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PostSubject: Ielts Speaking Part 1   17/2/2011, 4:27 pm




part 1-Introduction
1.Hello. Could you show me your identification card
please?
Hello. Sure, here you are.
2. Could you tell me your full name please?
My full name is XXX. I am also called by my English name,
which is XXX.
3. What shall I call you?
You could call me XXX.
4. How are you?
I am well thank you, and yourself?
5. How old are you?
I am 22 years old. In other words, I was born in 1980. On
the eight of March 1980, to be exact.
6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 - 6 )
Yes, my name does have some special meaning. My family
name means peace, and my first name means strong one. My English name was given
to me by one of my high school teachers, and it does not have any special
meaning really.
6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 - 8 )
I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Yes, the
English equivalent of my family name would be something like peace, and in the
case of my first name it would be strong one. My English name was randomly
chosen by one of my high school teachers, and it really doesn't have any
special meaning.
7. Is your name important to you? ( 5 - 6 )
No. I don't think it can do anything for me. I believe a
person has to work out his own life. I am planning to do this as well as I can
7. Is your name important to you? ( 7 - 8 )
Not really. I am part of the new generation who do not
attach too much significance to our names. Names were important to the older
generation as they of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some
extent. However, I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny
irrespective of what my name is. I will do this by acquiring good
qualifications and by working hard.






part 2-hometown
8. Where do you come from? ( 5 - 6 )
8. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 )
I come from xxx. My parents have been living here for the
past thirty years or so. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school
called School number 163. We live in a nice area with many shops, restaurants,
and other businesses.
8. Where do you come from? ( 7 - 8 )
8. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 7 - 8 )
I come from xxx. My parents have been living here for the
past thirty years or so. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school
called School number 163. We live in a respectable area with many shops,
restaurants, and a variety of other businesses. The people in our building are
generally friendly and quite, which makes it a pleasure to live there.
9. Where do you live? ( 5 - 6 )
I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. To be
more exact, we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of
the city. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings, but I am
looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. Allow me to
explain: they are good parents, and I love them very much, but I would like to
be more independent soon.
9. Where do you live? ( 7 - 8 )
Well, that is not so easy to answer. Please allow me to
explain. During the week I live in a dormitory at the university, but over
weekends I live with my parents in a village about one hour by car from xxx. So
I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment.
10. Can you tell me something about your hometown? ( 5 - 8
)
Yes, certainly. xxx is in the northeast part of my
country, and the capital of the xxx province. It has about three million
inhabitants. It has many heavy industries such as automobile, aircraft, and
machine tool manufacturers. In addition, it is rich in history. For example, the
xxx invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes)
during the occupation. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to
this day. Another example that I could mention is the Imperial Palace that
belonged to the last dynasty .
11. Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your
hometown? ( 5 - 8 )
11. Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your
hometown? ( 5 - 8 )
11. What are the main places of interest in your hometown?
Why? ( 5 - 8 )
11. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown?
Why? ( 5 - 8 )
Sure. Firstly, I could mention the Great River, which you
will find around the city. To the northeast of the city there is the famous
Mountains and the zoological park and botanical gardens. In summer it is a
popular place to visit and see tigers, bears, wolves, other animals and even
pandas in their natural environment. In winter we often go skiing there.
Secondly, I would like to mention the Park. It consists of a large park, with
many gardens and a lake. In addition it also is the site of an emperors tomb
from the Dynasty. Lastly, there are many other sites that are worthwhile
visiting. For example, Government (City Hall) Square with the Great Theater
alongside it, Java Square, and the spectacular TV Tower, which is the highest
architectural attraction in my country.
12. What places in your hometown do you like best? ( 5 - 8
)
There are many places that I like. If I had to choose one
place, I would like to tell you about Government Square. Firstly, it is the
largest square . What I mean is that it is a large open space where one can see
the sky clearly, and feel free. Secondly, it houses an important government
building. I guess you could call it the City Hall.
13. What are the main crops in your region? ( 5 - 6 )
In our region many crops are grown. For example one would
find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. In addition, many
farmers have orchards. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples, pears,
and peaches.
13. What are the main crops in your region? ( 7 - 8 )
In our region many crops are grown. For example one would
find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. In addition, many
farmers have orchards. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples, pears,
and peaches. Lastly, it is important to note that it is not known for its
agriculture. It is better known as an industrial city. For example, here are
many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircraft and automobiles to
machine tools.
14. What is the difference between your hometown and other
cities(such as Hong Kong)? ( 5 - 6 )
The main difference between my hometown and Hong Kong is
the climate. For example, there they have a tropical climate. That is to say
that it is very hot and humid. Here in my hometown we have cold winters and hot
summers. Secondly, My hometown is an industrial city, whereas Hong Kong is more
a financial center. That is to say, here we have many factory workers, or to be
more exact, family-orientated workers who are not very wealthy, and in Hong
Kong there are many tycoons, millionaires, and wealthy people.
14. What is the difference between your hometown and Hong
Kong? ( 7 - 8 )
The main difference between my hometown and Hong Kong is
the climate. For example, there they have a tropical climate. That is to say
that it is very hot and humid. Here in my hometown we have cold winters and hot
summers. Although cities like Toronto,New York, are larger than my hometown ,
they all are bustling with industrial and cultural activities. Maybe Hong Kong
is an exception, as it is better known as one of the most important financial
capitals of the world.
15. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 )
15. Can you tell me something about the character of the
people in your hometown? ( 5-6 )
Well, they aren't any different from the people in any
other large city. For example, here we also have good and bad people. Secondly,
like everyone else, they are trying to work out a good life for themselves and
their children. For example, parents are trying all they can to ensure that
their children receive a good education.
15. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 7 - 8 )
15. Can you tell me something about the character of the
people in your hometown?
Well, they aren't any different from the inhabitants in
any other large city. For example, here we also have many wholesome families as
well as our share of criminal elements in the society. In addition, I believe
that my hometown has not been westernized to the same extent as a city like
Hong Kong. For example, the people have not become materialistic to the same
extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. In other words, in my hometown you
would still find many good old-fashioned (traditional) people who have strong
principles and values about many aspects of life.






