In this episode I talk with Andrew a Native English speaker from Wales. The whole interview is in the style of an IELTS Speaking exam.
Listen to Andrew’s answers and compare them to your own, can you get any useful phrases? Any useful techniques? Any vocabulary?
Have a listen then send me an email with any suggestions.
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On this episode I’m going to talk with a friend from Wales and he’s got a slightly different accent to mine. And I’d like you to listen because he’s a native speaker and it might be a little bit more of a challenge, his accent. So have a listen. He’s going to be speaking perfect English, and I want you to get a feel for the way the answers are answered, the time spent on answering the questions, and the type of language used. We’re going to do a full mock speaking exam.
Ben: Hello. How are you today?
Andrew: I am very good, thank you.
Ben: I’ll need to see some identification, please. Do you have any I.D. on here?
Andrew: I think so. Yes, I do. I have my driving license. Is that okay?
Ben: Yeah, that’s perfect. Let me just check your full name. It’s Andrew Powell. Is that right?
Andrew: Andrew William Powell. Yes.
Ben: Andrew William Powell. Okay. And the Powell with the “w” in the middle. Is that correct?
Andrew: That is correct. Yes.
Ben: I’d like to talk about transport today. Is that okay?
Andrew: Mmm hmm.
Ben: Excellent. Now, what’s your favorite type of transport?
Andrew: My favorite type of transport would be travelling by plane. I travel a lot, I live in Spain, and I often go back home to see my family. So I take around 5 or 6 flights per year and I quite enjoy it. It’s quite a good experience. I can go to the airport with my laptop and look on the internet… I’m not scared of flying. A lot of people are, but for me there’s a bit of a thrill.
Ben: What is it that you like most about air transport?
Andrew: The thing I like most about air transport would be the facts that you can go from A to B in a very short space of time. Some friends, they are scared of flying. And it means to go back to the U.K. or to go to whichever country, they need to go on a train or bus or drive somehow, or take the ship or ferry. So it takes 10 hours as opposed to 1 or 2 hours if you go by plane.
Ben: And when do you think you’ll go abroad next?
Andrew: I’m actually going there next week. Next week is Easter and I’m going back home to see my family. If I actually board my flight today it’ll cost me 50 euros which is pretty good.
Ben: Now what we’re going to do is I’m going to give you some topic cards. I’d like you to choose one of them and then talk about that topic. You’ve got a minute to prepare and talk about that topic, and then I’ll ask you a few questions afterwards. Is that okay?
Andrew: Yeah. That’s fine.
Ben: Excellent. So have you finished? Have you finished preparing?
Andrew: Yes, I’ve finished preparing. Okay so it’s “Describe someone you know who is good at cooking.” I’m going to describe my girlfriend. I’ve actually quite recently met her. But we’ve spent a lot of time together cooking and doing stuff together. She’s a Spanish girl. Same age as me, 27. We’ve been together on several occasions. For example the last time we ate, we had fish in a creamy type sauce. It was the first time I’ve actually tried it before but it was very nice. She said it’s quite typical of the blend here in the area. The time before that, she cooked some type of paella which was like something I haven’t tried before. I’ve lived in Valencia and it’s been… It’s obviously a very traditional dish here, but the way she did it, it was something completely different to what I’m used to. And yeah. The reason why she was good at cooking? I don’t know. She’s got something that I haven’t. She’s got the magic touch. She must have spent a lot of time learning how to cook because you don’t develop skills like this overnight. She probably learned from another or a family. But yeah, she’s very creative. I think that’s important. You need to be very creative when you’re cooking. You need to try different things and if they don’t work out then it doesn’t matter because next time you can put what you’ve learned into good use. You can try something different. You can change the ingredient, slightly. Change how long you actually cooked for. You know, maybe you’ve under-cooked it the first time. If it’s too hard… Like for example last night I cooked asparagus and I’m supposed to do it for more like 15 minutes and I actually did it for 10 minutes and it turned out that it’s hard and crunchy. Too crunchy for me. So next time I’ll do it I’ll make sure I’ll cook it a bit longer, a bit more oil, maybe a bit more salt. And it’s things like these that you learn by doing.
Ben: Excellent. Right then. Now, a few seconds ago, you were talking about cooking. Now, I’d like to continue with that topic and ask you a few more questions. Do you think people like cooking more now or less, in general?
Andrew: Oh, that’s an interesting question. I’d say people are cooking less now. My parents and my grandparents and their grandparents, you know, they always used to stay at home and cook, family meals around the table, but in today’s age, there’s lots of fast food. People are very busy. So if they’re working all day, instead of coming home and spending an hour of cooking and preparing good meal, and eating with family, they decide to go pass the takeaway, buy something very quick, something that’s not very healthy. So yeah, in answer to the question, I believe our people have eaten less now. Making less meals.
Ben: Right. Okay. And do you think this trend will continue in the future?
Andrew: Yes, I believe so. I think it’s only going to continue and continue. Many years ago, I felt like I had more time. I could do what I want. But nowadays I’m rushing everywhere, I haven’t got time to see my friends. I’ve got less time to see my family than I used to. I seem to be working more. So I think this is general trend throughout the world especially with the developing nations which used to live a very rural life. And now they come in to kind of live in the same life as we’re living. Or at least they will be in 10 years’ time. So I only see that the trend continuing. I only see people preparing less food for themselves and eating more at restaurants and takeaways.
Ben: For you personally, you said that you don’t cook that much. Is that the same for your friends and family? Or do you have a friend who cooks more?
Andrew: Yeah, I would say it’s the same for my friends and family. They all live similar lifestyles to me. I know my family spend a lot of time in making sure it’s done correctly. They lived how their parents taught them many years ago. And they spend a lot of time dedicated to cooking, to preparing nice meals. And we spend 30 minutes, half an hour having a proper family meal every night. But generally I think most people are not spending so much time as they used to.
Ben: Excellent. Okay, we can finish there. Good work.