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Speaking Part 1

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 - Question Set: 1

In part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask you to show proof of your identity. He or she will also ask you to introduce yourself. Afterwards, the examiner will ask you some general questions (usually 4 to 5 questions) on familiar topics. The topics should be pretty familiar to you and may include questions related to your family, study, work, neighbourhood, hobby, future plan, friends, activities and so on.

Following are some common questions and their answers to help you prepare for this part of the IELTS Speaking test.

Introduction: 

Q. How are you?
Answer: I am doing great. Thank you. How are you, sir/madam?

Q. What is your name?
Answer: My full name is Mark Arthur. My family members and friends call me Mark. You can call me 'Mark' if you like.

Alternative answer: My full name is Monica Cole. People who know me personally usually call me Monica. You can also call me Monica if you like. 

Q. How do you spell your name?
Answer: I spell it as M–A–R–K (space) A–R–T–H–U–R.

Alternative answer: It spells as M–O–N–I–C–A (space) C–O–L–E.

Q. What can I call you?
Answer: You can call me Mark. That is what my friends and family call me.

Alternative answer: Well, you can call me Monica if you like.

Q. Where are you from?
Answer: Well, I am from (…say the place's name you are from…) which is in (…city or district name…). It is a famous town which has a rich tradition and history. I am proud to be born there.

Q. How long have you been living there?
Answer: Well, I have been living there for my whole life. I am 25, and I have spent all these years in my hometown.

Q. What is your first name?
Answer: My first name is Mark.

Alternative answer: It is Monica.

Q. What is your last name?
Answer: My last name is Arthur. It represents our family name and title.

Alternative answer: My last name is Cole.

Q. How have you reached here today?
Answer: Well, after I got ready at home, I took a taxi and it dropped me in front of this building. The traffic on the road was better than usual. So I reached here pretty comfortably.

Q. May I see your proof of identification?
Answer:  Sure, here you are.

Q. How old are you?
Answer: I am 25. This coming November I will turn 26.

Q. Who do you live with?
Answer: I live with my family. My family consists of my parents, my 3 siblings, my grandma and one of our uncles who is a university student. We also have a couple of house staff who work for us and live in our house.

Q. Can you tell me about yourself and your family in brief?
Answer: Well, I have recently finished my graduation from a reputed university majoring in Business Administration. I want to pursue my higher education at a large university in the United Kingdom. I dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur in Information Technology someday. I like reading books, listening to music and travelling to new places. I like my father very much and he is the best mentor I ever had.

I have a lovely and happy family with 5 members. My father is working as a professor at a university and my mother is a manager in a private bank. I have a younger brother and a sister who are three and five years older than me respectively. I have a very close relationship with my parents and siblings. We often go out to watch movies and also for shopping. I have so many happy memories of my family and I will always love my parents for the unparalleled contribution and sacrifices they have made for me. My grandmother used to live with us and she died a few years ago. I often miss her. She was a loving and caring person, probably the kindest and most benevolent woman that I have ever known.

Q. Do you work or study?
Answer: I am currently studying. I am in the 8th semester at my university, and my major is "Economics".

Q. Where do you study?
Answer: I study in [the] (… college/ university name…). It is one of the best private colleges/ universities in our country. My major is "Economics".

Q. What is the name of your college/ university?
Answer: The name of my college/ university is (…say the full name of your university…). It is more popularly known as (…name that people call it in short…).

Topic - Name:

Q. What is your full name?
Answer: My full name is "Mark Arthur". My family and friends call me just "Mark". If you want you can call me 'Mark' as well.

Q. What is the meaning of your name?
Answer: Mark is a common male name in our country. This name is derived from an old Latin word "Mart-kos", which originally means "consecrated to the god Mars". It also means "God of war" or "to be warlike". Marcus was one of the three most common given names in Ancient Rome and the name Mark in modern times actually derived from that name. When friends say that I am to be warlike, I say to them, ‘No I am a fighter.’!

