Writing Task 2: Essay- ‘Appearance isn’t everything’

Writing task 2

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

‘Appearance isn’t everything’. Discuss.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

It’s a human tendency to judge others by their outer appearance, but is it fair? A good physical appearance is the only parameter to decide the status and worth of a person. I think it’s unfair to draw conclusions and opinions about others without actually knowing them. Some people try to demean others by making a negative impressions, in order to derive a false sense of superiority and gratification.

Generally, people tend to make perceptions about others by outer appearance like their looks, complexion, dress etc. They hold such preconceived notions about others in order to accept or reject them. Stereotyping makes people judge others with a closed mind-set, thereby, hampers correct judgement. We must not follow general rules to judge others rather should develop our own set of standards. This way we can stop making wrong assumptions by rejecting negative influences around us.

Only external appearance cannot decide the personality of an individual. We also need to look at his inherent inner qualities which are sometimes latent. In order to manifest the true nature and qualities of someone, time is required. A person with an ordinary appearance can be a great person. Abdul Kalam Azad, a renowned scientist and former President of India, is a perfect example of this. He was an extra-ordinary man with ordinary looks. All people are born equal regardless of our outer appearance. Having a beautiful heart is more important than having beautiful looks.

Personally, I believe in the saying that ‘All that glitters is not gold’. Irrespective of the physical differences, we must respect each other as human beings and should stop being censorious.  A positive attitude with no prejudice can help individuals to overcome this problem of judging people by their looks.

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IELTS Speaking Cue Card: Describe your Favourite Song

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe your favourite song.

  • Which song is it?
  • Why you like it?
  • When you first heard it?
  • Why you feel attached to it?
Sample Answer

My favourite song is “Skyfall”. It is the theme song of the James Bond film named “Skyfall. It is an orchestral pop song performed by English singer Adele. She had also co-written the Skyfall theme with Paul Epworth. They both have won Grammy for this song in the category of ‘Best Song Written for Visual Media’. The song is based on the plot, about two people being together to face all the obstacles of life courageously.

This song has always been close to my heart since I first heard it. My friend made me hear this song while driving back to home from our office. We both like watching series of James Bond movies and this song sounds exactly like a typical Bond song. I loved it straight away and played it again and again. I think, this song is simple yet has a profound meaning .It truly motivates us if we correctly interprets its hidden meaning. The lyrics of this song are in sync with the plot of the film. It tells about the cycle of “death and rebirth”, and how we spend the journey of life. Even in the most dreadful moment of life, we can conquer anything if we have the support of our loved ones.

The sky and the earth paradoxically coming together portrays a point where one life ends and other starts and the soul becomes free. In the beginning of this song, the music is very slow, light and soothing, makes me feel serene and composed. Gradually, it becomes bold, strong and exhilarating. Whenever I listen to this song, it empowers me and gives me a combined sense of excitement and tranquility. This song may refer to a spiritual journey of life, or the connection between two souls but it certainly gives you goose bumps. Moreover, Adele’s soul-stirring voice definitely compliments it well.

Overall, I feel that orchestral music is so versatile, which gives you a mixed kind of emotions while listening to it. Due to such kind of music, this song has become deep, beautiful and uplifting.

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