Describe your best friend – IELTS Speaking

Bạn có biết rằng, phần thi IELTS Speaking luôn là một trong những phần thi khiến nhiều sĩ tử lo sợ và ái ngại nhất bởi bạn sẽ không biết cách diễn đạt như thế nào để đạt được điểm số tối đa. Chính vì vậy, mẹo nhỏ cho bạn là hãy chuẩn bị thật kỹ những chủ đề quen thuộc trong IELTS Speaking nhé. Tại bài viết này, GLN sẽ gửi tới bài một số gợi ý để nâng điểm chủ đề Best Friend vô cùng quen thuộc trong IELTS Speaking

Từ vựng

Sở hữu một kho từ vựng đa dạng về các chủ đề chính là chìa khóa cho sự trôi chảy, khả năng nói mạch lạc của chúng ta. Describe your best friend là một trong những chủ đề quen thuộc giúp thể hiện vốn từ của thí sinh. Cùng GLN tham khảo một số cụm từ dưới đây để chinh phục điểm cao IELTS với chủ đề này nhé!

● A lifelong friend – A friend that you have had for most of your life
● A relationship of trust – a connection with another in which you have faith and confidence
● Arrange a dinner date – Plan to share an evening meal
● A shoulder to cry on – Someone to sympathize with you
● Close knit family – A close family with common interests
● Dear to my heart – Someone that I care about
● Distant cousins – People who share a common ancestor but are not closely related
● Extend the hand of friendship – Reach out to someone in a friendly manner
● Extended family – Uncles, aunts and cousins form part of the extended family
● Face to face – In person
● Get to know one another – Learning different aspects of each other
● Get together – Meet up
● Immediate family – Spouse, parents, children, grandparents
● Long lost friend – A friend that you have lost contact with
● Long-term relationships – A committed relationship between partners
● Nurture our friendships – Looking after our relationships with friends
● Professional relationships – The relationships that we have in the workplace
● Relationship problems – Difficulties with people with whom we interact regularly
● Share a common background – The share a similar heritage or culture
● Share the same ideas – To have similar opinions and views
● Stand the test of time – To last a long time
● Struck up a friendship – To make friends
● To enjoy someone’s company – To enjoy spending time with someone
● To have a good working relationship – To work together well
● To have a lot in common – To have shared interests
● To hit it off – To like each other straight away
● To keep in touch with – To keep in contact
● To lose touch with – To lose contact

Idioms về chủ đề best friend

● We get on like a house on fire // We just click // We are on the same wavelength // We get on famously // We speak the same language (mối quan hệ thân thiết, bền vững)
● I know him/her back to front / inside out / like the back of my hand // She reads me like a book (biết nhau đã lâu, thấu hiểu nhau)
● It’s good to have friends in high places (những người bạn có ảnh hưởng)
● She is a fair weather friend, the first sign of trouble and she disappears!
● He always has my back // She is a shoulder to cry on (sự ủng hộ từ bạn bè)

Cấu trúc câu

Describe your best friend là một chủ đề rất hay gặp nên các thí sinh hãy chuẩn bị kỹ những mẫu câu để cải thiện sự trôi chảy trong bài thi Speaking của mình. Bên cạnh đó, khi triển khai bài nói, hãy đa dạng hóa cách diễn đạt và bổ sung những thông tin giải thích, làm rõ ý chính để kéo dài bài nói của mình. Hãy cùng GLN tham khảo một số mẫu câu thường dùng trong bài thi IELTS Speaking chủ đề này nhé!

1. Giới thiệu
● The friend that I would like to tell you today is …..
● The person that I considered my best friend is …….
● When it comes to my closest friend, off the top of my head, I would say it’s….
2. Cách mà chúng tôi gặp nhau
● We go back ….a long way / a long time
● We’ve known each other for ages
● We first bumped into each other… at college / at work / on holiday
3. Tuổi tác
● X is the same age with me: bằng tuổi
● X is + SỐ + years younger/ older than me: nhỏ hơn/ lớn hơn
● X is in her teenage years: tuổi thanh niên
● X is in his /her + early/ mid/ late + twenties/ thirties/ forties: những năm đầu/giữa/cuối hai mươi/ ba mươi/ bốn mươi…

Bài Mẫu IELTS Speaking

1. IELTS Speaking Part 1
Do you have a lot of friends?
Yes. Since I am a social person, I made a lot of friends throughout my school and college years. Both sets of friends ended up gelling well with each other, so we all accumulated into one big friends’ group.
Who is your best friend, and why?
My best friend is Michelle. She and I met in college. We were supposed to do an assignment together on the behaviours of animals, and since we share a love for the same, we ended up becoming friends.