The part 'Arthur' of my name is a bit obscured in terms of its meaning and origin. The meaning of this name is actually unknown. It could have been derived from the Celtic elements artos, "bear", combined with viros, "man" or rigos "king". It could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius if we look back in history.

Q. Is your name important to you?
Answer: Definitely, my name is quite important to me. This name represents me to others, so it has to be important. To the world, I am Mark Arthur. So this means a lot to me.

Q. Why do so many people change their names?
Answer: I think there are various reasons for people to change their names. Some people simply don't like their names so much and think their names are too outdated. They want to get the feeling of some modern names. For some, this could be the reason for changing their identity. Some women might change their names after marriage or some might change them after migrating to a new country. Religious belief could be another reason why some people change their names. Finally, some might change their names only to show their status.

Topic - Reading:

Q. Did you have a favourite book when you were a child? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I had a favourite book when I was a child. It was "Matilda" by Roald Dahl. I loved the story because Matilda, the main character, was a young girl with extraordinary intelligence and a love for books, just like me. I found her inspiring and relatable, and the book sparked my imagination and love for reading.

Q. How much reading do you do for your work/studies? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I do a significant amount of reading for both my work and studies. As a student, reading is essential for understanding and gaining knowledge in various subjects. I need to read textbooks, research papers, and academic articles to stay informed and perform well in my studies. Additionally, in my work, reading is crucial for staying updated on industry trends, researching topics, and enhancing my professional skills.

Q. What kinds of books do you read for pleasure? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: For pleasure, I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, including fiction, mystery, and science fiction. I find fiction books captivating because they transport me to different worlds, introduce me to interesting characters, and allow me to escape reality for a while. Mystery books keep me engaged with their suspenseful plots and twists, while science fiction books spark my imagination and make me ponder possibilities beyond our current reality.

Q. Do you prefer to read a newspaper or a magazine online, or to buy a copy? [Why?]
Answer: I prefer to read newspapers and magazines online rather than buying physical copies. Online platforms provide convenience and easy access to a vast range of news and magazine articles from around the world. It allows me to stay updated in real-time and explore a variety of publications without the need for physical storage or waste. Additionally, online platforms often offer interactive features and multimedia elements that enhance the reading experience. Finally, the news and information we get online are often free of cost.

Topic - Drinks: 

Q. What do you like to drink with your dinner? [Why?]
Answer: With my dinner, I usually prefer to drink water. Water is a versatile and refreshing choice that complements a meal well. It helps to cleanse the palate, aids in digestion, and keeps me hydrated. Additionally, water doesn't interfere with the flavours of the food, allowing me to fully savour the taste of the meal.

Q. Do you drink a lot of water every day? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I make sure to drink an adequate amount of water every day. Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health and well-being. Water helps to regulate body temperature, flush out toxins, support organ function, and maintain proper hydration levels. It also promotes healthy skin, boosts energy, and aids in concentration. Therefore, I prioritize drinking water throughout the day to maintain optimal hydration.

Q. Do you prefer drinking tea or coffee? [Why?]
Answer: Personally, I prefer drinking tea over coffee. I find tea to be a soothing and comforting beverage. It offers a wide variety of flavours and options, from herbal teas to black, green, or white teas. Tea provides a gentle energy boost without the intense caffeine kick that coffee offers. Additionally, tea has various health benefits, such as antioxidant properties and potential calming effects.

Q. If people visit you in your home, what do you usually offer them to drink? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: When people visit my home, I usually offer them a variety of options to drink. I typically provide choices like water, tea, coffee, and some soft drinks. This allows guests to select their preferred beverage based on their individual tastes and preferences. Offering a range of drink options ensures that everyone feels comfortable and accommodated, regardless of their beverage preferences.

Topic - Study:

Q. What subject are you studying?
Answer: My major is Economics. I completed high school majoring in commerce, and studying Economics was a dream for me. I really like this major.

