Describe a present you received which was made by hand
You should say:
– what it was
– what it was like
– who gave it to you
– and how you felt about the present
I’m going to tell you about a sweet and romantic period of my life- my first boyfriend! I was 16 at the time and completely smitten (in love). Since neither of us worked at the time, we would always make each other gifts for special occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, or the holidays. I’ll tell you about one gift that I’ll never forget.
He made me a collage (art made with several cut up pictures) of all the stages of our friendship and relationship. He must have gone to a print shop to print out all these pictures that carefully cut them out and made a tasteful wall collage with them. The special part of the gift was that he formed the letters of our names out of pictures, Anna and Dave. I thought this was a really creative way to celebrate our love.
Looking back, this gift is a bit corny (foolish or not tasteful), but at that time I felt completely blown away(really happy and surprised) by it. We had been friends since we were children, so we had a ton of memories together. Furthermore, our relationship was 4 years long! I liked that he was thoughtful enough to put the effort into this kind of gift. Moreover, I felt really emotional looking at the way he told the story of our friendship that turned into love through photos. In conclusion, these sort of acts were the key to my heart as a teen girl!
I’m going to tell you about an extremely widespread plant in my country, the coca leaf. Although it’s controversial in other countries, as this plant is used to produce cocaine, it’s said to heal the symptoms of altitude sickness and give you a boost of energy while climbing the high Andes Mountains. Actually, it’s considered a sacred plant in my country due to its healing tendencies. Let me tell you more about it!
It’s a green color and not very large in size. I’d say each individual leaf is about 4-5 cm in length and 2-3 in width. This plant is native to western South America, meaning Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, and Ecuador, cultivated in both the lowlands and highlands of the Andes mountains. Moreover, people can also grow this plant in the comfort of their homes with seeds. It’s recommended to keep the plant inside in a warm, sunny environment.
I really cherish (appreciate) the coca leaf because I believe it carries medical value. I really believe that it cures the headaches, nausea, and light-headedness associated with altitude sickness. Furthermore, it’s what I turn to when I get any type of headache, not associated with altitude sickness and I feel that it’s a healthy alternative to drinking coffee. All in all, I feel it’s better to use something natural rather than a manufactured pill.
Coca is important to the people of my country for several reasons. Firstly, it is a cash crop. Secondly, this plant is regarded as a sacred plant, so they play an important role in our offering ceremonies to Mother Earth. Lastly, it cures a multitude of illnesses! As you can see, we love this plant.
Yes, of course I like music. I couldn’t live without it. It’s what allows us to escape from reality. Furthermore, it connects people. I think no matter what country, religion, or culture we come from, we all enjoy music.
2. What kind of music do you like?
Well, this is a bit of a tough question because I have adiverse taste in music, but I’ll say my favorites are modern pop, 90’s alternative, and hip-hop of all ages. I can always sing along to pop songs and I enjoy keeping up with the modern hits. 90’s alternative takes me back to my childhood and makes me feel so nostalgic. Lastly, who can resist moving and shaking when you hear hip-hop beats?
3. Do people in your country like music?
Yes, people in my country are a big fan of music. As the US leads the entertainment industry, I would say people are really into music and that it is a big part of all of our lives. It has played a large role in telling our history, such as the blues and jazz, and will continue into the future.
4. Were you listening to music when you were younger?
I would definitely say so! 90’s songs are the soundtrack of my childhood. I remember driving along old country roads bobbing my head to the sound of 90’s alternative and pop hits. As my parents were both into music, they always brought their love of music to my sister and I. When I hear those songs now, it triggers bittersweet memories.
5. Do you think music will change in the future?
As with all things, I believe music will continue to change in the future. Firstly, I believe it will rely on technology even more than now. I wonder if there will even be like humans playing music then. I could imagine robots playing songs that are programmed into their brains. It’s tough to say!
I’m going to tell you about the time I was a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding last year. It was a spring wedding, so she wanted us to wear light shades of purple with the men in silky, gray suits that were just divine. The exact date was May 13, 2017 held in a town known for its beautiful horse farms and sprawling (open, never-ending) fields called Hunt Valley. My cousin is a devout Christian (serious Christian), so she decided to get married in a Catholic Church with a backdrop of the gorgeous fields behind us.
Although the wedding was held on this day, I ordered my dress 3 months in advance and had it altered two times before the big day. I had put on weight during the months leading up, as I was going through a stressful break-up (end of a relationship). So although I had ordered a size 10, I had to have it taken out by a tailor to make it a size 12. Moreover, at the last minute, I realized my heels weren’t tall enough so the bottom of the dress was dragging along the floor, picking up dirt. So, I had it altered again by about 6cm. When all was said and done, the dress fit me like a glove (fit perfectly). The day before I went to get a French manicure and tips and had my hair and make-up done the morning of. My cousin provided us with bouquets, a flower bracelet, and a set of gold earrings to thank us for being a part of her special day.
