Speaking Test Questions with model answers

September 2022 model answers updated

These model answers are written for questions reported by my students. NOTE: these are not official questions. These are only intended as sample practice questions and the questions you get in your real test will be different.

WORK

What job do you do?

I am currently working as an English teacher in Qingdao. This is a very famous city in China. One of the reasons it is so famous is Qingdao beer. It also has many picturesque beaches.

What do you like most about your job?

I guess like any job, it can be a bit tedious at times. However, for the most part, it is very interesting because I am constantly meeting new people.

Do you work better in the morning or the afternoon?

I would have to say that I work harder in the afternoon. I normally only have two or three classes in the morning and I start the day by doing all the planning for the day’s lessons. This normally takes between an hour or two, depending on the lessons. I then have to teach all afternoon.

STUDY

What subject do you study?

My major is actually biological science, which I took at the university of Warwick in England and I studied that for three years and graduated with a BSC honours. I had to study things like animal and plant physiology and anatomy, genetics and so on.

Why did you choose to study that subject?

I decided to study biological science because first of all, I enjoyed the subject as I’ve mentioned, but also I found it very easy. It was not difficult to study biology it seemed common sense, and so I wanted to learn as much as possible about the subject.

Are your studies interesting?

I actually found it very interesting, particularly the genetic side of it. We had to do little experiments with fruit flies, Drosophila, and see how they would change physically after mixing one type of fruit fly with another and seeing what the next generation looked like …yeah very interesting.

HOME

Do you live in a house or an apartment?

[house or apartment]
I live in an apartment, you know, it always amazes me to hear some people in China refer to their apartment as a house. Perhaps they are confused because a house is a dwelling or home that is situated on its own piece of land.

How long have you lived there? 

I have lived here for almost 3 years now. It was a new building when we moved in and everything is so new and modern. The problem is the lack of amenities in the
surrounding area.

Which room does your family spend most of the time in?

Of course, we spend most of the time that we are awake in the living room. As I said, it is an open-plan living room with a small kitchen. This means that while my wife is cooking, we can still talk to each other about our day.

HOMETOWN

Where is your hometown?

My hometown is Beijing or Peking as some people say. It’s a very big city, of
course, it’s the capital of China. There are about 22 million people living
there and I believe it’s the third biggest city in the world.

Is there anything you dislike about it?

If I had to pick one thing I don’t like, probably, like most people it would be the
traffic. Although we have a good transportation system, sometimes there is
congestion and of course, that takes up a lot of time and pollution also is
another issue.

Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

Yes, I would like to live here for as long as possible. I do have an ambition in the
future to live overseas, but I would certainly come back to Beijing again and
live here in the future.

ADVERTISING

Do you like to watch advertisements on TV?


No, not really because I find them really annoying.  Occasionally there is an advertisement that is interesting when you see it for the first time but after a while, it too becomes boring.  However, I do realise they are a necessary evil as TV companies have to make money so I guess it’s a small price to pay.

How often do you see advertisements on the internet?

Advertisements on the internet are constant.  It is very rare nowadays to find a website that does not have some type of advertisements. Some are very crafty as they manage to store your preferences and provide advertisements on the page you are visiting that are targeted towards those.  That is really annoying as I feel my right to privacy is being violated.

Do you like the advertisements that you can see on the street?

Well, that depends on where the advertisements are.  For instance, if the adverts are displayed on colourful vibrate billboards in the middle of the city, it can only add to the attractiveness of the area as I think most cities are very unattractive. However, when the adverts are displayed in leafy suburban areas or I think it is disgusting.   

Have you ever bought anything after seeing it in an advertisement?

I would like to say no but the reality is that I do quite often.  One example that springs to mind was when I was trying to think of a gift to give my wife for Christmas.  I just could not think of anything but then I saw the new Samsung J7 Pro advertised on a street billboard.  It attracted my attention because of the promotional price and the new camera features.

BIRTHDAYS

How did you celebrate your birthdays when you were a child?

I remember that it was the tradition for all of us kids to have a party.  I used to write out invitations and give them to my friends.  On the day everyone would arrive and give me presents.  My mother had prepared lots of yummy treats and a birthday cake.  We would all play games and eat unhealthy sugary foods to our heart’s content.

Do you still feel that celebrating your birthday is important?

From my perspective no, to me it’s just another day but it is still a very important day for my mother. I must admit that my daughter’s birthday is important to me as it is the anniversary of a very special person coming into my life.  I guess it is one of those days that as kids we think it is important but we don’t really understand the true meaning until we have our own children.

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

I went out to a pub and shared some drinks with my friends.  We had a small cake and generally had an awesome time chatting.  I think the most important thing is to share these events with those people who are important in your life.

What is the most important birthday for people in your country?

It’s a very interesting question.  Australia still celebrates the queen’s birthday.  That is the queen of England but the really weird thing about it is that the public holiday associated with it, does not fall on her birthday.  I just don’t understand why we celebrate her birthday on a day that is not her birthday.

COMPUTERS

How often do you use a computer?

I am constantly using a computer.  My current occupation involves working online so every minute of every working hour is spent using a computer.  When I am not working, I use the computer to watch movies or to keep in contact with my friends and family who are overseas. 

What do you usually use your computer for?

As I just said I use my computer for work, to watch movies and to keep in contact with my family.  More specifically if I am working, I am using programs like Microsoft Office, PDF editors and image viewing programs. I also use Skype a lot both for work and to communicate with friends and family. 

Who taught you how to use a computer?

I remember I was working for a large government department when they started to replace our typewriters with computers.  We all had to attend training courses and were taught how to use the word processing packages.  As the organisation moved to networking of the computers we progressively were given additional training.  I eventually purchased my first computer which was the latest and greatest at the time with a 6 Gigabit hard drive. 

Do you think computers have changed your life a lot?

There can be no doubt that computers have changed a lot of aspects of my life, most of which have been positive.  For instance, being a part of the new digital nomads, I am able to travel and work anywhere in the world as long as there is a decent internet connection.  On the opposite side of the coin, computers can be a source of social isolation and it is important to spend time with people face-to-face.

COOKING

Do you know how to cook well?

Yes, I have cooked is a range of things I like to cook and it’s always nice to learn to cook something new.

Do you like cooking?

Oh, look I love cooking. The thing I don’t like is the cleaning up afterwards, but if you’ve made a delicious dish. It’s nice to eat it as well.

Do you think cooking is difficult?

Well, some Chinese food can be difficult for example my grandmother taught me how to cook this deep-fried pork dish, but it involves having to deep-fried pork twice and that can be very difficult. The first time you fry it is to get the moisture out of the pork and the second time is to give it a nice crispy taste on the outside

Will you cook more in the future?

Yes, I absolutely love cooking. There is nothing better than combining a bunch of ingredients to create a wonderfully delicious meal. However, I really don’t like cleaning up afterwards.

DREAMS

How often do you have dreams at night?

I used to dream a lot but nowadays it seems like I dream a lot less.  In fact, I cannot remember when I last had a dream.  Unlike my friend John who tells me he has a lot of dreams and in fact, I don’t think a night goes by when he does not have one.

What do you usually dream about?

I really cannot remember.  Sorry, but I am one of those people who might have a dream and within minutes of waking up the memory of the dream has gone.  It’s strange because my friend John, I just mentioned can remember his dreams as if they were real. 