Q. Which part of the course do you enjoy most?
Answer: I enjoy learning new things every semester. The project work is the part I really like. These projects enable me to work in a group and aid me in learning many new aspects of economics. Perhaps, macroeconomics interests me the most.

Q. Why did you choose to study this subject?
Answer: Honestly, I did not particularly select this subject. I attended the university admission test in commerce faculty and based on my performance on the exam and interview with the faculty members, I was offered this subject from their end. I wanted to study in the commerce faculty and now I feel very lucky that I was offered this major.

Q. Is it a difficult subject to study?
Answer: In a general sense, this subject requires extensive study, research, group work and other academic activities. Things are new and challenging in many cases, but I think with passion and dedication, they can be conquered. To me, it is a difficult yet very enjoyable subject.

Q. What is your favourite subject?
Answer: Economics without any doubt is my favourite subject. I am fascinated to discover the connection of this subject in our everyday life, and the global economic structure has made it more complex yet more intriguing. I love to explore different theories and research that were done on this subject and how economics is all around us.

Topic - School:

Q. What kind of school did you go to?
Answer: In my early childhood, I studied in a local English medium school and then was shifted to a government school by my parents when I was in grade 7. I was in a cantonment college and I finished my twelve-class degree from there. Now I am studying at a large university which is one of the best universities in my country.

Q. What was your favourite subject at school?
Answer: Organisational behaviour and microeconomics were my two favourite subjects so far. These two subjects have built my base and love for the whole course and I still find it fascinating.

Q. What is the best thing about your university/ school?
Answer: I love my university life. The classes, friends, teachers, university life, my freedom to do so many things and my participation in some charity work organised by the university are equally important to me. If I have to select one great thing about my university, I would choose my exposure to a diverse culture and academic life that has motivated and inspired me to do even better than I initially thought. I was exposed to life and an era that was unimaginable to me and that is the best part of my university life so far.

Q. What part of college/ university life do you like best?
Answer: Well, I think my previous answer already covers this answer. However, I would say that I enjoy most of my university life and my exposure to a whole new culture that I never imagined possible is the best part of my university life. My university life offers me a vision for my future and potential job sectors and I think this is the best part.

Q. What is the educational system like in your country?
Answer: I am glad that you asked this question. In our country, primary education is mandatory for all and it is funded by the government unless someone wants to send their children to a private English medium school. The secondary and tertiary education systems are also managed and run by the government and private organisations. The government-controlled educational institutes are less costly and the curriculums are presented and monitored by the education board. On the other hand, private educational institutes are bound to include some of the national curriculums and they mostly follow their own syllabus. In all universities and in many colleges, higher education is offered in English.

Technical and vocational colleges and universities are also popular in our country and they mostly offer certification and degrees in selected technical and practical skill-related fields. The private universities are approved by Government-controlled bodies and the universities have to follow their rules very strictly. I am happy to see many changes brought to our educational system in the last few years and innovation and quality modern education is a vision our country has already started implementing.

Topic - Future Plan:

Q. What are your future study plans?
Answer: It will take me another one and a half years or so to finish my graduation and then I will try to get admitted to a foreign university which has a reputation for better education. There I will complete my Master's degree and get a job to gain some practical experience. Besides doing the job, I have plans to get enrolled in a professional MBA course to further my education. If time allows, I also wish to do some research-based courses related to my academic background and interests.

Q. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation?
Answer: I would prefer to work in a multinational company that will offer me a position related to my academic background and have a positive working environment to learn and explore new things. I would not worry too much about my designation and salary initially but the company must have sufficient scope for career enhancement.

Q. What is your career plan after you graduate?
Answer: For the first few years, I will work in a multinational company. Then maybe in 10 years, I will plan to start my own business. I would like to be an entrepreneur rather than work in a company for the rest of my life. I know being an entrepreneur is not that easy and it requires dedication and commitment. However, I would work to fulfil this plan after I finish my graduation.

