Band 9 Sample for Common IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Topic: Colors
Speaking Part 1
1 Do you like to write a letter or email?
In today’s age, I much prefer writing an email. With a mail system that cannot be trusted, a letter is just out of the question (not an option) sometimes. I love that email is immediate and that you can know for sure if the recipient has viewed it or not. However, there is still a certain charm about receiving a hand-written letter.
2 Do you think emails are useful?
Very! They are major time savers. They replace meetings and phone calls. They are a quick, easy way to send information and share links, which cannot easily be done over the phone. Furthermore, I have more courage to say things over email that I would be too shy to say in person or over the phone; I like having the extra time to think about the exact words. As I’m not much of a phone talker (don’t like talking on the phone), I’m grateful for emails!
3 Do you think email might one day replace handwritten letters?
Absolutely! It’s already on the way there. For example, when I got hired at my last company, I was able to sign all documents via email instead of sending in a letter or doing it in person. I think many companies are following this trend now.
4 What sorts of letters (or emails) do you think are the most difficult to write?
Complaints for sure! As I prefer to avoid conflict and am sensitive to other’s feelings, I find this to be the most difficult. However, emails and text messages make it much easier. As I may be speaking to someone with a native language different than my own, another challenge is finding just the right words (the exact words) to say in this situation. I once had to fire an employee over email and it was very painful for me!
- Out of the question : not an option
Eg: “This is out of the question.”
- Not much of a phone talker : don’t like talking on the phone
Eg: She is not much of a phone talker.
- Just the right words: the exact words
Eg: He has identified just the right words from the book.
- Following this trend: to go or come after in the same direction
Eg: They follow this shop’s summer trend religiously
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