Future Plans and Goals – IELTS Speaking Part 2 & Band 9 Sample
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You should say:
You may or may not notice, but we have run across at least one or two articles illustrating how people should live their lives to the fullest every single day. Reading them has struck me hard, that I haven’t tried doing something risky or adventurous enough in my life, which will somehow leave a regretful feeling to my older self when years come by. And that’s why I have scratched my original plan to settle down first, to make time for traveling for at least 3 months within the next 2 years.
It may sound far-fetched to give up your routine lifestyle and stable income to commit for long-term retreat which holds no guarantee to be beneficial for your next job, however, life is not always about the results but the experience. It will take serious time and effort to carefully prepare for the journey unless you want to let the grass grow under your feet. Fortunately, I am that type of person; hence, I have already sketched a plan. The first thing crossing my mind when thinking about travelling is money, which is also the most crucial tool in any situation. Saving up to the amount that can cover at least all my basic needs is the goal. Besides, it’s nearly impossible to truly discover local cultures without understanding them and languages can break any boundary. Therefore, based on the list of countries I would love to visit, I will try to learn a little about their languages as well as look into their cultures and customs to be able to communicate more efficiently and avoid taboos that visitors usually make. Emerging yourself in an entirely different nature and people will definitely change how you perceive the world and cultivate your appreciation with everything offered.
- Run across (phrasal verb): meet or find by chance
- Live life to the fullest: to fully enjoy one’s life
- Strike (v): (of a thought or an idea) to come into somebody’s mind suddenly
- Scratch (v): to decide that something cannot happen or somebody/something cannot take part in something, before it starts
- Far-fetched (a): unlikely and unconvincing; implausible
- Let the grass grow under your feet: delay in acting or taking an opportunity
- Sketch (v): to give a general description of something, giving only the basic facts
- Boundary (n): a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line
- Taboo (n): considered so offensive or embarrassing that people must not mention it
- Perceive (v): to understand or think of somebody/something in a particular way
- Cultivate (v): to develop an attitude, a way of talking or behaving, etc.
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QUESTIONS FOR PART 3
Which do you prefer? Having plans or having no plans?
I have inclination for becoming organized and prepared for upcoming challenges. Drawing up a plan in advance can equip people with some knowledge when something unexpected comes up, or when everything just doesn’t go according to plan. Without a plan, people can feel at a loss and have nothing to fall back on when they are in the face of adversity. However, it should be pointed out that we shouldn’t get into too much detail, instead, just getting the picture as to what’s gonna happen and how plan can be developed is enough for us to tackle it. I mean that plan there are a lot of external circumstances which preclude our detailed plan from coming true; as a result, there is no need to be too precise.
- Have inclination for (phrase) have a feeling that you want to do something
- Draw up (phrasal verb) to prepare and write something such as a document or plan
- Equip somebody/something with something (phrase) to provide a person, object, or place with the things that they need for a particular purpose
- Come up (phrasal verb) if a problem comes up, it happens and needs to be dealt with immediately
- To be at a loss (phrase) unable to know how to act or what to do
- Fall back on (phrasal verb) to depend on something after a loss or failure
- Adversity (noun) a difficult period in your life in which you have many problems
- Point out (phrasal verb) to tell someone something
- In detail (phrase) including many facts or aspects of a situation
- Get the picture (idiom) understand something
- Preclude something from something (verb) if one thing precludes another, the first thing prevents the second one from happening
- Precise (adj) exact and accurate
In general, do you think planning is important?
To be honest, I am a great planner and can hardly stick to my original plan. Yet, that’s what planning is all about. They say “plan to fail and fail to plan” for a reason. Even though I usually end up ruining my schedule, I make a habit of noting my thoughts and what I have to do the next day, next week and next month since I think it’s one of the best way to organize my mind and my life as well. Without a plan, even a generic one, you’re just going around without making any progress towards your goals and advance in your career. Therefore, making sure to keep track of my schedule and personal goals through planning is my top priority.
- Make a habit of: to do something so often that it becomes a habit
- Generic (a): not specific
- Make progress: to move forward in one’s work or activity
- Keep track of: to continue to know what is happening to something or someone
Why do people make plans?
Some believe planning is not for everyone since many wants to live spontaneously without thinking too much but others have different opinions. People are into planning since many benefits it may bring. Planning helps you clarify your goals, strategize your tactics and stay on track. Even if sometimes you mess it all up, you will eventually get back to your ultimate destination. Without a plan, you are simply lost in a maze of inconsequential decisions.
- Spontaneously (adv): n a way that is not planned but done because you suddenly want to do it
- Clarify (v): to make something clearer or easier to understand
- Strategize (v): devise a strategy
- Stay on track: to stay on the path that one is on
- Ultimate (a): most extreme; best, worst, greatest, most important, etc.
- Inconsequential (a): not important or worth considering
Bonus cue card:
Describe a plan you have for the future. You should say: