IELTS Speaking Section Part 1, 2 and 3 - Age

IELTS Speaking Section Part 1, 2 and 3 - Age
Growing Up

IELTS Speaking Section Part 1 - Talking about Familiar Topics


When you were a child, did you think much about the future?

No, it's the other way around actually. Now that I have been an adult, I'm thinking a lot about my childhood. I was so happy when I was a child, and was never worried of how the future would go. I spent most of my time playing with my friends and studying.

What do you miss the most from your childhood?

The freedom, I guess. As a child, I didn't have to think about work, or bills, or other things that become a burden now that I have grown up. I went to school in the morning, and then play with my friends afterwards, I would study in the evening while watching my favorite TV show. As soon as I finished studying, I would go to bed and sleep so that I have enough energy to have fun again the next day.

What do you think of the fact that some people want to be forever young and are afraid of getting old?

Those people are definitely happy as a young person, they may have a perfect life, and they do not want that perfect life to change. But, I personally think that getting older gracefully is a part of happiness in life. I mean, you can't be working forever, one day you will have to retire and spend most of your time doing what you love instead of doing what you are told to do. When we get older and retire, we also have much more time to spend with family, which is a good thing, especially after years of working hard to save some money.

Do you think you have changed much as you grow older?

Yes, definitely. I used to be a cheerful person who worried about nothing, but now that I have bills to pay, duties to accomplish, and other responsibilities, I sort of become a little less happy than I was several years ago. But, this happens to a lot of adults, I suppose, and not just me. The only thing that makes me less unhappy these days is the fact that I lived my life to the fullest while I had the chance. Now that I am expected to play the role as an adult, I should focus on doing my responsibilities.

Are you happy to be the age that you are now?

Considering the amount of pressure in my life recently, the answer would be no. I've been having what's so-called mid-life crisis and I recently feel like my life used to be much happier than this. But this is just a process that I have to go through, it's not that I'm always and will forever be unhappy. I'm just temporarily unhappy right now.

IELTS Speaking Section Part 2 - Self-Presentation

One of Grandparent's Job

Describe a job one of your grandparents did

You should say:

Whose job was it?

What the job was it?

How did s/he do the job?

Explain what you think about the job

Whose job was it?

It is my grandfather's job. My grandmother did not have a real job because we lived in the rural area where women were usually responsible of the household.

What the job was it?

My grandfather worked as a teak farmer and merchant. Like most people who lived in the countryside, my grandfather had land all over the village. The region where I lived is famous for its teak and lumber mills, and this is why my grandfather used his farmland to plant teak instead of rice or other produces.

Teak plantation is a labor-intensive industry, so my grandfather never worked by himself. He had several workers helping him with cultivation, harvest, and wood processing. The teak is usually sold to big wood processing factories.

How did s/he do the job?

I don't really know how the job was done because I was never involved in it. What I did as a child was delivering my grandfather's lunch to the farm while he was working. But I do remember one of the process of teak plantation, which is the cultivation. I remember hearing the noise made by a chainsaw and the crunchy sound that the dry leaves when I stepped on it. I also remember the smell of wood and wet soil.

Explain what you think about the job

The job was really rough indeed. People have to work among saw dust and noises of heavy machinery. They have to carry the wood on a truck through difficult and dangerous terrain. Things become more complicated when there is an inclement weather that makes it more dangerous to do the cultivation process and transport the wood to the lumber mill.

IELTS Speaking Section Part 3 - Discussion 


Can you explain some of the differences between younger generation and older generation?

In terms of hard work, I think older generation generally worked much harder because there wasn't much development and resources back then, at least here in my country. There was no internet, no computer, so older generation needed a lot more effort to learn something. For example, to learn welding and metal work, my uncle had to find someone who had such expertise to teach him, and this was not easy. He had to go to other city to meet his trainer. Younger generation is very lucky to have all the resource like internet, they can learn anything more easily. But the thing is, there are more challenges that young generation has to face these days compared to the previous generation. Life is getting more and more demanding, if they cannot catch up with the current development, they will be left behind.

What are the advantages of having an elderly at home?

We can learn from their patience and wisdom. Older people have gone through a lot of difficult situation in life, and we can learn how they could deal with such challenges. Other than getting important life lessons and wisdom, we can also hear a lot of interesting stories from elderly. I have heard stories about my grandfather fighting during the war for independence, which teaches me a lot about bravery and patriotism. This kind of lesson can only be learned from older generation. 

You mentioned about the fact that younger generation can learn wisdom from elderly. Is there anything that elderly can learn from younger generations?

Yes, of course. I think elderly can learn about the most current situation that may affect them directly or indirectly. For example, during a covid19 global pandemic, older people need to be more careful because they belong to vulnerable group. I think young generation, who have better access to information, need to take care of the elderly and inform them about the danger of the virus, as well as reminding them of the importance of following health protocols.  

Do you think older people should be allowed to work?

I'm not a big fan of discrimination in workplace, and age discrimination is one them, so, yes I think elderly should be allowed to work. But, they shouldn't work if they have health problems, or if the job is too dangerous to be carried out by senior citizens. I have seen a lot of elderly working as a clerk or a food seller and I think it is okay for them to have that kind of job. I have also seen elderly who have an important position in private companies although it is pretty rare these days.

Do you think elderly people should be taken care of at home?

Of course, it is better for elderly to be taken care of at home, so they won't feel lonely and sad. Besides, elder people like to play with their grandchildren and spend most of their time with family. The point is, we have to realize that not all elderly people like to be in an adult day care center, and if this is the case, then it would be better if we take care of the elderly at home. 

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