Have you had a bad dream before?

Yes, without a doubt I have had some nightmares. If you asked me what they were, I would not have a clue as it has been so long since I had one.  I do remember having one about five years ago that was so bad it woke me up but there is just no way I can remember what it was about as it has completely slipped my mind.

Do you ever daydream?

That is something I used to do a lot.  Especially when I was younger.  In fact, it was a bit of an issue at school as I would often dream of being out having fun during class which got me into a lot of trouble when I was asked a question and could not answer as I had not paid attention. 

GEOGRAPHY

Have you ever studied geography at school?

When I was in elementary school I was fascinated with learning about different countries. My fascination with geography continued as I got older, as I watched many nature shows on TV.

Do you like to learn about geography now?

As an adult, I still love learning about other countries and I watch documentaries and other science shows. However, these days I don’t have as much time to delve into it as when I was a child.

Do you want to travel to any country because of its geography?

I’ve always wanted to see New Zealand as I have heard it is nature’s classroom. I’ve heard you can see everything from glaciers to tropical beaches in the far north.

Is geography an important school subject in your country?

I believe geography is very important so we can understand our earth’s history, weather, and climate. Geography, of course, has led to the development of technology as many inventions rely on minerals and metals that have been discovered by geologists.

HOUSEWORK

How often do you do housework?

I would have to say every day because I live alone so there is no one to share the burden. Additionally, if I do not do some every day and keep on top of it, it will soon become a huge task.

Did you do household work when you were a child?

Yes, I had tasks that my parents set for me like cleaning the dishes after dinner and tidying my own room.  As I got older, I had to do more such as washing my clothes but when I was really busy with studying my mother would help me with my chores.

Is there any kind of housework you particularly dislike?

I have got to admit that I really do detest most of the housework.  In particular, cleaning the bathroom is the one that I dislike the most. The reason being is that the chemicals that need to be used can be quite strong and it is not a very pleasant task.

Do you think you will do more or less housework in the future?

I have to admit that my goal in life is to try and reduce it but I just don’t see it happening. However, my friend Mike lives in a serviced apartment and whilst the rent is a little more expensive there is a person who comes and cleans his apartment every day. Hopefully, a day will come when I can afford to live in a place like that.

LANGUAGES

What foreign languages have you studied?

I have studied a number of foreign languages.  I have studied Zulu in school which was fun to learn as there are some words that begin with this weird clicking sound.  We had so much fun trying to get that sound right.  The great thing was we learnt about really interesting kings like Shaka Zulu.   

Do you think that English is difficult to learn?

I believe that it is a relatively difficult language.  I am sure someone who is a native Spanish or French speaker will not find English as hard to learn as someone whose native language does not have the same origins.  It is also a skill that has to be practiced and used so it is not simply a question of studying books.

How long have you been studying English?

I have been studying English for a very long time.  My parents sent me to a private school because of the English program.  I would like to think that I have been successful but it has not been easy finding people to practice speaking with.

Is there any language you would like to learn in the future?

I would have to say that there are so many languages I would like to learn.  I enjoy salsa dancing so I would love to be able to speak Spanish.  But I also love karate so I would also love to study Japanese.  Sadly, there are only so many hours in the day and I just don’t have the time.

MORNING ROUTINES

What do you do in the mornings?

In the morning I usually get up at about 6 AM. I checked my emails to see if there is anything important that needs my attention. After that, I like to have breakfast and then if I have time during the day, I like to go to the gym first

Is breakfast important?

Absolutely breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day having a good breakfast prepares you for the day ahead and ensures that you have plenty of energy to cope with the challenges that lie ahead. I feel that I can not function well until I have had my Brekky.

What is your morning routine?

In the morning I normally get up and go have a shower. After my shower, I will put the kettle on and go check my emails to see if there is anything urgent that I need to take care of. After checking my emails. I will make a cuppa tea and sit down quietly and drink that cup then I’m ready to start the day

Do you like to get up early in the morning?

No, I don’t like getting up early in the morning. Unfortunately, I have to because I am so busy but if I had my choice I’d like to sleep in for the whole morning as I could

NAMES

Does your name have any special meaning?

No, it does not. I think you will find that many western names do not but if you look at other cultures there are many where peoples’ names do. For instance, I know a girl in Thailand whose name translates to waterfall and she was given that name because she cried a lot when she was born.

If you could change your name, would you?

It is quite easy to legally change one’s name in Australia and other western nations but I would not do it as it would create too much angst amongst my family. Most of the family would consider it an insult and there would end up being some arguments over it.

Is it easy for you to remember people’s names?

That is something that I have great difficulty with. There have been times when I have met someone days after being introduced to them and I have no recollection of the name. It can be a bit embarrassing. Strangely enough, I am good with faces and as soon as I recognize someone, I can remember a lot about them and our past conversations but perhaps not their name.

How do you feel when people don’t remember your name?

It really does depend on the circumstances and who they are. If I was in a new class, for instance, I would not expect the teacher to instantly remember my name and in most cases when it happens, it is like water off a duck’s back and is not something I am overly concerned about. If a close friend could not recall my name, I might be more concerned about their mental state.

PUZZLES

Did you like doing puzzles when you were a child?

To be perfectly honest, I would have to say no because I found them tedious. There were so many other things to do and I did not really have the patience either; even though my mother did try to encourage me to try and do some.

When do you do puzzles now?

To tell the truth, that would be very seldom. They are really not my cup of tea and I have so much to do with my work that if I have spare time there are lots of other things I would rather do. I guess if I am really bored, I might play one on my mobile phone.

Do you like doing word puzzles or number puzzles?

Following on from my previous answers, I am not interested in either type. I have so much work nowadays and if I have any time to spare, I would rather watch short videos on social media. I guess the internet has really changed the way we spend our leisure time.

How popular are puzzles in your country?

I would not have a clue. None of my friends have much interest in them and it is very seldom I come across someone doing one. The only type that might be popular could be the ones that you can play using your smartphone like Candy Crush. So, I really don’t think they are high on people’s to-do lists.

READING

Do you like reading?

I used to love reading all the time.  If I picked up a good book, I would not put it down until I had finished.  Nothing beats the feel of a real novel in your hands and the great thing is that the book itself never needs recharging.  The only problem is that being a bit of a bookworm results in a large number of books being stored at home and when you move homes those books are really heavy.

Do you usually read for leisure or for work?

I used to read mostly for leisure.  However, currently, most of my reading is for work which means that by the end of a day’s work I really am not interested in reading.  The other issue is that most of the reading for work is done using a computer. I guess it is high time for me to read a good novel or something. 

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

That is easy to answer; without a doubt it was any one of the adventure novels written by Willard Price.  Mr Price was a Canadian-born, American author of a fourteen-book series of books chronicling the adventures of two teenagers travelling around the globe capturing exotic and dangerous animals for Zoos.  Perhaps this is not a politically acceptable pastime nowadays but a very exciting set of books for any youngster even today.    

Are you reading any books now?

No, I am not currently reading any books.  I actually just do not have the time.  It would actually be nice to be sitting on a plane with nothing to do but to read a book.  The sad thing is that most planes nowadays have inflight entertainment systems which always distract me from reading.

SINGING

Do you like singing?

