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IELTS_SPEAKING 2019 _BY NGOC BACH



MỤC LỤC
I. Part 1.........................................................................................................................................................7
1. Celebrity...................................................................................................................................................7
2. Advertisements........................................................................................................................................9
3. Gifts........................................................................................................................................................11
4. Transportation.......................................................................................................................................12
5. Colors......................................................................................................................................................15
6. Flowers...................................................................................................................................................17
7. Bus and taxi............................................................................................................................................20
8. Computers..............................................................................................................................................22
9. Noises......................................................................................................................................................23
10. Home/ Accommodation..........................................................................................................................26
11.Visitors....................................................................................................................................................30
12.Newspapers and magazines..................................................................................................................32
13.Outdoor Activities...................................................................................................................................35
14.Photos.....................................................................................................................................................38
15.Teachers.................................................................................................................................................42
16.Walking..................................................................................................................................................44
17.Books......................................................................................................................................................45

18.Music......................................................................................................................................................48
19.Study.......................................................................................................................................................54
20.Work.......................................................................................................................................................57
21.Activities near water..............................................................................................................................60
22.Birthday..................................................................................................................................................62
23.Chocolate................................................................................................................................................63
24.Hometown..............................................................................................................................................65
25.Singing....................................................................................................................................................67
26.Sunny days.............................................................................................................................................68

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27.Weekends...............................................................................................................................................70
28.Art...........................................................................................................................................................73
29.Family.....................................................................................................................................................75
30.Handcrafts..............................................................................................................................................78
31.Hats and bags.........................................................................................................................................79
II. Part 2 and Part 3....................................................................................................................................83
1. Describeaperson/somethingthatmadeyoulaugh.............................................................................83
2. Describeyourfavoritemovie.................................................................................................................87
3. Describeapieceofequipmentinyourhome.......................................................................................94
4. Describeagiftthatyourecentlygavetoothers.................................................................................100
5. Describeaninterestingsong...............................................................................................................106
6. Describeacreativeinventorormusician............................................................................................112
7. Describeaspecialmealyouhavehad.................................................................................................118
8. Describeafavoritepartofyourcityorhomethatyouoftenvisit/Describeaplacewhereyou
relaxed........................................................................................................................................................124
9. Describeabicycle/motorbike/cartripthatisinteresting..................................................................130
10.Describeapersonthatyouadmire.....................................................................................................137
11.Describeaninterestingphoto.............................................................................................................146
12.Describeasportthatyouprefertodoandisalittleexpensive.........................................................152
13.Describe a garden you visited and like..............................................................................................158
14.Describe an area of subject that you are interested in (such as physics, mathematics) ................166
15.Describesomeonewhohasagreatinfluenceonyou/Describeapersonwhoyouhavemetbefore
andyouwanttoknowmoreabout...........................................................................................................174
16.Describe a tall building you like or dislike........................................................................................182
17.Describeawildanimal.........................................................................................................................189
18.Describe a time when you were very busy. .......................................................................................194
19.Describe a famous person in your country .......................................................................................200
20.Describeanoutdooractivityyouliketodo........................................................................................206
21.Describe an advertisement you have seen..........................................................................................215
22.Describe a website that you like to visit.............................................................................................223