Part 3-present situation (student)
16. Are you a student or do you have a job? ( 5 - 8 )
I am a student at the moment. I am studying English on a
full-time basis at a Language School here . We have classes in the mornings,
afternoons, and evenings. Wednesday afternoons we are off, and are allowed to
go swimming at a nearby hotel. We have a number of foreign teachers who assist
us in the correct pronunciation and grammar of the language.
16. Are you a student or do you have a job? ( 5 - 8 )
I have a job. I am working in a workshop of a large
manufacturing plant at the moment. I graduated from high school two years ago,
and went to work immediately. I am an assistant to one of the automotive
electricians in the workshop. I have to assist my artisan in getting his jobs
done. For instance, I have the responsibility to see that are the tools are in
good order, and that the workshop is always kept clean and tidy.
17. What do you like most about your studies? ( 5 - 8 )
Well, I guess the speaking part. Please allow me to
explain. Language is all about communication. So when I am able to communicate
with someone in English, I feel that I have achieved something. I particularly
like our free talk sessions with the foreign teachers. It gives me the
opportunity to question them about their countries and cultures.
18. What is your major? ( 5 - 8 )
As I have been studying on a full-time basis at an English
Language School, we have only one subject, namely English for Academic Purposes
called EAP. We do reading and writing, practical speaking, and listening by
means of cassettes. English is the language of the future, especially in the
business world. What I mean to say is that when I am able to communicate well
in English I will not only be able to go and study abroad and improve my
qualifications, but also have mastered a very necessary tool for my future
career.
19. Which is the best university in your country? ( 5 - 8
)
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain my
personal view by shortly mentioning the following points: I believe that the
xxx University is the best University in the country. For example, it has the
highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in
my country.
20. Describe your study habits? ( 5 - 8 )
I have well established study habits. For example, I
always start promptly at eight in the evenings. I study for two hours, have a
ten-minute break, and the study for another two hours. I follow this habit from
Mondays to Fridays, but over the weekends I put in more hours. For example, I
study in the mornings and afternoons, and then take the evenings off to relax
with my family or friends.
21. Do you think your present subjects are relevant? ( 5 -
8 )
Yes. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the
following points: Firstly, we often use case studies in class. What I mean is
that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on.
Secondly, our lecturers and some advisors from the relevant industries have set
up our study material. What I mean to say is that the people who we are going
to work for one day have had the opportunity to tell the university what they
think we should be taught.
22. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? (
5 - 8 )
I would like to become a medical doctor. Please allow me
to explain. Firstly, I would like to render a service in the community to which
I will eventually belong. For example, I would like to assist the elderly that
do not have the financial means to afford private hospitals.
23. What are your job prospects? ( 5 - 8 )
I am planning to become a Hotel Manager. Please allow me
to explain. Firstly, I believe that the hotel industry will be growing greatly
in future. For example, people are becoming more affluent, and spend more and
more of their money on holidays. In addition, I believe that after graduating I
will be able to find a good job anywhere in the world. What I mean to say is
that all hotels and resorts have the same objectives irrespective of where they
are situated. Their aim is to ensure that their guests have a good time and
return again.
Part 3-present situation (employee)
24. Do you have a degree? If so, when and where did you
graduate? ( 5 - 8 )
Yes. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering.
I graduated in 2001 from xxx University . It is the largest university in my
country and has about twenty thousand students.
24. Do you have a degree? If so, when and where did you
graduate? ( 5 - 8 )
No. I have a Diploma in Nursing. I graduated in 2001 from
the Medical Training College . It is a well-known College giving excellent
training to future nurses and other medical staff. For example, ambulance
drivers, hospital staff, and so on are all trained there.
25. What impressed you most when you were at university /
college? ( 5 - 8 )
I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my
lecturers. For example, they had experience in the working environment, and
could tell us exactly what we would come across there. Secondly, I was
impressed by the facilities. For example, we had a large library, well-equipped
laboratories, and sporting facilities at our disposal.
26. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 - 8 )
Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life.
Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly
they were carefree days. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few
worries. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs, and all I had to do was
get good grades. Secondly, I had many friends in school. For instance, some o
my best friends today were people that I met in school.
27. What do you do for a living? ( 5 - 8 )
27. Describe your job in detail. ( 5 - 8 )
I am an Engineer. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning
the following points: Firstly, I work for a large construction company. To be
more precise, we specialize in the building of railway bridges. Secondly, I
would like to mention that I am in the designing department. We have to look at
the site for a new bridge, and then decide what type of bridge will be
suitable. Lastly, we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all
the alternatives, and give them some idea of the costs.
28. Is your job important to you? ( 5 - 6 )
That is a broad question. Allow me to explain by shortly
mentioning the following points: Firstly, my job is important to me because by
doing it I can serve my community and my country. For example, when my company
builds a new road, many people benefit from our work. Secondly, it makes me
feel good about myself. For instance, I am earning enough money to be able to
rent my own apartment.
28. Is your job important to you? ( 7 - 8 )
That¡¯s a broad question. Allow me to explain by shortly
mentioning the following points: Firstly, my job is important to me because by
doing it I can serve my community and my country. For example, when my company
builds a new road, many people benefit from our work. Secondly, I personally
get a lot of job satisfaction. What I mean to say is that after we have
completed a road, I am proud to drive on the road with my family and explain to
them what was involved during the building of the road.
29. If you could, would you change jobs? ( 5 - 6 )
No, not really. What I mean is that I am very happy in my
present job. In addition, in my present job I get along well with my
colleagues. Should I change jobs however, I might not find such nice people to
work with and could be very unhappy. Lastly, I believe I will be able to
develop my career here. For instance, if I keep up the good work that I am
presently doing, I could be promoted in two years time and so become the head
of a department.
29. If you could, would you change jobs? ( 7 - 8 )
Although I am very happy in my present job, I believe one
should always be ambitious. That is to say one should never be complacent, but
should be on the lookout for opportunities to advance in your career.
Furthermore, I would not hesitate for one moment if I could obtain a promotion
by changing jobs. I realize that one should show some loyalty to your present
employer, but there has to be a balance between looking after ones own
interests and those of your present employer.
30. Are their possible changes that could affect your job
in any way? ( 5 - 8 )
I don’t think so. The company that I am working for is
large and strong. In addition, I have a good relationship with my colleagues
and my boss. Lastly, the only possible change that would affect me is if I
should receive a promotion. That would be a positive development, so I am
worried at all.
31. Could you tell me something about your family? ( 5 - 8
)
Certainly. We are a normal Indian family. It consists of
my father, my mother, and me. I am the only child, so I don't have any brothers
or sisters. My grandparents passed away when I was still very young, so I did
not have the privilege of knowing them. My father was one of four children, and
my mother has a brother, so I have a number of uncles and aunts, and many
cousins.
32. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (
5 - 6 )
That's a tough question. Allow me to explain my personal
views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I think we have to
have the policy in China. Our population had been growing to rapidly and
something drastic had to be done. Secondly, I believe the policy will give
China a chance to move ahead in the world. What I mean to say is that as soon
as the population growth has stabilized, China will be able to make progress in
the fight against unemployment.
32. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (
7 - 8 )
That's a controversial question in China. Allow me to
explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly I
believe that the authorities had to do something to curb the increasing problem
of overpopulation. However, I am of the opinion that the One-Child Policy was
extremely harsh on the people. Maybe the government should have started off by
introducing a Two-Child Policy.
33. Why do people in your country traditionally want to
have a son? ( 5 - 8 )
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain my
personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I believe
that fathers all over the world want someone to carry their name into the
future. For example, in many western countries it is customary for a boy to
receive his grandfathers name. A second reason that I could mention is that
parents worry about what will happen to them after they had retired. They feel
that when they have a son he would be able to provide for them in future.
34. Who does most of the shopping in your family? ( 5 - 8
)
As far as this topic is concerned, I could say that my
mother does most of the shopping, but my father and I will do some shopping
from time to time. My parents allow me to buy my own clothes. Lastly, I would
like to mention that my mother does not like my fathers smoking habit and
therefore refuses to buy cigarettes, so that my father has to do that kind of
shopping himself.
35. Who does most of the cooking in your family? ( 5 - 8 )