Q. Why are you taking the IELTS test?
Answer: I am taking the test to achieve a band score I am required to apply to most of the reputed universities in Australia, the UK and Canada. As I have plans to complete my Master's degree in a reputed foreign university, I need a good band score on this test. The IELTS score is a prerequisite to applying to those universities.

Topic - Work:

Q. Do you work somewhere?
Answer: Yes, I am working as a Business Analyst in a large IT company in our country. The name of this company is "IT Vista" and I joined there 2 years ago.

Q. What do you do for a living?
Answer: The job is my main source of income. Apart from that, I work as a part-time consultant in a business organisation and do some professional content-writing tasks as a freelancer.

Q. How much time do you spend at your job?
Answer: I spent around 8 hours every day in my day job. I get Saturday and Sunday off from my job which I utilise to spend time with my family. I work about 2 hours as a consultant in another office on Friday and Sunday. Apart from that, my freelancing career requires me 2 hours of work every night. So on average, I spend around 10-11 hours per day at my job.

Q. How long have you been working?
Answer: As a full-time employee, I have been working for the last 4 years. But I started my freelancing career 2 years prior to that.

Q. Do you like your job?
Answer: Yes, I love my job. I love the work I do and I like to be productive in my job. In fact, my job brings me my bread and butter, and I am grateful for having a nice job in a prestigious organisation.

Topic - History: 

Q. What did you study in history lessons when you were at school?
Answer: In history lessons at school, I studied a wide range of topics. We covered ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as major world events like World Wars I and II. We also learned about the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, and various political movements.

Q. Did you enjoy studying history at school? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I did enjoy studying history at school. History always fascinated me because it provided insights into past cultures, events, and the factors that shaped the world we live in today. Learning about different historical periods and the experiences of people in the past gave me a deeper understanding of human nature and the complexities of societies.

Q. How often do you watch TV programmes about history now? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I try to watch TV programs about history whenever I come across them, but I wouldn't say it's a regular occurrence. Due to my busy schedule, I don't always have enough time to dedicate to watching television. However, when I do get the chance, I enjoy watching history documentaries or series as they provide visual and engaging narratives that deepen my knowledge and appreciation of historical events.

Q. What period in history would you like to learn more about? [Why?]
Answer: If given the opportunity, I would love to learn more about the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, particularly the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Babylonians. This period is often referred to as the "Cradle of Civilization" and holds great significance in the development of human society. Exploring their advancements in writing, law, architecture, and societal structures would be fascinating, as it laid the foundation for many aspects of modern civilization. Understanding this era better would provide valuable insights into the roots of our present-day world.

Topic - Jewellery: 

Q. How often do you wear jewellery? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: If jewellery means something they are made from precious materials like gold, diamond, platinum etc., then I must say that I have never worn any jewellery in my entire life. And I don’t wear them, not because I don’t like them, but because they just don’t look very good on me and they are a bit difficult to maintain.

Q. What type of jewellery do you like best? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I don’t really like to wear any kind of jewellery, but if a wristwatch is considered as some kind of jewellery, then that’s what I like the best. And I like to wear them not only because it looks really stylish on me, but also because it serves a very important purpose for me in letting me know the “time”.

Q. When do people like to give jewellery in your country [Why?]
Answer: Exchanging jewellery in my country on different occasions is an important part of our customs and culture. These occasions could be mainly weddings and wedding anniversaries. Sometimes, people like to give these jewellery gifts to newborns. They give these gifts, obviously because such practice makes the occasions even more memorable and special for both the gift-givers and gift-receivers.

Q. Have you ever given jewellery to someone as a gift? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Even though I don’t like to wear any kind of jewellery myself, I have given them to a few people. I offered them those gifts to show how much love and affection I really had/have for them. I offered them those gifts also because they gave me certain prestige and status among some people, which I otherwise would never enjoy.

