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IELTS Band 8 Speaking Cue Cards Sample Answers 1. Describe a time you needed to use imagination You should say: • What the situation was • Why. My anxiety levels are so high right now post reading the cue card topics that my mind has blanked out. I really wish these cue cards had hints or sample answers . Check out the latest topics for IELTS Speaking exam in with model You can download these topics with model answers (PDF file) here: Latest .. when we huddle together to play cards or other family favorites. - IELTS Cue Card Sample 90 Topic: Describe a success your friend.

Could you help me is it necessary to develop my speech in this part with help of provided bullet points or am I allowed to develop my own ideas on the topic. It was prior to Mid-Autumn Festival that our form teacher made a decision to hold a small competition among our classmates. It helped a lot. Describe a piece of work you did quickly. In addition, my mom always got shirty with me for my wasting money but at the moment, she hardly loses her temper anymore and we seem to have better relationship than in the past. Thanks to your list.

Earlier people managed to balance the work and private life… How did they do ir without tech? Hai Liz, Appreciate your input on above part 3 questions… Ideally part 3 questions should be based on the cue card topic, but the examinar asked alot of questions which are not relevant to the topic in the cue card. Is this normal? The examiner has a lot of freedom in part 3 to make decisions about questions and topics. Hello liz, I am Jessica from Nigeria. I did my ielts on 10th November in Abuja.

I scored a band 9 in speaking. Thanks for the topics and tips. My advice is do all part 2 topics from may to december because mine came from earlier months.

Your score cannot be predicted. I am planning to take an exam on January. May I know when the Speaking topics for January — April will be announced on this site?

And will any of the questions from September-December topics will be repeated in the January — April or there will be complete change? Yes, some topics will probably be repeated. I collect information when it is available and then share it. Describe the place where u live. What do u like most about it? Do you love listening to music Why u enjoy classical music Have u ever been to live concert Why u enjoyed there Part2: Describe an interesting city of your country Part3: Will planning helps in city?

Does more planning work makes citylife boring? Speaking test Should children be exposed to money at an early age? Is cash common as gifts in your county? Should children be encouraged to save at an early age? Do you think the poor has a say in the society? Part 3 Describe a situation when you were offered money as gifts Who the person was When? How did you feel about it?. Examiner was nice. I remember stopping in part 3 but she gave me a sign to continue. Thank you liz!!

Hlo Mam, I am preparing for ielts GT exam. I want to get 19th January for exam. I just want to know that the cue cards will be changed or they will remain same which you mention. They will probably change, but some topics will be reused. This means you should prepare both current and common topics at the moment. All ideas that you plan can be reused for any talk you give. The more topics you prepare, the better.

Work Part 2: I was also self correcting myself a few times in part 2 while forming the story structure in my head…I guess that affects the score? One question in part 3 I was answering off topic and quickly bend it back once i realised my mistake.

That is not an option in part 1 or part 3.

You can only ask for the question to be repeated to give you more time. Your score will be based on your overall performance and your overall level of English. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. All this information is available on this site for free. I gave my speaking test today and i got a topic of Teenager You Know. Full name, place, about pictures questions , Fav sport in your country questions Part2: Cue card 14th topic in the list.

A foreign language you would like to learn Not English part3: Random questions on languages and etc. One question The interviewer asked to speak min so I spoke more than 1 min about 1. Will it affect my score? And, thank you. Unfortunately, I found this site on 8th only. Only one day but read your tips and especially test day tips. LRW went well but speaking only that single doubt. I must say that you are doing an incredible job and thanks for all the information and help.

It was really useful. Write a letter to your manager informing about the same. In many countries the amount of garbage rubbish has increased rapidly. I would also recommend everyone to purcjase your written videos, as I did all 3 of them! Your advice on the writing and speaking part are really great!

With your help I was able to score 8 in both! I am very greatful for your help! You are doing a wonderful job! I hope that god will bless you richly! Soooo thankful! Sending you lots of hugs! And related questions. First part was about my house. Second was about a recent happy event that has happened to me. Third was about money and happiness.

I want to thank you for auch great lessons, I just finished my speaking test. My questions were as under. PART 1 do you work or study What is your work Do you like plants Have you ever grown plants when you were younger Do you enjou vaccations Have you ever been to any vaccation What are your plans for next holidays.

Part 3 Do people enjoy party Should we arrange party for kids Why people like to party How people spend their leisure time Do people in past had more time than today. Hello Liz, thank you very much for your tips and samples. I had the test today Nov.

The following are the questions I was asked. Part 1 Do you often feel bored? I said probably when people continuous complain about the problems they have in their lives. The examiner laughed. What do you do when you feel bored? What do you do when you are with families and friends? Part 2 Describe a song you like, you should include 1 the name of the song, 2 what the song is about, and 3 when and where did you first hear the song. Part 3 What kind of songs are popular in your Country?

Do you think peoples who speak different languages can understand the same music? Do you think music can have a positive and negative influence on people? I answered that it depends on the mood of the listener.

The examiner asked how about the music itself. At first, I did not understand the question fully, so I asked if he could paraphrase it and he did. Would this lower my band? Do you think governments should give financial support to symphony concert offered private companies?

Liz, I spoke a lot during the test to the point that the examiner had to stop me a few times. However, I did not use up all the time I was given in part 2, and the examiner asked me a follow-up question. I am wondering if this would lower my band.

Thank you so much for reading my comment and question. Your fluency will be based on your overall performance throughout the whole test. Also the examiner does know the difference between someone who is able to talk with fluency and someone who just ran out of ideas.

Hi all, I gave my LRW test yesterday. Write a letter to council about: Discuss the positive and negative aspects of this development. Thank you so much Liz. Your blog has been helpful a lot. Thanks to your list. I got my topic from herein , it was topic 14 a language i want to learn.

Part1- Cooking and eating , Famous sport in my country and questions related to it. Part2-Cue card- A language i want to learn Part3-Language and culture- all questions related to it. Hi Liz… Am from India…my speaking test was held tody.. Cue card: My questions for part one was about my home and my fav room and a few more questions regarding rains..

