7. Describe a short holiday (vacation) that was special for you.
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You should say:
where you went
who you spent time with
what you did
and explain why it was special for you.
Band 8.5 Model Answer for IELTS SPeaking Part 2
Today I’m going to share with you a short vacation that left me a profound impression. It was a trip to the hometown of one of my classmates at university
At the end of the second semester, our group at the university was invited to pay a 5-day visit to the house of one of the group members, which is located in An Giang province. We had 5 people in total and bought coach tickets to reach our destination.
On arriving at the countryside, which is quite secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city life, we were greatly impressed by the picturesque landscapes there. The atmosphere was refreshing and the air is unpolluted unlike in the city where many of us were living in. My friend acted as a tour guide as he was well accustomed to the local lifestyles and tourist attractions there. We took the motorbikes to tour the city land stopped at some street vendors to taste the local cuisine, which I personally found tasty and delicate. After doing the sights, we gathered in the evening for some small games and gossip about our study and our future career path.
All in all, such a short vacation still fills me with great delight each time I recall it. Hope that we could make another vacation someday before Lunar New Year.
8.Describe an antique or some other old thing that your family has kept for a long time.
You should say:
what it is
how (or when) your family first got this thing
how long your family has kept it
and explain why this thing is important to your family.
Model Answer 1:
When it comes to an old thing I keep in my family, I want to talk about the transformer that I got from my parents on my 10th birthday.
On that day, my parents bought me a transformer as a birthday gift. When I opened the gift box, I was really astonished by what I was seeing in front of me. It was an awesome transformer that I had been dreaming about for ages. The moment I saw this transformer, I fell in love with it. It was pretty huge and looked like a hip yellow car, and it could be shifted from a car to a robot action figure and back again. The transformer had a really nice color scheme and finish. And it came with a nice handgun like the weapon and different accessories. It was super cool! And with the transformer, there was a card from my parents saying, “Sweetie, you mean everything in the world to us and you are forever the apple of our eyes. Happy Birthday! Love parents.” I am telling you, although I was pretty young at that time, those words impressed me a lot.
Until today, I still keep this toy. It has been over ten years since I got it. I love it not only because of the toy itself, but also because of the sentimental value it has for me. The value is irreplaceable.
Model Answer 2
Today, I am going to share with you an old possession that my family has kept for a long time. It is an antique terra-cotta dish, which is displayed in an honoured position in the living room.
This old dish originated from feudal times in Vietnam, although I am not sure of the year exactly. It might have belonged to the Nguyen Dynasty. It is made from pottery material with some small artificial fissures, and it was my grandfather’s favourite thing when he was still alive. There is a village picture painted in blue in the centre of the dish.
When I was a child, my grandfather used to tell me the story of this dish. His close friend gave it to him to celebrate his house-warming in the past. They had been companions in arms for a long time, so that was the reason why he really treasured their ties and that gift as a reminder of their friendship.
There is a lot of other modern furniture arranged in my house nowadays, however, this antique object is still a treasured possession for each member of my family. We have kept this antique dish for over 30 years, even when my grandpa passed away and left it for my family. Whenever I look at this dish, it always reminds me of my grandfather as a fond memento.
possession: [noun] something that you own.
Example: When leaving the plane, please make sure that you have all your possessions with you.
antique: [adjective] old and often valuable
Example: I have an antique table in my living room which is about 200 years old.
terracotta: [noun] material of a red-brown colour, used to make pots.
Example: My mother still cooks using traditional terracotta pots.
honoured: [adjective] very respected, showing respect for something. Example: The President was an honoured guest at the ceremony.
feudal: [adjective] describing a time in the past when given land and protection by a rich person, and had to work and fight for him in return.
Example: Life in feudal times in Vietnam was very hard for poor people who worked on the land.
dynasty: [noun] a series of rulers of a country who all belong to the same family. Example: Pottery from the time of the Ming Dynasty in China is very valuable.
pottery: [noun] pots or dishes, usually made by hand from a type of earth called clay and made hard by baking in an oven.
Example: I learned to make traditional dishes by hand by going to a pottery class.
fissures: [noun] long cracks in something.
Example: The rocks had many fissures, some of which were very deep.
house-warming: [noun] a party given by someone who has moved into a new house. Example: My new neighbours invited our family to their house-warming party.
companions-in-arms: [noun] people who have been soldiers, fighting together. Example: My two uncles were companions-in-arms during World War 2.
treasure: [verb] to have or keep something that you love and is very valuable to you. Example: Thank you for your gift. I will always treasure it.
ties: [noun] strong connections between people, especially friendships or family relationships.
Example: She continues to have close ties with her old school friends, and she often visits or calls them.
fond: [adjective] kind, happy and loving [when used before a noun]. Example: I have fond memories of my years in London.
memento: [noun] a thing that you have which reminds you of a person or place. Example: We returned home with some mementos of our holiday in China.
9. Describe an art or craft activity you did when you were in school
You should say:
when this happened
what you did in the activity
who you did it with
and explain how you felt about this activity.
Band 8.0 Model Answer
Today I’m going to share with you about a craft work that a bunch of high school buddies and I took part in. It was prior to Mid-Autumn Festival that our form teacher made a decision to hold a small competition among our classmates. The theme was to design the most attractive and meaningful lantern
My group decided on creating a spinning lantern ’(while other groups chose much simpler shapes like butterflies, fish and stars. As a matter of fact, ours was a lantern which spins around when a candle is placed inside, which symbolizes the seasonal spinning of the earth around the sun. Therefore, it was a bit tricky and time-consuming to make it work.
My assigned duty was to cut the colored plastic papers and draw some exotic pictures to decorate the exterior of the lantern. I drew great shapes and cut them out neatly, glued and stuck them onto the shining outer surface of the spinning lantern. A couple of my friends strategized and positioned the axis so that it could spin properly. And we finished out product within 3 hours of hard work
This craft activity had a realty special meaning for me. Actually, our team won the first prize not only in our class, but the whole school as well. Afterwards, our lantern was singled out and donated to a local orphanage. I was really moved and blissfully happy since we did accomplish something for those less fortunate. This actually left a really profound Mid-Autumn impression on me.
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