Speaking Test Questions with model answers

Speaking Test Questions with model answers

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 may be different.

JAN 2024 PART 1


  1. How often do you see advertisements?
  2. What type of advertisements attract your attention the most?
  3. Have you ever bought something because of an advertisement?
  4. Do you like the advertisements that you can see on the street?

Bored and Boredom

  1. How often do you feel bored?
  2. What do you usually do when you feel bored?
  3. Are there any particular types of activities that you find boring?
  4. How do you think technology has made your life less boring?


  1. How often do you eat cake?
  2. What is your favorite type?
  3. Have you ever made a cake?
  4. What types of cakes do people in your country like?

Celebrity news 

  1. Who is your favourite celebrity? 
  2. What kind of famous people do you often see in the news? 
  3. Do you pay a lot of attention to famous people in the news? 
  4. Would you like to be a famous person? 


  1. What is your favorite colour? 
  2. Are there any colour you dislike?  
  3. What colour do your friends like most? 
  4. What colour car would you buy? 

Collecting Things

  1. Do you collect anything?
  2. Are there any things you have kept from childhood?
  3. Is there any item you would like to collect in the future?
  4. What are popular items for people to collect in your country?

Crowded Places

  1. Do you like crowded places?
  2. What places do you think are often crowded?
  3. When was the last time you were in a crowded place?
  4. Do you prefer to live in a crowded place or a peaceful place?


  1. Are you good at memorising things? 
  2. How do you remember important things? 
  3. Have you ever forgotten something important? 
  4. What do you need to remember in your daily life? 


  1. How important is money to you?
  2. Are you good at saving money?
  3. Do you want to be rich in the future?
  4. Do you think money is essential for happiness?


  1. Do you like singing?  
  2. Have you ever learnt how to sing? 
  3. When was the last time you sang? 
  4. Do people in your country like to sing? 

Social Media

  1. Do you like social media?
  2. What kinds of social media do you use most?
  3. Do you think you spend too much time on social media?
  4. Do you want to work at a social media company?


  1. Do you like to wear sunglasses?
  2. How often do you often wear sunglasses?
  3. Where would you go to buy sunglasses?
  4. Do people like to wear sunglasses in your country?

Video Games

  1. Do you play video games?
  2. How often did you play video games when you were a child?
  3. Can video games be educational?
  4. What types of video games are popular in your country?

Describe a person you know who likes to talk a lot. 
You should say:  
• who the person is 
• how you know the person 
• what the person talks about 
and explain why this person is so talkative. 

Describe a place where you often go to relax 
You should say: 
• where it is 
• what it is like 
• what you like doing there 
and explain why you feel relaxed there 

Describe a job you would not like to do.  
You should say:  
• what the job is 
• how you know about it 
• whether it is an easy or difficult job 
and explain why you would not like to do it? 

Describe an important skill you learned when you were a child.    
You should say:  
What it is  
How difficult it was to learn  
How you learned it  
And explain why you think it is important

  Describe a time someone made a lot of noise.  
You should say:  
When this happened  
Who the person was  
What kinds of noise it was  
And explain what you did when you heard noise.  

Describe a person who welcomes you to their home
You should say:
Who this person is
How you know this person
How this person makes you feel welcome
And explain why you think this person is good at making people feel welcome

Describe a successful person who you once studied or worked with
You should say:
Who this person is
When you studied/worked with this person
What you did together
And explain what this person did to become successful

Describe a successful sportsperson you admire
You should say:
Who the person is
What you know about this person
What this person is like in real life
And explain why you think this person is successful

Describe a movie that you felt strongly about
You should say:
What it is about
When you watched it
Where you watched it
And explain why you felt strongly about it

Describe an activity you remember enjoying in your primary school
You should say:
What the activity was
How often you did the activity
Who you did it with
And explain why you enjoyed doing it

Describe something you do to help you study or work
You should say:
What it is
How you learn it
When you do it
And explain how it helps you

Describe a uniform you have worn
You should say:
Where you wore the uniform
How long you wore it
What it looked like
And explain how you felt about wearing it

Describe an outdoor activity you enjoyed doing when you were a child
You should say:
What the activity was
Where you did it
Who you did it with
And explain why you enjoyed it

Describe a time when some people near you made a lot of noise
You should say:
When and where it happened
Who made the noise
How you reacted to the noise
And explain how you felt about the noise

Describe an interesting conversation you had with a very old person
You should say:
Who this person is
Where you had the conversation
What you talked about
And explain why you think it was interesting

Describe a time when you helped someone
You should say:
Where you helped him/her
Why you helped
How you helped
And explain how you felt about it

Describe an unusual holiday or vacation you had
You should say:
Where you went
Who you went with
What you did there
And explain why it was unusual

Describe an occasion when you used a map
You should say:
When you used the map
Where you were
Why you used it
And explain how useful the map was

Describe an occasion when someone complained in a restaurant or store
You should say:
When and where it happened
What this person complained about
What the result was
And explain how you felt about the experience

Describe a time when you picked up an item that someone else lost
You should say:
What the item was
When and where you found it
What you did after finding it
And explain how you felt about the experience

Describe a time you had to finish something quickly
You should say:
What it was
When it happened
Why you had to finish it quickly
And explain how you felt about it

Describe a time you bought something from a street (or outdoor) market
You should say:
When it was
Where the market was
What you bought
And how you felt about it

Describe a time you were very busy
You should say:
When it happened
Where you were
What you did
And explain why you were busy

Describe a trip you were looking forward to that was delayed
You should say:
Where are you planned to travel to
Why you were looking forward to it
Why it had to be delayed
And explain how you felt about the experience

SEP 2023 PART 1

The topics below are reported by my students. These are only intended as a guide as to what you could expect in your test.

What do you chat about with your friends?
Do you prefer to chat face-to-face or on social media?
Do you like to talk about different topics than when you were a child?
Do you prefer chatting with a few friends or a big group of people?

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Are there any types of clothing you would never wear?
What colour clothes do like to wear?
Do you wear the same style of clothes on weekdays and weekends?

What films do you like?
How often did you watch films when you were a child?
Did you ever go to the cinema as a child?
Do you think going to the cinema is a good way to spend time with friends?

Do you like eating fish?
Have you seen any movies with lots of fish?
Have you ever been fishing?
Is fishing popular in your country?

Did you study geography at school?
Do you think geography is a useful subject?
Are you interested in travelling to any countries because of their geography?
Do many people study geography in your country?

Do you like giving gifts to people?
What kind of gifts do you usually give to your friends or family?
Do you prefer to buy gifts online or in a store?
How do you feel when you receive a gift from someone?

Helping others
Do you usually help people around you?
How do you help people around you?
Did your parents teach you to help others?
Do people in your country like to help strangers?

How often do you use a map?
Did you learn to read a map when you were a child?
Do you prefer electronic or paper maps?
When was the last time you needed to use a map?

How often do you listen to music?
What is your favourite type of music?
Did you listen to music when you were a child?
Would you like to learn to play an instrument?

What type of noises do you often hear?
Are there any sounds you like?
What kind of noise do you dislike most?
Is your area becoming noisier?

Are you interested in robots?
Have you ever seen any TV shows or movies about robots?
Would you ride in a car driven by a robot?
Do you think you will buy a robot in the future?

How often do you run?
Where do you usually go running?
Did you like running when you were a child?
Do you think running is a good way to stay healthy?

Tea and coffee
Do you prefer to drink tea or coffee?
When was the last time you drank tea or coffee?
If someone visits your home, will you serve tea or coffee to them?
Do most people in your country like to drink tea or coffee?

SEP – 2023 PART 2

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠
You should say:
When it happened
What the nice thing was
Why you waited for a long time
And explain how you felt about the experience

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 (𝐁𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲, 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬) 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧
You should say:
What subject it is
When and where you came to know about this subject
How you got information about this subject
And explain why you are interested in this subject

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐝
You should say:
When you went to the party
Where the party was held
What kind of party it was
And explain why you enjoyed this party

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲
You should say:
When you go there
Where it is
Who you go there with
And explain what it is like

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠
You should say:
When you first saw this painting
What the painting is about
Who the painter is
And explain how you feel about this painting

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥
You should say:
Who this person is
Where he or she is from
How he or she learns the language
And explain why he can speak your language well

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭
You should say:
Who this person is
How you know this person
What interesting things he or she has done
And explain why you want to know more about him or her

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
You should say:
Who this person is
What he or she likes to cook
When this person cooks
And explain why this person likes to cook for others

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧
You should say:
Where it is
What it looks like
How you know about it
And explain why you are interested in it

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲
You should say:
When and where you took the photo
What the photo is like
How often you watch the photo
And explain why it makes you feel happy

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤
You should say:
What the rule is about
What happens when people break the rule
Why you think it is an important rule
And explain how you feel about the rule

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞
You should say:
When it was
Who you were with
What happened
And explain why it changed your life

𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝
You should say:
When it happened
Where it took place
What the activity was
And explain why it made you feel tired.

PART 1: previous questions


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.


Do you like art?

As a teenager, I would say that I am definitely interested in art and enjoy looking at and creating different types of artwork. I find that art can be a really interesting and enjoyable way to express myself and explore my creativity. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpture, or any other medium, I think that art has the ability to convey emotions and ideas in a way that words alone cannot.

Would you like to be an artist?

If given the opportunity, I think that being an artist would be a really rewarding and fulfilling career choice. It would allow me to express myself creatively and share my ideas and emotions with others through my art. I also think that the process of creating art, whether it’s through sketching, painting, or sculpting, can be a meditative and therapeutic activity.

What artwork do you have on the walls of your home?

As a teenager, I don’t currently have any artwork on the walls of my home. However, I am always on the lookout for new pieces to add to my collection. I enjoy looking for unique and interesting pieces that speak to me personally, whether it’s a beautiful landscape painting or an abstract piece that challenges my perspective. I also enjoy supporting up-and-coming artists by purchasing their work and helping to promote their talent.

Have you ever visited an art gallery?

Yes, I have visited an art gallery before and it was a really interesting and enjoyable experience. It was really cool to see all of the different styles and mediums that artists use to create their work and to learn about the different techniques and ideas behind each piece. I also enjoyed the opportunity to see a wide range of art in one place and to be able to compare and contrast different pieces and styles.


What kind of bags do you own?

I own several kinds of bags for different purposes and occasions. For example, I have a backpack for school, a suitcase for traveling, a handbag for going out, a tote bag for shopping, and a gym bag for exercising. I like to have different bags that suit my needs and preferences.

What items do you keep in your bag?

I always keep the essentials in my bag: my wallet, phone, keys, and Kleenex. You never know when you’ll require them. I also have some extras such as headphones, a power bank, lip balm, and hand cream. They make my life easier and more pleasant. Oh, and I always have gum or mints on hand in case I need to refresh my breath.

When was the last time you bought a bag?

I bought a bag about two months ago when I went shopping with my friend. It was a backpack that I needed for my school. It was black and had many pockets and compartments. I liked it because it was spacious and comfortable to carry.

Have you ever lost a bag?

Yes, I have lost a bag once when I was traveling by train. It was a small handbag that I put on the overhead rack. When I got off the train, I forgot to take it with me. It had my wallet, my phone, and some other important things. I was very upset and tried to contact the train station, but they couldn’t find it. I had to cancel my cards and buy a new phone.


Do you like chocolate?

Yes, I absolutely love chocolate! There’s just something about its rich, sweet flavor and smooth, creamy texture that I find completely irresistible. Whether it’s a simple chocolate bar or a more elaborate chocolate dessert, I can’t get enough of it.

Did you like chocolate when you were a child?

IYes, I have always been a big fan of chocolate. Even as a child, I remember always being excited to have a chocolate treat as a special treat or reward. Chocolate has always been one of my favorite indulgences and I can’t imagine life without it.

Have you ever given chocolate as a gift to someone?

Yes, I have given chocolate as a gift many times before and it has always been well-received. There’s just something about chocolate that makes it the perfect gift for any occasion, whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or just because I want to. I often like to give chocolate in combination with other gifts or as part of a gift basket, but it’s always appreciated on its own as well.

How popular is chocolate in your country?

Chocolate is incredibly popular in my country and can be found in almost every grocery store and specialty shop. There is a wide variety of chocolate brands and types available, ranging from classic milk chocolate to more exotic dark chocolate flavors. Chocolate is also a popular ingredient in many desserts and treats, and can be found in bakeries, cafes, and restaurants across the country


Do you find it easy to concentrate?

Yes, it is tough for me to focus on something for an extended period of time. I become tired and restless easily and want to do something else. Other things that look more intriguing or thrilling than what I’m supposed to be doing also distract me.

What do you do to help yourself focus?

Making a list is one of the things I do to help me concentrate. I make a list of what I need to do and how long it will take. This allows me to arrange my work and focus on what is most important or urgent. I also divide the task into smaller parts and assign little goals to each one. This makes the job easier and more enjoyable.

What things may distract you?

Some things that may distract me are noises, such as traffic, music, or conversations. I’m very sensitive to sounds and they can easily interrupt my train of thought. Another thing that may distract me is boredom. If I find something too easy or too difficult, I tend to lose interest and look for something else to do.

In what situations do you need to concentrate?

I need to concentrate in situations where I have to perform well or learn something new. For example, when I take an exam, give a presentation, or study a foreign language. These situations require me to pay attention and recall information accurately.


What do you usually do when you have days off?

When I have days off, I like to recharge my batteries and take some well-deserved R&R. I often kick back and relax, catching up on my favorite TV shows or indulging in a good book. Sometimes, I also enjoy exploring new hobbies or engaging in outdoor activities to make the most of my free time.

What did you do on your last day off?

On my last day off, I decided to seize the day and make the most of my time. I hit the town and explored some local attractions and hidden gems. I also met up with a few close friends and had a blast hanging out together. It was a memorable day filled with laughter, adventure, and great company.

What will you do on your next day off?

On my next day off, I plan to take it easy and pamper myself. I’m looking forward to having a spa day, treating myself to a rejuvenating massage and indulging in some self-care activities. It will be a wonderful opportunity to unwind, relax, and recharge before diving back into the demands of daily life.

Do you usually spend your days off with your family or with your friends?

It varies, but I tend to alternate between spending my days off with family and friends. Family holds a special place in my heart, so I cherish the quality time I get to spend with them on my days off. However, I also value the bonds of friendship, and spending leisure time with friends brings me joy and creates lasting memories. Ultimately, striking a balance between the two is important to me.


Do you think you are an ambitious person?

Absolutely! I’ve always been one to reach for the stars and never settle for less. I firmly believe in setting high goals and working relentlessly to achieve them. I’m always driven to push my limits and strive for success.

Are you the kind of person who sticks to your goals and dreams?

Without a doubt! Once I set my mind on something, I’m determined to see it through. I firmly believe in staying focused and persevering even in the face of challenges. I’m not one to easily give up on my goals and dreams; instead, I consistently work towards them with unwavering dedication.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a trailblazing entrepreneur. I aspire to establish my own business and make a significant impact in the industry. I envision creating innovative solutions, leading a dynamic team, and contributing to the growth and development of society through my entrepreneurial ventures.

Do you have any other ambitions or dreams?

Yes, definitely! Alongside my dream of becoming an entrepreneur, I have a burning passion for environmental conservation. I dream of actively participating in initiatives that promote sustainability and preserve our planet for future generations. I’m motivated to contribute to the global effort of creating a greener and more sustainable world.


Do you like to fix things?

I do, indeed. It gives me a sense of success and happiness to fix things. I also prefer to preserve money and resources by mending items rather than throwing them away or purchasing new ones.

Did you learn to fix anything when you were a child?

I did, indeed. My father taught me how to do simple household repairs like changing a light bulb, tightening a screw, and replacing a fuse. He also taught me how to use several tools, including a hammer, a screwdriver, and a wrench. He stressed the need of learning these skills and becoming self-sufficient.

When was the last time you fixed something?

Let me see that’s a tricky one. Oh yeah, I last fixed something around a week ago. I reattached my broken bicycle chain. It wasn’t difficult, although it took some time and work to reattach it.

How often do you break things?

I don’t break stuff very often, but accidents do happen. For example, while doing the dishes the other day, I smashed a glass. I dropped it on the floor because I wasn’t paying attention. It shattered into bits, and I had to clean up the resulting shambles.


Do you have many friends?

I have a few close friends who I keep in touch with regularly, but I wouldn’t say I have a wide circle of friends. When it comes to friendship, I believe that quality is more essential than number. I would rather have a few meaningful relationships than many shallow ones.

What kind of people do you like to have as friends?

I prefer friends who are truthful, loyal, supportive, and enjoyable. I value friends who can tell me the truth even when it’s difficult to hear it, who remain by me through thick and thin, who push me to follow my goals and objectives, and who can make me laugh and enjoy life.

Do you keep in contact with any childhood friends?

I do, indeed. I’ve known two childhood buddies since kindergarten.. Even though we now live in different places, we maintain in touch on a regular basis via phone conversations, messaging, and social media. We also make an effort to get together at least once a year to catch up and reminisce.

Do you prefer to spend your leisure time with friends or alone?

It depends on my mood. I enjoy spending time with my pals on occasion, especially when I want to socialise or do something fun and adventurous. But I’m a bit of an introvert and sometimes I prefer to be alone, especially when I need some peace and quiet or personal space. I believe it is critical to strike a balance between the two.