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23.Describe a small business that you would like to open, (or, start or run or own or have) if you had
the chance..................................................................................................................................................228
24.Describe a time you needed to use imagination.................................................................................235
25.Describe an interesting or unusual thing you do in your spare time...............................................241
26.Describe a time you missed an important appointment for something...........................................250
27. Describe a team project for study or entertainment.............................................................................254
28.Describeaplaceinothercountrieswhereyouwouldliketowork....................................................259
29.Describeasportstadiumthat’simportantinyourcity.......................................................................264
30.Describe an important holiday (or festival) that is celebrated in your country.............................269
31.Describe an event that resulted in a positive change in your life. Or Describe a positive change
that you made to your life........................................................................................................................274
32.Describe a piece of good news that you received...............................................................................279
33.Describe something special that you saved money to buy................................................................283
34.Describe a good part of your personality or character.....................................................................287
35.Describe a person who you like to spend time with..........................................................................292
36.Describe an item that you received and made you happy................................................................297
37.Describeanantiqueorsomeotheroldthingthatyourfamilyhaskeptforalongtime...................303
38.Describeatimewhenyoumadeamistake.........................................................................................309
39.Describe a big company that you would like to work in..................................................................314
40.Describeausefulapporcomputerprogramforasmartphone,computerortabletthatyouhave
used............................................................................................................................................................321
41.Describe a course you would like to study (or, do)...........................................................................326
42.Describe a difficult decision that you made.......................................................................................331
43.Describe a time when you tried a new food for the first time..........................................................335
44.Describeanactivityyoudoforyourhealthorfitness........................................................................341
45.Describe a situation that made you a little angry.............................................................................346
46.Describe an occasion when you got up very early.............................................................................351
47.Describe a skill you learned when you were a child.........................................................................357
48.Describe a short trip that you frequently make (or, take) but dislike.............................................363
49.Describe a wedding that you have attended......................................................................................369
50.Describesomething that you have shared with others (or another person)....................................375

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HƯỚNG DẪN SỬ DỤNG SÁCH
Hi các bạn, các bạn đang đọc quyển ebook “IELTS Speaking FULL 3 parts by
Ngoc Bach” version 1
Đây là bộ đề cập nhật các đề và đáp án cho tháng 9/2016 đến tháng 1/2017.
TẤT CẢ CÁC BỘ ĐỀ các bạn có trên mạng phần lớn đều chưa chính xác ở thời
điểm hiện tại, nhất là các bộ đề các bạn down về thời điểm đầu tháng 9 hoặc sách bản
cứng (đơn giản là bản cứng thì làm không thể cập nhật được nữa trong khi đề thi thì
thay đổi liên tục). Mình sẽ liên tục cập nhật, so sánh và đối chiếu với đề thi các bạn
học sinh thi về để update thêm list đề và đáp án mới sát nhât cho các bạn
Về cách học:
+ Các bạn có thể dựa vào bộ đề, đáp án tham khảo, giải thích từ vựng chi tiết do mình
soạn -> học lấy các ideas hay áp dụng vào chính bài nói của các bạn. Mình không
khuyến khích học thuộc lòng.
+ Nhiều bạn hỏi học thuộc lòng có sợ bị giám khảo phát hiện và trừ điểm không?
Câu trả lời:
Thứ nhất, về nguyên tắc, miễn là bài nói của bạn trôi chảy, phát âm sử dụng từ vựng
chính xác, đúng ngữ cảnh -> không ai có quyền trừ điểm bạn.
Thứ hai, không ai nhớ hết & thuộc làu tất cả đáp án trong bộ này cả nên chẳng bao
giờ các bạn đi thi nói giống hoàn toàn nhau được. Ít nhất là hơn 2 năm sách speaking
của mình ra đời chưa ghi nhận trường hợp nào giám khảo phát hiện vì nói giống nhau
cả (toàn là điểm tốt báo về… hehe)


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Cuối cùng, các bạn hãy biết rằng, khi các bạn đã đăng ký mua sách, nếu có bất cứ
thay đổi nào trong bộ đề cả 3 part, mình sẽ luôn theo dõi và cập nhật đề thi & đáp án
sớm nhất cho các bạn. Các bạn không cần (và không nên) nhắn giục nhé, mình sẽ mất
thêm thời gian trả lời từng bạn thôi, lại chậm cập nhật hơn.
LƯU Ý CÁC BẠN CẦN CAM KẾT KHÔNG PUBLIC, SHARE SÁCH DƯỚI
MỌI HÌNH THỨC.
CÁC KIẾN THỨC TRONG SÁCH TỪNG CÂU, TỪNG CHỮ ĐỀU LÀ TÂM
HUYẾT, CÔNG SỨC CỦA MÌNH SOẠN ĐÚC RÚT KINH NGHIỆM NHIỀU
NĂM DẠY IELTS. KHÔNG PHẢI TRONG MỘT SỚM, MỘT CHIỀU MÀ
VIẾT ĐƯỢC.
HÃY TÔN TRỌNG VÀ ỦNG HỘ SẢN PHẨM CỦA NGƯỜI VIỆT.
Một lần nữa cám ơn các bạn đã đăng ký mua sách của mình !
-Ngọc Bách-


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I. Part 1
1. Celebrity
1.1.