I must say i was greatly benefited from the speaking topics list which was provided by you the topic given was one among the list and the writing samples got 7. Thank you…! Do you mean that writing task was from the list of essays Liz provided or something similar to them?

Describe important Plant tree, Flower or bushes of your country: Thank you so much Liz, I just finished my speaking test. I was asked about a difficult skill i learnt recently. How often I shop shoes online. Wether poeple today are more patient than than in the past. Firstly, thanks a lot Liz for this awesome website.

I just had my speaking test and thought to post the questions asked so that it might help fellow testtakers. What is your name? What for you do? Do you live in House or apartment? Which is your favourite room in house? Do you like plants? Did you grow plants when you were younger? Are you punctual? Are ppl in your country punctual? How do you feel when people are not punctual?

Describe a time when you did street shopping cue: Do you do online shopping? Why some ppl like to buy branded clothes? Is online shopping better than regular shopping? How online stores give so much of discount? Please tell about a street market you recently went to.

Describe the market. Why did you went to that particular market and what did you bought from the market? Your topics was number 52 on this page: Your topic came from the selection May to Aug. All links can be found on this page: Work, cinema, seasons Part 2: Interesting part of your country Part 3: Difference between people living in city and country side. How does business affect a city? Why do people find planned cities boring? Hello mam… I have a question…. On my educational certificates my name is farooq Ahmed…..

Hi my recent speaking questions Fr part 1…. Hi, Liz. I had my speaking test today in Chandigarh ,India. I got the following questions: Would you like to move in future? But I did blunder in this question. I got the cue card topic. Describe your favorite song Part 3 What is the influence of music on the adults. Which music liked by the older and younger people? Thank you Liz for your guidance and online materials. Part 1 questions: In a house or in an apartment? Part 2: Describe a travel in which you used public transport 1 Where did you go?

Questions related to public tansport 1 How often do you use public transport? Hi Liz, I faced my speaking test. Cue card topic is; Describe a beautiful part of your country. Thank you for your guidance to be familiar with speaking test. Supporting sentences include how long do you stay in that place. It was a rather difficult topic for me because I am always a noisy person. Should government implement regulation etc. Hey, Liz Thanks for all the free learning modules, you are really doing a great job.

Please, can you also post the sept-oct most common writing topics, it would be really helpful, thank you. I got the Topic 42 to be exact describe about special items of clothing you wore for special occasions. What was people perceptions on it? For sections 3 I been asked a dozen of questions. Ask I talked about Saree attire he asked regarding it.

When do Malaysian wear saree. Does it suits all the occasions? IELTS speaking test british , Stockholm 29 sep part 1 hometown, season, weather in your country, breakfast, daily routine, part2 describe a toy! Today I had my speaking test in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The examiner was so relaxed and tried to break the ice before the test so that I feel comfortable. It was nice from him. As usual, part 1 was about where do I live, and whether I prefer cities over than countryside villages. It was pretty easy.

For part 2, I was asked to talk about a plan that I used to change. What was the plan? Why did I change it? How did I feel when I changed it? And obviously, part 3 was about change and resisting it. He covered this point from different aspects, starting with people and their adoption to change, moving to companies, and then to countries.

I was fortunately able to provide several examples which really helped me a lot in not focusing about the time at all. Hello Liz, i had my speaking test today, oct 12th. Is it easy to remember your teachers?

Thanks to Liz. Your blog really helped me today for my Ielts test. See my part 2 question below:. Anything that was broken and you had fixed. Just explain why you are talking about that at the start of the talk.

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As long as you stick near to the topic, you are fine. One of my friend hooked me up with your website, and I got awed by the material for practice, the tips, and almost everything.

They asked me about a book I read recently. Looking forward for the speaking and writing. I am following your tips for the writing tasks. Good luck on the 11th. See this page: Hope you did well in the exam. It would be really helpful if you could share recent writing topics as well. Thanks and good luck! I have my speaking test on the 12th and the LRW on the 13th of this month. Its just yesterday that someone suggested that I visit your blog and take hints on how to approach these two sections.

My anxiety levels are so high right now post reading the cue card topics that my mind has blanked out.

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I really wish these cue cards had hints or sample answers to assist in developing more ideas on what to speak about. Considering I am barely a week away from my speaking test, and the LRW test, any tips on how I could quickly work my way through these two sections will be really helpful. You need to stop worrying. The speaking examiner does not care about your ideas.

You will not be marked on your ideas for speaking. But you will need some ideas in order to chit chat. These are not ideas based on knowledge, they are your past experiences, your future hopes and your opinions. See this page for topics and model answers: There are plenty of topics and model answers and other lessons all for free. Hello mam.. Follow this page: The topics change weekly. It is not the same as speaking where the topics stay the same for months.

Part 1 — What is your Name Where do you live What do you work Do you like the place where you work Is there a scope of improvement where you work , Yes or no. Part 2 Explain about a information which you looked for What was the information What challenges did you face What fun you had during the complete task. Part 3 How is Information fetched today Online vs age old concept of information questions — 2 questions Is reading books for information still an advantage — if yes why Is online information safe.

Hi Liz, I am done with my speaking part and guess what …. I would like to thank you for the inputs which helped me and others alot. Hi Liz, Thanks for your site. The speaking topic part 3 was to discuss if innovation is better and if technology has made people lazy. Hello Liz, I have a doubt regarding to the Speaking test whether the test is evaluate by the test examiner or by Cambridge University. Your score for the speaking test is decided by the examiner who asks the questions.

Your score is decided when you leave the room. Hi Liz. Thanks for the topics. Could you please tell me what does this speaking topic mean? This means someone who is keen on recycling or someone who does volunteer work to protect the environment etc. Any person who does anything to help save the environment. Thanks so much for your sharing. I would like to know whether all the above topics come from Europe or Asia or other areas since different areas have different topics.

These topics have been reported by people in their speaking test around the world, not in one particular area. Other section: Which one is good. Group Study or Single Study. Hello Liz and thanks a billion for this useful website. Cue Card: Describe a visit you made using public transport. Bullet Points: Which mode of Public Transport did you choose?

Why did you choose that specific mode? How did you feel about the trip? I want to let you know that when i tried to purchase your advanced lessons, the payment was denied multiple times by paypal.