Do you like to eat ice cream?

I’m a big fan ice cream! It’s one of my favorite desserts, and I can never resist indulging in a scoop or two. The creamy texture and the wide range of flavors available make it a delightful treat that always puts me in a great mood.

What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip. I’m fond of the refreshing taste of mint combined with the crunchy bits of chocolate. It’s a perfect balance of sweetness and coolness that satisfies my palate.

How often did you eat ice cream when you were a child?

I ate ice cream quite often. It was a special treat that my parents would occasionally surprise me with. Whether it was a visit to an ice cream parlor or a simple bowl of homemade ice cream by my mom, those moments brought me great joy and a sense of excitement

How popular is ice cream in your country?

Ice cream is very popular in my country. It’s a common dessert that people enjoy all year round, especially during the hot summer months. There are many ice cream shops and brands that offer a variety of flavors and toppings to suit different preferences and tastes.


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.


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.


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.


Do you like wearing jewelry?

Yes, I greatly enjoy wearing jewelry and find it to be a stylish and fashionable accessory. Whether it’s a simple of earrings or a more elaborate necklace or bracelet, I think that jewelry has the ability to add a touch of personality and glamour to any outfit.

Have you ever bought someone jewelry as a gift?

Yes, I have purchased jewelry as a gift for others on several occasions. I think that jewelry is a thoughtful and elegant gift that can be treasured for years to come. Whether it’s a simple piece or something more elaborate, I think that jewelry is a timeless and appreciated gift for any occasion.

What type of jewelry would you like to buy?

As a teenager, I don’t currently have any artwork on the walls of my home. However, I am always on the lookout for new pieces to add to my collection. I enjoy looking for unique and interesting pieces that speak tI am always on the lookout for unique and interesting pieces of jewelry to add to my collection. I particularly enjoy pieces that are handmade or have a meaningful or sentimental significance. Some types of jewelry that I would like to buy in the future include artisan-crafted rings, vintage brooches, and custom-designed pendants.

What type of jewelry is most popular in your country?

Jewelry is quite popular in my country, with a wide range of styles and types available to suit different tastes and budgets. Some of the most popular types of jewelry in my country include classic gold and silver pieces, as well as more modern, trendy pieces made from materials such as stainless steel and titanium.


Do you have a lot of keys?

Yes, I do have quite a large number of keys that I keep organized on a keyring or in a key holder. Having multiple keys is essential for managing the various locks that I utilize on a daily basis, such as for my home, office, and vehicle.

Do you always take your keys when you go out?

Absolutely, I always ensure that I have my keys with me when I go out. They are an indispensable item for accessing my various locks and allow me to enter and exit various locations with ease. Not having my keys can be highly inconvenient and potentially stressful, so I always make it a point to keep track of them and have them with me at all times.

Have you ever lost a key?

Unfortunately, I have lost a key before, which was a rather frustrating and inconvenient experience. Losing a key can be disruptive to one’s daily routine and can also pose security risks if the lost key is to a particularly important lock.

Do you do anything to avoid losing keys?

Yes, I have implemented a few strategies to avoid losing keys. Firstly, I try to always keep my keys organized and in a designated spot, such as on a keyring or in a key holder, to make them easier to find and keep track of. Additionally, I have labeled my keys with identifying tags to make them easier to distinguish from one another


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.


How often do you go to a library?

I don’t go to the library all that often, probably only a few times a year. I tend to do most of my reading online or on my e-reader, so I don’t really have a need to visit the library too frequently.

When was the last time you went to a library?

Hmm, I can’t really remember the exact last time I went to the library. It’s been a while, probably a few months at least.

Did you go to the library when you were a child?

Yeah, I used to go to the library all the time when I was a kid. I loved browsing the shelves and checking out all the different books they had. It was always a special treat to be able to pick out a new book and bring it home to read.

How popular are libraries in your country?

I think libraries are still pretty popular in my country, although I think they might not be as heavily used as they were in the past. With the rise of e-books and online reading, I think fewer people are physically going to the library these days. Still, I think libraries are an important resource and offer a lot of valuable services to communities, so I hope they continue to thrive.


How often do you listen to music?

I listen to music pretty much every day, whether it’s on my way to work, at the gym, or just hanging out at home. Music is just such a big part of my life and I can’t really imagine going through a day without it.

What kind of music do you like most?

I like a pretty wide range of music, but I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be rock. I love the energy and passion that rock music has, and there are just so many great bands and artists in the genre. That being said, I also enjoy listening to other types of music, like pop, hip hop, and even some classical.

When do you listen to music?

I listen to music pretty much all the time, honestly. Like I said, it’s just such a big part of my life and I find it really helps to set the tone for my day. I’ll listen to music when I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m working or doing errands, and even when I’m winding down at night. It just kind of depends on my mood and what I’m doing at the moment.

What types of music are most popular in your country?

I think the most popular types of music in my country are probably pop and hip hop. Those are definitely the genres that get the most airplay on the radio and have the most mainstream appeal. That being said, there is also a pretty diverse music scene in my country, with a lot of great bands and artists in a variety of different genres, so there’s something for everyone.


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


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.


What type of noises do you often hear?

Well, it depends on where I am and what I’m doing at the moment. If I’m at home, I might hear the sound of my pets running around, the TV or music playing, or just the normal sounds of everyday life. If I’m out and about, I might hear the sound of traffic, people talking, or maybe some construction going on. There’s just a lot of different sounds that I encounter on a daily basis.

Are there any sounds you like?

Yeah, there are definitely some sounds that I really enjoy. I love the sound of nature, like birds chirping or the rustling of leaves in the wind. I also really enjoy listening to music and find that it can really lift my mood and set the tone for my day. There are just so many great sounds out there that bring me joy and happiness.

What kind of noise do you dislike most?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I guess if I had to pick the noise that I dislike the most, it would probably be loud, jarring noises. Things like loud car alarms or construction noise can be really annoying and disruptive, and I just find them really grating on my nerves.

Is your area becoming noisier?

I’m not really sure, to be honest. I think it kind of depends on where I am and what I’m doing. Some areas are definitely noisier than others, but overall I don’t think the noise level in my area has changed all that much. There are just always going to be some noise and activity going on, no matter where you are.


Did you learn about outer space and stars at school?

Yeah, I definitely learned about outer space and stars in school. We studied a lot of different topics in science class, and I remember learning about the solar system, the different planets, and the stars. It was always one of my favorite subjects and I found it really fascinating to learn about the vastness of the universe and the mysteries it holds.

Would you like to travel to outer space?

Oh man, that would be an amazing experience! I would love to travel to outer space and see what it’s like first hand. It would definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something that I would never forget.

Do you think it’s important to study the stars?

I definitely think it’s important to study the stars. There’s just so much that we don’t know about the universe and the stars are such a big part of it. Studying the stars can help us to better understand the world around us and the forces that shape it. It can also help us to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the universe and to feel more connected to it.

Would you like to travel to outer space?

Oh man, that would be an amazing experience! I would love to travel to outer space and see what it’s like first hand. It would definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something that I would never forget.


Do you like rainy weather?

No, I really can’t stand rainy weather. I think rain is very depressing and gloomy. I hate getting wet and cold. I also dislike the noise of thunder and lightning and the inconvenience it causes to transportation and outdoor activities.

Do you prefer wet or dry weather?

I’m keen on dry weather because I like the feeling of warmth and sunshine. I think dry weather is good for the mood and the energy. I’m also fond of dry weather because it means there is less risk of flooding and diseases.

What do you do on rainy days?

On rainy days, I’m fond of staying indoors and do some relaxing activities. For example, I might read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, or play some games. I also like to drink some hot tea or coffee and eat some snacks.

Does it rain a lot in your country?

No, it doesn’t rain a lot. We have a continental climate with two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season lasts from October to May, when we have very little rain or snow. The wet season lasts from June to September, when we have moderate rain occasionally.


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.


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.


How often do you shop at small businesses?

I try to shop at small businesses as much as I can, especially when I’m looking for something specific or unique. I find that small businesses often have a lot of character and offer products that you can’t really find at big chain stores. I also like the idea of supporting local businesses and helping to keep money in the community.

Do you prefer buying things from small businesses or big businesses?

I definitely have a preference for small businesses, especially when I’m looking for something specific or unique. I find that small businesses often have more of a personal touch and offer products that are made with more care and attention to detail. That being said, there are definitely some things that are easier to find at big chain stores, so I’ll sometimes shop there if I need something basic or widely available.

Are there many small businesses where you live?

There are definitely a good number of small businesses where I live, especially in the downtown area. There are a lot of independent shops, restaurants, and other small businesses that are owned and operated by people in the community. It’s always nice to see these businesses doing well and adding to the character of the neighborhood.

Would you prefer to work for a small business or a large business?

That’s a tough one, honestly. Both small businesses and large businesses have their pros and cons. On the one hand, small businesses can often offer more of a personal touch and a sense of community, and you might have more opportunity to make an impact. On the other hand, large businesses can offer more stability and resources, and might be able to offer more opportunities for advancement. Ultimately, I think it really comes down to the specific business and the culture it creates.


Do you do anything to keep healthy?

Oh, for sure I do. For the main part, I try to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. I also drink plenty of water and avoid junk food and alcohol. As well as this, I exercise regularly by going to the gym, jogging, or swimming. Finally, I also meditate every morning to reduce stress and improve my mental health.

How often do you get exercise?

I get exercise at least three times a week. I go to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I do some cardio, weight training, and stretching exercises. I also jog around the park on weekends or swim in the pool if the weather is nice.

How often did you play sports when you were a child?

I was a big fan of sports when I was a child. I was on the school soccer team and we had practice and matches every week. I also played basketball and tennis with my friends in the neighborhood. I was keen on playing sports because they were fun and exciting.

What do people do to stay healthy in your country?

In my country, people do many things to stay healthy depending on their lifestyle and preferences. Some people go to the gym or join fitness classes like yoga or aerobics. Others play sports like soccer, cricket, or badminton.. And some people follow traditional methods like herbal medicine, acupuncture, or massage.


Do you do anything to keep healthy?

Oh, for sure I do. For the main part, I try to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. I also drink plenty of water and avoid junk food and alcohol. As well as this, I exercise regularly by going to the gym, jogging, or swimming. Finally, I also meditate every morning to reduce stress and improve my mental health.

How often do you get exercise?

I get exercise at least three times a week. I go to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I do some cardio, weight training, and stretching exercises. I also jog around the park on weekends or swim in the pool if the weather is nice.

How often did you play sports when you were a child?

I was a big fan of sports when I was a child. I was on the school soccer team and we had practice and matches every week. I also played basketball and tennis with my friends in the neighborhood. I was keen on playing sports because they were fun and exciting.

What do people do to stay healthy in your country?

In my country, people do many things to stay healthy depending on their lifestyle and preferences. Some people go to the gym or join fitness classes like yoga or aerobics. Others play sports like soccer, cricket, or badminton.. And some people follow traditional methods like herbal medicine, acupuncture, or massage.


How often do you stay up late??

It really depends on my schedule and what I have going on. Some weeks I’ll stay up late a few times, and other weeks I might not stay up late at all. It just really depends on my energy levels and how busy I am.

When did you last stay up late?

I can’t really remember exactly when I last stayed up late. Like I mentioned before, it just kind of depends on my schedule and how much I have going on. Sometimes I’ll stay up late because I’m working on something or just feeling really energized, and other times I’ll go to bed early because I’m tired and ready to get some rest.

How do you feel after staying up late?

It really depends on how long I’ve stayed up and how much sleep I’ve gotten. If I’ve only stayed up a few hours past my normal bedtime, I might feel a little tired but not too bad. But if I’ve stayed up all night or barely gotten any sleep, I’ll definitely feel pretty exhausted and not at my best the next day.

Does anything make it difficult for you to fall asleep?

There are definitely some things that can make it harder for me to fall asleep, like if I’m feeling really stressed or anxious. Sometimes my mind just won’t turn off and I’ll lie awake for a while. I also have a pretty active imagination, so sometimes I’ll start to come up with all sorts of scenarios in my head and it can be hard to shut them off and fall asleep. Noise can also be a factor if it’s really loud or disruptive.


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.


What kinds of teachers do you like best?

The best teachers are those that understand that everyone has a different way of learning. They understand how to guide a student towards the answers and one key trait is patience. I think another great characteristic of a good teach is a sense of humour.

Have you ever had bad teachers before?

Yes, I definitely have had bad teachers. Some of the worst I can remember have been university lecturers. For some reason, some of the professors who have excellent knowledge of their respective subject are actually terrible teachers. I guess that teacher training is not a prerequisite.

Who was your favourite teacher when you were young?

I would have to say it was a young student teacher. Her name was Miss Downing and her family owned the local bakery called Downings. She organised a school outing for all of us to go and see the bakery. After a tour of the bakery, we were all given our choice of cakes. I chose my favourite chocolate cake.

Would you like to be a teacher in the future?

No, I have no ambition to be a school teacher. I tried it for a while and after my first practical I decided it was not for me. There is no discipline in the classroom and classroom management is unbelievably hard.


Do you like wearing T-shirts?

I love T-shirts, especially V-neck and striped ones. They’re versatile and I prefer a simple, casual style with some added details like a necklace. I enjoy putting together outfits.

How often do you wear T-shirts?

I wear T-shirts every day in summer. I prefer pure cotton ones for comfort and to avoid post-workout odor. I wear them on weekdays and weekends.

Do you like T-shirts with pictures or prints?

I prefer small, subtle prints like badges. T-shirts with large, eye-catching pictures can look tacky.

Would you buy T-shirts as souvenirs on vacation?

Yes, I like buying T-shirts as souvenirs to commemorate experiences. I’m also drawn to co-branded or artist-designed Tees. Slogans and graphics on T-shirts can be calming.


What is your favorite day of the week?

I prefer Sundays because they are peaceful and quiet. I like to wake up late and have a leisurely breakfast. Then I usually read a book or listen to some music. Sometimes I go for a walk or a bike ride in the park.

How do you usually spend your time on this day?

On Sundays, I usually spend my time relaxing and recharging myself for the next week. I read a book or listen to some music in my room. I also do some meditation or yoga to calm my mind and body. Sometimes I go for a walk or a bike ride in the park to enjoy the fresh air and nature.

What is your least favorite day?

I can’t stand Wednesdays because they are in the middle of the week and I feel bored and restless. I have already done half of the week’s work or study but there is still another half to go. I also have to deal with some deadlines and pressures on Wednesdays.

Is there anything that you do every day?

Yes, there are plenty of things that I do every day. For example, I meditate for 10 minutes, learn a new word, watch a TED talk, play with my cat, and thank someone every day. These are some practices that help me improve myself and appreciate life.


What is your favourite wild animal?

I am a big fan of tigers. I think tigers are very majestic and powerful. I like their beautiful stripes and their fierce eyes. I also admire their hunting skills and their agility.

When did you last see a wild animal?

If memory serves me correctly, I last saw a wild animal when I went on a safari trip in Africa last year. I saw many different kinds of animals, such as lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. It was an amazing experience to see them in their natural habitat.

Do you like visiting zoos?

Yes, I’m really keen on visiting zoos. I think zoos are a great way to learn about different animals and their characteristics. I also think zoos can help raise awareness and protect endangered species. I enjoy seeing the animals up close and feeding them sometimes.

Does your country have a lot of wild animals?

No, my country doesn’t have a lot of wild animals. We have a small land area and a high population density. We have lost many of our native animals due to habitat loss, poaching, and pollution. We can only see a wild animal once in a blue moon.


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.


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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Describe someone you know who has recently moved to a new place

You should say:
Who he or she is
What the new place is like
Why he or she moved to a new place
And explain whether his or her move has a positive impact on you

The person I would like to describe is my friend, Mark, who recently made the exciting transition of moving into a new apartment. His meticulous planning, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness have made his new living space truly remarkable.

First and foremost, Mark’s move to the apartment was a result of careful planning and consideration. He took the time to research various options, ensuring that he found the ideal place that aligned with his lifestyle and preferences. His attention to detail and thorough approach allowed him to make a well-informed decision.

Furthermore, Mark’s enthusiasm for creating a comfortable and stylish living space has been evident throughout the process. He approached the task with boundless energy and creativity. From carefully selecting furniture and decor to maximizing the functionality of each room, his attention to aesthetics and practicality has transformed his apartment into a true haven.

In addition to his enthusiasm, Mark’s resourcefulness has been instrumental in making the most of his new living space. He ingeniously utilized storage solutions and clever organization techniques to optimize the limited square footage of his apartment. His ability to find innovative solutions has created a sense of spaciousness and functionality.

Moreover, Mark’s apartment has become a hub for socializing and entertaining. His warm and inviting nature, combined with his well-designed living space, has attracted friends and loved ones. His apartment has become a gathering place where memories are created and cherished.

