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IELTS Speaking Sample 42

Part One – Introduction and interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. …]

Q. What is your date of birth?
A. Thank you. I was born on September 20 in 1996.

Q. When was the last time you celebrated your birthday?
A. I celebrated my birthday last year. My parents do not miss the opportunity to celebrate any of our birthdays!

Q. What are the most common festivals in your locality?
A. Celebrating a birthday, marriage anniversary, religious festivals, important national days are the usual festivals in my locality in Goa, India. Indian people are particularly fond of celebration different occasion and luckily we have plenty of chances for that!

Q. Which one is celebrated by most of the people?
A. Most of the people like to celebrate the birthday here. If we consider the national festival, our independence day and puja are the most celebrated occasions nationwide.

Q. What are the most common costumes people wear in your locality?
A. Men in my locality wear pants and shirts while the women wear traditional dresses. But in the modern setting, the attires are getting changed at present. When not in work, people prefer to wear comfortable dresses. During the winter, men and women like to wear woollen clothes and jacket in Goa. Women like to wear a nine-yard sari called as ‘Nav-Vari’ with stunning pieces of jewellery. There is another traditional costume for females i.e. ‘Pano Bhaju’. They also love to wear different beautiful ornaments.

Q. What types of dress do you wear?
A. I love to wear jeans pants and T-shirts most of the time. I also wear some traditional dresses on different occasions.

Q. Why do you like to wear these dresses?
A. I feel comfortable with T-shirts and jeans pants. They require less time to wear and washing the clothes are also easier. On occasion, I like to follow the trends not to be criticised by others.


Part 2  Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)

Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe a birthday gift you got.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • who gave it to you
  • was it important to you

and explain how you felt about the gift.

[ 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.]

Examiner: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?


Sample Answer: 
I received the best birthday gift of my life on my last birthday. It was the entire collection of Shakespeare. The collection contained all the dramas, poems and other writings of this great writer. I was too much happy with the collection because I had long been desiring to have such a collection but could not find the complete one. So, I felt happier indeed. This is a smart candidate task for me. I like the questions and here are the remaining answers.

The gift was important to me for some reason. The most impressive matter was that the collection was imported from England. The local libraries in India are unable to provide a complete version of Shakespeare’s writings. They sell only some of the specific plays. I searched the collection in many places but was unable to find. So, it was a precious gift to me and it was also a pleasant surprise. I could not think that I would get such a nice collection in my life.

My maternal uncle gave this gift to me. He was a businessman and travelled in different parts of the world. He went London a month before my birthday for his business purposes and got the collection for me. Actually, l came to know that my mother had told him about the matter and accordingly he collected the entire collection of Shakespeare. I thanked him much for his gift.

I was overwhelmed with joy when I unpacked the gift. The book was covered with a wrapping paper and I could not realize in the beginning that it contained the Shakespeare collection. When I opened the wrap, I was amazed. I lost my language to express my emotions right at that moment. Immediately I phoned my uncle to express my gratitude for this remarkable gift.


Part 3 – Two-way Discussion

Q. Describe a birthday party you have attended?
A. I went to the birthday party of one of my closest buddies. Some other intimate friends were also invited to the party. A beautiful birthday cake was made marking the day. The other foods were delicious too. A took a nice looking T-shirt and a small perfume bottle for my friend and he was happy with the gifts. He also received many other gifts on this day. We all enjoyed the party at the rooftop of his residence. It was a memorable event indeed.

Q. Do you celebrate your family members’ birthday?
A. Ummm… Actually, my parents love to celebrate our birthday. I have three brothers and sisters and as long as I can recall, all of our birthdays are celebrated. However, my parents avoid celebrating their own birthday by all means. It was a perplexing issue for me as a child but now I realise why many adults do not like to celebrate their birthdays.

Q. Why celebrations are important in our life?
A. Thank you for the question. People take part in celebrations from an early stage of history. Celebrations have turned important in the lives of people for many reasons. In fact, celebrations have added a different dimension to the lives of human. First of all, celebrations help to create a bondage with the other people in a society. People come and meet together to participate in celebrations and thus the bond becomes stronger. Moreover, people take part in celebrations to make some memories. The memories of fun and entertainment are enjoyable too. Sharing events and life is the other aspect that has made celebrations important in our life.

Q. How festivals can bring people together?
Well, a festival is an occasion when people meet and greet each other. During a festival, people of all classes come together and exchange greetings. They meet with each other, share their views and opinions on various issues. Moreover, the close contact among people creates a bridge of different class in the society. Usually, festivals help us connect to our roots. They help to share the bond with people our customs. Festivals also allow people to get in touch with long times. And there is a festive mood everywhere. People feel overwhelmed with joy and emotions. Thus festivals bring us together.

Q. What are the reasons some festivals are more widely celebrated than others?
Well, widespread acceptance is an important issue to consider regarding festival celebrations. When a festival is accepted widely, the celebration becomes more interesting than the other celebrations. Besides, geographical location is another issue. Some of the regional celebrations might not be popular across the country except some of the locations. But the events which are larger in range and covers a wide area (such as a nation) are more popular than those regional events. Moreover, the gatherings become enjoyable in large events. For instance, family gatherings could not be as much popular as the Christmas Day or the New Year celebration.

Q. What role a government can play to help people become more social?
Well, a government can play some important roles to make people become more social. The first thing the government can do is increase the number of holidays. The government can add one or two more days with the existing holidays to help people enjoy the occasions. Reducing the price during the festivals or subsidizing the daily necessaries could be another important aspect of the government. It will help enhance the joys of people. They could enjoy the events and become more social. In fact, when people have fewer worries, they become politer and socialize with others. So, I think the government could help reducing the worries by taking necessary steps.

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