My mother does most of the cooking, but my father and I
will do some cooking from time to time. For example, sometimes my mother will
be out the whole day doing voluntary work in our community, and then my father
and I will do the cooking for her. The second aspect I could tell you about
regarding this topic is that we often eat out. For example, often on a Friday
night none of us feel like cooking, and then we visit one of the local
restaurants, and have our favorite dish.
36. How does your family feel about you going abroad? ( 5
- 8 )
They are very happy about me going abroad. I believe my
parents will be very proud if I were to achieve a degree at a university
abroad. In addition, they themselves never had the opportunity to study. I am
their only child, and they would do anything in their
power to allow me to have the opportunity.
Part 4-family (married person)
37. Are you married, and if so when did you get married? (
5 - 8 )
Yes, I am married. I got married about three years ago. I
have a good husband / wife, and we are very happy together. To put it in
another way you could say that we are best friends. For example, we do not keep
any secrets from one another. We had known each other for many years before we
got married, so we did not have to adjust too much. For example, I knew that he
snores loudly when he turns onto his back when sleeping.
38. Do you have any children? ( 5 - 8 )
No, I don't have any children yet. We are planning to
start with a family as soon as we have our own apartment. Until then my husband
/ wife and I are working as hard as possible to improve our positions in the
companies that we are employed by. We would both like to have a son and a
daughter, but because of the one-child policy that will not be possible.
39. What is your child's name? Does it have any meaning? (
5 - 8 )
My child's name is David Lee. His nickname is superman, as
we believe that he is going to become a strong man one day.
40. What does your wife do? ( 5 - 8 )
My wife is a housewife at the moment. We are looking for a
job for her, but it is not easy, as she does not have any qualifications or
experience. They are opening up a new supermarket in our area soon, and we are
hoping that she will be able to find a job there. She has placed her name on a
waiting list, and we will be hearing from the employment officer soon.
41. What does your husband do? ( 5 - 8 )
My husband is a civil servant. He works for the Department
of Health at a hospital near our home. He is responsible for keeping the
patient records in the mens wards. He loves his work, and is receiving a good
salary, so we dont have any serious worries. As a matter of fact we both agree
that we have a lot to be thankful for.
42. Did you have a honeymoon, and if so where did you go?
( 5 - 8 )
Yes, We did have a honeymoon. We went to Cuba for a week,
and stayed in a small hotel next to the beach. I will never forget the time we
spent there. For example, it was very romantic, as we could sit on the beach in
the evenings and watch the moon rising over the sea.
43. Did you and your spouse have to ask permission from
your parents before you could get married? ( 5 - 8 )
No, not really. They knew we were going to get married. We
only had to confirm the date with them to ensure that it would suit them and
our families. In earlier times is was customary for the young man to get the
permission from his girlfriends parents before they could get married.
44. Is living together without getting married acceptable
in your country? ( 5 - 8 )
It depends to what extent the couple would adhere to
earlier customs. What I mean to say is that these days it is becoming more and
more acceptable. For example, young people feel that they first want to get
know each other even better by living together. When they are absolutely sure
that they are able to adapt to each others lifestyles, they would then most
probably decide to get married.
45. Do you think couples should live with their parent or
on their own? ( 5 - 8 )
There are several reasons as for why I think couples
should life on their own. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them
briefly. Firstly, I believe couples should become independent as soon as
possible. For example, they should learn how to cope with the money at their
disposal. Secondly, I believe they should be alone as soon as possible. For
example, should they have an argument, they have to solve the problem by
themselves.
46. What responsibilities should a couple take? ( 5 - 8 )
There are several responsibilities that couples should
take. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. In the first
place, I believe they should be responsible for their own finances. For
example, young couples usually do not have a lot of money, and find it
difficult to make ends meet. Secondly, I believe that later they have to look
after their children. For example, they have to feed and clothe them, and
ensure that they get a good education.






