have dressed in a similar way for the last 10 years.
  4. Do you think the clothes we wear say something about who we are?
    Yes, they probably do. Some people are really careful about what they wear because they want to be seen as stylish. Other people wear clothes that show wealth or status, such as clothes by famous designers.

Collecting

  1. Have you ever collected anything as a hobby? (What?)
    Yes. When I was younger, I used to collect key rings. I remember that my favourite was a Lego man keying that someone bought me as a present.
  2. What kinds of thing do people often like collecting?
    Some people collect cheap items like stamps, keyrings or toys. Others collect expensive antiques, watches, jewellery or even cars.
  3. Why do you think people collect certain objects?
    Maybe they like the constant search for a new item, or they want to remember past experiences. Others might like the feeling of organising and presenting what they own.
  4. Is there anything that you would like to collect in the future?
    Yes. If I could afford it, I'd love to have a collection of guitars in different colours, shapes and sizes.

Communication

  1. How do you usually keep in touch with members of your family?
    I mostly keep in touch with my family by phone, and I've started using the Internet to make video calls. I also try to visit members of my family in person as often as I can.
  2. Do you prefer to speak to people by phone or by writing emails?
    It depends on the situation. I use email and text messages to communicate with friends, but my parents prefer it if I phone them.
  3. Do you ever write letters by hand? (Why/Why not?)
    No, I don't write letters by hand because it's so much easier to send an email that will arrive immediately.
  4. Is there anything you dislike about mobile phones?
    Well, I don't like listening to other people's conversations in public areas, and I don't like it when someone's phone rings in the cinema or during a lesson.

Cooking

  1. Do you like cooking? Why/why not?
    Sometimes, I like preparing a special meal for family or friends who visit, but everyday cooking is a bit boring; it's something that has to be done, but it's not really fun.
  2. Who did the cooking in your family when you were a child?
    My mother almost always did the cooking when I was young. I don't think she trusted my father to make a nice meal.
  3. Do you think that it's important to know how to cook well?
    I'm not sure whether it's important to cook well, but I do think that everyone should know the basics. It definitely isn't healthy to rely on pre-prepared meals or fast food.
  4. Do you think that children should be taught cookery at school?
    Yes, that's probably a good idea. If all children knew how to cook a few basic, healthy meals, that would surely be a good thing.

Friends


  1. Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
    Most of my friends are about the same age as me because we met at school or university. I've got one or two friends who are older or younger that I met through work.
  2. Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?
    I tend to meet up with my friends at weekends because everyone's too busy during the week.
  3. The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
    It was one of my friends' birthday last weekend. Six of us went out for a meal to celebrate.
  4. In what ways are your friends important to you?
    I think it's important to have friends that you can talk to and share an experience with. My friends make me laugh but I know I can also rely on them whether I need help or support.

Games

  1. What games are popular in your country?
    Well, if we can consider sports as games, then football is definitely the most popular game in my country, but we also love board games like chess.
  2. Do you play any games?
    Not regularly these days. I play the occasional game of tennis with my brother-in-law and I recently played a bowling game on the Nintendo Wii with my nephew. I wasn't very good at it.
  3. How do people learn to play games in your country?
    I think children teach each other to play games. I remember a friend at primary school teaching me to play chess, for example.
  4. Do you think it's important for people to play games?
    Yes, it's really important, especially for children. I think research has shown that play can improve brain development, intellegence, creativity, and the ability of cooperating with others.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/luyenthiielts.moingay/posts/1493667917382875

IELTS TECHNOLOGY VOCABULARY

Chủ đề về "Technology" là chủ đề mà thường xuất hiện nhất trọng bài thi IELTS Speaking. Đây là một sample về bài thi nói trong chủ đề Công nghệ, tham khảo từ một số nguồn khác nhau.

