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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - An Occasion When You Used A Map


Describe an occasion when you used a map

You should say:

  • When you used a map

  • Where you were at that time

  • Why you used a map

And explain how you felt about the experience


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A vivid memory that pops into my mind when thinking about maps is my recent solo backpacking trip through the ancient town of Hoi An. I was on a mission to find the popular Pagoda Bridge with Japanese architectural features such as its vermilion paint and tiled roof. While most tourists were glued to  their smartphones, I stuck to  my paper map instead.


Navigating with Google Maps in this labyrinth of  alleyways  wasn't the best option. Yet, my paper map unfolded like a treasure map, with its faded lines and Vietnamese characters holding the key to my adventure. Despite my earnest attempts  at map-reading, the locals found amusement in my efforts and often stopped to offer straightforward directions in a mix of verbal  and body language.


Traversing  through the beauty of the ancient path following the map and guidance from locals, I came across a faded  symbol I couldn't decipher . It turned out to be a hidden alley leading to an ancient house with bougainvilleas  and koi ponds. At that moment, the map turned into a passport, unlocking the town’s hidden gems


Having explored through the site, I decided it was time to reach the final destination -  the Pagoda Bridge. The ornate  carvings bathed in the light of sunset and graceful hanging lanterns swayed gently in summer breezes. That was truly a testament  to the town’s rich history and captivating  beauty. 


Looking back, that day in Hoi An taught me more than just how to read a map. I learned about the beauty of  serendipity  and the joy of getting lost to find myself. The map is a reminder that sometimes the best journeys are ones where we let go of the digital gadgets .



 

VOCABULARY

  • vermilion (adj) = màu đỏ tươi

  • be glued to sth (phrase) = dán mắt vào cái gì đó

  • stick to sth (phrasal verb) = tiếp tục làm việc bạn đang làm, không thay đổi

  • labyrinth (n) = mê cung

  • alleyway (n) = đường hẻm

  • earnest attempt (phrase) = sự nỗ lực nghiêm túc  

  • straightforward (adj) = dễ hiểu

  • verbal (adj) = diễn đạt bằng ngôn từ

  • traverse (v) = di chuyển, du lịch

  • faded (adj) = bị phai mờ

  • decipher (v) = giải mã

  • bougainvillea (n) = hoa giấy

  • gem (n) = viên ngọc quý

  • ornate (adj) = cầu kì

  • testament (n) = minh chứng

  • captivating (adj) = thu hút

  • serendipity (n) = sự tình cờ

  • digital gadget (phrase) = thiết bị công nghệ



 

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