25 idioms giúp bạn đạt band 7.0 IELTS Speaking

Để có thể đạt điểm cao trong phần thi IELTS Speaking, bạn nhớ dùng ít nhất một câu idioms mỗi lần mình nói chuyện bằng tiếng Anh. Sau đó nhờ trực tiếp hay thu âm lại cho giáo viên hoặc một người bản xứ nghe/xem và đánh giá độ chính xác và tự nhiên của bạn.

Vậy idioms là gì?

Idioms là một nhóm chữ khi sắp theo một vị trí nhất định sẽ có nghĩa riêng, khác với nghĩa đen/nghĩa dịch sát từng từ trong nhóm đó. Nói chung là idioms dùng nghĩa bóng của từ thay vì nghĩa đen.

Bạn có thể xem thêm một số bài viết hữu ích sau:

25 idioms giúp bạn đạt band 7.0 IELTS Speaking

25 idioms giúp bạn đạt band 7.0 IELTS Speaking
25 idioms giúp bạn đạt band 7.0 IELTS Speaking

Sau đây là một số idioms thông dụng và dễ sử dụng:

1. a blessing in disguise: một tình huống xấu nhưng dẫn tới mang lại lợi thế hoặc có kết quả tốt

Example: Failing in his exams was a blessing in disguise, for he realized that he was not enjoying his course and decided to try out something else.

2. a piece of cake: một thứ gì đó dễ làm

Example: They said the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake – I’ll pass with no problem at all.

3. bread and butter: kế sinh nhai; nguồn thu nhập chính

Example: His bread and butter comes entirely from his filmmaking gigs.

4. caught between a rock and a hard place: ở trong tình huống khó khăn, khó xử.

Example: They are both my brothers! I can’t go against either of them. I am caught between a rock and a hard place.

5. cost an arm and a leg: rất đắt

cost an arm and a leg: rất đắt
cost an arm and a leg: rất đắt

Example: The show is excellent, but the tickets cost an arm and a leg.

6. chalk and cheese: be very different and cannot be compared.

Example: Even though they’re twins, their personalities are chalk and cheese.

7. make ends meet: kiếm đủ tiền để trang trải cuộc sống

Example: To make ends meet, Phil picked up a second job delivering pizzas.

8. put all your eggs in one’s basket: để sự thành công của mình phụ thuộc vào một người hay thứ gì đó

Example: She puts all her eggs in one basket with this merger deal. If it doesn’t work out, I doubt her company can survive.

9. To have a whale of a time: To have a very fun and exciting time: có khoảng thời gian vui vẻ

“Tell me about your hometown.”

Example: Well, I’m from London which is a world-renowned city for its history and culture. They say he who is bored of London is bored of life! There is so much to do here that you are guaranteed to have a whale of time if you visit.

10. To be on clould nine: very happy and joyful: sung sướng, lâng lâng trên 9 tầng mây

“Do you like your job?”

Example: I must say that I adore my job and all the people that work there. It is a pleasure to go to work there each morning. I feel content with my life at the moment and I am on cloud nine.

11.  To be on top of the world: feeling amazing, wonderful, ecstatic

“Is art popular in your country?”

Example: Yes, I would say that art is highly popular in my nation. Art has the power to unite us and express feelings that we cannot with words alone. When I look at my absolute favourite piece of art, “starry night” by Vincent Van Gogh I feel inspired and on top of the world. It shows me true beauty and that I believe is why art is so popular.

12. To be over the moon: extremely pleased and happy

“What did you do on your last birthday?”

Example: On my last birthday I went to Paris with my girlfriend. It was an incredible city and the food was to die for! The trip was actually a surprise and when my girlfriend told me I was over the moon.

13.   It makes my blood boil: to make you very angry

“Do you get on with your family?”

Example: I get on reasonably well with most of my family. But my sister is an awful person. She is very selfish and arrogant. Just hearing her voice makes my blood boil.

14.  It drives me up the wall: it annoys you a lot

“What is your favourite food?”

Example: I would have to say that my favourite food is mashed potatoes. However, it drives me up the wall when people don’t mash them properly and the potatoes have disgusting lumps. 

Similar expressions: It drives me crazy / it drives me nuts

15. To get on your nerves: someone annoys you a lot

“How could your neighbourhood be improved?”

Example: It gets on my nerves that we have no recycling here. I am a big supporter of the environment and we should do more to save it.

16. Blow off steam: to vent energy, frustration or anger: xả hơi

Example: I have had a very stressful week and I’m hoping to blow up some steam this Saturday.

17. Bend over backward: try extremely hard to do something, usually to help someone with a specific purpose: cố gắng hết sức giúp ai đó.

Example: They bent over backward to help me learn this. I will always appreciate the effort they made.

18. an old soul: someone who seems to have more emotional insight and wisdom than other people the same age.

Example: I have always turn to my older sister for advices; she is a real old soul.

19. an open book: someone who is extremely open about themselves

Example: I was very easy to get to know Hannah. She was an open book and made friends easily.

20. As busy as a bee: very busy

Example: I’m as busy as a bee this morning. I’ve run lots of errands and completed lots of tasks.

21. Down-to-earth: to be practical and have lots of common sense.

Example: One of the things I like most about Katie is how down-to-earth she is. She is always so sensible and I like going to her for advice.

22. Open (A) Pandora’s box: a situation that involves unexpected consequences and problems

Example: It seems like we’ve opened Pandora’s box with this topic today. We’ve been getting hundreds of messages from listeners from around the country who have been affected by it.

23. keep an eye on: keep under careful observation = để ý, quan sát ai đó hay việc gì đó.

Example: dealers are keeping an eye on the currency markets.

24. top-notch: top quality

Example: The perfume he bought me for my birthday is top-notch. It’s a designer brand and extremely expensive. I love it.

25. The tip of the iceberg: Only a hint or suggestion of a much larger or more complex issue or problem: phần nổi của tảng băng trôi → phần nổi của vấn đề.

Example: The money missing from petty cash was only the tip of the iceberg of financial mismanagement.

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