Are you a chocoholic? Do you have a sweet tooth? :D - Topic Chocolate ngọt ngào tan chảy đang back lại với tốc độ chóng mặt năm 2019 cho part 1 của bài thi nói IELTS nhé mem ơi :x. Topic này sẽ khiến cho các mem mê đồ ngọt (have a sweet tooth) hoặc nghiện sô cô la (Chocoholic) mê đắm lun nè x. Mem có biết từ CONFECTIONERY là từ chuyên ngành cho các cửa hàng bán mứt kẹo (đồ ngọt) chưa ạ? ^^. Nếu chưa thì còn chần chừ gì nữa, đọc ngay content chất lừ bên dưới của team nhà BEC để lấy ideas cho mình, cũng như có lối diễn đạt tự nhiên nhất cũng vocab cực dễ nhớ hen :x. Đọc xong content bên dưới thì Ad đảm bảo kể cả mem nào không thích topic CHOCOLATE này cũng sẽ thấy thú vị và biết cách trả lời hay nhất có thể đấy ạ :x

Do you like chocolates?

Answer 1: Well, I am not really a big fan of chocolate. Perhaps, because I don’t particularly have a sweet toothHaving said however, when I feel blue, I enjoy a bar of chocolate because it enhances my mood considerably (or: It does put me in an amiable mood). / (or:…I enjoy a bar of chocolate because it improves my mood no end). 

Answer 2: Yes, I do. I am actually a chocoholic (lol). My all-time favourite chocolate white chocolate because of its sweet, rich and creamy taste. Although for most people love the bitterness of dark chocolate, I find it too strong personally

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How often do you eat chocolate? = Do you often eat chocolate?

Answer 1Once in a blue moon. I know some people find it hard to resist buying chocolate every time they go to convenience stores or supermarkets, but I only buy it on special occasions like Valentine’s Day or my beloved’s birthday. It costs a small fortune to buy fancy confectionary like a great box of dark Belgium chocolate. (or: it’s quite pricey/costly), therefore it’s not a temptation I surrender to very often

Answer 2: Well, I eat chocolate whenever I feel like. On days when I am in a good mood, I buy and share it with my friends. Whereas, when things go wrong, and I’m plagued by misfortune, chocolate is an energy bar for me. Just a miniscule taste cheers me up instantly (or: uplift my mood easily).

Trong hình ảnh có thể có: văn bản

What type of chocolate do you prefer? Why?

Answer 1: I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate, because I enjoy the distinctive bitter taste of it. Chocolate lava cake is also one of my favourites. Even the mere mention of it makes my mouth water. Gordon Ramsay often showcases this kind of cake in the Masterchef series. Uhm, what’s else? Oh, drinking hot chocolate is also a perfect option for me, especially on freezing winder days :)). 

Answer 2: I would definitely go for dark chocolate, especially the type that contains over 70% cocoa, since that's the healthiest one, and also because it doesn't have much added sugar or dairy which i tend to avoid. 

Trong hình ảnh có thể có: văn bản

When do you usually eat chocolate?

Not very often. I only eat chocolate when I am too busy to have a proper meal. Eating a bar of chocolate not only could save you a copious amounts of time but also keeps my blood sugar at a moderate level. 

Trong hình ảnh có thể có: món ăn

Is chocolate a good gift?

Answer 1: Yes, it's very common to give a lovely box of chocolates as a gift. You can give chocolates on any special occasion really: birthdays, Valentine's day, Easter, Christmas, and so on.

Answer 2: I think it really depends. If the person you are giving them to likes chocolate, then yes. But if chocolates are not their cup of tea (or: … are not their kind of thing), then it’s probably not a decent choice.

Why do you think people like chocolate?

Answer 1Like I said before, chocolate can boost our energy and calm our soul. It’s also an optimal ideal choice of gift to show your affection to your nearest and dearest. as a meaningful gift. A bar of chocolate can make someone’s day (or: brighten someone’s day). 

Answer 2To put it simply, chocolates make you feel good. You know, it releases endorphins in your brain, which scientists have proven make you feel happier. It also tastes fantastic, and usually there are lots of different varieties and flavours like lemon, vanilla or even mint, so it can be fun to try different types.

Have you ever given chocolate as a present to someone? Why?

Answer 1: Yes, I have. Every time I have to give a gift to someone who don’t know personally, chocolate is always my go-to present. (or: always the best bet.) I think chocolates are one of the easiest gifts you can give because most people tend to like them. They  also often look fancy, so it’s a great way to express your love and gratitude. 

Answer 2: Yes, lots of times. I’ve given several boxes of imported chocolates from Belgium as presents to my sister. She loves them so much and literally jumps for joy. I think when I give chocolate to the people I love, it really embodies my great affection for them. 

Do people give chocolate as a present in your country? When?

Yes definitely, people usually buy or even make chocolate themselves to give to their significant others, especially on Valentines day. It’s one of the top choices as a romantic present. Also, when people come back from traveling abroad, they often buy high-quality Swiss or Irish chocolates for their family and friends. 

Is chocolate popular in your country?

Definitely, like other places. For example, when people want to express their love, many people choose to do so with chocolates. That’s why there is such a variety of chocolate brands with different price ranges and quality available in the market these days. The sweetness of chocolate also makes it a preferred present for men to give their beloved women on special days, especially Valentine’s Day or International Women’s Day.

Is chocolate good for our health?