Sample 1: http://ielts-up.com/speaking/ielts-speaking-sample-3.html

Sample 2: https://thetesttaker.com/portfolio/technology-sample-answers-and-topic-vocabulary-for-ielts-speaking-exam/#answers

Part 1: Style questions
ex: Do you enjoy using technology?
ans: Well, I wouldn't call myself a techie or computer buff but I enjoy using computers... I'd like to find out more about how they work ...when my computer crashes  I have to know what to do.
Ex:
Part 2: Task
Part 3: Style questions
Definition:
a techie:  somebody who has an interest in technology, chuyên viên
computer buff: an expert computer user, chuyên gia sử dụng máy tính

IELTS Education Vocabulary

Part 1: Style questions

1. Are you studying English at a school?
Answer: Yes … I’m taking an intensive course at a local private language school … I attend classes three times a week …


2. Would you say you are a good student?
Answer: I’m OK I think … I’m pretty good at meeting deadlines and I’m keeping up with my studies … plus I find it quite easy to learn things by heart which is useful when learning a language …

3. When you were younger did you enjoy your time at school?
Answer: Yes … I liked school … it was an ordinary state school … nothing special … a single-sex school … which I’m not sure I liked … but the teachers were great … I had lots of friends and I never played truant like some pupils there …

Part 2: Style tasks

Describe a time during your education that you really enjoyed. You should say:

- when this period was
- where you were
- what you were studying at the time
and say why you were so happy.

Answer: I’d like to tell you about my time at university … I was a mature student … I didn’t go to university until I was 25 … and it was my first time away from my parents so it was very exciting … I was doing a Bachelors Degree and it was a bit of a challenge … some people take a year out but I’d been away from education for 8 years … plus I had to work my way through uni so I was very busy … and sitting exams at the end of each year was a new experience for me as well but I really enjoyed higher education learning about a subject I loved … history … and the social life was great as well … I don’t think I’ve ever had so many friends … I had my graduation ceremony last year in the local cathedral and I know my parents were really proud … so yes … that was a really happy time … I’m thinking of doing a Masters Degree soon … though that might be through distance learning as I have a full-time job now …

Part 3: Style questions

1. What qualities do you think a good teacher has?
Answer: They should be patient … they should be subject specialists and be able to explain the subject clearly … they should give feedback quickly … for example not hang on to essay for ages like some of my teachers …

2. What are the advantages of studying in a distance learning course?
Answer: It’s a more flexible way of studying especially if you have a job … tuition fees are usually cheaper … but you have to be very motivated … and I would imagine more people fall behind with their studies compared to face-to-face classes …

3. Do all children get equal opportunities in education?
Answer: In my country, I think it is quite equal but in the UK I’ve heard that most people who go to the top universities have studied at public schools … you have to be very rich to study in a school like that … they’re usually boarding schools as well so the fees are enormous …

Definitions

- to attend classes: to go to classes
- bachelors degree: an undergraduate course which usually lasts 3-4 years
- boarding school: a school where pupils live during term time
- distance learning: a way of studying where tuition is carried out over the Internet or by post
- face-to-face classes: as opposed to distance learning the traditional way of studying in a classroom with colleagues and a teacher
- to fall behind with your studies: to progress less quickly than others
- to give feedback: to offer guidance on a student’s work
- a graduation ceremony: an event where a successful student receives his or her academic degree
- higher education: education, usually in a college or university, that is followed after high school or secondary school
- an intensive course: a course that offers lots of training in order to reach a goal in as short a time as possible
- to keep up with your studies: to not fall behind
- to learn something by heart: to memorize it
- a mature student: a student who is older than average and who has usually returned to education after a period at work
- masters degree: a period of study which often follows the completion of a bachelors degree or is undertaken by someone regarded as capable of a higher-level academic course
- to meet a deadline: to finish a job or task in the time allowed or agreed
- to play truant: to stay away from classes without permission
- private language school: an independent school run as a business concern
- public schools: exclusive independent schools in the UK
- a single-sex school: a school where only boys or girls attend (as opposed to a mixed-sex school)
- to sit an exam: to take an exam
- state school: a school paid for by public funds and available to the general public
- subject specialist: a teacher who has a great deal of knowledge about the subject they teach.
- to take a year out: to spend a year working or travelling before starting university
- tuition fees: the money paid for a course of study
- to work your way through university: to have a paid job whilst studying to support yourself financially.

Words of day #27: vaguely

Do you know how to say that we don't remember or know something exactly? I have a word for you to describe unsure things. That word is 'vaguely'.