Many people might have faced the same issue. Can you please look into this. This is an issue with Paypal. I do not own Paypal and I have no control over Paypal.

If you continue to have a problem with Paypal you can: That is explained on the page above. Please read the instructions and information given on the page. I had my speaking test today 14 September, the part two question was about A good law in my country and International law. Thanks a lot, Its very useful and helpful and important update.

For your all updates and support many thanks. Thank you. Thanks for this new list of speaking part 2 topics. Could you help me is it necessary to develop my speech in this part with help of provided bullet points or am I allowed to develop my own ideas on the topic. You can use or not use the prompts as you wish. I recommend to use them because they provide a good structure, but also add your own prompts, ideas and information.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Click here: Hi, my name is Elizabeth Liz. Privacy Policy. Sharing is caring Filed Under: Comments Si says. April 11, at 7: Liz says. April 11, at 8: Ruchi H Shah says.

January 6, at 4: January 6, at 3: Sonia says. December 19, at 6: Why the countrysides are more quiet than cities Do you think it becomes difficult for some people to adjust in quiet places when they have been living at a noisy place Do you think children should go at some quiet places — do the trees help to reduce noise — do you think that houses these days have become noisy places.

December 19, at 2: Emon says. December 16, at 2: I just want to share the questions they asked me… Part 1: I am praying i hit my required band score 7. December 16, at 3: Romanpreet kaur says. December 16, at Purnata Bhattacharyya says. December 13, at 2: Rakhshanda affan says.

December 12, at 7: Hiren Patel says. December 21, at 2: Samuel V says. December 8, at 3: December 8, at 4: Temmy says.

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December 8, at 2: Keet says. December 7, at 2: The speaking part 2 topic that I got on 28 November was: December 6, at December 6, at 4: Dhrumil Patel says. Asha vinayak says. December 5, at December 5, at 7: Esther Keen says. December 2, at 6: Faiza says. November 28, at 2: What you burrowed Why you burrowed How did u feel about it Part 3: November 28, at 7: Rajitha says.

November 27, at November 30, at November 30, at 1: Phuntsho says. November 26, at Thank you Liz Ua page is awesome loaded with amazing tips and techniques. Tjess says. November 25, at 1: November 25, at 8: November 27, at 7: Emily says.

November 23, at 9: This has been explained on the page above. Please read it again more carefully. November 28, at 3: Javid says. November 23, at 3: Hi Liz, I am planning to take an exam on January. However, when we arrived in Seoul and waited for over 1 hour, no one showed up. By nature, I'm a forgiving person and hardly take mistakes seriously because I think anyone can make blunders sometime really. But waiting for such a long time made me feel helpless and annoyed. I called back to the travel agency and after an hour of busy signals, I finally got through.

The staff who answered my phone explained to us that it was his fault that he forgot to type our names on this travel group list and he would try his best to solve the problem. Finally, the company arranged another car to pick us up and we got part of refund as well when we came back to Hong Kong.

He also sent us a long email to show the apology to us for his mistake. My gut instinct told me that the apology seemed genuine and sincere, and I should try to accept the apology and then I acted on that acceptance by replying his email to show my appreciation for his attempts and my willing to recommend their tours to other friends who want to visit Korea. Describe a story or novel you have recently read that you found to be particularly interesting.

Ajahn had spent years meditating in forest monasteries, which are not as easy to be found as they were several decades ago. Being among the most influential and respected teacher of Buddhism in his own country, he has been known as a man of great wisdom who people seek advice from. Not only does it describe the importance of staying fully awake in everyday life, but it also shows people how to start living mindfully.

The book has profound insights, especially for the West, where Buddhism has recently become more popular. This is definitely the most interesting book that I have ever read. It helps me realize how important it is to live fully in the present instead of the past or the future. I would recommend it to everyone who is in search for inspiration, motivation or simply a change in attitude in order to live more meaningfully.

Describe some local news that people in your locality are interested in. Sample Answer Last summer I saw news on the net which is very interesting and encourage. In my hometown surrounded with some rural area where is very poor. The young man in there are not satisfied wither living condition, so they move to big city looking for good employment opportunities, but they don't have any skills to earn money, so they study electrical weld in a vocational school.

After they graduate they came to Australia by labor service export. They are hardworking, energetic, and gradually received faith form their local employer. Finally they become the Australian Permanent Resident. The salary they earn is enough to afford their house ownership, and they have extra money monthly send back to china for their parents.

When this news first appear in china, that vocational school become very popular, and many people want to study in it. Now, these guys are working and living happily in Australian. When the first time I heard this news, I felt very interesting but felt more encouragement from it, they came from poor family but had changed their life through their effort ,their spirit deserve all of us to learn it. Describe the first time you used a foreign language to communicate. Sample Answer I remember the first time I talk with other people in English happened when I was a middle school student.

One day, my mom heard from her colleagues that there was an English Corner that would be held twice a month near our apartment. So she encouraged me to go for practicing English- speaking skills. Actually, I was not willing to do that. But finally I forced myself toward it because I know it was a good chance to communicate with foreigners. When I arrived there, a guy came over me with a warm smile. He started to introduce himself and showed his friendliness.

He spoke English in a fluent and natural way and sounded like a native English speaker. Needless to say, I was a bundle of nerves because I knew my English accent, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary were not good at all. Surprisingly, he told me that English was not his mother tongue and urged me to speak out.

Thus I used my poor English to chat with him and he listened to me patiently, complimented on my accent which made me feel much more confident. Although we just met for a while, that inspirational man really motivated me to learn English with focus and commitment. I also got to understand that if you want to learn something new, you must be brave and go towards it.

Describe an occasion when you helped someone. Sample Answer Well. There are times when people need other's help and lend a helping hand to others as well I am no exception. Last year, I helped my roommate to see a doctor as she could barely walk because of the great pain caused by kidney stone. Actually, it was in a snowy morning, I waked up and saw that she was trembling all over and as white as a sheet in her bed.

She thought it would be alright after a while. Without a second thought, I took all the cash I had and helped her to get dressed, and then we hurried to the nearest hospital in a taxi. However, after all the difficulties we had in catching a taxi and all the coldness and pain my roommate suffered, the hospital did not put an immediate end to it.