Topic - Swimming:

Q. Did you learn to swim when you were a child? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I did learn swimming, when I was a child, which, later on, became my favourite childhood sport. But, I learned it, not because I was actually so fascinated by it, but because it was very much a “norm” for the children around me to live very close to water bodies. Besides. I learned it also because it offered me an opportunity to play with other children.

Q. How often do you go swimming now? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Now, I am about 26 years old, but I still enjoy swimming just as good as when I was a little child. Of course, I can’t really get to swim as often as I would have preferred, obviously because of my busy work schedule and other important engagements. But, still, I swim at least twice a month to give my lazy body a ‘shake’.

Q. What places are there for swimming where you live? [Why?]
Answer: My country is actually crisscrossed by many rivers where everybody can easily swim. Besides, a countless number of ponds and lakes also offer a great opportunity for swimming to people of all ages. Apart from these rivers, lakes and ponds, there are many swimming pools for swimming activities, but they are mostly located in cities and metropolitan areas.

Q. Do you think it would be more enjoyable to go swimming outdoors or at an indoor pool? [Why?]
Answer: Well, as far as I am concerned, I actually find swimming indoors more enjoyable than swimming outdoors, obviously, because I can swim indoors any time of the day and in any season. Another reason is that water in an indoor swimming pool is cleaner than in an outdoor swimming pool because it doesn’t usually come in contact with the dust, debris and dirt from outside.

Topic - Email: 

Q. What kinds of emails do you receive about your work or studies?
Answer: Not sure about the others, but I am actually lucky since I don’t really receive that many emails from my work unless, of course, my bosses want me to work on something very important, from home, on an urgent basis. Luckily though, this working on an “urgent basis” thing very rarely happens with me since I am almost always ahead of the “task” schedule.

Q. Do you prefer to email, phone or text your friends? [Why?]
Answer: Actually, I am more of a “phone” user than an email or text sender. And I prefer this mode of communication, mainly because I am just not too good at organizing my thoughts and expressing them in a coherent manner when using an email or texting application. Besides, talking over the phone also allows me to get more “personal” and “in-depth” conversations with my friends.

Q. Do you reply to emails and messages as soon as you receive them? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Well, the truth is, I don’t exactly like to respond to my emails and messages as soon as I receive them, probably because I am not just a “quick” thinker like many others, and also, I want to make sure that I am saying the right things with the right information. Besides, my busy schedule also doesn’t allow me to reply to those messages instantly most of the time.

Q. Are you happy to receive emails that are advertising things? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Well, contrary to what most people like to think of advertising emails, I actually enjoy reading them most of the time, mostly because they not only provide useful information on things that are supposed to make my life easier but also because they somehow tell me exactly why I could live without ever buying a certain product!

Topic - Language: 

Q. How many languages can you speak? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: As much as I like the idea of being able to speak as many languages as possible, the truth is, I can only speak two languages: one is, of course, my mother tongue, and the other one is English. I am not able to speak more than two languages, mainly because the educational system in my country doesn’t exactly encourage us to learn other foreign languages.

Q. How useful will English be to you in your future? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I don’t think that English is going to lose its appeal to regular people like me anytime soon in future unless, and of course, my country is actively looking to promote other languages in our social, economic and cultural activities. Besides, English has become so inexplicably intertwined with my personal and professional world that I just can’t think of living without it.

Q. What do you remember about learning languages at school? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I actually enjoyed learning languages. But, what I specifically remember about attending language classes is that I used to write at least one poem every week and ask my teacher’s opinion about it. Of course, my poor teacher wasn’t exactly thrilled about reading my poems, apparently because most of these poems didn’t meet even the minimum standard of a poem!

Q. What do you think would be the hardest language for you to learn? [Why?]
Answer: In my opinion, the Mandarin language is probably the hardest language for me to learn, mainly because its alphabet system doesn’t remotely resemble the languages I have learned so far. Another reason is that the same word in the Mandarin language can have up to 4 meanings, depending on how one pronounces it, while we sometimes struggle to pronounce just one word properly!

