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IELTS Speaking Sample 32


Q.  What kinds of public transport are there where you live?
A. There are various types of public transportations in my city, but the popular ones would be buses and trains.

Q.  Which type of public transport do you use the most? Why?
A. I often use the train, because it is less expensive. Besides that, trains are more comfortable and faster than buses.

Q.  What problems are there with public transport where you live?
A. Many people have complained about the high number of criminal activities inside public transportations here. And then, the schedule is never on time due to the fact that many of the facilities are broke down. Many public transportations do not have enough seats to support the people who wait for them to arrive and that’s a very big problem.

Q. How would you improve the public transport system?
A. I think the government should provide some video cameras and other means of security inside these public transportations, in order to reduce the crime rate, and they should also improve the vehicle maintenance and replace some of the old ones. If I get the chance, I will appoint more security guards in those public transpiration systems. I would also improve the quality of the transportation and would introduce many new vehicles.



PART 2- Cue Card:


Describe a historical figure.

You should say:

» who is he/she?
» why he/she is famous?
» do you like him/her or not? Why?

and briefly explain his/her life.

[ 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 386 – Describe a historical figure



Q. Who are the most influential people in your society?
A. Famous scientists, writers, politicians, business people, actors are mainly the most influential people in our society. Apart from that, newspaper editors, teachers and army people also have influence over people to some extent.  One of the most influential people in my country would be the current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo. He is very popular among the people here, because of his humble and simple lifestyle. Besides that, everyone knew that he is free from corruption and nepotism. He had been given an award by the international Time Magazine as one of the inspirational people in Indonesia.

Q. Are there many heroes or role models today?
A. Yes, there are many public figures that people could select as their role models these days. They could be athletes, actors, scientists or politicians. But I do believe that people should be selective when they choose their heroes. Some famous persons have negative personality and we should not follow them. For example, a famous singer is a role model and hero for thousands of teenagers. But behind his great performance, if he has problems with drugs and alcohol, he should not be followed by the fans.  These kinds of things could ruin many teenagers life if they follow his lifestyle.

Q. What are the qualities of a good leader?
A. I think it is really important for a good leader to have integrity in his life. As he leads an institution or a company, he should lead by example. For instance, when a boss wants all of his employees to come to work on time, he should not come late. And then a good leader would not only give orders to his team. He should be open-minded and listen to the ideas of his teams. With this kind of attitudes, many people would respect and admire him.

Q. It is said that heroes are born, not made. Do you agree? Why/ why not?
A. Thank you for the question. I found this as a well-debated issue everywhere. But I would rather say that heroes are created not born. A couple of reasons will help to remove ambiguity on this topic. Generally, people are born with some inherent qualities. The qualities may vary based on geographical locations or based on genetic features. But the qualities remain hidden unless there is a scope for expressing them. To be a hero, someone needs to show some daunting activities and possess some exemplary qualities. The person might risk his life as well. But unless there are any chances to show the qualities, people will never consider that individual a hero. The qualities are exposed on certain occasions. So, I cannot agree that heroes are born. Actually, heroes are made and situations play an important role to make individuals as protagonists.

Q. What qualities a leader must have to be loved by his fellowmen?
A. Well, being a leader is impossible unless someone owns and nurtures certain qualities. People usually seek honesty in a leader. So, if the leader wants his fellowman to follow him, certainly he needs to be fair in all terms. Being strategic is another way to attract attention from fellowmen. The leader should set some strategies before taking any decision or getting engaged in any tasks. Positive outlook also plays a crucial role for a leader to be followed. The leader also needs to be flexible and cooperative simultaneously with his fellowmen. The leader needs to send the message effectively to the fellowmen or his targeted audiences. Thus the effective communication skills are also required to be a favourite leader. And overall, the leader should be responsible for everything related to him or his supporters. So, if a leader could exercise all these qualities, the leader will be loved by all his fellowmen.

Q. Do you want to become a leader someday? Which field would you choose for that? Why?
A. Umm… Initially, I do not have any plan to be a leader. In fact, I do not have the mental strength to take responsibilities for others. Honestly, I feel discomfort in public speaking. And also I lack the confidence to lead a group of people. Hereby, I am discarding the idea of leadership for me.

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