IELTS Speaking Practice Test 26 – Topic : Busy Days

IELTS Speaking Practice Test 26 - Topic: Busy Days
IELTS Speaking Practice Test 26 - Topic: Busy Days

How to talk about busy days in the IELTS Speaking Test

Audio for IELTS Speaking Practice Test 26

Cue Card

Describe a time when you are very busy.

You should say :

          When this time is

         What you do at this time

        How you arrange your time

and explain how you feel after this busy time is over.

Usually at the end of the term, my teachers start giving me a bunch of homework to help me prepare for the exam.

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I have 6 classes: Chinese, Maths, Science, History, Geography and English, and each teacher gives me so much homework that by the end of the week I have a stack of papers that look the size of a small book. I must complete all this homework before the next week begins or I will face a penalty. So what else can I do but get busy and start burning the candle at both ends and burning the midnight oil until the work is done. It means forget about basketball and watching TV and even just fooling around with my friends. It means stinging eyes and large yawns during the day. It means brain overload for a while.

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Now how do I feel when it is over. Well, how does a tree feel after a storm? How does a branch feel when the weight is gone? How does a bird sing after the rain? I know that I am getting a bit poetic, but actually it feels quite good to be relieved of this pressure. I like to go out in the sunshine and fresh air and just walk around to enjoy life for a while.

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Time Management

1. Do you manage your time effectively?

It really depends on what I’m doing. If I’m in a lazy mood. I tend to do whatever first comes to mind, hut when I am more active, I usually organize what I’m supposed to do by importance. Sadly more often than not I forget to organize my thoughts and end up wasting a lot of precious time. But I’m working on changing all that.

2. Do you like making detailed plans?

I don’t usually make detailed plans for the work I’m doing, but I really like the outline method, where you just list the main points and sub-points of your project. Then you can clearly see what you need to accomplish and how realistic your time frame needs to be. But for the most part I don’t particularly like drawing detailed plans.

3. What are the advantages of making plans?

One advantage, like I said before, is that you can clearly see what it is you need to accomplish and better plan about how much time you need to accomplish it. Another advantage is that important details arc less likely to be left out. Quite a few times I’ve had to go back and redo something that I was working on just because I overlooked a small but important detail, which in the end cost me a lot of extra time, and sometimes money. Thankfully I’ve been getting better at time management and have fewer problems than before.

4. Do you use any special tools, such as a computer, to help you draw up plans?

Like I said. I’m an extremely lazy person, so I usually try to be as simple as I can when drawing up plans. I’ll usually use a sheet of paper and a pencil to write up whatever it is I’m planning. The only problem is that I often lose the paper and have to go back and rewrite it. This is, in my opinion, a huge waste of time, so I’ve been thinking about using my computer to make my plans, and hopefully save time… and paper.

5. Do you keep a diary?

I’ve tried on several occasions to start a diary, but I usually forget about it after a week or so. 1 think I’ve started about seven diaries in my life time, and the longest one lasted for about 2 months. Diaries just don’t seem to work for me, so I think I’ll spend my time doing more profitable things, like playing my guitar. Maybe some day I’ll start a diary and actually keep it but for now I think I’ll just stay away from them.

Leisure Time

6. Compare the way old people and young people spend their leisure time.

Many old people spend their leisure time indoors, silting down, reading a hook or resting; or they might go outside for a brisk walk in the evening. Many of them enjoy watching TV or knitting. Young people, on the other hand, enjoy a variety of things. Many do the same things I mentioned that old people do, but in my opinion there are many more options available if you arc young. You can play sports, go clubbing all night, participate in extreme sports like bungee jumping or sky diving—that might give an older person a heart attack.

7. Do people today have more leisure time than before?

I think that since modem appliances have cut down the amount of unnecessary physical work we need do, there is more time for leisure. You don’t have to gather wood to make a fire, and you don’t have to spend 1 or 2 hours lighting your fire. Cell phones and instant messaging make it possible to communicate immediately with your friends and associates, cutting back on time needed to wait for telegraphs or snail mail replies. The only problem is that even though everything is so much easier, there are other complications that people in the past didn’t have, such as traffic jams and long lines at the supermarket. Also it really depends on the person, because I know some people who never rest or take time off. They’re always working and never stop. But I also know some guys who are the total opposite: they make every excuse why they can’t do what’s being asked of them, and I imagine that in the past it was the same.

8. Do you think leisure time is important? (Why? )

Yes, I think that leisure time is very important. Like the saying goes, “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.” If you’re working nonstop and never take the time to let your hair down, you’ll most likely get stressed out and even get sick. If I don’t take some time to just relax a bit every week, I end up getting sick, and have to stay in bed for a few days. So in my opinion leisure time is vital to maintaining health and sanity.

9. How have leisure activities changed in China in the past few years?

Well, for one thing, many more Chinese, mostly young people, have been spending a lot more time on their computers, either playing games, studying, doing research and business, or any number of things. Before, if you wanted to relax, you just went for a walk, read a book, or played mahjong with friends. Now die possibilities are endless. Many people still relax in the traditional ways, but many more are finding new and different ways to spend their leisure time.

10. How do you think leisure-time activities will change in the future?

You know what? I have absolutely no idea! I mean, 10 years ago, did you think that modem technology would be as advanced as it is now? They have mp3 and mp4 players, who knows, they might come out with an mp5 next year where you actually experience what you’re seeing. Computers are getting smaller and smaller, someday you might have to use a microscope to view your computer screen. Music players for that mutter are also gelling smaller, slimmer and more compact. A few years from now you might be able to get an mp3 player in a little chip under your skin that’s controlled by your brain.

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