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IELTS Speaking Sample 45

Part One : Interview

Q. What is your full name?
A. Hello, my full name is Darwin Lesmana, but you can call me Darwin.

Q. Can I see your ID?
A. Yes please, this is my ID.

Q. Do you work or study?
A. I currently work at a local retail company here in Jakarta. My role is as an Accountant there. I have finished my graduation a couple of years ago.

Q. Where are you from?
A. I actually come from Bandung, a small city which is located in the southern part of Jakarta. It’s around 100 Km from Jakarta.

Q. How long have you been living there?
A. I grew up in Bandung, but after I graduated from high school I moved to Jakarta, so I lived in Bandung for about 17 years.

Q. Do you like it there?
A. Yes, I love the city. There are a lot of fascinating things out there. It offers a safe and fascinating staying and there are always good friends and neighbours there to make the living even better.

Q. Why do you like that area?
A. Well, what I like about the city is that it has a lot of beautiful sceneries and many shopping malls. The neighbours are friendly and helpful and I have many good friends there. The city is not crowded and there are plenty of places to hang around. I like the lively people and their simple and sober lifestyle.

Q. Do you like history?
A. Yes, I do like History a lot. I read a lot of history books. I have a fascination of learning important events that took place throughout the history and learning about those events fascinates me.

Q. How often do you watch historical movies or documentaries?
A. I read the book during the weekend, and occasionally I watch war movies in the Cinema. Besides, some of the programmes of History Channel are quite captivating and I watch them regularly on TV. I often browse YouTube on my smart TV and watch the history based documentaries to learn more about History.

Q. Can you name a historical personality that you would like to learn about?
A. Well, I would like to study further about one of the greatest leaders in the world, which is the Great Alexander.

Q. Why would you like to learn about him/her?
A. The reason why I like Alexander is that he was a visionary man, and he was a good leader. He inspired his soldiers before they went to war, therefore I really admired the Great Alexander. With his great leadership quality, he had been one of the most prominent personalities of the world history and I want to learn everything of his life.

PART 2 – Cue Card


Talk about a person who is special or means a lot to you.

You should say:

  • How you meet him/her
  • Describe this person
  • What you usually do together

and explain why this person is special to you.

[ 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 357 – A person who is special or means a lot to you

Part Three: Discussion

Q. How do you think managers should behave with their employees?

A. I do believe that Managers should behave and interact with their staffs professionally and in a friendly manner. The relationship between superiors and their teams should not only professional but social and friendly as well. Good relation between Managers and their teams outside of the work will create a solid teamwork environment, and eventually, it will impact on the productivity of the company. If a manager only boss around his team members, eventually the staffs would start disliking him or her. This would not be a good example to set in a work environment. From my experience, I can say that a manager should be a leader who would be ready to take any challenge and would help his/her subordinates.

Q. Does people’s behaviour change in a group of elderly people?

A. Yes, I think it is common that people’s behaviour will change in accordance with the group they are gathered with. When a young person gathers in a group of mature people, he will adjust to the topic of the conversation, which might be about business, raising family or politic, because if he talks about K-Pop, cloud computing or MTV, some of the elder people might not understand it.

Q. Please give an example of such behaviour change.

A.  For example, when we go to the retirement house and visit elder people there, we would adjust our behaviour. As most of the senior people love talking about their children or grandchildren, then we have to talk with them about family matters. And then we have to slow down the pace of our conversations sometimes because some of them might have problems with their hearing capability. They should be given priority in the conversation and we should let them talk on their favourite topics. Wh should also help them in every way possible and should not bring up issues that might bore or distress them.

Q. Does people’s behaviour change around someone famous?

A. I think people’s behaviour will change when they meet some famous person. They will try to make an interesting conversation with the famous person talking about his business or his capability or how much s/he adores him/her; therefore he/she will enjoy the discussion. For example, if I have the chance to meet Donald Trump, I would like to talk to him about the property and get his opinion about property business, though I do not like the business itself, but since this is a rare opportunity, I would adjust myself to talk about his business.

Q. What factors or people can affect someone’s personality?

A. There are many things that could affect someone’s personality. Firstly, it is about friends. When we gather or hang out with good and positive friends, we could become a nice person, but when we play with drug dealers and crime people, then we could become one of them. And then economic conditions could affect our personality as well. When people grow up in poverty condition, they usually become a tough and temperament persons, because they have competed with other people in order to survive.

[ by – Darwin Lesmana ]

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