Part One – Introduction and interview
[In this section, the examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. What games are popular in your country? [Why?]
A. Thank you for the question. In Kuwait, football is the most popular form of sport. In fact, Kuwait has a great national football team and the number of the success of this team is also remarkable. Football has become popular in Kuwait for many reasons and people love to watch the game on the playgrounds.
Q. Do you play any games? [Why/Why not?]
A. Yes, I do. I take part in Basketball. This is an interesting game and finds more interest in this game and there are some health benefits associated as well with this sport. Apart from that, I play football, table tennis and chess.
Q. How do people learn to play games in your country?
A. Umm…. Actually, people in Kuwait learn to play games from their childhood. And the educational institutions play the greatest role here. The children go to the playground and take part in different sports and their parents have a unparallel contribution to that activity.
Q. Do you think it’s important for people to play games? [Why/Why not?]
A. Yes, this is important for people to participate in games and sports. In fact, they play an important role to keep the physical fitness. Games also are important to keep the mind fresh and remove worries. Besides, there are many other benefits of playing games. So, I think this is important for everyone to take part in different games and sports.
Part 2 Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)
Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
Describe an open-air or street market which you enjoyed visiting.
You should say:
- where the market is/was
- what the market sells/sold
- how big the market is/was
and explain why you enjoyed visiting this market.
[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.]
My recent visit to Hong Kong has given me an immense pleasure. I went to have some shopping at the Temple Street Night Market. This is an open-air street market in Hong Kong and comes with a great variety of products and services for the people. This is the liveliest market in the city of Hong Kong and also a lengthy market as well. This is a very good place for bargaining with the traders and gets the goods at a cheaper price. This is a standard cue card task for a candidate like me and I love the question. Now I will share my experience at the market.
This is a market where you will get everything you need. The range of products are varied and someone can get everything at a cheaper rate including clothes, footwear, cookware, watches of various brands, electronic gadgets, CDs and DVDs, opera performance, fortune tellers, and most importantly the street foods. Seafood is also available here.
The market is big enough and holds a huge number of shops. The market starts from the Temple street and covers some other streets in different directions. This is a nighttime market and all the shops pop up after the evening. The shops are arranged in a well-managed way and there are sections for specific goods and products. The shops are set in different directions under the sky and in case of rain or other disastrous condition, they are covered with makeshift sheds.
Earlier, I did not have any idea how the open-air markets were. So, it was a great experience for me. I liked the way of trading. The buyers were bargaining with the sellers and after a satisfactory haggling, they were purchasing the desired goods. I also loved the street food stalls in the market.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion
Discussion topics: Shopping at markets
Q. Do people in your country enjoy going to open·air markets that sell things like food or clothes or old objects? Which type of market is more popular? Why?
A. Umm… sorry to say that there are no open-air markets in my country. There are shopping malls covered with walls or glasses and those are air-conditioned centrally for the comfort of the visitors. The shopping malls sell the branded goods and products and so they are popular to the people of Kuwait. There are separate shops and stores to deal with cloths, foods or old objects.
Q. Do you think markets are more suitable places for selling certain types of things? Which ones? Why do you think this is?
A. Yes, markets are suitable places to sell certain types of things. In fact, a market may sell various types of goods but there should be some specific markets that will sell only some particular goods or service. I think this is a good way to save time and money. When people seek any specific thing in the markets, they need to move from one corner of the market to another. This is a wastage of time. But if there had been any specific place to get the specific thing, they would have to get the thing easily. And they also did not need to bargain over the price.
Q. Do you think young people feel the same about shopping at markets as older people? Why is that?
A. No, I do not think that the feelings of young people are the same as the older people while shopping. Basically, young people want to get the things what they see in the advertisements while the older people want to get something after lots of analysis and scrutiny. So, they need more time to select the right thing for them. Besides, the older people count the value of money that they are paying and the young people do not have such intentions at all.
Discussion topics: Shopping in general
Q. What do you think are the advantages of buying things from shops rather than markets?
A. Well, things in the shops are found in a well-organized manner while the markets sell various types of things together and you will need to get the right thing for you after searching the entire market. The shops also sell things almost at a fixed price while the sellers in markets try to make a smart amount of profit from their customers. Besides, the shops never sell the products which have been expired while the sellers in markets try to push such goods to the customers.
Q. How does advertising influence what people choose to buy? Is this true for everyone?
A. Advertisements try to influence people in some tricky ways. Frequent advertisements on different medias cast an impact on our mind, particularly the subconscious mind. So, when we go to buy something particular, we remember the advertisement and ask the sellers if they could provide us with the goods or products that we experienced in the advertisements. But this is not true for everyone. There are many people who do not rely on advertisement rather take decisions based on their real-life experiences.
Q. Do you think that any recent changes in the way people live have affected general shopping habits? Why is this?
A. Yes, there are some changes in the habit of general shopping among the people. Most of the people are now fond of brands. They try to get the branded products for their regular use and they do not care about the price of the products at all. I think this has happened for the extensive advertisements of the products. In fact, there are advertisements everywhere to persuade us on getting any specific thing.