IELTS Speaking Sample 10
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IELTS Speaking Mock Test # 10
Part 1 - Introduction & Interview:
Q. What's your name?
A. My full name is Anoop Asokan, and my friends and family call me "Anoop".
Q. What do you do?
A. I am a nurse by profession and I work for the Saudi Aramco Remote Area Clinics in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. I have finished my graduation a few years ago and then took a two-year diploma course in nursing. Afterwards, I moved to Saudi Arabia as a professional nurse.
Q. Where do you come from?
A. I was born in India and I am still an Indian citizen. My hometown is called Kochi, which is the commercial capital of the State of Kerala. Now I am living in Saudi Arabia as a professional nurse and I have a temporary resident permit to live and work in Saudi Arabia.
Q. Do you like your country?
A. As a matter of fact, I would say, I am proud that I am an Indian and yes, I love and respect my country a lot. India is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I have every valid reason to love this fascinating country to whom I owe a lot.
Q. What do you like about your country?
A. Well, my country has the world's largest democracy with more than 1.33 billion residents. Additionally, you won't find another country like India that has that kind of vast diversity in culture, language, religion, language, customs and race. The simple and amiable people who represent the country are quite helpful to others. Our country has a vast diversity of natural beauty and if you ever travel to India, you can, in a sense, say that you have travelled the entire world. I like the way this country has struggled throughout history and yet rose again only to proclaim its superiority and virtue.
Q. What street do you live in now?
A. Now I live in the city of Jubail, and the street where I live now is called "Jubail Central Street". Well, I suppose, it is called so because this street extends from the heart of the city to the northern end and it is a great area to live in especially because of the stunning malls, large stores and lively gathering on the street.
Part 2 - Cue Card /Candidate Task Card
Describe an important event in your life.
You should say:
- what it was
- how old you were then
- what happened
and explain why this is an important event in your life.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Part 3 - Details Discussion
Q. Is it important to celebrate different events in our lives? Why?
A. Yes, it's imperative that we enjoy and celebrate different events to enjoy our life together on earth and make impressive memories. The traditions of celebrating important life events, traditional, religious and national events are deeply rooted in our lifestyle. Moreover, giving and receiving surprise gifts marking important events and spending time together with family and friends are necessary, especially in these hectic modern days. Furthermore, these events offer us excellent opportunities to meet new people and to refresh relationships with people around us.
Q. Do most people in your country prefer to celebrate family occasions at home or in a restaurant? Why?
A. That largely depends on where people live and the types of lifestyle they have. For instance, people in the rural area mostly have traditional lifestyles and they prefer to celebrate special family occasions at home. They like to invite people to their home and arrange everything at home rather than booking an expensive community centre or a restaurant.
On the contrary, city-dwellers mostly like to celebrate family events at a restaurant probably because they already have a hectic lifestyle due to busy work schedule and they want to enjoy the occasion at a nicely decorated restaurant where everything would be taken cared of by the restaurant staffs. I presume it's a personal choice and both have advantages and disadvantages.
Q. Some people say that the amount we spend to celebrate different family occasions could be better utilised by donating to poor people? What do you think?
A. I may not be the most philanthropic person in the world, but I do agree with the argument that the amount of money, we spend, to celebrate different family occasions should be donated to help poor people simply because ‘celebrating life’ is certainly not a “life and death” issue for many of us while a little amount of our donation money can save a life or two of the countless number of poor people. Besides, we should donate to the poor whatever we can in order to keep peace and security in our communities because if we keep the poor “deprived’ of their basic needs for too long, the chances are that they would one day take the things, they need, by “force”. I personally know some people who like to keep the celebrations to a moderate level while also donate to poor people and I really like this idea.
Q. How different celebrations and events can bring people together?
A. Let’s face it, we are all different, and we are all busy in taking care of our own things in our own ways, but one thing is for certain that we all like to celebrate life in whichever capacity we can. So, when there is a celebration, we forget about our little differences, hatred and animosities for a while and gather together for a common cause which is to “celebrate”. Of course, the celebration may last only for a while, but that little time provides all of us a little “window of opportunity” to learn and understand about us each other a bit more so that we can actually appreciate our diverse cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds instead of looking down upon them in suspicion.
Q. What are some important historical events in your country?
A. India (officially, the Republic of India) is a land of numerous historical events. From the ancient time, the country has been a subject to invade and overrun by foreign powers. Rulers appeared here, ruled and then disappeared only to give chance to another ruler. Empires have been built and destroyed. But the most remarkable events took place in the past couple of centuries. Occupation of the British in 1757 was one of the most influencing historical events through the Battle of Plassey and the independence of India in 1945 was the greatest events so far. The participation of the commoners in the elections is another important aspect to consider too.
Q. Do you think the money a government spend to celebrate national and public events are justified? Why/Why not?
A. Well, the question is quite critical to answer! The government of India spends a big amount of money for celebrating various national and public events. Personally, I do not think that the spendings are justified when we have millions of hungry mouths to feed to and a lot to build and reconstruct.
The money spent on the celebrations could be used for better reasons and particularly for the development of infrastructures inside the country. Some parts in India are devoid of necessary civic facilities and the government could reduce the spending for public and national celebrations and use the rest of the fund for such development works. Providing subsidy on daily necessaries would make life comfortable to the commoners and the government may also consider it.
[ Written by - Anoop Asokan ]