IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1
What is your full name?My name’s ….
Can I see your ID?Yes, here it is…
Where are you from?I’m from [name of city].
I’m from [name of city] in [name of country]. * If you come from a different country from the one where you are doing the IELTS test.
Do you work or study?I work.
What do you do?At the moment I’m working for a research institute as a Research Assistant.
Where do you live now?I live in [name of city] with my parents.
Is it a house or an apartment?It’s a house, in the suburbs of the city, where my family have lived for a long time.
Which room in your house do you like the most? Why?
Why do you think some people are vegetarians?Because it’s their personal choice, they choose to avoid eating animal products either because they think that it’s cruel or they maybe consider that it’s not healthy.
In your opinion, are there any health benefits to being vegetarian?
I’ve heard some people say that they feel better and healthier, but that’s more their opinion rather than any scientific research supporting the idea. I think if you have a healthy balanced diet, with a variety of food, sufficient vegetables and fruit then you can be healthy.
Like I said, I really don’t know that much about it, but I think it’s more of a personal lifestyle choice because of animals being involved rather than it actually being healthier for you.
Do you like to read?Yes, I absolutely love reading. I probably read at least for a couple of hours almost every day.
Do you read books in English?Yes, sometimes, but I probably read more magazine and website articles in English rather than books.
When you read in English what do you prefer to read? (magazines articles, websites, books)
How often do you read in English?
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2
IELTS Speaking Answer | A song that reminds you of a particular time in the past
It has what I can only describe as a haunting melody and the lyrics are in Gaelic which makes it even more interesting and kind of mystical to listen to. I remember the first time I heard it, I was on a long distance flight and after about 30 seconds of it I was mesmerized by the sound and the feeling it gave me.
At the time I was looking out of the window of the plane and we were flying through lots of big white clouds and there were some patches of really bright blue sky as well, so the scenery was quite impressive.
During the flight I listened to this particular song several times as well as the other tracks on the album, but every time this particular song came on I just got this really amazing feeling, I had to stop reading or whatever I was doing and just listen to it.
I shared it with a friend recently, and they’d never heard it before, but they listened to it and it had the same effect on them too. They told me later that they had listened to it about 20 times consecutively – it’s like it was addictive, surreal, like time stands still, and you’re in another world.
That’s pretty much what I felt like the first time I heard it too – like the world just stopped and I was transported someplace else, to a different time, a different world – it’s a really powerful piece of music.
I still listen to it regularly because I like a lot of the other songs from Two Steps from Hell – but each time I hear this particular song, it still stops me – and I find myself thinking about flying through the sky again like the very first time I heard it.
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3Music
Why do you think that some local singers or musicians aren’t as successful as some from other countries?
Then there’s the issue of language, English is the main language of the most successful and most promoted popular music and English speaking countries such as the USA and the UK in particular have a long history of creating and exporting music all over the world and the music industry has grown up based on this.
So although there may be some local singers and musicians who are excellent musically and extremely popular in their own country – they never become famous worldwide either because their music doesn’t have a universal appeal or their songs are not in English.
Do you think that the language of the song matters? Why do you think that?
She appealed to more people than when she used to sing in Spanish only. The English speaking market for songs is the biggest globally so it makes sense that if you want to sell as many songs as possible worldwide – you sing in English.
But some artists don’t want to and that’s okay too. The music industry is a business and there’s a lot of marketing involved apart from just creating music because it’s your passion.
Do you think the Internet has affected the music industry? In what ways?
Another way it has changed the music industry is that artists can be discovered without the music industry being involved, as they used to be the ones who would scout out new talent. Now, through media like YouTube, talented musicians can get exposure without the need to have an agent or a manger – that’s what happened with Justin Bieber; he had millions of fans on the internet before he actually signed a contract with a music company.
Do you think there will be further changes in the music industry in the future?
Technology has now replaced a lot of the talent which was associated with creating music. Most pop songs today are created by a computer algorithm which creates a song in such a manner that it is instantly likeable and memorable, because it contains certain key elements which all popular songs contain, and then an artist is selected to sing it, or present it.
This is one of the reasons why so many pop songs sound very familiar, it’s because many of them have been created using the same formula.
Do you think the music young people listen to in your country is becoming more globalized? Why/Why not?
In the past, that wasn’t possible; culture, and music was much more localized, but technology now allows the same culture to be shared across the globe and this is one of the aims of big business, to distribute their products on a global scale, in a global market, through the creation of global culture – it’s better business for them.