Từ vựng – Topic 14: Physical Appearance

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Part 1

Giám khảo: Do you look like any other people in your family?
Carlo: No … not at all … take my brother for example … he has short cropped hair and has quite a pointed face … he’s also quite fair-skinned compared to me …

Giám khảo: Tell me about your family.
Andrea: My father’s getting on a bit … he’s in his 60s … but he looks very young for his age … he still does lots of exercise and is quite well-built …

Giám khảo: What does your best friend look like?
Mandy: She’s the same age as me … she has shoulder-length hair … fair hair … she has a slim figure and is medium height …

Part 2

Describe a person whose appearance you like.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • what their relationship is to you
  • what they look like
  • what it is about their appearance you like.

Sample:

OK … I’d like to talk about my aunt … her name’s Marta and she’s quite a character … she’s middle-aged but has a very youthful appearance … she’s a little overweight I suppose but not too much … she has a friendly round face framed by thick blonde hair … she has a lovely complexion and she’s always well-turned out … she actually always looks like she’s going out for the evening to somewhere special … there’s never a hair out of place … I’ve always thought she bears a striking resemblance to someone on TV … I can’t remember the name now … she wears glasses and always seems to have a different pair on every time I see her … I like the way she looks because she wears clothes that are right for her age and manages to look glamorous without it looking like she’s too done up … yes … I’ll be happy if I look like her when I’m her age …

Part 3

Giám khảo:  Is it important to dress well whenever we go out?

Mark: It depends where you’re going … I know some people get done up just to go to the shops … but I don’t see the point … you shouldn’t go out looking scruffy with disheveled hair but I really don’t see the point in getting dressed up to the nines unless you’re going somewhere special …

 

Giám khảo: Do people worry too much about their appearance as they get older?

Mira: I’m sure they do … yes … but it happens to all of us doesn’t it … we all go grey eventually and get hard of hearing … we start to lose our figure … that’s why plastic surgery is so popular … personally I think we just need to grow old gracefully and not worry too much about how we look …

 

Giám khảo: Is attractiveness a quality worthwhile aiming for?

Phoebe: I’d like to say no … it shouldn’t matter what we look like in terms of our physical appearance … but unfortunately it seems women especially are taken more seriously if they are good looking with a slender figure with perfect make up and so on …

Glossary

  • to bear a striking resemblance: trông rất giống (ai đó)
  • cropped hair: tóc rất ngắn
  • disheveled hair: tóc bết/ bẩn
  • to dress up to the nines: mặc đẹp, quyến rũ.
  • fair hair: tóc màu sáng
  • to be fair-skinned: (màu) da sáng
  • to get done up: mặc đẹp
  • to be getting on a bit: đang già đi
  • to go grey: tóc ngả hoa râm/ tóc bắt đầu bạc
  • to be good looking: thu hút, hấp dẫn, ưa nhìn.
  • to grow old gracefully: hành xử đẹp (chấp nhận mình đang già đi)
  • to be hard of hearing: nghễnh ngãng.
  • in his/her 30s/40s: chạc 30/ 40 tuổi
  • scruffy: mặc luộm thuộm.
  • to look young for your age: trẻ hơn tuổi
  • to lose one’s figure: (bắt đầu) béo phì
  • complexion: màu da tự nhiên
  • make up: trang điểm
  • medium height: chiều cao trung bình
  • middle-aged: trung niên (khoảng 45 – 65)
  • to never have a hair out of place: tóc rất đẹp.
  • to be overweight: thừa cân
  • pointed face: mặt nhọn
  • shoulder-length hair: tóc ngang vai
  • slender figure: dáng người thanh mảnh
  • slim figure: dáng người gầy
  • thick hair: tóc dày.
  • to wear glasses: đeo kính
  • to be well-built: cường tráng
  • to be well-turned out: (trông) thông minh
  • youthful appearance: (nhìn) trẻ trung

(Nguồn: ieltsspeaking.co.uk)

 

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