IELTS Speaking Test Band 9

Good morning ma’am may I come in, yes please thank you so much this is the speaking test of the International English Language Testing system taking place on Saturday the 21st of October at the Falcon Center the Center number is FC two six zero one the candidate is Harish Rao and the candidate number is zero zero zero eight five zero zero the examiner is Manjita Osta and the examiner number is two zero zero five zero one good afternoon what’s your full name please my name is Harish Rao and what should I call you you can call me Harish now in this first part I’d like to ask you questions about yourself let’s talk about where you live where do you live in your country? I live in a place called Bombay which is now called Mumbai it belongs to the west part of India in the state of Maharashtra it’s called the city of dreams because many people aspire to make it big in Indian films which is called Bollywood.

Would you recommend others to visit it and why? yes definitely I would definitely recommend people coming into Bombay for few things especially to witness the amazing enthusiasm when it comes to Bollywood and cricket and in order to taste mouth-watering food in the city and also be part of the array of processions which happen for different festivals across the nation at different times of the year. Has it changed in the last decade and how? yes definitely I think there are a lot of changes which have happened in the past decade few things notably changed are pollution and population. I think they have increased an alarming rate property prices have also skyrocketed due to which it’s costing an arm and leg for a middle-class family to afford a decent place in the city mainly where there are facilities available like highly accessible public transport good schools and colleges and also shops to shop your groceries or to buy clothes it’s become really very costly on the upside though they have been a lot of changes in the infrastructure in the city they have been a lot of colleges which have come up due to which numerous number of people are going to colleges as compared to before there have been a lot of malls which have come up due to which a lot of spending habits which has been seen amongst people of the city there are lot of varieties of things to shop these days because of these things now let’s talk about interests and hobbies what’s a favorite hobby? Coming from the city of Mumbai it gives me an opportunity and platform to you know pursue a lot of hobbies few would be food related hobbies and movie related ones I am a foodie so I like to try out a lot of cuisines plethora of them available in streets of Mumbai or probably in fancy restaurants I am also a movie buff so I like to watch movies on action genre more than the comedy ones especially the Transformers and the Mission Impossible and The Matrix it’s just amazing to watch so many of them and also a couple of Bollywood movies where our actors show amazing movie action which are really entertaining.

What hobbies and interest you had when you were in school? Well I was an avid Philatelist and had a hobby of collecting a lot of stamps from different countries in the world I was fond of history and a lot of historical monuments like Statue of Liberty and Taj Mahal being part of the stamps used to really make me collect those and also you know different historical figures like Queen Elizabeth or Gandhi or Hitler will also make me make me feel that the stamp is quite significant in it’s value that’s nice do you think one should be encouraged to take up hobbies professionally? Well I believe that hobbies can be taken up professionally and I’ve seen a lot of examples in the world who have taken hobbies professionally and they made it big in their in their passion all right now let’s move on to food so what cuisines are famous in your city? well there are lot of cuisines available in the city which I I cannot recollect a lot of stuff but there are three main dishes which are which I’m really fond of namely Vada Pao Pao Bhaji and Pani Puri there are amazing street food available in the city of Mumbai and probably available 24 by 7 if you want to hunt those in the streets and I really love them which this you enjoy the most as a child? the one which I loved the most was Vada Pav it’s an amazing potato dumpling which is deep fried and then it’s available at practically any Street which you go where you see street food available and it’s it’s wrapped up into a hot bread and so with a lot of spices should the restaurant modify their cuisines as per the customers need or should they stick to the original recipe? the world is becoming a global village and Fusion is becoming the mantra these days I believe that customizing the food as per the spice level and the allergens should definitely be encouraged by the restaurants now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes you have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make some notes if you wish do you understand? Sure.

