IELTS Speaking 2017 Questions # Watches

The world has advanced and every gadget that we used earlier has now come to fit in our pockets. From watch to the media players, camera, and almost everything. This time we are looking at one such gadget which used to part of our daily lives and how to people use it now.

Did you wear a watch when you were a child?

I don’t clearly remember wearing a watch while growing up on daily basis. However, whenever those fancy watches used to come around, I have always tried them. Sadly they did not work out for a long time, but it was always fun to have them. But, as I reached by Intermediate College I did start wearing watches on a regular basis.

Do you think children should wear a watch? Why/Why not?

In my opinion, a child should wear a watch because it teaches the importance of time. Since it is ticking almost everytime on your hand, one subconsciously becomes aware of time passing by and understands the importance of it.

Can you think of one reason why some people like to wear expensive watches?

One of the main reason could be that they themselves are rich, so surely one would like to go for expensive things in their bucket! Most of the people do it as a reward for achieving something… There are many who take them in a traditional way. So, a watch is something that passes on to generations. Having an expensive one adds on to it. Even some people go for the handmade watches. Well, few do it to save the handcraft others do it because it is more personalised and so more close to heart.

How do you travel from your home to work? How long does the journey normally takes?

I am a pedestrian so I commute by walking from home to work. Well, it is also because my office is very close to my house so using anything else does not make sense. Mostly I go with my friend to the office and the journey is all about talking things here and there.

What do you usually do while travelling?

I love taking pictures so whenever I travel, I am mostly taking pictures and listening to music. If it is a road trip to a place I prefer collecting the local stuff that symbolises the importance of the place.

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IELTS Cue Card #Story About Space

IELTS Cue Card ‘Story about space’

Describe a story about space (real or fictitious) that you have read about or seen in a film or on TV.

    You should say:

  • when you read about or saw the story
  • what happened in the story?
  • whether the story has any significance today
  • and explain how you felt about this story.

ielts cue card space story

Sample Answer:

I am a person of varied taste when it comes to reading a book, watching a movie and or listening to music. When it comes to movies, I prefer watching sci-fi the most. Today I would like to talk about a Hollywood sci-fi movie “The Martian” 2015. Mark was the lead character, which was played by Matt Damon.

The plot of the movie is pretty simple yet it keeps you woven and intrigued. Mark gets stranded on Mars because of a storm, his team thinks he is dead, as the last telemetry from his suit indicates no sign of life. From here on his journey of survival on Mars begins. Mark, being a botanist, improvises a farm inside the habitat utilising Martian soil fertilized with human waste. He even produces water by extracting hydrogen from leftover rocket fuel, and utilizes the stock of potatoes he had from his expedition to make new crop of potatoes for himself, as he was to stay there for another 4 years before help could be sent to him.

The story-line has a huge significance with today’s age as we are eagerly looking forward to colonise the Mars. Even NASA assisted the filmmakers with depicting the science and technology in ‘The Martian’ since it saw the movie has a potential of promoting space exploration.

Right from my early childhood days, like any other kid of my age I was really fascinated by outer space, the universe and the explorations made by the astronauts. One thing which has always fascinated me, is the possibility of life on the other planets. To an extent, the movie has answered this question and also solidified my belief regarding the possibility of life beyond our planet Earth. (287 Words)

 

Writer: Akshay Tomar

 

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IELTS Speaking 2017 Questions # Books

Last time we looked at a cue card that talked about a book that inspired you. The book that you would like to read again. Click on the link below for the cue card question:

Favourite Book Cue Card

This time we are looking at the part III questions related to the cue card.

What can we learn from the literature: especially classics?

Books always have so much to offer to its readers that it truly becomes a part of our lives. It could be fiction, non-fiction or autobiographies. But, literature is the one part of reading that surely takes readers to a new level of understanding and shows dimensions like never before. Classics in many ways showcase the happenings of the time when they were written. People who do read classics are able to understand better the problems of people in past and make so much more sense in the present. I remember reading Godan by Premchand. The classic is about the people living in the village during the post-independence era and showcases the emotional and financial issues faced by the common people. It made me understand the difficulties the villagers in my country do face.

What has changed in terms of reading over the past few decades?

Reading has always been an integral part of our lives since ages. There have been struggles by women to read and write but I believe things have changed when compared with the past. Reading has now become the mainstream hobby that people do propaganda about.  People did read books and newspaper earlier as well, but in today’s time, they have gained importance like never before. Someone who reads novels is given importance and respect and is treated more of intellectual.

Do you think people read less or more nowadays?
People have surely become more inclined towards reading in present times when compared with the past. With the importance of reading being highlighted in recent times, many youngsters have started reading novels and newspaper. Even more, with the high pace with which digitalisation is happening, one need not to always read books to gain knowledge. With google and facebook, most people read news and articles online. There are ebooks available and with competition increasing, surely things have changed.
What do you think is the difference between reading novels and watching movies?
Novels and movies are two different ways of depicting the same facts, in my opinion. There are some people who have a major impact when they read something, while for others to grasp a concept it is important to visualise it. Novels are more of the detailed version of everything, one has to read it to understand it. With movies, the lot of things can happen in the background. For example, in movies, you need not say that the person is sad, a background music and tears can help. With novels, it’s all about words and the writes them off!
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IELTS speaking # Eating Fruits

This time we are looking at a recent question set related to eating fruits.

Do you like fruits? What kind of fruits do you like?

I do love fruits, especially the ones of the summer season. I like fruits which have a lot of water in them, so fruits like mango, watermelon, strawberries are among my favorites.

Do you think eating fruits is healthy for the body?

Definitely yes. Fruits have lot of minerals and vitamins in them that help a person to have a healthy body. Fruits like grapes are healthy for heart,pomegrantes help in fighting inflammation. Bluberries are considered the anti-aging fruit. There are lot of fruits and they have advantages that can help individuals in having a great body.

 

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