Describe an occasion when you travelled and your vehicle broke down

Describe an occasion when you travelled and your vehicle broke down

You should say:

  • Who you were with
  • What happened to the vehicle
  • How long it took to get the vehicle repaired
  • And how you feel after the vehicle was repaired.


Today I would like to tell you about my ride last weekend when my bike broke down halfway back home.

It was a bright and sunny day that I decided to take my 3-year-old bike out for a ride to enjoy the sights of the city. Unlike other scorching hot days, it was one of those rare summer days when the temperature was about 26 degrees celsius, which was perfect for a nice ride around the city. I was fairly confident that my bike would take me home safely as it still looked rather new and had been running flawlessly.

Following some of my favorite roads, I made my way to Ton Duc Thang Street, enjoying the views of Saigon River and Bach Dang Wharf along the bank. The ride went well and smoothly until I set out to return home. While riding along, I noticed that the chain of my bike suddenly fell off. I panicked for a while, before deciding to pull over in a park nearby. At that time, I was so sweaty as the temperature began to rise. Luckily enough, I came across a bike-repair shop on the pavement just after 10 minutes of walking. The repair was quick, so I did not have to wait for so long under the harsh sun.

It was a bit disappointing that the trip turned out to be a weary one, not as perfect as I expected. Another reason which let me down was that my lovely bike broke down only after three years. I guess it needs to be maintained more frequently from now on.

That’s all I want to say. Thank you for listening.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

1. Do you think public transport in your country is more suitable for the elderly or youngsters?

I think it is convenient for both groups of ages. For senior residents, most of them are not able to control a vehicle themselves anymore. Therefore, using public transport such as buses or trains is one of their top choices. Besides, young commuters whose houses are far away from their workplace can save a huge amount of travel costs when using public transport to travel to work every day.

2. What kinds of public transport does your country have?

The most common type of public transport that can be seen in big cites of Vietnam is obviously buses. Needless to say, they are super convenient, especially for university students because travelling by this means of transport helps them to save money. As far as I know, HCMC is now in progress of constructing the first metro line, with the cooperation of Japanese investors. I hope this metro system will be operational soon.

3. Are there any problems with the public transport system in your city?

Surely there are several. Based on what I’ve notced recently, one of the problems is that buses are too old that they release a huge amount of exhaust fumes into the air, which does great harm to the environment. That’s why the authorites should consider upgrading the bus system or replacing old ones.

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