Who is your favorite celebrity in Vietnam?

Well, to be honest, I adore quite a number of Vietnamese stars. Regarding music,
young and celebrated singers like Toc Tien and Dong Nhi are definitely my top
choices whereas if it’s acting, veteran actors like Binh Minh or Manh Truong always
give a really convincing performance.
1.2.

Do you like any foreign celebrities?

As a matter of fact, yes. I’ve been an avid fan of Western contemporary pop singers
for quite a time now, especially those who have excellent vocal skills like Adele,
Bruno Mars or John Legend. I even created a special playlist on my phone which
contains only their songs to listen to whenever I want.
1.3.

Would you want to be a celebrity in the future?

I’ve never given this much thought but I’d have to say that entering showbiz isn’t
really the path I’d choose. Rising to stardom means losing a great deal of privacy as
well as having less time with family and friends, so I guess I’d prefer to stay as a part
of the general public.
1.4.

Do you think we should protect famous people's privacy?

Well, definitely. It’s a human right to have your private information kept
confidential and to have freedom in whatever you want to do, without being followed
by paparazzis all the time. Just because celebrities are public figures doesn’t mean
their private life has to be exposed to everyone for gossip.
1.5.

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In Vietnam, as in any other countries, admirers consider celebrities a source of
inspiration as well as consolation. For example, they might watch videos or read
articles about their favourite artists to cheer themselves up when they feel down.
Additionally, fans can be affected in the way they behave or dress, since most of
these fans are impressionable teenagers who want to appear like their idols.
VOCABULARY
ü To adore [v]: to love or admire (someone) very much
Eg: He's a good doctor. All his patients adore him.
ü Celebrated [adj]: known and praised by many people
Eg: He is one of today's most celebrated young writers.
ü Veteran [adj]: someone who has a lot of experience in a particular
activity, job, etc.
Eg: He's been an event organiser for over 20 years and, as a veteran, he
is widely respected for his vast experience.
ü Convincing [adj]: that makes somebody believe that something is real or
true.
Eg: The actor gave a convincing performance as 007 in the latest James Bond
film.
ü To be an avid fan sth [expression]: to be very enthusiastic about sth
Eg: I like to play the electric guitar as I’m an avid fan of rock.
ü Contemporary [adj]: modern, happening or beginning now or in recent
times
Eg: ‘Vogue’ is a magazine devoted to contemporary fashions.
ü Vocal skills [n]: singing skills

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Eg: Having great vocal skills is the most important talent for a singer.
ü To rise to stardom [expression]: to become famous
Eg: He rose to stardom in such a short time after winning a TV talent show.
ü Human right [n]: The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans
are considered to be given
Eg: Everybody should be entitled to free medical care as a basic human right.
ü Public figure [np]: a well-knowned and notable person
Eg: She is a famous public figure as a result of her appearances on TV.
ü To

be

exposed

to

[expression]:

Make

(something) visible

or

know by uncovering it
Eg: The real truth about the war was exposed to the public through a series of
newspaper articles.
ü Gossip [n]:

an informal talk about other people’s private lives, that

may be unkind or untrue.
Eg: He had been spreading gossip about his co-workers.
ü Consolation [n]: something that makes a person feel less sadness,
disappointment, etc
Eg: His kind words were a consolation to me.
ü To feel down [expression]: to feel blue, to feel sad
Eg: I listen to upbeat songs when I feel down.
ü Impressionable [adj]: easily influenced by someone or something
Eg: Teenagers are at an impressionable age and they often copy their friends or
even their favourite celebrities.
2. Advertisements

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2.1.

Are there many advertisements in your country?

I would say yes. You can easily see a wide range of advertisements almost
everywhere in my hometown. For example, almost half of a newspaper is made up
of ads.
2.2.

Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?