Part 4-family (children)
47. Are there any traditions around the birth of a baby in
your region? ( 5 - 8 )
Yes, there are quite a few. Firstly, after the baby is
born, the father will give his wife some flowers, and take photographs of the
baby and her. When the baby arrives at home, the parents will make prints of
its hands and feet. This, together with a paintbrush made by using some of the
babies hair, will be kept as memorabilia.
48. What kind of parent do you intend to be? ( 5 - 8 )
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain my
personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all, I
would love my child unconditionally. What I mean is that I realize my child is
not perfect, but I will still love him/her even if s/he has made a mistake.
Secondly, I would like to be known as a strict but fair parent. For example, I
will not allow my child too many freedoms, but I will also try to understand
his/her needs.
49. What hopes or fears do you have concerning your
children? ( 5 - 8 )
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain
myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I
fear that my children will have a very hard life. For example, I wonder if they
will have work to do. Secondly, I hope that they will be happy. For example,
that they will find a good spouse, have children, and live together in peace
and love.
50. What type of culture do you want your child to grow up
in? ( 5 - 8 )
That's a broad question. Allow me to explain myself/my
personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I would
like my child to grow up in a culture of love. What I mean to say is that I
hope the circumstances in our home will full of love and understanding.
Secondly, I hope my child will grow up in a culture where the finer things in
life are important. For example, things like music, art, and studying should be
part of his life from the beginning.
51. Are you going to bring your children up differently
from the way you were brought up? Why? ( 5 - 8 )
No, not really. I believe my parents raised me well, and
gave me a good education. If I could do the same for my child I would be happy.
Maybe I would be a bit more modern. For example, I believe my parents were
unreasonably strict at times. I would try and keep a balance between discipline
and freedom. 52. Is there any sex discrimination in your country? ( 5 - 8 )






