Month: June 2014

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.24

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one also comes under the category of urban spaces and places, a popular theme in this section of the exam. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.23

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. As you can see, this question is about current events. This is why it’s a very good idea to stay updated on current affairs in your country and around the world in the run up to your IELTS exam. I suggest reading news websites or watching news broadcasts on TV or the internet. Find out what to read and what to listen to, to prepare for your IELTS exam.

Write your answer to this question in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking 3: Behaviour – Model answer

Here is the answer to last week’s question on behaviour. 

I cannot tolerate rude and narrow minded behavior towards myself or other people. I dislike people being extremely egoistic and refusing to listen to other people’s opinion. I feel regardless of our belief, we should be considerate towards everyone else’s viewpoints and give them a chance to state their point. Cutting someone off or arguing with them about the rationality of their belief is unnecessary as it is not important that you have to agree with whatever anyone else feels. As they say, you can agree to disagree. Raisin your volume and patronizing someone else is unacceptable behavior.

Similarly in my country, impolite behavior especially towards elders is unacceptable. You are taught basic courtesy towards anyone you interact with. People older than you are always spoken to with more respect than usual keeping in mind their experiences and that they want the best for you. Answering back to them, not heeding their advice and being inconsiderate towards their needs is all forms of unacceptable behavior. In a lot of homes in my country elders live with their children and grandchildren and so, the emphasis on being kind to them is greater.

The media promotes kinds of behavior that are acceptable or that which are not and as media evolves, these standards evolve as well. Earlier opposing your parents’ choice for your marriage partner was considered unacceptable whereas now with changing times and perceptions of people choosing their own partner, it has become common to do so. Not all changes are good though because media also glorifies celebrities, fame and money and this can lead to people choosing to behave in a manner that focuses on these. The media needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as well, knowing what constitutes changing for the better and behavior that can lead to downfall.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Industry – Model answer

Here is the answer to the question on industrialization I posted last week.

My country has various industries ranging from steel, gems, coal, hand looms, pharmaceuticals, textiles, cement, mining and software. Globalization of industry has its pros and cons. While it is now simpler to obtain goods from other countries, we are also competing on a global scale. This leads to every decision for such an industry to be made keeping in mind the competition worldwide. Customers are now spread across the world leading to a growth in the customer base for domestic industries. Ease of doing business has increase with the ability to source raw materials and other necessities from their point of origin if it is not available domestically. Such advantages have led to a better state of business today than before. There are also problems because of global competition such as overproduction by one country can greatly impact the demand and supply of a product as is happening with Steel at the moment because of excessive production by China.

Countries should have a fair limit on importing goods that can be produced in your country. Not doing so renders such producers at a disadvantage. Their prices will be affected and initiatives in such an industry might reduce because there is enough competition already. At the same time, imports can force local manufactures to improve the quality of their products or services to match global standards.

Industries have becoming more automated and computerized over the last few decades. Agriculture which used to be a huge sector has now lost out to people moving from rural areas to cities in order to work in such areas. Industries are given land to build their facilities often at the expense of farming causing livelihood of the farmers to be jeopardized. E-commerce has become a vast industry now with the rise in citizens having computers and access to the internet.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.22

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question on the theme of possessions. This is a very common type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question, so I recommend you should formulate a draft answer for a few important things you own and practise them. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Birthdays – Model answer

Here is the model answer to the question I posted last week about Birthdays. 

My own Birthday is not important to me but the ones of my friends and family are. I used to enjoy my birthday when I was a child but for the past 5 years I have not celebrated it. My family are also not much into celebrating borthdays and so, we don’t usually make a big deal of our birthdays. Many of my friends get excited about theirs work hard to make sure it’s always a grand affair.  The only good thing about birthdays, I think, is that you get to catch up with friends becaues everyone usually makes it a point to call or text or meet up on your birthday.

I think birthday celebrations have gotten fancier over the years. When I was a child, birthdays used to be cozy affairs but now there are people who hire professional event managers to celebrate their kids’ birthdays. Some people have DJs and bouncy castles for birthdays. I would go as far as to say that birthdays are now only second to weddings, in terms of the amount of money spent and grandeur people have come to expect at birthday parties.

I have to admit there is one more thing I like about birthdays and that is presents. I love receiving presents, of course, but I also love giving presents to my near and dear ones on their birthdays. For kids, I prefer giving toys because I find parents often focus on education and children, at least the ones I know, don’t have enough toys. When I choose toys though, I try to avoid gender prejudices, so I tend to buy handmade dolls and figurines for little boys and what may be considered more boyish toys such as cars and truck and dinosaurs to the girls.

I think the best birthday presents for adults are electronic gadgets. Most people I know now are addicted to their smartphones, so any accessories usually go down well as presents. There are books of course, and I feel like, even if the people I know may not spend much time reading, they do like having books in their home. I gift books a lot – perhaps one day, my friends will pick them up and read a few pages.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.21

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Food production – Model answer

Here is a sample answer to the question I posted last week.

My country produces rice, wheat, sugarcane, coffee, tea and spices. It imports pulses, corn and a few fruits. Pulses are the biggest food time it imports. It bodes well for a country to be self sufficient as it has a multitude of wide ranging benefits.  A self sufficient country has the ability to sustain its population; lesser people will go hungry when you can afford to meet the food demand through native production of items. The currency you save by not having to import items can be spent on improving facilities and other welfare activities for the masses. In my country a significant number of people live below the poverty line and a self sustaining system would render lesser people hungry. More people would have access to food which has a domino effect in increasing public health, decrease in mortality rates, rise in employment and a growth in economy eventually. This leads to an overall increase in contentment and prosperity of the population. Other items can be imported then instead of food items majorly.  Self sufficiency in every aspect is not possible but achieving it in the food sector has many ramifications that can help the country progress.

