A speech that somebody delivered and you heard.
You should say:
- who gave the speech
- what the speech was about
- whether it impressed you or not
and explain why did you like/dislike the speech.
Sample Answer :
Speeches have always been a fun event to me. I was particularly interested in public speaking since childhood. I used to listen to lot of speeches on the radio and television. Speaking to a huge crowd requires lot of self-confidence. I remember lot of good speeches that I’ve heard in my life. Also I can recall some really bad speeches.
I wish to talk about one specific speech given to us at the national AIESEC conference by a UN Indian Ambassador. The speech was interesting, brief and very informative.
The speech was given by at the opening ceremony of the conference. He was giving a speech to brief us about the new sustainable development goals designed in the UN for the betterment of the world. He has been a part of the Indian panel that is associated with the development of the nation. He has been working with the UN from the last 5 years. He began his journey as a former volunteer from the IIT Delhi cell. He also inspired us to work for the society and his speech kept me awestruck. I understood the importance for empathy.
His speeches included lot of breath taking examples and view from different walks of people. He told us various stories of compassion and empathy. He had made a real effort to prepare a good speech that was funny, well-researched, engaging and genuinely heart-touching. For example, he made us play this amazing ball game ice breaker, which helped a lot to understand the various representatives better. It was a great way to ‘break the ice’ and involve everyone, and the results were hilarious.
I think the speech was outstanding as it involved everyone, shared funny (but not too private) stories. It was also not too long! It held interest, and was appropriate for the us to engage.
The speech gave an insight on what effective communication can do and how it can help interact with people in a positive way.
Describe a foreign country you have never been to.
You should say:
- where the country is
- when you will go there
- why you would like to go there
and explain why this is a good country to visit.
Sample Answer :
Travelling has been a favourite hobby for years. I love the idea of visiting new place sand experiencing new cultures and learning new things. The country that I have always wanted to go but have not visited yet is Italy. I’ve been dreaming of going to Italy since my childhood days. I’ll definitely visit the country as soon as I’m done with my college.
Italy is in Southern Europe. Rome, the capital of Italy is magnificently beautiful and also the leading political and religious centre of the western civilisation. It is also the primary centre of the both Roman Empire and the Christianity. I love history. I wish to visit the museums, arts, streets, cultural and other attractions and learn the origins and secrets about the place. Also, I want to go there to visit the Vatican City.
I have read lot of articles and heard some amazing stories about the culture and and history about the country and getting to see them with my own eyes them would be a great treat. There are plenty of things to start with: arts and exhibitions, museums, Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pissa, Roman Forum, Florence Cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica, Milan Cathedral, Sistine Chapel, Piazza SanMarco, Circus Maximus. I plan on visiting all of them on my visit.
Italy was celebrated as one of the most advanced territories once upon a time and has various historical sites to explore. I’ve researched about these places briefly and have inquired many friends who have visited the place. The desire to visit has inclined. I’m pretty positive about visiting this country in next year.
Describe a subject taught in your school.
You Should Say:
- what the subject was and who taught it
- how the teacher taught it
- What you learned from the class
and explain how this subject helped you.
Sample Answer :
I remember myself as a very studious child back in school. One subject that I particularly liked the most was English that was taught in our school. We had this subject in our curriculum each year from primary school to high school and each year we used to have a new teacher teach us the subject. Even we had to read lots of English in university as it is considered the basic of all the other subjects.
I firmly recall all of my favourite teachers who build my love for the language ,I owe them for that. I feel extremely lucky to have had some amazing faculties who shared the same level of interest and love for those long stretches of plays and poetry.
My teachers would often tell us stories and read us poetry in fine tones and then calmly explain us what it implies. She would also relate certain similar life experiences to make the point clear and id mention that it helped. Sometimes she used to take us to the auditorium and make us watch some old classic movies like breakfast club, Dial M for murder, etc. My foundation and interest grew more with each passing years and my teachers proved as a great objects for inspirations.
English itself is full of fascination and adventure if one is passionate for it. It is one of such subjects that anyone can possibly fall in love with if s/he starts understanding the underlying ideas and tries to feel it. English is a basic living necessity these days and is used all around us and the things that I learned from my School had helped me greatly throughout my life.
Describe a book that had a major influence on you.
You should say:
- what the book was
- how you first heard of the book
- what is the main story of the book
and why it plays such an important role in your life.
Reading has been a very integral part of my life. I try to read books as and when I can find time and my interests vary vividly, from philosophy to fantasy, horror to religions, non-fiction to autobiography. The book that has changed my perspectives and helped me become a better person is Autobiography of a Yogi written by the celebrated philosopher guru Paramahansa Yogananda.
I found that most of the religious societies and philosophers highly recommend it due to the values it helps inculcate in the young minds. Fans have recommended this book all over the internet.‘ Some people even commented that this is the best book ever written in the century. I decided in my head that this should be on number 1 of my reading list. I ordered the book immediately from amazon and it was delivered to me in a week. I started reading it the same day.
The book was first published in 1946 in New York, USA and archived in the philosophers library. The book was an international success and reached No. 1 position on the New York Times best-selling book list. Autobiography of a Yogi talks about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his numerous encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. The book begins with his childhood, to finding his guru, to becoming a rebellious monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation. The book further talks about 1920 when Yogananda accepts an invitation to speak in a religious congress in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He then travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles, California. In 1935 he revisits India for a year. When he returns to America, he continues to establish his teachings, including writing this book. The book is an enchanting source for understanding the methods of attaining God-realization .The author also announces that the writing of the book was prophesied long ago by the nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya.
The story telling of author is magical and brief. With Every passing page the urge to read more increased which further tempted me gather more knowledge about the same man. Not for a single moment, I could have stopped thinking about the events and characters of the books and that had a breath-taking influence on me. The characters have their own charismatic powers and followed their own paths and that was such a huge inspiration.
The story was told like a good story teller should and I thought it was a wonderful read. It surely left a powerful lasting impression on me. (427 words)