Part 4-family (woman)
52. Describe the position of woman in China? ( 5 - 8 )
One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this
topic is that there is some discrimination against woman in my country. For
example, woman who are doing exactly the same job as men, are getting smaller
salaries. Secondly, women are not considered for certain high level positions,
like for example, in government. In addition, in many communities , women are
still regarded as inferior to men. This is particularly the case in the rural
communities. Lastly, parents prefer to have a boy as opposed to a girl. This is
an unhealthy situation, as it will disturb the balance between the number of
men and women in my country in the years to come.
53. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 5 - 8 )
One of the main reasons regarding this topic that I would
like to highlight is the fact that men often determine the wages in the
companies. Secondly, women are not seen as able to do certain jobs as well as
men. For instance, construction work has always been seen as a mans job.
Lastly, many men still believe that a woman should stay at home, raise the
kids, and be of service to her husband.
53. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 7 - 8 )
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain myself
by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I believe that
discrimination against woman have deep roots in societies all over the world.
In other words, it is not a present day phenomenon. Throughout history woman
have not enjoyed the same status as men. It is only recently that woman have
been filling the same positions in the work place. Lastly, I believe that it
will take much more time to eradicate this practice. For example, as more and more
woman become the sole breadwinners in families, they will have to be
compensated as such irrespective of their sex.
54. Should housewives be paid a salary by the government?
Why? (5-
Yes, I believe housewives should be paid a salary by the
government. Firstly, to be a housewife is a job just as any other, and one
should be paid for what you are doing. Secondly, the more housewives there are,
the better. For example, housewives can spend more time with their babies, and
so lay the foundation of healthy relationship






part 5-preferences (spare time)
55. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 5 - 6 )
55. What are your spare time interests? ( 5 - 6 )
As a matter of fact, I have very little spare time these
days. My studies are so important to me that I have given up all my other
activities. For example, I used to love playing tennis, but these days I simply
do not have the time. In addition, I used to swim often, as I believe it kept
me fit without the danger of being injured.
55. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 7 - 8 )
55. What are your spare time interests? ( 7 - 8 )
Well, these days, I surf on the Internet in my spare time.
I have just bought my first computer, and love to look for exciting web sites
that I have not known before. It is of course very time consuming, so I dont
rally have time for anything else. I have to mention that it is an educational
activity. For example, by means of web cams (video images from cameras set up
at certain places) I am able to watch what wild animals are doing in many parts
of the world. I particularly like to watch the polar bears playing with their
cubs.
56. Do you often watch TV? What is your favorite program?
( 5 - 8 )
Yes, I often watch TV. My favorite program is called
Discovery. As to why it is my favorite, I would like to mention the following.
Firstly, it is not science fiction but a documentary on real life events and
happenings. For example, it had a program on the latest eclipse of the sun that
occurred at the end of the year. Secondly, it often has items about nature. For
example, last week it explained how some birds have adapted to survive in a
desert.
57. Do you think watching TV is a waste of time? ( 5 - 8 )

No, I do not think watching TV is a waste of time.
Firstly, one can learn a lot from watching TV, and secondly, it is a good way
to relax. For example, the soap operas help me to relax, while the
documentaries are informative. Lastly, I believe that TV has become the best
source of information these days. For example, it is a fast and convenient way
to find out about the latest news from all over the world.






