IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Activity You Enjoy

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Activity You Enjoy

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Activity You Enjoy

Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young

You should say:

  • What it was
  • Where you did it
  • Who you did it with
  • And explain why you enjoyed it

It’s kind of funny. However, when I was around 9, I was a big fan of WWE SmackDown and Raw. During our free time, a couple of my friends and I, who were big wrestling enthusiasts, would get together and do all sorts of random stuff related to wrestling. We had this huge playground with just pure grass. We would recreate all the stunts and moves that we saw on last night’s SmackDown.

I remember one of my classmates, Paul Michael and I would wrestle, just like the pros on TV. Looking back, I think as children, we were simply trying to release some of our pent-up energy. Sometimes we would perform suplexes. It was amazing because I didn’t have a brother around my age to play with at home, so I couldn’t engage in that kind of rough play.

We’d punch and kick each other, but it was all in good fun, not personal. It was just like what you see on TV. Sure, sometimes we’d get hurt or bruised, but the joy of it all was evident on our faces.

Most of our wrestling adventures took place in that playground because we weren’t allowed to play inside the school. I distinctly remember learning how to apply a certain wrestling hold, although I can’t recall its name right now. There was this wrestler named Jericho, and he had a signature move called the “Wall of Jericho.” We would practice locking each other into that hold and then taking turns as the one being locked in.

So, that’s how we spent our free time back then, learning and having a blast with our makeshift wrestling matches.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Activity You Enjoy

Is it important to have a break during work or study?

It’s really crucial to take breaks during work or study, and I can provide an example to illustrate this point. In the United States, there are regulations in place that require drivers to take breaks. After covering a maximum distance of 600 miles, the law mandates a break. This is because when you’re responsible for transporting such heavy cargo, even a minor mistake can lead to delays in shipments or, even worse, fatal accidents. It underscores how important it is to have these mandated breaks, to ensure the safety of both the driver and the cargo.

Similarly, when it comes to studying, it’s just as important to take breaks. You can’t continually absorb knowledge without reaching a limit. Sometimes, you need to give your brain a chance to rest and process all the information it has gathered throughout the day. This might involve getting some sleep or engaging in other activities that allow your brain to digest and retain the knowledge effectively.

What sports do young people like to do now?

Traditional sports like football have a timeless appeal. The World Cup, for instance, still captures the hearts of many. It’s a sport that doesn’t require much in terms of equipment or resources, making it accessible to a wide range of people.

On the other hand, there’s been a significant rise in esports, which is one of the most profitable forms of gaming today.

Are there more activities for young people now than 20 years ago?

I would say that there are indeed far more activities available today compared to a few decades ago. When I was in my teens, there were relatively few things you could do at home, especially if you had a computer. But now, having a computer opens up a plethora of possibilities. One notable trend I’ve observed recently is that almost everyone can have their own “TV channel” or show. Back in my childhood, you could do something similar, but it was often limited to a small audience, maybe just your neighbors or friends. Now, with the internet, you can create video content, engage in video production, and even marketing, reaching a much wider audience.

Moreover, with a computer at home, you can explore various activities, such as video gaming and streaming, which have become incredibly popular. It’s remarkable how one activity can branch out into many more, especially with the advancement of technology.

However, it’s also true that outdoor activities seem to have become somewhat less common. In the past, climbing trees or other outdoor pastimes were prevalent, but now, they seem to have diminished. It’s an interesting reflection of how our leisure activities have shifted more towards the indoors, largely due to the opportunities presented by technology.

Can most people balance work and life in China?

The 996 work culture in China, which essentially means a 52-hour workweek (9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 6 days a week), is indeed known for its intensity and challenges. It’s a demanding schedule that can be particularly tough to balance with personal and family life.

It’s evident that those who are truly passionate about their jobs and can maintain control over their work may find it somewhat more manageable. For entry-level employees, meeting the 52-hour requirement is a must, but they might not expect to be continuously contacted by their bosses during the weekends. However, it can be different for those in higher positions or business owners who have more control over their work hours and can allocate time for family.

Balancing work and personal life in this scenario is undoubtedly challenging, and not everyone holds a CEO or business owner position.

What activities do children and adults do nowadays?

Well, in the past, it was really challenging because the physical abilities within a group were often quite different. You wouldn’t want to associate yourself with a child, especially if you weren’t one. Now, with the advent of social media and online gaming, things have become more inclusive. Regardless of your age, as long as you’re on the same platform, you can engage in activities together.

For instance, my wife and daughter both play Roblox. They build virtual cities together, and sometimes even her aunt joins in to play with them. These are a couple of activities to consider. Additionally, you can think about going out, which is also considered an activity. However, the way people engage and spend their time may vary.

For example, if you go to a park, an adult might simply relax, while a child might run around. So, even though they can share the same activity, their actions might differ, especially in outdoor activities.

Do adults and children have enough time for leisure activities nowadays?

I can certainly say that things are different from what I’m used to, and I often attribute this change to technology. In the past, we had more leisure time because we were disconnected from work. But now, with our phones, we’re constantly tethered to our jobs. With a simple press, you can connect to your boss or check your email immediately, unlike before when you needed to sit at a desk in the office.

Furthermore, many companies encourage their employees to stay connected even during non-working hours. From an adult’s perspective, this leaves us with less free time, as work tends to consume it.

For children, the academic world has become increasingly competitive. Parents want their children to excel academically, so they end up giving them an overwhelming amount of homework.

Just imagine, in the past, it was rare for a child to have hours of homework after school, but nowadays, it’s quite common for them to have at least three hours of assignments. This leaves them with little time for other activities. It was rare for us to have three hours of schoolwork.  Now, it’s more common for children to attend additional classes or study at cram schools, leaving them with even less free time.


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