We had to stand in a long line to pay the registration fee first. What pissed me off was that there were still more patients before us waiting to see the doctor. Later, with prescription in hand, I had to do the whole waiting thing again to pay for and pick up medicine separately.

Thankfully, the acute pain of my roommate was greatly relieved by a shot of painkiller. As we returned to school, I put her to bed and saw her grateful look. For my part, I think it is quite natural to help people we care about and expect nothing in return. And I believe a friend in need is a friend indeed. Besides, I do enjoy the feeling of being needed. Describe what you think would be the perfect job or "dream job" for you.

Sample Answer It has always been my dream to be a singer ever since I was a child. When I was a kid I used to be a singing talent. I would win many singing competitions and represented the school in the choir. However, because of the pressure of the College Entrance Exam I had to stop singing and focus on my studies to go to a good university.

The main reason why I'd like to be a singer is because it would allow me to inspire the world. I'm quite fond of the idea that people would be listening to my songs and trying to be more like me-a nice guy. These days, the only time I sing is probably in the shower or when I'm at a karaoke bar with my friends. I even had a plan for how to spend all the money I would make once I became famous guess I'll have to earn money the old fashioned way now- by starting my own company.

If I had a chance I would definitely choose to be a singer but I'm still quite realistic and that's why I'm going abroad to study business.

Describe a magazine or newspaper that you like to read. And there are a couple of reasons to name. Firstly, throughout his career he received numerous honors and awards. Also, Jackson had a notable impact on music and culture throughout the world. For much of his career, he had an "unparalleled" level of worldwide influence over the younger generation through his musical and humanitarian contributions.

And he is pretty diligent. When he was a little kid, he practices his voice and dancing regularly. Admittedly, he is very gifted, but I think his success mostly dues to his hard-working. Personally, I would like to say that my favorite musician is Michael Jackson. Admittedly, he is very gifted, but I think his success mostly dues to his hard- working.

Describe a place with a lot of water such as a river, a lake or the ocean that you enjoyed visiting. Sample Answer I have visited many places near a river or a sea and I enjoyed the scenic beauty and vast water very much. I would like to talk about a river I visited 2 years back.

I chose to talk about it because I really enjoyed my visit there. The name of the river was One of our relatives invited us to visit their house and we decide to visit there. I went there with 4 of my family members including my parents. After we reach there, I was amazed to notice that our relative's house was near a big river. This was the first time I visited that relatives and I was very excited about the beauty of the nature there.

After we reach our relative's house, my younger sister told me that she would like to visit the river. I restrained her by saying that we will all go there in the evening. In the evening we went near the river and the river was very clam at that moment.

A sweet wind was blowing from the river and the weather was very pleasant. We sat near the river and had our tea. That was kind of family picnic. I had my younger brother, sister, my parents and 3 of our relatives at this place. Since this was the summer season, we felt very comfortable being at the bank of the river. We noticed many boats were in the river and we planned to rent a boat for an hour. When we were in the boat, the wind suddenly started blowing heavily. We quickly came to the high land and left for our relative's house.

Describe a time when you made a mistake. Sample Answer Ok right then, I had a project I was working on, and while I was in the middle of typing up my documentation, my computer started acting weird.

It froze for a while and so I rebooted. After 10 minutes, the computer showed a blue screen saying that there were problems and recommended that I reboot the computer again. After another reboot, everything appeared to be ok. I continued my work and finished for the day.

I spent two days on this assignment and when I went to retrieve my data the next day to double check my work, my computer wouldn't start up.

A technician came and found that my hard drive malfunctioned. I lost all the data and lost two days of work. I was disappointed and thought I would never trust a computer again, but there was a great lesson to be learned. I had a couple of warnings and I ignored them. From then o, I practiced being someone who can anticipate problems.

I now think of potential problems ahead of time and pay attention to details along the way. If I applied this sooner, I would have saved the data on another computer and I wouldn't have lost a couple days of work. But I can't say I regret making the mistake because it made me someone who can anticipate problems better.

Describe a big company that you would like to work in. Sample Answer The big company that I am interested in must be Apple. Apple is an American multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company's best-known hardware products: As of August , the company operates retail stores in ten countries, and an online store where hardware and software products are sold.

As of May , Apple is one of the largest companies in the world and the most valuable technology company in the world, having surpassed Microsoft. Apple has established a unique reputation in the consumer electronics industry. This includes a customer base that is devoted to the company and its brand, particularly in the United States.

Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States in , and in the world in , , and Describe something that you have shared with others or another person You should say: I had depressed feelings for a number of years. I found it incredible when people would suggest things like getting exercise to make me happier. All I could think was, I can't drag myself out of bed to take a shower, and how the hell am I supposed to drag myself to the gym?

A friend of mine realized what was happening, and after one particular outburst of tears and misery, he suggested I went to the university counselor. Talking things through with someone who is completely unbiased is a wonderful experience. Even when you think you have nothing to talk about; they are good at getting you started.

Unfortunately, there was a limited time frame, and I felt those feelings creeping back. I finally went to my doctor, told them I had tried counseling, and asked if medication was an option.

He agreed. I know that anti-depressants are a controversial topic, but they were truly life-changing. The first type did not help. The second type was like opening a window.

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They did not make me happy. What they did do, however, is give me the strength to start making myself happy. I stopped crying for no reason. I was able to sleep soundly. The thoughts screaming around my head ground to a halt so I could focus, and I started enjoying things again.

I still have bad days, but they are days - not weeks, or months.

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In short, seek professional help. Friends and family are wonderful, but they can be biased and I can feel guilty for 'troubling' them with my feelings.

Professionals are just that. I was proud of myself for taking that first step to find support. Describe a creative person who you admire e.

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Describe a positive change that you made to your life. After I got my first personal computer when I was only 9 years old or so, I started learning many things. Besides that I started playing the computer games.

As computer games are addictive I found that I was playing the games whenever I had spare times. This addiction barred me from playing outdoor games like cricket, football etc. I found myself very much attracted to the computer games and I preferred to play the games at home instead of going to open spaces or fields to participate in outdoor games that involve physical exercises.

