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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 3 - Losing Things

Updated: Apr 8

1. What kind of people tend to lose things more often than others?

Well, it's hard to pinpoint  a single type, as everyone does lose things occasionally. However, I think people who have hectic schedules  or struggle with organization often misplace items more frequently. Oh, and those who are naturally absent-minded  might also find themselves losing things quite often. 

2. What kind of things do people often lose?

I'd say everyday essentials  like keys, wallets, and phones are at the top of the list because of how often we use them and their small size. Other common culprits  might include eyeglasses, earphones, and pens, since these tend to get misplaced when we're multitasking  or simply not fully focused.

3. What are the reasons why some people pick up lost things and don’t give them back?

There are several reasons why people might choose to hold onto lost items. Sometimes, it's just a matter of mistaking  it for something they misplaced themselves. In other cases, the temptation  of valuable items, like phones, and the fear of being blamed can both deter someone from doing the right thing .

4. Should parents teach children to return things lost by others?

Absolutely! Teaching children to return lost items to their rightful owners  is an important lesson on responsibility and empathy. So, by instilling  this value early on, parents can help nurture a sense of integrity and consideration for others  in their kids, which would empower them as responsible citizens and therefore create a more cohesive community .



  • pinpoint (v) = xác định, chỉ ra 

  • hectic schedules (phrase) = lịch trình bận rộn

  • absent-minded (adj) = đãng trí

  • everyday essentials (phrase) = những vật dụng thiết yếu hằng ngày 

  • culprit (n) = (nghĩa bóng) thủ phạm 

  • multitask (v) = làm nhiều việc cùng một lúc

  • mistake A for B (phrase) = nhầm lẫn A thành B 

  • temptation (n) = sự cám dỗ

  • deter sb from sth / doing sth (phrase) = ngăn cản ai đó làm việc gì đó 

  • a rightful owner (phrase) = chủ sở hữu hợp pháp 

  • instill sth (in / into sb) (phrase) = thấm nhuần một tư tưởng, giá trị nào đó (vào ai đó)

  • nurture a sense of integrity and consideration for others (phrase) = trau dồi đức tính trung thực và biết quan tâm đến người khác

  • create a more cohesive community (phrase) = xây dựng một cộng đồng gắn kết hơn 


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