Academic Writing Task 2: Is giving present necessary or not?

Academic Writing task 2

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people view giving presents as an important way to show care to family and friends, others think there are more important things that can be done to show care and appreciation.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

Nowadays, people express their feelings and emotions by giving presents to their loved ones. Some people think that giving gifts to someone is a sweet gesture of care and love, whereas, some people believe in other ways of showing their concern. There are different opinions in both the views, which I will be discussing further.

In today’s busy and self-absorbed life, we do not get enough time to spend with our family and friends. People forget to make others realise how important their presence is. Communication gap between family members makes relationships strained. In a way, gifts are not only important to start a relationship but also to maintain it. In addition, the simple act of gifting can surprise our loved ones and make them respond with the same warmth. This helps in building a healthy bond between two individuals. What is more, some people are not able to speak what they feel for others. So, they find gifts as the best way of expressing their feelings.

Looking at the other side, love and care can also be shown by a simple smile and a warm hug. A smile is the cheapest and simplest effort to show care. A lot of people need someone to listen to their problems and empathise with them. So, if we give our time to someone, it becomes more valuable than any present. People with limited income cannot afford to give presents. They shower their love and concern with encouraging words and valuable advice. Furthermore, by cooking delicious food and going out together, we can showcase our love and affection for someone.

In my opinion, we do not always need money to buy gifts to exhibit our emotions. There are many alternatives to express our love and care. Giving gifts to someone should be unconditional and we must not expect the same in return. A relationship should not be compared and evaluated on the basis of such offerings.

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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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Academic Writing task 2: Can education help prevent obesity – discuss both views.

Academic Writing task 2

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Scientists believe that obesity in people has increased. People believe that education can help to reduce this problem, but others believe that education have no significant role.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

Obesity has now become a matter of concern worldwide. An obese person is prone to various health risks like diabetes and heart disease etc. Some people believe that this problem can be handled with proper education and awareness, whereas, others think that there is no link between education and obesity. There are valid opinions to weigh both the sides of the discussion, which I will consider in the following paragraphs.

On one hand, education can help to prevent obesity and other health problems by spreading awareness. People often ignore their health to maintain their work-life and forget the fact that health is the real wealth. After all, good health indicates fitness and longevity. A proper education system will enable people to adopt different ways to stay fit and healthy. They will learn to focus on balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, lack of education is not the only cause of obesity. In developed countries, in spite of having high education level, people are becoming obese. This fact indicates that diet and lifestyle are the key contributors to this problem. Moreover, our attitude is also responsible for overeating and less physical activities. Even if people have time, they do not participate in outdoor activities and consume much more food than required. Thus, people should take onus of their health by following a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Overall, in my opinion, knowledge is futile if we do not apply it in a correct way. Due to obesity, quality of life suffers and also people often lose their self-esteem. People should get education for realising the importance of healthy diet to lead a happy life. Other causes of obesity should also be examined to find solutions accordingly.

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