I guess it’s due to their benefits. First, advertising is an essential part of promotional
campaigns for companies to reach their end users. It helps raise the visibility of a
company's brand. Second, advertisements can act as decoration on the street. I find a
street better-looking with advertisements.
2.3.

What are the various places where we see advertisements?

Today advertising gets to people through different forms of communication, from
print media to electronic ones, so you can see advertisements on websites, social
networks or in the newspapers and magazines. There are also ads you see outdoors
as well, for example, large banners and posters hung on the roads, on the buses or
trains.
2.4.

How do you feel about advertisements?

Most people may find those ways of product promotion annoying, but I’m an
exception. I’m quite into advertisements. They’re colourful, brilliantly designed,
illustrated, photographed or typeset pieces and often have useful, informative
contents.
VOCABULARY
ü Promotional campaign: [noun] A series of advertisements using various
marketing tools that share the same message and ideas to promote a
business or event to a target audience.

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Example:

Promotional campaigns play a crucial role in the marketing

strategy of a company.
ü End users: [noun] Person or organization that actually uses a product
Example: We provide the best quality products to our end users.
ü Print media: [noun] refers to paper publications circulated in the form of
physical editions of newspapers, articles, journals, etc
ü Electronic media: [noun] refers to television, radio, etc
ü Informative: [adjective] giving useful information
Example: The professor’s lecture was very informative and I learned a lot
from it.
3. Gifts
3.1.

How often do you buy others gifts?

Not very often, I think. I used to send gifts to my friends on most occasions when I
was younger, but I haven’t been doing that these days.
3.2.

Do you like to send expensive gifts?

Well I’m still a student, so sending expensive presents is a no-no for me. I prefer
giving gifts that show my love and care for that person, for example handmade ones.
3.3.

What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?

Birthday gifts, such as books, clothes or accessories are always popular. Or teddies;
when I was in secondary school and high school, we used to send each other teddies
or photo frames as birthday gifts.
3.4.

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I think people send gifts to show that they care for the other party and that they
treasure the relationship between the two. It can be more specific, like to express
their affection, gratitude, or even to ask for forgiveness.
VOCABULARY
ü To be a no-no for smb [expression] to be impossible or inadvisable for smb
e.g. Meeting this weekend is a no-no for me; I’ve already got something to do.
ü Handmade [adj] made by a person using their hands rather than by machines
e.g. He asked me to give him a handmade scarf on his birthday.
ü Accessory [n] something added to a machine or to clothing that has a useful or
decorative purpose
e.g. She wore a green wool suit with matching accessories.
ü Treasure [v] to take great care of something because you love it or consider it
valuable
e.g. I always treasure those memories of my dad.
ü Affection [n] a feeling of liking for a person or place
e.g. She felt no affection for the child.
ü Gratitude [n] the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks
e.g. He smiled at them with gratitude after he had opened their present.
4. Transportation
4.1.

What's the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?

The most common vehicle in my hometown is the motorbike. As I’ve read in a
current newspaper, most Vietnamese adults have their own motorbikes. Moreover, I
can easily catch sight of motorbikes whenever I go outside.

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4.2.

How often do you take buses?

I take buses to go to school at least twice a day as I haven’t got my own vehicle yet. I
also usually use buses to visit my relatives or friends’ homes.
4.3.

Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?

Obviously, airplanes and trains have their own particular benefits for passengers.
Regarding planes, they have been the fastest means of passenger transport invented
so far. They enable people to travel all around the world in the shortest possible time.
The biggest advantage of trains is their impressive safety record. Accidents are rare,
and so people can feel relaxed and just sit back and admire the views from their
comfortable seats.
4.4.

Is driving to work popular in your country?

Yes. I’m pretty sure that private cars and motorbikes are the two most popular
vehicles in my country. Therefore, it is obvious that there are a large number of
people who tend to drive to work.
4.5.

Do you think people will drive more in the future?

Yes, I think so. There will be more drivers on the roads in the future due to the
convenience of motoring and the affordable prices of cars.
4.6.

Would you ride bikes to work in the future?

Yes. As I’m a young person, I like to do energetic activities to help me keep fit, so I
will give priority to a job that is within cycling distance of my home.
4.7.

What will become the most popular means of transportation in
Vietnam?