part 5-preferences (friends)
58. What does friendship mean to you? ( 5 - 8 )
One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this
topic is that friendship is very important to me. For example, I believe that
friendship should be the basis for many of our relationships. Husbands and
wives, for example, should be friends. In addition, I need friends to help me
when I am in trouble. I know this sound selfish, but I feel that it is one of
the reasons why I have friends, and they would not mind me saying so. On the
other hand, my friends know that I will always be available should any one of
them get into some trouble.
59. Do you have a lot of friends? ( 5 - 8 )
Yes, I have a lot of friends. Some of them are only casual
friends like my friends at work, but I also have some best friends. For
example, I have some friends who I have known for many years. I will do
anything to help them when they need me, and I know they would do the same for
me.
60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 -
6 )
I prefer to be alone. Please allow me to explain. I like
reading, which takes a lot of my time. Reading to me is a way of studying, so I
have to do it alone. I often have to check the meaning of unfamiliar words in
my dictionary, which is a slow process taking a lot of time.
60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 -
6 )
I prefer to be with my friends. Please allow me to
explain. At work I spend most of my time alone in my office. So after work I
like the company of other people. I often invite some of my friends over, and
we listen to our favorite music, or just chat the whole evening.
60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 7 -
8 )
Sometimes I prefer to be alone. For example, after a hard
day at work I just want to relax without anybody disturbing me. Those are the
times that I might meditate on the meaning of life for example, or just savour
some fond memories. On the other hand, sometimes I want to be with my friends.
For example, over weekends, I like to go out with them and enjoy their
stimulating company.
61. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 5 - 6 )
Firstly, we often visit the nearest net bar for a number
of reasons. For example, to play computer games or to surf the net. Sometimes
we chat to young people abroad. We often spend hours there at a time. Secondly,
we like to play basketball. For example, we would challenge another group to
play against us.
61. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 7 - 8 )
We usually go to the movies. My friends and I like
cartoons very much, so we will look in the newspaper where a new cartoon is
being showed and go and watch it. In addition, we like to watch a good action
movie from time to time. We find the spectacular crashes and explosions very
exiting. These movies are from Hong Kong or Hollywood, and have famous actors
like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise playing in them.
62. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? (
5 - 6 )
On weekdays I go to school. On weekends I like to go out
with my friends. For example, we will go and visit new shopping malls in the
city. Then we would browse around all the shops. Sometimes we will sit in a
restaurant and have something to drink while we watch the crowds of people go
by.
62. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? (
5 - 6 )
On weekdays I go to school. On weekends I like to stay at
home. I can easily spend a weekend watching TV and just relaxing. For example,
I like the soap operas like Meteor Garden and so on. I know the different
characters well by now, some whom I love, and some whom I hate. I realize that
some of the plots are silly and overdramatic, but it is good relaxing
entertainment, as one does not have to think very hard to follow the stories.

OUTINGS
63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 - 6 )
I usually go to the nearest net bar with some of my
friends. We spend many hours playing games or surfing the net. In addition, net
bars are a great place for social gatherings. There we meet other youngsters
and just hang around talking, and generally having a good time.
63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 - 6 )
I usually go shopping with my mother. The reason for this
is simple. Us ladies usually need a lot of clothes to make us look beautiful,
so we love to go shopping. Often we dont actually buy anything, but just browse
around looking at all the clothes and comparing prices and quality.
63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 7 - 8 )
One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this
topic is that I usually go to watch a football game with some of my friends. We
go to one of the local stadiums where our favorite team will be playing. I love
the excitement and suspense. It seems that I often loose my identity in such a
large crowd, and go crazy about the smallest of things.

Part 5-preferences (reading)
64. Do you like reading? ( 5 - 6 )
No I don't like reading. I do not have the patience. For
example, I have never been able to read a book from start to finish. Maybe the
books I have tried were not interesting enough.
64. Do you like reading? ( 7 - 8 )
Yes. I like reading very much. Please allow me to explain.
Firstly, I believe that all of us should read a lot. For example, when you read
you acquire new knowledge, which in turn will broaden your views on important
matters. In addition I also like reading Crazy English. The topics are
interesting and short, and the translations ensure that I dont waste time
looking up unfamiliar words.
65. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 5 - 6 )
I like cartoons. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I
believe cartoons are a special form of art. For example, the Japanese cartoons
that are common in China, have excellent illustrations.
65. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 7 - 8 )
I like novels. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I like
to read a storyline that is full of intrigue and suspense. For example, many
love stories have characters who are involved in all sorts of conflicts amongst
them. The most common one known all over the world since ancient times is the
so-called love triangle.
66. Describe a book that you have read recently. ( 5 - 6 )

