Part 1 – Introduction & Interview
[The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening? [Why?]
A. I prefer relaxing at home in the evening because it simply allows me to spend more quality times with my family where I can do and enjoy pretty much everything, like watching my favourite movies or playing video games, by laying on the sofa couch in the comfort of my home.
Q. When you go out for an evening, what do you like to do?
A. I don’t really like to go out that much during the evening, but if I ever do go out, it will be probably because I am invited to enjoy a lovely meal with my friends at a family restaurant, or I want to attend a religious sermon or discussion for some sort of “spiritual upliftment”.
Q. How popular is this with other people in your country?
A. If you are asking me about how much popular “the idea of having entertainment” in my country really is, I would say that it is pretty popular, given so many people can be seen to be going out to enjoy either a movie at a theatre or food at their favourite restaurants whether it is during the day time or night time. Besides, dining out at a favourite restaurant or attending some sort of religious sermon is also common among the people in my country.
Q. Is there any kind of entertainment you do not like? [Why/Why not?]
A. I don’t really like any kind of entertainment which involves displaying “physical aggression”, such as boxing, wrestling and violent video games, as I believe that this sort of entertainments promotes “violence”, especially among the children and young adults, in one way or another.
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Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]
Describe one of your friends.
You should say:
- how you met
- how long you have known each other
- how you spend time together
and explain why you like this friend.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Model Answer 1:
Stuart is undoubtedly my best friend according to every definition I can fathom about the best buddy! He is 24 years old and a handsome fellow. His smile (both genuine and rouge one) is worth million dollars! Once I heard that if you can stay silent for a long time with a friend and yet feel comfortable being so, probably s/he is your best friend and that’s exactly what Stuart is.
We are friends for more than 7 years and I met him in my college days. After our friendship began, I enjoy his company from every perspective. He stays with me through thick and thin and is always the one person whom I can share anything and everything. He is a good listener and one of the most talented persons I have ever met. He never hesitates to tell me the truth in an unapologetically blunt manner and never hesitates to stop me when I am wrong!
Our friendship started and remained so tight mostly because of our common interest. We often discuss the books we read, criticise the writings or movies we watch and praise a beautiful piece of artwork. We are both interested in computer games and we often play computer games together.
These days we are learning Spanish together and taking our graphics designing course together. Whenever I rent or download a movie, I invite him to watch it on my 3D TV. Apart from that, we are maintaining a blog together and that’s something we enjoy to a great extent.
Sometimes I share things with him that I cannot share with anyone else, and I get advice without being judged. This is the best part of our friendship and probably the main reasons our friendship is still intact and strong. He celebrates my successes genuinely, we know each other in and out and we can talk about everything no matter how nonsense it is.
Sample Answer 2:
Working as an executive for a multinational corporation like Samsung is really interesting but sometimes boredom occupies me as well. But having a simple conversation with Natasha is encouraging indeed. Now I will describe the relationship with her, who happens to be my best friend. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about my best friend.
It is really tough to manage a job here in Mumbai and this is more difficult for a woman like me. Fortunately, I managed the job and I am lucky to have it. I have been playing the role of an executive at Samsung India for the past three years. I met Natasha on the very first day of my office. She is a smart girl and gradually we discovered that we belong to the same batch but in different educational institutions. We also have some common friends as it is found on the social networking sites. Besides, she took her residence near the office which is a five-minutes’ walk from my home.
I joined the office in 2014 after experiencing a lot of challenges. In fact, getting the job was not easier. I had to attend several interviews and tests. Finally, I was chosen for the post when I was able to demonstrate my skills and expertise for the position I applied for. Later, I came to know that Natasha also joined at the same time. Besides, she also had her desk opposite of mine. With some small chats, we started our friendship. Gradually, the friendship turned into deeper and she became my best friend. Recently, we have started moving to the office together. Often we exchange our lunch and help each other to prepare presentations and more other official tasks. Most of the times, we love to watch movies at our homes on the off days.
When we are at the office, we work as a team. In fact, the authority has made us a team based on our mutual relationship. But sometimes we also have to experience some disagreement over different issues. We make decisions based on logic and then agree to the disagreement. Further, we together make plans to be implemented by the authority, check the sales reports, take care of the other reporting issues etc. But in most of the cases, I am responsible for the preparation of the presentation with newer ideas to be implemented in the market while she is responsible for presenting them before the authority in the meeting. We are doing well and growing together. Recently, both of us have been promoted to the senior executive of the corporation for our outstanding performance.