Personally, I think the prevalence of motorbikes will continue to dominate in
Vietnam due to their advantages, namely they are great for getting around quickly,
they are easy to park and economical to run.

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4.8.

Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?

Although owning a private vehicle has various advantages, I prefer using public
transportation in order to economize as well as to help protect the environment.
VOCABULARY
ü Catch sight of (expression): to see something only for a moment
Ex: I caught sight of someone with red hair, so I knew that it was you.
ü Safety record (noun): details of how many accidents a company has had
Ex: With no accidents in the last 5 years, this airline has a good safety record.
ü Admire (verb): to look at something and think that it is attractive/impressive
Ex: We stood for a few moments, admiring the beautiful view.
ü Motoring (noun): the activity of driving a car
Ex: She’s planning a motoring holiday in France next year.
ü Affordable (adjective): cheap enough for people to be able to buy
Ex: This type of car is affordable for people who have a low income.
ü Give priority to (expression): deal with something first, because you think it is
more important than other things
Ex: This month I must give priority to revision for the exam, so I have taken
some time off work.
ü Prevalence (noun): the fact of being very common at a particular time or in a
particular place
Ex: There is a worrying increase in the prevalence of smoking among young
people.
ü Dominate (verb): to be the largest, highest or most obvious thing in a place
Ex: The skyline is dominated by smoking factory chimneys.

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ü Get around (phrasal verb): to move from place to place
Ex: Getting around in this city is hard, because there is too much traffic.
ü Park (verb): to leave a vehicle that you are driving in a particular place for a
period of time
Ex: I parked my car in front of the supermarket while I did my shopping.
ü Economical (adjective): providing good value in relation to the amount of
money spent
Ex: Buy a small car – it will be more economical to run.
ü Run (verb): to own and use a car or other vehicle
Ex: On my low salary, I can’t afford to run a car.
ü Economize (verb): to use less money than you normally use
Ex: In winter, don’t economize on heating – it is more important to keep
warm.
5. Colors
5.1.

What colors do you like?

I am an outgoing person who is usually in a buoyant mood, so I like warm colors
such as red, orange and yellow. Although I have a lot of vivid-colored clothes, my
favourite color is white. The reason behind this is that I have a great sense of
cleanliness.
5.2.

Do you like to wear dark or bright colors?

I prefer wearing bright colors as a way to cheer up not only myself but also people
around me and remind us to look on the bright side whenever our mood is down.
5.3.

What's the difference between men’s and women's preference on
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In my opinion, gentlemen like to wear dark colors whereas ladies often prefer vivid
colors. However, there is also an opposite trend due to divergent personalities, so it’s
hard to generalize.
5.4.

Do colors affect your mood?

Yes they do have some effects on my mood. Apart from the influence of warm colors
I mentioned before, cool colors including blue, green and purple give me a peaceful
feeling, while brown and black make me feel gloomy.
VOCABULARY:
ü outgoing [adjective] liking to meet other people and enjoying their company
Example: She has an outgoing personality and enjoys going to parties with all
her friends.
ü buoyant (sôi nổi, vui tươi) [adjective] cheerful and optimistic.
Example: After receiving the message from her crush, Anna was in a buoyant
mood for the whole day.
ü cheer up [phrasal verb]

become more cheerful/happy, make somebody

happier
Example: Let’s invite him to the party – we need to cheer him up after his bad
exam results.
ü look on the bright side (nhìn theo hướng tích cực) [idiom] consider the
positive aspects of a negative situation.
Example: There are always challenges on your way to success, so just look on
the bright side and do your best to overcome them.
ü vivid (chói, rực rỡ) [adjective] very brightly coloured.


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Example: I remember on the first day at school she was wearing a vivid pink
shirt.
ü divergent (khác biệt, bất đồng) [adjective] Tending to be different or develop
in different directions.
Example: Vietnamese is one of the most difficult languages because there are a
lot of slang phrases which have divergent interpretations.
ü generalize [verb] to make a general statement about something
Example: It is difficult to generalize about current fashions, because they are
always changing.
ü gloomy (u ám, tối tăm) [adjective] depressed or dark
Example: The news said the world’s economic forecast was going to be less
gloomy than the previous year.
6. Flowers
6.1.

