Part 1: Remember your dreams |
Part2/3: A time when you saw two of your friends argued
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Do you often remember your dreams?
No, not really. I mean, when I wake up, I often have no recollection of what happened in my dreams. I just remember disconnected fragments of the dream which don’t really make any sense.
Do you want to make your dreams come true?
Occasionally for my daydreams. As I said, I don’t usually remember my dreams other than nightmares and obviously I don’t want nightmares to come true. I sometimes daydream about how my life would change if I won the lottery. But maybe not winning the lottery is better for me to chase a meaningful life with my own hands.
Do you like hearing others’ dreams?
Yes, I guess. A lot of people are haunted by their dream, and they really just need someone to talk to about it. Some are scared out of their mind if they see nightmares.
Do you think dreams will affect life?
Yeah, to a certain extent, I think. Some people are really affected by what they see in their dreams. If they see death or suffering, for example, they may interpret it as an omen, and they often take some precautions like being extra careful on the road. So yeah, I guess dreams do influence our behaviors.
Do you want to learn more about dreams?
Well, it’s not an area that I take a keen interest in, so I gotta say no. I’m sure dreams can reveal truly fascinating things about our brain and our cognition, but to be honest, I’m more of an art person, so I prefer to learn about music or culture rather than dreams.
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 saw two of your friends argued
You should say:
What they argued about
Why they argued with each other
What happened at the end
How you felt about it
I’d like to talk about a time when two of my friends, Lisa and Sarah, had a funny argument. The three of us live practically within spitting distance of each other, and we hang out together a lot, so we often share some interesting things with each other.
Several months ago, we had a meet-up at a coffee shop. Lisa told us that she was planning to take part in a novel-writing competition for sci-fi novels about alien civilizations. The mention of aliens made Sarah chime in. She said she didn’t believe in the existence of an alien civilization.
Lisa apparently had a totally different idea about this. She said the aliens might have existed on Earth and lived among us. And they might have observed and intervened with human civilization for some purpose. Sarah thought what Lisa said was just a fantasy. But Lisa insisted that there are photos of aliens and UFO on the internet, while Sarah argued they are all either blured or photoshopped.
Anyway, both of them were kind of stubborn to smooth over the situation, I said their ideas all made sense, but they really didn’t need to argue about something that the whole world doesn’t have an answer to. Finally, they stopped. And soon after that Lisa said the discussion, inspired lots of new ideas for the novel. She finished her novel and it ended up final round So, you know, it’s not always a bad thing to have arguments.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Do you think arguments are important?
Yes, I definitely think arguments are important. Of course, you want to make sure you’re not having arguments all the time. But I think they’re a natural, vital part of life. People are bound to have different opinions on things. So, they will need to express them, which often leads to arguments. But it’s better to share your thoughts instead of keeping them bottled inside. Arguments can help you settle a matter.
What do family members usually have arguments about?
I think family members usually argue over cleaning the house. You know, they can often disagree over whose turn it is to take out the garbage or wash the dishes. And if there’s a mess, they might argue about who has to clean it up. Nobody loves doing chores, but everyone has to work together to keep the house tidy. It can cause a lot of stress when you’re living in a messy environment.
Is it easier for you to have arguments with your family or with your friends?
I think it’s a lot easier to have arguments with my family, to be honest. I really don’t like fighting with my friends. We tend to get into arguments that are a lot more serious. And because we’re just friends, there’s always the possibility that we could wreck our friendship. But with my family, I know that they have my back no matter what. So, I’m not really afraid of having an argument with them.
Do you think people should change the way they think when having arguments?
Yes, I think sometimes it’s very beneficial to change your way of thinking during an argument When you get into an argument with someone, it’s because you have two very different opinions. So, if you’re going to come to an agreement, you’ll probably need to change the way you think. You might also have to learn a new way of thinking when it comes to presenting your view of things. For example, if you’re struggling to communicate what your point is, you might have to think about it differently in order to make yourself clear.