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: Countryside

Q. Can you tell me your full name, please?
Q. What shall I call you?
Q. Tell me about the countryside outside your town/city.
Q. Would you like to live in the countryside or a metropolitan city in the future? [Why?]
Q. Why do some people move to a city from a rural area? Do you know someone who did so?
Q. Do you enjoy visiting large cities or small villages? [Why?]
 

Q. Can you tell me your full name, please?
Answer: Sure! My full name is Hoang Pham. People call me by “Hoang”.

Q. What shall I call you?
Answer: Please call me “Hoang”. Thank you.

Q. Tell me about the countryside outside your town/city.
Answer: I live in Hanoi, the bustling capital city of my country. But, our countryside, at least 60-70 kilometres outside of my city, is peaceful and has a very tranquil atmosphere, surrounded by amazingly refreshing landscape. You will also get to see shades of green, covering the entire landscape, as far as your eyes can see, so much so that you will not ever want to leave!

Q. Would you like to live in the countryside or a metropolitan city in the future? [Why?]
Answer: In the future, I would want to live in the countryside mainly because I love nature, and I like to stay close to Mother Nature. Besides, I firmly believe that living in the countryside is healthier than living in the city as it would allow me to breathe fresh air and drink fresh and uncontaminated water. Finally, I love the simplistic lifestyles that people in the countryside have.

Q. Why do some people move to a city from a rural area? Do you know someone who did so?
Answer: I would assume that some people move to a city from a rural area primarily because it allows them to have better income opportunities. Besides, some people would move to a city because they become attracted to the “flashy” city life in order to enjoy life more. Finally, some people would move to a city because of better educational opportunities. For example, I know of one of my distant cousins who moved to Hanoi to attend a good technical university a few years ago.

Q. Do you enjoy visiting large cities or small villages? [Why?]
Answer: I always enjoy visiting small villages, instead of large cities, mainly because small villages in my country don’t have traffic problems. Besides, more often than not, people in the small villages are way friendlier and simpler than the people in large cities. Finally, of course, I enjoy visiting villages in my country, whether it is big or small because they are very beautiful with clear lakes and natural green.

 

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