Absolutely, I love it. What I lack in talent I make up for in enthusiasm but sadly I don’t think anyone else appreciates it when I am giving a rendition of my favorite song, that’s why I enjoy driving a car on my own as I can sing to my heart’s content.

Have you ever taken singing lessons?

No, and to be perfectly honest with you, I would have to admit that would have been a waste of money. As I intimated previously, I do not have much in the way of natural talent so it is unlikely I would ever improve regardless of how many lessons I might take.

Do you sing more or less than when you were a child?

As a kid, I used to worry a lot about what people thought and whenever I sang a song, I would be subjected to negative comments so I lost my confidence. However, now I am older I do not care about the opinions of others so much so if my favorite song is playing I have no qualms about singing along with it, in a nutshell, it is definitely more nowadays.

Do you think singing can bring happiness to people?

Absolutely yes; however, it does also depend on the type of song being sung. A sad song can put people in a very somber mood whereas an uplifting rock and roll song can fill somebody with joy. Likewise, a love song can bring lovers together and fill them with feelings of warmth but someone single might get reminded they are alone and get depressed.

SNACKS

What snacks do you like to eat?

I am not a big snack fan. I try to eat healthy; and snacks and desserts are too sweet for my taste and are full of sugar and calories. However, I will indulge in cake at birthday parties and wedding celebrations.

Did you often eat snacks when you were young?

For me, when I was growing up, my mom would try to make healthy snacks. Sliced fruit with milk or ice cream was a common snack, which I enjoyed. My mom would also make sweet-breads containing dried fruit which were a favorite of mine.

When do you usually eat snacks now?

Very rarely because as I said earlier, I do not think it is healthy. I guess occasionally when I am out and about I might eat a piece of cake or fruit if I get peckish.

Do people in your country like to eat snacks?

Where I live snacking is not a regular daily activity. People will at times have a snack like cakes and pies when they are hungry between meals. Other snacks that people like are ice-cream, chocolates and candies which are very popular.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Do you like social media?

Of course, who doesn’t? I think internet-based communication apps have revolutionized our world and there are so many benefits. In my case, it enables me to easily stay in contact with my family and friends while traveling. I am also able to keep up with the latest news across the world thanks to this type of technology.

What kinds of social media do you use most?

I have three that I mainly spend time on. Facebook is great as I have many groups which I use to keep up with the latest current affairs and promotional offers from my favorite restaurants. Skype is one that I use to keep in contact with my friends and family across the globe and of course let’s not forget WeChat which is great for contacting people in China.

Do you think you spend too much time on social media?

Actually, a few months ago I would have said no but nowadays things have changed as I have found the short videos that appear on my Facebook page. These are normally linked to TikTok videos and some of them are very interesting so it has become a bit of an addiction and I often have to make a conscious decision to stop otherwise I would not get any work done.

Do you want to work in a social media company?

well, it is not really something that I have thought about. But, I suppose it would be quite an interesting field to work in and I guess the salaries are good. So, yeah, If I did come across a job offer, I would have to say that it is something that I am interested in.

TECHNOLOGY

What technology do you often use, computers or cellphones?

I would have to say that I use both. My laptop is something I might use when I have work to do but I also use my smartphone to keep up to date with my schedule. When I am not working I might use my laptop to browse the web and also my phone to check out short videos on social media.

What electronic devices have you bought lately?

Let me see now, o that’s right I just had to buy a new smartphone. I was going to a hardware shop a month ago and as I got out of the car, I dropped my phone.  I only realized it was missing a few hours later and by that time it was gone so I had to buy a new one.

Is there any technology you want to buy?

I can think of nothing in particular that I need at the moment. Having said that I do have an interest in the virtual reality headset. I realize that they are not that expensive but I think I would need to upgrade my computer to get the best use out of one so perhaps one day in the future when I can afford to upgrade my computer, I will get one of those as well.

Is technology important in your life?

Absolutely, when it comes to working it is crucial as I would online so without a computer and access to the internet I would have to look for alternative employment. When it comes to my private life, I have family and friends in many different parts of the globe so it is invaluable to me as I am able to keep in touch with everyone.

WATCHES

How often do you wear a watch?

I used to wear a watch all the time.  Watches were important as they had a range of features including alarm clocks, stopwatches and calculators.  However, nowadays all the features of a watch are performed by my smartphone so I actually find wearing a watch pointless and just an annoyance.

What was your first watch like?

My first watch was a digital watch and it had a plastic band.  The band and frame of the watch were both black and the front screen was light grey.  The screen used a red LED type of display and you had to press a button to get the numbers to display as the LED displays of that era used so much battery power.

What kinds of watches do you like to wear?

As I have said I find wearing a watch pointless and annoying.  I do however have an expensive diving watch which I use for scuba diving.  The watch is equipped with a diving computer so it is a very good backup computer for the one that comes with the scuba diving equipment. 

How popular is it for people to wear watches in your country?

To be honest that is not something I have really even thought about.  I would be stretching the truth if I said I could answer that with any degree of accuracy.  I will say that it seems like most people wear a watch but beyond that, I have nothing of value to add in response to this question.

WEATHER

What sort of weather do you like?

I like moderate weather, it is nice to have the sun out but I certainly don’t like the 40 to 44-degree days that can be experienced in Australia.  The mild spring weather where the sun is out the then temperature gets to about 28 degrees is really nice.

Does the weather in your country change much during the year?

Yes, it changes depending on location as Australia is such a large country and it also changes depending on the season.  You could be in the desert and it gets to 48 degrees during the day and at night the temperature plunges to below 0 degrees.  In Perth, the summer maximum can be up to 44 degrees but the winter temperatures can drop to nearly 4 degrees at night time.

Do you prefer to live in a place where the weather changes a lot?

It’s nice to have a change in temperature, but what I do not like is the really dangerous storms that can occur.  These storms are very scary and can cause a lot of damage.  It is not uncommon for houses to have their roofs blown off.

How often do you check weather forecasts?

Very seldom.  I normally just wake up and look out the window and see what the weather is like.  There are occasionally times when I might check it.  For example; if I am planning a fishing trip.

WRITING

Do you like writing by hand?

As far as I am concerned, writing is just a tool. Albeit whether it’s handwriting, or using typing my handwriting is not that good, and sometimes I even find it hard to read what I have written. I guess what I am trying to say is that I do not have strong feelings either way.

How often do you write with a pen?

I hardly ever use a pen and if I do, it’s normally to make a short note to remind me to do something. Just about everything I write nowadays is done using a computer. In fact, I used to be able to handwrite for hours on end, but currently, if I write for longer than five minutes my hand really starts to hurt.

Do you prefer to handwrite or type?

To be perfectly frank, I am sitting on the fence with this question. Handwriting can be done anywhere and at any time as long as you have a pen and paper and enough light. Using a computer on the other hand is limited by the availability of electricity. Even if you are using a laptop there will come a time when the device needs charging. Therefore, as far as I’m concerned. Both have a place in my life.

Is your handwriting easy to read?

Sadly, no, it is often hard for people to decipher. My handwriting has never been legible and in fact, it has got worse because I seldom need to write nowadays. However, I have found that if I use a really good quality pen, the quality of my writing gets to be a lot easier to read.

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PEOPLE

Describe a friend from your childhood

You should say:
Who he or she is
Where and how you met each other
What you often did together
and explain what made you like him or her

I’d like to describe an old childhood friend called Chan who I bumped into recently.

