Topic: Personal development

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.25

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one again taps into your memory. While answering questions like this, think about the first event that comes to your mind and make notes about it quickly on paper given to you by the examiner. I

In the interest of time, it’s important to make as many notes as possible about an interesting lesson rather than wasting time searching your memory for the most interesting lesson. In all probability, the first memory that pops into your head will either be the most interesting or the most recent – both of which will do. Remember, the examiner is not interested in how interesting the lesson is, but how well you can describe it and what vocabulary you can use to successfully answer each part of the 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 2 – Q.14 MODEL ANSWER

Here is the answer to last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about reading as a hobby.

As a child I used to read comics but it was the Harry Potter series that was my first. I remember falling asleep three times while trying to get through the first chapter but my persistence paid off and I’m very glad it did.

I read nearly everyday now. It’s cemented its place in the nightly ritual of bedtime reading and even now I find myself reading at least one chapter of  a book before I turn in for the night.

The reason I enjoy reading is because it is the easiest and cheapest way to discovering new places that not only exist on this Earth but also in peoples’ imagination. It has expanded my capacity to empathize with a variety of characters and opened my mind to new perspectives.

This is last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

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Learn more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.14

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about your daily routine and leisure activities are quite popular with IELTS examiners. 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 how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.13 – Model answer

Here’s a sample answer to the question I posted last week on change. 

My country has too many demographic and societal differences within the society to say that people like to or do not like to change. Most people do not have the opportunity to change their social setting so to speak but of the ones that do, more often than not they prefer being settled in a comfortable environment. People looking to change will be less in number compared to those who would not.

People are willing to change for a better job, a different city, any personal reason such wanting to live with their family or when they get married, for the sake of their children’s education and in essence for better opportunities in any field. The advantages of changing something are you get exposed to a new set of ideas, behavior or philosophies. You get acclimatized to different ways of being. Meeting new people and making new friends is the biggest advantage of changing I feel. Expanding your friends circle broadens your mind and introduces you to things and ideologies you might not have had before.

I think it is important for people to change in order to encounter unfamiliar situations maybe even uncomfortable ones, to help them grow. Whether it is professionally or personally, change leads you to evolve. New experiences are invaluable in shaping you and changing aspects of your life leads to diverse experiences as opposed to a settled and risk free life.

All reasons of changing can be clubbed under the decisions you take either out of your own initiative or under unpredictable circumstances. We are surrounded by choices perpetually and those choices determine your reasons of change.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.7

Another great video from our friends at Ted Ed. This one deals with a common topic that comes up in IETLS Writing Task 2 and IELTS Speaking Part 3 – work and employment. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

What makes us feel good at work?

Dan Ariely explains the driving force behind those who truly enjoy work. And the answer is not money.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving gendered toys (pink kitchen sets to girls, blue cars to boys) to children? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.9 – Model answer

Here is an answer to the question I gave you last week. 

The most important quality for an orator is the ability to capture the attention of your audience. That begins with having confidence because a confident speaker is more likely to impress and captivate others compared to someone who is either unsure of his content or timid. The personality of a person determines largely how they fare as a speaker since people who are more expressive, original and extroverted will be able to charm their listeners. Organizing your ideas in a coherent and smooth flow will ensure better delivery and while a rehearsed speech is good as preparation, it should not come across as mechanical. Also, an often heard tip for public speaking is to establish eye contact with your audience.

The difference between an ordinary speaker and a great one is the level of passion they speak with. When someone is keenly vested in their content, it is obvious to the audience and this in turn makes them more interested in what you are saying. A good speaker knows his target audience and prepares his speech to that effect. An informal setting requires different preparation as opposed to a meeting in office. Talking in a natural tone with appropriate voice modulations helps in engaging the people listening. There are different ways of connecting with your audience such as by telling stories, having an approachable body language, asking questions and being willing to answer questions.

The best speeches are ones that are not excessively long. Such a speaker communicates his point by being concise and supporting his points with stories or facts. We remember speakers who convey sincerity, conviction and enthusiasm for their subject.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.7

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people believe that studying at university or college is the best route to a successful career, while others believe that it is better to get a job straight after school. Do the benefits of gaining work experience at a young age outweigh the drawbacks?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.6

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual well-being. What factors contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.4

Here’s another good video to practice listening skills and learn some excellent vocabulary for a popular IELTS topic. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

What adults can learn from kids?

Child prodigy Adora Svitak talks about the things adults forget – creativity, curiosity, and optimism.

 

What do you think adults should learn from children? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.3

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

Some study that I used to know

This video articulates the frustrations of both students and teachers and examines the shallowness of education dished out in high school.

If you enjoyed the tune, listen to Gotye’s original song on YouTube. What would you change about high school? Share your ideas in the comments below.