To sum up, Mark’s recent move to his apartment showcases his meticulous planning, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness. His ability to create a comfortable, stylish, and inviting living space is truly commendable. He serves as an inspiration for others looking to make the most of their new homes.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Aligned with: In agreement or harmony with.
Attention to detail: Careful and thorough consideration of even the smallest aspects.
Boundless energy: Endless enthusiasm and vitality.
Carefully selecting: Thoughtfully choosing or picking out.
Create a haven: Design and arrange a space that provides a sense of comfort and refuge.
Ingeniously utilized: Cleverly made use of or employed.
Lifestyle and preferences: Individual habits, interests, and choices.
Meticulous planning: Careful and detailed organization and preparation.
Optimizing the limited square footage: Making the best use of the available space.
Resourcefulness: The ability to find creative and practical solutions.
Sense of spaciousness: The perception of having ample room or openness.
Thorough approach: A comprehensive and detailed method or strategy.
Transform into: To change or convert into something different or better.
Well-informed decision: A choice based on accurate and comprehensive knowledge.
Well-designed: Thoughtfully planned and aesthetically pleasing.

Describe a popular person you know

You should say:
who the person is
what they do
how you know them
and explain why they are popular

The person I want to describe is my close friend, John. He is not just popular, but someone who effortlessly attracts people and builds lasting connections. His remarkable ability to do so has made him widely known and respected in our community.

One of the key factors contributing to John’s popularity is his innate charm. It is something he possesses naturally, and it immediately draws people towards him. His engaging personality and genuine interest in others create an atmosphere where every interaction with him becomes memorable. Whether it’s a casual conversation or a deep discussion, he has an uncanny ability to make people feel valued and heard, leaving a lasting positive impression.

Moreover, John has become a true influencer in his field. Through his remarkable achievements and expertise, he has garnered a loyal following and become a source of inspiration for many. His passion for his work is contagious, and his relentless dedication to excellence sets him apart as a leader and role model. People are drawn to his drive and ambition, finding motivation in his success and aspiring to achieve similar heights.

Despite his popularity, John remains grounded and approachable. Despite his busy schedule, he always finds time to connect with those around him. He actively engages with his supporters, listens to their ideas and concerns, and genuinely invests in building meaningful relationships. It is this authenticity and humility that have solidified his reputation as a person of integrity, someone who genuinely cares about others and values their contributions.

In summary, John’s popularity is not simply based on superficial factors. It is a testament to his magnetic personality, his ability to form genuine connections, and the positive impact he has on those around him. He serves as a shining example of how one’s reputation can be shaped by positive influence and authentic relationships, inspiring others to follow in his footsteps.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Build lasting connections: To establish and maintain long-term relationships.
Engaging personality: An appealing and captivating character.
Genuine interest: Sincere curiosity and concern for others.
Grounded: Down to earth and realistic.
Influence: The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of others.
Innate charm: Natural and inherent attractiveness or appeal.
Invest in: To devote time, effort, or resources to something or someone.
Magnetic personality: A charismatic and compelling presence that attracts others.
Remarkable ability: Exceptional talent or skill.
Role model: A person whose behavior and achievements serve as an example for others.
Source of inspiration: Something or someone that motivates and encourages others.
Widely known and respected: Recognized and admired by a large number of people.
Widespread following: A large and devoted group of supporters.
Work ethic: A set of values and principles that guide one’s dedication and commitment to their work.

Describe a person you know who likes to help others

You should say:
who this person is
how you know him or her
how he or she helps others
and explain why you think this person likes to help others.

Well, the person I want to talk about is my neighbor, Mr. Anderson. He’s an individual with an extraordinary inclination towards assisting others. His benevolence and altruism truly set him apart and make him a shining example of humanity.

Firstly, Mr. Anderson possesses an innate sense of empathy. He puts himself in others’ shoes, enabling him to understand their struggles and offer genuine support. Whether it’s providing a helping hand to the elderly or offering counsel to those in distress, he never fails to display his profound compassion.

Furthermore, he is a philanthropist in the truest sense. Not only does he actively engage in various charitable initiatives, but he also leverages his vast network and resources to mobilize others in contributing to meaningful causes. His efforts have had a far-reaching impact, positively affecting the lives of numerous individuals in need.

In addition to his generosity, Mr. Anderson is a beacon of hope. He consistently uplifts the spirits of those around him, inspiring them to overcome adversity and strive for a better future. His words of encouragement and unwavering support have a profound effect on people, igniting a spark of motivation within them.

To sum up, I feel that Mr. Anderson is the epitome of selflessness and compassion. His commitment to helping others is nothing short of commendable. He exemplifies the notion that a small act of kindness can go a long way in making a significant difference in someone’s life.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Altruism: Selfless concern for the well-being of others.

Beacon of hope: Someone or something that provides optimism and inspiration.

Benevolence: The quality of being well-meaning and kind.

Commendable: Deserving of praise or approval.

Compassion: Deep sympathy and empathy for the suffering of others.

Epitome: A perfect or typical example of something.

Far-reaching: Having a broad or extensive impact or influence.

Incline towards: Have a tendency or preference for.

Innate: Existing naturally or inborn.

helping hand: Offering assistance or help.

Mobilize: To bring together or organize resources for a particular purpose.

Philanthropist: A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially through generous donations or charitable activities.

Profound: Having deep meaning or significance.

Set apart: Distinguished or unique.Uplift the spirits: To raise or improve someone’s mood or morale.

Describe an interesting old person you know

You should say:
who this person is
how you know this person
what you do together
and explain why you think this person is interesting.

There’s this old lady that I know named Mrs. Johnson. She’s like a grandma to me, even though she’s not related to me. I met her when I was a kid because my parents used to take me to her church. She’s always been so kind and welcoming to me, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.

Mrs. Johnson is in her 90s, but she’s still as sharp as a tack. She’s got this great sense of humor and she’s always cracking jokes, it’s so refreshing. She’s also super religious, and I really admire her faith. She’s always been an inspiration to me in that way.

Whenever I’m back in town, I try to visit her. We usually just chat, she’ll tell me stories about her life, it’s always so interesting. She’s lived through so much history, and she’s got some great stories to tell. Sometimes, I’ll take her to the park, and we’ll go for a walk and feed the ducks. It’s always a good time when I’m hanging out with her.

But what I think makes her truly interesting is her perspective on life. She’s lived through so much and seen so many things change, but she’s still so positive and optimistic. She’s always telling me to look for the good in people and that things will work out in the end. And I really think that’s a valuable lesson, especially in today’s world.

Overall, I think Mrs. Johnson is an amazing person, and I feel so lucky to know her. She’s always been a mentor to me, and I always look forward to hanging out with her. She’s just one of those people that you can’t help but be inspired by.

here is the above list of words used in the answer and their explanations:

Faith – complete trust or confidence in someone or something
Inspiration – a person or thing that gives someone an idea for a new creation
Optimistic – hopeful and confident about the future or the success of something
Perspective – a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
Religious – having a strong belief in a god or gods
Sense of humor – the ability to find things funny
Sharp – having or showing a quick mind and good judgment
Sharp as a tack – mentally acute and alert

Describe a character from a film

You should say:
what character it is
who acted as the character
when you saw the film
and explain whether you like this character.

There’s this character from a movie that I really enjoy. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, commonly known as Iron Man. I’ve seen the film multiple times, but I believe the first time I saw it was around 2008, when it was first released.

Tony Stark is like this brilliant billionaire playboy philanthropist. He has a lot of money and power, but he also has a big ego and is a bit of a jerk at the start of the movie. But as the novel progresses, he realizes that all of his wealth and power are meaningless unless he uses them to assist others. He becomes this hero and begins to use his resources to develop the Iron Man armor in order to battle crime.

Robert Downey Jr. does an excellent job portraying this character. He has all of Stark’s charisma and charm, but he also does an excellent job of depicting Stark’s metamorphosis from selfish to selfless hero. It’s fascinating to watch the character develop during the film.

Tony Stark is one of my favorite characters since he is so complicated. He has all of these weaknesses, but he also has this determination to do good and make a difference. He’s not a one-dimensional hero; he has depth, which makes him feel more human.

Also, it’s a Marvel movie, so the humor and action are perfectly balanced, and it’s simply a wonderful movie to watch in general. That, I believe, is one of the reasons why the Iron Man films were so successful and the character has become such an iconic component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Overall, I believe Tony Stark is a fascinating and well-developed character. Robert Downey Jr. did an excellent job portraying him, and it’s always a pleasure to see him on screen. He is without a doubt one of my favorite movie characters.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Billionaire – a person with a net worth of at least one billion dollars
Brilliant – extremely clever or talented
Character – a person in a story, play, or movie
Determination – the quality of being determined to do or achieve something
Depth – the quality of being deep or having many layers
Enjoy – to take pleasure in something
Ego – a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance
Iconic – widely recognized and well-established
Jerk – a person who is unkind or unpleasant
Marvel – a company that creates comic books and movies
Metamorphosis – a complete change of form or nature
One-dimensional – having only one aspect or feature
Philanthropist – a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes
Playboy – a man who is fond of the company of women and spends a lot of money on them
Portray – to depict or represent someone or something in a certain way

Describe a person you met at a party who you enjoyed talking with

You should say:
what party it was
how you met this person
what you talked about
and explain why you enjoyed talking with him or her

So, there’s this person I met at a party a while ago, at a friend’s birthday celebration. I didn’t know many people there, but I was there with other buddies, and we were simply socializing. And it was then that I met this man, Jake.

So Jake and I began talking, and it was one of those talks where you just click with someone. We had many interests in common, such as hiking and traveling, and we had a lot to talk about. We chatted about everything, including other climbs and places we’d been.

Jake is just a nice guy that is easy to chat to and has a fantastic sense of humour. We were both having a great time, and it was a really fun talk. One of the things that made it so fun was Jake’s genuine interest in what I had to say, as well as his ease of conversation and open-mindedness, which made it easier for me to share my thoughts and opinions.

We ended up talking for about an hour, and it was one of those discussions in which you lose track of time. The celebration was over before I knew it, and I had to leave. But Jake and I swapped numbers and have met a couple times since. It’s always a pleasure to see him, and we always have a fantastic time together.

Overall, I had a great time talking with Jake during that gathering. He’s a really intriguing person, and it was fantastic to have that connection with someone. It’s a great feeling when you meet someone new and feel like you have a lot in common with them. He was just one of those folks with whom you could have a good time, and I’m pleased I met him.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Buddy – a friend
Chat – to have a conversation
Click – to have a good relationship with someone
Connection – a relationship or link between two people or things
Gathering – a social event or meeting
Genuine – real and honest
Interest – a hobby or activity that someone is interested in
Intriguing – interesting and mysterious
Open-minded – willing to consider new ideas or opinions
Sense of humor – the ability to find things funny
Socializing – interacting with people in a friendly way
Swap – to exchange something with someone else

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.

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.

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 neighbor 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?


Describe a place you would like to visit in the future

You should say:
where it is
what it’s like
how you would travel there
and explain why you want to visit that place

The place I would love to visit in the future is Tokyo, Japan. Renowned for its vibrant culture, technological advancements, and captivating landmarks, Tokyo has always intrigued me, and I yearn to experience its unique blend of tradition and modernity.

First and foremost, Tokyo is a cultural hub that offers a wealth of experiences. From exploring ancient temples and serene gardens to immersing oneself in the world of manga and anime, the city seamlessly combines its rich history with contemporary trends. Its bustling streets and vibrant neighborhoods provide endless opportunities to discover the essence of Japanese culture.

Furthermore, Tokyo’s cutting-edge technology and innovation have always fascinated me. The city’s reputation as a global leader in robotics, transportation, and design is awe-inspiring. I am eager to witness the advancements firsthand, from riding the famous bullet trains to marveling at the futuristic architecture that adorns the city skyline.

In addition to its cultural and technological allure, Tokyo is home to iconic landmarks that have captivated the world. The majestic Tokyo Skytree, offering breathtaking panoramic views, and the historic Meiji Shrine, surrounded by tranquil greenery, are just a few examples of the city’s architectural marvels. Each landmark tells a story and represents a unique facet of Tokyo’s identity.

Moreover, Tokyo’s reputation for culinary excellence is another reason why I am drawn to this city. From savory street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, Tokyo is a gastronomic paradise. I look forward to indulging in authentic sushi, savoring bowls of steaming ramen, and exploring the vibrant food markets that offer a wide array of culinary delights.

To sum up, Tokyo is a city that embodies the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. Its rich cultural heritage, technological advancements, iconic landmarks, and diverse culinary scene make it a dream destination for me. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to immerse myself in Tokyo’s captivating atmosphere and create lifelong memories.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions :

Blend of tradition and modernity: A combination of old customs and contemporary elements.
Captivating landmarks: Engaging and enchanting iconic sites or monuments.
Culinary excellence: The high quality and mastery of cuisine.
Gastronomic paradise: A place with an abundance of exceptional food and dining experiences.
Immersing oneself in: Fully engaging or involving oneself in an activity or experience.
Majestic: Grand, impressive, and awe-inspiring.
Marveling at: Being filled with wonder and admiration for something.
Panoramic views: Views that encompass a wide and extensive area.
Reputation as a global leader: Being recognized as a dominant force in a particular field.
Rich cultural heritage: Abundance of cultural traditions and historical significance.
Savory street food: Flavorful and delicious snacks or dishes sold in outdoor settings.
Seamlessly combines: Integrates or merges elements together harmoniously.
Technological advancements: Progress and innovations in technology.
Tranquil greenery: Serene and peaceful natural surroundings.
Vibrant neighborhoods: Energetic and lively areas within a city.

Describe a new shop that opened in your area

You should say:
where it is
what it sells
whether you think it will be successful
and say if you would shop there or not

The new shop I would like to describe is a captivating addition to our neighborhood called “Blossom Boutique.” This charming establishment, which recently opened its doors, has quickly become a local favorite due to its unique offerings, inviting ambiance, and exceptional customer service.

The first thing that stand out at Blossom Boutique is its distinctive range of products. It specializes in handcrafted items, sourced from local artisans and craftsmen. From exquisite jewelry and accessories to beautifully designed home decor, the shop offers an array of one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. Its commitment to supporting local talent adds to its allure.

Furthermore, the shop’s inviting ambiance creates a delightful shopping experience. The interior is tastefully decorated with soft lighting, comfortable seating areas, and soothing background music. This attention to detail creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, encouraging customers to explore and indulge in the unique offerings.

In addition to its products and ambiance, Blossom Boutique is known for its exceptional customer service. The staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about the items they sell. They go the extra mile to provide personalized recommendations and ensure that customers leave with a memorable and satisfying shopping experience.

Moreover, Blossom Boutique has become more than just a shop. It has quickly become a hub for community engagement. The shop hosts regular events, such as workshops and exhibitions, where local artists can showcase their talents. These events foster a sense of connection and camaraderie among residents, strengthening the fabric of our neighborhood.

To sum up, Blossom Boutique is a new shop that has breathed new life into our area. Its unique products, inviting ambiance, exceptional customer service, and community engagement make it a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Array of one-of-a-kind pieces: A wide selection of unique and exclusive items.
Attention to detail: Careful consideration of small elements or features.
Breathed new life into: Revitalized or rejuvenated.
Captivating addition: A charming and intriguing new presence.
Exceptional customer service: Outstanding and personalized assistance provided to customers.
Indulge in: To allow oneself to enjoy or experience something pleasurable.
Inviting ambiance: A warm and appealing atmosphere.
Knowledgeable: Well-informed and possessing expertise.
Local artisans and craftsmen: Artists and skilled individuals from the local community.
One-of-a-kind: Unique and distinctive.
Personalized recommendations: Tailored suggestions based on individual preferences.
Source from: To obtain or acquire goods from a particular origin or supplier.
Strengthening the fabric: Enhancing the cohesion and interconnectedness.
Tastefully decorated: Styled with good taste and aesthetic sensibility.
Unique offerings: Distinctive and exclusive products or services.

Describe an ideal house or apartment that you want to live in

You should say:
Where it is
What it is like
Who you would like to live there with
And explain why you think it is ideal

When envisioning my dream abode, I imagine a place that perfectly encapsulates both comfort and elegance, a sanctuary where I can unwind and find solace amidst the demands of modern life.

To begin with, my ideal dwelling would boast an exquisite architectural design that seamlessly merges contemporary aesthetics with timeless charm. It would be a masterpiece of craftsmanship, featuring soaring ceilings, sleek lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the living spaces with an abundance of natural light. This architectural marvel would serve as a testament to the harmonious integration of form and function.

Moving on, the interior design would exude opulence and refinement. The living areas would be adorned with tasteful furnishings and sumptuous fabrics, creating an ambiance of understated luxury. The kitchen would be a chef’s delight, equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and a spacious island that doubles as a social hub for entertaining guests. Moreover, the bedrooms would serve as tranquil havens, characterized by plush bedding, panoramic views, and bespoke decor.

In terms of amenities, my ideal residence would encompass a range of recreational facilities. A meticulously landscaped garden with cascading water features and a serene pool would offer a peaceful retreat from the bustling world outside. Additionally, a well-equipped fitness center and a private cinema room would cater to both physical and leisurely pursuits, ensuring an all-encompassing lifestyle experience.

To complement the lavish interiors and amenities, an ideal location would be paramount. I envision my dream dwelling nestled amidst nature’s splendor, perhaps perched atop a picturesque hill or nestled along a pristine coastline. This idyllic setting would provide breathtaking vistas, invigorating fresh air, and a sense of tranquility that rejuvenates the spirit.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Abundance of natural light: A plentiful amount of sunlight entering a space, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.

All-encompassing lifestyle experience: A complete and holistic living experience that caters to various aspects of life, including leisure, fitness, and relaxation.