When I was young, I lived with my parents and spent most of my time with them. However, when I met my cousin, Chan, at a family gathering, we became best friends very quickly. Chan was the son of my father’s sister and my aunt and uncle lived in a nearby village so Chan and I did not attend the same elementary school. We did however keep in contact by texting and talking on Wechat and I was always excited to meet up with him at family get-togethers and parties.

As my village was small, it didn’t have a secondary school and so we ended up attending the same high school. We were inseparable, so much so that many people thought we were brothers. I would bicycle five kilometers to school and we would meet up before class and hang out talking about friends and family.

After classes, we would play football on the school playground where we became quite skilled, competitive, and athletic.  One day some older students were hanging out and watching us play. They suggested we try out for the school football team. Being younger than the other team players, I didn’t think we would make the team however the coach did invite us to play. We both made the team and the following years were starters. I was so proud of our red and gold jerseys and enjoyed the team spirit and comradeship.

Chan and I still hang out and chill on a regular basis and stay in touch with many players.

PART 3:
Do you still keep in touch with your friends from childhood?
How important is childhood friendship to children?
What do you think of online social media?
Do you think online social media will replace face-to-face communication?

Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting

You should say:
who he/she is
how you knew him/her
what interesting thing you did
and explain how he/she inspired you to do something interesting

The person I’d like to talk about is my colleague Francois who is French. He encouraged me to go bungy jumping! Although it was terrifying at the time, I am so glad I was able to muster up enough courage to do it.  

I have known Francois for about a year. We have been working in the same company, since last year when Francois moved here from Paris. Actually, he is my boss. I am working as a software engineer and he is the manager of our team of about 20 people.

One day I was telling Francois how I admire him for all the risky activities he likes such rock climbing, surfing, diving and mountain biking. He told me he is an adventure enthusiast. He said that this weekend he will go bungy jumping and invited me to come with him.  I said that I thought I was too scared to do. He said to me, listen, you must do what scares you.

I reflected on this. I think this is what inspires him to have the bravery to face the challenges in his such as living abroad and experiencing exotic customs. I thought that maybe it is time for me to face new challenges. I told Francois that I would like to hang out at the weekend and go bungy jumping with him.

Finally, the big day came and I found myself on a perfectly good bridge tied to a big elastic rope. Jumping off the bridge defied logic and it took me a few seconds to pluck up the courage but finally, I took the plunge and jumped off the bridge.

It was a truly exhilarating experience that I will never forget. I could feel the adrenaline pumping and my heart beat faster each time I dropped down. Coming back up again was also fun!

Afterward, we went to a local café for a few lattes and then went mountain biking in the nearby hills.

Describe a person you know who is from a different culture

You should say:
Who he or she is
Where he or she is from
How you knew him or her
And explain how you feel about him or her

A fascinating person I’d like to talk about is my colleague Francois who is French. What I find most interesting about him is the way he is keen on taking risks in life such as the dangerous sports he plays, his job as a stockbroker, or life in general. You know he’s one of those “go-getter” types of people.

I have known Francois for about a year. We have been working in the same company, since last year when Francois moved here from Paris. Actually, he is my boss. I am working as a bitcoin trader and he is the manager of our team of about 20 people. We are also good friends and we often hang out at the weekend, to drink a few lattes or go mountain biking in the nearby hills.

Francois is an extrovert and always likes to crack funny jokes around the office. The jokes are not particularly funny, but his facial expressions, gesticulations, and cute French accent are to die for!  He is also a very generous man and often takes new employees under his wing and acts as a mentor for them.

What I find most fascinating about Francois is that he does numerous risky activities like rock climbing, surfing, diving, and mountain biking. He told me he is an adventure enthusiast. He said that his grandfather advised him to “Do what scares you’’. I think this is what inspires him to have the bravery to face the challenges in his life. He does extreme sports and he also has taken on other challenges, such as living abroad, and experiencing exotic customs.

PART 3:
Where and how can we get to know people of different cultures better?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of cultural diversity?
How can traditional culture and other cultures coexist?
What might make a person who has traveled a lot interesting?

Describe a person you know who loves to grow plants

You should say:
Who this person is
What he or she grows
Where he or she grows them
and explain why he or she enjoys growing plants

I am going to tell you about my grandfather, as he simply adores growing plants.

I think at the moment in China we have something like 300 million farmers.And of course, if we go back to my grandparents’ generation there would have been far more than even that figure.My grandfather grew up in Beijing and stayed there his whole life.

His parents were farmers. They grew rice and as a small boy, my grandfather had to help his parents with all of the stages of growing and harvesting rice and even packing the rice after it had been harvested.

So, he, even as a young boy, knew quite a lot about growing rice and as he became an adult, he continued the family tradition, he stayed living in his parents’ house, raised his family there as well and he continued growing rice but he also had a passion for roses and he started his own rose nursery there as well and that was very, very successful.

So. while he didn’t actually become that affluent, he did have a fairly pleasant life compared with other people in the area because his rice farm was quite large and he employed other people to help him, particularly with the sowing of the rice and the harvesting. And his interest led to him becoming very knowledgeable about the whole issue of rice and even helped the government at one stage helping them with different projects to be able to grow more rice in china.

As for the roses, he still grows them and has one of the most fantastic plantations in the province.

Part 3:
1)            Are there many people growing their own vegetables now?
2)            Do you think it’s good to let kids learn how to plant?
3)            What do you think of the job of a farmer?
4)            What are the differences between traditional and modern agriculture?

Describe a person who likes to dress fashionably

You should say:
Who he or she is
What job he or she does
What kind of clothes he or she wears
and explain why he or she likes fashion

Just recently I watched a really funny romantic comedy called Crazy Rich Asians. The story started in New York and ended up in Singapore and the lead actress was a simply stunning-looking woman. Her name is Constance Woo. Woo is about 5’4″ possibly around about 125 pounds in weight, but she epitomises a traditional Chinese woman who always seems to have an exquisite beauty just like her. She has sharp and elegant features and almost flawless skin with luxurious black hair which really creates a contrast in the most enticing way.

But enough of what she looks like. Did you know that she was nominated for the Golden Globe award for the Best actress in a comedy or musical, and the screen actors Guild award for outstanding performance, by a cast in a motion picture, among many other accolades she has received. In fact, in 2017. She was included in the annual time 100 list of the most influential people in the world, but she is also known for being so much more than an actress. In fact, she is a feminist and activist as well as being known for her humanitarian work.

Recently, Wu started to talk about the problem of the stereotyping of Asians in Hollywood. She said that she is always being booked for supporting roles but never really the lead role. She was always just the assistant to the white person. But, now, since she’s been getting lead roles, she has now come to realise how blind she was to the stereotyping that was going on and she is now becoming quite outspoken about this which is really in contrast to the naïve innocent person she played in Crazy Rich Asians.

Describe a neighbor you find interesting

You should say:
– Who he or she is
– How you know him or her
– What you do together
and explain why you are interested in him or her

A fascinating person I’d like to talk about is my nieghbor Francois who is French. What I find most interesting about him is the way he is keen on taking risks in sports, his job or life in general. You know he’s one of those “go getter” types of people.