Meaning

  1. in a way that is uncertain, indefinite or unclear; roughly.
  2. slightly

Example

  1. I vaguely remembered talking to her once.
  2. I vaguely remembered having met her before.
  3. I had a vague idea that she lived in Manchester.
  4. "He's around somewhere," she said, gesturing vaguely.
  5. Given the vagueness of the directions, I think we did very well to find the place.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Quote of the day #115

Be patient. Sometimes you have to go through the worst to get the best.
Hãy kiên trì. Đôi khi bạn phải trải qua hết điều tồi tệ nhất để đạt được điều tốt đẹp nhất.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Working with the bank

Please bring the information selected below to your appointment to ensure you get the most out of it as possible
  • One item confirming address (e.g. utility bill, bank statement, council tax bill)
  • One item confirming identity (e.g. Passport, Driving Licence)
  • National Insurance Number (can be found on P60, payslip, pension or DWP document)
  • Existing car and home insurance policies 
  • Existing mortgage details (can be found on the most recent annual statement from your Mortgage Provider)
  • Existing Life Assurance and Payment Protection Policies
  • Details of savings and investments
  • Proof of income and commitments (e.g. most recent bank statements, payslips)
  • Proof of existing borrowing - loans, credit cards statements
  • Proof of any Non-NatWest bank account details (most recent statements)
  • Proof of latest Business bank statements audited accounts or tax assessments
  • Existing Debit Card or Old Account Details

A common way of paying for something here in Australia is to tap your card on a machine. This is sometimes referred to as 'tap and go'. Check out this video for more words related to making a payment. Please check out the video: https://youtu.be/dxGta7NpFaA

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Energy Idioms


1. Bright spark: an intelligent person dùng cho những người nhanh trí hay dí dỏm hay mang nghĩa châm biếm, chế nhạo kẻ làm điều khờ khạo hay thiếu cân nhắc
Example:
  • She fixed my computer. She's such a bright spark
  • Some bright spark has locked the keys inside the house
  • Robert's a bright spark - he'll know the capital of Mongolia.
2. Full of bean: has a lot of energy, dồi dào năng lượng
Example:
  • John was full of energy when he visited his grandmother. The old man did everything to please the boy.
  • Tony's full of energy this morning
3. Take/carry coal to Newcastle: supply something where it is not needed, chở củi về rừng
Example:
  • Do you really think we can sell our cars in Japan? It's like taking coals to Newcastle
4. let off steam: release (nervous) energy, xả hơi, làm gì đó để bạn hết nóng giận
Example:
  • After a tough day at work in the office, Ruth loves to let off steam.
  • I'm going to listen to instrumental music to let off steam
5. Full steam ahead: time to go at top speed, đang làm việc gì đó đầy năng lượng, nhiệt huyết, đầy quyết tâm
Example:
  • We must get this project finished before the presentation tomorrow. Come on, full steam ahead, team. Nathan went full steam ahead with the plan of her wedding.
  • There are six months before my IELTS test, it's full steam ahead.
6. burn the midnight oil: working late at night, đốt đèn đêm khuya
Example:
  • Some people burn the midnight oil because they just don't sleep enough to turn out the lights.
  • Tung has been burning the midnight oil for the last two weeks.
7. add fuel to the fire: making a bad situation worse, đổ thêm dầu vào lửa
Example:
  • Tony is already in the bad mood. Don't tell him about the broken photocopier right now. That will just be adding fuel to the fire.
  • Amanda was upset about her new haircut. I said it made her look like her mum, but that just added fuel to the fire and she cried even more.




Monday, 19 February 2018

IELTS Speaking Tips

Qua nhiều nguồn tài liệu khác nhau, chúng tôi muốn gom lại đây những mẹo dành riêng cho bài thi nói IELTS.

Keep talking

Speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence.

In IELTS Speaking, your score goes up when you say more, even if that results in more errors. That’s because IELTS is a test of what you CAN do, not what you can’t. So say as much as you can in response to the question until you run out of ideas or start repeating yourself. It’s not a bad thing if the examiner has to interrupt you.
Example: You know, I wouldn't usually reveal so much to a stranger I've only just met, but, well, you are such a good listener and I feel like I could go on for hours, or at least another fifteen minutes...

