Talk about Sporting Events in the IELTS Speaking Test
Audio for IELTS Speaking Practice Test 07
Describe a sporting event that you enjoyed watching.
You should say:
what the event was
where you watch it
who watched this event with you
and explain why you enjoyed watching this event
A few years ago my father took me to a basketball game that was being played at a university.
The teams were the Shanghai Sharks and another university team. I can’t remember what the team’s name was but they were all dressed in purple and looked quite funny. The game was quite short and only had 2 halves (instead of 4 quarters). I can’t remember who won, but it was obvious that the Sharks were playing very soft on the other team. At halftime some of the Shark team members started throwing signed jerseys into the crowd, I think there were about 10 in all. I really wanted one hut we were so far bock that they never reached us. A friend of mine got one though and I got to try it on. The atmosphere in the stadium was so exciting. Everyone was shunting, whistling, cheering, and just making noise. I was cheering for the Sharks and my dad was whistling so loudly that people started looking at us. I was kind of embarrassed, but he didn’t care. After the game we stopped at a snack shop and got some drinks and a snack.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget that game.
Part 3: Sports in General
1. What are the benefits of sport (0r exercise)?
Exercise keeps you healthy. It’s been proven that people who exercise more get sick less. When you exercise, it helps build your strength to fight sickness. I have a friend who have a bad back, and if he doesn’t run, play basketball, or exercise in some way then his back will go out and he’ll have to stay in bed until it is better.
2. What kinds of sports facilities exist in your community?
I live near a university and my friends and I often go there to exercise. It has football fields, tracks, badminton, volleyball. and tennis courts, and other kinds of exercise equipment. There is also a weight room and taekwondo lessons. So I think that my community has quite a good assortment of sports facilities available.
3. Do men and women play the same kind of sports?
It really depends on the person, because I know some girls who are a lot more athletic than most guys are. But for the most part, girls generally don’ t play most of the rougher, aggressive sports. An American friend of mine told my that many of the men there like to play American football and even though some girls will join the game, most of them will just sit on the side und watch or do something else.
4. How do you think the government could encourage more people to exercise and participate in sport?
Advertisements are some of the biggest ways people are influenced either for or against something.
If the government would air some very catchy, appealing ads on TV or maybe even hold a public competition where the winners get an monetary prize that would work, for me it least. I can’t really think of anything else that would work, but that would be their best shot because that’s what most people will respond to.
5. Do you think children should be encouraged from a young age to participate in competitive sports (or team sports)?
I don’t really think it’s good if children are taught at a young age to be competitive. If you can teach the child how to play competitive sports without stressing that winning is the only way that you can have fun then I guess it’s okay. But personally I think that’s a bit unrealistic because everyone wants to win, and if kids don’t win their natural reaction is lo cry or gel mad. This doesn’t really help them in life. When they grow up they’ll find that you don’t always win the first time around, you just have to keep trying and keep going on with your life.
Live Sports Events
6. Do you prefer to watch sports events on TV at home or to watch them live? (Why?)
I prefer watching sports on TV, because sometimes you’re watching a game that looks like it’ll be loads of fun but it turns out to be super boring where your team gels creamed and you feel like crying. If you are at the stadium watching the game there’s nothing you can do but cry, but it you are at home you can just change the channel to something fun. Watching sports at home is also more economical, you can be watching 3 or 4 games for just a few more an hour.
7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to see a live sports event, such as a football match, compared to watching the event at home on TV?
Like I said before, if von go to a sports event you have to stay and watch the whole thing, whereas if you stay at home you can change the channel or turn off the TV. Also you can see the game close up whereas if you’re in the stadium then you’ll see a faraway view of the game. One advantage of going to a sports event is that you can experience the excitement of the game. The game is so much more alive and real than if you were just watching it. You feel like if you yell louder then your team might actually have a greater chance of winning. Also if someone decides to streak at halftime then you won’t have to worry about the sports channel switching to the anchors who talk about the game.
8. Does the ticket price to live sporting events affect decisions to attend?
Yes I think the price is an extremely big deciding factor. Take the World Master’s Cup inShanghai, for instance. If the admission fee was only 100 RMB, more than half of Shanghainese could’ve attended the game.
9. What about the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing — what do you think would be a reasonable price for admission tickets?
I’m not really sure, I haven’t thought about it that much, but I’d prefer if they were free so then maybe I’d be able to go. My best guess is that they will probably go for at least a few hundred yuan a ticket. People from all over the World and China will be coming to Beijing and they will have money, so I don’t think price will be a huge problem.
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