Trong phần thi IELTS speaking Part 2, chắc hẳn các bạn đều biết rằng mình sẽ được giám khảo đưa cho 1 tấm Card về một chủ đề bất kỳ và nhiệm vụ của bạn là có 1 phút chuẩn bị trước khi bạn trình bày 1 - 2 phút về chủ đề đó. Vậy nếu bạn gặp phải chủ đề Language thì liệu bạn đã có đủ vốn kiến thức để tự tin "thuyết trình" trước giám khảo chưa? Hãy cùng chúng tôi ôn lại một số kiến thức cơ bản liên quan đến chủ đề này nhé!

1. Từ vựng về Language

To the best of one’s recollection: something in the past they can recall

Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

Come up to: approach someone

All of a sudden: Suddenly

Make out: understand, hear

Accent: a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a particular nation, locality, or social class.

Show sb the way to…: give sb direction to somewhere

Necessities: something necessary for daily life: water, food,…

Make the most of: to use something as much as possible

Polish up: improve

Regardless of: without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists

Application (n): practical use of something

Mother tongue (n):  the language that you first learn to speak when you are a child

Appreciation (n): pleasure that you have when you recognize and enjoy the good qualities of somebody/something

In terms of: used to show what aspect of a subject you are talking about or how you are thinking about it

Commitment (n): the willingness to work hard and give your energy and time to a job or an activity

Self-discipline (n): the ability to make yourself do something, especially something difficult or unpleasant

Far-fetched (a): very difficult to believe

Demotivated (a): feeling that it is not worth making an effort

2. Cue card và bài mẫu thường gặp về Language

Describe the first time you used a foreign language to communicate. You should say :

- what the situation was

- where you were

- who you communicated with

- and explain why you used a foreign language to communicate on this occasion.

I have been learning English for a long time but I haven’t had many chances to practice speaking English, not to mention to talk to native speakers. To the best of my recollection, the first time I used it for communication purpose was on New Year Eve 2 years ago.

At that time, I was hanging out with my friends, talking about some new year’s resolutions when a foreigner came up to me all of a sudden, asking for the direction to a minimart nearby. Honestly, he had such a strong accent that I couldn’t make out what he wanted to say. I had to ask him to repeat several times before acquiring all of the information he needed. Then, I showed him the way to the nearest minimart to buy some necessities. Honestly, I was not confident in my English speaking skill, so I had to make the most of my nonverbal skills such as body language, gesture, etc to make sure that he could get all information he asked for. Fortunately, he could take in what I said and expressed his simple yet sincere gratitude before heading for the minimart.

That occasion helps strengthen my belief that English plays an important role in our life, even we don’t live in an English speaking country. English is spoken globally, and we have to use it if we want to stay connected to people in another country and search for information. Therefore, I think that I should polish up my English so that I can have a good command of this international language to be able to talk confidently with foreigners, regardless of the topic of conversation.

Describe a language other than English that you would like to learn. You should say:

– what the language is

– where it is spoken

– what you think would be difficult

– and what would be easy about learning the language and explain why you would like to learn it.

Learning a second language not only adds up your skills but also offers enormous benefitsfor your brain and personal growth. Additionally, being bilingual or multilingual expands your knowledge across the country’s border and provides you easy access to the understanding of other cultures. Therefore, beside English, Spanish sits high in my must-learn list due to its wide application and beautiful culture.

Needless to say, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and one of the six official languages used in United Nations conferences and statements. Spanish is spoken in most countries in South and Central America and in the US, over 50 million people are using Spanish either as their mother tongue or second language. As a result, knowing Spanish would absolutely widen your horizon, develop your sense of appreciation for Hispanic culture as well as transform your travel experience as who knows when you would bump into some Spanish friends on your adventure. Many have said that Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn thanks to its phonetic pronunciation and its similarity with English, in terms ofvocabulary. However, it’s easier said than done. No matter how simple and intriguing that may sound, without full commitment and self-discipline, being able to speak Spanish would be a far-fetched idea. Therefore, in order to meet my goal and not to get demotivated along the way, I would have to find a learning partner and we would fight this tough war together.

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