I’d like you to describe a sport which you think is underappreciated okay so you have one to two minutes to speak on this topic don’t worry if I stop you I’ll let you know by the timer is up you may start to speak now please according to me table tennis is a sport is underappreciated it’s commonly called as ping pong if it’s played in leisure but it is also called as table tennis if it’s played as a serious sport table tennis as a sport is practiced almost in all countries in the world and it’s also part of the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games the equipment needed for it is a good blade a nice set of rubbers which are quite speedy and spinny a rock solid table a net which which doesn’t sag a really firm flooring which gives good grip to your foot and you don’t slip and many other things probably a good Robo if you want to increase your agility and reflexes or if you don’t have a training partner so you can use the robot to play with I think even after having so many positives in this sport it is still under appreciated because of various aspects like few other sports for example in India cricket or badminton now or tennis they are highly marketed because of the commercial aspect of it I am not saying that the players in belonging to the sport don’t do a lot, yes they practice a lot but there are various and commercial aspects from money perspective from a power and influence perspective because of which these games are highly seen in India which probably overshadows table tennis I would say that cricket majorly overshadows table tennis because there are so many people who follow cricket as a religion more than a sport there’s a lot of betting going on when it comes to cricket probably a match you might see about a billion dollars in bet mainly because it’s so much popular in the inner most cities and inner most villages in India because people love the spirit of cricket.

Would you like to play this sport ever? actually I do play the sport and I treat it very seriously mainly because it helps me in my agility and my day to day hand eye coordination different kinds of neuro related activities and it definitely develops a lot of senses basic senses in you so I love to play table tennis and I would like to take it to a professional level at some stage thank you can I have the paper and the pen back please, yes, thank you. now you’ve been telling me about sports so I’d like to ask you some more questions related to it let’s talk about the attitude to in sports do you think sports should be given the same importance as academics in your country? well I believe yes it should be given the same importance of the academies in my country because I believe that sports and academics go hand in hand and why do you think that because a human body does a lot in terms of academics by consuming its mental energy so there has to be some compensation to that by giving some physical energy emitting some physical energy so I believe that in order to have a complete stable state of mind and body you need to play sports as well and it also helps in developing a lot of neurological skills reflexes agility which also help in being really alert in your academics and also having a good presence of mind overall.

Why do you think that parents encourage their children to focus more on their studies than on sports activities? well it’s because of the majority of the population back in India they it belongs to the middle class society which has a lot of social economical pressures due to which academics has been always in the forefront because that’s the sole way of earning money in a most natural and a normal way if you consider sports sports requires a lot of commitment and it may also sometimes be possible that you may not succeed and in the sport to the level that you can earn a stable set of income so that’s reason why parents being concerned encourage children to be more on academics than on sports do you think sports is treated merely as a hobby in your country? well it’s perceived to be taken as a hobby in my country kids to take it seriously when they play any sport in childhood but there are social economical pressures which let them take priorities on pursuing academics more than sports after certain age if they belong to a middle class or probably a poor family in order to sustain some good stable income in the future so it is perceived but I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people who want to pursue sport seriously but not given the platform to be successful in that in that sport what are taking or whatever they are talented in but if given a platform I think they would probably take sports as a career if given a choice which sport would you play for the rest of your life and why? I would play table tennis and basketball for the rest of my life because it comes really naturally to me I love the fact that there’s a lot of adrenaline and there’s a lot of you know my senses are kept alive till the day I die when I place these kind of sports so I would keep playing these sports for the rest of my life sure now let’s move on to talk about the gender aspect of sport do you think women are considered to be less strong than men when it comes to sports? On no, women are equally talented as men and in fact sports has its own beauty it’s not at all related to gender it’s actually related to how you perform from an absolute scale perspective and you decide your scale you decide where you want to go you decide how far you want to reach in that sport and it’s absolutely nobody stopping you just because you’re woman or a man.

