Trong các chủ đề có thể xuất hiện trong bài thi IELTS Speaking Part 1, thì Birthdays và Party cũng là một trong những chủ đề thông dụng và hay gặp. Vậy bạn đã nắm vững bộ từ vựng và những câu hỏi mà giám khảo có thể đặt ra cho bạn về chủ đề này chưa? Hãy tiếp tục theo dõi bài viết dưới đây nhé!

1. Từ vựng về Birthdays

- Blow out the candles: When somebody is about to cut the cake, you could tell him to blow out the candles: thổi nến

- Throw a party = celebrate a party: tổ chức tiệc

- Make a wish: ước 

- Shower sb with sth—  /ʃaʊər/: to give someone a lot of presents or praise: được tặng nhiều quà 

- Party animal (n) /ˈpɑː.ti ˌæn.ɪ.məl/: someone who enjoys parties and party activities very much and goes to as many as possible: người mê tiệc tùng 

- Low-key (a) /ˌləʊˈkiː/: A low-key event is quiet and without a great show of excitement: bình thường 

- It's the thought that counts = used to say that good or kind intentions are the most important thing, even if what you do or give someone is not perfect: tấm lòng là hơn cả

- Milestone (n) /ˈmɑɪlˌstoʊn/: an important event in the development or history of something or in someone's life: cột mốc

2. Các câu hỏi thường gặp về Birthdays

What do you usually do on your birthdays?

On my birthdays, I just eat out with some close friends and celebrate with a birthday cake. I think the more I grow up, the less important my birthdays become. What I mean is that I no longer look forward to birthday parties and put on special clothes like I used to do when I was a little girl.

How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?

To be honest, what children do on their birthdays varies according to where they live. If they live in big cities, they tend to organize birthday parties at restaurants with the participation of teachers and classmates. Meanwhile, in the countryside, the majority of children celebrate their birthday through home-cooked meals which are bigger than usual.

What did you do on your last birthday?

I am quite absent-minded so let me try to recall. Last year, on my 20th birthday, I was so snowed under with my part-time job that I totally forgot about my birthday. Thus, I just came back home from work as usual and surprisingly, my roommates  waited for me. gave me a beautiful birthday cake and a dress as a gift. Without them, I would have had such a special birthday celebration. 

What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?

Any, really! Of course I appreciate all gifts, but if I could choose, I would prefer gift cards or cash. Since I’m a college student, these really help with my living costs and allow me to treat myself to something nice- like a massage, shopping, or a nice meal. To be honest, I don’t enjoy when my mother picks out (chooses) clothing for me because I end up (do without wanting or planning) looking like a grandma!

What is a popular gift in your country?

To be honest, it is quite hard to come up with a specific option because gifts vary among occasions, purposes, and preferences. In my viewpoint, flowers may be one of the most prevalent presents in Vietnam. Each type of flower symbolizes a different meaning so flowers can fit a lot of occasions such as weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, and so on.

Is there a difference between the way you celebrate your birthday in the past and in the present?

Oh for sure! Birthdays are a huge deal when you’re a child. 30+ family members and friends used to gather for my special day, but now only my parents, sister, and closest mates. I used to look forward to this day all year long and make birthday lists, but now I just get some cash in a card. Although they still make it memorable for me by their thoughtful gestures, sometimes all my birthdays feel the same.

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