IELTS Speaking Part 1: TOPIC LOST AND FOUND

TOPIC LOST AND FOUND (Band 8)

1. What will you do if you find something lost by others?

It depends on what item I might find. If it is a phone, I will keep it until the owner makes a phone call. However, if it’s something else like a wallet, money, jewelry, or important paper, I will send it to a lost-and-found nearby or the police station. In general, I will try my best to give it back to the owner because just putting myself in their shoes, I know how disappointing it is when I lose something valuable. 

2. Do you report to the police when finding something lost by others? Why?

It really depends on the circumstance. If  I could find any contact number or address on the item, I would manage to return it by myself without reporting it to the police. Otherwise, I will send it to the police officers who are often excellent at tracing and finding lost items like animals or even people. If I do it on my own, it will take a lot of time and effort.

3. Have you ever lost things?

Yes, definitely. I am quite absent-minded, and there have been many times I left my belongings, like a key or sunglasses, in public places, and when I realized I lost them, I couldn’t find them even though I left my contact in the nearby lost-and-found. Last year, I lost my phone when going on a trip to Nha Trang. I was just forgetful and left my phone in a coffee shop, and I couldn’t find it. From then on I always keep an eye on my personal stuff when I’m in public places.

4. Will you post on social media if you lose your item?

It really depends on where I lose my stuff. For example, if I’m clueless about where I lose it or I lose it when I’m on a holiday then I will not make a post on social media because I think people in the virtual world just don’t pay too much attention to such trivial things as that. However, if my item is lost in my town or my neighborhood, I will undoubtedly post it on social media, especially in a group that my neighbors are in. 

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