IELTS Speaking Part 3 Practice 12

 

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Can you compare some exciting activities people do now with activities people did 20 years ago?

Sample Answer 1
It’s a little hard to say, since I am not quite old enough to remember what it was like 20 years ago very well, but I would imagine that people enjoy more extreme activities today than they did in the past. For example, more people these days have access to the internet and can learn about extreme sports or activities, such as skiing or going skydiving. In the past, people would have been more limited to the activities that they could do in the areas where they lived, or that they had heard about before. I think nowadays, young people are also more thrill-seeking than ever before, so they go out in search of the next exciting moment.


Why do some people enjoy doing dangerous sports?

Sample Answer 1
I hadn’t really considered this much before, as I do not enjoy extreme sports, but my best guess is that they enjoy the “high” that they feel from the danger involved in these activities. For example, some people say that surfing is an extreme sport because it is difficult to learn and can be quite dangerous. But if you ever meet a surfer, they are usually very passionate about surfing, and even feel that it helps give their lives meaning. It seems that extreme sports, like surfing, can become a huge part of keeping people feeling enthusiastic and excited about being alive.


Do you think some dangerous activities should be banned?

Sample Answer 1
I think it depends on the type of activity, but overall, activities should be prohibited if they pose either direct or indirect harm to other people. For example, I think it’s a good idea to ban swimming in dangerous areas. Here’s why. If someone chooses to go swimming at a time when the conditions in the ocean are very dangerous, it may seem harmless to others. However, someone else, like a lifeguard or a friend, may be injured or killed while trying to save the person who willingly put his own life in danger.


Let’s move on from exciting activities to people doing new things in general. Should people try doing new things?

Sample Answer 1
Trying new experiences, in my opinion, is an important part of becoming wiser and more sympathetic to others. If people are too afraid to do something they’ve never done, they will never be able to improve themselves or grow from within. Imagine being too afraid to try to learn a new language, for example. It would hold people back from being able to reach their goals, as well as prevent them from communicating with one another.


What problems can people have when they try new activities for the first time?

Sample Answer 1
I think people can experience a certain amount of fear or embarrassment when they try out a new activity, like playing a new sport or a new instrument. I guess that’s because it’s easier to make mistakes when you don’t have much experience with an activity, so there’s a higher chance that you might end up making a mistake, getting hurt, or doing something silly. For example, when I was first learning how to ride a bike, I fell down numerous times and got some minor injuries. The thing that helped me conquer my fear of falling down was having my dad nearby to help me while I was still learning.


Do you think it’s best to do new things on your own or with other people?

Sample Answer 1
In my experience, it’s usually better to try something new with another person, especially someone who can teach you. The only downside of doing this is that you might worry too much about embarrassing yourself if someone else is watching you. But even so, I still believe that having a friend, teacher, or family member to support you when you are learning a new skill or trying out a new activity does more good than it does harm.


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