Chủ đề về thành phố (Cities) là một chủ đề khá điển hình trong IELTS Writing Task 2. Đề bài có thể yêu cầu chúng ta bàn luận về một vấn đề, đưa ra quan điểm hay đồng ý hoặc phản đối một luận điểm.

Có rất nhiều vấn đề xoay quanh chủ đề Cities như vấn đề giao thông, môi trường, các ý kiến như tại sao ngày càng có nhiều người chuyển tới thành phố sinh sống,… Nếu bạn quan tâm tới những lợi ích khi sống ở một thành phố lớn, bạn có thể tham khảo bài viết dưới đây để tìm hiểu xem một thành phố lớn sẽ đem đến cho bạn những tiện nghi gì nhé.

The Advantages of Living in a Big City

Considering relocating to the big city? While the countryside offers a quiet, scenic backdrop, it lacks many of the advantages that make city living enjoyable. For instance, What if you have a craving for Mediterranean or Ethiopian food? Finding a wide variety of restaurant choices is all but impossible in a small rural area, but big cities offer countless options when it comes to international cuisine.

We compiled a list of the top reasons to consider a move to the big city, using our beloved Chicago as an example of what makes city living exciting and fun. Whether you’ve decided to relocate to Chicago or simply plan to visit on vacation, be sure to check out some of the destinations and resources provided below.

Convenience of Public Transportation

Driving everywhere can be a burden in a city of any size. Big cities often lack sufficient parking or charge high rates for the available parking options. But public transportation options fill this void, making owning a car in a big city unnecessary. Whether traveling by taxi, subway (called the “EL” in Chicago), or bus, you can reach your destination in a city for a reasonable price, without the hassle of searching for a parking spot.

Many city dwellers combine transportation with exercise, preferring to walk or ride a bike around town. Whether you’re looking for a quick, stress-free way to navigate around town or want a way to drastically cut down on the expense of getting around, big city public transportation is the obvious choice.

The advantages of living in a big cities - Ielts Writing Task 2
The advantages of living in a big cities
Endless Entertainment Options (Even on Weekdays)

Cities provide a wide array of entertainment options for any night of the week. Visit a museum to take in a well-known art collection or learn more about a subject that interests you. Experience a special date night with a play at the theater. Or find tickets to your favorite band and see a live concert at the local music hall. And in Chicago, you don’t want to miss the Grant Park Music Festival.

No matter what your interests, big cities provide every type of entertainment for residents. While some options can be costly, museums and historic sites are often free or allow entrance for a small donation. The entertainment advantages of living in a big city like Chicago are endless.

Top Quality Restaurants and Shopping

Urban centers hold a multitude of opportunities for entertainment, but they also give residents myriad fine dining and shopping options. Cities like Chicago have served as cultural melting pots for decades, bringing together different types of people and expanding ethic restaurant options.

Want to get the best Mediterranean food for miles around? Try Avec, known for mouth-watering stuffed dates and beautiful minimalist décor. Ever tried Peruvian food? Visit Tanta to see what makes it one of the most popular restaurants in Chicago. If a good old-fashioned American meal is more up your alley, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab is a favorite spot for a thick, juicy steak and a classic cocktail.

For a little retail therapy, visit Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, where you can splurge at iconic department stores and discover trendy new boutiques. This expansive shopping center contains a spa and beauty center in case you need some pampering after an all-day shopping trip!

Social Events

In an area containing millions of people, finding a social event to attend is never difficult. There is unlimited potential for social interactions in the city on a daily basis. Find parties to attend at museums and art galleries, or donate time to a charity or nonprofit in your area of interest. Meeting people is an effortless task in a big city.

The diversity of major metropolitan areas allows you to broaden your spectrum of personal and professional relationships. Learning about other cultures and discovering shared interests with someone from a different background helps you grow into a more open and understanding individual. A social lifestyle in an urban area will expand your horizons and make interactions more meaningful.

The Best Possible Medical Care

Medical care in rural areas simply cannot compete with the options available in a big city. Most people living in remote regions travel dozens of miles to visit a doctor, and specialist visits could become an overnight trip. Living in a big city gives you the opportunity to receive the highest caliber of medical care without traveling hours from your home.

Competition in cities drives medical centers to hire only the most knowledgeable staff, ensuring the finest care for you. More than a dozen hospitals in the Chicago area are nationally ranked for the quality of their medical care and superior staff. When it comes to finding a doctor in big cities like Chicago, you have unparalleled options and resources to get the care you need.