Although the dress wouldn’t be my personal taste, I felt that I had to put on a face (smile even when you don’t like something) for my cousin’s sake. I know that your wedding day is a day one dreams of for their entire life, so I certainly didn’t want to put up a fuss (complain). Furthermore, a wedding especially in a church is a formal event, so I wanted to dress accordingly. All in all, I did it for her!
QUESTIONS FOR PART 3
What kinds of clothes do people wear after work?
There are a wide range of clothes people can choose to put on when people go home from their office. One of the most popular types is shorts and T-shirts, which I think is favored by both sexes. I guess this is simply because at the, workplace staff are supposed to dress formally and such clothes are pretty uncomfortable. So, casual wear helps the blood circulate better and thereby relaxing their body. Many people are also keen on gym clothes, pajamas or skirts as it doesn’t increase their laundry, which means they don’t have to wash their clothes frequently.
What kinds of clothes should people wear at work?
Actually, I think it depends on what people do. One of the most popular types among manual laborers is thick pieces of garments with protective gear as these help them to prevent injuries and dirt. However, those working in the office have different dress code for sure. To be more precise, office workers tend to dress more formally like a pair of trousers and shirts for males or a dress for females. This is probably because they have to present a professional Image in the eyes of the customers or wearing such clothes gives staff more confidence in their ability.
Do you think it is necessary for children to wear school uniforms?
As far as I’m concerned, I strongly believe that it’s absolutely vital for school children to wear uniforms. The most convincing reason is that in a developing country, if all students wear the same clothes, which are white shirts and blue pants, then poor students will feel less humiliated and embarrassed about the financial conditions and consequently can focus more on their academic study. The second reason is that uniform brings and cultivates a sense of belonging and unity in a group. Besides, it will be pretty pleasing to the eyes, if you see students in their uniforms in the schoolyard line up to enter the class, which I think is unique in my country.
Where do people in your country buy clothes?
Actually, there is quite an array of places people can purchase their clothes. The most typical one is at the supermarket where clothes of all price ranges are on display. I reckon it absolutely caters for consumers’ interest as they are able to pick whatever item of garment they like and try it on. ask their buddies’ opinion and so on. Another place is at the market or alongside the streets. Clothes sold at these points are often of lower quality but at more reasonable prices, which is quite a popular choice among less well-off folks. Needless to say but most people are short of cash at times so this alternative seems to be pretty good.
When do people wear formal clothes?
Formal attire is often a must on important occasions such as meetings, ceremonies and other solemn events. Having said this, it’s becoming more and more popular that people nowadays prefer casual wear on nearly all occasions and it’s a standard practice in my country, I’d have to admit. For example, it’s absolutely normal to wear jeans and T-shirts to weddings, birthdays, meetings and so on. if the nature of the event is not too serious. This is quite in contrast to that of Westerners who often hut on a suit or a dress every time they join a formal event.
Do people wear formal clothes more often or less often than the past?
I’d say casual attire is gaining more popularity as people in modern society prefer flexibility and convenience. For example. it’s absolutely normal to wear jeans and T-shirts to weddings, birthdays, meetings and so on, if the nature of the event is not too serious. This is quite in contrast to that of Westerners who often put on a suit or a dress every time they join a formal event.
Will the way we dress influence the way we behave?
This is an interesting question, and my answer is yes. For those creative people, they often choose a combination of diverse colors in their clothing style and such people tend to be fashionistas who have a firm grasp of a hat to wear to make them look best. These people are dynamic, energetic and love to socialize. On the other hand, those who often wear plain clothes to belong to a group which doesn’t have much enthusiasm about fashion and IS willing to put on anything they can find in their wardrobe every morning
Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner at home or in a restaurant
– who organized this meal – where you had it – what you talked about during the meal – what you ate and drank and explain why you had this meal with your friends.
Ok, so I’m going to talk about a time when I invited my friend to have dinner at a famous pizza restaurant called Pizza 4p’s.
This friend of mine came to my city on a business trip and we wanted to catch up. I had to reserve the seats a day in advance since the restaurant was always fully booked. We both arrived at 6 in the evening and were led to our table, located near the entrance of a big dining room, with tall trees planted around us and some layers of black net over head to prevent leaves from falling into our food. I was told that there is a glass roof above the trees to stop rain from coming in as well. A nice environment, polite waiters and waitresses, everything was going great.
We ordered cheese, pizza, pasta and some wine. I think the food here is a blend of Italian and Japanese cuisine, which somehow appeals to consumers. The portions were moderate, leaving us satisfied but not full.
We talked happily over the dinner, catching up on each other’s lives, asking after our mutual friends. The night was great.
By Le Minh IELTS Band 8.5
Do people in your country prefer to eat at home or in restaurants?
What would you say are the benefits and drawbacks of eating in a restaurant?
What do people usually cook for special festivals?
More and more people are having (or, getting) their meals delivered, so would people cook at home?
Describe an occasion when you showed something new to younger people/ Describe a time you taught a young person how to do a thing. You should say:
what you taught;
who you taught it to;
why you taught it to this person;
and explain how you felt about it.
