Part 1: Your hometown |
Part2/3: An ambition that you haven’t achieved
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Where do you come from?
Well, I come from [ your city ] , which is the capital of [ your country ] . [ Your city ] is a bustling city with a very large population of I think about 10 million people. It's a very busy and polluted city, but at the same time it's very charming and you can meet people from all sorts of backgrounds.
What do you like about your hometown?
Well, as I said. I like the fact that you can meet people from all sorts of backgrounds. My hometown, [ your hometown ], has beautiful mountains in the North. It’s very vibrant. You can almost find something interesting in every neighbourhood. There's lots of activity going on during the day, which makes it very interesting as a city.
Tell me, what do most of the people do in your hometown?
Well, as [ your hometown ] is the capital, there's a variety of vocations and activities going on during the day. Obviously, it’s the base of a country, so you have businessmen, you have lots of shops, and you have many ministries, many schools. All in all, there's a variety of jobs and activities going on.
Let's move onto another subject, do you have a lot of friends?
Not a lot, but I have a few very close friends. I think it is better to have one reliable friend that a thousand fair-weather friends. Although it's not easy to meet someone you have a lot in common with, I think managed to do it.
How often do you see your friends?
As often as I can... We enjoy each other's company, so we see each other almost daily... What's more, we live very close to each other, so it's easy for us to meet up.
Is there anything special about your friends?
Oh, that's an interesting question... I guess there are lot of things... For instance, my best friend can draw unbelievable art, good enough to sell. And my other friend is really keen on cooking... But most importantly, they are people, who are near and dear to my heart.
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 an ambition that you haven’t achieved
You should say:
When you achieved it
Who contributed to your success
How you have managed to succeed
and explain why it is so important to you.
Well, in relation to success, I have to say that I consider my education by far my most important success. This is due to the fact that while I was in university, I did meet my husband and I married, so that was before I finished my degree. Since then, even though I have started a family. I've managed to obtain a degree with Honours, and subsequently was accepted on a post graduate programme which was actually quite difficult to get into.
I think the main people who contributed to my success must have been my immediate family. My parents were very supportive in all my decisions. And also, my spouse gave me all the support that I could possibly need from a husband.
I have to say that the most important factor was my own self-determination, my self-discipline, time-management, and also uncompromising goals that I set for myself. Little goals, but nonetheless goals that made me reach where I am now.
It's very important, in my opinion to feel successful in an area that you choose. In my case it was education. Of course, this success has opened many doors for me, and will of course open many more. For instance, I know that I will be financially independent, I know that I will have a sense of achievement that is probably not comparable to much else.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
How important is goal-setting in your life?
This is extremely important. If you don't set goals - reachable, feasible goals - then you may as well just stop doing what you're doing. If you don't set these goals, then you lose track of what you've been up to and what else needs to be done. This leads to really destructive disorganisation, and at the end of the day you probably will end up without enough time, sufficient time to reach what you set out to reach. That's why self-discipline in keeping within your timeframe for these goals, and working hard to reach them really does make a difference.
Do you consider yourself a real success?
That's a difficult question to answer, because I might not be the biggest success compared to other people. But for me personally, yes. My personal opinion of myself, with the circumstances that I had, I do consider myself quite a success because after all, I did manage to divide my time fairly between my studies, the pursuit of my education, and my family. I don't think l compromised my family in order to reach my educational goals. So, yes, I do consider myself a success.
And do you think having an organised programme can lead to people's success?
Well, I think it's of the utmost importance actually. I think that not having an organised programme or schedule will almost certainly result in the shortage of time. h's specifically important for short-term goals, as time is of the essence. A schedule is also necessary for long-term goals. Because its human nature to put things off till later, or you know. procrastinate, and you end up running out of time without even realising it. So, having a schedule will help you keep track of it.