Use an idiom or two

Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation

The IELTS examiner is listening for evidence that you can go beyond ‘textbook English’ and start using real, idiomatic English. So impress the examiner by including a few idiomatic phrases like “I’m a bundle of nerves” to mean “I’m nervous”.Example:
I am a bundle of nerves = I am very nervous
I'm cool as a cucumber = I'm not at all nervous.
I'm a bundle of cucumbers = No meaning. Epic fail.

Paraphrase the question

Uses paraphrase effectively

If the examiner asks you a question and you can immediately think of a way to paraphrase it—i.e. express the same meaning in other words—go ahead and say something like “Oh, you mean (paraphrase question)?” This is a very effective strategy to demonstrate one of the core skills that the examiner is listening for. Try to do this two or three times during the test.
Example:
Q: Do you like cucumbers?
A: Do you mean those long, green, oddly-shaped vegetables? To be honest, I've never really liked them.

Courtesy of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yvazv2nUpw

Use linking words to connect your ideas

Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility.

What does this mean in normal English? It means that you use a range of expressions like ‘in other words’, ‘also’, ‘however’ and ‘on the other hand’ to connect your ideas. The key word is a range. The examiner doesn’t want to hear you say ‘on the other hand’ a hundred times! So record yourself speaking and notice if you use a phrase like ‘on the other hand’ too much. If so, use a different phrase instead. Now you can start demonstrating a good range of linking words.
Example:
On the one hand I'd like a job that pays more, but on the other hand, I enjoy the work I'm doing at the moment. In fact, the more you are passionate about your job the more you are paid.

Don't be afraid of mistakes

Frequently produces error-free sentences, though some grammatical mistakes persist

That means it’s possible to make some mistakes and still get IELTS 7.0 or 7.5. However, some candidates score poorly because they worry too much about mistakes. As a result, they speak too slowly and their mistakes become MORE obvious! It’s more important to demonstrate fluency (See Tip #1) than it is to produce error-free speech. Of course, it’s also good to correct yourself if you do notice a mistake.
You can get IELTS 6 with frequent mistakes.
You can get IELTS 7 with some mistakes.
You can get IELTS 8 with very few mistakes.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

IELTS Business Vocabulary

Part 1 - Style questions
Examiner: Do you work or are you student?
Student: I run my own business actually... I have an online business selling cosmetics... I set up the business 5 years ago and I'm into working for myself.

  • to run your own business: tự kinh doanh
  • to set up a business: bắt đầu kinh doanh
  • to work for yourself: làm tư, làm riêng

Examiner: What is your ideal job?
Student: I don't think I would enjoy working for a big company... I think/believe I would like to go it alone and be self-employed... I'm not quite sure what area of business it would be but I think I'd enjoy the process of drawing up a business plan and seeing if I could be successful...

