Academic Writing Task 1
The bar chart below shows about the average children born per woman in 5 countries in 1970 and 2000. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
The given column graph illustrates the birth rate in 5 countries namely India, Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Somalia. It is clear from the graph that in Somalia the number of births per woman increased over time, whereas in all other given countries, either the birth rate remained the same or decreased over a period of three decades.
In 1970, India superseded all the given countries by having 5.2 births per woman. It was closely followed by Thailand at 4.8 births per woman. Mexico, Spain and Somalia had between 2.8 and 3.1 births per woman.
In 2000, Somalia took the lead and had the highest number of childbirths per woman (3.6 approximately). India and Mexico both had around 3 births per woman. Spain and Thailand had between 1 and 2 childbirths per woman.
Overall, in Mexico the birth rate did not change over time. India, Thailand and Spain showed a significant downward trend in the birth rate. Somalia showed an upward trend in the number of children born per woman.
General Writing Task 1 (Letter)
You are unhappy with the road quality nearby your home. Write a letter to complain about the same to city Council.
In your letter
- Introduce yourself
- Describe the situation
- ay what you want the officer to do for you
Dear Municipality Commissioner,
I am writing this letter to express my sheer annoyance about the road quality nearby my home.
My name is Virat and I live at 3 Sigma Society, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050 India.
The road starting from my society to the main road of Bandra is full of bumpy drive. This road is called “Linking Road”. This bad road has developed too many deep potholes and rough edges and now the monsoon has added to the predicament. Additionally, it is not for the first time Mumbai roads have been called out for being in a poor condition. Owing to the bad road condition, everyone has to maneuver their vehicles around these bumps and potholes leading them to the adjoining lane only to create more traffic. Because of this, vehicles burn more fuel than they should do to cover the distance.
It is time the City Council either repairs or constructs safe roads. Ergo, I request you to have the said road constructed with better endurance that could withstand all weather.
I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is Virat.Kohli@xyz.com
Pothole (noun): a large rough hole in the surface of a road that is formed by traffic and bad weather, predicament (noun): a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially one where it is difficult know what to do, to call out for (phrasal verb): to criticize somebody/something publicly. to maneuver (verb): to move skillfully or carefully, ergo (adverb/linking word): therefore, endurance (noun): the ability to continue doing something painful and difficult for a long period of time without complaining, to withstand (verb): to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme conditions, the use of force, etc.
Writing Task 2 (AC+GT)
All secondary school students should learn a second language. Do you agree to this statement?
The role of a language in the formation of a culture is vital. Since the world has various cultures, the understanding of other cultures free people form subjectivity and prejudice (=prejudgment). For this reason, I support the statement that every secondary school students learn a second language.
To begin with, this is the age of internationalism. All human activities such as education, trade and commerce are becoming international. People are tearing down the barriers of geography, language and culture. To cite an example, not a single region of the world can remain completely isolated.
In spite of that, every society retains some of its traditional ways of life. It is true that some cultures and language prevalent among very small groups of people become extinct. The vanishing of several tribal languages and cultures in India serves a useful example. However, languages and cultures representing very large groups of people resist changes to a very great extent.
Apart from that, a world inhabited by people speaking different languages is* certainly a novel one. The prevalence of various civilizations with their unique customs and practices is* a good source of reducing stress and tension. In spite of a very powerful and influential international language like English, each society gets indescribable (= impossible to describe) satisfaction that others try to understand its culture and language.
To conclude, a culture and a language are inextricably (=unable to be separated) linked. The destruction of a language ends in the destruction of a culture followed by people who speak that language. In order to reserve cultures and languages and to understand that variety is beauty, the study of languages is of great help.
IELTS Speaking Full Interview
PART 1 – Intro part
What is your full name?
Hello, I am Rajiv Bhatia.
Can I see you ID?
With pleasure, this is my passport.
Where are you from?
I’m from Bangalore.
