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This show publishes 'Repeat After Me' IELTS Speaking lessons. All speaking scripts are written by active examiners, and all questions are taken from real exams. For full lessons, visit: http://www.ieltsspeakingblog.com

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    Episode 88 | Part 3: Spontaneity and unexpected situations

    Episode 88 | Part 3: Spontaneity and unexpected situations

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    This week, you will be training to speak about the topic of spontaniety and unexpected situations. Try the full shadowing exercise here: https://www.ieltsspeakingblog.com/view/courses/videos/1556820-3-october-2022-part-3-spontaneity-and-unexpected-situations/4866004-try-listen-with-the-pauses-video-support
    Here is a transcript of what is heard in this episode:
    Do you like surprises?

    If they are pleasant surprises, yes, of course I enjoy a good surprise. 

    Do you think doing things spontaneously is a good idea?

    It depends on what the things are. A trip taken spontaneously can be wonderfully adventurous and rejuvenating. However, a house or car purchased on a whim can spell financial disaster. So spontaneity can be a great way to bring some excitement to a person’s life but it has to be done in moderation.  

    How do unexpected situations make people feel?

    Generally, I think people are uncomfortable with the unknown. We say that we like excitement and novelty, but in reality we are creatures of habit and are uncomfortable in unfamiliar circumstances. People get anxious and if this feeling is prolonged or happens repeatedly, their well-being suffers. 

    Why do some people feel stressed when things don’t go as planned?

    People like a sense of control. Or rather, I should say they like the illusion of control. They like to feel like they are masters of their own destiny – although if you ask me, this is ridiculous. I think people get stressed because they are insecure about their ability to handle something unexpected, and it’s a little childish quite frankly.

    • 14 min
    Episode 87 | Part 2: Something that surprised you😲

    Episode 87 | Part 2: Something that surprised you😲

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    Here is the full sample response as heard in this week's episode:
     
    Describe something that surprised you. You should say
    -what it was
    -how you found out about it
    -what you did
    -and explain how it made you feel
     
    Well, unfortunately, I am about to describe an event that surprised me in a negative way and it is a little embarrassing but here goes. What surprised me recently was the result of my last IELTS exam when I got 6.5 in listening!
     
    I had been preparing for IELTS for several months with a tutor and had completed at least 10 listening tests, so I felt very well prepared. My tutor had seen vast improvement in my listening and gave me glowing words of praise so my confidence was soaring. Even after I left the exam, I was certain I had achieved my required score. 
     
    Several days later, the notification that my results were available arrived. When I logged on to see the score, I was aghast. I told no one – I simply left the office and went for a walk. I don’t even remember where I went! I called my tutor and let her know what had happened. I believe she tried to console me but to no avail.
     
    Shortly afterwards, when I had calmed down, I realised where I had gone wrong in my exam and now I am certain I won’t repeat the same mistake again.
     
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    • 11 min
    Episode 86 | Part 1: Sharing details about your workplace

    Episode 86 | Part 1: Sharing details about your workplace

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    Here is a transcript of what is heard in this episode:
    Where are you from?
    I am from a lovely seaside town about two hours from here.
    Do you work or study?
    I work as a lawyer in a large law firm.
    How do you feel at work?
    Usually, I feel very stressed. It’s a demanding job and when you know that someone’s freedom is at stake it can be very overwhelming.
    What do you usually do at your workplace?
    I spend a considerable amount of time on the computer, writing briefs, researching laws, precedents – anything that is relevant to the case I am representing. I also have meetings with clients and other lawyers. 
    Would you change anything about your workplace?
    I would change the pace of the work. For some reason, when it rains it pours. By that I mean that some periods are very slow and during other periods the workload seems insurmountable. 
    Do you prefer to call a colleague on the phone or send them an email?
    For work-related issues, I do both. I call the colleague to discuss and then I follow up with an email so that there is written documentation of our conversation. It is a bit tedious but absolutely necessary in my line of work.
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    • 9 min
    Episode 85 | Part 3: Where do people get their information?

    Episode 85 | Part 3: Where do people get their information?

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    Will you continue to follow this person on social media?
    Yes, I think I will continue to follow her as her content is interesting, informative and appealing. 
    Is social media important?
    If you had asked me fifteen years ago I would have said no, that it’s just a way to keep in touch with friends but now social media is unavoidable. It has become something far greater than a means to keep in touch with loved ones and has expanded to become a source of all information. For companies, it is a whole new vehicle for them - to be seen and to communicate with customers and potential customers. So much so, in fact, that companies hire staff that focus just on their social media presence. 
    Where do people get most of their information from nowadays?
    I think many people still use the TV and radio for information but the importance of the internet as a source of news cannot be overstated. Personally speaking, I use the internet exclusively for information because I can learn about events from multiple sources instantaneously. I would say that I am not alone in this and the sheer number of news websites or publications that have a web presence can attest to that. 
    Do older people get information from different sources?
    I think older people feel more comfortable with more traditional sources of information like the TV, radio or newspaper. You’d be hard pressed to find a young adult reading a newspaper unless it was for the novelty value of it. 
    Do you think you will continue to get information from the same sources in the future?
    I hesitate to say yes because I fear that one day soon those of us that get news from the internet will be deemed dinosaurs. I think just like with the TV, something new will eventually come up to replace the internet as a source of information and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone then said to me quote unquote “keep up with the times”.

    • 16 min
    Episode 84 | Part 2: Someone you follow on social media

    Episode 84 | Part 2: Someone you follow on social media

    Talk about someone you follow on social media. Please say
    -who the person is
    -why you follow him/her
    -what content he/she posts on social media
    -and explain why you find him/her interesting
    I have only recently started following celebrities and other public figures on social media. Up until now I reserved “following” and “friending” only for people I actually knew. However, I learned of an American woman who moved to this country some years ago and I have begun following her. Her name is Mary and she is a chef. I have been told she has a cooking show in the US which features cuisine from this country, Greece. I have never seen the show, but on social media she posts dishes she prepares with fresh, local produce, delicious cheeses, fish and meat. It intrigues me that a woman from across the pond has learned everything she can about our cuisine here and then presents it to her audience thousands of miles away. She generally advocates a healthy diet and lifestyle and through her foods, takes us back to simpler times when people prepared and enjoyed traditional food together. 
    She also features various small, high-quality producers from Greece, which is both informative and helpful to me as a customer but also a great service to the producer since their products get known to a much wider audience. I find her and her social media presence interesting because she has taken the best of our cuisine and distilled it, keeping it pure and genuine while introducing it to the world.
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    • 12 min
    Episode 83 | Part 1: "Is there anything you would change about your home?"

    Episode 83 | Part 1: "Is there anything you would change about your home?"

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    "Is there anything you would change about your home?"
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    • 15 min

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