“Describe something that you did with one or more people” belongs to the topic group “Describe an experience” which is a common topic in the IELTS Speaking Part 2 test.
“Describe something that you did with one or more people”
You should say:
- What it was
- Who you did it with
- How long it took you to do this
And explain why you did it with one or more people
So today I’m going to tell you about when I went hiking recently with some of my family members. It was actually just a month ago when some of my family and I went away for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. We decided to go to a mountainous area about three hours drive from where I live and stay up there for the weekend in an AirBnb. We spent most of the weekend hanging out in our accommodation, playing board games, cooking food, drinking wine, and generally just having a good time. But one morning my brother suggested that we should get out of the house and go check out one of the nearby hiking trails that went through the rainforest up on the mountain. Since it was only a short hike, maybe about 4-5 kms long, we decided that we shouldn’t be so lazy and that we should all go get some fresh mountain air and do some exercise to burn off all the calories that we had gained from eating so much food all weekend. So it was me, my two brothers, my sister, and my mum. Even though this trail was quite short, it took us a lot longer than it normally would have because my mother is quite old, and her body is not used to hiking, so after only a couple of kilometers I think she started to become a bit exhausted and wanted to turn around and go back. But we all convinced her that we were already halfway, so there was no point in turning back. So, in the end, we made it back to the car park, though it probably took twice as long as it would normally take me if I had gone on my own. But we had a lot of laughs along the way, and by walking slower than normal, I was able to take in the surrounding environment, which was really beautiful. It even gave my brother and I time to climb some of the really tall trees there which was quite fun. And we probably wouldn’t have done that if we weren’t waiting for mum to catch up.
So the reason we did this activity together is mainly because it was my birthday, and so my family wanted to get together to celebrate my birthday and also just to get away for the weekend somewhere nice. We all live in different towns and cities, so we don’t get to catch up as often as we would like to, so by going away for the weekend, we were able to spend some quality time together. It really was a great weekend.
PART 3: Follow Question
1. What kinds of jobs need people to work in a team?
Well there are all sorts of jobs that require teamwork I suppose. Most large companies require people to work together in some way or another. Hospitals are a prime example of where people need to work in a team. You have a team of doctors and nurses and other medical staff that need to coordinate in order to help their patients. Other jobs like marketing, or engineers, chefs, software developers, and many many more all involve people working in a team.
2. How can you get along with your neighbors?
I think the best way to have a good relationship with your neighbors is mainly just to talk with them often, and get to know them. I think it’s easy to judge people that you don’t really know, and to say bad things about them, or not treat them well. But, on the other hand, if you actually know them and speak to them often, then I think it’s probably quite easy to get along with them, because if you have any problems or differences that need to be resolved, you can easily just talk to them about it when you see them next. But if you don’t speak to your neighbors very often and don’t know them well, then you might spend a lot of time thinking about the problem you might have and getting angry about it, which would cause some unnecessary issues between you and them.
3. What can parents do with their children to make them happy?
That could be many things I guess. They could take them out somewhere on the weekend, like to the cinema, or to a restaurant or fast food place, or to get ice cream, or anything that the kids like. I mean, it really just depends on the age of the kids and what those kids like to do. It’s no use taking a bunch of teenage boys to a kids playground is it, because they’re not likely going to have a good time are they? So I suppose parents just need to ask their kids what they would like to do, and if it is a reasonable request then they can do it with them.
4. How can children improve their social skills?
Well I’d say that the best way for kids to improve their social skills is for them to be in more social situations. In that way, they would get more comfortable chatting and socializing with other people. Perhaps they could also work on their own communication skills too, so that they are better able to talk with people and explain themselves better. Playing sports is definitely a great way for kids to improve their social skills I think. By playing sports, they are interacting with other kids and having fun with each other, which I think could boost children’s confidence when in a social setting with others.