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Sau nhiều năm học tập, ôn luyện, đi thi, trực tiếp nghe các bài thi IELTS Listening cô đã rút ra danh sách gồm những từ vựng thường xuất hiệ trong bài thi Ielts . Những từ vựng này tuy không dễ là mấy nhưng chúng không chỉ bổ trợ tuyệt vời cho phần thi Ielts Listening mà còn giúp các em chém gió vù vù trong Ielts Speaking, đọc hiểu vanh vách Reading và tự tin chiến đấu với Ielts Writing nữa đó.

  1. be sick and tired of: I hate (also can’t stand)

Example: I’m sick and tired of doing nothing but work. Let’s go out tonight and have fun.

  1. bend over backwards: try very hard (maybe too much!)

Example: He bent over backwards to please his new wife, but she never seemed satisfied.

  1. bite off more than one can chew: take responsibility for more than one can manage

Example: John is so far behind in his studies. Besides classes, he plays sports and works at a part-time job. It seems he has bitten off more than he can chew.

  1. broke: to have no money

Example: I have to borrow some money from my Dad. Right now, I’m broke.

  1. change one’s mind: decide to do something different from what had been decided earlier

Example: I was planning to work late tonight, but I changed my mind. I’ll do extra work on the weekend instead.

  1. Cut it out!: stop doing something bad

Example: That noise is really annoying. Cut it out!

  1. drop someone a line: send a letter or email to someone

Example: It was good to meet you and I hope we can see each other again. Drop me a line when you have time.

  1. figure something out: come to understand a problem

Example: I don’t understand how to do this problem. Take a look at it. Maybe you can figure it out.

  1. fill in for someone: do their work while they are away

Example: While I was away from the store, my brother filled in for me.

  1. in ages: for a very long time

Example: Have you seen Joe recently? I haven’t seen him in ages.

  1. give someone a hand: help

Example: I want to move this desk to the next room. Can you give me a hand?

  1. hit the hay: go to bed (also hit the sack)

Example: It’s after 12 o’clock. I think it’s time to hit the hay.

  1. in the black: the business is making money, it is profitable

Example: Our business is really improving. We’ve been in the black all year.

  1. in the red: the business is losing money, it is unprofitable

Example: Business is really going poorly these days. We’ve been in the red

for the past three months.

  1. in the nick of time: not too late, but very close!

Example: I got to the drugstore just in the nick of time. It’s a good thing, because I really need this medicine!

  1. keep one’s chin up: remain brave and keep on trying

Example: I know things have been difficult for you recently, but keep your chin up. It will get better soon.

  1. know something like the back of your hand: know something very, very well

Example: If you get lost, just ask me for directions. I know this part of town like the back of my hand

  1. once in a while: sometimes, not very often

Example: Have you been to the new movie theater? No, only see movies once in a while  I usually stay home and watch TV.

  1. sharp: exactly at a that time

Example: I’ll meet you at 9 o’clock sharp. If you’re late, we’ll be in trouble!

  1. sleep on it: think about something before making a decision

Example: That sounds like a good deal, but I’d like to sleep on it before I give you my final decision.

  1. take it easy: relax

Example: I don’t have any special plans for the summer. I think I’ll just take it easy.

  1. to get the ball rolling: start something, especially something big

Example: We need to get this project started as soon as possible. I’m hoping you will help me get the ball rolling.

  1. up to the minute: the most recent information

Example: I wish I knew more about what is happening in the capital city. We need more up to the minute news.

  1. Twenty four/seven: every minute of every day, all the time

Example: You can access our web site 24/7. It’s very convenient!

  1. about to (do something): to be on the point of doing something –

Example: I was about to leave when the phone rang.

  1. according to (someone or something): as said or told by someone, in agreement with something, in the order of something, in proportion to something

Example: According to our teacher, there will be no class next week. We did everything according to the terms of our agreement.

  1. account for (something): to provide an explanation or answer for something

Example: The bad weather accounts for the fact that few people came to the meeting.

  1. after all: considering the fact that something happened, something that is usually assumed

Example: You don’t need to phone him. After all, he never phones you.

  1. as a matter of fact: actually

Example: As a matter of fact, we have been to the history museum many times. learn

  1. as far as: to the extent or degree of something

Example: As far as I know the movie will start in a few minutes.


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