Describe an advice you recently received – IELTS Speaking Practice Test 21

IELTS Speaking Practice Test 21 - Topic: Advice
IELTS Speaking Practice Test 21 - Topic: Advice

Topic: Advice

Audio for IELTS Speaking Practice Test 21

Speaking Part 2

Cue Card

Describe some advice you received from your friend or family member which was useful to you.

You should say :

  •   what the situation was
  •   who gave you the advice
  •   what the advice was and explain how useful you think the advice was.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever got was from my Dad. It happened in my junior year of college. At that time, I was beginning to think about what I wanted to do with my life. My Dad helped me a considerable amount. Rather than just telling me what he thought I should do, he narrated a story about his own life. Soon after he got out of college, he took a job in Florida selling real estate. He ended up doing that for seven years. During the entire period, he was pretty unhappy. He did have a happy home life and a happy family, but his job wasn’t rewarding. He took to it to make money. Eventually, he found something that interested him. We moved to Ohio so that he could start a brewery along with one of his friend from college. The job was much more enjoyable. He didn’t come home at the end of the day relieved to be done with work. He enjoyed what he did.

This story taught me a precious lesson. I shouldn’t just jump into a job because it paid well. I should take the time to find a job that I would like. Money shouldn’t be the only concern. It was due to this advice that I moved here, to China.

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Speaking Part3

Advice Giving

 Have your parents given you much advice?

Yes, my parents have given me tons of advice. They always do it in a way, where they aren’t just telling me what to do. Instead, they give me some of their wisdom and let me do what I want with it. This way, I can make more informed decisions.

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 What kind of advice do parents give their children?

I’ve found that it varies from one parent to another. Many of my friends’ parents are overbearing. They try to force themselves into every decision their kids make, be it important like moving or unimportant like buying a bike. Other parents are hands-off; they let their kids make their own decisions. This way, kids can learn from their mistakes. I think both of them have their advantages and disadvantages.

 What kind of advice do friends give each other?

Friends seem to advise each other about things that they have experienced before. For instance, I’ve lived in China, so I can help my friends decide whether it’d be a smart move for them. These situations are useful because friends are often of the same age, so they can get a viewpoint from someone who is going through the same kinds of situations. Most of the time, though, friends’ advice are about small things like what clothes to wear or what stuff to buy. These aren’t advices but more like suggestions or what they think.

 Do you think young people should follow their parents’ advice?

No, I don’t think young people should follow all of their parents’ advice. I believe that they should listen to what their parents say and use that information to come up with their own decisions. Parents are there to help kids whenever they need it, but not to instruct their kids on how to lead their lives. If you rely too much on your parents, you might eventually end up in a situation where they are not around to help you, and you have to decide on something you have never thought about, on your own before.

 In China, do children ever strongly oppose the advice of their parents?

I’m not sure. But in my experience, it seems that young Chinese people rely on their parents. Therefore, I think that it is rare to see a Chinese person flat out, denying what their parents suggest they do. It seems that they are far more likely to take what their parents say into consideration than to not listen to it.

 In China, do young people ever advise old people, for example, their parents?

I think, yes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving advice. You can make your opinions known. Then whoever you are talking to can choose whether or not to listen to it. Advising does nothing more than trying to give the person who is making a decision a little bit more information than he had before. It is especially seen in the case of parents and children because so many parents’ decisions affect kids’ life, so the kids should have a say in the decision making process.

 Which has more influence on young people, advice from their parents or their friends?

It is a good question but tough to answer. I think that when kids are young like under twelve, they rely on their parents more than their friends. When they become teenagers, though, I think they listen to take a significant percentage of their friends’ advice. Kids at this age are concerned with being cool and being accepted, and their parents aren’t that big of a help to them. Their friends know what is cool and what’s not. As they get older, though, I think that people rely on their friends and family pretty equally. By this time, I think most people realize the value in everyone’s opinions, so they consider what everybody says.

 Have you ever received advice from an expert or professional other than your parents?

Yeah, I guess I have if you consider teachers as professional people. Many times, I have asked teachers for advice. For example, when I was thinking about moving to China, I asked my Asian Humanities professor on what he thought about the idea. He felt that it would be a great move, and I considered it. Other than teachers, no, I haven’t needed to ask any expert or professionals for advice. I haven’t made any big enough decisions that required input from anyone outside of my friends and family.

 In China, is there anywhere when members of the public can get advice?

Yeah, there are places to go for advice. One of them, I know, is the internet. Anytime I have to make a decision, I look for different websites that have reviews or suggestions about different things. The internet is a hugely valuable resource for something like this. Other than that, though, there is nowhere people can go for advice.

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In Part 3 of the Speaking test, Can I ask the examiner to explain more about a particular word which I don’t understand?

Yes, you can request the examiner to explain the specific word.

Can I ask for a feedback after the Speaking test is over?

No. It cannot be revealed to you. Examiner would have marked you for whatever you have spoken.

How do I answer this question: ” Is it better to get advice from a friend or from a family member”?

Sample answer:
It depends on the person’s knowledge on the particular topic. It does not matter whether it’s a friend or a family member.
For example: If I need to buy an expensive pen, I would seek advice from a friend or a family member who has already bought and used it.

How do I answer the question: “What would you say are the characteristics of a good adviser”?

Sample answer:
Experience, wisdom and knowledge about the topic concerned would be characteristics of a good adviser.

Should I use difficult words while Speaking ?

You should use related vocabulary. It carries 25% of marks.

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