In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Do you wear a watch?
Well, in high school, I used to wear a watch for the sake of time, especially in examinations. And the watch was used to keep an eye on time back then. But currently I use my smartphone for the time.
Have you ever got a watch as a gift?
I don’t think so. I have never received a watch from my parents nor from my friends because I’m not a typical watch person, meaning others hardly ever see me wearing a watch. So that’s the reason why they haven’t given me a watch as a gift.
Why do some people wear expensive watches?
The most important reason why someone wants to wear a luxury timepiece is to demonstrate that they can afford it. They use it to show off their wealth and perhaps social status.
This is because some brands are a symbol of their social status and wealth. The price of such watch is exorbitantly high so that it is difficult for ordinary people to afford. So, for those who want to label themselves by luxurious items, they may choose watch that can give them a sense of taste.
Do you think it is important to wear a watch? Why?
I don’t think so. As I’ve mentioned, I reckon a watch is somehow obsolete for some people, meaning they can have their smart phones for replacement. But for some special jobs, like for doctors, I suppose, watch is still significant.
Part 2 In this part, you will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a time when you moved to a new home or school
You should say:
When you moved
Where you moved
Why you moved
And how you felt about it.
Actually, I just moved to a new apartment not long ago. This summer holiday, I found a part- time job that I can do for a long time. But I had to move out of the student residence because the building was closed during summer holidays.
So, I tried really hard to look for a suitable apartment. Eventually I decided to rent a newly renovated apartment, which has a really good location because it’s next to a beautiful lake in our city. The drawback is its distance from my workplace. I have to take a bus for 40 minutes to commute there. But to enjoy a better lifestyle, I signed the lease for the apartment.
Anyway, I asked three good friends to give me a hand packing up my stuff. I even called a moving company for a van. We spent an entire day moving everything into my new apartment. We were all exhausted after that. I invited all my friends over for a nice meal at a nearby restaurant.
And then I got to decorate the home in the way I wanted and I also began to It’s really new and different for me. Although I have to get up really early every morning for work, I have fun biking along the lakeshore every night, which helps me relieve some stress. I’m really satisfied with my new life.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Why do people move to a new home?
People move to a new home for many different reasons. The most common reason is that they need more space because they may have new members to the family, whether it is a pet or a child. It can be hard to have multiple kids and pets in a small house. People may also move to a new home if they have to move to a new city for work. Some people who live in a city might choose to move to the country because they want more outdoor space.
What problems will people face after moving to a new place?
People can face many problems after moving to a new place; they might need to do repairs, or they might realize that there is a problem with the new neighbours. It is important for people to do a lot of research and complete a house inspection before moving to avoid as many problems as possible. People might also realize that things might be more expensive in a new city, especially rent and utilities. People might have to readjust their budget or spend their money differently.
How do people solve these problems?
If people are struggling to adjust to the new neighborhood, it’s helpful to befriend the people who live close by. In general, it’s always beneficial to be on good terms with your neighbors. If you’re new to the area, your neighbors are often the people who can give you good advice when it comes to finding the best restaurants and essential places like hospitals and grocery stores. Dealing with new expenses can be handled by rearranging your budget or saving up beforehand.
Is it good to move to a new place frequently? Why?
I don’t think that it is a good idea to move to a new place often because it is very stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Moving requires a lot of research and preparation, so it can be very time consuming especially if you are also working full time. Moving is also very expensive; if you are renting, you need to pay at least two months' rent in advance., and if you are buying you need to provide a down payment. It is better to move less often.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the same place?
To begin with the advantages, the first and foremost is the awareness we have of the area. While living at the same place, we acquire a boat load of information about the climate, cuisine and nature of people. This information helps us to lead our life comfortably. Apart from this, we have a wider social circle. On the other hand, the prime disadvantage is boredom and monotony. There is no denying this conviction that when we shift to a new place, we gain new experiences in terms of culture, people, climate and cuisine etc. So, we miss dynamism in our lives by staying at the same place.