Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen is not a tough topic, but to be able to answer this topic correctly, you need a good vocabulary and the ability to develop natural ideas.
“Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen” is a new topic of IELTS Speaking September to December 2021 Part 2.
Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen
Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen Cue card
You should say:
- What you waited for;
- Where you waited;
- Why it was special;
- And explain how you felt while you were waiting.
Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen Sample answer
I’d like to talk about my experience of waiting for the result of the National Judicial examination I took last September. It’s one of the most difficult qualification exams in China as the pass rate is only about 10% every year. So passing this exam really mattered to me and it was especially important to my career. I took lots of online classes and studied law day in and day out. I literally dreamed about legal cases several times. To be honest, I didn’t even know I had that kind of grit before I started preparing for the exam.
Anyway, after I finished the exam, I waited about two months to get the result. That was the most anxious and stressful period of time I’ve ever had in my life. Sometimes my mind would drift away from the things I was doing and I’d start worrying about what to do if I failed the exam. The only thing that helped me blow off some steams was chatting with other candidates in an online chat room.
Fortunately, it turned out that I passed the exam and by a lot! I was over the moon and burst into terasil seeing my good score. I really felt like all my effort paid off at that moment. You know, I’m finally qualified to be a lawyer!
So waiting for the judicial exam result really left a mark on me. It was a long, hard wait, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it.
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IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions
1. On what occasions do people usually need to wait?
People usually need to wait on a number of different occasions, including when they are lining up for something or waiting for an appointment. Sometimes people have to wait in very long lines at stores, especially if it is a busy time to go shopping. Sometimes people need to wait in traffic. Waiting for a medical or dental appointment can also take a long time. Most people need to wait for things very often throughout their lives.
2. Who behaves better when waiting, children or adults?
Usually, adults behave better when waiting than children. Children often do not understand why they have to wait for something, whereas adults know why they are waiting. Children get restless very easily, and they usually have more energy than adults, so they don’t like when they have to wait for a long time in one spot, not moving. Adults can wait more patiently than children because they have more experience and they have better self-control.
3. Compared to the past, are people less patient now, why?
I suppose that people are less patient now because it is easier nowadays to do things without having to wait at all. People have become accustomed to instant gratification. You can order packages online that arrive the next day, and you can order food from a restaurant delivered to your home. It is very easy to avoid waiting, so when people do have to wait for something, they are less patient.
4. What are the positive and negative effects of waiting on society?
Well, a positive effect is that, in some cases, it can teach people patience. When they have to wait in a line for a long time, they have to learn how to manage their impatience and still be polite. But a negative effect is that it can make people very aggressive. Not everyone can keep their temper in check. When people have to wait in a long line on the highway, you can often get drivers with road rage who act recklessly just to get ahead.
5. Is it a good thing to be patient all the time? /Should people be patient all the time?
Yes, I think that for the most part, it’s good to be patient all the time. There are a few instances where you should act instead of waiting around, like if there’s an emergency. But in general, patience is a good trait to have. Being impatient can make you feel anxious and irritable. Plus, you can’t control the things that happen around you. You might get stuck in a long line of cars on the highway, or you might have to wait a long time for your meal. But if the situation is out of your control, it’s good to be patient instead of losing your cool.
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