As an English teacher and an interpreter, I sometimes take on the role of a tour guide. So when I have friends coming for a visit, I’ll take them to some of the most famous places in my city.
Just last month, a friend of mine who comes from a different part of my country took his kids here. They were all excited to see my city and were particularly interested in historical places, which they’d all read about in textbooks but hadn’t had the chance to visit in person.
On the first day I took them to ABC, which is the first university of my country. The place is situated in the centre of our capital, its architecture typical of the feudal times, looking very distinct from the modern buildings in its surroundings.
At the entrance we noticed people in traditional clothing offering calligraphy service. My friend decided to ask for some ‘lucky phrases’ to bring home.
Passing the gate, we started walking down the main path and arrived at a temple where people can wish for luck before exams. There were also stone turtle steles lining the walls. It is said that if you touch their heads luck will come to you during your exams. But in recent years these heads have been touched so much that they are now off-limits. I specifically warned them not to do that.
Describe a piece of information that you think is not correct/ Describe a time when you got wrong information
where you heard/read this information
when you heard/read it
and explain why you think it is incorrect.
Wrong information is something we simply cannot avoid in life. I remember this one time when I got wrong results for one of my IELTS tests.
Apparently there’s a 13-day wait before the result is out, and almost every test-taker feels nervous, hopeful and worried at the same time during this period. I was no exception. I did pretty well and was hoping for an 8.5. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I received a message from the test organiser (IDP) first thing in the morning telling me that I got a THREE. A freaking THREE.
I wasn’t overconfident and I knew I couldn’t have gone lower than 7. So I immediately called IDP and complained. They soon admitted that there was a ‘systematic issue’ and would come back to me soon with the latest information.
I needed to wait for a further 2 weeks to get the result, and luckily this time I got what I wanted.
I think the lesson is that if you get some wrong and bad information, try to be calm and find a way to deal with it.
What kind of job need giving information?
How can someone tell if the information they receive is right or wrong?
Would you say people trust the information that is found online?
I think people who live healthily always have one thing in common: they manage to strike a balance between work and life, between exercise and diet.
Even when you’re too busy, try to do some exercise or have some entertainment. You don’t need to go to the gym and spend 2 hours doing physical activity. Maybe just a small break from work and some stretching exercise is enough to keep you fit and healthy. Nowadays, more and more people suffer from a sedentary lifestyle so we always have to remind ourselves not to sit too much.
Diet is also very important. I know food can be very tempting but try to stick to healthy food, food that you know is hygienic and carefully prepared. Of course, once in a while, we can give ourselves a nice little treat, like the cheese pizza I had yesterday.
Drink a lot of water too, as water accounts for 60% of the human body weight and is key to effective metabolism.
1. What kind of weather is typical in your hometown?
It’s a jungle climate, so it’s quite hot all year long. During wet season, it is extremely humid and sticky. For many, the climate is hard to take. For me, I’m used to it. I don’t even sweat profusely (sweat a lot).
2. How many seasons are there in your place?
Two seasons- wet and dry. They each last about half the year. In wet season, there are downpours (extreme, heavy rain) and it’s generally humid and sticky. In dry season, it is a dry heat. I find dry season to be a lot more comfortable although the flora in wet season is more impressive.
3. What is your favorite season?
I would say dry season. It’s difficult to get around during wet season during a downpour since our culture is to go around by motorbike, not to mention that the streets flood easily. All in all, it’s a hassle (annoying or difficult). So, I much prefer the dry season since it’s a dry, more bearable heat.
4. What kind of weather do you like most?
If I could choose, I would say about 28 degrees, dry, with a cool breeze. This would be ideal whether to go for a motorbike ride around the countryside or lie out on the beach. Since I don’t like extremes, this would be perfect for me.
5. Do you prefer dry or wet weather?
Dry! As I said before, heavy rain becomes a hassle in my city. Moreover, the dry heat feels a lot more comfortable, as the humidity is nearly unbearable in this part of the world at times.
Is it necessary for companies to set up customer service?
Of course. Customers are very important, and keeping them satisfied by providing continued support is one way to build a customer base and consolidate their loyalty.
What products or services do people in your country like to complain about?
People in my country like to complain about electricity prices. There’s only one company that provides electricity here. It often raises electricity prices without caring about quality of service because it has monopoly.
Would you buy things in the shops which you have made complaints before?
No, I would not. I’m not someone who likes to make complaints, so if I had done so at a store, it would be for something serious like faulty products or unauthorized, suspicious charges on my credit card.
Do you think customers’ complaints will improve products or services?
No, companies aren’t worried about complaints if they don’t lead to lawsuits, and most people don’t have the money or tenacity to file charges. On the other hand, companies are concerned about their sales. If many people complain about their products, then they will have to improve them.
Are there any disadvantages to setting up customer service?
It costs company a lot of money to set up and maintain customer service. And it’s quite hard to find people that are suitable to work in customer service; you have to be friendly, patient and tactful – these qualities are quite hard to come by these days.