I have known Francois for about a year. We have been living next door, since last year when Francois moved here from Paris. Actually, he is my boss. I am working as a software engineer and he is the manager of our team of about 20 people. We are also good friends and we often hang out at the weekend, to drink a few lattes or go mountain biking in the nearby hills.

Francois is an extrovert and always likes to crack funny jokes around the office. The jokes are not particularly funny, but his facial expressions, gesticulations, and cute French accent are to die for!  He is also a very generous man and often takes new employees under his wing and acts as a mentor for them.

What I find most fascinating about Francois is that he does numerous risky activities like rock climbing, surfing, diving and mountain biking. He told me he is an adventure enthusiast. He said that his grandfather advised him to “Do what scares you’’. I think this is what inspires him to have the bravery to face the challenges in his life. He does extreme sports and he also has taken on other challenges, such as living abroad, and experiencing exotic customs. In my company, he also dares to face new challenges. For instance, he is our leader for many exciting projects including facial recognition software that will be used in the photography industry.

Part 3:
Do you think people are usually familiar with their neighbors?
How can people improve their relationships with their neighbors?
What are some common problems with neighbors?
What are the best ways to resolve problems with neighbors?

PLACES

Describe a place in your country that you would recommend to

visitors or travelers
You should say:
what it is
where it is
what people can do there
and explain why you would like to recommend it to visitors or travelers

I’m going to describe a really beautiful park I used to visit when I was a child. It is a national park about 100km away from my hometown of Ho Chi Minh City.

With regards to the question of when I used to go there, my parents and I often went there whenever we had a long weekend. Since it’s not far away we used to drive our car. We would set off in the wee hours to avoid the hellish rush hour traffic of my city. I am not an early bird so I usually slept during the journey… and woke up in paradise!

Now concerning what this place looks like, I really felt over the moon every time I went there. It is a wonderful place with fascinating and marvelous natural beauty. There is a large salt lake in the centre of this park with extremely clean water, in which I could see the reflection of the blue sky, white clouds and green hills.

Another thing that really attracted me was that there are many kinds of fish in this lake, such as carp and trout. We often went boating and fishing in the lake. Once I even caught an angelfish, which is a beautiful fish with long fins. I wanted to bring it home as my pet, but I was afraid that I couldn’t take care of it, so I just set it free.

Finally, I’d like to mention that the most attractive feature is that the lake there is surrounded by a variety of tropical fruit trees, including lychees, durians, and mangoes. Usually, after fishing, we would have a BBQ for our lunch under those fruit trees. In the afternoon, we would rent a tandem bicycle and ride together on a small path around the lake, enjoying the tranquility and fresh air.

Part 3
1)            Is it important to take photos while travelling?
2)            Do you read other people’s travelers journals on the Internet?
3)            What factors affect how people feel about travel?
4)            Will you go to a foreign country to travel because of the distinct landscape?

Describe the home of someone you know well and often visit

You should say:
whose home it is
how often you go there
what it is like
and explain how you feel about the home

I’d like to talk about my grandparents’ home.

I’m very keen on visiting it because I always enjoy seeing my grandparents who live in the house and also my cousins who live nearby. It’s always great to catch up and have a chinwag about what’s been going on in our lives.

It is a large single-storey brick house on a large block of land on the Gold Coast of Australia. I’m a big fan of big houses and this one is huge! There are six bedrooms in all and a large living room. The kitchen, dining room and recreation room are huge.

Another reason why I’m fond of going there is because of the amazing view from the balcony. I can have panoramic views of the ocean. Also, it’s also only a five-minute stroll down to the ocean and I am a big fan of snorkeling and swimming, so I’m always keen to have a vacation there.

However, I must say that I would not want to live there for a couple of reasons. The main one is because I really can’t stand being far from the city. You know, it’s just too inconvenient to catch a movie or do any kind of serious shopping for things like accessories for my computer.

It’s also quite far away from most of my friends and social network. Furthermore, the decoration is simply not my cup of tea. The main reason is because it’s quite rundown and hasn’t been redecorated in over a decade.

Part 3:
What are the differences between buildings in the city and in the countryside?
Do you prefer to live in the city or in the countryside?
What safety risks are there in residential buildings in cities?
Is it expensive to decorate a house or an apartment in the place where you live?

Describe a city you would recommend as a nice place to live (not your hometown)

You should say:
The name of the city
Where it is located
What you know about this place
and explain why you recommend it as a nice place to live

Part 3
Where do people like to live in your county?
Why do many people move to the city?
What are the advantages of living close to the workplace?
What kinds of places do older people prefer to live in?

Describe a house or an apartment you would like to live in

You should say:
what it is like
where it would be
why you would like to live in this house or apartment
and explain how you feel about this house or apartment

The location would be important for the perfect residence for my needs. I want be near to be where I need to commute, preferable within walking or bicycling or at least near quick public transportation. It would also need to be near green spaces to relax and chill out and have easy access to amenities like shopping, restaurants and entertainment complexes.

As for the structure, I would desire a three-bedroom rancher-style townhouse in a quiet subdivision. Let me provide more detail. I prefer a subdivision because it is away from the main traffic areas so is quieter and you can meet easier with neighbors. A townhouse community also usually has a smaller land size thereby reducing maintenance and has shared facilities, for example, a community swimming pool with food and beverages available.

Three bedrooms would be adequate with a master bedroom and one for a child’s room and the other for a quest room that can also double as a quiet computer desk. The living room would be modest with simple wall hangings and comfortable furniture. I would prefer a western kitchen with a stove and oven, refrigerator and it would have ample counter space.

PART 3
What are the differences between apartments and houses in your country?
What kinds of housing are the most popular in your country?
What are the differences between housing that young people and old people like?
Do people usually rent or buy a house?

Describe a time you visited a new place

You should say:
where the new place is
when you went there
why you went there
And explain how you feel about the place

I’m going to describe a really beautiful park I used to visit when I was a child. It is a national park about 100km away from my hometown of Ho Chi Minh City.

With regards to the question of when I used to go there, my parents and I often went there whenever we had a long weekend. Since it’s not far away we used to drive our car. We would set off in the wee hours to avoid the hellish rush hour traffic of my city. I am not an early bird so I usually slept during the journey… and woke up in paradise!

Now concerning what this place looks like, I really felt over the moon every time I went there. It is a wonderful place with fascinating and marvelous natural beauty. There is a large salt lake in the centre of this park with extremely clean water, in which I could see the reflection of the blue sky, white clouds and green hills.

Another thing that really attracted me was that there are many kinds of fish in this lake, such as carp and trout. We often went boating and fishing in the lake. Once I even caught an angelfish, which is a beautiful fish with long fins. I wanted to bring it home as my pet, but I was afraid that I couldn’t take care of it, so I just set it free.

Finally, I’d like to mention that the most attractive feature is that the lake there is surrounded by a variety of tropical fruit trees, including lichi trees, durian trees and mango trees. Usually, after fishing we would have a BBQ for our lunch under those fruit trees. In the afternoon, we would rent a tandem bicycle and ride together on a small path around the lake, enjoying the tranquility and fresh air

THINGS

Describe an important thing you learned (not at school or college)

You should say:
what it was
when you learned it
how you learned it
and explain why it was important

I’m going to talk about how I learned how to take the IELTS test from an online tutor called Mike.

