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IELTS Speaking Sample 29

Part One: Interview:

Q. Good Morning. Could you tell me your name and candidate number, please?
A. Good morning. My name is Jincy Jibins and my candidate number is 310531.

Q. And what would you like me to call you?
A. Oh, you can call me by my first name which is Jincy.

Q. What is the meaning of your given name?
A. I am not quite 100% sure but I heard from my mother that the meaning of my name is Cute. So I would infer that the word “Jincy” means something beautiful!

Q. Does your name affect your personality?
A. I don’t believe that only a name can affect someone’s personality. My personality is quite a different arena and it has nothing to do with my name.

Q. Tell me something about your hometown.
A. My hometown is a well-known city, called Angamaly, which is situated in Kerala in the country of India. Moreover, it is more congested with high population and a large number of vehicles.

Now Tell me….

Q. Do you like travelling?
A. Yes, I love travelling. Whenever the opportunity to travel to a new place comes in front of me, I grab it. On an average, I travel around 2-3 times in a year.

Q. How do you usually travel?
A. I have a job so I must first plan for the travel and I like to travel with my family members and friends. I use my car to travel to short distance but for long distance travels, I prefer either fast train or airplane.

Q. Where have you travelled to lately?
A. I went to visit the British Museum 2 months ago. It is in London. I went to London for a training session arranged by my office and during that time I went to visit the British Museum with two of my colleagues.

Q. What kind of places do you like to visit?
A. I like to visit mountains, sea beaches, museums, historical places and any place with natural beauties. In fact, whenever I visit a new city, I prefer visiting these short of places there.


PART 2- Cue Card:


Describe one of your typical holidays.

  • where you go for the holidays
  • how long they last
  • who you go with

and talk about an interesting thing happened during your holiday.

[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

IELTS Cue Card Sample 41 – Describe your holidays

Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. What do the people mostly do in their leisure time in your country?
A. We have a large country with a large population from different ethnicities and cultures. Their leisure activities thus vary to a great extent. Leisure activities among the city dwellers and villagers are not same also. But commonly people go outside for shopping, to meet friends, to watch movies in their leisure time. Many people walk in the morning and evening and also visit relatives and friends. Young generation mostly prefers to hang out with their friends and use the internet in their leisure time. There are some sports lovers as well who mostly play different outdoor sports in their leisure time.

Q. What’s the difference between holidays today and 5 years ago? What are the reasons for the change?
A. Five years back, people were not much concerned about their holidays. Bu now, people give more importance for their holidays, especially in the planning stage. In addition, in the past people spent maximum one or two days for holidays. At present, one week is considered as a minimum span of time for holidays. The selection holiday destinations have also changed.

Q. Do you think people will spend more time on leisure or working in the future?
A. In terms of time, working hours would be far more than the time spent in leisure activities in the future. But people will be more conscious about the importance of having thoughtful and pleasant leisure activities.

Q. It is often said that people’s life has become more stressful. Why is so?
A. Thank you very much for this question. Yes, often it is said that life is becoming stressful and the statement is true. Life was simple in past. People had fewer needs and they could enjoy the company of their family and friends. They wanted to enjoy the life to the fullest extent. With the passage of time, we have moved into the modern world and our needs and expectations are increasing gradually. We cannot be satisfied with what we have and want more. The hunger for more and more is basically liable to create a sense of discomfort among us. So, we work more than usual hours. We take unnecessary stress to earn more and have a life where the money will be plenty. Finally, we start feeling discomfort, and the stress grabs us. And this becomes a cycle we cannot break and it continues. Thereby, we cannot enjoy life and become even more stressed.

Q. What proper planning a traveller should do before visiting a new city or country?
A. Well, travelling is fun indeed. But the fun could be extended if a traveller does some home works before starting the trip. First of all, a traveller should collect the local map he is willing to travel to know about the surrounding and interesting locations. Arranging for local currency is the other important task. Often travellers fall in trouble with currency exchange and it is wise to exchange currency before commencing. Further, if possible, they should also arrange for a guided tour which would be beneficial for them to know everything about the locality. And the other most important thing is to let others know about the trip or where they are travelling. Such initiatives would be helpful to trace them back in case of emergencies. Doing some internet research to know about the people of the destination and their customs is also recommended.

Q. Do you think people will travel more in the future? What will be they more interested to see and visit after 10 years? Why? 
A. Umm… Yes, I think travelling would be more fun and common in the future. Countries blessed with natural beauties or of historical importance will take necessary measures to make travelling easier in those countries. In fact, inviting tourists in a country has some positive benefits and helps the country to grow in different dimensions. Expansion of local industries, reputation, spreading local cultures amid global people etc. are some of them. Therefore, it appears that respective governments will adopt required policies in this regard. People might feel interested in historical and natural objects in tourist spots. They also may want to know about the local customs and cultures because, with the passing of time, people are becoming inquisitive. They want to know more and share knowledge. Hence, they will prefer the places or things which have informational values.

[ by – Jincy Jibins ]

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