  • to draw up a business plan: lên kế hoạch kinh doanh
  • to be self-employed: tự làm chủ, tự kinh doanh
  • to go it alone: tự kinh doanh
Examiner: Is your town a nice place to live?
Student: It's okay... the main problem we have is our local high street... it used to be a busy centre but lots of shops have gone bust... it must be very difficult to make a profit when you have huge supermarkets in the area and a lot haven't been able to survive with such cut throat competition...
  • to go bust: buộc phải đóng cửa (đi bụi)
  • to make a profit: có lợi nhuận, làm lợi
  • to cut throat competition: cạnh tranh bằng cách giảm giá xuống mức thấp khiến đối thủ cũng phải giảm, đôi khi ở mức không còn lãi.
Part 2 - Style tasks
Describe a business you know that you admire. You should say
what this business is
what the business sells
how long you have known about the business
and say why you like it so much.
Student: Actually I discovered a business very recently that I like so much I'd like to do something similar in the future... it's a small niche business that runs courses in how to cook... especially bread... the owner uses his kitchen for the courses and went into business with a local community shop and sells a lot of the bread and cakes they make in the shop... I first go to hear about the business last year... my wife paid for me to do one of the baking courses and I got to know the owner during the training... it's a lifestyle business really... he doesn't have plans to take on employees or expand into new areas... he's happy earning a living doing the thing he loves... I really admire what he does and I'm sure a lot of people would to do something similar... he has a web presence... in fact that's how we got to find out about his company... and he uses social media to raise the company profile... but he's the only person involved in running the business so he's in complete control of where the business goes... that's something that must make it really satisfying... as long as he's managing to balance the books and the cash flow is healthy I'm sure he must be very pleased with what he has achieved.
  • to go into business with: tham gia kinh doanh cùng
  • niche business: kinh doanh những mặt hàng nhỏ, độc, chỉ có ở một thị trường nhất định
  • lifestyle business: kinh doanh cá thể
  • to take on employees: thuê nhân viên
  • to earn a living: kiếm tiền
  • to have a web presence: có website để giới thiệu sản phẩm
  • cash flow: dòng tiền
  • to raise a company profile: tạo thương hiệu công ty
  • to balance the books: không dùng nhiều tiền hơn số tiền kiếm được
Part 3 - Style questions
Examiner: Why do some people decide to set up their own business?
Student: I suppose it's the idea of being in control of your own destiny... or of believing in a product or service idea you may have... plus it must be very exciting... launching products... winning contracts... and seeing your sales figures improving must be wonderful.
  • to win a contract: giành được hợp đồng
  • to launch a product: giới thiệu sản phẩm mới
  • sales figures: báo cáo doanh số
Examiner: What are some of the dangers involved in starting a business?
Student: Well... obviously you need to have a good idea... some people say you need to do market research beforehand so you know what the market wants... if you don't do this you could go under... and if it is a good idea the chances are someone else is doing the same thing so you could end up facing stiff competition...
  • to go under: buộc phải đóng cửa
  • to do market research: làm nghiên cứu thị trường
  • stiff competition: đối thủ mạnh
Examiner: What are some of things you have to do when running your own business that might not appeal to everyone?
Student: Personally I don't like being in debt so taking out a business loan wouldn't suit me at all... and I know a lot of companies do cold calling to try and drum up business... that's something I would hate to do... and laying people off if the business gets in trouble... that would be horrible.
  • to take out a loan: vay tiền
  • to lay someone off: cho thôi việc
  • to cold call: cuộc gọi bán hàng không được báo trước
  • to drum up business: câu khách

Monday, 12 February 2018

Some commonly used collocations could be exchanged

Để paraphrasing tốt, nhớ các từ/cụm từ đồng nghĩa là một trong những kĩ năng cần thiết. Trong bài này, tôi muốn giới thiệu các bạn một số từ/cụm từ thường dùng thay thế nhau trong nhiều tình huống để làm cho bài viết đỡ lặp lại.

Prior to = Before

Trước khi nào, lúc nào; Sớm hơn khi nào, lúc nào
Please arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departure.
Vui lòng đến sân bay 2 giờ trước khi chuyến bay của bạn cất cánh.

In favour of

Tán thành, ủng hộ
The majority was in favour of the new proposal.
Phần đông tán thành đề xuất mới.

On account of = Because of

Bởi vì
The game was delayed on account of the rain.
Trận đấu bị hoãn do mưa.

In charge of = Be responsible for

chịu trách nhiệm/phụ trách
Mr Sheriff is in charge of Project Coordination.
Ông Sheriff phụ trách việc điều phối dự án.

By means of

Bằng cách
She tried to explain by means of sign language.
Cô ấy đã cố giải thích bằng cách dùng ngôn ngữ kí hiệu.

Be at stake = be in danger = be in dangerous condition

Gặp nguy hiểm
Thousands of people will be at stake if emergency aid does not arrive soon.
Hàng ngàn người sẽ gặp nguy hiểm nếu đội cứu trợ không đến sớm.

Be concerned about

Lo lắng về vấn đề gì
I am a bit concerned about the limited time for this project.
Tôi hơi lo lắng về thời gian hạn hẹp đối với dự án này.

Take sth into consideration = Take sth into account = Pay attention to = Bear in mind

quan tâm, chú ý đến cái gì
When choosing a supplier, we should take price into consideration.
Khi chọn một nhà cung cấp, chúng ta nên lưu ý đến giá cả.

Demand for

Nhu cầu cho sản phẩm gì
There's no demand for this product nowadays.
Ngày nay không còn nhu cầu về sản phẩm đó.

Take advantage of something

Tận dụng/lợi dụng cái gì
We should take advantage of flexible schedule on LSF to launch our jobs sooner.
Chúng nên tận dụng việc lập lịch uyển chuyển trên LSF để khởi động các công việc sớm hơn.