It all started a few weeks ago when a colleague told me about an IELTS mock test he had taken on the Internet. He needed some tips and suggestions to improve his score as he had not done well on his last test.

He said it really helped a lot so I thought I would give it a shot. I had this online tutor called Mike and he proved to be an amazing tutor, especially to prepare for the speaking test.

I would like to mention some of the things I learned from Mike. My teacher spent a lot of time correcting my pronunciation errors and taught me to speak more naturally by using some intonation and rhythm. In addition, he taught me lots of useful idiomatic phrases to use to boost my vocabulary like I’m a night owl so I like hanging out in bars and having a chinwag with my pals.

He pointed out some of my grammar mistakes such as mixing up adjectives of people and things. For example, I used to say I am boring, but now I say I feel bored. I am not really a boring person, I only feel bored.

Thanks to Mike I scored 7 in the test and now I am on my way to the U.K. to study for a Master’s degree. If you need to take a test, you need help from Mike!

Part 3
What can children learn from parents?
Do you think some children are well-behaved because they are influenced by their parents?
Is it necessary for adults to learn new things?
How can people learn new things?

Describe a story or novel you have read that you found interesting

You should say:
what the novel is called
where you read it
what the story or novel was about
and explain why it was interesting

Ok, I’d like to describe a graphic novel I read recently called Ironman. It’s a kind of superhero adventure novel.

More specifically it’s an adventure about a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor named Tony Stark who owns and runs Stark Industries, a high-tech company involved in the development and testing of weapons. In his pursuit to accomplish this goal, he is suddenly kidnaped by terrorists and forced to help them build weapons of mass destruction. Instead of building weapons for them, however, he secretly builds an armoured suit that enables him to escape his captors. On his return to America Mr Stark dedicates his time to developing the suit to help combat crime and terrorism in the future.

I read the book in my apartment a few weeks ago. It was a long weekend and I spent it curled up on my sofa reading this book. I only went out one time during the weekend, to Starbucks, and even then, I could not resist bringing my book and turning a few pages over a hot latte. I was almost disappointed when my friend Bob turned up to chat. But Bob is always fun to hang out with, so I put down the book. Bob is an extrovert and cracked a lot of funny jokes and we had a great time.

I found this book was gripping right from page one. In general, the plot was easy to follow, it had lots of action and the character development was excellent. Even though the book is over 300 pages I had no problems finishing it during my three-day vacation. Later, I went to the cinema and saw the movie version of this story. I have to say that the book was much better.

Describe a movie you watched recently and would like to watch again

You should say:
what type of movie it was
what it was about
where you watched it
and explain why you would like to watch it again

Today, I’d like to talk to you about a film named Fast and Furious 7. I am a huge fan of the Fast and Furious series of movies and I was extremely excited about watching episode 7 which I loved when I saw it and cannot wait to see it one more time.

I booked the tickets and watched it in the afternoon after a university class. The movie was excellent because the cars on set were racing around doing terrific action stunts, the bad guy got punished the end of the movie and I was in high spirits during the entire movie. But there was one scene made me confused, it was at the end of the movie that two major characters Dominic and Brian were driving side by side and then they split to different directions and the background music was so sad. Meanwhile, I heard a number of people in the audience were sobbing.

Once I got home, I searched the internet, and I was shocked to find out that Paul Walker, who portrayed Brian O’Conner in the movie, died in a car accident several months before the movie was finished. I was so upset at first because he was such a great actor and he had been a part of this movie series for more than a decade. Also, the song that was playing at the ending scene was called ‘See you again’, it was specially written for the loss of Paul Walker by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa.

I found out that his brother Cody Walker helped the team to finish some scenes and the post production team integrated Cody’s appearance with computer-generated Image techniques to make look like his brother. Consequently, I really want to see it again to remember a wonderful actor and secondly the production techniques used were unbelievable and now I know how they finished it I want to fully appreciate this aspect.

Part 3
Where do people normally watch movies in your country?
What are the differences between watching movies at home and in a cinema?
Are actors or actresses important to movies?
Why are there fewer people going to the cinema to watch movies nowadays?

Describe a TV program you like to watch

You should say:
what it is
what it is about
who you watch it with
and explain why you like to watch it

I am not a great fan of watching anything other than action-related television shows. However, just the other day my friend Jim introduced me to his favorite show which is called ‘Keep running’ and now I love watching it.  He organized a small group of us and we all sat around in his living room, had a few delicious snacks, as well as washed them down with some nice beverages.

Before it started everyone was happy to jump in and tell me about the show.  I learned that to my friends Keep Running is more than a variety show but a show they turn to during their sad times as it makes them smile. The show used to be known as Running Man or Hurry Up Brother and is a variety game show based on a Korean version of the show. Generally, the players have to play a set of games and the team that wins the final game will receive a prize.

It was with avid interest that I watched the show when it started and I soon saw first-hand that fans get to see another side of the stars that appear in the show. What I really liked was that the interaction between the players was so genuine! Each of them had their own characteristic, and they tried so hard in all the games. It was hilarious at times and at other times it was touching, and sometimes it was exciting.

So now, I never miss an episode. I just love watching the members and guests interact. In fact, one of the games they play is called mouth-rock-paper-scissors where the traditional form of the game is altered and it is played by the players using their mouths instead of their hands. Weird I know but it is so much fun that I am completely addicted to it as are many others since there have already been ten seasons of the show.

Describe a photo you took that you are proud of

You should say:
when you took it
where you took it
what is in this photo
and explain why you are proud of it

Today I would like to tell you about one of my photographs that fills me with pride. I actually used my smartphone but it looks like it was taken by a professional which is the main reason for my pride. In fact, I have had it professionally printed and framed, and it is now hanging on the wall in my bedroom. 

About three months ago I was on holiday with my friend Mike in New Zealand and we hired a car to go sightseeing and whilst driving along I saw this magnificent scene of a farm so I asked Mike to stop the car and took a few pictures. I did not expect much but when I looked at them later, I found one was amazing. 

The first thing that could be seen was an area of lush green grass which was between where I was standing and the farm boundary. Next was an old rustic wooden fence and on the other side of the fence there was a large open field. Most of the grass in this field was brown and looked like it was dying.

The next feature visible was a set of three buildings. One was white with an antic and looked like the farmer’s home; to the right of it was another building with a rounded roof which stuck me as being where the animals might sleep overnight. The building on the left was clearly a storage area and I assume that is where the farm implements were kept. To the left of this building was a solitary tree.

Behind this was the deep blue ocean extending to the horizon where it met the pale blue sky. There were some very soft looking white clouds and to me the light had been captured just perfectly. I feel that a person might spend their entire life trying to catch such a perfect contrast of colors; hence, my pride. 

Describe a traditional product in your country

You should say:
what it is
how you know about this product
what it is made of
and explain how you feel about it

Alright, the traditional product I’d like to talk about is the famous Australian meat pie, which is definitely one of the most popular snack foods eaten in Australia.

It’s a palm-sized, square or circular shaped, baked, shortcrust pastry, filled with fatty minced meat and gravy. Other common ingredients used are diced onions, mushrooms and mashed green peas. There are also other variations of the meat pie, including the chicken pie, the steak and kidney pie, the pork pie and even the fish pie.