In a country like mine where large number of people are employed in agriculture, buying from the farmers is better than buying from a supermarket. This is because buying from farmers is cheaper for the consumer; it eliminates the need of middlemen and ensures that the farmer gets his due price. It promotes agriculture and ensures its survival as a means of livelihood. Supermarkets may have more variety and maybe even better quality but they also increase food wastage by selecting only sustainable products. This pressurizes farmers to use genetically modified crops to ensure that their crops preserve longer.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.20

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Conversations – Model answer

Here is a model answer to the question I posted last week about conversations. 

Most of my conversations with strangers would happen only because of books. Apart from that unless I am asking for directions or seeking help of that nature, I do not talk to strangers. Strangers often start conversations with me though. People usually start conversations with strangers if they are bored, curious or need help.  Waiting in airports for example you are more likely to start a conversation with a stranger who is waiting for the same flight. Some people like me can be curious about book strangers are reading and strike up a conversation to know what the book is about or how it is as well. You are more likely to talk to strangers if you are facing an emergency like an urgent phone call when your phone is not working.

Social media has provided more avenues for strangers to interact from specific websites for strangers to connect or a website like Facebook where you see you have mutual friends and hence add someone who is unknown to you but not a complete stranger altogether. In that sense we are all a little bit more connected now and the definition of a stranger has changed post the advent of social media. So talking to strangers is not only more acceptable but common as well now. I think people are less hesitant to talk to strangers as mentioned because there are more platforms available to do so. Through the Internet people have found a medium to be share problems, feel less lonely and make more friends making it easier for people to have conversations with strangers now.

Emotions (Anger) – Model answer

Here is a model answer for the Speaking part 3 question I gave you earlier.

  1. I think men and women value different things which can lead them to feel angry about different things. I think women are more likely to get angry about irresponsible behavior than men while men are more likely to lose their temper. However some issues could cause anger in the both of them such as violence.
  1. Anger is justified in many instances such as when we are on the receiving end of unreasonable behavior, when we are faced with crime, perhaps even small things such as someone being late without reason for a meeting. It depends on each individual what they perceive to be accepted standards of behavior and any deviation from it could reasonably evoke anger. Though simply because anger is justified should not be seen as a reason to act upon it and cause distress to others.
  1. An increase in your rate of heartbeat, trembling, sweating, clenching your jaws and grinding your teeth are physical symptoms of getting angry whereas mental symptoms include feelings of anxiety, stress in terms of more pressure and in some cases even sadness. Anger is universally known to be detrimental to both, physical and mental well-being.
  1. In my culture, people usually have verbal confrontations when they are angry. There is often yelling and swearing but very rarely does it lead to a physical altercation. However in the northern parts of my country, it is not uncommon to hear of people engaging in fights, especially in groups.

Is your answer similar in structure? Share your comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.19

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Art – Model answer

Here is a sample answer to the question about art I posted last week.

Art plays an important part in our life. Not only does it add meaning and bring beauty into our lives but it also makes us feel but evoking out emotions. It exposes us to new ideas, ways of being and philosophies. It has the potential to make us smarter by introducing to us diverse perspectives and challenging the accepted norm. They make us aware of our environment; make us contemplate on things that do not occur to us on our own. Art can also serve as a way to comment on society and bring to forefront the issues in our society.

Life without art would be a lot more controlled, predictable and dull. We would not have had entertainment to distract us from reality or new ideas that change us. Most importantly, there would be no channel to focus our creativity and energy. Less inspiration would exist and motivation to change would decrease since there would no art to showcase the things unheard of.

Photography is definitely an art as capturing the essence of a moment whether in candid photography of people or clicking the vista of a place and creating an aesthetic model of it in a photograph requires skill and talent.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words and so, photography clearly makes enough of an impression upon humans to be considered an art.

I feel art is inspired by life but may not necessarily imitate life. If we only created art that we see around in life, its scope would be much less. Our imagination is not limited to simply imitating life which is why art is so importance because it goes beyond the conventions. It is the artist’s imagination that is art, it is a medium of expression for them which does not always imitate life.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Movies – Model answer

Here is the sample answer to the question about movies I posted last week.

Movies are a very important form of art. Cinema is a melting pot of different kinds of creativity in the form of storytelling, acting, direction and many other aspects that are involved in its execution. They evoke emotions through their stories and that is the basic premise of any art form. Movies are a medium of expression as well, one that combines skill and imagination just like a book. Whether all movies come under the category of art is debatable as this term is generally applied to though provoking films as opposed to commercial entertainment ones.

Movies should be a mix of education and entertainment. They exist to make citizens aware but entertain them at the same time as well. Categorizing them as only education or entertainment is not beneficial to the society. People have preferences as to what they enjoy and as such, all types of movie should be made to cater to the difference in tastes. Even purely educational films cannot be as successful without being entertaining and at the same time, only entertainment films in abundance will tire people. Movies serve as a medium to get the society to wonder and discuss about issues and so, there is a need for cinema as art while maintaining the inherent quality of it providing entertainment.

The last few decades have seen bolder concepts being portrayed in cinema such as homosexuality. New technology has led to better quality of movies, more accessibility to these movies so now a movie can have a much larger audience especially globally. Animated movies have become very popular these days. Action and superhero films have also become more common often spawning a sequel or movie series of its own. Literature is being captured in this medium more too, today with several movies releasing that are adaptations of books.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Pets

Here are some sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions relating to animals, specifically pets.

 

1. Do you think some people are too attached to their pets?

2. Why do some people not like pets?

3. Is it morally right to spend hundreds of dollars on pets?

4. Pets are considered to be a burden to most of the city dwellers. To what extent do you agree?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.