Architectural marvel: An outstanding and impressive architectural achievement, often characterized by innovative design and construction.

Breathtaking vistas: Stunning and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.

Chef’s delight: A kitchen that is a pleasure for cooking enthusiasts, equipped with high-quality appliances and ample space for culinary endeavors.

Contemporary aesthetics: Modern and current design principles that reflect current trends and styles.

Exquisite craftsmanship: Exceptional skill and artistry in the creation of intricate and detailed work.

Harmonious integration: A seamless and balanced combination of different elements to create a cohesive and unified whole.

Opulence and refinement: Luxurious and elegant qualities that reflect a high level of sophistication and taste.

Panoramic views: Uninterrupted and wide-ranging views that encompass a large area, often referring to scenic landscapes or city skylines.

Plush bedding: Luxuriously soft and comfortable bedding materials, often associated with high-end hotels and luxury accommodations.

Timeless charm: An enduring and classic appeal that transcends trends and fads, maintaining its beauty and desirability over time.

Describe a crowded place you went to

You should say:
where the place was
when you went there
how many people were there
and say how you felt about the experience

I would like to share my experience of visiting the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, which is a bustling and vibrant place. Known as one of the largest and oldest covered markets globally, it stands as a significant tourist attraction. Situated in the Fatih district of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar spans over an impressive area of more than 30 hectares, boasting over 4,000 shops and stalls. It comes as no surprise that it attracts a staggering number of visitors, with an estimated 250,000 people flocking to the Grand Bazaar daily.

Stepping into the Grand Bazaar, one immediately senses the bustling energy and the sheer density of the crowd. It can be quite challenging to navigate through the sea of people, as the market is always teeming with activity. The constant chatter, bargaining, and haggling create a lively and boisterous atmosphere. However, amidst the hustle and bustle, there is an undeniable charm that draws visitors in, offering an immersive experience of Turkish culture.

One vivid memory that lingers from my visit is the intoxicating aroma of spices. The Grand Bazaar is a treasure trove of spices from all corners of the world. The fragrant scents wafting through the air captivate the senses, evoking a desire to explore the exotic flavors and culinary delights. Additionally, the art of bargaining in the Grand Bazaar is an experience in itself. Skilled shopkeepers engage in spirited negotiations, employing their expertise to secure the best possible price for their merchandise.

While the initial overwhelming feeling of the crowded space took some getting used to, I soon found myself immersed in the enchanting atmosphere. The Grand Bazaar offered a treasure trove of unique items to discover and purchase, ranging from intricate handcrafted goods to dazzling textiles and jewelry. It was a delight to witness the rich tapestry of Turkish culture unfold before my eyes.

High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions
Boisterous: Lively, energetic, and noisy. In the context of the text, it describes the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar with its constant chatter and activity.

Bargaining: The act of negotiating the price or terms of a transaction. It refers to the skillful negotiations between buyers and shopkeepers in the Grand Bazaar to obtain the best possible price for goods.

Captivate: To attract and hold the attention or interest of someone. The word describes the effect of the aromatic spices in the Grand Bazaar, which create a captivating and alluring experience.

Density: The degree of compactness or concentration within a given space. It reflects the crowded nature of the Grand Bazaar, where there is a high density of people moving through the market.

Exotic: Unusual, striking, or intriguing due to being foreign or from a distant place. It characterizes the diverse range of spices and goods found in the Grand Bazaar, which originate from various regions worldwide.

Fragrant: Having a pleasant or sweet-smelling aroma. The word relates to the delightful scents of spices that fill the air within the Grand Bazaar, adding to its sensory experience.

Immersive: Providing a deeply engaging and absorbing experience. It describes the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, where visitors are fully immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the market.

Intricate: Complex, detailed, and carefully designed. It refers to the craftsmanship and fine details found in the handcrafted goods and jewelry available in the Grand Bazaar.

Negotiations: Discussions and interactions aimed at reaching an agreement or compromise. In the context of the text, it specifically relates to the bargaining and negotiations that take place between buyers and sellers in the Grand Bazaar.

Teeming: Abundantly filled or swarming with activity. It describes the bustling nature of the Grand Bazaar, which is always filled with a large number of people engaged in various activities such as shopping, browsing, and socializing.

Describe a city you would like to go to for a short time

You should say:
what city it is
what you would like to do there
who you would go there with
and explain why you would like to go there

There is one city that I’ve always wanted to visit: New York City. It’s just so iconic and energetic, you know? There’s just so much to see and do in that city that I couldn’t possibly do it all in a single visit.

First and foremost, I’d like to visit all of the famous landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. I’ve always been interested in the history and architecture of those locations. Of course, I’d have to see Times Square at night to see all the lights and billboards. It’s supposed to be a crazy place.

But I’m keen to explore some of the city’s art and culture because I am a big fan of art. I’d like to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as see a few Broadway shows. And I’ve heard the city has some fantastic food, so I’d definitely like to sample some of it.

In terms of who I would bring, I think it would be fun to bring a group of friends. New York City is one of those places that is best experienced in a group, you know? It would also be cool to have someone photograph me in front of all the famous landmarks.

Finally, I’d like to visit because it’s one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities. It’s a melting pot of different cultures and people, with something new and interesting happening all the time. Plus, it’s such a historically significant city with so much to see and do that I can’t help but want to visit.

Overall, I’d like to visit New York City for a short period of time. There’s so much to see and do in that city, from its iconic landmarks to its art and culture. Furthermore, exploring the city with a group of friends would be a memorable experience.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Architecture: the art and science of designing buildings.
big fan: means that someone is very enthusiastic and passionate about something.
Diverse: showing a great deal of variety.
Energetic: having energy, vitality and enthusiasm.
Iconic: having the characteristics that identify or represent a particular thing or group.
Landmarks: a building or place that is easily recognized and serves as a symbol for a city, area or country.
Melting pot: a place where different cultures, nationalities or races mix and merge.
Memorable: worth remembering.

Describe a place you visited that was affected by pollution

you should say:
where the place is
what the pollution was
why you went there
and explain how you felt about the pollution

I recently visited the Indian city of New Delhi. It’s a massive city with a lot of history and culture, but it’s also notorious for its terrible air pollution. I think my trip there was bitter-sweet.

When I was there, car emissions and industrial factories were the main sources of pollution. In some places, the smog was so thick that you couldn’t see the buildings across the street. My eyes were stinging one day, and my throat felt scratchy. It was quite intense.

I went because I’m a big fan of Indian culture, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to see some incredible historical sites, such as the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid mosque. And I’ve got to say, the city did not let me down. Both the architecture and the history were incredible.

However, the pollution had an effect on my experience. I found myself spending a lot of time inside, and when I did go outside, I avoided the busiest, most polluted areas. Furthermore, the constant sense of filth and smog in the air made it difficult to fully enjoy my time there.

It’s heartbreaking to see such a beautiful and culturally rich area degraded by pollution. It made me consider how critical it is to protect our environment and minimize our impact on it. It’s not just about preserving beautiful places for tourism; it’s also about ensuring that the people who live there can live healthy lives. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience that made me reconsider the effects of pollution.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Big fan: means that someone is very enthusiastic and passionate about something.
Culture: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group
Emissions: the release of a substance into the environment as a result of human activity
Filth: dirt or impurities
Industrial factories: a facility where goods are manufactured using machines and other forms of labor.
Incredible: too unusual and remarkable to be believed
Jama Masjid mosque: one of the largest mosques in India, located in Old Delhi
Massive: very large
New Delhi: the capital city of India
Red Fort: a 17th-century fort complex in Old Delhi, India
Smog: a mixture of smoke and fog that is often caused by industrial pollution and vehicle emissions
Throat: the passage to the stomach and lungs, in the front part of the neck
Tourism: the business of providing services for tourists

Describe a new development in your area of a shopping mall

You should say:
what it is
where it is
how often you go there
and explain how you feel about this development

I would like to describe a large shopping mall has recently opened in my neighborhood. It has everything imaginable, from high-end designer stores to fast-food restaurants and a movie theater. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for all of your shopping and entertainment needs.

Because it is in the downtown area, it is easily accessible to the majority of people. The nearest subway station is only a short walk away, and there is plenty of parking for those who drive. It even has cycle racks with locks for those environmentally conscious shoppers who go there.

I go there fairly frequently, perhaps once a week or so. It’s just so handy, you know! I can get a bite to eat, watch a movie, and go shopping all in one location. It’s also a great place to socialize with friends or family.

I have to say, I’m very excited about this new development. It has breathed new life into the downtown area and created numerous new jobs. It’s also fantastic to have so many new shopping and entertainment options.

But, at the same time, I have some reservations. I’ve noticed an increase in traffic and congestion in the area since the mall opened. I’m also concerned about the impact it might have on local small businesses. You know, it would be a sham to see some of the small local stores being forced out of business.

Overall, I’m pleased with the new advancement. It’s opened up many new opportunities and is a fun place to hang out. But I also hope that the city will address traffic and congestion issues, as well as support local small businesses.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Accessible: easy to get to or reach
Congestion: a state of too much traffic or crowding
Downtown area: the central business district of a city
Handy: useful and convenient
High-end: of a superior quality or expensive
New development: the process of improving or creating something new
One-stop-shop: a place where you can get multiple things done at the same time

Describe a place in your home where you like to relax

you should say:
where it is
what it is like
what you like doing there
and explain why you feel relaxed there

I would like to describe my room as it is the one place in my house where I absolutely love to unwind. It’s on the second floor and is where I spend the majority of my time when I’m at home.

It is minimalistically decorated, with white walls, wooden floors, and a comfortable bed. I have a large window that lets in a lot of natural light, and I have a few plants around the room to add some greenery. I also have a bookshelf full of my favorite books, a desk where I can work, and a comfortable chair in which to sit and relax.

I like to read, listen to music, or just lay in bed and relax when I’m in my room. On occasion, I’ll watch a movie or a TV show on my laptop. I also enjoy keeping a journal and writing down my thoughts and ideas. I’m also keen on plants and I have a few pot plants and hanging vines placed near the window.

I feel at ease in my room because it is my private haven where I can be myself. I can relax my guard and just be at ease. Furthermore, the minimalistic decor and natural light create a very peaceful and calming atmosphere. I also feel more at ease when I am surrounded by my favorite books, plants, and other personal items.

It’s also an excellent place to unwind after a long day or to escape the chaos of the outside world. Overall, my room is my sanctuary, a place where I can unwind and unwind. Most of all, it’s the place I can go to and just be myself.

Vocabulary list with explanations:

Chaos: a state of complete disorder
Comfortable: providing physical ease and relaxation
Decor: the decoration and furnishings of a room
Haven: a place of safety or refuge
Journal: a book in which one writes down their daily thoughts and experiences
Minimalistic: characterized by a lack of ornamentation or decoration
Natural light: sunlight that enters a building through windows or other openings
Sanctuary: a place of refuge or safety

Describe a place in your country that you would recommend to visitors.

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.

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.


Describe an important invention

You should say:
What the invention is
How you use this invention
Whether it is difficult to use it
And explain why you think this invention is important.

One of the most revolutionary inventions that has had a profound impact on our lives is the internet. This transformative creation has become an indispensable part of our daily routines, reshaping the way we communicate, access information, and interact with the world.

First and foremost, the internet serves as a gateway to boundless knowledge and information. It has democratized learning, enabling young adults like myself to explore diverse subjects, acquire new skills, and pursue personal growth. With just a few clicks, I can access a wealth of educational resources, online courses, and academic journals, empowering me to expand my horizons and stay informed in this rapidly evolving world.

Furthermore, the internet has revolutionized communication, connecting individuals across continents with remarkable ease. Social media platforms, instant messaging applications, and video conferencing tools have bridged the gaps of time and distance, allowing me to stay connected with friends, family, and peers regardless of geographical boundaries. It has provided a virtual space for young adults to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and build communities, fostering a sense of global interconnectedness.

In addition to its impact on communication and knowledge, the internet has unleashed a wave of innovation and entrepreneurship. It has provided young adults with a platform to showcase their talents, launch businesses, and pursue creative endeavors. Through e-commerce platforms and digital marketplaces, we can turn our passions into viable careers, reach a global audience, and break free from traditional employment structures.

Moreover, the internet has been instrumental in fostering a culture of collaboration and collective intelligence. Online forums, open-source platforms, and crowdsourcing initiatives have allowed young adults to collaborate on projects, share ideas, and solve complex problems together. The power of collective wisdom and collaboration has unlocked new possibilities and accelerated innovation across various domains.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Boundless knowledge: Unlimited or limitless information and understanding.
Break free from traditional employment structures: Escape from conventional job frameworks or hierarchies.
Culture of collaboration and collective intelligence: A shared atmosphere of working together and leveraging the collective knowledge and expertise.
Democratized learning: Making education accessible to all, irrespective of social or economic barriers.
Fostering a sense of global interconnectedness: Encouraging the feeling of being interconnected with people worldwide.
Gateway to boundless knowledge: A means to access an unlimited amount of information and understanding.
Indispensable part of our daily routines: Something that has become essential and cannot be easily replaced in our everyday lives.
Rapidly evolving world: A world that is constantly changing and developing at a fast pace.
Reshaping the way we communicate: Changing the manner in which we exchange information and interact with others.
Sense of global interconnectedness: A feeling of being connected to people worldwide.
Transformative creation: An invention or innovation that has brought about significant changes and transformations.
Unleashed a wave of innovation and entrepreneurship: Enabled and sparked a surge of new ideas and business ventures.
Virtual space: An online environment or platform where people

Describe a piece of clothing you wear often

You should say:
what it is
what it looks like
how you got it
and explain why you wear it so often

The piece of clothing that I frequently don is my sleek tailored blazer. This versatile garment epitomizes both sophistication and contemporary style, making it a staple in my wardrobe.

The main reason I like to wear my tailored blazer is that it exudes an air of refined elegance. The impeccable cut and luxurious fabric create a silhouette that accentuates my figure, giving me a polished and professional appearance. Whether paired with tailored trousers or worn over a dress, it adds a touch of class and effortless chic to my outfits.

Furthermore, my tailored blazer is not merely a fashion statement but also a sartorial armor that instills confidence within me. It allows me to navigate various settings, from job interviews to important meetings, with a sense of self-assuredness and poise. It serves as a symbolic outer layer, signifying my readiness to take on the challenges that young adulthood presents.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, my tailored blazer is a versatile piece that effortlessly transitions from day to night. It can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, allowing me to effortlessly adapt my style. It serves as a sartorial chameleon, transforming a casual ensemble into a sophisticated one with a simple flick of the collar.

Moreover, my tailored blazer is a wardrobe workhorse, proving its worth time and time again. Its durability and timeless design make it a long-term investment, defying fleeting trends and passing seasons. It has become my reliable companion, standing by me as I navigate the ever-changing landscape of young adulthood.

To sum up, my tailored blazer is not just a piece of clothing; it is a symbol of confidence, versatility, and personal style. Its refined elegance, adaptability, and enduring quality make it an indispensable component of my wardrobe. As a young adult, it empowers me to present myself with sophistication and grace, allowing me to conquer the challenges that lie ahead.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions :

Accentuates my figure: Highlights or emphasizes the shape of my body.
Effortless chic: A style that appears fashionable and stylish without appearing to require much effort.
Fashion statement: A choice of clothing that makes a bold or influential statement about personal style or trends.
Impeccable cut: A flawlessly executed and well-defined design or shape.
Long-term investment: Something that is expected to be beneficial or valuable over an extended period.
Polished and professional appearance: A refined and business-like look.
Sartorial armor: A metaphorical shield or protection derived from one’s choice of clothing.
Sartorial chameleon: A piece of clothing that can adapt to different styles or occasions.
Silhouette: The outline or shape of something, in this case, the way the blazer fits and falls on the body.
Sophistication and contemporary style: A combination of refined elegance and modern fashion.
Staple in my wardrobe: A basic and essential item that forms the foundation of one’s clothing collection.
Symbolic outer layer: A garment that represents or signifies something beyond its physical appearance.
Versatile piece: A garment that can be used or adapted for various purposes or occasions.

Describe an expensive gift you would like to buy for someone

You should say:
what the gift is
who you would buy it for
where you would buy it
and explain why you would like to buy it

An extravagant gift that I would love to purchase for someone special is a luxurious timepiece, the Rolex Submariner. This exquisite watch represents the epitome of elegance, craftsmanship, and prestige, making it a perfect symbol of appreciation and sophistication.

The main reason that I would like to buy the Rolex Submariner is because it is renowned for its impeccable craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Every component of this timepiece is meticulously handcrafted and rigorously tested to ensure its precision and durability. Its flawless design, coupled with the highest quality materials, makes it a true masterpiece that stands the test of time.

Furthermore, the Rolex Submariner exudes an aura of exclusivity and prestige. It is a statement piece that signifies success, refinement, and achievement. Owning such a prestigious watch not only enhances one’s style but also serves as a constant reminder of one’s accomplishments and aspirations.

In addition to its craftsmanship and prestige, the Rolex Submariner offers exceptional functionality and versatility. Designed for diving, it possesses impressive water resistance and a robust construction that can withstand even the harshest conditions. Moreover, its timeless design and understated elegance make it suitable for any occasion, be it a formal event or a casual outing.

