Sample IELTS Speaking Full 09/2019

1. PART 1

Haircut

What is your favorite hairstyle?

I don’t actually have a favorite hairstyle these days. But in the past, I used to be a big fan of the undercut style which was compatible with my face shape. However, I don’t really care much these days, so I just let the barber do whatever he wants.

How often do you have your hair cut?

Once a month or once every two months I suppose. Because my hair goes grey very fast, I have to go to a barbershop to have it dyed as a way to look younger, and I usually have my hair cut as well.

How much do you usually spend on your haircut?

As I mentioned, I do multiple things at the same time, so the cost of my haircut is quite high. Every now and then, I often get a facial massage and shampoo also, so the cost can sometimes amount to a hundred VND in total.

Tiredness

What things make you tired?

There are many things that make me tired. For example, after consuming too much alcohol or caffeinated drinks, I will be exhausted for days after. Besides, my energy gets drained if I am continually stressed out and lacking sleep.

What do you do when you feel tired?

In order to combat fatigue, I choose to lie on my comfortable mattress and enjoy some music. While doing this, I also put on a face mask to keep my skin hydrated and my mind relaxed.

Who do you prefer to talk to when you feel mentally tired, your friends or your family?

That depends on what troubles I am facing. Like, if I’m feeling stressed about school or my friends’ drama, I will talk to my mother or father. However, when my parents are pressuring me about academic progress, my buddies will be the ones who understand me the most.

2. PART 2

Describe an experience that you got bored while being with others.

You should say:

  • When it was
  • Who you were with
  • What you did

And explain why you were bored

Sample

There was a trip in the past when I actually got completely bored.

That was a vacation one year ago, after my stressful probationary period at my current company. At that time, I really needed to break the wheel of monotony in my everyday life and rejuvenate myself. So my buddies and I decided to take a trip to Dalat city to relax. We made a lot of plans, most of which, unfortunately didn’t go as expected.

As soon as I arrived in Dalat city, it started pouring outside. The weather was freezing, while dark clouds covered up the morning sky. Lightning flashed and thunder roared continually near the horizon, discouraging every holidaymaker from doing anything outdoors. So, we resorted to staying indoors and sitting by the window, watching the raindrops falling outside.

It was a terrible moment for me. All of my companions were falling asleep after the 5 hours’ journey on the car. I was the only one awake in the room then, waiting for the rain to stop and having nobody at all to talk with. I felt terribly bored because I expected to visit many well-known destinations and try local cuisines, but the rain didn’t let up until 1PM that day.

I lost half of the day due to the storm, so in the future, I will avoid the rainy season when travelling, or at least, have a look at the weather forecast before embarking on a trip somewhere.

Vocabulary

  • Probationary period: giai đoạn thử việc (khi mới vào làm trong 1 công ty)
  • Monotony: sự đơn điệu
  • Ejuvenate myself: làm mới, làm trẻ bản thân
  • Pouring: mưa như trút nước
  • Holidaymaker: người đi chơi vào dịp lễ
  • Resort to: đành phải
  • Companion: bạn đồng hành
  • Let up: (mưa) ngớt, tạnh
  • Embark on: bắt đầu, bắt tay vào

3. PART 3

Why do people often get bored?

People have a tendency to feel bored when they have to do monotonous tasks over and over. For example, boredom strikes when an office worker has to spend many years doing paperwork in a nine-to-five job with a high level of repetition. Nothing is interesting if everything just repeats day after day without any innovations.

Why are people less interested in reading books nowadays?

This is may be because of the fast pace of modern life that many people lead nowadays. They are so swarmed with their job and family that they can hardly arrange any time for their own hobbies. Despite knowing that reading can do wonders for their mental health, people would prefer sleeping, hanging out with friends or surfing Facebook.

What can employers do to help employees feel more motivated at work?

They could offer employees financial incentives when they achieve something to boost their motivation, like hitting the sales target or successfully dealing with customers’ complaints. This is also a great way to provide recognition for their performance. When these workers think that their efforts have been acknowledged, they may be willing to spend more time at work and make more progress in their job.