Not that computer games are all so bad, but playing them all the time someone has got is not a good thing especially for kids. I found that I was spending more times at home than being outside. After my parents noticed that, they discussed with me about that and explained me the importance of outdoor activities. This was obviously a very positive change for me. This change affected me very positively. I became a good cricket player later on, I started maintaining my times more prudently and I am sure this change has affected me positively in terms of physical and mental health.

Describe a situation that made you a little angry. Sample Answer A recent situation that made me angry was getting stuck in a traffic jam on the way to meet some friends. Everything was going well until suddenly I saw a queue of cars on the road in front of me. I had no choice but to join the queue and wait to get past whatever was causing the delay. It turned out that it was caused by some road works, and it took me an extra 30 minutes to get past them. I felt frustrated and powerless because there was nothing I could do to change the situation and I had no idea how long I would be sitting there waiting.

When I finally saw the reason for the congestion, I was relieved that I was close to getting past the road works, but I still felt a bit stressed knowing that I was half an hour late. Describe your favorite season or time of the year. Sample Answer My favorite season in England is winter.

During those really wintry months, the temperature drops below zero and it often snows. Last winter I remember looking out of the window one morning and seeing everything covered in a layer of white.

I live near the countryside, and the landscape looks beautiful when everything is covered in white. We also celebrate Christmas and New Year in the winter, and these are my favorite festivals. Describe a person who you like to spend time with. Sample Answer I spend a lot of time with my best friend John.

My university is in London but he lives in Liverpool. When we are together we always play lots of sports like football and tennis. John loves Manchester United and he is a very good footballer. I prefer tennis but I am not as good as my friend. We also both enjoy playing computer games.

Our favorite is probably World of War craft which many of my friends play too. I always have a good time when we are together and he never fails to make me laugh. Describe a skill you learned when you were a child. Sample Answer Typing on a keyboard without looking at that is a special skill and recently I have learnt to type by not looking at the keyboard.

When I was 10 years old, my father bought me a computer, it was impossible for me to type without looking at the keys. It took longer hours for me to type a single page by searching the letters on the keys.

It was a troublesome task for me and most of the time I had to type different topics on computer. But I could not complete the tasks in due time for my lack of skills in typing. When I started to type, it appeared to me that the letters should be placed on the keyboard alphabetically for better use.

But gradually I learnt that this way is better than the alphabetical letters. Basically I learnt the skill at my home using my personal computer. In the very beginning, it was tougher for me to compose anything on the computer with the keyboard attached with it and it took longer hours for me to compose a document of three or four pages. So, I started using internet to get some ways to learn typing.

I found some special applications that allow the users to get the desired typing skill. Besides, the applications also helped me to make the typing faster than it was in the beginning. All of the earned skills are useful in real life but the applications may differ in situations.

When I started learning the skill, I thought that it would be of no use in my practical life and I am wasting my times. But when I took part in my work, I was surprised by the applications of typing.

I have started serving the office in different ways with the typing skill. As a result, my fame has increased as a typing expert and accordingly the office has evaluated my performance. I have been promoted to senior administrative officer after three months when I applied the skill to my daily works at the workplace. So, it appears to be a very useful skill for me. Describe someone you know who recently moved to new accommodation. Sample Answer Speaking of a person who moves to a new accommodation, I just think of my friend Linda.

Her neighbor frequently played his music excessively loud, which rattles the change off her coffee table. She spoke to him repeatedly and he always turns it down to merely loud. But then turns it back up within the hour. She said she couldn't stand her downstairs neighbor any more so she changed her living place. Now her new neighbors are about 70 years old and they are very quiet. She stays at college most of the time. The new accommodation she moves to is in a suburb.

Linda has to drive 20 minutes to go to the grocery store. But she doesn't mind it because she can live in a bigger than before. When she looks out of the window, she can see the flowers and cute birds flying in the sky. The only thing should be improved of her new accommodation is the blue-color stars all over the walls.

Although they glow in the dark, during the day they make her feel depressed. Therefore, she plans to add some posters on them. Describe a leader who you admire for example, in sport, business or politics You should say: Sample Answer I'd like to talk about Steve Jobs.

I think he is a very important leader for this time in history. Like many famous leaders in the past he changed the way we see things and do things through his innovation and creativity. Some people may think he just invented the Apple Mac computer and a phone, but the invention or device which really changed everything was the iPhone. It made people rethink what a phone could be and should be and as we can now see it has been the catalyst behind much of the smartphone technology and developments since it was first launched.

Current smartphone technology now makes online shopping even easier and accessing any kind of information online which has fundamentally transformed our daily behavior. Maybe if he hadn't launched the iPhone, someone else would have done something similar eventually, but he had the vision and the creativity to do it first and that always makes a difference.

I don't think he planned to become a world influencer or business leader, he simply had a company which innovated something that impacted on the daily lives of many people in a big way. The qualities that he had; being an innovator, being able to see things in a different way and conceptualize other ways of doings things, some people would call it being visionary are what impress me most about him.

He changed the way we interact with each other through mobile devices and that has had a tremendous impact on modern life and the other technology developments that have followed on the back of it. The world will never be the same as it was before the iPhone came along.

Describe a dream you have had You should say: On the way to a mountain in the dead of winter, I dropped behind the group I was traveling with and got lost.

To make matters worse, it began to rain heavily. The wind blew hard, and the blasted forest groaned as if in pain. And so overcast was the sky that night come several hours earlier than usual. Cold and frightened, I was trembling all over. All I could do was shout for help, but no help was forthcoming. The night became darker, the wind blew harder, and the rain poured down more heavily.

I ate my last piece of food, a tiny piece of cake. Totally despaired, I was waiting not for miracle but for death. Suddenly, a thunderclap woke me up.

A rainstorm was indeed raging outside, but I was grateful to find that I only had a nightmare. Describe a movie you have watched in a cinema or at home You should say: This film is set in communist East Germany, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. At that time, the Stasi, the East German secret police, used to spy on all kinds of people. The two main characters in the film are a playwright called Dreyman and a Stasi spy called Weisler, whose job it is to keep Dreyman under 24 hour surveillance.

