IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Water Burial

Technology is changing and changing at a pace that no one can imagine. There are new ways being developed for solving the age old problems and sometimes new problems do create along this journey. This time we are looking at a new way of cremating people, water burial. The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English podcast.

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

  1. Which word means something that is unpleasant or without hope?
  2. On average how many people die each hour?
  3. Which term refers to a body dug into Earth?
  4. Which term refers to a burnt dead body?
  5. What is the place the body and coffin go into?
  6. Quantify the land of forest used in the US to make coffins?
  7. What is the synonym of toxins?
  8. Up to what temperature the body is heated in water burial?
  9. How many hours does water burial take?
  10. Which word means that it is easy to break?
  11. What are the artificial additions to a body called?
ANSWERS
  1. bleak
  2. six thousand
  3. Burial
  4. cremation
  5. grave
  6. four million acres
  7. poison
  8. 150 degrees centigrade
  9. 4 hours
  10. brittle
  11. implants
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IELTS Speaking Sample Answers # The Internet

The widespread use of internet has truly metamorphosed our lives. We are living in an era where people are connected like never before and learning new things in the most innovative ways no one can imagine off! With so much happening and changing in our world, because of the internet, let us today have a look at some of the questions related to the internet.

Do you use the internet much during the day?

My living depends upon the internet. Being a travel blogger, for the most part, I am either posting on my blogs or searching places to travel. Or otherwise, use the internet for handling my social media accounts. With a busload of people on the internet, it becomes quite difficult to grasp the attention of your audience. A writer knows this, so the basic step is writing a good piece of article and then making sure it gets publicized and reaches out to a larger and more connected audience. Also, the internet has a certain level of addiction I cannot resist. Mostly I am responding to the reviews and the comments. So, for me, the internet is my bread and butter.

What are some of the advantages of the internet?

The Internet offers a varied range of benefits to its users. The best I can think off is free communication to far off people. Gone are the days when one had to pay good money for making ISD calls. The world is connected and is connected at a far cheaper price than one can think off! In a globalised way, the world surely has shrunken down with the best from everywhere available on the Internet. From online education to transactions, life is happening at the click of a button.

 

Do people in your country use the internet a lot?

Smart phones have immensely increased the use of the internet. With the world being accessible on a click, people are glued up to their smart phones. People in my country are using the internet for almost everything, right from education, online transactions, communication and so much more. Even the elderly people are learning to use it for conversing with their kids. It is a common sight for the older generation of our country to sit down together and talk about WhatsApp chats. The younger gen has grown up with it, so for them, it is just a part of their lives, like electricity.

Do you do any shopping on the internet?

Shopping on the internet is one thing I do not prefer much but the availability of great discounts do make me go back. For items like electronics and bags, I have come to prefer online shopping as compared to going to market as the product quality can be easily checked and there are a lot of offers available while shopping online. But, for clothes, I still prefer the traditional way of shopping where I can try on the clothes.

 

Who do you usually communicate with?

Communication has a lot of channels in the present times. On email, most of the times the people I communicate with are either my managers or for the best part, the people who like my blog and comment and give suggestions. Also, I interact with my official clients via official emails. But, for the personal preferences, I use WhatsApp or messenger for communicating with my friends and family.

How often do you check your email?

Probably, once in every two hours. There are a lot of things happening in the world and emails are one way of getting connected with all of them so it is important. Apart from the Gmail account, I have my office account wherein I get the emails related to work. This account I usually check thrice a day, at the start of work and then probably midway and finally before leaving.

Do you think writing emails has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?


I would say, it has strengthened people’s writing skills. There is a conscious effort that people put in writing as the email gets stored and can be used as proof, they make sure that the language was written properly. It has resulted in improved formal writing skills. But, I would agree to a certain extent that too much of formal writing has killed the creativity in individuals.

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IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Honest

Honesty is the best policy. The one quote that we all have heard since our childhood and some even tried to follow it. There are some people who do believe it to be absolutely true and do follow it but then some who think honesty is true only until it does not hurt people. This time we are looking at a BBC 6 minutes audio on how honest we are!!

