1. Do you think wearing a hat on sunny days is important?
It is widely understood that radiation from the sun has extreme detrimental impacts on our health, especially our skin which can cause several skin problems ranging from sunburn to cancer. As a result, applying sunscreen or wearing a hat on sunny days to reduce sunlight exposure is crucial. This not only saves you from skin issues but helps to decelerate aging process in general.
2. Did you wear a hat as a child? Why?
Unfortunately, I was kind of stubborn and disobedient when I was younger, therefore, despite my mother’s warnings, I rarely put on a hat or jacket to cover my skin when playing outside. You don’t usually pay much attention to your physical appearance when you’re a kid, don’t you? Or at least that was what I and most of my friends used to think. However, it’s not too late to start wearing a hat and protect your skin now.
3. What is the importance of a hat?
Many has considered a hat a trivial piece of clothing for covering purpose only, yet, stylists and designers around the world have turned hats into not only useful but fashionable accessories to meet market’s demands as well. Beside their initial and major function as sunshades, hats are now playing big roles in complementing one’s outfit, making them ones of the most necessary items in every girl’s closet.
Useful vocabularies and expressions:
- radiation (n): powerful and very dangerous rays that are sent out from radioactive substances
- detrimental (a): harmful
- exposure (to something) (n): the state of being in a place or situation where there is no protection from something harmful or unpleasant
- decelerate (v): to become or make something become slower
- aging process (n): becoming or appearing older or elderly
- stubborn (a): determined not to change your opinion or attitude
- disobedient (a): failing or refusing to obey
- trivial (a): not important or serious; not worth considering
- sunshade (n): a light umbrella or other object such as an awning, that is used to protect people from hot sun
- complement (v): to add to something in a way that improves it or makes it more attractive
IELTS Speaking Part 2 :An Older Person Who You Admire
|Describe An Older Person Who You Admire|
You should say:Who this person isHow long you have known him/her What qualities he/she has
BAND 8.0 SAMPLE ANSWER:
An older person I admire would be one of my teachers who taught me at high school. She had a great influence on me and was a role model whom I look up to.
Her name is Yen and she taught me math for 3 years of high school. She was in her 50s, and so she had a lot of teaching experience. Actually, we met each other almost everyday as she was also my form teacher. She cared about us as if we were her sons and daughters. For example, she always brought some kinds of medicines so that whenever her students got a cold, coughed or something like that, she would give them the medicines immediately.
Above all, I was most influenced by the way she taught us in class. Her thoroughness in teaching inspired me to study Math, even though I had not been interested in the subject before. Thanks to her effective teaching method, I was able to pass the university entrance exam with a high Math grade. Besides, I was also influenced by her lifestyle, which was so simple and worthy of respect that I really wanted to copy her. As she was a warm-hearted person, she always gave us advice about any problems we faced. At times, I felt that she was like my friend who I could share everything with. Although we have now all graduated from high school, my friends and I often visit her at the weekends to tell her about our daily life at university.
role model: [noun phrase] a person that you admire and try to copy. Example: Parents are usually the most important role models for a child.
in her 50s: [expression] between the ages of 50 and 59. Example: My mother retired from her job as a teacher when she was in her 50s.
cared about: [phrasal verb] felt that we were important and worth worrying about. Example: Everybody had a good opinion of the hospital – the doctors and nurses really cared about the health of the patients.
thoroughness: [noun] the quality of doing things very carefully and with great attention to detail. Example: The report was perfectly organised and included every important detail, and I had to admire his thoroughness.
lifestyle: [noun] the way in which a person or group of people live and work. Example: When I moved to the countryside from Hanoi, I had to change my lifestyle completely.
warm-hearted: [adjective] kind and generous Example: He often gave money and chatted in the street to poor people that he knew – he was a very warm-hearted person.
IELTS Speaking Part 2 : An Occasion when you were surprised
Describe an occasion when you were surprised to meet someone you know. | Describe an occasion when you unexpectedly met someone you know.
You should say:
- who it was
- where you met this person
- what you did when you met
- and explain why you were surprised to meet this person.
BAND 8.0 SAMPLE ANSWER:
Well, it doesn’t happen a lot when you unexpectedly meet someone you know. But a couple of days ago when I was out for lunch, I bumped into a high school classmate whom I haven’t seen since we graduated.
I was walking along the street when I saw him standing in front of a restaurant. He hasn’t changed a bit, so I recognized him right away. I approached him and said hi; however, it took him a while to realize that I was his high school classmate. At that moment, I felt very awkward. Luckily, it didn’t last long and we started to give each other a quick update about our lives recently, such as where we are working currently, our families and, of course, we swapped phone numbers and promised to keep in touch in future.
Since we were both in a hurry, we didn’t spend much time chatting with each other. However, it always feels good when you unexpectedly meet a long-lost friend. If we had had more time, we’d probably have reminisced about our high school memories with all the crazy things that we did back then.
bump into: [phrasal verb] to meet unexpectedly by accident.
Example: To my surprise, I bumped into my English teacher in the supermarket.
he hasn’t changed a bit: [verb phrase] he looks or acts exactly the same.
Example: My uncle looks the same as in the photos of him 20 years ago. It’s amazing, he hasn’t changed a bit.
right away: [adverb] immediately
Example: This message is very urgent, so please send it right away.
awkward: [adjective] making you feel embarrassed.
Example: At the restaurant, my friend had to pay for our meal. It was an awkward situation because I had forgotten to bring any money!
update: [noun] a report containing the most recent information.
Example: I planned to go to the beach, so I checked on the Internet for an update on the weather forecast.
swap: [verb] to give something to somebody and receive something in exchange.
Example: I swapped places with a man on the bus so that I could sit near the front.
keep in touch: [verb phrase] to communicate with somebody, especially by writing or telephoning.
Example: Most young people nowadays keep in touch by e-mailing or texting their friends.
chat: [verb] to talk in a friendly, informal way to somebody
Example: I decided to invite my friend for a coffee, so we could chat about our recent holidays
a long-lost friend: [noun] a friend that you have not seen for a long time.
Example: At the bus station, I bumped into a long-lost friend that I had not seen since my school days.
reminisce: [verb] to think, talk or write about a happy time in your past.
Example: My father often reminisces about his years at university.
back then: [adverb] at a particular time in the past.
Example: I remember when I visited Thailand many years ago. Back then, there were very few tourists.