We are living in times when people are having more than one jobs. With internet coming at pace, there are so many other jobs that people are being offered online. So, a person who is possibly a good coder does not end up working only for a company. He/she has the option of having some more income online. This time we are listening to a BBC 6 minute English audio that talks about multiple careers.
Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
What is the case for carrying large pictures called?
Which profession people had the surname Bond?
What is a person who makes violin called?
What is a person who starts and runs business called?
Which adjectives describes someone who does the same thing again and again?
What is a job at a big organisation, company or corporation called?
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.
There are so many times in our lives that we wish to do certain things in life, sometimes go high or may be do something we never thought of. Doing things that we are not comfortable doing is what makes who we are. This time in the IELTS cue card we are talking about an adventurous person.
Describe an adventurous person you know.
You should say –
who the person is
how you know the person
what risks the person takes
And explain why you think that person likes to take risks.
SAMPLE ANSWER 1
Talking of adventure, the one person that comes to my mind is my brother, David Miller. In times when we thought about jumping off the walls, I remember he went river rafting. Initially, we all were so scared that we tried manipulating him to drop the idea. But he did it and came out stronger. Ever since he has been part of lot many adventurous sports. However, it is not just about playing those sports out, what he has learnt is how to take tough decisions in life. So, when all of us were busy confused on whether we should do certain things or not, he did it.
Recently, he left a very cushioned job to have his own company. I think this is more of a real adventure, the one that effects lot of things and one that requires patience and confidence. In his words, he never takes risk, he does what he thinks is right and then does it all the way no matter how uncomfortable he gets in it.
SAMPLE ANSWER 2
Taking risks requires lot of courage, be it for any sport or for that matter in life. One adventurous person I can think of is a friend of mine Avinash. He has been one of those few people that I met who remained calm on the surface but paddled hard beneath. Talking to him one feels like the only thing that he does is sleep. But, he has been at some of the most amazing places one could think of and done really crazy things.
I remember him telling me how once he sneaked out of his house for a trip to Leh and on reaching called back his parents. He was in 12th grade then. Recently, when I met him he has become a traveller and for earning takes people to people they have never thought of.
I think it is not just about going to the exciting places that makes him adventurous but then doing something that people never thought him to be doing and taking it all over is what makes him audacious.
Have you ever wondered how your life would be without any TV or radio? How the cricket matches must have felt without the amazing commentary of Ravi Shastri? And those amazing shows that we watch on television. Have you ever thought if you have liked them even without their presenters. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about the television presenters.
Describe a TV or radio presenter.
You should say:
who is s/he
what programme s/he presents
how s/he presents the program
and explain why you like / dislike him/ her.
SAMPLE ANSWERS 1
The one name that hits me when thinking about presenters is of Oprah Winfrey. I think she has been one of the best and the most successful anchors of our times. Her show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been the highest rated television program of all times. It was on top 1 for around 25 years and it does need some talent to pull that off.
The reason I liked the show and its entertainer was because it was not just about having a talk and letting people relax over a cup of tea. The show told people inspiring stories, featured book clubs, had self-improvement segments, and philanthropic forays into world events. It was not just about making money but more of using the powerful tool of media into something good.
The reason Oprah was successful was because when she says with expressions. In her talk shows, it feels as if two friends are sharing a story over a cup of tea and we get to listen to it. The emotional connect that she is able to make, I think makes her and her show amazing.
SAMPLE ANSWERS 2
Talking of radio, Ameen Sayani is the person who has pulled off a great deal with Indian radio. He is known for the Binaca Geetmala program of hits over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon. People remember him and imitate him for his “Behno or Bhaiyo” meaning sisters and brothers. Not only Binaca Geetmala, Ameen Sayani has presented over many shows nationally and internationally.
Binaca Geetmala was a weekly show that initially played seven songs but then started ranking them. The show was India’s first countdown show and one of the most successful being played. People used to glue themselves to the radio because of the interactive way in which he aired the show. It felt as if everyone is having their own conversation with him.
I think the reason he became so popular and the show was so successful was because of his voice and his conversation skills. He made people not just hear the song but listen to it.