Part 1: Your daily routine |
Part2/3: A favourite photo that you have taken
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Please describe your daily routine.
Well, I'm a university student in my second year. My daily routine during the week would consist of me waking up quite early in the morning - I'd say about 6 o'clock. From about six till eight I'll get ready; I'll have my breakfast. If there's any work that needs to be done before attending class, I'll try and fit it in there.
I take the bus to university, after which, of course, I attend the classes. Lunchtimes, we normally go off campus with my friends for a sandwich or a quick bite to eat. If we have more time, we might sit in the park and discuss some of the subjects we're doing. If I have classes in the afternoon, I'll return to campus and attend those. On a normal day, I'd say I’m finished at university by about 5 o'clock. And by the time I get home, it should be close to seven. After this, well it depends on how much work I have to do for the next day. Or, whether or not I have enough free time, in that case I will sit down and watch television or spend some time with my mother.
What do you do on weekends?
Well, preferably, I'd like to spend weekends relaxing and refreshing myself for the coming week. But there will be times when I'll need to sit down and do studying. Maybe I've fallen behind on a certain subject, or maybe I need to do some research. But I do prefer to relax, spend some time with my family, maybe go out with my friends, and generally feel rested for the following week.
What are some of your hobbies?
Well, if I have the time, I do enjoy going for a swim every once in a while. I also enjoy going window shopping with my friends. and reading. But during university. you have so much to read that I sometimes don't feel like reading fiction during my spare time.
Let's move onto the topic of pollution. Do you think pollution is a big problem nowadays?
Yes, definitely. Air and water pollution are huge issues in the modern world... The air pollution problem is especially grave due to the increasing amount of exhaust fumes, which are produced by cars, and result into a poor air quality.
What do you do to prevent our environment from pollution?
A lot of things. First of all, I don't litter. Also, my family and me try to buy only environmentally friendly goods whenever we can. And finally, I try to save trees. I print on both sides of every sheet of paper I use and use any leftover white space to scribble notes.
Have you ever participated in any environmental events?
Yes, of course! Last year I participated in an event in my hometown, which was all about preserving nature. We were taught about the greenhouse effect and I learned about many endangered species in the world.
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 favourite photo that you have taken
You should say:
Where was the photo taken
What can be seen from the photo
Why you took that photograph
and explain why it is your favorite photograph.
Well, my favourite photograph has to be one taken of my father many years ago. I think it must have been even before he married my mother.
It's a very quaint photograph of him sitting in a tree with a very playful look on his face. And all his friends and colleagues standing under the tree, and I think, wondering how on earth he got up there in the first place. But they're all very amused, and they look like they're having a very good time.
I didn't actually, take the photograph myself. I'm imagining that it must have been one of my father's friends or colleagues on the university campus he was working at during that time. But I have to say it's a very candid photo, and it really captures the moment, and my father's very playful nature.
This photograph of course is even more special to me since my father is no longer with us, and this really reminds me of how he was when I was a child, and how wonderful it was to be around him.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
How can someone take a good photograph?
Well, I do enjoy photography, but I'm in no way a professional photographer. I'd have to say a good angle, the right subject. I think light is very important, obviously, well, it would depend on the subject as well and location, but I think there are many different aspects involved in taking a good photo.
Do you prefer to keep a film or a photograph?
Well, you have to consider them both really. Photographs are obviously moments in time that have been captured and you can take them out at any given time and have a look at them and feel those emotions again, and see the happiness or whatever the occasion was and what feelings it induced in the people in the photograph or the subject of the photograph. Film has its advantages of being more real. having motion and movement and also sound. But on a personal level, I think there's something magical about a photograph that will never be about a film.
Do you prefer a black and white photo or a colourful one?
Again, that depends on the subject matter. I think portraits are more beautiful when they're black and white. But some landscape and sceneries are obviously all the more breathtaking because of the colour. So, it would be a shame to cake the photograph in black and while.
How do you feel when you look at your family album?
A great sense of nostalgia. I absolutely enjoy going through my family albums and looking at my parents and relatives even before I was born. I like to think what they were thinking then and how they felt, and the funny part, I think, is the way they used to dress. It's just such a beautiful experience, to be able to go back and see what your loved ones looked like, or try to imagine what must have been going on through their minds at the time when this photograph was taken. It's a lovely experience.