People like to buy meat pies because they are convenient, have a delicious savory taste and can be eaten anywhere using just your hands. You can often see people enjoying a hearty meat pie on the go or at sporting events such as the cricket in summer. It’s sold in convenience stores, cafes, at street kiosks and at social events.

It can be purchased as a counter meal for lunch or dinner at a pub and is often served on a plate with mashed potato, green peas and smeared with a generous serving of delicious gravy on top. It is also common to see people eating a meat pie with tomato sauce on top instead of gravy to enhance the taste. You can even make your own meat pies at home using your own choice of healthy ingredients.
I think pies have become part of Aussie culture for a few reasons. Mostly it is it’s a classic snack food that fits well into Australia’s easy-going society. They are easy to eat in a bar or when you are on the go. Not only that they are cheap and widely available in bars and restaurants and also in convenience stores and service stations.  They are filled with local ingredients such as beef, lamb, peas and potatoes, which is another reason why they have become so popular with Aussies.

Describe a special gift you have given someone

You should say:
what the gift was
who you gave this gift to
why you gave this gift
and explain what was most special about this gift

The good news that I would like to talk about is a scarf. It was my mom’s fifty birthday that my sister and I managed to surprise her with our gift – an exclusive emerald green scarf tailor-made by the most renowned tailor in town.

Mom is the most warm-hearted and forgiving person I’ve ever known and should be given the “Mom of the Year” award if there is one. However, since there isn’t, my sister and I decided to give her the best she deserved when she turned 50 – a milestone in one’s lifetime and it was her birthday after all. Therefore, we started saving money from our part-time jobs 4 months before D-day and met up with Joe – the talented tailor who was most well-known for his remarkable collection of beautifully handmade scarfs: from silk to wool with a variety of unique patterns.

Our choice was the long and emerald one which was made in silk charmeuse, allowing it to show off saturated colors so well. The smooth texture felt like a soft touch on your skin and depending on how you tied it, you could emphasize the shiny side or the matte. We chose it not only because of its elegance and affordability in comparison with others but also its usage. It matched perfectly with different kinds of clothes and was not too thick for daily use in a tropical country.

Our mom fell in love with the scarf at first sight because it was in her favorite color or simply just because we were her favorites in the whole world. She bragged about it to all her friends and family days after that and we didn’t mind, not even the slightest as there was nothing as precious as the smile that lit up her face.

PART 3
What can parents do to teach children to save money?
Children are quick learners and can be easily affected by others’ behaviors. Therefore, it’s both a simple and challenging task at the same time to teach them anything, including how to efficiently manage their budget. Since we all learn through imitating and replication, the most practical way is to set a good example and be open to conversation. For instance, parents shouldn’t overspend if they want their children to learn how to save money. An occasional exception like Christmas can be accepted, but other than that, no. Parents can even talk to them about financial management and do not underestimate your kids since they may understand more than we believe they can.

Why do young people tend to waste money?
First of all, because they are young. Youngsters nowadays usually justify their financial issues with the YOLO philosophy which means “you only live once”. Since life is too short and nobody has got time to waste, they tend to spend much more than they can earn, buying unnecessary things they barely afford to enjoy the best out of life. Secondly, that is not even their money, but their parents’. Therefore, they don’t value the effort behind those bills and keep throwing them out of the window as long as it suits them.

What kinds of things do people like to buy in your country?
I can’t tell for sure what the overall consumer behavior is like, but one thing everyone can notice is that just like most of other nationalities people is obsessed with high-tech devices, especially smartphones and tablets. The sales volume of such digital gadgets has significantly increased over the past few years, together with the proliferations of mobile stores. From my experience and observation, Apple’s products are in high demand among the middle-class, which can be proven by the moment you step into any coffee shops in Madrid City where iPhones and MacBooks are of various types and colors.

Do schools teach anything about financial management?
Unfortunately, I have to say no, or at least it is what I know. Only after students attend university, are they going to be introduced to finance and anything related. That is if they go to schools of economics, other than, I can’t guarantee, which is actually a sad truth. Since financial management is so important in how youngsters will shape their mind and prepare for the future, such subject should be taught at high schools as one of

the most essential skills that allow students to deal with any issue related to money at the early age.

Why is it necessary to teach teenagers to manage money?
There are many topics to cover when it comes to financial management, I suppose. However, for students, I believe teaching them about the labor value, financial stability and independence is more crucial. Teenagers maybe a little young to understand how hard their parents have to work to afford the whole family but it would help if we let them do some voluntary or part-time jobs for them to have a closer look of where money comes from. From there, they would learn how not to overspend and take any amount of money for granted.

How do parents give pocket money in your country?
Frankly speaking, it heavily depends on each family and their lifestyles. Some parents grant their children a specific amount of allowance daily or weekly which they can spend on snacks or necessary learning materials and stationery when needed. Others may not give at all since their kids already are fully provided with lunch boxes and everything else.

Describe a toy you liked in your childhood

You should say:
what kind of toy it is
when you received it
how you played with it
and how you felt about it

I was especially looking forward to my 10th birthday as many of my friends and family, some I had not seen for some time, would attend. I was hoping for a model train and I was not to be disappointed. Traditionally in my family the routine is a meal first, with some of my favourite dishes followed by cutting the birthday cake. I was grateful and excited to share the special day with everyone.

Finally, I got to open my gifts. Mum and dad’s gift was first and as I unwrapped it, I felt excited and a bit apprehensive that I might be disappointed. I was almost in tears when it was revealed that it was the train set that I desired comprising a locomotive, three cars, and a caboose. The party guests must’ve been told I was getting a train set as I got additional track and model town buildings.

My cousins joined me and played with the gifts putting the track in different arrangements. I believe they may have been a bit jealous and some got train sets as gifts from their friends and family after my birthday. I spent many hours constructing the building models and rearranging the track to visit the model buildings. My interest in trains grew and I would search railroad history on the Internet. I would save up and purchase additional cars and buildings. Many hours of play and building were some of my favourite memories.

PART 3
Do you think parents should buy lots of toys for their children?
What’s the difference between the children’s toys now and in the past?
Should advertising aimed at children be prohibited?
do advertisements influence children?

ACTIVITIES

Describe a time when you helped a child

You should say:
when it was
how you helped him or her
why you helped him or her
and how you felt about it

At end of my commute home a couple of months ago, I discovered the electricity was off and as my apartment hasn’t got a backup generator, to my dismay, the elevators were not working. I live on the ninth floor of a fourteen-floor apartment and rather than wait for the power to return, I chose to take the stairs.

During my accent, I caught up with a young child who was struggling up the stairway. She had a couple of grocery bags and I offered to help her. She smiled and gracefully took me up on my offer.  I carried the groceries in one hand while she held onto my arm and we made our way up the stairs ever so slowly.

It took some time to climb to the seventh floor where she lived. She was so grateful and offered me a cold beverage, but I politely declined. I believe people should help those less able and fortunate. I felt good being of assistance to her and I believe karma will repay me in the future.

As we live in the same complex, we sometimes see each other, she always gives me a sincere smile and we sometimes talk about things that are happening in the apartment and in the community.

PART 3
Is it considered important to help children in your country?
What are some of the main ways to help children?
What can schools do to develop students’ awareness of volunteering?
Who benefits more from the volunteer services, the volunteers or the people helped?