Do you like flowers? (Why?)

Yes, flowers give me a lot of pleasure, especially bright colored ones. I love the way
various types of flowers harmonize with each other in a garden or in florist shops,
creating a beautiful picture. Every time I admire a gorgeous bunch of flowers, I feel
relaxed, and optimistic.
6.2.

Which/What is your favorite flower?

I’m really keen on colorful flowers and sunflowers are definitely my favorite flower
due to their symbolic meaning. This flower represents the flexibility to overcome
obstacles, happiness and good luck.
6.3.

Do you think flowers are important?


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Personally, I think flowers play an important role in our lives. They make people
feel positive, energetic and they lift our spirits. Without gorgeous and colorful
flowers, the world seems to be dark and boring, and that causes people to feel,
depressed and lacking in inspiration.
6.4.

Are flowers important in your culture? (Give examples)

Of course, besides representing beauty, some flowers also show our Vietnamese
people’s key virtues.
For instance, the Lotus was chosen to be our national flower due to its beauty and its
representation of the virtues of the Vietnamese people namely purity, and
faithfulness.
6.5.

Do people in your country ever use flowers for special occasions?

Yes. Flowers are widely used on special occasions in my country such as birthday
parties, weddings and graduation days in order to show the respect of senders to
receivers.
6.6.

What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers?

There is a wide range of reasons for people to send or receive flowers.
One of the most popular occasions is a birthday party. Colorful flowers will always
brighten up that special day. Another occasion which would not be complete
without flowers is graduation day, when flowers are used as congratulation gifts.
6.7.

In your country, do people (ever) give flowers as a gift?

Yes, they do. Generally speaking, Vietnamese people tend to give flowers as a gift on
some occasions like graduation day, a birthday party, international women’s day and
many other celebrations.
VOCABULARY

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ü

Bright colored flowers (noun phrase): (những bông hoa nhiều màu sắc)
flowers which have bright colors such as yellow, red or orange.

Ex: Bright colored flowers make our gardens cheerful and beautiful.
ü

Harmonize (verb): (hòa hợp) harmonize (with something) if two or more
things harmonize with each other or one thing harmonizes with the other, the
things go well together and produce an attractive result

Ex: The new building does not harmonize with its surroundings.
ü

Florist shop: a shop which sells flowers

Ex: I saw some beautiful roses in the florist shop near the bus station.
ü

Bunch of flowers (noun phrase): (một bó hoa) a group of cut flowers that you
hold together or that someone has tied together.

Ex: He was given a bunch of flowers as a graduation gift.
ü

Optimistic (adjective): (lạc quan) expecting good things to happen or
something to be successful; showing this feeling

Ex: They are cautiously optimistic that the reforms will take place.
ü

Be keen on (phrasal verb): (hứng thú vào việc gì) be very interested in
something

Ex: He's mad keen on planes as he always keeps searching for information about
how to make his own airplane.
ü

Symbolic (adjective): (biểu trưng) representing something else

Ex: The skull at the bottom of the picture is symbolic of death.
ü

Represent (verb): (đại diện cho) to be a symbol of something

Ex: Each color on the chart represents a different department.
ü

Overcome (verb): (vượt qua) to succeed in dealing with or controlling a
problem that has been preventing you from achieving something


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Ex: The two parties managed to overcome their differences on the issue.
ü

Play an important role: (expression) be an important part of something

Ex: Computers play an increasingly important role in education.
ü

Lift our spirits (expression): make us feel happier

Ex: After the long walk, a hot shower and a tasty meal lifted our spirits.
ü

Depressed (adjective): very sad and without hope

Ex: When he failed his exams, he felt very depressed about his future.
ü

Inspiration (noun): something that makes you have new ideas or makes you
feel creative.