Sports enthusiasts get to cheer on their favorite teams from the stands when living in big cities. Chicago has some of the most loved teams in the United States within the city. Stationed in Chicago, the Bulls draw thousands of NBA fans to each game. Catch a game at Chicago’s United Center, where hockey fans can also watch the NHL’s Blackhawks play.

During football season, fans pack Soldier Field to watch the beloved Chicago Bears. For baseball, the city’s fans have divided loyalties. Chicago Cubs supporters attend games at historic Wrigley Field, while White Sox followers can be found on game days at U.S. Cellular Field. If you plan on moving to Chicago and enjoy watching sports, you will fit in perfectly.

Even if you have spent most of your life living in the countryside, you can find plenty of reasons to fall in love with the advantages of living in a big city. From fine dining to exceptional cultural destinations, a large city offers opportunities you will not find in rural areas. If you are looking to relocate, consider a big city like Chicago for your new home.

(Source: Theclare)


No. Words Word classes Phonemic transcription English definition Vietnamese definition
1 Craving (+for) noun US /ˈkreɪ.vɪŋ/ a strong feeling of wanting something Nỗi khát khao, lòng thèm muốn
2 void noun US ​/vɔɪd/ a large hole or empty space chỗ trống, khoảng trống; khoảng không
3 dweller noun US ​/ˈdwel.ɚ/ a person who lives in a city, town, cave, etc người ở (nơi nào đó), cư dân; vật ở (nơi nào đó)
4 array noun

[ C usually singular ]

US ​/əˈreɪ/ a large group of things or people, especially one that is attractive or causes admiration or has been positioned in a particular way dãy (gây ấn tượng)
5 multitude noun US /ˈmʌl.tə.tuːd/ a large number of people or things đám rất nhiều người, đám rất nhiều vật; vô số/ đám dân thường, quần chúng
6 melting pot noun

[C usually singular ]

US ​/ˈmel.t̬ɪŋ ˌpɑːt/ a place where many different people and ideas exist together, often mixing and producing something new nơi hỗn nhập nhiều chủng tộc khác nhau
7 alley noun

[ C ]

US ​/ˈæl.i/ a narrow road or path between buildings lối đi, ngõ
8 retail noun

[ U ]

US ​/ˈriː.teɪl/ the activity of selling goods to the public, usually in shops (sự) bán lẻ; việc bán lẻ
9 splurge verb

[ I or T ]

US ​/splɝːdʒ/ to spend a lot of money on buying goods, especially expensive goods tiêu xài phung phí
10 metropolitan adjective US ​/ˌmet.rəˈpɑː.lə.tən/ relating to a large city [thuộc] thủ đô; ở thủ đô


Nguồn từ vựng tham khảo:

  1. Oxfordlearnersdictionaries 
  2. Dictionary.cambridge

Bài viết đưa chúng ta tới thăm thành phố Chicago xinh đẹp, lộng lẫy. Chicago có thể mang đến cho bạn một cuộc sống đầy đủ và tuyệt vời, là điểm đến điển hình nếu bạn muốn chọn một thành phố lớn. Vậy những lợi ích đó là gì?

  1.   Convenience of Public Transportation (Hệ thống giao thông công cộng tiện lợi)
  2.   Endless Entertainment Options (Even on Weekdays) (Vô số lựa chọn vui chơi giải trí) (thậm chí là vào các ngày trong tuần)
  3.   Top Quality Restaurants and Shopping (Những nhà hàng và trung tâm mua sắm hàng đầu)
  4.   Social Events (Rất nhiều sự kiện xã hội)
  5.   The Best Possible Medical Care (Hệ thống y tế và chăm sóc sức khỏe tuyệt vời)
  6.   Sports (Vô số sự kiện thể thao)

Câu hỏi: (Dạng: Advantages and Disadvantages)

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.Some people think that cities are the best places to live. Others prefer to live in a rural area. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city to living in the countryside. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.You should write at least 250 words.

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  1. Positive sides of city life compared to countryside living:
    + better health care service. There are many hospitals with qualified doctors and nurses, not to mention the hi-tech equipment.
    + better education. Both public and private schools are available in the cities. So urban students have more options to choose from than those in the rural areas.
    + easier to find a high paid job. Cities are so crowded not only with human but also with companies, local and global ones. There are numerous job opportunities for dwellers. Whereas, in countrysides, most of companies are privately owned or family owned, which are small, offer less job vacancy.

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