Part 1 – Introduction:
Let’s talk about your home town or village.
Q. What kind of place is it?
A. As a matter of fact, I was born in a city where I still reside, which is New Delhi. As far as my parents are concerned, even they were born in New Delhi. This is a beautiful city with lots of evidence and marks of history, tradition and modernization. It’s the capital of India and indeed a massive metropolitan area which is situated on the north side of the country.
Q. What’s the most interesting part of your home area?
A. The modern facilities that have been brought to my hometown are, in my opinion, the most interesting parts due to which I would say that I like my hometown. The medical facilities along with the education have really developed in the past decade or so. In terms of places India Gate, Lotus temple, Qutb Minar, The Red Fort are some interesting places and attraction in my hometown.
Q. What kind of jobs do the people in your town/ village do?
A. My town mostly consists of the people who belong to the working class. As a matter of fact, due to the presence of quite a many government offices in the city of New Delhi, a majority part of habitats belong to the working class. Many of them work in Government and semi-government offices while many others work in private organisations and multinational companies. The numbers of business persons are quite high as well.
Q. Is your hometown changing?
A. Yes, and in a very fast pace. Over the past few years, there has been a welcoming change as far as the public transport has developed. Apart from this, as already informed, there has been an increase in the area of medical facilities in the form of hospitals catering with up to date and latest machines. More and more people are coming to live in the capital city for better employment, education and treatment. As a result, the population here is also increasing.
Q. Would you say it is a good place to live? Why?
A. Yes, it definitely is a good place to live in. There are various opportunities for the employment and education, the transportation facility is nice and the beautiful and planned city is indeed a nice place to live in.
Q. What changes would you like to make to your hometown?
A. The one change that I would definitely like to make to my hometown is the safety for the women. Of late, there have been instances when women have been harassed in my city. This one thing has brought shame to my town, so it would be my endeavour to bring this change to my city. Apart from that, I would like to change the way some business markets have emerged. I would like the city to have more security and law enforcing force and security camera to monitor every street vulnerable to crime.
Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?
Either – [If you say you work]
Q. What’s your job? Why did you choose that kind of work?
A. My current job is to procure the aircraft parts from the vendors, across the globe. It includes floating of quotations, tenders, analysing them and then ordering the item from the vendor who quotes the least. And this job is not by choice but by compulsion.
Q. How long have you been doing it?
A. It’s been approximately two decades since I am in my current job.
Q. What is a typical day like at your work?
A. A typical day consists of sitting down in front of the desktop and going through the emails received a day earlier, analysing them and then taking necessary actions. Sometimes attending the meeting is mandatory and then preparing my upcoming tasks is also required. I take half an hour break for lunch and again followed up with the same routine.
Q. Are there things you don’t like about it? What are they?
A. The ‘monotony’ of my tasks is something I do not like at all. The job is too monotonous and this adds up to the frustration. Apart from my job being monotonous, there is one more thing that I would like to change and that is the timing. The duty hours are too long which starts from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening.
Or – [If you say you are a student]
Q. What subjects are you studying?
A. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Law and the subject that I am studying now includes Jurisprudence, Company Law, International Law… to name a few.
Q. Why did you choose those subjects? How long have you been studying them?
A. I chose these subjects because it was my passion to have a qualification in the field of Law. I always had the passion towards this profession of Law. And moreover, it boosts my self-confidence. It’s been almost 2 years since I am studying it.
Q. Do you enjoy them? Why?
A. Yes, I do enjoy these subjects as I told that it was due to my sheer passion towards this profession that I chose this subject.
Q. Are there many job opportunities for you?
A. Yes, there are plenty of job opportunities for a qualified Lawyer. Apart from the job opportunities, there is a possibility of starting your own practice. One can be the boss of his own fate by pursuing a Law practice.
Q. What is the best thing about studying?
A. The best thing about studying is that the learning curve remains upward. And moreover, the mental faculties are also alert which ultimately helps in keeping a person active and not getting old. Apart from this, one always feels like being an earnest learner at every step of life. Studying not only ensures the degree we need to have a better career but also makes us ready for the upcoming challenges. This is the most common method to learn about the world, people and untold stories of the history.
To me, studying is a very important activity that remains me updates, enhances my knowledge, entertain me and prepare me to take challenges.
Part 2 – Cue Card:
Describe a friend that you really like to spend time with.
You should say:
- When and how you met.
- How often you see this friend.
- What kind of personality your friend has.
and explain why you like spending time with this friend.
[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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 – Detailed Discussion:
Q. Is friendship important in your culture?
A. Yes, friendship definitely does stand out on a pedestal which is above all, I would like to say, even higher than the pedestal where the relationship stands at. However, here I would also like to mention that with the term relationship, I would like to exclude the relationship of one with his or her spouse. In our culture, we revere our friendship. We often recite that life is impossible without friends. Friendship is very special in our country, tradition and society.
Q. How many close friends can you have?
A. There is definitely a limit to all the good things that one can have access to. Similarly, though one can have ‘n’ number of friends, there are only few who can be categorised as close friends, those whom one can confide in and have a heart to heart talk. In my case, I can have 2-3 very close friends.
Q. Are friends more important than family?
A. No, I would not support this statement. There is no doubt that in case of any need, friends will be beside you, but then we cannot compare family. Once again I would like to say that family in this instance comprises of the spouse, the parents and children, and their relationship is beyond comparison. Yes, friends do definitely have a special edge in our life but family comes first. Perhaps then stands the friendship which is very important as well.
Q. What are the qualities of a good friend?
A. A good friend is a person in whom one can confide, can share one’s heart out. Rather share anything and everything without even thinking about the after effects of it. A good friend is also one who gives you a frank, fair and genuine advice, guidance and support in the hour of your need.
Q. Why children can make friends easily but adults cannot?
A. Well, children can make friends easily for many reasons. First of all, they lack complexity in their mind. They can share emotions with other children easily. They do not think about the aftermath of talking or befriending with others. They have a sharp sense to know about their friends. They also get easily attracted to others when they find similar features with others.
On the other sides, adults are unable to make friends so easily as the children do. They think critically and most of the cases unnecessarily before making a friend. They try judging benefits before taking such attempts. And if someone approaches them with a friendly attitude, they smell something fishy. Consequently, they have less number of friends.
Q. Do our requirements for making new friends change over time?
A. Umm… yes, sometimes we need to change our requirements to make new friends and this is particularly with our age. We find out ways to get support from friends. Those who are able to support us in needs can be friends. And mostly, this is ‘necessity’ that leads us making new friendship with the requirement. For instance, when someone enters at educational institutions, s/ he needs friends to get support in academic needs. The requirement of being friend changes here as it certainly was different in childhood or out of the academic campus. They would not have picked friends who could fill their requirements. It is also the time that sets requirements to make new friends.
Q. Why people these days have more online friends than real-life friends?
A. Uhhh… people have more online friends than real-life friends for many reasons. Use of technology in every aspect of life is the key cause of this issue, I think. Most of the people are busy with their studies and jobs and to keep pace with the fast life they cannot manage ample time to spend with friends in real-life. So, they move for online friends. Besides, keeping in touch with the online friends is easier than the real-life friends. It saves time and effort and in some cases – money. Thereby, people prefer to make friends online. Probably, the widespread use of the smartphone and the internet has enhanced this trend.