Describe something you do to keep fit and healthy

You should say:
what it is
when you do it
who you do it with
and explain why you think this is important

I recently read an article on what foods to eat and avoid for a healthy body and it provided recipes for the healthy food ingredients. The article also suggested that eating better would improve my energy level, so I searched for exercise and fitness.

I found this article by scanning my search results on google. I noticed it because it was an article on outdoor exercises as opposed to a gym workout. The article outlined the advantages of outdoor exercise. For example, you will likely enjoy it more, it will save you a lot of money and you will benefit from the sun’s warming rays.

All exercise workouts start with the warm-up by stretching, squats, and pushups to warm up your muscles. The routine suggested a brisk walk and since and needed to go to the market to buy those healthy food items I had read about earlier, I grabbed my shopping bag and walked to the market. With three kilos more weight I was carrying, I returned home at a slower pace. “Climb stairs” they say. Well, my apartment is on the third floor so I had no choice. When I finally got to my place, I was winded and felt I had done enough for the first day.

I read the rest of the article and found it very interesting with other exercises and routines that I tried on other days. I believe these lifestyle changes are improving my health and well-being.

Part 3:
What do people in your country usually do to stay fit and healthy?
Are there differences in the ways that children and old people keep healthy?
How can parents help and guide their kids to keep healthy?
Do you think celebrities can help build health awareness?

EXPERIENCES

Describe an ambition that you haven’t achieved

You should say:
what it is
why you haven’t achieved it
what you will do
and explain how you feel about it

I’d like to talk about a goal I’ve had for a long time.

I’ve always liked the idea of working for myself rather than having to rely on working for someone else to make a living. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and not have to take orders from other people. This is an ambition I’ve had for a long time but have never had enough time to do it.

Right now I have a job that I love and I would certainly not want to lose it but someday in the future that may not be the case. If that day ever comes, then what would I do I often ask myself.

So, recently I’ve thought about running my own business just as a side hobby at first to see if I liked it, but one day in the future I may decide I want to be serious about it. The type of business I would like to run would be an online business with my own website. It could also be a virtual store online with a major platform like say, Amazon.

If I chose the first option I would need to do certain things first, like learn how to build a reliable and secure website, choose a reliable host for my site and decide what it was that I wanted to sell online.
I’d like to learn many other things too like the best way to do online marketing and the best way to get a lot of traffic to my site and of course I’d have to come up with a name and logo for the company.

I wouldn’t be looking to make a windfall, not at all, just enough so that I could live comfortably. I figure it would take me about a year to a year and a half to get the business up and running. If I did decide to go ahead with my plan, I would outsource any kind of technical tasks to experts I think. Things like building the website or maximizing my search engine optimization and so on would examples of tasks I’d outsource.

Language
Make a living: (Idiom) Be able to earn enough money from doing something.
Be my own boss: (Phrase) Work for yourself.
Traffic: (Noun) Customers visiting a website.
Come up with: (Idiom) Think of a plan or idea.
Windfall: (Noun) A sudden increase in one’s wealth.
Up and running: (Phrase of up) Working properly, operating properly.
Go ahead with: (Idiom) Start something.
Outsource: (Verb) Hiring another person or people to produce goods or services for a business.

Part 3
What ambitions do children usually have?
Why are some people very ambitious in their work?
Why don’t some people have dreams?
How do people balance work and life?

Describe a time you made a decision to wait for something

You should say:
when it happened
what you waited for
why you made the decision
and explain how you felt about the decision

Today I’d like to talk to you about a time when my iPhone 6 broke down and I nearly purchased a new one but at the last minute I decided to cool my heels, go home to think about my options. The phone was 4 years old, and I had always taken care of it. Despite this, I ended up with an issue with the touch screen.

At the time I was a university student and did not have two pennies to rub together when the screen stopped working. I had no idea why and I couldn’t check my notifications. I needed my phone so I took it to the nearby Apple store and the staff ran a quick diagnostic and then told me that the only solution was to replace the screen. He also informed me of the cost and that buying a new phone was a cheaper option.

Not to mention that spending that kind of money to fix an outdated phone was pointless so I was tempted.  However, I decided that needed to take a step back just to think it through. I told the staff member I would get back to him, and on the way home I popped into the university library and used a computer there to access the internet. I searched various user forums and soon found that many others had, had the same issue.  On one of the user forums, someone provided a step-by-step solution and many people had posted positive comments about how it had worked. 

I followed those steps and restarted the phone as instructed and to my amazement, the problem was resolved.  I was so glad that I made the decision not to rush into buying a new phone. My budget was tight and whilst I have now replaced the phone, at the time the money saved was a godsend.

Describe a disagreement you had with someone

You should say:
who you had the disagreement with
what the disagreement was
what happened
and explain how you felt about it

I would like to tell you about the time my brother and I saved up to buy our first family car but we ended up having a huge argument. It was not easy to save that much money as my brother and I were the only two in the family with a regular income, however, after a year we were ready to hunt down a deal.

One day my brother called me at work and told me he had found what looked like a perfect car and he was off to look at it. I asked my brother to wait for me to come home before he did but he got impatient and went without me.

He was so impressed that he brought it without checking with me. I was furious with him and we had a bit of a yelling match because no matter how good the car looked; he should have at least had a qualified mechanic check it over. I felt he had been reckless with our money and disrespected me.

The very next weekend we were taking the family for a drive into the mountains. The traffic was slow, and it was very congested when I noticed the temperature light was showing red, seconds after that the car broke down with steam coming out from under the bonnet. Neither of us knew anything about auto mechanics; fortunately, we were able to contact a nearby mechanic and he rescued us with his tow truck.

After the mechanic checked our vehicle back at his workshop, he told us that the car had been in a previous accident and he could see evidence of major structural repairs around the front end plus the radiator was broken which is why it had overheated. I hit the roof and did not speak to my brother for weeks after finding out. I certainly will not trust him again with an important purchase.

Have a mock test to find out your level and how to increase it!

25 thoughts on “Speaking Test Questions with model answers”

  1. Thank you Mike! It’d be great if you could update the latest questions, i.e., questions on your YouTube videos.

  2. thank you so much Mike! My exam is tomorrow and i aiming for atleast an eight , so wish me luck 🙂

  3. Niaht Sadigzada

    I found it very advantageous for the first-prepared candidates, yet, I certainly think that when if it is possible to obtain several answer key of speaking of 2022 it would be on the spot. Thank you all for these answers in advance, nevertheless.

      1. I fully appreciate it. Even being able to see just the updated Part 2 & 3 Questions only is super fine because its a lot of work. Since the summer you have updated your your site awesome.

        1. Yeah, big site update today. I’ll be loading a lot more content. Should have more speaking questions for
          PART 2 up today or tomorrow.

  4. Greetings Mike hope all is well. Just checking up when you plan on posting the Part 2 & 3 updated questions for Sep-Dec 2022. Thank you for all your assistance always.

  5. Greetings 🖖 I was hoping that the new IELTS part 2 September- December would be available soon 🔜 so be able to review and prepare for, I know it takes time to prepare sample responses. Will they be posted on the current page 😎. I’ve extensively enjoyed the site and valuable information as well feedback.

  6. Mike,

    Greetings, I have a question? Do you do online teaching certification for IELTS educators to increase proficiency and to allow us to get the training required to be an IELTS grader in China as well for P.O.C. Please PM in my email thank you.

    Always,
    Peter

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