Speaking test (sample) – Topic: Music

Bài thi speaking mẫu kèm từ vựng trong IELTS speaking test. Chủ đề: Music.

Người bản xứ trong giao tiếp hàng ngày họ sử dụng rất nhiều idiom và slangs, cũng y như người Việt mình sử dụng ca dao, tục ngữ trong ứng xử hàng ngày vậy. Nên việc thành thạo idiom không những giúp tiếng Anh của các bạn nghe giống người bản xứ, nó còn giúp bạn giải quyết được vấn đề từ vựng. Ví dụ như để diễn tả một sự việc được tiếp tục sau khi đã được khởi đầu, thay vì nói remain sth, các bạn có thể dùng thành ngữ keep the ball rolling. Nghe nó sẽ hay hơn nhiều. Bài viết này bên cạnh ví dụ về một bài thi speaking hoàn chỉnh (gồm 3 phần) sẽ đi kèm một vài idioms về chủ đề music, các bạn tham khảo nha.

Part 1-style questions

Examiner: What kind of music do you listen to?
Katherine: I’m a big fan of classical music … it doesn’t make me very popular with my children … their taste in music is completely different … they always want to listen to their favourite rock bands …

Examiner: Do you play any instruments?
Jamie: No I don’t … I’ve always wished I’d taken up a musical instrument … I’d love to be able to play the guitar … but I think I’m a bit tone deaf so perhaps I’d find it hard …

Examiner: Have you got any hobbies or interests?
Marco: I’m really into live music … I go to a lot of music festivals … I think a live performance always sounds more exciting than a recorded version … as long as the performers can sing and play well of course …

 

 

Part 2-style task

Describe a song you like to listen to. You should say

  • what the piece of music is called
  • how long you have liked it
  • when you like to listen to it

and say why you like it so much.

Millie:  Well … I’m a little older than most students and when I was young Abba, the Swedish pop group, were very famous … I don’t think it was cool to like them even though they had a huge following, but I think now people have realised what wonderful songs they wrote … one piece of music in particular is called ‘Slipping through my fingers’ … it wasn’t a massive hit but I love it … it’s a song for parents and it’s all about how quickly our children grow up … it’s a slow number and like a lot of their songs it’s a very catchy tune … the two women in Abba had great voices and it’s the kind of music you can also sing along to easily … even if you don’t have a great voice … I listen to Abba when I feel like a sing-song … and I especially like to listen when I’m doing the housework … it stops me thinking about the hard work …

(Bài này sử dụng rất nhiều idioms, các ý được sắp xếp rất trôi chảy và tự nhiên nên đây sẽ là 1 bài có thể đạt điểm cao)

Part 3-style questions

Examiner:  Is the Internet a good or bad thing for the music industry?
Thomas: On the one hand it’s good for marketing new musical talent or particular bands but it’s so easy to share and download tracks for free I think it is costing the industry a lot of money …

Examiner: Should music be treated as seriously as subjects like maths or sciences at school?
Carla: I think it should … I don’t think it should be taught in a boring way … I mean making children read music … but I do think they should be encouraged to play instruments and to play things by ear perhaps … to keep the lessons fun …

Examiner: Where do people usually enjoy listening to music?
Sally: In lots of ways or places … as background music when they are doing something else … at concerts when a band goes on tour … or in clubs or discos …

Definitions

  • adoring fans: people who love a particular band or singer (người thích một ban nhạc hay ca sĩ nào đó)
  • background music: music that is played while something else is happening (nhạc nền)
  • a catchy tune: a song that is easy to remember and makes you want to sing it (bài hát dễ nhớ và làm bạn muốn hát nó)
  • classical music: music that is regarded as part of a long, formal tradition (nhạc cổ điển)
    to download tracks: to obtain music from the Internet (tải nhạc từ internet)
  • to have a great voice: to sing well (hát hay)
  • to go on tour: to go on a planned series of performances around a region or country (lưu diễn)
  • a huge following: a large number of fans (số lượng lớn người hâm mộ)
  • live music: music that is listened to while it is performed (not recorded) (nhạc sống)
  • live performance: (see live music) (nhạc sống)
  • a massive hit: a record that sells lots of copies (Bản thu bán được nhiều bản copies)
  • a music festival: music performances at a venue often over several days (lễ hội âm nhạc)
  • musical talent: skilled at music (tài năng âm nhạc)
  • to be/sing out of tune: to not be in harmony/to sing the wrong notes (hát sai nhạc)
  • a piece of music: an item of music (nhạc cụ)
  • to play by ear: to play without reading the musical notes (chơi nhạc nhưng không cần nhìn nốt, thành ngữ này còn có 1 nghĩa khác là “tới đó hãy tính”)
  • a pop group: a small group of people who play or sing pop music together (nhóm nhạc pop)
  • to read music: to understand and follow written musical notes (đọc nốt nhạc)
  • a rock band: a group of musicians that play rock music (nhóm nhạc rock)
  • to sing along to: to join in singing (hát cùng với ai đó)
  • a sing-song: to sing informally, often with other people (hát với ai đó)
  • a slow number: a song with a slow tempo (hát với nhịp chậm)
  • to take up a musical instrument: to begin learning a musical instrument (bắt đầu học chơi một nhạc cụ nào đó)
  • taste in music: the music someone likes (loại nhạc mọi người thích)
  • to be tone deaf: to be unable to distinguish the different notes in music (Không thể phân biệt được những nốt khác nhau trong âm nhạc)

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