Natasha is my best friend. In fact, she is an intelligent girl and made me too. Before meeting with her, I was not that much smart as I am today. In each and every aspect, she helped me and taught me the things I need to learn in handling real-life aspects. Before entering the job of an executive, she was in a sales team and learnt about the professional life. Accordingly, she has set her goals and also helped me a lot to set mine. I am, really glad that to have her as my friend. Moreover, with the passage of time, we started sharing our sorrows and joys and the friendship of us also touched our families. Now both the families are quite familiar and maintaining a healthy social relation like us.
Model Answer 3:
This is absolutely a great opportunity to explain my friendship with Erik, who is my best friend and a compassionate person. I must say I am thankful to you for the opportunity you have given me to talk about my best friend Erik.
I believe friends make our life more meaningful and enjoyable. And some mates step forward to teach us how special they are in our life. Erik is such a friend and I consider him my best buddy.
I know him from my school days. We went school together, played football in the evening, stood should to shoulder in adversity, shared our meals, helped each other in our studies and over the time, we became the birds of a feather. We still are inseparable and find comfort even in our silence, which accordingly to many a symbol of a great bond.
We have recently finished our graduation – I am from Science major while Eric is from Arts. We love to talk about our personal issues; he is the only person I can share absolutely anything and everything. We often play chess, enjoy movies, visit different places, we debate on our political differences and share our thoughts about our career plans. There are times when he advise me how to deal with obstacles and stresses and he often says that “hole tight, buddy, every cloud has a silver lining.
Best friends always stick together and become more like brothers than friends. I am absolutely convinced that Erik has already proven that he will support me in any way possible and help me out from any grave situation. He is the kind of a friend someone can have only once or twice in life. No doubt his influence in my life is paramount and he will always be my best friend.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion:
Qualities of friends:
Q. What do you think are the most important qualities for friends to have?
A. “Friends” are like some special “gifts” to people, and unless they are fully “wrapped up” with some important qualities like love, mutual respect, honesty, loyalty and trustworthiness, it is fair to suggest that they can be considered anything but “friends”. Besides, they also say that “friends in need are friends indeed”. So, another important quality friends should have is that they should stand by the people, they call friends, not only during the good times but also during the bad times.
Q. Which is more important to people, their family or their friends? Why?
A. I would dare to say that family is, and always should be, more important to people primarily because they are the ones with “blood relationship” which just can never be either “denied” or “erased” by any authority in this world. Besides, the family usually is the first line of people who come to our rescue when we are in need and troubles. Of course, there is no denying the fact that friends are also important, but the reality is friends don’t always live under the same roof with people as the families do, and, as a result, it is the family members who, more often than not, are able to understand the “needs” of those people, they call “family”, better than their friends.
Q. What do you think causes friendships to break up?
A. Friendship can be broken or lost for various common reasons, such as “distance”, “change in the circumstances” and “lack of communication”. But, the more serious reasons may include lack of trustworthiness and mutual respect, without which it would be very difficult to forge and carry forward a friendly relationship among the people involved, and as a result, a ‘break up’ would be almost inevitable at some points in time. Sometimes, stabbing from the back for petty interest, “backbiting” and “arrogance” may also cause friendships to break up.
Q. What other types of relationship, apart from friends or family, are important in people’s lives today?
A. Our lives in this modern era have become so tough and complicated that having relationships with just friends and families is not enough. As a result, relationships with co-workers and bosses and associations with leading community members are becoming more and more apparent in people’s lives today in order to deal with the increasing difficulties and complexities. Relationship with different leading religious figures in our societies has also proved out to be crucial in order to combat the threat of “religious extremism” and other forms of violence. Finally, neighbours are other important persons in our life who we need to have an intimate relationship with.
Q. Have relationships with neighbours where you live changed in recent years? How?
A. Yes, I would say that the relationships with the neighbours, where I live, have changed, and these changes are reflected in the manners and frequencies in which we choose to interact or deal with them, if at all. In fact, most people don’t know their neighbours very well even if they have been living next doors to each other for years, let alone exchanging greetings among each other or have parties together. Another noticeable change, which I have recently seen among my neighbours, is that they always seem to be on “edge”, with very little or almost no happiness in their lives, even though they don’t seem to lack any luxuries and comfort of lives – this might be a very personal observation though!
Q. How important do you think it is for a person to spend some time alone? Why/Why not?
A. Well, the answer to this question depends on what kind of life a person is living. But, generally speaking, everybody needs some “personal time” every once in a while in order to reflect on his/her life and activities so that he/she is able to put everything in proper perspective in his or her solitude. Besides, when a situation – situation he/she may not be a part of, around a person are too crazy and emotionally charged up, having some “alone time” will help him or her gather emotionally. Besides, who wouldn’t prefer some time alone if it helps a person relax mentally and physically!
Creative people often prefer to be alone as they believe ideas emerge when they spend lone times. So, for such people, we should be a little more considerate and let them enjoy some solitude.