Speaking Test - Part 1 (Question set 5)

Topic: Travelling

Q. Which city in the world you would like to visit? Why?
Q. What will you suggest to a tourist who will come to visit your country?
Q. Why travelling is important?
Q. Have you ever been to a foreign country?
Q. How do you compare the country you have visited with your own?

Q. Which city in the world you would like to visit? Why?
Answer: I would like to visit Brussels, which is the Capital of Belgium. This city is quite distinctive and after I saw a documentary about this city on the Discovery Channel, I made my mind to visit this city someday. The heart of the city has the ornate Grand-Place and many cafes and fast food shops inside the 17th-century guild houses. This city is the symbol of ancient prominence and the intricate Gothic Hôtel de Ville (town hall) with its distinctive bell tower is something worth visiting.

Q. What will you suggest to a tourist who will come to visit your country?
Answer: I would suggest any foreign tourist for visiting the National Museum first. This would be an excellent opportunity for him/ her to learn about our history and tradition. I would also advise this person to stay in the northern rural part of the country to observe some of the historically important sites of the 17th century. The "city centre" in the west part of our capital offers an excellent chance to observe the lively gathering of people from different areas. The main attraction of this place is actually the most popular coffee shops in our city and one of the best places to know about the people of our country. The Beach in the city of Graham is another attractive place this person should visit. The exotic food, the tranquillity of the nature and wild beauties of the birds and animals will surely amaze him/her.

Q. Why travelling is important?
Answer: Travelling is, in fact, a unique experience and a great source of firsthand knowledge. Travelling helps us to broaden our horizon of knowledge and deepen our understanding of the world, people and different cultures. Lessons learned from travelling to different places are proven to be quite effective in practical life. Knowledge gained from books is often theoretical in nature while travelling, gives us an excellent opportunity to learn about life, culture, history and geography. There is a quite interesting saying that represents the true significance of travelling “The more you will read the more will you learn. And the more you will learn the more places you would want to travel.”

Q. Have you ever been to a foreign country?
Answer: Yes, I have been to several foreign countries including the UK, India, Malaysia, Spain and Nepal. Each country has its own tradition and infrastructures so they gave me a whole new experience as a visitor.

Q. How do you compare the country you have visited with your own?
Answer: Well, the countries I have visited are quite different from my home country in terms of people, their way of grooming, the language they use, the buildings, the history, the food and many other aspects. While my countries have very few skyscrapers and high rising buildings, the UK and Spain have plenty of them. The food and people’s interactions in these countries were somewhat different. Finally, I am accustomed to all the aspects and ways of life in my home country while these were quite new for me in other countries.

 

Topic: Birthday celebration

Q. What is your date of birth?
Q. When was the last time you celebrated your birthday?
Q. Describe a birthday party you have attended?
Q. Do you celebrate your family members' birthday?

Q. What is your date of birth?
Answer:  Well, I was born on September 20th in 1996. So every year, I celebrate my birthday on the 20th of September.

Q. When was the last time you celebrated your birthday?
Answer:  I celebrated my birthday last year. My parents do not miss the opportunity to celebrate any of our birthdays! It was mostly a family celebration where a few of my relatives and friends were present.

Q. Describe a birthday party you have attended?
Answer:  I went to the birthday party of one of my closest buddies a few months ago. Some other intimate friends were also invited to the party. A beautiful birthday cake was made marking the day. The dishes were delicious too. I gave a nice looking T-shirt and a small perfume bottle for my friend and he was happy with the gifts. He also received many other gifts on this day. We all enjoyed the party at the rooftop of his residence. It was a memorable event indeed for all of us.

Q. Do you celebrate your family members' birthday? [Why/why not?]
Answer:  Ummm… actually, my parents love to celebrate our birthdays and I love to have those happy events. I have three brothers and sisters and all of our birthdays are celebrated - sometimes at home and sometimes at restaurants. However, my parents avoid celebrating their own birthdays by all means. It was a perplexing issue for me as a child but now I realise why many adults do not like to celebrate their own birthdays.

 

Topic: Humour

1.  What types of programmes do you find funny on TV?
2.  What types of programmes are most popular in your country? Why do you think this is the case?
3.  What kind of things make you laugh? Why?
4.  Do you like to make people laugh? How?
5.  Do you think it is important to have a sense of humour?