Ex: Her new novel is lacking in inspiration – she has no exciting new ideas.
ü

Virtues (noun): good qualities or characteristics

Ex: Patience is one of her virtues - she never gets angry when she has to wait.
ü

Purity (noun): the state of being morally good

Ex: The Buddha was famous as an example of spiritual purity.
ü

Brighten up (phrasal verb): make something become more pleasant and
enjoyable

Ex: Your invitation to the party really brightened up my day.
ü

Congratulation (noun): the act of telling somebody that you are happy about
their good luck or success

Ex: After I graduated from university, I received a new laptop as a congratulation
gift from my parents.
7. Bus and taxi
7.1.

How often do you take the bus?


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Well, since I’m still a student and buying a private motorbike remains unaffordable
for me, I have to take the bus to go to my university on a daily basis. Though I don’t
really enjoy buses, I have no other choice.
7.2.

When was the first time you took a taxi?

It was 10 years ago when I took a taxi for the very first time. The 10 – year –old me,
together with my 8-year-old brother, took a taxi to travel around the city on our own.
It was one of my fondest memories, though we frightened our parents to death.
7.3.

What are the advantages of taking a taxi compared with buses?

Taxi companies today provide their customers with 24/7 service and can be tailored
to your need. So hiring a taxi is more flexible and can save us a great deal of time and
energy, compared with taking the bus. For example, if you opt for taking a bus, you’ll
have to deal with everyday hassles like walking to the destination and waiting for the
vehicle.
7.4.

Is it convenient to take the bus/taxi in your city?

To be honest, a large number of citizens in Ha noi prefer using their private vehicles
to travel due to the inconvenience of taking buses. Ha noi buses often arrive late and
are overcrowded.
VOCABULARY
ü Unaffordable (quá khả năng chi trả) [adj] too expensive for people to be able
to buy or pay for
Example: For many people, this type of treatment is unaffordable.
ü On a daily basis (hàng ngày) [adv] everyday
Example: Though we fall short of our ideals on a daily basis, Americans are
committed to the principle of the level playing field.

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ü Fond (tình cảm, hạnh phúc) [adj] Happy and loving
Example: We said a fond farewell to each other and promised to write.
ü Frighten someone to death (làm ai sợ chết khiếp) [expression] to make
someone feel extremely fear
Example: I was frightened to death by the anger in his voice.
ü Opt for (chọn cái gì) [verb] To choose something, especially over some other
option
Example: I opted for a king-sized bed when I made my hotel reservation.
ü Hassle (Sự rắc rối) [noun] (a situation causing) difficulty or trouble
Example: It was such a hassle trying to get my bank account changed that I
nearly gave up.
ü Customize (chiều theo yêu cầu của khách) [verb] to make or change
something according to the buyer's or user's needs
Example: The company specializes in customized computer systems.
8. Computers
8.1.

How often do you use computer ?

Very often, I guess. Because right now I’m a university student and I wouldn’t be
able to finish my school projects without a computer.
8.2.

What kinds of computers are popular in Vietnam?

I think Dell is ahead of the game in the computer market, but HP, Lenovo and
especially ASUS have also become really popular recently.
8.3.

What do you usually use your computer for?


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For entertainment and education purposes most of the time. Like when I have to
finish an essay for Macroeconomics, when we have group work or but also when I
want to watch a movie on the Internet.
8.4.

Who taught you how to use a computer?

My brother and dad. My dad bought a PC back in 2009, I think, and he taught me and
my brother how to use it first but I’ve learnt most computer tricks from my brother.
8.5.

Do you think computers have changed your life a lot?

Yes. I first loved it because of the games but now I can’t live a day without it. It has
made my life much more convenient and interesting, not to mention the fact that my
study and my part-time job now require a lot of computer use.
VOCABULARY
ü Ahead of the game (vượt trên đối thủ/người cùng địa vị trong cùng một lĩnh
vực) [expression] ahead of one’s competitors or peers in the same sphere of
activity
e.g. This investment is needed if we are to stay ahead of the game.
ü Trick (mánh lới, thủ thuật) [noun] a skilful act; a clever or particular way of
doing something
e.g. With a few cunning camera tricks and makeup, he literally becomes a paralyzed
man, both of body and of heart.
ü Require (đòi hỏi) [verb] need for a particular purpose
e.g. Being a teacher requires a high level of patience.
9. Noises
9.1.

Do you mind noises?


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