Part 1: Is your health important to you? |
Part2/3: An old person you met/ knew
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Is your health important to you?
I think everybody's health is important to them. I think we all try to do our best to lead a healthy life, but whether or not we succeed is a different question.
What do you do to improve your health?
Not as much as I should, to be honest. I don't think I eat as healthily as I should, and I probably need to exercise a lot more, and possibly cut down on my caffeine intake.
What is the major health concern in your country at the moment?
I think like many other countries globally, our main health concern must be the Coronavirus, which is also known as COVID. The reason being that apparently it is taking on the form of a pandemic, which is very worrying due to the large population in my country. I do believe that the government is trying to control this with the guidelines and help of the World Health Organisation, and hopefully this will be under control soon.
Now we are going to move on another subject, do you like cooking?
I do. I do like cooking, but unfortunately due to my being a student I don't find enough time to cook as regularly as I should.
What kind of food do you like?
Well, I enjoy a vast majority of the foods that I've tasted and experienced. I'm very fond of my country's local cuisine, but I also really enjoy a nice Italian or Chinese meal.
What are the most famous dishes of your country?
Well, it would be difficult to name a few famous dishes or specialties, because I think each area of the country has its own specialty which people enjoy. But I think on an international level, I could perhaps say Chelo Kebab which consists of grilled meat accompanied by rice. Chelo means rice, and kebab means grilled meat. This meat can be any form. It can be beef, or lamb, chicken. or even minced meat, normally with a combination of onion. Traditionally the meat is pulled onto skewers and cooked over a charcoal fire.
And tell me, in your country have people's eating habits changed?
Well, I honestly don't think that this is just limited to my country. I think over the ages, people's living habits have changed, and also life has taken on a much faster pace. So, I think that has reflected, maybe not very positively, on people's eating habits. You tend to catch a meal on the run. A lot of times a lot of people are constantly in a hurry, so they can't sit down and enjoy a proper meal during the day. Of course, it's good to take the time out and do this at least once a day in order to help your digestion and also focus on healthier foods.
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 old person you met/ knew.
You should say:
Who he/she was
What he/she looked like
What you liked about him
and explain why you remember him/her well.
Well, I'd like to describe my best friend's late grandmother. She was quite a short lady, bent over even further with her back problems and arthritis. She had snow-white hair, which was always very neatly pulled back into a bun. She always smelt of a very pleasant flowery type of smell.
I think she may have put her clothing into some very aromatic flowers, as they used to in the old days. She was very kind, and I remember her taking very good care of us whenever I was visiting my friend.
What I remember as a very fond memory was her lovely cookies. She used to make very delicious biscuits and sweets and cookies, and we used to enjoy them a lot. And that also gave her a very nice smell because we associated her with these beautiful biscuits.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
What are the problems of old people in your country?
I think the problem of old people worldwide, irrespective of their country, is that perhaps. in some cases, they don't receive the attention and respect that they should after all the hard work that they've done. I think old people tend to suffer from loneliness. Obviously, this is not very beneficial to them because it affects their health. Also, there are cases obviously. where old people are distant from their immediate family or they have none left, and therefore they are put into nursing homes. In some cases, this might even happen with immediate family available.
What do most old people do in your country?
Old people in my country I think enjoy getting together with their family and exchanging stories, and advising the youngers in their family how to lead their lives properly. I think the old people in my country become very sociable. They going out a lot. If they're healthy enough, I think they all like to go to the park, meet new people. Basically, I think they enjoy any activity that involves interaction with other people.
Do you think old people should be kept in nursing homes?
Well actually, I don't agree with nursing homes unless it's the last option. Old people should be taken care of by the people that they've taken care of before, such as their children and close relatives. But of course, there are exceptions where people are too ill, or they need special care, in which case a well-equipped environment would be to their benefit.
What can the government do to improve the life of senior citizens?
I think governments can do a lot by allocating funds to develop social gathering places for the elderly where they can meet and converse with their peers. I also think that the elderly should have access to free medical treatment and medication, because at the end of the day this is the generation that raised all these doctors and people in the society. And I think also another point might be for the government to improve the conditions in nursing homes, so that they're all uniformly equipped to take care of those who need to be there.