Q. What types of programmes do you find funny on TV?
Answer: Personally, I do not watch TV that much though once this has been a great source of entertainment for me. On average, I watch TV for 5-10 hours a week. I find reality TV shows, comedy TV series and celebrity talk show quite funny and entertaining. TV series like ‘How I met your mother’, and ‘The big bang theory’ are very funny.

Q. What types of programmes are most popular in your country? Why do you think this is the case?
Answer: Talk shows, news, and TV series are very popular among TV viewers in my country. Based on a recent survey published online, talk shows and news analysis are rapidly gaining popularity. I believe that watching the news is quite popular in the whole world. It’s easy to watch, provides updates around us, informs us about the current events and entertain us. Unlike other programmes, we can start watching a news programme anytime and we do not need to pay a great deal of attention to grab the information or the theme of it. Similarly, talk shows give us insights into an event and let us know what experts have to say about an event. Sometimes people with opposite opinions and views sit together and analyse something from their viewpoints. Those sorts of programmes are both entertaining and informative and I guess this is the main reasons people in my country watch these programmes more than other programmes.

Q. What kind of things make you laugh? Why?
Answer: I guess this is a tough question to answer as I had to think really hard to come with an answer to this question. I think a good sense of humour, a funny joke, a funny activity of a child, a comedy movie, a serious attitude of a child, an activity or a pet or a funny childhood or adolescent memory make me laugh.  I love children, especially for their innocence. Sometimes the acts like adults and this is an enjoyable thing for most of the people. A good movie that has a funny storyline or funny characters makes me laugh as I seriously enjoy these types of movies. A sense of humour, an enjoyable and funny joke is also very refreshing and helps me laugh for a while.

Q. Do you like to make people laugh? How?
Answer: Definitely, I love to make people laugh. But that does not mean that I act like a joker or a clown or I try to make others laugh all the time. I sometimes tell a funny joke or story which often make others laugh. Besides, I sometimes mimic someone and that makes my friends laugh. For instance, we had a very funny neighbour and whenever I act like him in front of my friends, they all find it very funny and they laugh quite loudly. I am not sure if I have an acute sense of humour but I believe that this is an important quality to make others enjoy someone’s company and laugh a lot with his story and way of presenting a story or event. 

Q. Do you think it is important to have a sense of humour?
Answer: As I have just said, a sense of humour is a great quality for anyone and it attracts others to become friends with the person who has a great sense of humour. Having a sense of humour is a great skill and this quality puts someone stands out of the crowd. A good sense of humour also represents someone’s intelligence and wit.

 

Topic: Living Place

Q. Which part of your country do most people live in?
Q. Tell me about the main industries there.
Q. How easy is it to travel around your country?
Q. Has your country changed much since you were a child?


Q. Which part of your country do most people live in?
Answer: German is an urbanized country. In other words, most German people live in urban city areas as opposed to living in rural areas. Anyway, most Germans live in the state of Berlin, followed by Hamburg and Bavaria States. However, of all the states, Bavaria is the most densely populated area.

Q. Tell me about the main industries there.
Answer: Germany is one of the most industrialized nations in the world, and one of the richest in that because of its spectacular industrialization efforts over the last century. German is famous for its heavy manufacturing industries, but the main among them are automotive, chemicals, metals (iron and steel), electrical equipment, ships and machine tools.  

Q. How easy is it to travel around your country?
Answer: Having one of the best road transportation systems, if not the best, in the world along with one of the fastest and reliable rail services, Germany makes it incredibly easy to travel around the country at an affordable cost. Besides, Germany also has a very efficient air travelling system in place for those who don’t want to travel by road and railway system.

Q. Has your country changed much since you were a child?
Answer: Germany is not the same country anymore as it was 30 years ago or so. One of the most noticeable changes is, in my opinion, Germany has more foreign-born population now than at any time in its history. Besides, Germany has also become more industrialized and developed over the years and playing a crucial role in shaping the future of this world.

 

Topic: Countryside

Q. Do you like going to the countryside?
Q. Why is the countryside usually quieter than the city?
Q. Why do many people prefer to live in the countryside?
Q. Where are the quietest places in cities?
Q. What will the countryside look like in your country in the future?
 