Topic - Daily Routine:

Q. Are all your days the same?
Answer: Not really. My usual office/ university days and days off are quite different. While on a typical day, I remain busy at the office/ university, I mostly stay at home during my days off. The routines are quite different as well. During my longer holidays, my routine changes and they are quite different than other busy days.

Q. What would you like to change in your daily routine?
Answer: I would like to get up earlier in the morning than I do now. Next, I would like to take up regular exercises in a gymnasium. Apart from that, I would like to leave the office/ university early to walk in the park for an hour. Apart from that, my current daily routine is all good.

Q. Tell me about your typical weekday and your typical weekend.
Answer: Well, on a typical weekday, I get up early in the morning, take a shower and eat my breakfast. Then I hurry for my office/ classes. After I reach the office/ university, I need to concentrate on my work/ study & classes, and I return home at around 6:30 pm. I eat my dinner at around 8:30 pm, read the daily newspapers or a book, watch the news channel and browse the internet. I study/ spend time with my family till 11:30 and then prepare to go to bed. I usually sleep at around 12:30 and always try to read something or listen to music before I sleep. If I have an exam/ office deadline, I study/ work till late at night.

On the contrary, during my weekend, I wake up late in the morning, grab the newspaper and look at the headlines and some interesting news sections. Then I take a shower and eat my breakfast. I watch some TV programmes and then go outside to meet my colleagues/ friends who live nearby. I spend some time outside and then return home before lunch. In the afternoon, I take a nap. In the evening, I either go to a shopping mall to buy necessary things or visit a theatre to enjoy a movie with friends/ family members or go to a park to walk. I usually take my dinner at around 10.30 pm during my days off and go to bed after 1.30 am.

Q. What is the balance of work/study and free time in your normal day?
Answer: Well, I think I can maintain a good balance between my work/study and my free time in my daily routine.

When I am at home, I spend my time with my family members. I have some of my personal interests and hobbies that I have not quit. I can manage time to spend some quality time with my family members even during the weekends. I meet my friends regularly and spend time with them as well. Overall, I am happy with my daily routine as it lets me maintain my work/ study life separate from my personal life.

Topic - Hobby/ Interest:

Q. Do you have any hobbies or interests? What are they?
Answer: Well, I have numerous hobbies and interests including collecting coins, collecting stamps, reading books, watching movies in the theatre, and updating a personal blog.

I like to update my blog and spend around 1-2 hours daily writing for this blog. This is a blog related to technology and I am very happy to notice the increase in daily visitors.

I have more than 300 coins from different countries, and they include many old coins that are no longer in use. I love to collect new coins and stamps whenever possible. I love to read books, especially fiction and watch movies in theatres with friends and family members mostly on my days off.

Q. How did you become interested in (the interests or hobbies you have mentioned)?
Answer: Well, I got interested in collecting coins mostly because one of my uncles had this hobby, and in my childhood, I found it both fascinating and educative.

I started collecting stamps possibly because this is a common hobby when I was a teen. This is something I still feel passionate about. Reading books is a habit and hobby I possibly inherited from my grandmother who was a voracious reader and a wise woman. Watching movies in a cinema hall is something I myself find enjoyable and attractive.

Finally writing the blog was an academic requirement at first and then I realised the usefulness and possibility of it later on.

Q. What is there to do in your free time in your home town/ village?
Answer:  In fact, there are a variety of activities someone can do in my hometown. Enjoying the sunset beside a river is a common interest of local people. They often enjoy boat riding, playing football, fishing and similar activities. Young people often play cricket, badminton and table tennis. There are also a few large libraries where book lovers can enjoy their time.

Someone new in our hometown can visit the local photo gallery, museum and public library.

Q. How do you usually spend your holidays?
Answer:  I mostly spend my holidays with my family members. My typical weekdays are busy days, and I scarcely get time to spend the whole day with my family. That’s why my first preference on my holidays is to spend some quality time with my family members. Apart from that, I often hang out with my friends in the evening or play outdoor games with them.