I have read a book about the life of Michael Jordan. I am
sorry, but I have forgotten the name of the book. I also like to read Japanese
cartoons.
66. Describe a book that you have read recently. ( 7 - 8 )

I have recently read a book about the history of South
Africa. It is called The Covenant, and was written by a famous American author
called James Mitchener. It describes the history from the very first days, up
to the present. It covers all aspects of the country, but focuses on the people
of the country. For example, he looks at the political situation over the past
fifty years, which was based on racial discrimination and had become known to
the world as apartheid.
67. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 5 - 6 )
No, I never read a newspaper. I watch TV if I want to know
what is happening in China and the world. Newspapers take to much time to read.
For example, the news on TV is short and to the point, and that's all I want to
know.
67. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 7 - 8 )
No. Allow me to explain the reasons by shortly mentioning
the following points: Firstly, I use the Internet these days if I want to know what's
happening in region and the world. For example, websites like CNN contain all
the latest news on world events. Secondly, I like to read about stories in
depth, and this I cannot find in newspapers. For example, I often would like to
know the history behind a story. On the Internet I can do some research right
away, and so gain a broader perspective on the subject at hand.
Part 5-preferences (hobbies)
68. Do you have a hobby? ( 5 - 8 )
Yes. My hobby is stamp collecting. I have been collecting
stamps for the past two years now. That is to say, for two years I have chosen
stamp collecting to be my only hobby. I regularly spend time working on my
collection. I guess I spend about two hours every week on my hobby. This is
mainly over weekends, as I do not have time during the week.
69. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 5 - 6 )
That's an interesting question. Allow me to explain
myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all,
its a very interesting hobby. For example, the stamps from other countries
often say something about that country and its people.
69. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 7 - 8 )
First of all, when you collect stamps, you are able to
learn more about the world, and you will not be bored easily. What I mean to
say is that you can get stamps from every country in the world, and the stamps
often say something about that country and its people. Secondly, you are able
to meet new friends through your hobby. For instance, you have a common
interest with someone else, and you can discuss your collections together for
many hours. Lastly, the hobby will teach you some self-discipline and how to be
very systematic. That is to say, you have to tend to your collection regularly,
and you have to sort the stamps according to internationally recognized
systems.
70. What are good hobbies, and what are bad hobbies? ( 5 -
8 )
In my opinion, good hobbies are those ones that give you
the opportunity to develop a new skill. For example, collecting stamps teaches
you to be systematic. Bad hobbies on the other hand may result in you acquiring
bad habits. For example, TV and computer games will result in you neglecting
your studies.






Part 5-preferences (colors
71. What color do you like? Why? ( 5 - 6 )
I like red. Please allow me to explain. In my country, red
is associated with life and good luck. For example, a bride will wear something
red on her wedding day, in the hope that it will bring her and her bridegroom
some luck in future.
71. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 - 8 )
If I had to describe my favorite color, I would choose
yellow. Many artists are known to use yellow in their paintings. For example,
Vincent van Gogh is famous for the yellow sunflowers in some of his paintings.
Many countries have yellow in their national flags. For example, South Africa
has a broad yellow band in their newly designed flag. This symbolizes the
energy and warmth to be found in the nation.
71. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 - 8 )
Yellow is my favorite color. First of all, to me, yellow
symbolizes the sun. What I mean to say is that it reminds me of energy and
warmth. Secondly, yellow is a bright color as apposed to dull colors like brown
and gray. For instance, brown and gray usually make me feel depressed. Lastly,
I would like to mention that yellow is a practical color. That is to say, you
can wear yellow with almost any color, and it does not get dirty too easily.
72. Do colors have some symbolic meaning in your country?
( 5 - 8 )
Yes, colors certainly have a lot of meaning in my country.
Please allow me to explain. Firstly, it is significant that the national flag
of my country has a red background. Red is symbolic, for example, of a vibrant
life, which we believe are one of the dominant characteristics of the country
and its people. It also signifies good luck, so a bride would wear some red on
her wedding day. In addition, I think that yellow has a specific meaning to our
people. For example, we believe that it symbolizes the energy radiated by the
sun, which in turn is the primary source of life. In addition, however, it also
signifies the obscene, as apposed to blue in the most of the western cultures.
For example, here a blue movie, would be called a yellow movie. Lastly, I think
that white has a special meaning to us. To be more specific, in times of
sadness and mourning, we use white to express our feelings, as apposed to black
in most of the western cultures.