Thank You Than you very much Harish this is the end of the speaking test. Thank you. Hi welcome back so I hope you’ve made note of the IELTS speaking test format and you understood how to answer each section well I know a lot of you are looking for speaking partners because I get that question a lot in my emails in the comment all my messages which come to me so let me tell you that I personally use Cambly. Cambly is an amazing app it basically helps you do a one-on-one practice lesson with native english-speaking tutors they would basically be from countries like the USA Canada or the UK and no matter where you live in or what time zone you are in you will always have a tutor at hand that’s the beauty of it it has tutors 24/7 all you have to do is just select one future and start speaking or practicing why don’t I do one thing I’ll quickly show you how to use it hey guys hi so this is the Cambly app which I have on my phone so all I need to do is just click onto it set up an account of course and on top you see there is home there is tutors and there is topics so we will click on to tutors and these are the tutors which we will get there are different tutors from different english-speaking countries like UK USA Canada Australia and you can choose which tutor you want so let’s see you will also know that there are these green dots beside each tutor which shows that they are available a red dot would mean that they are busy the moment and you see that faces are changing this means the tutors are being updated as per their time zone so let’s pick up a tutor so I think I will go for let’s say Sarah Sarah has been scored four point nine out of five so there’s a rating if I click onto Sarah this is the profile of Sarah so we know that whom are we talking with and what experience our tutor would have so let’s quickly get on to Sarah.

So Hi I’m Sarah and you are Manjita. Yes Sarah, that’s lovely I’m happy to hear that you could pronounce my name correctly very few do that, I am really glad to meet you how are doing today. I’m really great and hope you’re doing well as well I had prepared to speak on a particular topic and I wanted to have a quick chat with you share that with you and probably understand if I can make it better. (absolutely) so I wanted to speak sure and I wanted to speak on the most memorable day of my life well my last birthday was the most memorable day of my life I went to ski to New Zealand it was great breathtaking experience the snow was good the weather was good I was really excited the equipment’s were heavy but I was happy to use them and the best part is that I was able to ski now I’m really glad about it it was I was happy and it was a great experience so that’s it That is super English Manjita.

Thank you. Usual words are not stronger sometimes in the way that you say things for example you could say the weather was absolutely fabulous okay rather than saying the weather was nice the ski was great the ski was wonderful yes I I guess I got what you are trying to say (I am delighted to be there). yeah yeah nice is a very average word okay it’s a nice day and the weather is nice the pudding is nice the dog is nice but if you’re having the best day of your life things are much better than nice mm-hmm probably I can say that the view was mesmerizing absolutely mesmerizing awesome wonderful superb perfect all right sure great Sarah nice talking to you I think I got a lot of ideas and going ahead (you’re welcome) yeah and and I’ll try adding these adjectives in my preparation as well bye it was a pleasure to talk to you okay bye-bye well it’s that simple this video was done in association with Cambly and they’ve been very kind to help my viewers and subscribers with a special discount so if you’re looking for using this app I highly recommend it and please give it a shot if you are looking for specific links or further description everything is there in the description box below all you have to do is just hit the link and you will get your discount code by the way my dear keep practicing all the very best and you are my rock star and you will be a champion soon best of luck with your IELTS speaking test you you

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Hey, Vsauce Michael here, and today, we’re going to talk about this. What’s happening right now— the English language. A language spoken by more than a billion people with many, many different accents. And according to last year’s Harvard Google study, a language with more than a million words growing at a rate of 8500 new words every single year. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Where did English begin? Well, for that answer, we’re going to have to go all the way back to the year 400, and even earlier to this little Germanic peninsula jutting off at an angle inhabited by people who appropriately were called Angles. Now, these Angles began immigrating to an island named Britain. In fact, there were so many Angles there, you may as well have called it Angle Land.

Angle Land, England. Before they had Latin characters, they wrote their language not in letters, but in what are known as roons. And everything was fine and dandy until 1066 when the Normans invaded and won. One of the neatest changes that still affects us today is the fact that this new Norman ruling class would refer to the meat they were served using their own words like beef or pork. But the poor old Anglo Saxons who had to tend to the animals still used their early old English words, for instance, cow and pig. And to this day, that is why English is one of the very few languages on Earth that has a different name for the meat of an animal than the name of the animal it came from. English did this a lot, borrow words from other languages and other people and just plop it right down into the English vocabulary. So see, English is really fun, or should I say fun is really English? That’s right, unlike all of these borrowed words, the word fun can be traced all the way back to the Angles and the protogermanic word phono, which referred to a piece of cloth or rag.

