Describe an old friend you enjoy talking with (Part 2/3)

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an old friend you enjoy talking with.

You should say:
– Who this person is?
– How did you know him/her?
– What do you usually talk about?
– And explain why you want to talk to this person?

Sample Band 7+

Everybody knows how precious it is to have supportive and compassionate friends, and I, of all people, know better than taking that for granted. That is why I always make an effort to keep in touch with people I’ve become close with and one of whom is my old friend, Hannah.

I met Hannah when I studied abroad in the UK for my Master’s degree. We stayed in the same residence, but we first met at the Orientation session at our campus. When we were waiting for the class to start, she introduced herself to me and struck up a conversation. We got to know each other then and got on like a house on fire.

Hannah is from Malaysia, so I felt more connected with her than other students there because we are both Asians. She was a special person to me because she was my first friend in a foreign country. During one year in England, we became closer, and our conversations would last endlessly ranging from family, career, and happiness to setbacks in life.

I liked talking to her because she usually offered me valuable advice and emotional support. One time when I got depressed after getting a low score for my assignment, she was the one who lingered after class to walk me through all the problems I had and made me confident enough to do better the next time. 

She is one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met in my life as she was always willing to give others a hand, and she stood by me whenever I needed help. I remember when I was sick in England, she spent the whole day buying ingredients and cooking hot soup for me so I could feel better soon.

Even though we’re no longer seeing each other as we went back to our country after graduation, our strong bond has never gotten loose. We keep each other in the loop about everything significant happening around us and provide mutual support if needed. 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. Where do young people like to meet?
    I think the mall is a great place to hang out because they offer a wide range of facilities and activities for young people to explore with friends. They can grab a bite as malls have food courts with several restaurants to choose from, or go shopping. If there is a movie theater inside the mall, they can also watch a movie.
  2. That do young people talk about when they meet up?
    I’m not young anymore, and have little contact with young people, but I think they talk about their personal circumstances, like their friends, family and school, and how they feel about these things. They might be struggling with what others are expecting of them, versus what they feel drawn towards. 
  3. Do you think people should be honest when talking with friends?
    Honesty is both crucial to our self-esteem and to our relationships — and yet far more complex than we generally realize. I think a friendship without honesty cannot last, since trust is one of the most important ingredients in any relationship. Much of the time, honesty is important to keep these connections going, but some truths can be more destructive than helpful. From my experience, being honest can sometimes end a friendship, so I think it depends on the situation. 
  4. On what occasions do people talk with strangers?
    There are various occasions I can think of, such as at a party or on the first day at work. But one of the most popular reasons is when they are visiting a tourist place or when they are traveling to a country for business or other purposes. In addition, due to the advancement of technology, people can easily meet new friends online and feel more comfortable talking to someone they didn’t know before.
  5. On what occasions one should remain silent?
    If you feel your words will hurt others, it is better to remain silent. For instance, if your friend asks you for comments on her/his appearance and you only have a negative opinion to offer, it’s best to remain silent and smile instead of replying candidly. Another occasion is when someone unburdens their sorrows to you, you need to listen to them before offering advice. Sometimes, words cannot fix problems but silence can offer the much needed empathy and support.
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