Q. Do you like going to the countryside?
Answer: Yes, I like to go to the countryside, whenever I get an opportunity because it helps me enjoy the beautiful nature from up close, unlike in a city which is usually very crowded.

Q. Why is the countryside usually quieter than the city?
Answer: The countryside is normally quieter than the city for several reasons. The first probable reason is that people in the countryside choose to live a rather simple and laidback lifestyle. Secondly, the countryside doesn’t exactly harbour buses, trains, trollies, bike shares, light rail, ferries, trams, and more easily accessible ways to travel like in the cities. Thirdly and finally, countrysides do not have a huge number of population, unlike city areas.

Q. Why do many people prefer to live in the countryside?
Answer: Many people prefer to live in the countryside, primarily because it offers them the comfort of living a rather simplistic life in the company of the beautiful mother nature. Some people choose to live in the countryside also because living there can be much less expensive and hectic than living in a city.

Q. Where are the quietest places in cities?
Answer: Finding absolutely quiet and tranquil places in cities can be really challenging. However, hospitals and libraries (where people sit and read) could be considered as some of the quietest places in cities. Some people would also argue that public parks and gardens can also be some of the quietest places in some cities.

Q. What will the countryside look like in your country in the future?
Answer: Well, I am afraid to say that the most countrysides in my country would become more and more like a city in near future since more and more modern-day facilities and amenities, like those of a city, would become available in the countryside as well. Due to population rise at a rapid speed, the countrysides will also become congested and noisy.

 

Topic: Spending Time Alone

Q. Do you spend a lot of time by yourself?
Q. What do you usually do when you are alone?
Q. Has what you do when you are by yourself changed a lot since your childhood?
Q. Do you think it is important to have time for yourself?
 

Q. Do you spend a lot of time by yourself?
Answer: Not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing, but I don’t really get much time to spend all by myself since I spend a significant part of my day at work as well as taking care of other priorities of family and life. So, I would say, I don't spend much time alone.

Q. What do you usually do when you are alone?
Answer: When I am alone, I usually spend my time watching different kinds of TV programmes. But, if there are no good TV programmes to watch, I either surf the internet to learn about some interesting things or I read a good book or a magazine.

Q. Has what you do when you are by yourself changed a lot since your childhood?
Answer: Well, to be honest, I don’t recall much “solitary” time when I was a child since I would remain busy playing with my friends most of the time. But, yes, what I do, when I am alone these days, has certainly changed a lot from my childhood days since I am grown up now. Whenever I was alone in my childhood, I kind of felt lonely and bored and tried to go outside or read a comic book. These days, however, I read books, watch TV, do some exercise, browse the internet and so on and don't feel much bored.

Q. Do you think it is important to have time for yourself?
Answer: Yes, I do think that it is important to have some time for myself because it sometimes allows me to do things that we enjoy. Besides, this “alone” time also allows us to reflect on our life, our activities and our plans in the greater scheme of things.

 

Topic: Walking

Q. Do you go places on foot a lot?
Q. Did you walk more when you were younger?
Q. Why do some people prefer walking to driving a car?
Q. Do people in your country walk a lot?
 

Q. Do you go places on foot a lot?
Answer: Well, the distance, I cover every day on feet for about 10 minutes in order to travel to a bus stop, doesn’t really qualify to be considered as “a lot”, as far as I am concerned.

Q. Did you walk more when you were younger?
Answer: Yes, I would say that I certainly walked more when I was younger, since I was more energetic back then and I didn’t have to always worry too much about “arriving on time”. Besides, I did not own a car in my young age and I naturally walked while travelling to a short distance.

Q. Why do some people prefer walking to driving a car?
Answer: Well, there could be a couple of reasons for which some people prefer walking to driving a car. The first reason is that they think that walking is better for their health. Secondly, they don’t like to get stuck in the traffic for a long period of time and they have trouble finding a parking space.

Q. Do people in your country walk a lot?
Answer: Well, in these days, I don’t really think that people in my country walk “a lot” (depending on how we choose to define “a lot” here) because different kinds of transportations are very easily available to them in order to take them to all kinds of places and a large proportion of people own private cars.

