IELTS Speaking Test Part 1
Where are you from?
I'm originally from a small village in the north of the country, but my family moved here to the city when I was very young.
Where do you live?
At the moment I'm living with some friends, here in the city.
Is it an apartment or a house?
I'm sharing a rented apartment with some friends. It's in an old apartment block in the central district here in the city, on the 7th floor so its got a tremendous view. We've known each other since we were at university so it works out well and we all get on together.
What kind of accommodation do you prefer?
Well, I like where I stay at the moment, but ideally I'd like to have my own house someday in the future, with a garden. I prefer a house because normally you have more space. I would also like to live in a quieter neighborhood as the city centre can be quite noisy sometimes.
Would you like to stay in a big house/small house? Why?
A big house, with a big garden and lots of space. I like spending time in the garden of my parent's house, it's so peaceful. I also love dogs, so I think it's better to have lots of space for them to run and play without needing to go out in the street.
In your country do people use boats?
Yes, there are all kinds of boats, for personal use and commercial use. They're very common on the coast.
What do they use boats for?
Lots of businesses use boats, or ships, to transport their goods to other countries and I have several friends whose families have small boats for using in their leisure time, mainly at weekends, they go fishing or diving or sometimes just to sail around the coast and visit one of the many fishing villages that you can find.
Would you like to own a boat?
Yes, one day in the future maybe. It's a great way to relax and see something different and it's nice and healthy being out on the water for an afternoon.
What would you do with a boat?
I think I'd do the same as most people here, go fishing and diving, take my friends along with me, maybe take some food and drink with us and have a picnic or sail round the coast and explore a bit.
Would you shop online or in a store for a boat?
I'd probably do some research online first, you know, about different models and specifications, and then go to a dealer and actually look at any boat that I was interested in. Obviously I'd want to take it for a test drive and make sure that I like it before buying it.
If I found a boat I liked and wanted to buy then I would try to find it at the best price so maybe I'd buy it online or maybe from a local boat dealer depending on the best price I could get.
Have you ever been dissatisfied with an online purchase?
No, I've never had a bad experience with anything I've bought online. But I don't buy many things normally. I've had more disappointing experiences with online banking than buying products or other services.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 2
IELTS Cue Card | An interesting websiteA couple of months ago I found an interesting site while I was looking for help to prepare for the IELTS tests, the site is by the British Council and is called TakeIELTS. I think it is a good site and I found it when I was searching for resources to practice for the exam.
It has lots of helpful information, IELTS practice tests and videos of IELTS candidates giving advice and tips about how to do different things in the test. It's very comprehensive and there are even full IELTS preparation courses online if you pay a subscription charge.
The site helped me learn all about the format of the exam, the different sections and skills that are tested and I got to see lots of examples of the types of questions that are used in the IELTS test. Before I started to prepare for the exam I didn't really know anything about it.
None of my friends had done it before and there weren't any preparation courses that I could attend because I work a lot and couldn't make the schedule of the classes. I think I learned most about the IELTS test from that website, even though I found some other sources for material and information on the internet also.
After spending quite a lot of time on the site I had a very good idea of what was involved in the IELTS test and what skills I needed to develop. It was very informative, but I wish they had some more videos of the actual IELTS speaking test showing real people doing the interview.
I found some videos like that on YouTube and I thought they were very informative and helped me learn more about what to do during the IELTS speaking test. Overall though I think it's one of the best sites that I came across while looking for IELTS resources.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 3
Do you think usage of the internet is different for different age groups?
Yes, very different. For example, I use it for almost everything, evryday. I do my banking on the internet. I use it to shop and find information, to do research for projects and I also use it for fun and entertainement too, not to mention keepig in touch with all my frineds on Facebook and things like that.
I think older people use the internet more for different things, for example, my parents use it to email their frineds and keep in touch with my sister who is studying in Australia at the moment. They sometimes use video to call her, but mainly they like to write all their news and send it in an email.
In general I think most older people don't like spending so much time in front of a computer whereas younger people probably get most of their information and entertainment through the internet either on their laptops or other mobile devices.
Do you think the government should consider educating elderly people to become computer-literate?
No, not really. It's a personal thing I think. Not everybody wants to or needs to be computer literate, they just need to learn the basics of email and maybe how to pay things online, like bills.
I think most kids are happy to show or help their parents if necessary and my grandparents, for example, just aren't interested in searching the web for information. They like to do things the way they have always done - by speaking to a person and asking questions.
They know how to use email though. It might be a good idea if the government made basic computer classes available for anybody who wanted to learn - but I don't think there is a need to plan a large scale national computer literacy curriculum or anything like that.
Can we live without the internet?
Well, we used to live without it, just like we lived without the car and color television. But nowadays everything is based on the internet. Business, commerce, banking, shopping, education, social interaction and almost anything you can think of.
The internet is now an integral part of modern life. Most people don't even think how marvelous it is or how incredibly powerful it is. I guess it's like the electric light bulb - we take it for granted, most people don't know exactly how it works, but it's part of life and it's an essential part of modern life.
So I don't think we'll stop using it, but it might be possible to live without it if you really want to, but your lifestyle would be very different.
How would you answer these IELTS speaking test questions asked in India?