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

  1. Which adjective means that you are trying to be honest and not trying to cheat people?
  2. What is the noun for the quality of being truthful?
  3. Which word is used to mean that you tricked someone to do what you want to?
  4. Who said, “Honesty is the best policy”?
  5. Name the book authored by Philip Grave?
  6. What is a person who buys things or services called?
  7. What is to be caring only about oneself and not the people around?
  8. Which word means working towards a shared goa?
  9. In which book did Benjamen Franklin wrote,” There are no pains without gains”?
  10. What is the way our mind works called?
ANSWERS
  1. honest
  2. honesty
  3. cheat
  4. Benajamen Franklin
  5. Consumerology
  6. consumer
  7. selfish
  8. co-operatively
  9. Poor Richard’s Almanac
  10. Psychological make up
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IELTS Speaking Sample Questions # Money

Money, no matter what, is the most important commodity we have in our lives. We are sure that money cannot buy happiness but without it, most people do end up having depression. This time we are looking at questions asked in the IELTS speaking section related to the importance of money, its impact on young people and society. Before we begin, let us have a look at some of the vocabulary words related to money, young people and society.

MONEY VOCABULARY
  1. barter – to trade without using the money
  2. counterfeit – fake money made in order to deceive
  3. denomination – the face value of a banknote, coin, or postage stamp.
  4. foreign exchange – it is used to describe the currency of other countries and the system for dealing in such currencies
  5. mortgage – a legal agreement by which a bank, building a society, etc. lends money at interest in exchange for taking the title of the debtor’s property, with the condition that the conveyance of title becomes void upon the payment of the debt.
  6. standing order – an instruction to a bank to make regular payments
YOUTH VOCABULARY
  1. adolescence – a period of time when a person is developing into an adult
  2. generation gap – a term used to describe a big difference between the younger generations and the adults
  3. juvenile – a person who is young enough not to be considered old. ( In India, below 18)
SOCIETY VOCABULARY
  1. ancestors – the older generation of your family
  2. rebel – someone who goes against an authority
  3. prejudice – having a negative view of someone because of their age, gender, race or religion
  4. extremist – a person whose strong views are not held by the society

 

Why do some parents give money to their children some fortune to spend each week?

There could be several reasons for it. Possibly, the child is living away from the parents, like in a hostel, it becomes important therefore for the child to have some fortune in hand. There are even parents who want their children to be financially intelligent. Like, a friend of mine got 400 each week and it was his responsibility to make sure his expenses are met. Initially, he fumbled and we thought his parents made a mistake. Looking back at it, I believe, my friend is now more financially active because he knows how to take care of money, which in turn has helped him in real life.

Do you agree that schools should teach children how to manage money?

Teaching children how to manage money could be beneficial, but I believe this must be done only in the later years of school. Probably in the Intermediate years of the school. Money is an important aspect of our lives but education is far more. It could be possible that a child gets engrossed so much in the money aspects that he or she forgets about having fun in life. But, teaching it in the intermediate years, will make children a bit more responsible.

Do you think it is a good idea for children to earn money while studying?

Part time jobs have become the rage of this millennia and most students do take up jobs when studying. I believe doing jobs simultaneously with studying helps in higher education. Not only do they provide a real time experience to students, they make them understand which profession would be correct for them. But, then, one must not do a job at the cost of education. So, skipping school for the job might not be the best thing. One can always do work during holidays and have the best of both worlds.

Do you think in today’s society money cannot buy happiness?

Money always has the power to make you feel happy although it can never get the satisfaction one can get with their loved ones. But, to an extent, money does make it possible for people to extend their happiness. For example, two friends can have more fun on a trek than sitting at home and for a trek to happen, money is important. So, I think ,money does not brings happiness but surely can act as a catalyst.

What disadvantages do you think a society where the gap between rich and poor is large has?

A society with a huge gap between rich and poor often ends up being a depressed and a falling society. Society is like a train with wheels and if the last wheel is broken or is not functioning properly, the entire vehicle will slow down. One of the biggest short backs is the higher crime rates. The more the number of poor people, researchers say, more are the crimes. It also decreases the health levels. A society where most people cannot have good health care will lead to a society with mostly ill people. All of this will lead to a depreciated.

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