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Speaking Practice Test 1

Speaking Part 1

1. How often do you run?

As I have a toddler, I don’t sleep as much as I used to, so I find it to be a struggle to get out of bed at 5am to run before work at times. With this said, I now go running about 3 times per week, whereas I used to go 5 or 6 times. My aim is to go back to at least 4 times a week, as my work schedule will soon reduce from 5 to 4 days a week.

 

2. Where do you run?

Lucky for me, there’s a lake about 300 meters from my house! It has a 14 kilometer path around it, so I often take advantage of this. I’ve always been an avid (keen) runner, so I can even complete the entire circumference of the lake, not to say I do this every time though. It really starts my morning off right!

 

3. Is running a good exercise?

For sure! Although it’s high intensity, it is an exercise that is easily accessible and one of the most straightforward ways to get health benefits. Since it improves aerobic fitness, it improves your cardiovascular health, not to mention it burns a lot of calories and can help you build strength, among other things. Lastly, it allows you to spend time outdoors and can be a stress relief for many, including me!

 

4. Do you run more now than you did you in the past?

Just the opposite! Since my life has gotten busier since my daughter came into the picture (came into my life), exercise isn’t my top priority anymore. As I don’t often sleep through the night anymore, I sometimes find it unbearable to get up at 5am in the cold and dark to go for a run around the lake.  Still, I manage to do it 3 times per week, whereas I used to do it 5 or 6.

Speaking Part 2

Describe an old person that you know.

You should say:

  • What your relationship is to this person
  • How often you see them
  • What people think about this person

Explain why you like them

Model Answer

Ok, I’d like to tell you about an old person that I know.

His name is John, and he is the owner of a small convenience store at the end of my street.

I would say that my relationship with him is as a friend. I know him because I regularly go to the shop in order to buy things when I don’t have time to go to a supermarket. He’s quite friendly and I always have a chat with him. I’ve known him now for about five years - since I’ve lived in the area in fact. That’s why I’d now call him a friend.

I’d say that I see him fairly regularly. Like I said, I go to the big supermarket out of town sometimes to stock up, but you always need odd things during the week such as milk, or some snack or other. So when this happens I just have a walk down to his shop. So I’d say I see him every one or two days.

I think John is pretty popular as he’s been there for years as far as I’m aware, so most of the locals around the area know him. There will always be someone in the shop having a chat with him. They like him because he’s not just the shopkeeper but he’s also very involved in activities in the community. For example, I know he helps out at the old people’s home some nights, and he runs the quizzes at the local pub. He also helps to organize the fete that is held each year in the town.

The reason that I like him is that he’s great to have a chat with. For instance, a while back I was having problems with my work, and I was really feeling stressed. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to at the time as my family is abroad and a couple of my good friends were not around. I mentioned it to John and he was great. He listened and also gave me some really good advice. He didn’t need to do that so it was great that he made the time to anyway. Generally, though, he’s really welcoming when you go to his shop. He’ll always have a smile on his face.

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