Weisler is supposed to be reporting back to his superiors at the Stasi in order to discredit the playwright. However, he develops a strong sympathy for the playwright and his girlfriend, and determines to protect them by not reporting anything significant. The scenes in the film where it cuts from the colorful and interesting lives of Dreyman and his friends to the lonely attic where Weisler is sitting really show the contrast between the two men.

The film is shot in such a way that it makes you believe you are also spying on Dreyman, it even made me feel a bit guilty! I like this film because it has fascinating, 3-dimensional characters, and also the plot has plenty of twists.

Right up until the end of the film, we are left guessing how it could possibly end. It is also very thought-provoking because it makes you wonder how many people working for the Stasi actually did protect the people they were spying on. As for the message it gives, I would say the main message is that we can find kindness and humanity in the most unexpected of places.

The film makes us realize that nothing is ever black and white! The film also serves as a warning about the dangers of an oppressive, paranoid regime and is perhaps quite pertinent in this current age of mass surveillance.

Describe a time you missed an appointment for something You should say: I missed my first job interview two years ago because of my carelessness. Once I lost it, I feel regret for that late even today. At that time, as a fresh graduate, an interview appointment is valuable.

I applied for Unilever as Sale executive, one of the best global companies with dynamic working environment and good benefits.

I waited for about two months after attending at the IQ written test. I received an email announcing that I was one the tenth applicants who successfully passed the test. I was overjoyed when they asked me to join at the formal interview. However, I lost that chance. The appointment was at sharply Unfortunately, it started to rain and the bus came late around 3.

The traffic was very bad so the bus was moving very slowly due to the unavoidable traffic jam under heavy rain. At that time, I received a call from the company. With an angry voice, the authority informed that I missed the appointment and lost the opportunity to work at Unilever. Initially, I felt that my luck is not favoring me and felt a deep sense of anger because I thought it was not my fault but the traffic congestion. However, when I checked email again, I felt pity for me as I could not go to the appointment in time.

It becomes my invaluable experience. Since then, I always read emails and note down carefully the schedule. Describe an area of subject that you are interested in You should say: Biology is my favorite subject. Thanks for learning biology; I have a deep insight about living life around me from a tiny bacterium to a complex human.

Among different organisms, I love to elucidate the intricate mechanisms in plants. Why am I interested in plant biology? Plants, even though they are unable to move and speak, they are living things. They have their own language and have a wonderful life.

Have you ever asked yourself that why plants are the only organism that have up ground part and ground part? It is because carbon dioxide, light and water are the main sources for plants to grow. Water is obtained from soil through a complex root system.

Roots keep a plant anchored tightly to the soil as well. Sunlight and carbon dioxide are taken by leaves. Therefore, plants use water, light energy and carbon dioxide to make glucose, a kind of sugar and this is the food for plant to grow. You see? Just a very simple example, plants are worth to study about. By using molecular technology, I can learn more inside of plant cells and discover the mechanisms in plants.

Thanks for understanding of plant biology, it is applicable to manipulate and improve crop yield. It pours more and more passion to me for my future career. Describe an interesting or unusual thing you did recently in your free time You should say: Though, when I do, I take it seriously. Once or twice, I managed to get out of the city and indulged myself in secluded areas where Internet service and its distracting minions like social media and advertising emails ceased to exist.

My latest sweet escape was my trip to ABC Island last summer. ABC was one of the four deserted, yet beautiful islands located in X due to little exposure to tourism. This, however, would change drastically within the next few years since ABC had been drawing lots of attention thanks to positive feedbacks from those who had wandered there. I went to Binh Ba alone just to take a break from the fast-paced city life and to have time to contemplate myself, which I rarely did with people around.

It had been an intriguing 2-day journey full of surprises. That was the first time I traveled alone, first time riding on a speedboat, first time scuba diving and first time having dinner with a life jacket on my back and crystal clear water as my dining room. Additionally, seafood here was a bomb which came in different kinds and varieties. And there was nothing better than enjoying great company over a nice meal and bonfire.

X left an unforgettable impression on me where I learnt to appreciate precious moments with those I cared about and be grateful for whatever life had to offer. Life is tough but it would be lifeless without it toughness. We have been bombarded with an array of information every single day. Whether it is newspaper, television or social media like Facebook or LinkedIn, news always has their own way to reach us. As an avid Facebook user, I scroll down my newsfeeds board practically every 30 minutes to stay abreast of every latest action within my social network.

Therefore, the fact that Echelon Vietnam repeatedly popped up on my newsfeed really caught my attention. It piqued my interest so much that I paid a visit to their website to figure out what their gig was. As far as I am concerned, Echelon Vietnam this November is a 2-day international technology and investment event for entrepreneurs and business leaders within and outside Vietnam. It is appealing not only to big tech companies but tech savvy individuals as well.

The event aims to reach out to foreign investors, raising funding opportunities and developing the tech and startup community in Vietnam in the era where tech disruptions are leading almost every industry. With some of the most brilliant and world-class speakers, attendees are going to get some food for thought and inspiration during and after the event.

I personally believe that this could be a golden opportunity for Vietnam to shine as a promising land where young and talented engineers, developers and entrepreneurs are thriving non-stop toward a better future, a better life within Vietnam and beyond.

If I am able to schedule my time and afford the tickets, I will definitely be there to enjoy the vibe and explore much potential in this rising industry. There is a thing that troubles me more often than not when living in my country is the majority of people are riding motorbikes rather than cars.

A road trip by car from the south to the north would be tough, and adventurous even, due to hundreds of marvelous destinations are waiting to be explored. However, it is worth to take risk and step out of your comfort zone to truly experience what life has to offer when your legs can still drag you rather than to regret in your later life.

Still, the adventure could be more colorful and unexpected, hopefully in a good way, when you got company, especially during a long journey like this. Hence, picking up a close friend or two who share the same viewpoints, the same eager desire to capture the beautiful landscapes of my country with me would be my choice. Our cuisine would also be our utmost priority whenever we reach a new place as there is no better ways to live like a local other than eat like a local and I really look forward for that.

The car would give us room to comfortably converse with each other and shelter from inclement weather, if any. Describe a sport that you prefer to do and is a little expensive You should say: As an amateur, at least I should have a nice Nike or Adidas which up to now is about 50 USD, not to mention other fancy sportswear like T- shirt, shorts and socks.

