Speaking Test 1

Q. Do you have many friends? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I have more than 10 friends and I am not sure if I should say this is many! However, I had more than 30 friends in my school days. With the passage of the time, the number plummeted. If I count my Facebook friends as real friends, the number would go high!

Q.  How often do you go out with friends? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I meet my friends almost twice a week. I love to spend my weekends with them and sometimes I visit different places, watch movies and discuss different topics with them. I do not go out with all of my friends. I mostly hang out with 2-3 close buddies and go out with them almost 3-4 times a month.

Q.  Tell me about your best friend at school.
Answer: My best friend at school was John and he was a great friend. He was tall and brave. He taught me how to show courage when we are in trouble. He has a great impact on my life. Though he lives in Australia now, we regularly communicate via Skype. I specifically liked him because he was more like a brother than a friend to me.

Q.  How friendly are you with your neighbours? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I must say I am quite lucky to have good neighbours who are always supportive and well-behaved. I am quite close to them. We have been living in our neighbourhood for more than a decade and our neighbours have become our close relatives. We have a mutual understanding and an invisible bond that ties us together as good neighbours. I respect their opinion, privacy and try to step forward whenever they need me.  

Q.  Which is more important to you, friends or family? [Why?]
Answer: To be honest, family comes first. However, there are some friends who become our family members. The bond between family members is often stronger but this does not mean that we do not have friends who are less important in our life. Being with the family makes us who we really are and friends make our life worth living.

Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way

You should say

  • Who this person is
  • What the problem was
  • How he/she solved it
  • And explain why you think he/ she did it in a smart way
  • Everyone faces problems in life
  • Some people have a great presence of mind and can solve problems without panicking
  • Here I would like to talk about my aunt Paramjeet, who solved a problem in a really clever way
  • I remember it was about six months ago
  • My aunt and uncle had come to our place and my mother was preparing dinner for them
  • As my mother was putting salt in the cheese curry, the box of salt slipped from her hand and a lot of salt fell into the dish.
  • As my mother had not prepared anything else she started panicking because it was already dinnertime
  • My aunt came into the kitchen when she saw that my mother was looking troubled
  • She told my mother not to panic at all
  • She kneaded some dough and put 3 to 4 balls of dough into the curry
  • After about 15 minutes she removed the door balls and asked my mother to taste the curry
  • There was no excess salt in the dish anymore
  • My mother would not have been able to solve this problem on her own
  • She had started thinking that the whole curry dish would have to be thrown and she would have to cook the dish all over again
  • But my aunt saved the situation, and nobody even came to know that the problem had happened
  • My aunt Paramjeet is a great cook, and she can fix her dinner for 20 people in just one hour
  • She also conducts cookery classes during the summer vacations
  • She is in her mid-forties but looks much younger.
  • Whenever anyone in our family faces any problem, they seek her help for a solution.

Follow-ups

  1. Do you think children are born smart or do they learn to become smart?

This is a tough question to answer. Some children are innately more intelligent than others. However, I believe that with proper guidance children can be taught to be smart.

  • How do children become smart at school?

Children become smart at school by listening to the teachers, interacting with their peers, and doing their studies diligently

  • Why are some people well-rounded and others only good at one thing?

Some people are naturally curious to learn a lot of things and so they become well-rounded. However, others try to master one skill and become proficient in that.

  • Why does modern society need talent of all kinds?

Modern society needs talent of all kinds because everyone cannot be proficient in all the things. So, to have a harmonious society there has to be a mix of people with different talents so that they can work together for the benefit of the whole society.