Sau đây là một số từ vựng cần thiết liên quan đến chủ đề Journey mà bạn cần nắm thật vững để có thể tự tin trả lời cue card mà bạn bốc được trong bài thi IELTS Speaking Part 2. Mời các bạn cùng tham khảo nhé!

1. Từ vựng về Journey

To push on (v) - to continue on a journey. 

To come up with (v) - to think of an idea, plan or solution. 

Safe and sound (adj)- usually used when we talk about the end of a trip. It means not hurt or damaged. 

To commute (v) - to make the same journey regularly between work and home. 

To set off (v) - to begin a journey. 

Arduous (adj) - involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.

Short break: A short holiday – Kỳ nghỉ ngắn ngày

Sightseeing: Đi tham quan chủ yếu nhằm mục đích đi và ngắm cảnh

Package tour = Package holiday: /ˈpækɪdʒ tʊə(r)/a holiday where you purchase the travel and accommodation together

Holiday of a lifetime: a special holiday that you are unlikely to repeat 

Self-catering: /ˌself ˈkeɪtərɪŋ/ – danh từ không đếm được – a holiday where you supply your own food 

Tourist trap: Somewhere where too many tourists go and where food, drink, entertainment, etc. is more expensive than normal 

2. Cue card và bài mẫu thường gặp về Journey

Describe a journey that you remember well. You should say:

- where you went

- how you travelled

- why you went on that journey

- and explain why you remember this journey so well.

I have been lucky to have a number of memorable journeys over the years. So, thank you very much for offering me this great opportunity to share the experience of one of those journeys which I probably would never forget.

This journey, one of the most memorable ones of my life, took place when I just started my university, and I needed to visit my youngest uncle at a city, far away from my hometown, where he just had started his first job. So, naturally, I was quite excited. The excitement grew even bigger when one of my elder cousins, who also was travelling with me, informed me that we were actually going to make the journey with a high-speed train which just had started operating from my home town only a few weeks ago.

We were told that it was going to be a 6 to 7 hours journey and that train would travel, nonstop, at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. So, it was a whole new experience for me, and I just couldn’t wait to board the train as soon as I arrived at the station. By the way, my cousin very smartly had selected a couple of window seats at the front of the brand new train, so we both knew that it was going to be a great experience, and it indeed was as the train started to run like a bullet with a whistle within seconds of starting our journey. The objects outside the train felt like they were just coming at our sight and vanishing like some ghosts within a fraction of a second.

Anyway, I remember every minute of this journey so well, mainly because I never really travelled on a train that ran so fast and furiously. I remember it also because the service on that train was awesome. Finally, I also tried some of the most delicious foods I have ever eaten, and that too at an affordable price!

Describe a long journey you went on. You should say

- Where you went

- How long it took

- Who you went with

- How you felt about that journey.

Although, I’m fortunate to have traveled to many countries by plane, a  particularly memorable trip is one I made motorbike, so I’m going to tell you about that.

Last summer, a couple of friends came up with a plan to go to Da Lat, which is a mountainous city located a few hundred kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s famous for its comfortable climate and breathtaking scenery.

Anyway, we were feeling adventurous, so instead of hopping on a bus, we opted to go by motorcycle. We were all living and working in Ho Chi Minh City at the time so we were used to riding. We set off at about nine o’clock.

It took about 8 hours to get there and by the time we arrived, we were all exhausted! We passed out when we got to the hotel. We had estimated it would take five or six hours, but I guess we were wrong. Next time, we should plan more carefully and not simply rely on google maps!

Even though it was tiring, I really enjoyed it for two reasons.

First of all, it was a valuable bonding experience. I mean, I feel like my friends and I really got closer because of the trip. Honestly, it was more arduous than expected. We had a couple of breakdowns and got lost a few times. That said, we pushed on and by supporting each other, we made it there safe and sound. 

Secondly, when we eventually arrived on the outskirts of Da Lat, the scenery was incredible! With the wind in our hair, we made our way to our hotel via long winding mountain roads surrounded by trees and lakes. I couldn’t imagine a more spectacular place to ride a motorbike.

All things considered, I would absolutely love to take another trip like this!

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