Related To Travel # Speaking Section

Travel is something most of the people prefer to do. And it also is one of the most common questions asked in IELTS. This topic usually comes in the PART I of the speaking section. Now, it might be possible that you do not travel a lot or may be you do not like it much, but it is not possible that you haven’t ever traveled in your life. So, when asked about it, don’t say that O! travel, I don’t like it much. Try to be more positive and answer in a way that neither sounds fake nor a lie.

Given below are some of the questions that could be asked in PART I of the speaking section.

1. Do you think that travel broadens the mind?

I think yes. Going to new places and visiting new people, surely opens a new perspective of things. You get to know different opinions, may be different from yours, see new places and find out the order of doing things, that is different from yours. This allows not only to understand other cultures but also makes us more familiar with our own culture.

2. Do you think young and old people benefit from travelling together?

Well, we are living in one of the most competitive times and we all are busy. It so happens that we don’t get time to spend with the old members of our family. Travelling with them, surely rejuvenates us and also helps us to know them better. The elder generation surely more experiences and interesting stories to tell, the younger ones have new ways of doing things. Exchanging opinions with each other while travelling, helps in creating stronger bonds and even helps in taking a break from the rush we are living.

3. How do you travel to school or college?

Well, there are different means of transports available I usually prefer my college bus to travel to college. It is fast and cheap and even more I get to travel with my friends and also make some new.



Greece Elections # Reading Passage

SECTION TWO                                    QUESTIONS 15-22

Read the passage below and answer Questions 15-22 on the following page

On the very day that Greece received the first tranche of its new bailout from the European Union, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has decided to resign and call a general election, which will be held next month. Until then, the country will be led by a woman, Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou, the president of Greece’s Supreme Court. On the face of it, Tsipras’s move seems premature. In the next few months, his government has much to do in order to meet the terms of the bailout and persuade its creditors to consider giving Greece some much needed debt relief. The election will complicate that timetable and will, inevitably, create more uncertainty about where the country is going. But, despite the risks it involves, Tsipras’s gambit was necessary for broader democratic and political reasons. When Tsipras did a U-turn last month and accepted the harsh bailout terms imposed by Germany, he created a big split in his Syriza party, which took office in January. About a third of Syriza’s members of parliament voted against the deal or abstained. Since then, the government has been ruling with the support of its coalition partner, a right-wing populist party called Independent Greeks. But Tsipras was facing a likely parliamentary vote of no confidence, which he wasn’t certain to survive, and a formal schism with anti-bailout members of Syriza, who have been talking about setting up their own party. Rather than engaging his internal opposition, the Prime Minister has chosen to try and outflank them by calling a snap election, which he hopes will bestow him with a new mandate.

That is probably a smart move, and it will also give the Greek public an opportunity to register their feelings, once again, about the bailout package and its attendant continuation of austerity policies. When last consulted, in the “Oxi” referendum, on July 5th, the voters overwhelmingly rejected the bailout terms being demanded by the E.U. and the International Monetary Fund, only for Tsipras and his colleagues to accept a similar deal a couple of weeks later, under threat of Greece being ejected from the eurozone. The upcoming election will effectively be a referendum on Tsipras’s decision to accept more austerity and more international supervision of Greece’s economy. “The political landscape must clear up,” the energy minister Panos Skourletis, an ally of Tsipras, said on Thursday. “We need to know whether the government has or does not have a majority.”

Since Greece is a very divided country, an outright majority for Syriza is an unlikely outcome. In its January triumph, which left it as the largest party in parliament, it won just thirty-six per cent of the vote. This time around, at least some of Syriza’s supporters are likely to support its dissident faction, which is led by the former energy minister, Panagiotis Lafazanis, who last week accused Tsipras of giving into an E.U. “dictatorship” and called for the creation of a new “united movement that will justify people’s desire for democracy and social justice.” It seems as though Lafazanis and his colleagues will campaign on the idea of taking Greece out of the eurozone and restoring the drachma, which, at least in theory, would give the government the leeway to pursue more expansionary monetary and fiscal policies.

This is a political debate Greece needs to have. For the past six months, some of Syriza’s supporters have been suffering from a form of cognitive dissonance. Perfectly understandably, they want an end to austerity policies; but they also want Greece to stay in the eurozone. If the dramatic showdown between Syriza and the country’s creditors demonstrated anything, it is that Greece and other E.U. debtor countries cannot have both of these things. Germany, with the support of the Benelux countries and many of the newer E.U. members from Eastern Europe, won’t allow it. In seeking reëlection, Tsipras, who, according to recent opinion polls, still retains a lot of popular support, will argue that he got the best deal possible. That’s what he did in his address to the nation on Thursday night.

It is now up to the critics of austerity, including Lafazanis and possibly even Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister whom my colleague Ian Parker profiled recently, to make the argument that an alternative set of policies, including a new Greek currency, is viable. If they proceed down this road, emphasizing the practicality of their program rather than simply criticizing Tsipras for capitulating, the election campaign could be interesting.


Do the following statements agree with the information in the passage?

In boxes 15-22 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE                    if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE                  if the statement contradicts  the information

NOT GIVEN         if the information is not given in the passage

15. Greece will be led by a woman prime minister because the current one died.

16. The government of Tsipras was facing internal issues, however it managed to survive because of people’s support.

17. The demands of the bailout were rejected by everyone in Greece and has yet not been accepted.

18. Syrzia won a majority in the January elections.

19. Lafazanis are taking steps to take Greece out of euro zone, expecting to gain some monetary issues.

20. The debate proved that Germany won’t allow EU country that own money to have all the benefits.

21. The finance minister of Greece at present is Yanis Varoufakis.

22. The main task of the former finance minister is make alternative policies.



15. False



18. True

19. True

20. True

21. True

22. True