Moreover, gifting someone a Rolex Submariner signifies a deep appreciation and admiration for their presence in one’s life. It is a gesture of recognizing their value and the significance they hold. The act of presenting such an expensive gift demonstrates a desire to provide them with a symbol of excellence and a lasting memento.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Constant reminder: A continual prompt or memory of something.
Epitome of elegance: The perfect example or representation of grace and sophistication.
Exquisite watch: A beautifully crafted and refined timepiece.
Flawless design: Impeccable and perfect in its visual and functional aspects.
Meticulous attention to detail: Careful and thorough consideration of small elements or features.
Opulent gift: An extravagant and luxurious present.
Robust construction: Strong and sturdy build or structure.
Statement piece: A distinctive item that stands out and makes a bold statement.
Stands the test of time: Endures and remains relevant or valuable over a long period.
Symbol of excellence: A representation or emblem of superior quality or achievement.
Timeless design: A design that remains stylish and relevant regardless of the passage of time.
Understated elegance: Subtle and refined grace and charm.
Aura of exclusivity: A feeling or perception of being limited to a select few.
Versatility: Ability to adapt or be used in various contexts or situations.
Highest quality materials: Materials of the finest caliber and superior standards.

Describe a movie you watched recently that you felt disappointed about

You should say:
What it is
What it is about
Why you decided to watch it
And explain why you felt disappointed about it

The movie I recently watched that left me feeling disappointed was “The Enigma of Time.” Despite high expectations and positive reviews, this film failed to live up to its potential due to a convoluted plot, lackluster performances, and a disjointed narrative structure.

First and foremost, the convoluted plot of “The Enigma of Time” made it difficult to follow and engage with the story. The intricate web of subplots and confusing twists overshadowed the main storyline, leaving the audience bewildered and disconnected. The excessive complexity took away from the enjoyment and coherence of the film.

Furthermore, the lackluster performances by the cast added to my disappointment. The characters felt one-dimensional, lacking depth and emotional resonance. The actors seemed disengaged and failed to bring the necessary charisma and authenticity to their roles, further diminishing the impact of the story.

In addition to the plot and performances, the disjointed narrative structure of the film contributed to my disappointment. The non-linear storytelling, with frequent flashbacks and abrupt shifts in time, made it challenging to establish a cohesive and immersive viewing experience. The fragmented narrative hindered the flow and coherence of the story, leaving me feeling disconnected and disoriented.

Moreover, the film’s promising premise and potential for thought-provoking themes were ultimately underutilized. The initial setup hinted at exploring profound concepts of time and existence but failed to delve deeper into these ideas. The missed opportunities for meaningful exploration left me longing for a more intellectually stimulating and fulfilling cinematic experience.

To sum up, “The Enigma of Time” fell short of expectations due to its convoluted plot, lackluster performances, and disjointed narrative structure. Despite its promising premise, the film failed to deliver a compelling and coherent story, leaving me disappointed and yearning for a more satisfying movie-watching experience.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Coherence of the film: The logical and consistent connection of the different elements of the movie.
Disjointed narrative structure: A narrative that lacks continuity and flow.
Disengaged: Not fully involved or invested.
Failed to live up to its potential: Did not meet the expected or anticipated standards.
Lackluster performances: Dull and uninspiring acting.
Missed opportunities: Situations or chances that were not taken advantage of.
One-dimensional: Lacking depth or complexity.
Profound concepts: Deep and meaningful ideas.
Thought-provoking themes: Themes that prompt reflection and contemplation.
Underutilized: Not fully or effectively used or explored.
Yearning for: Having a strong desire or longing for something.
Overshadowed the main storyline: Dominated or obscured the primary plot.
Excessive complexity: Unnecessary intricacy or complication.
Intricate web of subplots: A complex network of interconnected smaller storylines.
Fragmented narrative: A narrative that is fragmented or fragmented storytelling.

Describe a book you have read many times

You should say:
what the book is and what it is about
who it was written by
how often you read it
and explain why you enjoy reading it

The book I have read many times and hold dear to my heart is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. This timeless literary masterpiece, set in the Deep South during the 1930s, has captivated me with its powerful themes, compelling characters, and profound social commentary.

On if the reasons why I am a big fan of this book is that, “To Kill a Mockingbird” explores the themes of racial inequality, justice, and morality. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, Scout Finch, and her father, Atticus, the novel sheds light on the harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination. It serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of compassion, empathy, and standing up for what is right.

Furthermore, the characters in the book are incredibly well-developed and memorable. From the wise and compassionate Atticus Finch to the curious and spirited Scout, each character contributes to the rich tapestry of the story. The relationships and interactions among the characters add depth and authenticity, making them feel like real individuals.

In addition to its themes and characters, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is known for its evocative writing style. Harper Lee’s vivid descriptions transport readers to the dusty streets of Maycomb and allow them to feel the scorching heat and experience the nuances of the time period. The book’s poetic language and attention to detail create a rich and immersive reading experience.

Moreover, the book’s enduring relevance and impact on society have kept me coming back to it time and time again. Its exploration of timeless issues such as racism, inequality, and the importance of empathy resonates with readers of all generations. With each reading, I discover new layers of meaning and gain a deeper appreciation for the profound messages it conveys.

To sum up, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a book that has profoundly impacted me. Its powerful themes, compelling characters, and evocative writing style make it a literary treasure. It continues to serve as a reminder of the enduring power of literature to inspire, educate, and provoke thoughtful reflection.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Attention to detail: Careful observation and consideration of small elements.
Compassion and empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
Compelling characters: Engaging and memorable individuals in a story.
Enduring relevance: Continued significance and importance over time.
Evocative writing style: Descriptive and powerful language that evokes emotions or images.
Harsh realities: Difficult and unpleasant aspects of life.
Immersive reading experience: A deeply engaging and absorbing experience while reading.
Poignant reminder: A powerful and emotional prompt or memory.
Powerful themes: Significant and thought-provoking ideas explored in a book.
Profound social commentary: Thoughtful analysis and critique of societal issues.
Protagonist: The main character or central figure in a story.
Rich tapestry: A complex and diverse combination of elements.
Shed light on: To reveal or bring understanding to something.
Timeless literary masterpiece: A classic and enduring work of literature.

Describe an unusual meal you had

You should say:
when it was
where you had the meal
what happened during the meal
and explain why it was unusual

I’m eager to tell you about an odd meal I recently had. It was only a few weeks ago, on a lovely summer evening. My friends and I decided to test out this new restaurant that had recently opened in town. It was known as “The Experimental Kitchen” because of its unique and strange meals and I am a big fan of trying new types of food.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by a very pleasant hostess. She led us to our seat and brought us the menu. I knew this lunch was going to be extraordinary the moment I saw it. The menu was packed with unusual and exotic delicacies that I had never heard of before. I was initially hesitant, but my buddies urged me to try something new.

So I took a chance and ordered the “mystery dish,” which was the restaurant’s specialty. When the waitress brought out a platter with a silver dome on top, I was taken aback. On my dish was a massive snail! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. My pals were as taken aback as I was.

It was amazing! The snail was cooked in a garlic butter sauce. I never imagined I’d love eating a snail, but it was incredibly tasty and delicate. It was without a doubt one of the most odd lunches I’ve ever experienced. Not only that, but the entrée came with a side of fried grasshoppers! They were crisp and had a nutty flavor. I was astounded to learn that they were edible.

The rest of the meal was equally bizarre. We sampled deep-fried tarantulas and a salad with mealworms. It was an experience I will never forget. We chatted about how unusual and exotic the lunch was and how much we appreciated it afterward.

Overall, the lunch at The Experimental Kitchen was unforgettable. I never imagined that I would love eating such weird cuisine, but it was a memorable experience. The restaurant was fantastic, and the staff was extremely kind and accommodating when it came to the food, which was a lot of fun to taste. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone searching for a one-of-a-kind eating experience.

Vocabulary List:

big fan: means that someone is very enthusiastic and passionate about something.
Bizarre: very strange or unusual
Delicacies: a food that is considered rare or luxurious
Edible: safe to eat
Entrée: the main course of a meal
Experiment Kitchen: A restaurant known for its unique and unusual dishes
Exotic: unusual or from another country
Hesitant: uncertain or unsure
Memorable: worth remembering
Mystery dish: a dish that is not described on the menu and is a surprise
Odd: strange or unusual
Recommend: suggest something to someone.

Describe a website you often visit

You should say:
what the website is
how you first found out about it
how often you visit it
and explain why you like it

I would like to describe a website that I am completely obsessed with. “The Daily Buzz” is my go-to source for everything news, entertainment, and lifestyle.

I first learned about the website from a friend. I decided to check it out after she posted a link on her social media. I was immediately sucked in. The website had a clean, modern design that was simple to use. It was also updated several times per day with new articles and videos on a variety of subjects.

Almost every day, I check the website. I like to start my mornings by reading the latest news and learning about what’s going on in the world. It’s also useful when I’m bored and want to read some fun and interesting articles or watch a few videos. I also like how the website has an entertainment news section where I can find out the latest gossip about my favorite celebrities.

One of my favorite aspects of the website is its variety. It covers everything from serious news to humorous features, and there’s always something new to read or watch. I also appreciate how it is written in an engaging and simple manner. The website is written by a talented team of journalists and writers who are experts in their fields and do an excellent job of breaking down complex news stories into digestible chunks.

Another thing I like about the website is the sense of community it has fostered. Each article includes a comments section where readers can share their thoughts and opinions on the story. It’s a great way to hear different points of view on a news story and see how others feel about it.

Overall, I’m glad I came across “The Daily Buzz” website. It’s become an essential part of my daily routine, and I love how it keeps me informed while also entertaining me. I would strongly suggest it to anyone looking for a great source of news, entertainment, and lifestyle content.

Vocabulary List:

Absolutely obsessed: extremely interested or enthusiastic
Catch up: to learn about something that has happened recently
Complex: difficult to understand or explain
Digestible: easy to understand
Engaging: interesting and captivating
Essential: necessary or very important
Fostered: encouraged or developed
Gossip: information about the private lives of other people
Humorous: funny
Informed: having knowledge about something
Obsessed: very interested or enthusiastic
Sucked in: to become interested in something
Talent: a special ability or skill

Describe a piece of technology that you feel is difficult to use you should say:

You should say:
what it is
what you got it for
how often you use it
and explain how you feel about using it

I have this piece of technology that I just can’t seem to figure out. This is a drone. My family gave it to me as a birthday present because they know how much I enjoy photography and thought it would be a great way for me to take my hobby to the next level.

I was so excited when I first got it, but as soon as I tried to use it, I realized it wasn’t as simple as I had imagined. The instructions were unclear, and it took me a long time to figure out how to get it started. Even when I finally got it in the air, it was extremely difficult to control. I would frequently lose contact with the drone, and it would simply fly away.

To be honest, I don’t use it much. Maybe once a month at most. I’ve tried a few times to play with it, but it’s just so frustrating. I always give up after becoming frustrated.

I understand that some people have no trouble with this technology, but I just can’t seem to grasp it. I believe it’s because I’m not very tech-savvy. I’ve tried watching tutorials and reading articles on the internet, but nothing works.

When it comes to this drone, I feel like a failure. I wanted to be able to take incredible aerial shots, but it seems impossible with this technology. It’s not like a camera or a phone, which I’m familiar with. I just can’t figure out how to operate this drone.

Overall, I’m not a fan of this drone. It is not user-friendly, and I do not enjoy using it. I feel like I squandered my money on it, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to use it properly.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Drone: an unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely
Failed: not succeeded
Familiar: well-known or well-established
Figure out: understand dhow something works
Frustrating: annoying or difficult to deal with
Grasp: to understand or learn something
Hobby: an activity done in one’s leisure time for pleasure
Instructions: directions or guidance on how to do something
Unmanned: without a human operator
User-friendly: easy to use or understand

Describe a gift you received

You should say:
what it is
how you got it
what you did
and explain how you felt about it

I just want to tell you about an incredible gift I received recently. It was a piece of art. It was a gift from my boyfriend for our anniversary.

He’d been teasing me for a while about having something special planned, but I had no idea what it was. So I was completely taken aback when he presented me with this lovely painting. It was a forest landscape with a stream running through it. The colors were vibrant, and the details were stunning.

I was moved by the fact that he had put so much thought and effort into selecting the perfect gift for me. He’d even commissioned a painting from a local artist just for me. It was impossible for me to believe.

I knew exactly where I wanted to hang the painting as soon as I got it. I hung it in my living room where I could see it every day. It’s become the focal point of the room, and every time I look at it, I’m filled with joy.

I’ve been showing everyone who comes over the painting, and everyone who sees it loves it. They all agree it’s a beautiful work of art, and I couldn’t agree more.

My boyfriend’s creativity and thoughtfulness really impressed me. He knew how much I appreciated art and went out of his way to get me something not only beautiful but also meaningful. It’s a gift I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

Overall, I’m overjoyed with the gift I received; it’s something I’ll always treasure. It’s more than just a piece of jewelry; it holds memories and demonstrates how much my boyfriend cares about me. It serves as a reminder of our love and the memories we’ve made together. I couldn’t be more pleased.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Commissioned: to hire someone to do a specific task or create a specific work
Creativity: the ability to come up with new and original ideas
Filled with joy: feeling very happy
Focal point: the main center of attention
Incredible: too good to be true
Moved: affected emotionally
Pleased: happy or satisfied
Reminder: something that helps you remember something
Stunning: very impressive
Taken aback: surprised
Teasing: joking or making fun of someone playfully
Treasure: something very valuable
Vibrant: full of energy and life
Work of art: a piece of art created by an artist.

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.

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.

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?


Describe an adventure you would like to go on in the future

You should say:
What the adventure is
Where you would go
Who you would go with
And explain why you would like to have the adventure

When I envision an adventure that I aspire to embark on in the future, an expedition to the mesmerizing landscapes of Patagonia comes to mind. This pristine region spanning across Chile and Argentina promises a breathtaking tapestry of majestic mountains, shimmering glaciers, and untamed wilderness. It is an adventure that encapsulates the spirit of exploration and the allure of the great outdoors.

Immersing myself in the rugged beauty of Patagonia, I yearn to traverse the iconic hiking trails that meander through its national parks. The idiom “take the path less traveled” perfectly captures the essence of venturing into uncharted territories, away from the beaten track, and immersing myself in the awe-inspiring natural wonders.

One particular highlight of this adventure would be setting foot on the legendary Torres del Paine National Park. The towering granite peaks, mirrored in the turquoise lakes, create a surreal landscape that seems straight out of a dream.

The adventure in Patagonia would present an opportunity to challenge myself physically and mentally. Trekking across vast stretches of wilderness, navigating through rugged terrains, and facing unpredictable weather conditions would test my resilience and determination.

Moreover, this expedition would enable me to experience firsthand the remarkable biodiversity that thrives in Patagonia. Patagonia is known as a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts as it offers the opportunity to encounter rare and exotic species, from elusive pumas to graceful guanacos, in their natural habitats.

Describe a time you gave a speech or talk

You should say:
Who you gave the speech to
What the speech was about
Why you gave the speech
And explain how you felt about giving the speech

One memorable experience of giving a speech that comes to mind is when I had the opportunity to deliver a TED-style talk at a youth conference. It was a momentous occasion that allowed me to share my ideas, inspire others, and engage with a diverse audience.

Stepping onto the stage, I felt a mix of nerves and excitement coursing through my veins. As I took the microphone, I reminded myself to “seize the moment” and embrace the opportunity to make a meaningful impact. I had the feeling that all eyes were on me as I had perfectly captured the attention and focus of the audience, and I began to unfold my thoughts.

To captivate the audience, I chose a powerful opening statement, using the rhetorical technique of a “hook” to grab their attention. I shared a personal anecdote that served as a metaphor, allowing the listeners to relate to my message on a deeper level.

Throughout the speech, I employed vivid storytelling techniques, painting a vivid picture with my words. Metaphors and similes acted as “colorful brushstrokes,” adding depth and visual impact to my ideas.

To ensure clarity and coherence, I employed transitions and signposting phrases, smoothly guiding the audience through the different sections of my talk. These linguistic signposts acted as “roadmaps” that helped the listeners navigate the flow of my ideas.

During the Q&A session that followed, I had the opportunity to “think on my feet” and respond to thought-provoking questions from the audience. I drew upon my knowledge and personal experiences, striving to provide insightful and articulate answers.

In conclusion, the experience of giving a speech at the youth conference was a transformative and empowering one. It allowed me to share my ideas, connect with others, and leave a lasting impact. Through the effective use of rhetorical techniques, storytelling, and engaging delivery, I aimed to inspire and ignite change.


Seize the moment – An idiom encouraging taking advantage of the present opportunity.

All eyes on me – An idiom describing being the center of attention and having everyone’s focus.

Food for thought – An idiom referring to something that provokes thinking or contemplation.

Paint a picture – An idiom meaning to vividly describe or create a mental image using words.

Colorful brushstrokes – Figurative language describing vibrant and impactful elements in storytelling.

Connect the dots – An idiom meaning to establish logical connections or find patterns between ideas or events.

Think on one’s feet – An idiom describing the ability to think quickly and respond effectively in unexpected situations.

Rise to the occasion – An idiom meaning to meet the challenges or demands of a particular situation with confidence and determination.

