IELTS 2017 Speaking Questions # History

History! Well, the one subject most of the kids have been frightened off! The dates and the baffling names of the kings! Who can, after all, remember all of that.  This time we are looking at the recently asked questions in the IELTS speaking test on history.

  • Which historical person do you admire?

History has never been able to make me stick to it. But, the one person who made an impact on me was Mahatma Gandhi. It was a few years back when I read his autobiography, I came to know the person more than his name. The fact that I really liked about him was that he stuck with his principles in thick and thin. Surely he was not born the Mahatma that people know him, but he definitely changed himself and learned things like no one else. It amazes me even today how his truth and non-violence proved to be the best asset that helped India and South Africa gained independence.

  • Are you interested in knowing about the history?

Not particularly history but yes I have a keen desire to know about the culture of our country. In my opinion, with the globalization happening all across the world, the existing cultures are fading away. Religions are losing their importance and we are shifting towards a culture where people don’t have any grounds to live. Before that happens, I want to know about the culture of India, its history what made India what it is today.

  • Have you ever seen a historical movie?
Yes, there have been quite a few historical movies that I have seen. The one that I would like to talk about his Lagaan. The movie takes us to the time when Britishers ruled our country and we had to pay huge taxes. It is the story of a village where the villagers challenge the Britishers for a cricket match. If the Indians win, they get to be free from the heavy levied taxes, else they had to pay double the amount. It showed in a very beautiful way the ongoing mental hustle in the country and how Indians lived their lives back then. Obviously, in the end, Indians win the match and are freed of the Lagaan or the taxes.
  • Have you even been to a historical place?
India is home to a lot of historical places. I had an opportunity to visit the Mysore Palace while I was working for an IT firm.  The palace was the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty who ruled the Kingdom of Mysore. It is also known as Amba Vilas Palace and is known for its spacious halls and the beautiful gardens that it has. The palace was once burnt during the princess’ wedding and it was rebuilt. One should surely visit the palace to get a feel of the affluence in which the king lived.

IELTS Cue Card #Helped Someone

IELTS Cue Card about ‘when you helped someone’.

Describe a time when you helped someone.
You should say:

  • who you helped and why
  • how you helped this person
  • what the result was
  • and explain how you felt about helping this person.

Sample Answer:

I would like to talk about this one time from my childhood, when I helped someone, when I didn’t even know it was a form of help.
If I recon it correctly the year was 1993, I must have been in my 3rd or 4th year of school. One night we (me, my sister and our parents) were returning from some ones place, on the way, there was a religious procession going on and we kids were offered some edibles. I was still holding my goodies, when I saw an old man sitting by the road, a few houses away. I gave him those goodies to eat. While he was eating the food, I felt really good. From that night onwards I made it a point, while going to my school I would find him and give him my tiffin to eat. I did it for some time before my parents found it out and stopped me from doing it.
I loved to see his smiling face, while eating the food. I know it must not have been much for him. He would always bless me, like a lot. I guess I am what I am today because of people like him. (202 Words)

Writer: Akshay Tomar


IELTS Cue Card #Television Program

IELTS Cue Card about a television program.

Describe a television program that you watch.
You should say:

  • which kind of television programme that is
  • what usually happens in the television programme
  • why you enjoy watching the television programme
  • and explain why you would recommend the television programme to other people.
Sample Answer:

I would like to talk about HOUSE MD. It is an American television medical drama. The series’ main character is Dr. Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie, an unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who, despite his dependence on pain medication, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey.
House often clashes with his fellow physicians, including his own diagnostic team, because many of his hypotheses about patients’ illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights. His flouting of hospital rules and procedures frequently leads him into conflict with his boss, hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy played by Lisa Edelstein. House’s only true friend is Dr. James Wilson played by Robert Sean Leonard, head of the Department of Oncology.
I really like watching House, for Gregory and his unconventional medical theories and practices (like giving placebo to patients) and on the other characters’ reactions to them, rather than on the details of the treatments. He frequently proclaims during the team’s deliberations, “The patient is lying”, or “Everybody lies”; such an assumption guides House’s decisions and diagnoses. Because many of his hypotheses are based on epiphanies or controversial insights, he often has trouble obtaining permission for medical procedures he considers necessary from his superior.
Total of eight seasons, House was among the top 10 series in the United States from its second through fourth seasons. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008. I would recommend it to other people for, this series offers insight into the medical world and various types of diseases which most of us have never heard of. And how by running differential diagnosis and listing etiologies they finally narrow down to the cause, find the correct diagnosis and save the patient. (301 words)

Writer: Akshay Tomar


IELTS Speaking 2017 Questions # Television

We are in 2017 and surely the world has changed in a decade. Gone are the days when people used to stick to their television screens and eat food. We are in times when the world is watching the internet take over the minds of people. Some people are busy using social networking sites, others are busy googling but even then, television has maintained the number of its viewers. This time we are looking at the questions asked in the latest speaking test related to television.

Do you often watch TV?

Television has been an integral part of my life over the years. However, with time, the priorities in my life have changed and I don’t get much time to watch TV. Also, the channels that I watch have changed. But, yes I do watch it but its once in a blue moon.

What sorts of things do you watch on TV?

I like watching travel shows, history channel, and drama on Television. My favorite would be the BBC travel shows mostly the documentaries made by them, the tv show Suits. I also like Indian television. My favorites are Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Girl in the City, Roadies, and others.

What is your favorite TV program?

The one TV program that I have loved for a long time now is Dill Mill Gayye. The show does not air now, but I do watch it on the hot star or you tube. It has been my favorite since I was in class 8th and continues to be one of the best shows I have seen. However, off lately, I have also started liking Suits. I love the way the characters talk and their attitude, well that is amazingly portrayed.

Do you ever watch foreign programs or films?

Yes, I do. I mostly watch English foreign films. The English films that I have watched till date have been mostly romantic comedies or purely romantic. I have seen, P.S. I love you, Walk to remember, Lot like love, no strings attached, what happens in Vegas, letters to Juliet and many more. When it comes to series, I have watched almost all the ones that came on television when I was a kid. That’s so Raven, Lizzie Mcguire, Life of Zack and Cody and much more. I really don’t remember their names, but yes I do like watching foreign films/programs.

What did you watch on TV when you were a child?

I remember watching cartoons as a child. Serials like Ben10, Pokemon, Beyblade were my favorites. Growing up during my teenage years, my interest shifted towards the reality shows, like roadies and splitsville. I loved the romantic comedies and usually watched them.

Do you think children should watch TV?

Definitely yes. I think television has so much more to teach children than any of the other things. However, I believe that it should under the supervision of the parents. Networks like BBC, Discovery Channel, History channel have so much to teach to the children. In some ways, I believe even TV series can teach the lot to children. The one thing that I learned from Sinchan was that you should always be happy about life. So, a child should be allowed to watch TV but under the supervision of a parent.



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