It eventually came to mean a piece of fabric, say a hoisted flag that flew in the breeze. And then it just came to mean anything that was high flying or buoyant, you know, like fun stuff. Singling out which words in English were borrowed and which ones were originally Germanic could be a pretty fun exercise, for instance, supervise is derived from Latin, but oversee, that’s straight up Germanic. Well, what would English sound like if we just got rid of all these words that didn’t originally come from the Angles? Well, what you would have is what is known as Anglish. Anglish is really fun to read, because it’s not really a real language, it’s just an exercise that we can do nowadays. My favorite is this passage explaining atomic theory. Of course, you can’t call it atomic theory because, for instance, the word atom is Greek meaning something that cannot be divided any further, so instead of using the word atom, writers will use words like uncleft.

And instead of using a word like theory, they’ll use a word like beholding. There’s a link in the description to read all of uncleft beholding. But now let’s talk about accents. We don’t all speak English the same way, and as a confession, I’m going to say I’m terrible at impressions—accents, dialects— I pretty much only ever talk like this. Luckily, I read the science, and young children are the best at picking up new accents. So I brought along my friend Todd. Nicely done! -Thank you! -Classic Vsauce move. Now, Todd is from ???, and he is fantastic at accents. Gratzi, Michael, gratzi. I’m impressed every day. But here’s a challenge for you, are you ready? Challenge. -I want you to do an impression of exactly how you think George Washington spoke. Let me just picture him, I’ve seen him on a quarter before.

I think he probably sounded like this. Wassup, players? So, y’all gonna vote for me? I ain’t gonna take two terms, just give me one – one shot, uh, one and done, baby, you know what I’m saying? Naw, seriously, father, I did not chop down that cherry tree. I like that, but you know what? There’s no way to be wrong. Well, I mean, there are ways to be wrong, but we don’t know the real answer, because back at the time that America first became a country, the classic British accent didn’t even exist yet. I quite like the Queen’s English, yes. Yeah, that would be completely foreign to them. But here’s what’s really mind blowing about what the British gave to America— southern drawl. That’s right, these people known as the cavaliers came over to America before it was an actual independent country, and they brought things like the word y’all, snickerdoodle, varmit, and they brought the word axed instead of ask, and the word ain’t. As well as emphasizing the first syllable of words like guitar, July, and police.

Man, I’ve taken a lot of heat from English people from being from Texas and all that, and they started it, didn’t they? But listen to this, the bo language was a language spoken on an island off the coast of India, and then last year, this woman died. She was the final speaker of the language. All I can think about is that lady trying to connect to people like oh, let us share in the cultural joke, you know, the famous cultural joke of the Bo people. Yes, yes, it was probably quite lonely, Todd. Modern English as we know it didn’t really begin that long ago. Think of it this way, there’s a time capsule buried here in New York that is not going to be opened until the year 6939. By then, English itself may be completely different or possibly extinct, and so they actually included a drawing of the human mouth where they diagrammed out where you need to put your tongue to say the letters like we say them today.

And we only have to wait almost 5,000 years? What a bargain, how convenient for everyone! Yeah, what are we gonna do in the meantime? Well, you could head over to my channel for some comedy stuff. We did an episode of Vsauce called Vsauce Unplugged. There’s a lot of meat information over there about the brain and language, some joking around, and I got to talk to Dale. Dale the mouse. He does not play around. -No. Be sure to check out the cheese shorts over on Todd’s channel.

It’s much more funny than Vsauce, but when you’re there, and every time I’m there I’m just impressed by the characters and the accents and the language. We’ve got all sorts of stuff, we’ve got behind the scenes awesome stuff, we got stand up, we’ve got me going to China, we’ve got all sorts of comedy stuff. Come over for a visit, I’ll give you a bowl of soup, come on. Yeah, come on, I’ll see you there, and as always, thanks for watching..

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