So that would be USD in total. Anyway, my dad, who is not only motivated, but also knowledgeable about the sport, would definitely be my go-to partner. Describe someone who has a great influence on you You should say: Sometimes I get a bit lost, his amazing analyzing skill indeed helps get me through.

Well, I suppose that most men are born determined, however, my friend is a different story. For example, last semester, he slept only 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week continuously to get his group project done. Generally, for a great shift that he brought to my life, I am thankful for having this friend. Her little girl is such a witty kid, and she is always full of energy. As she begins to be aware of the outside world, she asks a lot of questions just to satisfy her curiosity.

It happened one day when we went out shopping. While her mother and I took turns trying clothes on, she was sitting quietly on the bench. Then she looked at me and her mother and started to express her opinions on our clothes.

She was so used to playing with her Barbie doll that she suggested we should dress like one of her dolls. She even taught us how to walk like models because she thought that was pretty. That was probably the best part of the shopping trip that I will never forget. Describe your favorite movie You should say: It is directed by Lone Scherfig based on a novel of the same name.

I watched this movie at least three times yet still love to watch again and again. They spent the night together but came up with an agreement to be just friends, and spent the following day together, the 15th, St. S within day. They went through different circumstances, troubles, got marriage and lived apart from each other until , Emma and Dexter finally realized they were a perfect match and got engaged and married.

Unfortunately, despite many efforts, they have not yet had kids. On 15th July , Emma had a car accident when she was crossing the street. Dexter became inconsolable and was particularly desolated each year on that day. The movie ends up with the scene back to when they first met and promised to always be best friends. Not only was the story itself so miserable but also the actor and actress outperformed the ordinary. This movie also aimed to encourage people to appreciate the happiness and true love from the ones who have always been there for them.

Describe a piece of electrical or electronic equipment in your home You should say: So, it is no surprise that, now that I have grown up, I dream of having an oven with rings for cooking on top, which is in very popular use overseas. In my country, this kind of oven is only sold at big electronics and appliance centers. Different from the normal oven, this one provides more stable and exact temperatures, which is one of the critical factors in baking.

Besides, it has four oven top elements, which is highly convenient because it allows you to cook and bake at the same time. It also saves a lot of space in your kitchen because it is free-standing.

Another feature that I would like the oven to have is a self-cleaning system. If you cook frequently, you will definitely appreciate this facility. As a result, with the self-cleaning feature, it is much easier for us to clean. Describe a garden you have visited and liked You should say: So, when some friends suggested a visit last year, I jumped at the chance.

After a journey of about an hour by train from our hotel, we arrived at Giverny. The garden was exactly as he had painted it — it was a riot of color, from the peaceful white of the water lilies to the striking reds and oranges which filled some of the flowerbeds. The two parts of the garden complemented each other perfectly. We first admired the array of bright flowers and fruit trees in the Clos Normand, but my favorite part was the water garden, and we enjoyed a leisurely stroll, taking in all the colors, perfumes and bird songs.

Monet avidly collected prints of Japanese gardens, and these inspired the Japanese bridges covered with wisterias, the water lilies in the pond, and the bamboo and weeping willows which he planted. For me, it was like a wonderland of colors and a dream come true after so many years. Describe something you did with a group of people You should say: I think this situation is quite common in our lives, especially when we have to act as part of a team.

A couple of months ago, I was assigned to a team at my workplace in order to tackle a big project. As part of the team, I had to cooperate closely with this person. However, we had never really liked each other for several reasons. Firstly, she is much older than I am, so she always thinks she is right and disregards the opinions of others.

I would describe her as both bossy and officious, although she did not have a more senior position than I did in the company. Secondly, I considered her irresponsible because she did not appear to me to pay serious attention to the project.

So, although it was supposedly a group project, I ended up working all on my own as much as possible in order to see the task through. As the work was vital for our company, we had to be successful. I therefore had no choice except to collaborate with her in order to finish the job. I would rather have done all the work alone, but if I had refused to work with her as part of the team, then the evaluation of my job performance would have been affected at the end of the year. So, knowing her personality as I did, I swallowed my pride and tried to be patient.

Despite our many arguments, we completed the task on time. It just needs a little bit of time and patience to work things out, and each person has to compromise to achieve a common goal. Describe a place where you go to relax You should say: The coffee house is located on a quiet street with a lot of trees planted on both sides.

Separated from the hustle and bustle of the city life, this place allows me to sit quietly and reflect, relaxing after a week of hard work. I can concentrate on a personal project such as reading or writing in my journal without being interrupted by other people. It serves great coffee, tea, and cakes, thus, the place always smells very nice. In addition, the employees are also friendly and helpful. Sometimes, I go there with my friends.

At that moment, we can escape from reality for a little while and enjoy ourselves even more. Describe a small business you want to have in the future You should say: Maybe if we become popular and more people start buying our products we could even open a small shop and take special orders.

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We could also have classes, where we teach people how to make their own jewelry. We could put an ad in the newspaper or on the Internet and sell our wares that way.

Describe a wild animal You should say: I was recommended to see this white tiger first due to its rarity and uncommon beauty.

Its habitat in the zoo is landscaped to resemble a dense jungle. I was truly overawed and felt excited at first sight by its gorgeous appearance. This giant cat has blue eyes, a pink nose, and creamy white fur covered with brown stripes. In the wild, this animal's diet consists of monkeys, birds and other animals as it is a carnivore. It also prefers killing young, weak or old animals because they cannot run as fast and are often abandoned by their herd.

In the zoo, it is fed on animal flesh, even including imported kangaroo meat. At the beginning I felt a little bit apprehensive because tigers are well - known as a dangerous species as well as the king of animals. However after encountering this white tiger, I changed my mind since it was very cute and friendly to humans. As tigers in general and white tigers in particular are endangered species, I believe that people should make a great effort to preserve them from extinction.

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Describe an interesting photo You should say: However, the most meaningful photograph to me is the big one of my family. The picture is hung on the wall of my living room and it is the first thing that everyone notices since the moment they walk into my house. The photograph was taken one year ago on an occasion of summer holiday.