A voice in the crowd – An idiom representing the ability to stand out and make a meaningful impact among a larger group or audience.

Describe an interesting job

You should say:
what the job is
how you learned about this job
what skills this job requires
and explain whether you would like to do this job

One particular job that has always fascinated me is that of a wildlife photographer. The idea of venturing into the heart of nature, capturing breathtaking moments of wildlife in their natural habitat, and telling powerful visual stories is incredibly intriguing. It is a profession that demands both technical expertise and an unwavering passion for conservation.

A wildlife photographer is akin to a visual storyteller, an artist who uses the lens of their camera to convey the beauty and fragility of the natural world. With each click of the shutter, they freeze moments in time, immortalizing the majestic creatures that inhabit our planet. The ability to encapsulate raw emotions, leads to the idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words,” truly comes to life in the captivating images captured by these talented individuals.

The job of a wildlife photographer is a perfect blend of patience, skill, and adaptability. They must wait for hours, sometimes even days, for that perfect shot, practicing the notion that “patience is a virtue.” They need to understand the behavior and habitat of various species, finding the ideal locations to capture their subjects. The ability to seize the perfect moment, and to “seize the day,” is essential in immortalizing those rare and elusive encounters with wildlife.

Beyond their artistic prowess, wildlife photographers play a crucial role in conservation efforts. Their images have the power to inspire awe, evoke empathy, and raise awareness about the plight of endangered species. Providing “a voice for the voiceless” perfectly encapsulates their ability to advocate for the preservation of our natural heritage, serving as ambassadors for the fragile ecosystems that are under threat.

Moreover, the job of a wildlife photographer takes them to some of the most remote and awe-inspiring corners of the world. From the depths of dense rainforests to the expansive savannahs, they embark on extraordinary journeys, witnessing nature’s wonders firsthand. The term “a feast for the eyes” captures the visual feast that awaits these photographers as they immerse themselves in breathtaking landscapes and encounters with remarkable creatures.

In conclusion, the profession of a wildlife photographer is a remarkable blend of artistry, adventure, and advocacy. It is a job that requires an intimate connection with nature, technical expertise, and an unwavering commitment to conservation. Through their lens, these photographers capture and preserve the essence of our natural world, reminding us of its beauty and the urgent need to protect it.

Awe-inspiring – Inspiring a sense of awe or wonder; something that evokes admiration or reverence.

Captivating – Fascinating or enthralling, holding one’s attention.

Fragility – Delicacy or vulnerability; the quality of being easily damaged or destroyed.

Immortalizing – Preserving or immortalizing something in a lasting or permanent way.

Majestic – Grand, impressive, or awe-inspiring, often used to describe something of great beauty or dignity.

Patience is a virtue – An idiom expressing the value of being patient and waiting for the right moment or outcome.

Seize the day – An idiom encouraging taking advantage of the present moment and making the most of opportunities.

A voice for the voiceless – An idiom referring to the act of advocating or speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Feast for the eyes – An idiom describing something visually stunning or captivating.

Plight – A difficult or challenging situation, often used in the context of describing the circumstances faced by endangered species or ecosystems.

Remote – Far away from civilization or populated areas, often referring to locations that are difficult to access or isolated.

Describe a water sport you would like to try

You should say:
what the sport is
where you would do it
who you would like to do it with
and explain why what you think it would be like to do it

Well, when it comes to water sports, one activity that has always piqued my interest is kiteboarding. The sheer adrenaline rush and exhilaration that this sport offers are truly captivating. Picture this: being propelled by the wind, harnessing its power to ride the waves, and soaring through the air like a bird in flight. It is an ultimate fusion of skill, technique, and the forces of nature.

Kiteboarding is the epitome of harnessing the elements. It involves utilizing a specially designed kite to catch the wind’s force and generate the necessary speed to glide across the water’s surface. The synergy between wind, water, and the board creates a balletic display of fluid motion and daredevil maneuvers.

The phrase “ride the wave” takes on a whole new meaning in kiteboarding. It encompasses the ability to effortlessly navigate the shifting currents and master the art of balance and control. The sheer harmony between the rider and the elements is akin to a graceful dance, as one maneuvers the board and adjusts the kite’s position to stay in perfect sync with the ever-changing conditions.

The unpredictability and capricious nature of the wind make kiteboarding a thrilling pursuit. It requires not only physical dexterity but also mental acuity and adaptability. To succeed the rider needs to learn to “go with the flow”, which perfectly encapsulates the ability to embrace and adapt to changing circumstances, riding the wind’s whims with finesse and composure.

Furthermore, kiteboarding fosters a profound connection with nature. Gliding across the water’s surface, one can witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding environment from a unique vantage point. The sport perfectly captures the feeling of being at one with the water, the wind, and the vast expanse of the natural world.

In conclusion, kiteboarding represents the epitome of adventure, skill, and communion with the elements. It offers a symphony of physicality, mental agility, and a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature. To experience the sheer thrill of kiteboarding would be an opportunity to embark on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, where one can truly soar and “ride the wave” of exhilaration and freedom.


Adrenaline rush – A sudden surge of excitement and energy.

Balletic – Graceful and fluid, like the movements of a ballet dancer.

Capricious – Unpredictable or subject to sudden changes.

Daredevil maneuvers – Bold and risky actions or moves.

Embodies – Represents or exemplifies a particular quality or characteristic.

Epitome – A perfect or typical example of something.

Fusion – The process of combining different elements or ideas to create something new.

Idiom – A phrase or expression whose meaning is different from the literal interpretation.

Piqued my interest – Sparked or aroused my curiosity.

Pursuit – The act of striving towards or engaging in an activity or goal.

Vantage point -A position or standpoint that offers a good view or understanding of a situation.

Whims – Sudden or unpredictable desires or impulses.

Describe a sport you like to watch

You should say:
what the sport is
when and where it is held
who you watch it with
and explain why you enjoy watching it

A sport that I thoroughly enjoy watching is basketball. The fast-paced nature, skillful maneuvers, and intense competition make it an incredibly captivating and thrilling game to witness. The combination of athleticism, strategy, and teamwork showcased in basketball never fails to captivate my attention.

One aspect that draws me to basketball is the sheer athleticism displayed by the players. The acrobatic dunks, lightning-fast crossovers, and jaw-dropping jumps leave me in awe. Witnessing players effortlessly glide through the air or execute intricate dribbling moves is a testament to their physical abilities and years of training.

Another element that makes basketball captivating is the strategic aspect of the game. The constant back-and-forth between teams, the strategic plays, and the tactical decisions made by coaches add an intellectual layer to the sport. Observing players anticipate their opponents’ moves, set up plays, and make split-second decisions keeps me engaged throughout the game.

Furthermore, the teamwork required in basketball is truly admirable. Players must communicate effectively, trust their teammates, and work cohesively to achieve a common goal. The chemistry and coordination displayed on the court are a testament to the power of teamwork and the collective effort required to succeed in basketball.

Beyond the physical and strategic aspects, the energy and atmosphere in basketball arenas are electrifying. The passionate fans, the chants, and the intense rivalries create an unforgettable ambiance. The roar of the crowd, especially during critical moments, adds an additional layer of excitement that enhances the overall watching experience.

Overall, basketball is a sport that I thoroughly enjoy watching. The combination of athleticism, strategy, teamwork, and the electric atmosphere in the arenas make it a truly captivating experience. Whether it’s cheering for my favorite team or marveling at the skills of individual players, basketball never fails to entertain and engage me as a spectator.


Acrobatic: Involving impressive agility, balance, or coordination, often with acrobatic movements.

Aesthetic: Concerned with the appreciation of beauty, particularly in art or physical form.

Atmosphere: The overall mood or feeling of a place or environment.

Captivate: To attract and hold the attention or interest of someone.

Chemistry: The harmonious interaction or rapport between individuals or elements in a group.

Collective effort: The combined work or contribution of a group of people toward a common goal.

Competition: The act or process of competing against others in a contest or game.

Coordination: The skillful and efficient organization of different elements or actions.

Electrifying: Thrilling or exciting, often with an intense or charged atmosphere.

Engaged: Fully involved or absorbed in something.

Intellectual: Involving thinking, reasoning, and mental capacity.

Jaw-dropping: Extremely surprising, impressive, or astonishing.

Maneuvers: Skillful movements or actions performed with precision and control.

Skillful: Demonstrating proficiency, expertise, or dexterity in a particular skill or activity.

Strategic: Relating to the planning and execution of long-term goals or tactics to achieve a desired outcome.

Teamwork: Cooperative and collaborative efforts among individuals working together as a team.

Thrilling: Exciting, exhilarating, or causing a surge of adrenaline.

Describe a game you enjoyed playing when you were younger

You should say:
what it was
where and when you played it
how you played it
and explain why you enjoyed playing it.

When I was younger, playing cards was a popular pastime that brought endless entertainment and joy. Whether it was during family gatherings, sleepovers, or lazy afternoons with friends, card games provided hours of fun and friendly competition.

One of the most beloved card games we played was “Go Fish.” It was a simple yet engaging game that required memory, strategy, and a bit of luck. The objective was to collect sets of matching cards by asking opponents if they had a specific rank. If they did, they would hand over all the cards of that rank, and if they didn’t, you would “go fish” and draw a card from the deck. The excitement of trying to collect the most sets kept us engrossed in the game.

Another popular card game we enjoyed was “UNO.” It was a game of strategy, quick thinking, and sometimes even a touch of mischief. The goal was to get rid of all your cards by matching them in color or number with the card on top of the discard pile. The twist came with special action cards, such as “Draw Two,” “Skip,” or “Reverse,” which could turn the game in your favor or against you. The moments of anticipation, laughter, and the occasional “UNO!” shout created a lively and unforgettable experience.

Playing cards also fostered social interaction and bonding. It provided an opportunity to gather around a table, engage in conversations, and share laughter. Card games allowed us to learn about each other’s personalities, discover individual playing styles, and develop friendships. It was a chance to connect with others, create lasting memories, and strengthen our social skills.

Moreover, playing cards taught us valuable life lessons. It honed our patience as we strategized and waited for the perfect moment to play our cards. It also developed our problem-solving skills, as we had to adapt our strategies based on the ever-changing card combinations. Additionally, card games taught us the importance of fair play, good sportsmanship, and the ability to gracefully accept both victories and defeats.

Looking back, playing cards when I was younger was a delightful and enriching experience. It provided entertainment, fostered social bonds, and instilled important life lessons. Whether it was the thrill of collecting sets in “Go Fish” or the strategic gameplay of “UNO,” card games hold a special place in my heart as cherished childhood memories.


Anticipation: A feeling of excitement or expectation about something that is going to happen.

Bonding: The process of forming a close connection or relationship with someone.

Engrossed: Deeply absorbed or fully focused on something.

Fair play: The practice of abiding by the rules and exhibiting sportsmanship in a fair and unbiased manner.

Friendship: A mutual and affectionate relationship between two or more individuals.

Good sportsmanship: Conduct characterized by fairness, respect, and graciousness in competition.

Lively: Full of energy, excitement, or activity.

Mischief: Playful or mildly naughty behavior, often done with a sense of humor.

Patience: The ability to remain calm and composed while waiting for something or dealing with challenging situations.

Problem-solving skills: The ability to analyze and find solutions to problems or challenges.

Quick thinking: The ability to think and respond rapidly in a situation that requires immediate action or decision-making.

Social interaction: Communication and engagement with others in a social setting.

Strategy: A plan or approach designed to achieve a particular goal or outcome.

Touch of: A small amount or hint of something.

Unforgettable: So remarkable or exceptional that it is not easily forgotten.

Describe a long car journey that you went on

You should say:
where you went
what you did there
who you went on the journey with
and say how you felt about the journey

On a warm summer’s day, my friends and I embarked on a car journey that would forever be etched in our memories. With excitement bubbling in our hearts, we set off on an epic road trip, ready to uncover the hidden treasures that awaited us.

As we hit the open road, our eyes were met with a symphony of breathtaking landscapes. Majestic mountains and enchanting coastlines stretched out before us, painting a picture of nature’s grandeur. Each twist and turn in the road revealed a new vista, leaving us in awe of the world’s beauty.

But it wasn’t just the scenery that made this journey unforgettable; it was the bond we forged along the way. In the cozy confines of the car, laughter and chatter filled the air. We shared stories, dreams, and aspirations, deepening our friendships as the miles melted away. The journey became a tapestry of camaraderie, woven with the threads of love and friendship.

As we cruised along, we embraced the spirit of adventure. Spontaneity became our guiding star, leading us down uncharted paths and unexpected detours. Quaint towns beckoned us to explore their hidden charms, while roadside attractions ignited our sense of wonder. And oh, the flavors we discovered! Local cuisines danced on our tongues, tantalizing our taste buds with their unique delights.

Yet amidst the adventure and laughter, the road journey became a voyage of self-discovery. The endless stretches of road invited introspection, allowing me to delve deep into the depths of my soul. Amidst the quiet solitude, I pondered my dreams, aspirations, and the path that lay ahead. It was a transformative experience that granted me a newfound understanding of myself and the world around me.

As the journey came to an end, our hearts were filled with a kaleidoscope of emotions. We had witnessed nature’s magnificence, forged unbreakable bonds, and embarked on a personal odyssey. The memories we created on that road trip became cherished treasures, forever imprinted in the fabric of our lives.

And so, the tale of our memorable car journey lives on, a testament to the power of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery. It serves as a reminder that sometimes, the greatest adventures are found not in the destination but in the journey itself.

High-level language:

Breathtaking vistas: Extremely impressive or stunning views or scenery that take one’s breath away.

Cozy confines: A comfortable and snug space or environment.

Enchanting coastlines: Captivating and magical shorelines or coastal areas.

Forge stronger connections: To build or strengthen relationships or bonds between people.

Hidden gems: Little-known or undiscovered places or things of exceptional value or beauty.

Hit the open road: To start a journey or trip by driving on the open highways.

Kaleidoscope of adventure: A wide range or variety of exciting and thrilling experiences.

Majestic mountains: Grand and impressive mountains that evoke a sense of awe and wonder.

Melting away: To disappear gradually or slowly.

Paint a picture: To vividly describe or depict something.

Pondered my dreams: To deeply consider or reflect upon one’s aspirations or desires.

Roadside attractions: Points of interest or entertainment located near roads or highways.

Symphony of breathtaking landscapes: A harmonious combination of awe-inspiring and magnificent natural scenery.

Tapestry of camaraderie: A rich and intricate fabric woven with the bonds of friendship and mutual trust.

Threads of love: The elements or aspects that create strong affection or deep attachment between individuals.

Twists and turns: Unexpected changes or surprises in a journey or situation.

Uncharted paths: Unknown or unexplored routes or avenues.

Voyage of self-discovery: A personal journey or exploration to gain a deeper understanding of oneself.

Woven with the threads: Intertwined or connected through the elements or qualities mentioned.

Yearned to uncover: To have a strong desire or longing to discover or reveal something.

Describe something you did with a group of people

You should say:
what it was
where you did it
who you’re with
and explain how you felt about it

I’d like to tell you about a really enjoyable experience I had with a group of people. It was a mountain hike to the top. We did it at a state park about an hour away from my city.

I went with a group of friends, about ten of us in total. We had been planning the hike for weeks and were all excited to finally go. When the day came, we all met at the park early in the morning to begin our hike.

The hike was difficult, but it was also breathtakingly beautiful. We hiked through dense forest, over streams, and up rocky trails. We arrived at the summit after a few hours, and the view was breathtaking. In every direction, we could see for miles. It was incredible.

We spent some time at the summit taking photos and admiring the scenery. Following that, we began our descent back down the mountain. The descent was much easier than the ascent, but it was still a great workout.

We finished the hike with a picnic lunch that we had packed. We sat on the grass and ate our food while laughing and chatting. It was a fantastic way to cap off an incredible journey.

On this hike, I had a great time with my friends. It was a difficult, but also beautiful and enjoyable, experience. I felt like we all grew closer as a group, and I couldn’t have spent more time with them. I’m excited to repeat the experience next year.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I felt like I had a great time with my friends. I learned that nature is a powerful way to connect with people and have a good time; I will remember that hike and the memories we made that day for the rest of my life.

Vocabulary List:

Ascent: the action or process of climbing or going up
Breathtaking: extremely impressive
Cap off: to finish or complete something
Close: to become more friendly or intimate with someone
Dense: tightly packed or crowded
Enjoyable: pleasant or fun
Incredible: too good to be true
Journey: a trip or expedition
Memories: a recollection of past events
Planning: the act of making arrangements for something
Packed: filled with a lot of things
State park: a park that is owned and maintained by a state government
Summit: the top of a mountain
Workout: a period of physical exercise.

Describe your first day at school

You should say
where the school was
what happened
who you talked to
explain how you felt on that day?

This topic is a bit tricky because my memory of my schooling is a little rusty. I am going to tell you about my first day of secondary school. It was a big day for me because I was starting high school in a new district at a new school. I was both nervous and excited to embark on this new chapter in my life.

I had to take the bus to get to school because it was in another city. I recall getting up early that morning, dressing, and eating breakfast before heading to the bus stop. I couldn’t even finish my breakfast because I was so nervous.

When I arrived at school, I was greeted by a sea of new faces. I felt like a fish out of water, but I tried to remain optimistic. A friendly upperclassman gave me a tour of the school, which made me feel a little more at ease.

