Speak on the given task.
I’m _________________, let us begin your test. Please speak for 4-5 minutes.
Now in the first part of the test, I’m going to ask you some questions about ‘Reading.’
- Are you a voracious reader?
- What is your preferred genre for reading?
- Do you read newspapers and web-articles?
- How long does it take for you to finish a book?
Let us talk more about your reading habits.
- Who is your favorite author?
- Do you prefer reading physical books or ebooks?
- Name a few books that you extensively read during your childhood.
- What is your opinion on the habit of book reading?
1. I consider myself a voracious reader. I love reading books and have been doing so from my early childhood itself. My parents are avid book readers as well, giving me the inherent benefit of being able to pick up book reading from quite an early age.
- I read both fiction and non-fiction equally. When it comes to fiction, I prefer reading mystery and thriller novels. In the case of non-fiction, I mostly read self-help and personality development books.
- Yes, I do read newspapers and web articles, but have cut down on newspaper reading in recent times. I mostly stick to web-based articles on platforms such as Medium, Quora, The Minutes, and so on. I think online reading is more comfortable and offers a better experience. With most major newspaper and journals having their own web presence, I don’t think I am missing out on anything by avoiding newspapers.
- I take anywhere between two to four days to finish a book which has an average page count of 400. As I stated previously, I’m a voracious reader, and years of continuous reading has imbibed a plethora of speed reading techniques automatically, allowing me to finish books in a giffy. Generally speaking, fiction takes less time to finish, whereas non-fiction, in a few cases may take more than four days to finish, in a few cases.
- My favorite author when it comes to fiction is Lee Child, and in the case of non-fiction, is Ryan Holiday and Robert Greene. Due to my extensive reading habit, I come across a slew of works written by several hundred authors. In such a case, zeroing in on a single favourite author is too difficult a task for me. But then, I largely prefer reading books authored by Lee Child, Ryan Holiday, and Robert Greene, ultimately making them my favourite authors.
- I think I prefer both e-books and physical books alike. It largely comes down to my comfort level and the location at which I am while reading. If I’m at home or at my favourite coffee shop, I prefer having a nice paperback version of a fiction novel I’m reading. On the other hand, if I’m engrossed in an engaging and informative non-fiction book, I prefer reading an ebook version on my Kindle reader or on my iPad. It largely boils down to comfort, accessibility, and the kind of book I’m reading.
- Coming to the books I read during my childhood, I must add that until I was 13, I wasn’t allowed to read any serious works of fiction or nonfiction. So as a matter of fact, I mostly read children’s books such as the Tales of Tenali Rama, Aesop’s Fables, Jataka Tales, and the Tales of Mullah Nasruddin. As I read a lot during my free time, I ended up running out of new books to read, which forced me to re-read the same few books again and again.
- My opinion about book reading is that it’s a habit every one must inculcate. More than book reading, the ability to read and understand any piece of writing is an important skill. A good reader is a good reader; be it book reading, article reading, textbook reading or whatsoever it may be. Someone who can read well will excel at reading a plethora of written texts. In my opinion, learning to read is more important. But coming to book reading in specific, it doesn’t hurt to learn to enjoy a good piece of writing, be it fiction or nonfiction.
Now we move on to Part Two of the speaking test. Have a look at this card and read it carefully. You have about one minute to think about your answer. Then approximately one or two minutes to talk to me about what’s on the slip. You can use a pen and paper to make some notes.
Describe a piece of advice that you have recently received.
You should say:
> when you received it
> who gave the advice
> why did you receive the advice
> and what's your personal opinion about the advice
Do you think it is okay to give out unsolicited advice to your loved ones?
A piece of advice I received recently was this: Before investing in yourself, invest in your long-term future.” The person who gave this advice was my father. I received this advice when I was contemplating about purchasing a brand new motorcycle for myself. Right from the sixth semester of my college, I started working in a plethora of companies as a tech developer and tester. As there was a mini startup hub near my college, I could gain access to a lot of exposure and working opportunities. I worked in several different companies as an intern for nearly a year and a half. After graduation, I stopped working and devoted my time to preparing for the upcoming competitive exams and masters. But then, I managed to save a fair amount of money from working all these jobs; as I just finished college, I wanted to invest this money in a brand new motorcycle and wanted to do a three-month road trip across the country. So when I disclosed my desire to do so, my father told me that I must not prioritize in investing in myself and my pleasure before securing my long-term future. Coming to my personal opinion about the advice my father gave me, I must say that I completely agreed with him. As a matter of fact, his advice opened a whole new perspective about money and securing my future. When it comes to giving unsolicited advice to loved ones, I think it is completely okay to do so. We all expect our loved ones to watch out for us; so it naturally makes sense that they give us their opinion about the things we are doing and we plan on doing.