IELTS Speaking Sample Questions # Handwriting

We are living in an age of computers and technical devices. Gone are the days when people used to note down important things in notebooks. With smartphones becoming so accessible, people prefer using them for notes. This time we are looking at some of the questions related to the methods of writing that can be asked in IELTS speaking section.

Do you usually write by hand or you use a computer to make notes?

I have been working with computers professionally for around 2 years now and having used computers extensively, making notes on computers is very much easier for me than writing by hand. Even more, because of the lost practice of writing, it becomes really hard to pick a pen and write. So, I prefer using computers.

How do most people write things now a days?

Most people of my age use their smart phones to make simple notes. But, the elderly, I think still rely on paper based writing. For example, making the grocery list. Other creative people like writers also prefer diary writing over computer notes.

Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?

Definitely yes. I think the speed with which we are adapting technology, it is very much possible that our next generation would be dealing with computers all the time. It is highly unlikely that handwriting will be replaced by computers in schools in the near future. But, for professional work, digital notes in their full form are just around the corner.

When do children begin to write in your country?

Most of the children start writing by the age of 4, i.e. when they go to school. But, then there are some children who learn to write when they are about 5 or 6.

How did you learn to write?

I lived in a joint family so there were lots of people around me who were interested in teaching me. So, I learnt to write with the help of my brothers and my mother. They used to write letters in the notebook and I was given task to copy the letter or write above it.

Do you think handwriting is very important nowadays?

Definitely yes, handwriting is an important thing. No matter, how much we have moved towards digitisation, good handwriting does save a day. When people are always working on computers, to be able to write allows the mind to function in a different way, making it active.

How can children today improve their handwriting?

The only thing that can help is practice and doing it perfectly. So, parents can buy practice books which focus on developing handwriting.tr For instance, cursive books. Children should try to imitate the way things are written there. It is by imitating good handwriting can a child learn how to write properly.

What impression does a person’s handwriting have on other people?

No matter how far we have moved with technology, a good handwriting is a sign of a creative mind. So, when people look at someone whose handwriting is beautiful, he/she is assumed to be of high intellect or having artistic qualities.

Do you love writing?

I do like writing and can write about almost everything. I love writing journals and letters.

Do you prefer writing letters or emails?

I prefer letters because I think, surely emails reach faster, but with letters, there are lot of emotions attached. The wait for letters makes them much more exciting to read.

Do you think some people are still addicted to writing letter?

Very few on that note. Generally everyone prefers letters but there are some who are crazy about them. My mother is one such person. She is so fond of letters that no matter how many other things I give to her, every letter that I write makes her happier than anything in the world.

What are the main differences between handwriting and writing on a computer?

With handwriting, there is nothing called erase. What’s written is written and the only thing you can do is cut it, but not erase. With computers, you can just write down whatever you want to and editing becomes so much easier with it. Also, you can move the data quite quickly if it was written on a computer. You can mail it, store it in a Google drive, whichever way suits well. With handwriting it is more real and there is only one real copy for everything written. Both of them have their positives and negatives. For quick results, it is better to go for writing on a computer but for more personal, handwriting is still the best option.

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IELTS Speaking Sample Questions # Walking

No person in this world can every be too busy to miss a physical exercise. With more and more people getting busier these days, the importance of body in some ways get over looked. However, there have been many initiatives being made to ensure that people do a certain kind of exercise to maintain a healthy life. This time let us have a look at some of the questions related to walking that can be asked in IELTS speaking section.

Do you like to walk?

Yes, I do prefer having long walks with my friends and even sometimes alone, when I need to clear my thoughts. I think walking in so many sense help you to bond with the other person. Because, it is that time when we are slow and really talking to the other person. There is no rush, no deadline to meet, nothing on mind apart from what is coming out from heart. And, then times when I walk alone, it does help me get clarity on life.

Would you say your city is a good place for walking?

I live in an eastern state of India, in Bhubaneswar and surely it is a good place to walk. With not much hustle and bustle of big city, you can actually just go out without any thoughts on getting hit by a car and have the street food.

Do people in your country walk a lot?

Most of the people in my country do go out for an evening walk. With IT becoming such a major market and the youth shifting towards it, not much of youth goes out for walk, but I think they tend to do some other form of exercise for that matter. But, apart from them, you can find women and children, going out for walk to catch up with their friends.

Do you think walking is important?

Definitely yes. Walking is surely an important part of our lives because it helps us in so many ways. You not only get positive results in terms of physical health but it helps improve your mental health, hence giving you the entire advantage. Also, with walking people become much more aware of the surroundings they live in, which is surely an important thing.

Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?

Surely yes. On the countryside, you are more likely to find greenery, free roads, more parks, but with cities, there are certain issues. Like, most of them have got big building so while walking there is not much that you can capture about nature. Also, with cities, there are issues like pollution, which do affect us in many ways.

What could be done to improve the experience of walking in cities?

I think having bigger and better parks can be one thing. So, a park where you can find lot of trees and garden and may be a lake could give the feel of the country side. It is not necessary that these parks are built in every locality but may be more frequently. So, that people can come here and relax and feel good about life

Do you like walking on your own or with others?

It depends. So, if I am really messed up with my life and want some clarity, I prefer walking alone. But, in times when I am tired and feel emaciated, I prefer going out on a walk with my friends. It helps me to relax a bit and then carry on with life. So, for me both go fine, my mental state is what makes the difference.

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Importance Of Exercise # Cue Card

Cue Card – Speaking part-2

IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

  • What kind of exercise do you do?
  • When do you exercise?
  • How do you feel after exercise?
ANSWER

I believe that no one in this world can deny the importance of exercise, whether it is yoga or cycling or jogging. I think that people who do daily exercise tend to live a healthier life.

Exercising is very important for me. I make it a point that I am able to do it on regular basis. I usually do cycling in the morning for an hour, although I sometimes even prefer jogging. There are even days when it is raining and in those days I mostly do yoga. The point is I make sure that I am doing some or the other form of exercise daily in the morning.

Sometimes it become quite tough for me to do exercise in the morning. In those days, I usually take a stroll in the evening in a nearby park.

Exercising always helps to begin the day on a fresh note. I feel as if the entire day gets perfectly scheduled if I exercise. I am a writer and for most of the times I am sitting and typing. Exercising helps me to give my body the required time and also often I get great ideas during exercise. It seems as if it just provides me the right adrenaline rush. And I think that every individual must exercise daily.

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IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

We are living in a world that is improving in seconds. Every moment their is a new invention happening, a new disease getting cured. With so much of advancement some people believe that we will easily breach the 90 year limit for life. This time we are listening to a BBC 6 minute English that talks about life expectancy. You can download the audio from –

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS –

  1. What does the expression “dead on your feet” mean?
  2. Which phrase reflects the beliefs of an organisation or a person?
  3. What phrase refers to the years a person is likely to live?
  4. What will be USA life expectancy by 2030?
  5. Who according to the world health organisation will be the country with highest longevity?
  6. Which word has the same meaning as being fair and impartial?
  7. Which western country has the lowest obesity rates?
  8. What word is used to refer to the fact that you have been consuming lot of alcohol in short time?
ANSWERS
  1. extremely tired
  2. motto
  3. life expectancy
  4. the bottom third
  5. Korea
  6. equitable
  7. France
  8. Binging

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