Topic - Leisure Time:

Q. What do you usually do in your spare time?
Answer: Well, I mostly spend time with my family members and friends in my spare time. I often watch movies with them, play football and chess, and go out shopping. I also read story books and maintain my personal blog in my free time.

Q. Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening? Why?
Answer: That actually depends. If I stay home the whole day, I prefer going out in the evening. In case I stay outside the whole day and return home in the evening, I prefer staying at home rather than going out again.

Q. When you go out for an evening, what do you like to do?
Answer: I call my close friends to check out what they are doing and whether they are busy or not. If they are free, I either choose to visit a park and spend time there with my friends or arrange an outdoor game like cricket or badminton.

Sometimes I go out shopping in the evening if this is necessary or enjoy a movie in a movie theatre.

Q. How popular is this with other people in your country?
Answer: I would say this is quite popular among the mass people in my country. Many of them like to visit parks or any recreational place in the evening. Young people prefer to play outdoor games while females mostly prefer to go out shopping. The number of people who enjoy movies in a theatre is also very large and I can feel it every time I go there.

Q. Is there any kind of entertainment you do not like? Why/ Why not?
Answer: Yes, there are certain types of activities that other people find entertaining and interesting but I do not enjoy them at all. For instance: playing any games that might physically hurt others is something I never enjoy. Mocking others and making silly comments just to hurt others’ feelings is quite abominable in my opinion. I never understand how someone can enjoy such a heinous activity!

Watching rubbish and boring soap opera which basically has no real plot or creativity is something I dislike a lot. Finally, listening to music very loudly is something I never enjoy as it annoys others in most cases.

Topic - Favourite colour:

Q. What is your favourite colour? [Why?]
Answer: Blue is my favourite colour. This is probably because it is the colour of the sky and represents serenity, tranquillity, nature and a decent personality.

Q. Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were younger? [Why/ Why not?]
Answer: Yes, blue has always been my favourite colour. Apart from that, I had some interest in purple and green colour in my childhood and I started liking them in my late teenage time.

Q. What can you learn about a person from the colours she/he likes?
Answer: Colour preference can represent the psychology and personality of a person. From the preference of colour of a person, we can learn about his background, personality, choices and many other psychological aspects.

Q. Do any colours have a special meaning in your culture?
Answer: Yes, white and red is the colour of our nationality and flag. White represents peace and serenity in our culture. Though red has a different meaning in our culture, it is perfectly okay to use red to show our respect for our country and freedom.

Topic - Hometown:

Q. Do you live in a village or in a town?
Answer: I live in a town which is (…say the town name…). It is, in fact, a very big town with more than 2 million populations. In recent years, very rapid development has taken place in this town and it looks more like a large modern city these days, especially the northern part of the city.

Q. What kind of place is it?
Answer: This is a large town with a very large number of people living there. The town has two main parts: old town and modern town. The old town reflects the traditional buildings and old ways of business and life, and that will give you an impression of the history of this town. On the other hand, the new part, which is in the northern part of the town, has gone through numerous developments in the last few years and it is usually a busy part of our town. People are amiable and educated, and they live in peace and harmony, which is the most attractive part of our town, in my opinion.

Q. What kinds of people live there?
Answer: Well, the population of my town is around 2 million and most of them are educated. That is why a majority of them are either service holders or own their own businesses. The people are quite well-behaved and amiable. If someone visits our town will get a good impression of the local people. Many people work in their shops and run restaurant businesses. The women are mostly housewives but some of them are in teaching and banking professions as well. The local history of people who originally migrated here 200 years ago is not that much known to us. However, we learned that our ancestors were mostly farmers and they picked this place because the farming land here was fertile.

