IELTS Speaking Test : Famous person

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a person on the news that you’d like to meet You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • Where you knew him/her
  • What he/she is like
  • And explain why you want to meet him/her

Sample Answer:

I’d like to meet Bill Gates, who is well-known as Microsoft’s co-founder and one of the world’s richest people.

I caught a glimpse of him when I was watching the news on TV, in which he was sharing about his brilliant career. I was immediately captivated (1) not only by his inspiring (2) talk but also by his articulate (3) expressions and his charisma(4) . I then searched his name on Google, and the more I know about him, the more I want to meet him in real life.

First, Bill Gates is obviously an incredibly talented and ambitious man; otherwise, he wouldn’t have started Microsoft and been so successful. In 1975, the young college dropout (5) Bill Gates started Microsoft in a garage. His talent, ambition, determination(6) , and dedication (7) led Microsoft to become one of the largest tech companies.

Furthermore, I really admire his kindness. He is so benevolent (8) and warm-hearted. For years, he has been a philanthropist(9) , donating his money to help less fortunate people and investing in developing education or technology. Also, he always inspires others, through his talks, to persist in pursuing the goals and achieve immense success.

I wish that I would meet Bill Gate once in my life, as no one can become a source of motivation to me like him. If I really had the privilege (10) of meeting him, I would ask him for an autograph (11) or a picture, and say my thanks for all he has done for the world.

Vocabulary:

  1. To be captivated /ˈkæp.tɪ.veɪtɪd/:
    Ex: All of us are captivated by media representations of scenes we would never look at twice in real life.
  2. Inspiring /ɪnˈspaɪə.rɪŋ/:
    Ex: She was an inspiring teacher and a gifted scientist.
  3. Articulate /ɑːˈtɪk.jə.lət/:
    Ex: She gave a witty, entertaining, and articulate speech.
  4. Charisma /kəˈrɪz.mə/:
    Ex: To be a great leader, a person has to have some charisma.
  5. Dropout /ˈdrɒp.aʊt/:
    Ex: As a high school dropout he’ll never get a decent job.
  6. Determination /dɪˌtɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/:
    Ex: Her ambition and dogged determination ensured that she rose to the top of her profession.
  7. Dedication /ˌded.ɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/:
    Ex: He has always shown great dedication to the cause.
  8. To be benevolent /bəˈnev.əl.ənt/:
    Ex: He was a benevolent old man and wouldn’t hurt a fly.
  9. Philanthropist /fɪˈlæn.θrə.pɪst/:
    Ex: She is a philanthropist who has supported many charities for over twenty years.
  10. Privilege /ˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒ/:
    Ex: I had the privilege of interviewing Picasso in the 1960s.
  11. Autograph /ˈɔː.tə.ɡrɑːf/:
    Ex: Did you get his autograph?

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. What kind of people do you usually see in the news?

We can see people from all walks of life in the news, but the ones we see most often are famous people such as politicians, celebrities and businessmen. The media often use the name of these people to attract public attention and therefore increase viewership.

  1. Are stories about celebrities in the news always true?

As the saying goes: there is no smoke without fire. I believe that stories reported in the news are often based on true stories. However, the media often exaggerate or sensationalize them so that they become more attractive to the audience.

  1. ls news often about famous people? Why?

Yes, stories about well-known people often receive extensive coverage in the news. People are always eager to learn more about their idols, and the media take advantage of this fact to engage their audience.

  1. Could superstars bring positive influence to the public?

They can have both negative and positive effects on the public. There are many celebrities who achieve success with their talents and hard work, and these celebrities can be good role models, especially for the young. However, some people who become famous due to her wealth and scandals may set a bad example.

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