Part 1: The weather in your hometown |
Part2/3: A pet you or someone you know used to have
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
What's the weather like in your hometown?
Well, in [ your hometown ] the weather is very diverse. We have 4 seasons exactly; it can be very hot in the summer, very hot and dry, and extremely cold in the winter. The temperature can go down to minus 17 and we used to have a lot of snow that stopped for a while, but in recent years it's been snowing more and more.
Does the weather affect your mood?
I think the weather probably affects everybody's mood. Some people feel more energetic and cheerful under blue sky with the sun shining, and perhaps the wet weather dampens their mood and makes some feel depressed but there are many people who prefer you call it rainy weather.
What is your favorite season of the year?
I personally really enjoy autumn because I think everything looks more beautiful. The colors are warm, the trees look beautiful, the weather is mild. It is neither too hot nor cold.
What do you enjoy doing in hot weather?
Well actually, the heat doesn't agree with me and I don't feel very comfortable in hot weather. But if I had to choose an activity, I suppose it would be something relaxing, may be a short walk somewhere, may be sitting in cafe outside, and having a cool drink.
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 pet you or someone you know used to have.
You should say:
What it looked like
What it liked doing
How it needed to be looked after
and explain if you would like to have a similar pet in future or not, and why.
Well, we once had a pet cat, which was given to us by a neighbour. He came across it in the garden downstairs, and it was very small at that time, and extremely skinny. He was not allowed - his parents didn't allow him - to take it at home, so he brought it to our door. Of course, once we saw it, we fell in love with it and took her in. She was a ginger cat. I think by some standard, she was quite ugly, we thought she was very pretty.
First, she needed a bit of care because she was so small and she wasn't used to be around people. But once she stayed with us for a while, she took of the apartment basically, we were more her guest rather than she ours.
Taking care of her was a pleasure. She could get messy sometimes, but once she learned where her kitty little was, she knew she had to go to bathroom there. And of course, like all cats, she always looking for extra food.
I don't know whether I’d be able to have a pet and keep it and look after probably now because I tend to be more outside of the house than inside. Also, my brother is quite allergic to cat fur.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Why do you think some people keep pets?
Well, the reason for some people is because they are very fond of animals. Maybe they've been brought up with animals in a house, so it's just a part of their normal life. I think for others, it is because of their loneliness, and the end of the day when you come home if it depresses you there is no one there, it's good to have a living breathing animal waiting for you.
What kinds of pets are popular in your country?
I'm afraid some animals in general are not popular. Domesticated animals like pets are not very popular. It is not in our culture to keep animals in the house. However, there are many people who own dogs. We have quite a few dog lovers, cats less and less. there are people who feed them occasionally outside of their home. I would say perhaps an animal with less fuss and less fur like parrots or goldfish is the popular type in my country.
Why do you think some people hate keeping pets, while others like it?
Again, I think that goes back to what you are brought up with and personal feeling towards pets. I think one reason people might not like keeping pets is the trouble they have to go through in order to look after the pet properly. Of course, once you take in a pet, you are obliged to look after it properly, feed it on the regular basis, make sure it has a clean dry place to sleep and also make sure it gets enough activities during the day.
What are the limitations in your country for keeping pets?
Well, as I mentioned before because of our culture, perhaps our religion, people who keep dogs have a pretty difficult time because dogs need exercise; you can't keep them in the house all day long, you need to take them out for a walk. Perhaps people in the streets would not welcome this. In fact, I think they are extremely frowned upon. I think another issue might be the expense of keeping a pet. Ever since a dog, well there is not dog food in a can, ready available in every supermarket so you would have to spend more money and time in making for your pet dog.