Q. What’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
Answer: I think the people are the most interesting part of a village or town. Citizens of an area determine how the area would look like, how the roads and gardens would look like and many more aspects apart from the natural beauties of an area. My town is no exception and I find the people in my town are most intriguing. If I consider anything apart from people as interesting that would be the traditional buildings and way of life which are still available in the old part of my town.

Q. What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
Answer: Well, most of the people in my town work for the government, and national and multinational organisations. About 10% of our total population runs their own businesses. Many people are farmers and a small portion of people are involved in Information Technology-related professions. The students work in many companies and shops as part-time employees. But the variety of jobs people do in my town is overwhelming which includes running their own boutique shops, fishing, driving trucks, selling artworks and many more.

Topic - Maps:

Q. Do you think it's better to use a paper map or a map on your phone? [Why?]
Answer: Personally, I believe that using a map on a phone is more convenient and practical. Mobile maps offer numerous advantages over paper maps. They provide real-time navigation, interactive features, and the ability to search for specific locations. Phone maps also offer live traffic updates, alternative routes, and the ability to zoom in and out for better clarity. Additionally, carrying a smartphone is more convenient than carrying a physical map, as it is always accessible and easily updatable.

Q. When was the last time you needed to use a map? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: The last time I needed to use a map was during a recent hiking trip. The trail was not well-marked, and it was essential to have a map to navigate the paths and reach the desired destinations safely. Using a map allowed me to understand the terrain, plan the route, and identify landmarks along the way. It ensured that I stayed on track and made the most of the hiking experience.

Q. If you visit a new city, do you always use a map to find your way around? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, when I visit a new city, I often use a map to find my way around. Exploring an unfamiliar city can be overwhelming, and a map provides a sense of direction and helps me navigate the streets and landmarks efficiently. It assists in locating key attractions, planning routes, and understanding the layout of the city. However, I also supplement map usage with online resources and local recommendations to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the city.

Q. In general, do you find it easy to read maps? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I find it relatively easy to read maps. Over time, I have developed good spatial awareness and an understanding of map symbols, legends, and scales. With practice, I have become adept at interpreting different types of maps, such as city maps, topographic maps, and road maps. However, I do acknowledge that reading maps can be challenging for some individuals, particularly if they have limited experience or lack familiarity with map reading conventions.

Topic - Your neighbourhood:

Q. Do you like the neighbourhood you live in? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I really like the neighbourhood I live in. It is a peaceful and friendly community with a great sense of unity. The surroundings are well-maintained, and there are plenty of green spaces and parks. The neighbours are amiable, and there is a strong sense of belonging. Overall, it's a safe and pleasant neighbourhood to live in.

Q. What do you do in your neighbourhood in your free time? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: In my free time, I like to engage in various activities in my neighbourhood. I often take leisurely walks or go for a jog in the nearby park, enjoying the fresh air and natural surroundings. I also like to visit the local cafes or restaurants to socialize with friends or simply relax with a book. Additionally, I participate in community events and volunteer activities, which allow me to connect with fellow residents and contribute to the betterment of the neighbourhood.

Q. What new things would you like to have in your neighbourhood? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: While I am quite satisfied with my neighbourhood, there are a few additions I would like to see. Firstly, it would be wonderful to have a community centre or recreational facility where residents can gather for various activities such as fitness classes, workshops, and cultural events. This would enhance community engagement and provide more opportunities for social interactions. Additionally, having more green spaces or gardens would contribute to the overall aesthetics and provide a peaceful retreat for residents to unwind and connect with nature.

Q. Would you like to live in another neighbourhood in your town or city? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Although I am content with my current neighbourhood, I am open to the idea of living in another neighbourhood within my town or city. Exploring new areas and experiencing different communities can be enriching. If the new neighbourhood offers unique amenities, a vibrant atmosphere, and convenient access to essential facilities like schools, markets, and parks, it could potentially be an attractive option. However, the decision to move would depend on various factors such as affordability, proximity to work or educational institutions, and overall suitability for my lifestyle and preferences.


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