Describe an interesting person you have met.
You should say:
• who he/she was
• where you met him/her
• what was special about him/her
• And explain why this person was interesting.
I love to meet new people. Today, I would like to talk about a charismatic person I met a year ago.
Last year I was going to Mumbai by train for an official meeting. On the way, a young lady boarded the train from a small railway station. She occupied the seat in front of me. Very soon we started talking about our hobbies, studies and work etc. Her name was Sukriti Singh. She was a second-year student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
One particular thing which made her quite special was her high confidence level. Normally, girls don’t travel alone in my country. In most cases, they are accompanied by their parents or some other family member. But, since she was on her own, that clearly reflected her boldness.
I found this girl very interesting. Her in-depth knowledge of latest technology and space science made me re-think about my opinion about females. I used to think that Indian women are only interested in fashion. Science is not their cup of tea. But, this meeting was a real mind-changer. She helped open my eyes towards the common attitude of ignorance males have towards females regarding their intelligence. Now, I fully understand that women have the potential to succeed in any field.
Describe a holiday destination you have visited.
You should say:
• where it is
• when you went there
• what you did there
And explain why this place left an impression on you.
Today I am going to speak about a place where I went on holidays.
The name of the place is Manali. It’s a picturesque hill station located in Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India.
I went to Manali last week with my family. Since it is quite far, approximately 500 kilometers, from my hometown Dehradun, we decided to set off on Friday night. It was a very long drive, about 12 hours. We reached there on Saturday morning.
Manali has a lot to offer to its tourists of all ages. For the elderly and religious people, there are many ancient temples. Young adventure seekers have a wide range of sporting activities like skiing, snowmobiling, rafting, river crossing, trekking and paragliding etc. at their disposal.
On the first day of our holiday, we trekked through a dense cedar forest to reach Hadimba temple. It is the oldest temple of Manali and has a lot of religious significance in the local community. The next day we went to Solang Valley. Fortunately, we found plenty of snow in the valley. Without wasting our time, we made a small but very pretty igloo. We took the photographs of all the places we visited.
This place has impressed me very much. The main reason is its pleasant weather. Apart from that, people are honest, friendly and co-operative. They always give you the right information. Transport facilities and hotels are also well-maintained.
There are so many times we just start with a small talk and then end up having an amazing conversation with someone. It so happens because of the common interests or sometimes because of a topic that strikes the minds. This time let us have a look at the sample cue card that questions on an interesting conversation that you had with someone you did not know.
Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know.
You should say :
who the person was
where the conversation took place
what you talked about
explain why did you find the conversation interesting.
SAMPLE ANSWER 1
I remember travelling alone to Bhubaneswar once from New Delhi on train. It was a long 24 hours journey and initially I was so perforated that I decided opening a novel to read. It was Steve Jobs biography and while I was reading it a girl sitting at the opposite berth asked me if I was fan of Apple. I told her my interests in the shaping of Apple and we had a great conversation on Steve Jobs and how Apple shaped the world around.
We talked about the Microsoft and Apple war and then the obvious, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. It was interesting because there were so many laughing points and then we drifted from Microsoft and Apple to India and what we as the so called youth can do something good for the country. We then shared our travel stories and it was pretty amazing. She was working for TCS in Kolkata and it was pretty amazing.
SAMPLE ANSWER 2
I was once travelling to Bangalore from Chennai and met this amazing guy on airplane. So, he was sitting next to me and I was busy gazing out of the airplane just to kill time and he initiated the conversation with a joke. We both laughed and then we talked about toastmasters. He was part of it and I was as well. So, we talked about our first speeches and the people we got to meet through out our toastmasters journey. Our mistakes and the people we admire for their speeches.
We then talked about travelling and the places we have been too. He had been to Dehradun and I have lived there. So, we shared our Dehradun diaries as well.
It was particularly interesting because for some reasons we found a ground to connect with and it we took off from there.
Describe a time when you had to use your imagination.
You should say:
• when it was
• why you had to use it
• what you imagined
And explain how you felt about it.
One particular event which I remember quiet clearly was when I had to babysit my little niece Apu. She was about 4 years old and adored stories. In order to entertain her I picked the obvious route of introducing her to a story telling based game. This game heavily relied on the use of a creative imagination. I started off with a sentence which she in turn completed. Together we both created a magical world with flying mermaids and ice cream houses, it would have been quite a sight to behold. As we were creating the world beyond our dreams, I realised I felt like a mischievous kid. Once more I was free and happy, oblivious to what lay beyond our happy little world. Together me and Apu had a blast, we did not even notice when the time flew by. Since then it’s become her favourite game and we always play it together whenever I visit her.