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IELTS Speaking Sample 43

Part One – Introduction

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

Q. Do you like travelling?
A. Yes, I do like travelling. I usually travel inside my countries and love to explore different places worth visiting. Besides, I have been to India, Nepal, Turkey, Finland and Thailand on different occasions.

Q. How do you usually travel?
A. For my daily commuting, I usually travel using public transports. And sometimes I use my own car when it is about travelling in any distant place. I like to travel with friends and when I am out of my city, I pack and plan like a professional explorer. I take my dresses, camera, map, Kindle e-book reader and mobile phone with me.

Q. Where have you travelled to lately?
A. I have travelled to different parts of Australia recently and I enjoyed the trips. To be more specific, my last visit was to the Great Barrier Reef which is the world’s largest coral reef.

Q. What kind of places do you like to visit?
A. Uhh… I like to visit the countrysides mostly. Besides, I also prefer to travel in places which are filled with natural elements. Significant historic places and museums are also on my travel list.

Part 2 – Cue Card

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe an old person you admire.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how you met him/her
  • what characteristics you most like in him

and explain why you admire this person.

[ 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:
Ms Samantha Barbara is an admiring senior lady and lives just the opposite apartment of mine. She is in her 60s but still look young and takes part in all her outdoor activities. The most important thing about this lady is she loves to socialize with people and tries to support people in their needs. So, she is also adored by every one of the community. This is a great cue card task for me and I love the questions. Here are the remaining answers.

I meet her first in the corridor of my apartment complex. I was a new tenant there and was using the stairs to reach my apartment. Actually, I could not manage to use the lift as that was filled with people. I had some groceries with me. Ms Barbara was also using the staircase and she provided a helping hand to me right then and that was the beginning of our bondage.

She is a very smart lady and owns some of the most precious features of a human being. She is very kind to others and always ready to provide a cordial support even in the middle of the night. Besides, she is an outgoing in nature and loves to spend time with children. Honesty is the other virtue that she possesses and I have also seen her taking the lead in any adverse situations. Actually, she is the blend of several qualities and exercises her qualities everywhere.

I admire this person for many reasons. First of all, I will remember the very first day when everyone else entered into the lift instead of helping me. And she was the only person who came to assist me. I like her because there are no hidden interests of this lady behind her supports. Consequently, she gained my admiration naturally.

Part 3 – Two-way Discussion:

Q.  What average age is normal for retirement in your opinion?
A. Well, I think when people cross their 65, they should retire from their occupational engagements. However, there should be some exception for professionals like politicians, teachers, researchers who have great things to contribute even in their old age.

Q.  What are the good things about being retired?
A. When someone retires, s/he can have more time to enjoy life. There are no worries to rise in the early morning and prepare for the office, take workloads and commute daily. They can lead a life filled with happiness surrounded with family members and friends. Retired individuals can take part in hobbies that they have ignored during their professional life.

Q.  How does the government in your country treat the retired people?
A. Uhh… there are some special benefits here in Australia for the retired people. They are considered as the asset of the country and thus they are treated with great respect. And they get privileges everywhere in the country. A certain amount is allocated for them and they enjoy many other state-provided benefits.

Q.  Can young specialist substitute the old ones who are in retirement in the workplace?
A. Ummm… This is a widely disputed issue across the world. Some people believe that young specialists could be used as a substitute of the experts while others do not comply with the statement. But I think that the young specialists could be the replacement of the experts but after passing a certain stage in their respective workplaces. They may continue the tasks but they need time to grow and excel like the experts who have retired from their jobs. To be more precise, a young programmer can be a good replacement of a senior programmer of given the proper chance but this might not be the case in a profession where experience is more important than skill.

Q.  Do you think is it necessary to give the self-retirement option to people? Why/ Why not?
A. Of course, it is necessary to give self-decided retirement to people. Everything in this world is subject to decay. Similarly, the enthusiasm and merit that the people invest in their job will also die out someday. At that time, they would be unable to complete the tasks that they did skillfully in the earlier days. They become unfit for their works. And there are chances of production fall if they continue working.

Besides, giving this freedom would allow a great number of people to properly plan their retirement and get engaged in social activities. This in a way would allow more young people to have jobs.

Q.  What are the pros and cons of being retired?
A. There are some pros and cons of being retired. When someone becomes retired, s/he does not need to follow the daily routine that they followed in their service life. They have much time to spend with their family and get involved in social and philanthropic activities. But if they do not have any proper post-retirement plan, they might fall in distress. Financial condition may worsen in this time which is the most concerning matter after the retirement.

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