 

Topic: Pets

Q. Do you have a pet or ever had a pet? What it is/was?
Q. What kind of pets do people like to have in your country?
Q. What kinds of pets are common in your country?
Q. Do many people in your country have pets? [Why? /Why not?]
 

Q. Do you have a pet or ever had a pet? What it is/was?
Answer: Yes, I used to have a pet a long time ago when I still was a child. The pet, I used to have, was a beautiful looking parrot.

Alternative Answer: I love dogs and I own a dog for as long as I can remember as my parents also like having a dog as a pet. the dog I have is 4 years old and his name is 'Bull'. 

Q. What kind of pets do people like to have in your country?
Answer: Well, to tell the truth, most people in my country don’t really have much of a fascination for a pet. However, the rest of the people in my country, who like to have their pets, would choose cats, dogs, birds and fishes as their pets.

Alternative Answer: Well, I don't have comprehensive data to answer this question from a broader perspective. However, from my own experience, I can say that people in my country love to have dogs, cats, fishes, ferrets, guinea pig, and hamsters.

Q. What kinds of pets are common in your country?
Answer: I would say that cats, dogs, birds and fishes are some common types of pets in my country. Some people choose wild animals, like rabbits, also as their pets.

Alternative Answer: Well, from my experience, I would say dogs, cats, different kinds of birds, freshwater fishes, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs and turtles are some of the common kinds of pets in my country.

Q. Do many people in your country have pets? [Why? /Why not?]
Answer: No, as far as I know, most families in my country don't have pets at their home. I think around one out of ten families, in my country, have pets, primarily because our culture and tradition doesn’t exactly encourage us to have pets in our houses.

Alternative Answer: Yes, I think a large percentage of people in my country have some kinds of pets at their home. I think it is something to do with the tradition, lifestyle and people's choice from generations.

 

Topic: Cinema

Q. Do you often go to the cinema?
Q. What kinds of movies do you like to watch?
Q. Did you like to go to the cinema when you were a child?
Q. Do you prefer to go alone or with friends?


Q. Do you often go to the cinema?
Answer: No, I don’t often go to the cinema since I can watch most of the movies, I want, right at my home on satellite television and Netflix. However, watching movies with friends at a theatre is something I enjoy a lot and we do it, let's say, once in a month.

Q. What kinds of movies do you like to watch?
Answer: I like to watch almost all kinds of movies except horror, depending on my mood, of course, whether they are action, comedy, war movie, romantic, animation or thriller. However, I prefer to watch the thriller and comedy the most.

Q. Did you like to go to the cinema when you were a child?
Answer: Yes, I did like to go to the cinema a lot when I was a child. However, I liked it even more when I went to the theatre with my parents during the weekend since they would buy me all kinds of snacks there and we would usually have our dinner outside.

Q. Do you prefer to go alone or with friends?
Answer: Well, I prefer to go out with my friends since it would allow me to share the fun of watching a movie with each other and do other activities together. To me watching a movie at a theatre is more than merely just enjoying the movie as other activities liking hanging out with friends, talking with them and doing other fun stuff are sometimes more attractive.

 

Topic: Handwriting

Q. Do you have good handwriting?
Q. How did you learn your handwriting?
Q. Do you like receiving hand-written letters?
Q. How important is handwriting in this era of computers?


Q. Do you have good handwriting?
Answer: I think that I do have good handwriting since I always used to get extra points for my good handwriting when I was attending my elementary and high schools. Besides, my teachers and classmates often praised the way I write. So I like to believe that my handwriting is nice.

Q. How did you learn your handwriting?
Answer: If I remember correctly, I was made to use a lined paper and notebook to practice handwriting again and again in order to learn good handwriting. I was also taught about how to hold a pen and maintain a relaxed grip when practising writing both by my parents and teachers.

Q. Do you like receiving hand-written letters?
Answer: Yes, I like receiving hand-written letters since it feels more alive with more personal touch and efforts than the electronic mails or emails that we mostly use for written communication these days.

Q. How important is handwriting in this era of computers?
Answer: Unfortunately, in this era of computers, internet and email, the appeal of handwriting is almost lost since people choose typing on a computer as a mode of communication at offices, schools, colleges and university. So, I guess that it is fair to say that handwriting is not really that important in this era of computers as it was in the pre-computer eras.

 

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