Scientifically, chocolate provides a number of health benefits. Firstly, eating chocolate helps improve our mood and lift our spirits. Secondly, consuming a reasonable amount of chocolate is good for the cardiovascular system. Interestingly, chocolate has been proved to contain antioxidants, which benefits women as well. However, if people over-consume chocolate, it can pose a dire threat to their bone density, so it’s important to remember the old adage “nothing in excess.” .

Do you think people use chocolate differently now than in the past?

Answer 1: Well, actually I have never ever thought about it. However, I suppose modern men and women eat a lot more chocolate than their ancestors ever would have done. In my country, chocolate consumption is on the rise, especially in younger generations. 

Answer 2: I think in the past, people used to consume chocolate  in the conventional form of a popular drink. In recent years, however, there has been a vast number of new foodstuffs created that all involve chocolate in some way or other, particularly desserts like cakes, puddings, mousses, etc. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes like eggs or hearts are also popular on Easter and Valentine’s Day.

Vocabulary highlights:

  1. Sweet tooth noun /ˌswiːt ˈtuːθ/: If you have a sweet tooth, you like eating sweet foods, especially sweets and chocolate: người thích ăn đồ ngọt
  2. Feeling Blue= Be depressed or sad: cảm thấy buồn

Example: I was really feeling blue after she told me she was leaving.

  1. Amiable adjective/ˈeɪ.mi.ə.bəl/: pleasant and friendly: thân thiện

Example: So amiable was the mood of the meeting that a decision was soon reached.

  1. Chocoholic noun /ˌtʃɒk.əˈhɒl.ɪk/: a person who loves chocolate and eats a lot of it: người nghiện sô cô la  
  2. Once in a blue moon = not very often: hiếm khi, hoạ hoằn

Example: Once in a blue moon, there's an issue I can't resolve.

  1. Confectionery noun/kənˈfek.ʃən.ri/: sweets or chocolate: đồ ngọt hoặc sô cô la
  2. Cost an arm and a leg/a small fortune= to be extremely expensive: cực kì đắt đỏ

Example: I’d love to buy a Porsche, but they cost an arm and a leg.

  1. Plague verb /pleɪɡ/: to cause worry, pain, or difficulty to someone or something over a period of time: làm khổ, gây ra đau khổ 

Example: Financial problems have been plaguing their new business partners. (Các vấn đề tài chính đã và đang làm khổ các đối tác kinh doanh mới của họ.)

  1. Miniscule adjective (US) /ˈmɪn·əˌskjul/: minuscule (UK) = extremely small: cực kì nhỏ

Example: All she gave him to eat was two minuscule pieces of toast.

  1. Make sb'smouth water = If the smell or sight of food makes your mouth water, it makes you want to eat it: khiến tôi chảy nước miếng (vì ngon quá)

Example: The smell of that bacon cooking is making my mouth water.

  1. Dairy noun/ˈdeə.ri/: foods that are made from milk, such as cream, butter, and cheese: các sản phẩm bơ sữa

Example: a dairy-free diet  / I was advised not to eat too much dairy.

  1. Not be sb'scup of tea = If something is not your cup of tea, it is not the type of thing of that you like: không phải là gu của ai đó

Example: Thanks for inviting me, but ballet isn't really my cup of tea.

  1. Yournearest and dearest = your family, especially those that you live with or are very involved with: những người thân thiết, ruột thịt
  2. To put it bluntly, simply, mildly, etc.= used to describe the way you are expressing an event or opinion: nói 1 cách đơn giản thì….

Example: To put it bluntly, you're going to have to improve.

  1. Gratitude noun /ˈɡræt.ɪ.tʃuːd/: gratefulness = thankfulness = the feeling or quality of being grateful: lòng biết ơn, cảm kích

Example: She sent them a present to show/express her gratitude.

  1. Embody verb /ɪmˈbɒd.i/: to represent a quality or an idea exactly: thể hiện 

Example: She embodied good sportsmanship on the playing field. (Cô thể hiện tinh thần thể thao tốt trên sân chơi.)

  1. Significant other noun /sɪɡˌnɪf.ɪ.kənt ˈʌð.ər/: a person with whom someone has a romantic or sexual relationship that has lasted for some time and that is likely to last longer: người bạn đời (tri kỉ), người yêu

Example: She lives with her significant other in London.

Example: Friends, neighbours and significant others are all welcome.

  1. Cardiovascular adjective/ˌkɑː.di.əʊˈvæs.kjə.lər/: relating to the heart and blood vessels (= tubes that carry blood around the body): liên quan đến Tim mạch 

Example: cardiovascular disease (bệnh tim mạch)

  1. Antioxidant noun /ˌæn.tiˈɒk.sɪ.dənt/: a substance that slows down the rate at which something decays because of oxidization: chất chống oxy hóa
  2. 'Nothing in excess’ = Doing something "in moderation" means not doing it excessively: cái gì quá cũng không tốt (nên cân bằng)
  3. Dire adjective/daɪər/: very serious or extreme:

Example: These people are in dire need of help.

Example: This decision will have dire consequences for local people.

  1. Mold verb /məʊld/ = mould (US) = to make a soft substance have a particular shape: đúc, tạo thành 

Example: This plastic is going to be moulded into plates. (Nhựa này sẽ được đúc thành tấm.)

  1. Foodstuff noun /ˈfuːd.stʌf/: any substance that is used as food or to make food: Họ thiếu thực phẩm cơ bản, chẳng hạn như bánh mì và sữa

Example: They lack basic foodstuffs, such as bread and milk.

  1. Mousse noun /muːs/: a light cold food made from eggs mixed with cream

Example: chocolate mousse / salmon mousse