Model Answer for IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:
Describe someone you haven’t met before and you would like to know more.
You should say:
Who this person is
How you knew this person
What you want to know more about this person
Explain why you would like to know this person more
(Who this person is) The passion for cultural exchange and exploration of the world has developed a habit of writing snail mails to my pen pals as early as I turned 13 years old. Since then, I have built relationships with an immense number of people from all around the world. Many as I have got to know, I only maintain contact with a handful of them. Gabriel, an Italian boy, stands out as the one that I aspire to meet in person once in my real life.
(How you knew this person) I met him on penpalworld.com, which is a platform for those sharing the same hobby of communicating with people from other cultural backgrounds like me. He also is also a big fan of exchanging handwritten letters regardless of the predominance of technology and the Internet. Therefore, I hit him up with a message introducing myself and my hobbies, after which some hours I received a reply from Gabriel. Since then, we have kept in touch by snail mails, from Phil to Italy and backwards.
(What you want to know more about this person) Although having been in touch for more than 5 years, there are still some things that remain enigmatic to me. For example, I am yet to know how his daily activities are as well as how an ordinary Italian is different a Vietnamese one. Despite some conflicts or debates that could have caused a rift between us, we still get on well with each other and such difference even gives us more incentives to explore each other more.
(Explain why you would like to know this person more) I would like to know and meet Gabby, which is what he prefers to be called, in person as he is such a nice and open person in whom I can confide. For example, whenever I am down in the dumps, he is someone to whom I can talk to and explain what’s going on. He would stand by me and always be willing to give me a hand by explaining my problems and find out what’s wrong before coming up with solutions. That’s also why I aspire to meet him once in my life.
1. Develop a habit (phrase)
That he hangs out with those gangsters has developed a bad habit of swearing.
2. Snail mail (n):letters that are sent by post
We agreed the deal online, but we’ll have to wait for snail mail to get the paperwork.
3. To build a relationship with someone (phrase)
Many telecom companies are building relationships in developing countries.
4. Aspire (v):to want to achieve something or to be successful, especially in your career
We aspire to become full-service providers to our clients.
5. In person (adv)
You must apply for the license in person.
6. Handful (noun): a very small number of people or things
She invited all her friends to her party, but only a handful of them turned up.
7. Regardless of (adv): without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists
This job is open to all, regardless of previous experience.
8. Predominance (n): a situation in which there is more of a particular type of person or thing than of anything else
There is a predominance of people with an arts degree on the board of governors.
9. To hit someone up (phrase): text someone
Hit me up when you’re ready to go
10. Enigmatic (adj): mysterious
an enigmatic smile
11. To be down in the dumps (phrase): sad
She’s down in the dumps because she failed one of her exams.
IELTS Speaking Part 3:
What kinds of people do you like to be friends with?
Establishing a friendship with those who are friendly, of course, sympathetic and unselfish is one of my biggest dreams. Luckily, I have found some who share those traits and made friends with them. They have given me the incentive to play to my strengths in order to succeed and vice versa.
Do you prefer to expand your social circle or be friends with a small groups of people?
To me, I have shifted focus from quantity to quality. Because as many friends as I have, if they are not willing to stand by me in most crucial moments of my life, they are not my friends. And I am highly appreciative of those who are not reluctant to give me a hand when I face problems.
1. Play to sb’s strengths (phrase)
The globalization of services in international business has played to India’s strengths.
2. Vice versa (adv)
He doesn’t trust her, and vice versa
3. To shift focus from sth to sth (phrase)
A bonus-based incentive system shifts the focus from the behavior of sales people to the results they deliver.
4. Stand by (phrase)
She stood by him through his troubled career.
5. Reluctant (adj)
Many parents feel reluctant to talk openly with their children.
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