IELTS Speaking Part 2
Describe an impressive story you heard from other people
You should say:
• What was this story.
• When did you hear about it.
• Who told you this story.
• Why you were impressed by it.
I would like to share a funny story that I heard from Julie, a friend of mine, a long time ago. It was a random day that our group hung out at a coffee shop and sat at the circle table near the window, as we usually do. This was our favourite spot. But that day, instead of ordering a cappuccino as I usually do, I decided to try a completely new drink – mojito mixed with some fruit, though I can’t remember exactly what.
The mojito looked good on the outside but its taste was unbearable to me. Despite my warning, Julie insisted on trying it. It turned out that she liked the drink very much and in that moment, she concluded that it tasted exactly like the toothpaste that she ate in her childhood. Learning of this incident, we were a bit shocked as to why she ate such a thing, so she continued to elaborate on her story. She recalled that she indeed thought that the taste of toothpaste was delicious, and even she was banned from eating it by her parents, she secretly saved money to buy one for herself a few years later. She added that she sneakily hid the yube in the room and she could finish the whole thing in one go. We were frozen and all eyes were on her for a few seconds. Then we all burst into laughter. I still remember laughing so hard that my tears ran down.
I was indeed impressed by her story. As the matter of fact, it wasn’t the first time I had heard of someone enjoying eating toothpaste, but secretly saving money to do this was a surprise element and it was hilarious. And of course, it has become an inside joke between us since then.
IELTS Speaking Part 3
What kind of stories do children like?
In my opinion, I think most kids like to read picture storybooks that include vibrant, detailed illustrations that support the story. This is because kids of this age are becoming more aware of language, books that include rhythmic patterns, rhyming and repetition or predictable texts provide them with opportunities to memorize stories to tell to others.
Do you think it’s important for parents to read bedtime stories for their children?
Yes, I think reading bedtime stories is essential for children because bedtime is the calmest and quietest part of the day. So, even while we can read during other parts of the day, it’s often difficult for the kids to pay attention and concentrate, especially if they’re hungry, or right after an intense play time.
Do you think reading benefits us?
Yes, I do think so. In fact, it can help broaden your knowledge because everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
How do you keep your reading habits in your busy life?
I usually read books at night after a hard-working day, especially on weekdays, because this is the only period of time that I have some free time for myself to read for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before going to sleep. However, on the weekend, since I don’t have to go to work, I will spend about 3 or 4 hours reading.
What books would you recommend young people to read?
If I have to choose, Harry Potter would definitely come out on top of my list, because there have been lots of people read it, including those who don’t really like to read, so young adults will have more opportunities to talk about this series. Besides, it offers a smooth read, as the writing is clear and entertaining, and it won’t take them long to burn right through the whole series.