IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Moved to a New Place

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Moved to a New Place

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Moved to a New Place

Describe someone you know who has recently moved to a new place

You should say:

  • Who he/she is
  • What the new place is like
  • Why he/she moved to a new place
  • And explain whether his or her move has a positive impact on you

So, [insert name] and I have been friends since primary school, and we’ve been very close ever since. Unfortunately, since he’s a little older than me, he decided to move to Melbourne, Australia, to pursue his postgraduate education. I wasn’t able to see his new place in person, but when he called me on WeChat, he showed me around. He’s currently living with a host family for the time being. Back when we were living together in an apartment, now he resides in a house. It used to be just him, his parents. However, now he’s sharing the place with foreigners from other countries, making it quite a unique experience. The architecture of the place is very different from what we’re used to in China, with a distinct Australian style. Even the bathroom setup is different, featuring a unique bathtub that contrasts with what we’re accustomed to. The bed also offers more space than his previous one.

As for the reason he moved, he’s continuing his postgraduate studies there and looking for a part-time job to make the most of his experience. He’s also an avid surfer, and he’s excited to catch some waves in the Melbourne area. From what I understand, there are plenty of great surfing spots there. Admittedly, at first, his move didn’t feel like a positive change, as he’s not just a friend, but more like a brother. However, I’m optimistic that in the long run, it’ll have a positive impact. This is especially true since I plan to visit Australia myself someday. Having a friend like him over there will make things easier for me, as he can provide guidance and support.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Moved to a New Place

1. Why do some young people keep moving?

Well, the first thing is that it’s a greener pasture. Some people tend to move closer to their workplace in order to minimize their expenses. Another thing is that they might receive a better offer. Recently, I’ve noticed that in order for you to move up the higher chain of the corporate ladder in America, you tend to need a lot of experience. So, if you stick to working in one company for a long time, your monetary success might not be as good compared to someone who has had different jobs, probably at least twice every two years.

2. What’s the difference between living alone and living with roommates?

The first difference is privacy. Living by yourself gives you a lot of privacy, and you can do whatever you want. However, the consequence of that is you have to shoulder all expenditures. On the other hand, when it comes to having a roommate, there is a degree to which you can share the financial burden. But the trade-off is that you have to limit your privacy.

3. Is it positive for young people to live by themselves?

Well, it’s hard to say because not everyone can actually live by themselves. There are times when people who start living independently can be swayed by bad influences, which isn’t a positive thing. For example, at an early age, if someone decides to live on their own, their roommates or neighbors might influence them to engage in activities like alcohol or drugs, which is not a positive outcome.

4. Besides cooking, are there any other skills that people need to learn if they live on their own?

So first, they need to be really good at housekeeping skills, to the degree that they can clean their house, do their laundry effectively. Another essential skill is minor repair and maintenance, the ability to fix or replace faucets, repair busted light bulbs, and handle basic household repairs. Lastly, having basic financial skills, such as budgeting and managing expenses, is crucial.

5. What kinds of people tend to live by themselves?

Firstly those people who are financially capable of shouldering all expenses. They have the option to live alone. Another group is composed of introverts or individuals whose jobs require them to be alone, like writers. I know some writers who have their own apartments and live by themselves because they don’t want any distractions. Lastly, there are people who have lived with their extended family for a long period of time and now want to have their own place. These are the various types of people who may choose to live independently.

6. How can parents and teachers help young people to live independently?

Well, at an early age, parents and teachers should begin assigning small responsibilities to children. This continues until these responsibilities become second nature to them. For instance, as young children, they should start picking up their toys both at school and at home. As they grow older, this habit should become a regular part of their routine. By the time they become adults, keeping things tidy will come naturally to them, regardless of whether there are older people around to give instructions. They won’t need to be told what to do; it will be ingrained in their habits.

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