Do you work or study?
I am a student.
What subject(s) are you studying?
I am doing B.A degree in choreography/dance.
Why did you choose to study that subject?
I find it so amazing that hoe beautiful one can express emotions through dance and I’m inclined to learn more about this form of art.
Was that an easy choose to make?
Not really as my parents were not really happy. They wanted me to take some course which could help me earn livelihood later in my career. They believed that such a degree concentration would leave me jobless in the future so there was some opposition but somehow I convinced them. I will have to prove my worth post my studies.
Do you like your subject? (Why? / Why not? )
Yes, it’s very challenging, as one has to choose the right kind of music that would accompany the dance, complex movements to entertain the audience, assist with costume design, lightening and other artistic aspect of a show.
Do you often use a dictionary?
Yes, till date you find a pocket Oxford in my laptop bag, it travels with me wherever I go.
Do you prefer to use an electronic dictionary or a dictionary made of paper?
I prefer using dictionary made of paper probably because I grew up using that during school and college time. The electronic dictionary is of no use if you’re in an area where internet connectivity is poor. But I foresee that the dictionary made of paper will be out of market in near future students download the dictionary app on the phone and it offers the best possible convenience barring only the downside of connectivity issue on occasions.
If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?
I would be very happy to receive a dictionary as a gift. I love English language and I know how hard it is without the use of lexical resources. Therefore, I give a lot of importance to the dictionary. Candidly speaking, I never through of such a question but after this question I feel that why ever I wasn’t gifted a dictionary.
PART 2 – Cue Card
Describe a product you bought and felt happy
- what it was
- where you bought it
- what it was for
- explain why it made you happy
- Normally, I depend on my parents for all my needs.
- Here I would like to talk about a product that I bought after saving my pocket money for one whole year, and felt very happy after buying.
- It is an apple I phone
- I bought the latest 65 version of this phone
- Actually, my friend bought the 55 version last year.
- I was fascinated by the looks and features of the phone.
- My mouth started watering but when I heard the price I realized that the grapes were sour.
- So, I started saving money for the phone.
- It was difficult to stay away from chocolates and fast foods but I did it.
- By the time I had enough money, the new version 65 was there in the market.
- So, I bought the latest version in white colour.
- This phone is not just a phone.
- It is a mini computer that fits into your pocket
- One can do wonders with this phone.
- It is a rectangular phone which has a 4.5 inch screen
- It has a multi-touch facility, which means that you can do multiple functions at the same time.
- It has a long battery life
- It has a capacity of 16 GB which can be extended to 64 GB.
- Its weight is around 140 gms
- It also has two cameras.
- It allows face-time video chats
- I felt very good after buying the phone.
- Now, I feel incomplete without this phone.
- I have put it in a cover and I am very possessive about it
PART 3 – Discussion/Follow ups
How often do people in your country go shopping?
People of my country go shopping quite often. Whenever they need anything they go to the small shops or the big malls. Nowadays people and also do shopping online.
What kinds of places are popular for shopping in India?
Big shopping malls have become very popular nowadays. We get everything under one roof. Things are very nicely displayed and no bargaining has to be done.
Do you think online shopping will replace shopping in stores?
I do not think so. Shopping in stores has its own charm. You can feel the thing before buying. You don’t need to wait for the delivery time. You can try on clothes before buying. Online shopping has its own set of advantages. You can shop at anytime of the day or night. Sometimes you can grab very good deals online.
Did you ever have bad shopping experience?
Yes, once I ordered three T-shirts online, but the sizes I received were very different from the size I had ordered. The refund and replacement took a lot of time. That day I decided that I would never shop for clothes online.
What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?
I would talk to the customer support of the site and ask him for a refund or replacement of my product.
Why online shopping so popular these days?
Online shopping is very popular nowadays because people can do shopping at anytime of the day or night. They can shop from any corner of the world. They can compare prices from different sites.
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