IELTS Speaking chủ đề Being Late/ Lateness
Being Late hay Lateness là chủ đề con trong bộ chủ đề IELS Speaking Time Management. Trong khi chủ đề Punctuality thường xuất hiện trong Part 1, chủ đề Being Late (hay Lateness) lại xuất hiện nhiều hơn trong Part 2 và Part 3.
Đây không phải là chủ đề dễ dàng đối với nhiều bạn thí sinh, vì thế, hãy cùng SIGMA ôn luyện thi IELTS với một số câu trả lời mẫu và vocabulary hay cho chủ đề “Late” này nhé!
PART 1 - CÂU HỎI NGẮN
Dưới đây là một số câu hỏi IELTS Speaking chủ đề Being Late/ Lateness (Part 1) hay gặp:
How do you feel when you are late?
Although I am rarely late for any meetings, when I am, I’ll feel extremely embarrassed. I will apologize sincerely and thank others for their patience. I will not waste their time with superfluous excuses.
- embarrassed (lúng túng, xấu hổ): feeling ashamed or shy.
- superfluous (thừa thãi, không cần thiết): unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.
- excuse (lý do bào chữa): the explanation given for bad behaviour, absence, etc.
How do you feel when others are late?
It kind of depends on the situation… I might be worried that they are either in trouble or being disrespectful to me. None of them leads to positive emotions though. I think I should then enjoy my own company while waiting for them.
- disrespectful (thiếu tôn trọng): lacking respect.
- enjoy my own company = to like being alone.
How do you manage (or, organize, or plan) your time?
How do you think you could improve and be on time more often?
Do you wear a watch?
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PART 2 - CÂU HỎI MIÊU TẢ
Describe an occasion (or time/ situation) when you were late.
Describe a time when you missed an appointment.
You should say:
- what you were late for
- why you were late
- what you did about being late
- what happened when you got there
- and explain how you felt about being late.
Cùng nghe audio gợi ý lời giải của SIGMA cho IELTS Speaking Part 2 chủ đề Being Late hay Lateness dưới đây.
It was such a perfect morning – the sun was shining, and I was enjoying my coffee and breakfast outside in the garden, reading the newspaper and feeling very relaxed, until… my alarm started to go off very loud in my ear! I had been dreaming, and my alarm had not woken me. I realised I was going to be really late for my first class of the day, and worst of all, I was meant to be making a group presentation…
(Lessons for IELTS – Advanced Speaking – Nhân Trí Việt – NXB Tổng hợp TPHCM)
PART 3 - CÂU HỎI THẢO LUẬN
What do you think are the main causes/ reasons of lateness?
I suppose it’s mainly caused by disorganisation and bad habits. Of course, occasionally, it is as a result of external factors which are beyond an individual’s control, such as a particularly bad traffic jam, or unfortunate set of circumstances which have contributed to the lateness. However, I think that persistent lateness is really just due to poor planning and personal organisation.
- (circumstances/ factors) beyond someone’s control (không điều khiển được, không làm chủ được) = events that we are unable to deal with/ out of control.
- persistent (dai dẳng, liên tục): lasting for a long time or difficult to get rid of.
What are some of the excuses that people make when they are late?
“I was caught in traffic”, “the bus was late”, “I got caught in the rain”, “my mom is sick, and I have to take care of her” are a few of the most-heard excuses.
Are people in your country usually late?
Well, I would say that punctuality is considered important in business; however, in social appointments, it is something many Vietnamese people struggle with. It is not uncommon for people to turn up half an hour late for a scheduled appointment with an apology. I think it’s a hard habit to break.
Do you think it’s important to be on time?
For what situations is being on time not important?
Who do you think are usually more punctual, elderly people or young people?
The Concept of Time
Do you think modern technology gives us more time or less?
Definitely yes. Modern technology has sped time up with things moving faster every day. Because of email, letters are now able to be sent and received, and answers are expected right away sometimes. With transportation, you can get to places faster and do a lot more. Things are actually moving incredibly fast, and that means less time for all.
Do you think people today have the same concept of time as did people in the past?
How can people remember to keep appointments?
How can we avoid wasting time?
Is time management important?
Should parents help children manage time?
- Do you think relaxing is a waste of time?
I think that relaxing is critical for our mental and physical health, but there’s a thin line between relaxing and wasting time. For example, if you are playing a couple of games after a long week of working, then it’s relaxing; but if you are spending 6 hours playing games while not having studied anything for an exam the next day, then you are wasting your time. So I suppose it depends on the amount of downtime you spend and the circumstances.
a thin line ~ a fine line: a very small difference between two things that may seem different.
downtime (thời gian nghỉ): time when you relax and do not do very much.
ADVANCED VOCABULARY - TỪ VỰNG NÂNG CAO
- on time ≈ on schedule ≈ punctual (adj); punctuality (n): đúng giờ
- late (adj) ≈ to be/ fall behind schedule/ time: trễ
- to procrastinate ≈ to leave something until the last moment ≈ to put off doing something: trì hoãn, chần chừ