Celebrating Achievement: IELTS Speaking Part 2 & 3 Sample Answers
- 1 Describe a situation when you celebrated your achievement
- 1.1 Vocabulary:
- 1.2 Part 3 questions:
- 1.2.1 1. How do people in your country celebrate events? Do you think it’s different in other countries?
- 1.2.2 Why is it important for sports fans to celebrate when their favorite team wins?
- 1.2.3 Do people prefer winning when they’re in a team or when they’re on their own?
- 1.2.4 How do young and old people celebrate their birthdays?
- 1.2.5 What qualities are needed to become successful?
- 1.2.6 Do you think the way people gain success has changed?
Describe a situation when you celebrated your achievement
You should say:
- What you did
- When and where you celebrated it
- Who you celebrated it with
- And how you felt about it
(What you did)
I’m going to describe an occasion on which I celebrated my small achievement. I worked diligently for an international organization for two months and received a substantial amount of salary. At that time, I was just 16, so receiving it was rewarding, and I wanted to share it with my beloved ones.
(When and where you celebrated it)
The celebration was in a small, cozy Italian restaurant, which had a pleasant atmosphere for its customers. It was in mid-October, so the weather was quite chill, yet suitable for such an intimate gathering. The restaurant that I had chosen was particularly renowned for quality pizza, flavorful pasta, and unique beverages, and more importantly, its view overlooks the sea. I had to reserve the table one week in advance, as the tables were always full.
(Who you celebrated it with)
I decided to treat my whole family to dinner at a famous restaurant with my very first salary. The dinner included my grandparents, parents, and what made me happiest was the very presence of my sister, who had just come back from a one-year exchange study program in Portugal. She tried her best to make time to join my celebration, so I felt incredibly grateful.
(And how you felt about it)
The small celebration meant a lot to me, as it not only marked my little accomplishment, but it was also a family reunion. We had a whale of time at the restaurant with extraordinary dishes and professional service, which pleased every member of my family. After that, I realized that family bonds were such an irreplaceable treasure for every person. Especially in this age, when technology seems to overwhelm our interaction and attention to others.
diligently [adv]: in a way that is careful and uses a lot of effort.
Eg: He worked diligently to prepare himself for this three-week tournament.
substantial [adj]: large in size, value, or importance.
Eg: The findings show a substantial difference between the opinions of men and women.
cozy [adj]: warm, comfortable and safe, especially because of being small or confined.
Eg: We sit in this cozy little room every Christmas.
(be) renowned for sth [expression]: be famous for sth.
Eg: Lan is renowned for her English proficiency.
reserve [v]: to ask for a seat, table, room, etc. to be available for you or somebody else at a future time.
Eg: I’d like to reserve a table for three for eight o’clock.
grateful [adj]: feeling or showing thanks because somebody has done something kind for you or has done as you asked.
Eg: I am extremely grateful to all the teachers for their help.
family reunion [expression]: the act of family members coming together after they have been apart for some time.
Eg: Family reunions are quite a common sight at the airport.
have a whale of a time [expression]: to enjoy yourself very much.
Eg: We had a whale of time at the meeting yesterday.
irreplaceable [adj]: too valuable or special to be replaced.
Eg: These pictures are irreplaceable to Jessie.
all the more [expression]: even more than before.
Eg: Several publishers rejected her book, but that just made her all the more determined.
Part 3 questions:
1. How do people in your country celebrate events? Do you think it’s different in other countries?
Most events are celebrated in halls dedicated to celebrations. Nowadays, events like birthdays are celebrated in the party halls of hotels. Different kinds of food are served. Usually, the party begins by serving a welcome drink. Then there are starters, the main course followed by desserts. Icecreams, cakes and gulab jamuns are served in almost all parties. Sometimes, the celebrations are accompanied by a dance.
Why is it important for sports fans to celebrate when their favorite team wins?
Sports has influenced people so much that they are emotionally bonded to their favourite teams. So they feel that the team’s victory is their victory. Also, people watch sports programs as a group. They get thrilled by cheering and celebrating achievement together.
Do people prefer winning when they’re in a team or when they’re on their own?
I think the key factor behind encouraging children to play is to instill team spirit. Winning as a team fosters a sense of unity among the team members, and the victory is more memorable. Though winning on one’s own gives total credit to the participant, winning as a team has more advantages.
How do young and old people celebrate their birthdays?
Children celebrate their birthdays in a grand manner. Their parents arrange for a cake and throw a small party with friends and family. Young people tend to take their friends to a food joint and enjoy themselves. Older people don’t celebrate much. They usually go to places of worship and seek God’s blessings for longevity.
What qualities are needed to become successful?
There is no substitute for hard work. Complete focus on the task being given is the secret to success. Also, it would be best if you were passionate about the work you do. Devotion and dedication are other factors that contribute to success.
Do you think the way people gain success has changed?
No. The formula for success remains the same and does not change with time. People still gain success through hard work only. For example, a singer needs to practice and train his voice to sing well and become famous. Likewise, a software engineer needs to work on computer languages to write good software programs.
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