Throughout the day, I met new people and spoke with a variety of students. I made some new friends and even joined a club that piqued my interest. It was at times overwhelming, but I was determined to make the most of my first day.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted but also ecstatic about the start of the new school year. I thought I did well on my first day and was looking forward to the next.

My first day of high school was both terrifying and exciting. I was a little out of my element, but I was determined to make the most of it. I was relieved to have met new people and joined a club that piqued my interest. I was relieved that I had overcome my nerves and had a successful first day.

Vocabulary List:

At ease: relaxed and comfortable
Embark: to begin a journey or undertaking
Enthused: showing or feeling strong excitement or interest
Exhausted: extremely tired
Fish out of water: someone who feels out of place in a particular situation
Nervous: feeling anxious or worried
Optimistic: hopeful and confident about the future
Piqued: aroused or stimulated
Overwhelming: too much to deal with
Optimistic: hopeful and confident about the future
Rusty: old and unused
Tour: a journey or trip through a particular place
Tricky: difficult
Upperclassman: a student in the upper grades of a school, college, or university

Describe a time when you taught a friend or relative something

You should say:
who you taught
what you taught
how you taught him or her
and explain how you felt about it

I want to tell you about the time when I taught my cousin how to bake a cake.

I’ve always been a huge fan of baking and have been doing so for quite some time. One weekend, my cousin came to visit me and mentioned that she wanted to learn how to bake a cake. So I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to teach her.

I showed her how to make a traditional vanilla cake from scratch. We began by gathering and measuring all of the ingredients. Then I explained the importance of precision in baking and the importance of following the recipe exactly. We combined the ingredients and she assisted me in pouring the batter into the cake pan.

The cake was then placed in the oven and allowed to bake. Meanwhile, we made the frosting. I showed her how to make a traditional buttercream frosting and how to decorate the cake.

We removed the cake from the oven and set it aside to cool. We frosted and decorated the cake together after it had cooled. She was overjoyed to see the finished product, and I must say, it was fantastic!

I was very proud of her and pleased that I could share my passion for baking with her. It was a wonderful bonding experience, and it was wonderful to see her so enthusiastic about something she had created herself.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. I felt good about sharing my passion with someone and assisting them in learning something new. I was overjoyed to be able to assist my cousin, and I was overjoyed that we were able to bond over something as simple as baking a cake.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Baking: the activity of cooking food in an oven using a recipe
Batter: a mixture of ingredients that is poured or spooned into a cake tin before baking
Bonding: the formation of a close relationship
Decorate: to add designs or ornaments to (something) in order to make it more attractive
Enthusiastic: having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval
Frosting: a sweet and creamy coating applied to cakes or pastries
Huge fan of: really keen on something
Overjoyed: extremely happy and excited
Precision: the quality of being accurate and exact
Recipe: a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required
Scratch: made from raw materials rather than from pre-prepared ingredients

Describe a historical period that you are interested in

You should say:
what the historical period is
how you know about it
what happened during that period
and explain why you find it interesting

I want to tell you about a historical period that fascinates me called The Renaissance.

In high school, I first learned about the Renaissance in history class. I was captivated by the period’s art, science, and culture. The Renaissance era in Europe saw the emergence of many new ideas and ways of thinking.

Art and science flourished during the Renaissance. Masterpieces were being created by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and grand structures such as St. Peter’s Basilica were being designed by architects. Discoveries about the natural world were being made by scientists such as Galileo and Copernicus. There was also a revitalization of interest in classical literature and philosophy.

What fascinates me about the Renaissance is how it marked a watershed moment in human history. People began to question the status quo and think for themselves at this time. It was a period of great innovation and creativity that laid the groundwork for many of the advances we have today.

I’m also interested in the Renaissance because of the art and culture of the time. I’m particularly taken with the period’s art, which was incredibly realistic and detailed. The Renaissance artists were able to capture the human form in ways that had never been seen before. I’m also drawn to the grand and ornate architecture of the time.

Overall, I find the Renaissance to be a fascinating historical period. The art, science, and culture of the time were revolutionary, and the ideas and innovations that emerged during this period continue to have an impact on the world today. It’s fascinating to me how it was a watershed moment in human history when people began to question the status quo and think for themselves. I’m also interested in the period’s art, science, and culture, as well as how it influenced the world today.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Classical literature: literature from ancient Greece and Rom
Copernicus: a Polish astronomer and mathematician who proposed that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun
Galileo: an Italian astronomer, physicist, and mathematician who lived during the Renaissance period
Innovations: new ideas, methods, or products
Masterpieces: a work of art that is considered to be of the highest quality
Ornate: decorated with elaborate and intricate details
Philosophy: the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence
Renaissance: a cultural and intellectual movement that began in Italy in the 14th century and spread throughout Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries
Status quo: the existing state of affairs
St. Peter’s Basilica: a large church located in Vatican City, Rome, built during the Renaissance period

Watershed moment: a significant event that marks a turning point in history.

Describe something you did that made you feel proud

you should say:
what you did
when you did it
how difficult it was
and explain why it made you feel proud

I want  to tell you about something I did recently that made me extremely proud. I completed a half marathon. I had been training for months, and it was a significant personal achievement for me.

I decided to run the half marathon to test myself and push my limits. I began training for it in the summer, and it has been a difficult journey. I had to get up early to run before work and give up a lot of my free time to train. But I was determined to complete it.

The half marathon day had finally arrived, and I was a nervous wreck. I felt like I had done everything I could to prepare and was ready to give it my all. I started running, and it was difficult, but I persisted. I had some setbacks, but I never gave up. I kept going until I reached the finish line.

It was an amazing feeling, and I was so proud of myself for finishing it. I had never run that far or pushed myself that hard before. It was a huge achievement for me, and I felt like I could accomplish anything.

It made me proud because I set a goal for myself and accomplished it. It was difficult and time-consuming, and I felt as tired as a dog but I succeeded. It was a true testament to my perseverance and fortitude. It also served as a reminder that I am capable of accomplishing anything I set my mind to.

Overall, it was a huge accomplishment that made me extremely proud. It reminded me that I am capable of accomplishing anything, and that hard work and determination will pay off in the end. It was an unforgettable experience that I will never forget.

List of vocabulary with explanations

half marathon: a long-distance race with a distance of 21.0975 k
fortitude: strength of mind that enables a person to face adversity with courage.
personal achievement: an accomplishment that is significant to an individual
perseverance: the ability to continue trying to do something despite difficulty or failure
setback: an obstacle or disappointment that hinders progress
tired as a dog: really tired
training: the process of preparing for an event or activity through exercise and practice

Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young

You should say:
what it was
where you did it
who you did it with
and explain why you enjoyed it

I want to tell you about an activity I used to enjoy when I was younger. It was playing with my dolls and making up imaginary worlds for them. I’d spend hours in my room setting up various scenes and settings for my dolls to play in.

I used to do this activity in my room, where I had a special corner for my dolls. I had a small table and chairs, a miniature kitchen, and even a dollhouse. I used to spend hours rearranging furniture and decorating the dollhouse in order to create different scenes for my dolls to play in.

I did this activity by myself, but I enjoyed it because it allowed me to use my imagination to create my own little world. I would make up stories and scenarios for my dolls to act out as a way to escape reality and have fun. I also enjoyed playing with my dolls because it allowed me to express my creativity and give me control over my own little world.

This activity was a lot of fun for me because it allowed me to be creative and use my imagination. It was also a way for me to unwind and get away from the stresses of daily life. I enjoyed having complete control over my own little world. It allowed me to express myself while also having fun.

Even though I am now older, I recall fondly playing with my dolls and creating my own worlds. It was a unique experience that I will always remember and cherish. I believe it is critical for children to participate in activities that allow them to use their imaginations and express themselves. It allows them to escape reality and have fun. That’s exactly what it was for me: a lot of fun.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Cherish: highly value
Complete control: having full authority or power over something
Creativity: the ability to use imagination and original ideas to make or do something new
Decorate: to add beauty or elegance to something
Imagination: the ability to form mental images or concepts of things not present to the senses
Make up: to invent or create a story or scenario
Miniature: very small in size
Rearrange: to change the position of something
Scenario: a series of events or a situation that is imagined or predicted
Stress: a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances
Unwind: to relax or become less tense

Describe the daily routine you enjoyed

you should say:
what it is
when you do it
where you do it
and explain why you enjoy doing

I would like to tell you about my morning yoga practice. I usually do it as soon as I wake up, before I begin my day. I do it in my living room, where I have a mat and plenty of room to move.

I’ve been doing yoga for a few years and it’s become a part of my daily routine. It helps me to get my day started on the right foot. It enables me to wake up my body and clear my mind before facing the ups and downs of the day ahead.

To wake up my muscles and get my blood flowing, I usually begin my practice with some gentle stretches. Then I progress to more difficult poses, such as warrior and crow. These poses help me to build strength and balance. I also like to end my practice with some relaxation poses, such as child’s pose, to prepare for the day.

I enjoy my morning yoga practice because it gives me energy and focus. It’s a great way to start the day and set the tone for the rest of it. Yoga also helps me to stay mindful and present throughout the day.

Overall, I enjoy my morning yoga practice and look forward to it every day. It’s a simple, yet effective way to begin my day and set a positive tone for the rest of it. It makes me feel energized, focused, and mindful, which is why I love it. I believe that having a daily routine that you enjoy is important because it makes it more likely that you will stick to it and reap the benefits in the long run.

List of vocabulary with explanations

Cherish: highly value
Daily routine: a set of activities that are regularly done at a specific time
Mindful: paying attention to the present moment
Pose: a specific position of the body in yoga
Relaxation: the state of being calm and free from stress
ups and downs: good and bad things
Yoga: a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India.

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.

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?

Describe a positive change that you made in your life

You should say:
what change you made
when you made it
why you made it
and explain how you feel about the change.

I’d like to talk about how becoming a better listener has improved my relationship with others.

Three years ago I read a book called “The Power of Positive Thinking” and one of the chapters was all about listening. The writer pointed out that many people don’t pay enough attention to what their friends or colleagues say. It made me think about myself. Once or twice some people had told me that I did not seem to be paying attention to them when we spoke together, but now they are no longer on my back about this because of the changes I made. Most importantly, I decided to try hard to focus when I was in conversation with anyone which showed them that I valued what they had to say. Following the ideas in this amazing book really helped me. Now I take the time, not just to listen to people but to try to understand them and assist them. Some self-help guides are a dime a dozen but following the advice given in this one has made me a better man.

In short, this positive change has helped me in a number of ways.  Firstly, I have become more patient. Additionally, I have developed a reputation as a caring person and finally, I am able to better understand other people’s problems. I am so glad I read this book and I have recommended it to many others.


Describe an occasion when you spent time with a child

You should say:
who the child was
what you did together
when you did it
and explain how you felt

Allow me to share a heartwarming experience when I had the opportunity to spend time with a delightful child, creating cherished memories and fostering a special bond. It was during a volunteer program where I had the chance to engage with young children at a local orphanage. The orphanage was a haven of laughter, innocence, and resilience. The children’s radiant smiles and eager anticipation filled the air as we embarked on a day filled with activities and joyous moments.

One of the most memorable aspects of the day was the child’s infectious enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. Their eyes sparkled with wonder as we embarked on various activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling, and outdoor games. Their genuine laughter and uninhibited joy were contagious, creating an atmosphere of pure bliss.

Another reason why I remember this child so vividly is because the child’s imagination and creativity were awe-inspiring. Together, we built towering sandcastles on the beach of their dreams and painted vibrant masterpieces on blank canvases. Witnessing their uninhibited self-expression and the sheer delight they found in the simplest of activities reminded me of the power of imagination and the beauty of embracing the present moment.

In addition to the playful activities, I had the opportunity to engage in heartfelt conversations with the child. Through their innocent insights and genuine curiosity, we explored a world of possibilities and shared stories that transcended age and experience. It was a reminder of the profound impact genuine connection and attentive listening can have on nurturing a child’s growth and well-being.

Moreover, spending time with the child allowed me to witness the resilience and strength they possessed despite the challenges they had faced. Their unwavering spirit and ability to find joy in the smallest of moments inspired me deeply. It reinforced the importance of providing love, support, and opportunities for every child to thrive and fulfill their potential.

Overall, this occasion when I spent time with a child at the local orphanage was a profoundly meaningful experience. The child’s infectious enthusiasm, boundless imagination, and resilient spirit touched my heart and left an indelible mark. It highlighted the importance of providing love, care, and opportunities for all children, and it served as a reminder of the joy and fulfillment that can be found in their presence.

List of high-level language and idiomatic expressions:

Attentive listening – giving full and focused attention to someone.
Awe-inspiring – inspiring feelings of wonder and admiration.
Boundless curiosity – limitless desire to explore and learn.
Cherished memories – precious and unforgettable moments.
Eager anticipation – excited and enthusiastic expectation.
Fostering a special bond – nurturing and developing a unique connection.
Genuine connection – an authentic and heartfelt bond.
Heartwarming experience – a deeply touching and emotionally uplifting event.
Haven of laughter – a place filled with joy and happiness.
Indelible mark – a lasting impression.
Infectious enthusiasm – enthusiasm that spreads to others.
Profound impact – a deep and significant influence.
Radiant smiles – bright and glowing expressions of happiness.
Sheer delight – complete and unadulterated happiness.
Thrive and fulfill their potential – to grow and achieve their best.
Uninhibited joy – pure and unrestricted happiness.
Unwavering spirit – a strong and unwavering determination.

Describe an occasion when you received some incorrect information

You should say:
when it happened
what the information was
how you learned the information was incorrect
and say how you felt about the experience

Let me recount an occasion when I was given misleading information, which led to a series of unexpected consequences. It was during a business conference where I received incorrect details about a crucial client meeting, resulting in confusion and a missed opportunity.

To set the scene, the conference was bustling with industry professionals and renowned experts. Amidst the whirlwind of presentations and networking, I overheard a colleague discussing the client meeting I was scheduled to attend. Unfortunately, the information I gathered from this conversation turned out to be inaccurate.

The incorrect information I received was regarding the meeting’s location. I was informed that the meeting would take place in a different building, which led me to rush there in a flurry of anticipation. However, upon arriving at the designated location, I discovered that the meeting had, in fact, been relocated back to the conference venue due to unforeseen circumstances.

Furthermore, the misinformation extended beyond the location. I was also misinformed about the meeting’s time, as I was given an earlier start time than was actually scheduled. Unaware of the discrepancy, I arrived well in advance, only to find an empty room and no signs of the client or my colleagues. It was an embarrassing and disconcerting moment, as I realized the consequences of relying on inaccurate information.

In addition to the confusion and missed opportunity, the incorrect information also affected my professional reputation. As I waited in the wrong location, I missed the chance to connect with the client and engage in meaningful discussions. The client was left disappointed, and my colleagues were understandably perplexed by my absence at the crucial meeting. It was a valuable lesson on the importance of verifying information and seeking clarification to avoid such misunderstandings.

Moreover, the experience taught me the significance of effective communication and accurate information sharing. I realized the need for clear channels of communication, double-checking details, and verifying information with reliable sources. This incident served as a reminder that accurate information is the cornerstone of successful decision-making and professional relationships.

This occasion when I received incorrect information at the business conference had far-reaching consequences. The incorrect details regarding the meeting’s location and time led to confusion, a missed opportunity, and a dent in my professional reputation. However, it also served as a valuable lesson on the importance of accurate communication, verifying information, and the impact of misinformation in the professional sphere.

List of high-level language and idiomatic expressions:

Misleading information – false or incorrect details that can lead to misunderstanding or confusion.
Unexpected consequences – unforeseen or unintended outcomes or results.
Busting with industry professionals – filled with a large number of professionals from the industry.
Whirlwind of presentations – a fast-paced and intense series of presentations.
Inaccurate information – information that is not correct or reliable.
Flurry of anticipation – a state of excitement or eagerness.
Relying on – depending on or trusting something or someone.
Discrepancy – a difference or inconsistency between two or more things.
Embarrassing and disconcerting moment – a situation that causes feelings of embarrassment and unease.
Missed opportunity – a chance or occasion that was not taken advantage of or utilized.
Professional reputation – the perception or esteem in which one is regarded in a professional context.
Perplexed by – confused or puzzled by something.
Valuable lesson – an important and insightful experience that teaches a significant principle or concept.
Cornerstone of – a fundamental or essential element or principle.
Dent in – a slight damage or impact on something.

Describe an important decision you made

You should say:
what the decision was
where you were
how you made the decision
and explain why it was difficult to make

I’m going to share with you an important decision that has shaped the course of my life. It was the decision to pursue higher education abroad. This momentous choice opened up a world of opportunities and propelled me towards personal and professional growth.

First and foremost, the decision to study abroad was a leap of faith, a step into the unknown. Leaving behind the familiarity of my home country and venturing into a foreign land required courage and determination. However, I was driven by a deep desire to expand my horizons, gain a global perspective, and challenge myself in an international academic setting.

Furthermore, the decision to study abroad was fueled by the quest for knowledge and excellence. I recognized that by immersing myself in a different educational system, I would gain access to world-class resources, renowned faculty, and diverse perspectives. It was an opportunity to push the boundaries of my intellectual capacity and unlock my full potential.