It was the first time that my family enjoyed the summer vacation together. We decided to go on a trip to Sam Son beach which is one of the most popular destinations for summer holiday in my country. The photo was probably the first picture of my whole family with my parents, my older brother, my little sister and me. It is such a brilliant photo, with every one standing on the beach and smiling.

The one behind the camera was a professional photographer who has a great eye for photography. You can even see the crystal clear water sparkling under the sunlight and the seashore in the background.

It was a scorching hot day, and the sky was blue with no clouds, making it a perfect scene to take a photo. The photo is very special to me. Whenever, I feel unhappy, just looking at the picture cheers me up right away. I believe that no matter what happens, my parents and my siblings will always stand by me and support me. Describe a special meal you would like to have You should say: I would invite my closest friends, the ones that I hang out with and have the most in common with. I would of course invite my girlfriend so that she could meet my friends.

That is important to me. I think my girlfriend should know what I am like when I am with my friends. I would find a nice restaurant with a good atmosphere where the waiters are friendly and the owners are working to give you the best experience you can have. I would not choose a big monstrous place where everything would seem so impersonal, but instead a restaurant that has a family ambiance. I would order hot pot with lots of meal, lamb, pork, beef, fish, tofu I would also order some nice vegetables and noodles, and to top it off, some ice cold beer to wash it down.

I really like hot pot because of the atmosphere it creates of everyone eating together and pulling things from the pot and dipping it in their favorite sauce, just relaxing and enjoying the food and the friendship. Describe an item that you received and made you happy You should say: I must say that it is really smart and exactly to my liking.

The coat is made of cotton only and by a famous clothes brand. It is a knee-length black coat, which was in fashion at that time. What I like the most is that there are two deep side pockets, so in winter, I always put my hands into those pockets to avoid the cold. I am so fond of this coat that I usually wear it every winter. It fits me perfectly and makes me feel comfortable and warm, no matter how cold the weather is.

I keep myself warm by wearing the coat with jeans and boots, which match it well. In fact, I have never thought whether it will be out of fashion. As this coat is a gift from my parents, I treasure it a lot and — for sure - I will keep wearing this coat in the future.

Describe a person who once moved to live with you You should say: Her name is Linda. Possibly, she is one of the best friends of mine who lived with me. First, I would love to talk a little bit about the time and the place where she lived in. It was in a very freezing Sunday night around 2 or 3 degree Celsius.

In the very heart of the winter, I mean in July, there was a girl struggling with loads of luggage knocking at the door of my house. She said hi to everyone in a very humble way. This is a sort of the scenario of how I got to know her. There should be a fate between us, I reckon. What I mean fate here is by accident we got to know each other and we are at the same hometown back in India and we used to live in the same area in India when both of us were going to a university in Mumbai.

But we just run across with each other only in Australia. Moving onto the next point, I would like to approach the idea of our relationship. To be honest, we were not in a very good harmony initially because of some misunderstandings and conflicts during the time we lived in under the same roof, shared the rent, bills and time clash.

But gradually, we discovered out that we have a lot of common interests and characteristics. Living with her is quite enjoyable because we could share lots of things together, but did not have to worry about bothering each other in the daily life. Describe an interesting tradition in your country You should say: We celebrate this tradition every day, in fact several times a day. This is our way of greeting each other. We do it by folding our hands, palms facing each other, fingers pointing towards the ceiling, thumbs pointing towards the chest and this is accompanied by a slight bow.

This tradition is interesting because this is the biggest export of our traditions to the western culture. When I say Namastey, I mean to say that I am your humble servant. It creates an aura of respect which is far more than saying hello or shaking hands. It is said that the human body is composed of immense energy. We can turn it into a positive or negative energy. When we shake hands we transfer positive as well as negative energy.

But when we fold hands, we transfer only positive energy. Whenever anyone comes to our house, we always say Namastey, no wonder this word has been adopted by all the English language dictionaries. Describe an important skill you learned when you were a child You should say: Describe an activity that you do in your school after school You should say: It is actually a badminton class, so we have teachers and other students too.

We practice badminton here for an hour. Sometimes, we even stay there for another half an hour. Just like tennis, you can play badminton as a singles match or doubles match. The rules are pretty much the same as tennis.

The only difference is that the badminton shuttlecock is lighter than the tennis ball, thus, it requires less strength. Due to my short-sightedness, I am not very good at playing this game but I enjoy it anyway.

Firstly, it helps keep me fit. In addition, I can train my eyes to look further and faster, and it quickens my reflexes. Last but not least, it helps me a lot in improving my teamwork skills. Describe a method that helps you save money You should say: But it's so lucky for me when I complained about it to my friend, she suggested me using Money Lover, a useful mobile application to most useful one.

I have used this app for 3 months and up to now, I have a considerable savings in my banking account.

To my surprise, my friends consider me as a shining model for them to follow when it comes to talking about money saving. Describe a short journey that you disliked You should say: I decided to do some shopping in the capital city.

So I thought that I would set off early and get it done in a couple of hours and be back in time for lunch. However, the journey did not go as planned. But what happened next was even worse. We had to wait for another twenty five minutes or so for the next bus to arrive behind us and then we all got off the first bus and got on the second bus.

The second bus already had some passengers on it, and with all of us from the first bus as well there was only room to stand. The whole experience was rapidly turning into something I was beginning to seriously regret.

What had started out as something supposedly fun and different was quickly becoming one of the worst trips ever. Describe a character or personality of yours You should say: Nonetheless, we all have our own idea about our own characteristics and I would like to talk about my honesty which is also one of the characters I find important and proud of. Honesty is a great virtue and I am in favor of the viewpoint that if people could remain honest during the lifetime, they will be rewarded in the long run.

To be honest, honesty inside me leads me to do everything with genuine sincerity. Therefore, I am respected and adored by everyone and especially by my friends and colleagues. I think that I inherited this personal trait from my mother. In daily life, he also reminds me to be honest in every aspect of my life and I would get through all ups and downs and succeed in life. Honesty never fails to make me feel better at work and my daily living.

In other words, Honesty has made everything for me. I earned the high-paid job because my boss and colleagues always have faith in me. I have a happy family with beloved parents and brother.