IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Name
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Is it easy for you to remember people’s names?
No. It isn’t. Names are difficult to remember because they are arbitrary information. And humans are terrible at remembering arbitrary information.
It’s very hard to say. Well, it’s really easy for me it’s a piece of cake for me to remember Chinese people’s names because I’m very familiar with Chinese family names. You know like … They’re very common Chinese family names in China. However, if you ask me the name of which is about foreign names especially the Japanese name or English names, I think is pretty hard for me because some of their family names are very hard for me to remember. Because they are probably not from English language.
Honestly, no it’s not easy it’s rather a big challenge for me because first I wouldn’t spend time on purpose you know remembering other people’s names. I’d rather spend more time staying with them and then I would just remember their names naturally. After I, You know become their friends or something and sometimes I think it’s more difficult for me to remember foreign people’s names because their family names are so complicated and sometimes I do not even know how to pronounce the name properly. Yeah, I’ve had a few embarrassing moments because I can’t remember the names.
Well, it depends on what kind of person I meet. I mean, if I meet someone who’s going to be my classmate or my teacher. It’s easy for me to remember their name even if a long name. However, if the person I have met only once, it’s difficult for me to remember him or her name.
2. Will you forget other people’s names if others forget your name?
I think this is irrelevant. How I forget or remember a name depends on my memory system.
3. How to strengthen your memory
My teacher once said that memory strength is just like muscular strength. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. But you can’t lift the same size weight every day and expect to get stronger. You’ll need to keep your brain constantly challenged. Therefore, learning a new skill is an excellent way to strengthen your brain’s memory capacity.
4. How do you remember people’s names?
Well, how do I remember people’s names? I basically remember the name with my poor memory. You know actually, I’m not good at remembering people’s names. Simply, because I’m not good at yeah. That’s the main problem. But anyway if the person is very pretty or very good looking, I guess I will remember his or her name very firmly, or the guy looks very strange or very different from others. Their name probably will be remembered very well in this way.
Well, there are several ways. First, I would like to write their names done on my phone or just on a piece of paper or on my notebook. So that, I can check them out, you know when I get time. I bet I will remember this name soon. And there’s another possibility that people will just give me their business cards. Sometimes, they add me as which are friends and send me their names immediately as messages yeah that’s all helpful.
Well, I guess there are some different methods. One good way is that maybe I Can ask this person about how they got this name is any special meaning behind the name. Because when you know in Chinese tradition parents usually will choose some particular names for their children to give them the best wishes or help they have a good luck something like that, or maybe there are some stories behind the name. So, after hearing those kinds of explanations, maybe I will have a very deep impression about that so can it help me to remember this person’s name.
5. How do you feel when people can’t remember your name?
Well, I think I probably will not feel too surprised because I would not feel too embarrassed. Because this kind of thing is quite normal or common. Because sometimes people will just have this kind of memory loss. You know, it happens to everybody. Nobody’s perfect. I also do the same thing sometimes, to be honest, so I can totally understand how people will react like that. So I think I’m basically because I’m not a very self-centered person. So this kind of behavior will not hurt my self-esteem I think. I would just kindly remind them or tell them about my name again. So they will just maybe remember that.
Well, I can totally understand why others are not familiar with my name. I have to say my name is quite common and it’s not very unique. Then, when I find that others cannot remember my name, I will introduce myself again. It doesn’t matter. You know the life based so fast, and there are a lot of new people, so it’s quite natural for people to forget others names.
Um, well, I feel very common. You know, because I always meet this kind of occasion in my life. I just think probably my name is very hard to pronounce for them or I am not pretty enough to make them remember me well. You know, there are a lot of reasons that they cannot remember my name right. so I’m kind of used to this kind of situation.
6. Do you often forget people’s names?
It seldom happens, honestly. Although it’s a bit challenging for me to remember other people’s names, I have remembered their names. It’s hard for me to you know forget. It just sticks to my mind. Because usually, I will just get to know this person and we will have some shared memories definitely. And, I would just associate his name with his or her experience and stories and then this person suddenly becomes more charming and charismatic. So, I wouldn’t forget them easily.
Well, yes it really happens to me many times. I feel very awkward and embarrassed when I forget my newly made friends’ names or my new classmate’s names. You know, because I think it’s very um disrespect to them, and I think I should have remembered their names. However, I have a really bad memory that’s a big problem.
Well, unfortunately, I don’t have this kind of ability. So it’s happening to me all the time. I have to admit that. You know, it’s embarrassing to say. Because I’ve been meeting a lot of people and they can just introduce themselves very briefly or even without any introduction. So, later when I miss them again, I often will just not recall their names. They just sleep on mice. You know, things happen all the time which is something I need to change maybe because I want to show my respect today.
1. Arbitrary (adj) (of an action, a decision, a rule, etc.) not seeming to be based on a reason, system or plan and sometimes seeming unfair
The choice of players for the team seemed completely arbitrary.