Part 5-preferences (shoppings and movies(
73. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 5 - 6 )
Yes, I love shopping. Please allow me to explain. Firstly,
I usually buy clothes for myself. I like to go to the shops and see what they
have to offer. I browse around and compare the prices before a buy something.
Secondly, I do the shopping of all our household needs. I love to find out
about any new products on the market and how they can possibly make my life
easier.
73. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 7 - 8 )
No, I hate shopping. Please allow me to explain. Firstly,
shopping is the most basic activity in a capitalistic society. What I mean to
say is that somebody has a product which they would like you to buy from them
whether you really need it or not. They lure you into their shops and malls by
advertising their goods on TV and in the newspapers. They only tell you about
the positive aspects of their product, but would never mention the
disadvantages. This you have to find out for yourself, usually after you have
bought the product.
74. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 5 - 6 )
Yes, I go to the cinema as often as possible. I usually go
with some friends to watch the latest action movies or comedies. We have a
great time, like for example when our favorite star is playing a lead role in
the movie.
74. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 7 - 8 )
Yes, I go to the cinema as often as possible. I believe
that films are a wonderful form of art. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, in
films there are a wide range of genres ranging from comedy and drama, to horror
and science fiction. For example, recently I have seen the drama Titanic, which
has been described as the most expensive film ever made. The extent to which
the producers attended to the details of the original ship was astounding.
Another example would be the thriller with my favorite actor Anthony Hopkins in
the lead role called Silence of the lambs. It had me on the edge of my seat for
most of the time.
75. Do you often go to the theater? ( 5 - 8 )
No. I have never been to the theater. Firstly, it is too
expensive for me. I prefer to go to the cinema. Secondly, I believe that the
theater is boring. What I mean to say is that the actors are on the same stage
the whole time. I cannot see how that can be as exciting as a good movie.
76. What kinds of movies do you like best? ( 5 - 8 )
I like comedies. First of all, comedies are great fun.
What I mean to say is that I have a good laugh while watching. Secondly,
comedies seldom contain violent scenes. For instance, you would not easily find
murders, shooting, fighting, and so on in a comedy. Lastly, comedies often
contain excellent acting by famous stars. For example, Robbie Williams in Mrs.
Doubtfire is considered one of the most extraordinary performances ever by an
actor.
77. Who is your favorite movie star? Describe him / her. (
5 - 8 )
My favorite movie star is Jackie Cheng. He is handsome,
and very funny. He always has a smile on his face, and never seems to be
worried about the situations that he finds himself in. The U.S. President
Clinton went to watch one of his movies with him.

Part 5-preferences (music and traveling(

78. Do you like music? ( 5 - 8 )
78. Do you think music is important? ( 5 - 8 )
Yes, I like music very much. That is to say, I cannot
imagine what my life would be like without music. Firstly, I believe music
plays an important part in peoples lives. For example, we can use it to sooth
our minds after a hard day at work, or it can provide us with the rhythm to
dance to.
79. What kind of music do you enjoy most? ( 5 - 8 )
I like pop music very much. Allow me to explain. First of
all, pop music is lively, and suits me at my age. What I mean to say is that us
youngsters like to listen to music that fits in with the way we feel Secondly,
usually has a good rhythm. For instance, it is suitable for us to dance on.
Lastly, pop music is simple to understand. That is to say, I like it because it
is not difficult to understand, and it helps me to relax after I have been
studying hard for some time.
80. How long do you listen to music everyday? ( 5 - 8 )
Oh, let me think a bit. I guess I listen to music for
about half an hour every day. I would, for example, listen when I get home from
school, or in the evenings before I go to bed. On weekends, however, I listen
to music much more. For example, I would invite my best friend over to my
place, and we would listen to our favorite CDs for a few hours at a time.

TRAVELLING
81. Do you like traveling? ( 5 - 6 )
Yes, I like traveling. Firstly, I believe that traveling
is always educational. What I mean to say is that the people that you meet
along the way are usually interesting. Secondly, I wish I were able to travel
more. For example, I have not traveled to a foreign country yet.
82. How do you usually travel? ( 5 - 8 )
I like to travel by train. Allow me to explain. Firstly,
when I travel by train I am able to see more of my country. In addition, the
trains in my country are convenient and comfortable. For example, I can travel
to any city, and I am able to sleep on the train. Lastly, traveling on a train
is a social event as well. For example, one can chat to the other passengers
about where they are going, and why they are traveling.
83. Where have you traveled to lately? ( 5 - 8 )
I traveled to xxx last month. My parents and I traveled
there by train. We went to see my grandmother who has been ill lately. I
enjoyed the trip as I have not been to xxx before. We did not have the
opportunity to sleep on the train, as it takes only six hours to get there.
84. What kind of places do you like to visit? ( 5 - 8 )
I like to visit places where there is a lot of
entertainment. For example, I don't like it when we go and visit my
grandparents in the country. They live on a farm and don't even have a computer
for me to play on. I like to visit the cities where there are movies to watch
and nightclubs to visit.

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