Who would you most like to be friends with and why? Or What kind of person can you make friends with easily?
I would like to be friends with a person who is kind to people. The person, as mentioned earlier, should also love animals and should help those who need help and ask for it. Lastly, it would be great if the person should also be able to have thoughtful debates over philosophical topics.
Which is more important to you, friends or family?
I would say both. From family, I learnt basic moral values and basic how to’s like how to make tough decisions. From friends, I learnt empathy and other social skills. So, I would say that both my friends and my family are important to me.

2. IELTS Speaking Part 2
Cue card 1 on Friends who influenced you
Describe a friend who has played an essential part in your life.
You should say:
● How you met this person
● How long you have known him or her
● The kind of things you do or have done together
● And explain why this person has been crucial in your life.
I met one of my dearest friends in college who later had an impact on my life. We met while I was talking to another batchmate about technology. He overheard us talking and offered better insight into the topic. Ever since then, we have been friends.
We have known each other for over five years now. We play games a lot and love to play online multiplayer because it is much more fun playing together. We love to play GTA V online as well as other games. We also enjoy eating and rating different types of chocolate and going around the city, tasting different kinds of food from fancy restaurants.
I feel that this person has been influential in my life because he helped me through the time where my grandmother died. Those were some really dark time as my grandmother was loved by all and everybody had a hard time going through the loss. He was one of the few who helped my family as well as my focus on the primary purpose of life.

Cue Card 2 on Friends in school
Describe a friend you had in primary school.
You should say:
● What that person was like
● How long you were friends for
● What things you did together
● And say whether you are still in contact with that person or not, and why
My friend in primary school was my first friend ever. We met while our teacher sat us down as partners and asked us to draw something for a competition that they were having. While we didn’t get any prizes and performed mediocrely, we became fast friends.
We were friends for at least three years. After those three years, we grew separate. This is because he moved to Australia, and I switched schools as the homework that we used to receive at school became too much to handle for a child of that age. He moved to Australia because his parents found better job opportunities.
Besides doing homework together, we also used to sneak outside our societies for street food that our families considered unhygienic. We also used to play with each other pretty much all the time. Sadly, I have lost contact with him because of the physical distance and because we lost touch with each other. However, he did contact me through Facebook a while ago to ask help for an article, and we have started communicating again in a professional capacity.

IELTS Speaking Part 3
What is the importance of friends?
I feel that friends are important because they give you an alternative worldview as they grew up in a place that is different from us and therefore have a different upbringing. They also help you through personal matters that you cannot bring up with your family, like relationship advice. They also are there to help you go through other issues. They also help you have fun.

Would you like to have a few very good friends or a lot of just friends?
I would rather have a few excellent friends rather than a lot of friends. This is because I have seen larger friend groups disintegrate into smaller friend groups. My friend group went through this. From experience, I think that the smaller the friend group, the closer the friends are.

If you had a problem, would you go to your friends or family? Why?
I would go to my friends as they have a diversity of experience that can help me in almost any problems. Furthermore, the family sometimes tends to be a bit dismissive of issues and sometimes even tell their children to handle it themselves. For example, I once faced a problem with the exam department at my college. I went to my parents for help, but they asked me to solve the problem myself. I then went to my friends, who helped me connect with the person who could solve the issue.

Do you think it is always better to talk to your friends about problems?
Honestly, it depends on what the problem is. If I feel that my family can give me better advice on the matter, I will approach them. However, if I think that my friends have a better grasp of the problem, I will not hesitate to approach them for advice or a solution to that problem either.
Is it essential to have friends from other countries?
I believe so. They bring diversity to one’s friend group. They also get their own culture and well as their views to the group. You can also learn somethings from them that might not be possible where you live. It could be anything from tying shoelaces to time management.

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