Watch me talk about some real questions that you may get on IELTS speaking!
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What did you like the most about your school?
Well, if you put me on the spot - if you're talking about my primary school - the number one thing I liked were my teachers. I don't know if it was just because I was a kid at the time but they were really warm and friendly - and it was some of my teachers back then - that inspired me to have a life-long passion for reading. I remember in particular one teacher - I can't remember her - it was Mrs. Riley or something - and she would always encourage me to read books, loan me books, talk about books with me. And that really got me into books at a time when I was really impressionable.
Do you stay in contact with old school friends?
Not really, I've got one best friend back in the States, but we don't actually talk all that much anymore. He recently got married and we used to be best buds, we would hang out after school, we'd go get pizza together, we'd drive around together, we chatted about girls and about school and about out future - all that stuff - but since I've moved to Vietnam we've kind of grown apart and we're not really as close as we used to be.
What were your best subjects in school?
I didn't have that many good subjects at all but I was really good in literature because I read a lot so it just came naturally to me. I was also good in history. I never studied but I listened in class and I had - like a - like a brilliant memory - almost like a photographic memory but not quite. And I could just remember dates and names and everything - simple! So I never had to study but I always got top marks in history. And besides that I was good in gym because I was very athletic but even if you're not athletic it's easy to get good marks when you're in gym. I wasn't good at math or the sciences or anything like that - things where you actually had to put in real work - I was bad at those things.
What do most students in your country do after school?
It's a big country so I can't really answer for everyone but the school I used to go to - most kids would play sport after school. So girls usually played soccer and depending on the season guys would play basketball or soccer or hockey. If you weren't doing that, there was like an after-school recreational community 'club' where a lot of outcasts in High School would go to play computer games or do art or something like that. Some kids would just head home - that's what I did most of the time. I wanted to get home, play computer games - be alone. So I'd just head home if I wasn't hanging out with a friend or something like that. I think there might have also been some after-school classes but they're actually not that common in America. Most people when they finish school, they're done with school and they're moving on to do something fun after school.