BEST IELTS Speaking Test, 19th April

BEST IELTS Speaking Test, 19th April

IELTS Speaking Test

What is your name?

My name is Rekha Shakira.

How may I address you?

You may address me as Rekha.

May I see your identification?

Sure, here it is.

BEST IELTS Speaking Test, 19th April

IELTS Speaking Test

Are you a social person?

Very much so! I feel that I thrive on (survive) social interactions. I like a small amount of time to myself each day, but I feel most charged when I spend time with others. I prefer to spend my free time with friends or family rather than being in my room reading a book, for instance.

Do you use social networking sites?

Yes, social networking websites have become part of my everyday life. My favourite one is Facebook, one of the most popular websites in the world, with millions of users in different countries.

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What kind of people do you like to be friends with on those websites?

All kinds! I am friends with a wide range of people from my school years, family members, and friends I’ve recently met. I’m even friends with people who I’ve never even met before.

Do you like to use Facebook?

Yes, I love it! This social networking website allows me to keep in contact with my friends and find people you’ve lost touch with.

How did you first find out about Facebook?

As far as I remember, one of my friends sent me an email inviting me to join Facebook. I signed up and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Will you use these sites more in the future?

Well, I’m trying to refrain myself from these sites, as I find myself quite addicted to entertaining contents on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. and squandering too much time on them. So I’d say I’m about to make a change and make less use of such online networking platforms.

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I haven’t had any experience looking after sick people, so instead I’ll share a story about my pet who got hit by a car. It happened many years ago, when I was a teen. We lived in a small town with very few cars – we didn’t even have proper roads to start with. Anyway, I was walking with my dog, and it just so happened that a car out of nowhere rushed past us and the dog barely managed to avoid getting hit. They did hit one of his hind paws.

The dog limped back home with me, whimpering. Later that day, we took it to an x-ray and it turned out to be a fractured bone. The vet put a splint on it to prevent the broken ends from moving, and he instructed me on how to take care of the dog. I had to make sure it remained still for at least a week and I had to it having food and water right next to him at all times.

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The challenging task was to keep the dog from moving too much, because he was very active. Well, after a week, the dog made an almost full recovery. I guess we both learned a valuable lesson: to pay extra attention whenever we are in the immediate vicinity of roads and motorways.

How does a person’s health change as they grow older?

It is a common sentiment that, as you age, you inevitably grow weak and frail and eventually fall apart. While it may be true for some, it is not necessarily the path everyone has to go down. If you keep exercising and challenging your mind, neither of those will ever let you down. The expression “use it or lose it” exists for a reason.

Of course, age does impose certain limits. Senior citizens have to fight an uphill battle against lowering testosterone or estrogen levels and general hormonal shifts. This shouldn’t mean that it is a fight not worth fighting, though. There are many living examples of people in their later stages of life who still look and think almost as good as they did in their fourties.

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To sum up, I believe that ultimately it comes down to your lifestyle choices and your idea of sustainable health. A strong mind and body are not programmed to go downhill after a certain cut-off age – that is, unless you tell them to. So if one sets out to remain a well-functioning member of society, there should be little to stop them.

What can the government do to improve the quality of life for older people?

The two most common issues older people face are related to their finances and health. I believe both of these could be alleviated with enough support from the state. The second issue could be made better in a variety of ways. For instance, the government could make healthcare more affordable to senior citizens through subsidies, free drugs as well as preventive care that would stop the development of more serious health conditions.

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Addressing the financial struggles of the elderly might prove more challenging. Another consideration is establishing additional pensions funds to contribute to the retirement money old people have. A good idea would be to make it directly proportional to their employment history to make it more fair for those who worked harder. This would also incentivize adults to stay employed longer in order to reap the benefits of such programmes.

How do attitudes towards ageing and health vary across different cultures?

I will risk making some sweeping statements here. I think western culture in general has less respect for the elderly than eastern culture. Asian cultural groups in particular tend to look up to the seniors as sources of wisdom and experience. They see age and ageing as blessings rather than an inevitable, unpleasant fact of life. The West mostly focuses on the perks and merits of youth. Attractiveness, boundless energy, and great learning capacity are the main things westerners laud in younger people. Another good example is the cultures of the Middle East, where old age is connected to elevated spirituality and religiousness.

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All in all, it seems that most cultures have a prevalently positive attitude towards both old people and ageing. I concur with this point of view. I’d say it would be silly to see the final years of your life as something dreadful. Instead, it is a good time to reflect on the things that you have done and all the experiences you have had.

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