In addition to the academic benefits, the decision to study abroad presented a chance for personal growth and cultural immersion. Living in a different country meant embracing new customs, traditions, and ways of life. It provided a fertile ground for self-discovery, adaptability, and cross-cultural understanding. It allowed me to broaden my worldview, challenge my preconceived notions, and develop a sense of global citizenship.

Moreover, the decision to study abroad was an investment in my future. I recognized that obtaining an international degree would enhance my career prospects, open doors to global job opportunities, and increase my marketability in a competitive world. It was a strategic move to gain a competitive edge and position myself for success in a rapidly evolving global economy.

To sum up, the decision to pursue higher education abroad was a pivotal moment in my life. It required courage, ambition, and a thirst for knowledge. It provided me with invaluable experiences, expanded my perspectives, and equipped me with the skills necessary to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world. Looking back, I am grateful for the decision I made, as it has shaped me into the person I am today.

List of high-level language and idiomatic expressions:

Challenge myself – push myself beyond my comfort zone and overcome obstacles.
Cross-cultural understanding – comprehension and appreciation of different cultures.
Deep desire – a strong and intense longing or aspiration.
Expand my horizons – broaden my knowledge and experiences.
Fertile ground – a favorable environment for growth and development.
Gain a global perspective – develop an understanding of global issues and viewpoints.
Increase my marketability – enhance my attractiveness and competitiveness in the job market.
Leap of faith – taking a risk or making a decision without knowing the outcome.
Open up a world of opportunities – create numerous possibilities and chances for success.
Personal and professional growth – advancement and development on both personal and career fronts.
Position myself for success – prepare myself to achieve success in the future.
Propel towards – move or push forward in a specific direction.
Quest for knowledge – a strong desire to seek and acquire knowledge.
Step into the unknown – embark on a new and unfamiliar journey.
Unlock my full potential – realize and utilize my complete abilities and talents.

Describe a childhood experience that you enjoyed

You should say:
where it was
what you did
who you were with
and explain why you enjoyed it

Well, let me take you back to my childhood, a time filled with boundless wonder and enchantment. One experience that stands out in my memory is the annual summer camping trip my family and I embarked on. It was a treasured tradition that brought us closer together and allowed us to immerse ourselves in nature’s embrace.

The camping trip was like a breath of fresh air, a much-needed respite from the bustling city life. As we drove into the wilderness, leaving behind the concrete jungle, a sense of liberation washed over me. The scent of pine trees filled the air, and the serenade of chirping birds welcomed us to our temporary haven.

Furthermore, the camping adventure was a gateway to a world of exploration and discovery. We would spend our days hiking through lush forests, scaling rugged trails, and stumbling upon hidden meadows. It felt as if we were explorers charting new territories, forging our own path amidst the wilderness.

In addition to the natural wonders, the camping experience was brimming with camaraderie and shared moments. As the sun set, we gathered around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and exchanging stories. The crackling flames cast a warm glow on our faces as laughter filled the air. These were the moments that etched themselves into my heart, creating memories that have lasted a lifetime.

Moreover, the camping trip was a feast for the senses. The aroma of sizzling barbecue, the crisp night air, and the starlit sky transported us to a different realm. We would lay on our backs, gazing up at the constellations, lost in the vastness of the universe. It was a humbling experience that reminded us of our place in the grand tapestry of life.

To sum up, the childhood camping trip was a captivating and awe-inspiring adventure. It provided an escape from the ordinary, a chance to reconnect with nature and with loved ones. The memories of those carefree days continue to bring a smile to my face, and they serve as a reminder of the simple joys that childhood offers.

List of high-level language and idiomatic expressions:

Boundless wonder – an immense sense of amazement and fascination.
Brought us closer together – strengthened our bonds and relationships.
Concrete jungle – a metaphorical term for a heavily urbanized and populated area.
Immersed ourselves in – deeply involved or engaged in.
Serenade of chirping birds – a melodic chorus of bird sounds.
Gateway to a world of exploration and discovery – an opportunity to explore and discover new things.
Charting new territories – exploring unexplored or unknown areas.
Camaraderie – a spirit of friendship, trust, and mutual support among a group.
Etched themselves into my heart – deeply engraved in one’s memories or emotions.
Feast for the senses – a delightful and immersive experience that stimulates the senses.
Cracking flames – the sound made by burning flames.
Cast a warm glow – created a comforting and inviting atmosphere.
Etch in one’s heart – to make a lasting impression.
Vastness of the universe – the immense size and scale of the cosmos.
Grand tapestry of life – the interconnectedness and complexity of existence.

Describe an occasion when you got lost

You should say:
where it was,
what happened
how you found your way
and explain how you felt

Well, I must say that getting lost on an occasion was quite an unforgettable experience that left me feeling bewildered and disoriented. It happened during my recent trip to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan.

Allow me to set the scene for you. It was a sweltering summer day, and I decided to explore the vibrant streets of Tokyo. Being an intrepid traveler, I ventured into the heart of the city, eager to immerse myself in its rich cultural tapestry. Little did I know that I was about to embark on an unintended adventure.

As I strolled through the labyrinthine alleys of Tokyo’s vibrant neighborhood, I was captivated by the mesmerizing blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels. The towering skyscrapers, illuminated neon signs, and bustling crowds created a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. I felt like a tiny speck engulfed in the vastness of this metropolis.

In my eagerness to explore, I took a wrong turn at an intricate junction, inadvertently straying from the path I had planned. Suddenly, I found myself in an unfamiliar maze of narrow lanes, each seemingly indistinguishable from the other. Panic started to creep in as I realized that I had become disoriented in this concrete jungle.

Time seemed to stretch as I frantically tried to retrace my steps and find my way back. I approached locals for directions, but the language barrier added another layer of complexity to the situation. However, I was determined not to let this setback dampen my spirits.

Eventually, after what felt like an eternity, I stumbled upon a hidden gem of a park tucked away amidst the towering structures. It was a tranquil oasis in the midst of chaos, offering solace and a much-needed respite. The park provided me with an opportunity to gather my thoughts, recalibrate my bearings, and regain my composure.

In hindsight, getting lost turned out to be a serendipitous adventure, offering me a glimpse into the hidden corners of Tokyo that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. It taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of embracing the unexpected.

In conclusion, the occasion when I got lost in Tokyo was a humbling experience that showcased the unpredictability of travel. It reminded me that even in the face of uncertainty, there is always room for personal growth and the discovery of hidden treasures.

List of High-Level Language and Idiomatic Expressions:

Unforgettable experience: A memorable or remarkable event that remains vivid in one’s memory.

Bewildered and disoriented: Feeling confused and lacking direction or clarity.

Bustling metropolis: A busy and vibrant city.

Intrepid traveler: A fearless and adventurous person who loves to explore.

Cultural tapestry: The diverse and intricate combination of cultural elements.

Labyrinthine alleys: Intricate and confusing narrow streets or passageways.

Mesmerizing blend: A captivating and enchanting combination.

Kaleidoscope of sights and sounds: A vibrant and varied array of visual and auditory experiences.

Concrete jungle: A metaphorical term for a city characterized by its vast expanse of buildings and urban landscape.

Language barrier: A difficulty in communication caused by a lack of shared language or understanding.

Hidden gem: A place or thing that is exceptionally beautiful or unique but not widely known.

Resilience and adaptability: The ability to recover and adjust in the face of challenges or changing circumstances.

Serendipitous adventure: An unexpected and fortunate discovery or experience.

Glimpse into: A brief insight or view of something.

Embracing the unexpected: Accepting and welcoming unforeseen events or outcomes.

Describe a time you were late for a meeting

You should say:
what the meeting was for
when the meeting was
where the meeting was
and explain why you were late

I just wanted to tell you about a time when I was late for a meeting. The meeting was for a project I was working on with a team at my job. The meeting was scheduled for 9 AM on a Monday morning. The meeting was held in the conference room at my office.

I was running late because I had overslept and woke up later than I expected. I rushed to get ready and didn’t realize how much time I was losing until it was too late. I panicked and tried to hurry but ended up getting stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the office. I knew I was going to be late, but I didn’t know how late I would be.

When I arrived at the office, the meeting had already started, and I was over 20 minutes late. I apologized to my team and my manager for my tardiness. I explained that I had overslept and had trouble getting out of the house on time. My team and manager were understanding, and we were able to continue the meeting.

I felt terrible for being late and knew that it was entirely my fault. I felt guilty for letting my team down and for wasting their time. I felt embarrassed to have to explain my lateness. I really cant stand it when others are late and now I had done it!

In the end, it was a valuable lesson for me to learn. I realized the importance of time management and being punctual. I learned that oversleeping and underestimating the time it takes to get ready is not an excuse for being late. From then on, I made sure to set my alarm earlier, so I wouldn’t oversleep and be late for any important meetings.

vocabulary list with explanations:

can’t stand it: can not tolerate
conference room: a room set aside for meetings with a group of people
embarrassed: feeling ashamed or self-conscious
fault: responsibility for a mistake or problem
guilty: feeling responsible for doing something wrong
overslept: to sleep longer than intended or scheduled
punctual: arriving or doing something at the expected or agreed-upon time
tardiness: the state of being late
time management: the ability to plan and organize how to spend one’s time effectively
traffic jam: a road blocked by traffic

Describe a piece of good news that you heard about someone you know well

You should say:
what it was
when you heard it
how you knew it
and explain how you felt about it

I want to tell you know about some good news I heard about someone I know well. My best friend was accepted into her dream college. I found out about it last week when she called to tell me.

My best friend and I have been through a lot together over the years. She has always been intensely focused on her studies and has worked tirelessly to achieve her objectives. I was overjoyed for her when she told me she had applied to her dream college and hoped she would be accepted.

I was overjoyed when she called to tell me she had been accepted. I was overjoyed for her and knew it was a huge accomplishment for her. I could hear the joy in her voice and knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her.

I was overjoyed for her and proud of her accomplishment. I know she’s worked extremely hard to get to this point, and I’m thrilled that her efforts have paid off. It’s amazing to see someone you care about succeed, and I know this is only the beginning for her.

I’m also happy for her because I know this college will be a good fit for her and help her achieve even more in the future. She’s always been very enthusiastic about her studies, and I know she’ll do well at this college.

Overall, I was overjoyed to learn the good news about my best friend. I’m so proud of her and know she’ll excel at college. It’s incredible to see someone you care about achieve their goals, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her.


Accomplishment: something that is achieved through hard work or effort
Enthusiastic: showing or having strong excitement and interest
Good fit: suitable or appropriate for a particular person or situation
Incredible: impossible to believe; extraordinary
Intensely: with great force or energy
Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness
Once-in-a-lifetime: a rare opportunity
Overjoyed: extremely happy
Pay off: to produce a desired result
Proud: feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions
Succeed: to achieve a desired result or goal
Tireless: done without stopping or resting
Thrilled: extremely excited or delighted

Describe a complaint that you made and were satisfied with the result

you should say:
when it happened
who you complaint to
what you complained about
and explain why you are satisfied

I recently filed a complaint and was extremely pleased with the outcome. It happened just a few weeks ago, while I was on a flight. I had reserved a seat in economy class, but when I boarded, I discovered that my seat was damaged and uncomfortable. I

I approached the flight attendant right away and expressed my dissatisfaction with the seat. She listened to my complaint and offered to move me to a different seat without hesitation. Her prompt response and willingness to assist me impressed me.

I was upgraded to premium economy class, which was more comfortable and had more legroom. I was very pleased with the outcome and felt that my complaint was taken seriously and promptly addressed.

I was pleased with the outcome because the flight attendant listened to my complaint and acted quickly to resolve the problem. She was friendly and professional throughout the entire process, going above and beyond to ensure my comfort for the remainder of my flight.

I believe it is critical for businesses to have a process in place to handle complaints and employees who are trained to handle them effectively. In this case, the flight attendant handled my complaint flawlessly, and I had the impression that my concerns were taken seriously. As a customer, I felt respected and valued, which is why I am pleased with the outcome.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I was extremely pleased with the way my complaint was handled. Because of the excellent customer service I received, I would definitely recommend this airline to others. Companies must have a process in place to handle complaints and employees who are trained to deal with them effectively, and they did so in this case.

vocabulary list with explanations:

complaint – to express dissatisfaction or a problem to someone
flight attendant – a person whose job is to take care of passengers on an airplane
going above and beyond: going beyond what is expected or required in a situation
handle – to deal with a situation or problem
impression – an idea or opinion about something or someone
industries – a particular sector of economic activity
outcome – the result of an event or situation
process – a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular result
prompt – done or happening quickly
upgraded – to improve or increase the quality or value of something

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.

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.

Describe a time when you helped a child

You should say:
when it was
how you helped
why you helped
and how you felt about helping this child.

I’d like talk about an occasion when I was able to solve a big problem for my seven year old cousin.

Two years ago I was at my friend’s apartment where she was hosting a birthday party for her little sister, with about twenty young guests attending. My cousin was one of them. Before the party started, she was sat at the kitchen table with friends when she accidentally knocked over some tomato ketchup. Sadly, it went all over her pretty white party dress. She immediately started sobbing.

By chance, only a few days earlier I had been reading an article online about removing stains of this kind. The technique involved mixing toothpaste, vinegar and baking soda. I spread the paste over the stain and at first, it looked worse than before. However, I then put a towel on top of the dress and applied firm pressure. On lifting the towel away we were all overjoyed to see that the stain had gone completely. Rachel was so thrilled that she was able to go to the party.

My friend joked with me that I should start my own website to give people cleaning tips. As for me, I was just so pleased that I was able to get my cousin out of a hole.

In short, being able to lend a hand at that time was very rewarding and I will never forget how happy Rachel was that day. Even today she often mentions it to me and we both smile.

Describe a time when you saw a lot of plastic waste

You should say:
where you saw the plastic waste
when you saw it
what you did after you saw the waste
and explain how you felt about it.

I’d like to talk about a sea fishing boat trip I went on four years ago when I saw something that made me very upset.

We had been on the boat on the Ocean not far from the coast for about two hours when we came across a horrible sight. It was like a whole island made of plastic bags, bottles and covid masks which had all somehow been pushed together on the sea. I was so shocked when I saw this and I knew already that the plastic was not biodegradable and that it would be there in the ocean for many years to come unless people managed to do something about it.

My friend on the boat was also upset about it so he organised a large party of people to clean up this mess. It was hard work and took about week with more than a dozen boats to make a real impact in getting rid of the waste. At times the sun was very hot and it was hard work to bring that plastic onto the boats and to eventually get rid of it. I felt really alive and happy to be doing something to clean up the mess but at the same time it also made me feel dismayed that people had never nipped this problem in the bud and stopped that amount of waste from building up.

While I was very sad to see this plastic waste, it was great to be part of a team of people trying to do something about it.

In short, it was an eye-opening experience to be involved in the cleanup and I will never forget it and will also recommend to my friends that they volunteer at some time to be part of clean up,

Describe an occasion when someone gave you positive advice about your work/study

You should say:
who the person is
what the advice was
how the advice affected you
and explain how you felt about the advice.

I’d like to talk about a time when my friend gave me some amazing revision tips before my exams at school.
I had really struggled with retaining information and started to feel my brain was like a leaky bucket. I really had no idea how I was going to remember enough facts to get through the tests. My good buddy Tony did not seem worried about the exams at all and he told me it was because of a new study and memory technique that he had learned. When he shared this idea with me, I was skeptical but willing to try it.
It involved three stages. Firstly, taking detailed notes from the material to be learned. Next, writing down random words from those notes, and finally cutting it down again to just a handful of words. These few words triggered my memory of the bigger list, which brought recall of the detailed notes. I found that this way of studying really worked and it became much easier for me to learn and retain important information. There are many ideas online for improving our study efficiency and most of them are a dime a dozen but this technique worked like magic for me. When Tony first told me about it I thought he was pulling my leg but it actually changed my life.
In short, this idea is a great time saver, has helped me to improve my efficiency and eased my pre-exam anxiety. I have already recommended it to a number of friends.

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

40 thoughts on “Speaking Test Questions with model answers”

  1. It’s great that so much information that can help us all is readily available. My pupils have been reporting questions, so I’ve taken the time to draft some sample responses. This is not an approved set of questions. The questions on the actual exam will be different, and these are just for practice. Students have reported the following topics to me. These are meant merely as examples of possible questions on the exam. I’m thrilled to have found such a gem of a piece of writing. Come across Edutrainex.com and hope you can visit this too to get more information.

  2. Dear Mike,

    I wanted to express my appreciation for your dedicated website, where you generously share your highly sophisticated experiences.

    As someone who has been preparing for the IELTS test, I have encountered difficulties with the speaking section. In order to address this challenge, I have developed an AI-based voice chat system called vChat (https://v-chat.app/).

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  3. Greetings 🖖 Mike,

    Best wishes buddy, Wanting to get an idea 💡 of when you plan on posting upcoming IELTS questions for May-Aug 2023. Great 👍 informative posts you always have, top notch quality.

    Thank you 😊

  4. Happy New Year Mike wish you very well. Was wondering 💭 when do you think your start posting the Jan-April 2023 IELTS questions. I know it’s a bit early but your posts are always on point. Thank you Peter

  5. Greetings, I would like to have your syllabus for the month of October and November because I will be sitting for IELTS exam by November.

  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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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


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