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IELTS Speaking Sample 34

Part One – Introduction

The examiner asks the candidate about him/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.

Q.  Can you tell me about yourself and your family in short?
Thank you for your question. I am Ravindra Kumar from Mumbai, India. I am a university student and living here with my family. I am the youngest son of my parents and my father is a retired police official. My mother takes care of the household. I have three more siblings and all of them are established in their own track and also have their own family. Interestingly, we live in a joint family and I enjoy living with them so much.

Q.  Could you tell me something about your hometown?
A. As I told you, I come from Mumbai and it is the largest city in India. Formerly, it was known as Bombay. Now living in this city has become difficult for the dense population setting in this urban area. But some of the majestic places of the country are located here. Interestingly, a large number of wealthy people of the country have their residence in this city. In brief, Mumbai is considered as the heart of India for its commercial, financial and other important features.

Q.  What do you prefer: going out with your friends or spending your spare time staying at home? Why?
A. I love to go out with my friends than staying at home. There are lots of places to see and visit in the city. The marine drive is the favourite place of mine where I spend most of the times with my friends. I have some good friends and I like to spend time with them. I am, in fact, not home-staying type and love to be outside whenever possible.

Q.  What are some benefits of travelling?
A. Traveling has numerous benefits. The most important thing about travelling is that it makes people feel relaxed. Moreover, it helps to widen the outlook. When people travel from one place to another, they become happy with the things and places they see and also come to know about various other customs and cultures. Therefore, it is important to travel. I believe that travelling is a great way of learning about diverse customs, cultures and people. This in a way enhances our knowledge and perceptions.

Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe a present which you were given and that you’ve broken accidentally.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • who gave it to you and why
  • how you’ve broken it

and explain how you felt when you broke it.

[ 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.]

Sample Answer: 
I was given a wristwatch marking the good result at the fourth semester in the university from my elder brother. But accidentally, the wristwatch was broken. I do not know how it broke. While watching the time, suddenly I noticed that the glass of the watch was broken into pieces. I was shocked at this event. Though I managed to fix it, I am still worried about the matter. This is a nice cue card topi for me to talk about. I will answer the remaining part in brief.

My elder brother promised me to surprise with something special if I could have an outstanding academic result in the fourth semester. Accordingly, I stood first the semester be defeating the other students. And the day of result publication, my brother that wristwatch from a famous brand shop. He was too happy that I followed his orders and got this academic excellence. He also suggested me to be more attentive on studies when he gave me the present.

I cannot recall exactly how that was broken. I think the wristwatch was broken on the bus. Actually, I ride on public transports to reach my destinations my university. As the buses in the city are overcrowded, I need to push or get pushed by the other passengers. So, the watch might have been damaged in such a condition. In fact, there are no solid reasons to justify the damage to the glass.

I felt sorry for the broken glass of the wristwatch. Besides, there were some other scratches on the body of this watch. Though I fixed the glass from a watch repairing shop, the glass was not up to the mark. Moreover, I could not share the matter with the other family members. And if my brother knows it, he may turn angry too.


Part 3 – Two-way Discussion

Famous stores in your country:

Q.  Tell me about any famous stores that sales presents.
Well, there are a good number of shops and stores available in Mumbai and they deal with various types of presents. The most notable shops are – Charagh Din Shirts, specialized for shirts; The Bombay Store, Tarot, Angel and You; Linking Road, Kulture shop, Cross Word, etc. They sell numerous types of products and someone may pick the presents after their budget and preference. Besides, some online gift shops have emerged recently and many people prefer to buy gifts from these online shops as well.

Q.  Tell me about any famous markets or stores which attract tourists.
Answer: Ummm… High Street Phoenix is a famous market in Mumbai which attracts tourists more than any other place. However, ‘R City Mall’ is the other place in the city where tourists flock to get their necessary products and services. If you ever go there, you will find many tourists browsing through products and traditional Indian products have more demand among those tourists.

Q.  Why are they popular with tourists?
Answer: The markets are popular with the tourists for different reasons. First of all, they sell various types of products at a competitive rate. Moreover, some of the globally renowned brand shops have opened their wings in those shopping centres. And the products are of high standard. Many shops have a good collection of traditional products unique to the Indian culture and tourists find those products very fascinating. So, they are popular with the tourists.

Advantages and disadvantages of giving present:

Q.  Would you agree that presents are always advantageous for people?
Answer: Well, presents are not always advantageous to people, as I believe. Certainly, this is a good trend to give presents but sometimes the receivers of the presents feel uncomfortable with the gifts. Often the gifts are not up to the mark or may prove unnecessary for the gift receiver. Besides, sometimes gifts are provided to pursue someone or to blackmail about anything. Hence, I do not agree that gifts always bring advantage.

Q.  What kinds of presents are suitable for people in any situations?
Answer: Ummm….. I think presenting books, flowers, electronic gadgets like power bank, mobile phones or tablets, wrist watches, mugs, chocolates, clothing etc. are the types of presents that could be used in any situation. These gifts are not specific to any occasion and hence suitable for people to receive and use anytime. Besides. Greeting cards are also great gift items that suit people all the time.

Q.  How do you think the way of giving presents will change in the future? 
Answer: This is a slightly difficult question to deal with as it is hard to predict the future of gift giving tradition. I think people will offer gifts on important occasions only and it will become more important to exchange gifts on significant occasions like Christmas, Puza, New YEar Eve, and Eid. And I also believe that the number of virtual gifts or electronic gifts will be on the rise. In fact, people are becoming increasingly busier and they do not have time to select a gift in person. Rather, they will send an e-card or a virtual flower or merely an image of the flower to the receiver’s email address or social website page. Apart from that, online gift shops have already emerged to ease people’s process of buying and sending gifts. I believe people will use such online gift-shops more frequently in the future.

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