IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe a time when you looked at the sky

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe a time when you looked at the sky

Describe a (recent) time when you looked at the sky (either day or night)

You should say:
what you were doing when you looked at the sky
who you were with
what you saw
and explain how you felt when you looked at the sky.

 



ANSWER:
– Last week, my friends and I decided to go camping on the outskirts for the weekend.

– Living in a big city doesn’t offer me much of a chance to enjoy the sky at night because of the pollution, the lights, and the skyscrapers. That’s the reason why I liked this short trip so much because I could enjoy looking up at the clear sky, searching for stars and observing the moon.

– Luckily for me, there was a full moon that night. We made a small campfire and sat around the fire, grilled potatoes and marshmallows, happily chatting with each other.

– When the moon had risen high up in the sky, we all looked up, and started counting stars. I had never seen so many stars in the sky as I did that night. They twinkled while the moon shone brightly. At that moment, I felt at peace. My mind was blank; I wasn’t thinking of anything else, all my sadness and disappointments disappeared. All I thought of was that I was content in that moment.



VOCABULARY:
–  outskirts: the part of town that is far away from the center.
Example: We lived on the outskirts of town for about 10 years and then finally moved closer to the center last year.

–  offer: in this context to offer you something means to make it available to you.
Example: Living in the city offers many exciting activities like going to the theater, attending concerts and lots of different types of restaurants.

–  pollution: harmful substances in the air or water.
Example: The air pollution in the city is getting worse every year.

–  skyscrapers: tall buildings that can be used for offices or residential units.
Example: New York City has many tall skyscrapers.

–  clear sky: a sky that is clear of any pollution or other things (like clouds) that make it hard to see the stars and the moon.
Example: Tonight, when I looked up at the clear sky, I saw millions of stars.

–  observing: watching, looking at, seeing.
Example: The scientist will be observing the monkeys this afternoon.

–  full moon: The phase of the moon at which the moon, as viewed from Earth, appears to be fully illuminated by the sun. The full phase marks the half-way point of a single revolution of the moon around the earth.
Example: Did you see the full moon last night?

–  campfire: a fire that is made while camping and around which you sit to cook food,
roast marshmallows and talk.

Example: My son is always in charge of making the campfire.

–  grilled/to grill: a way of cooking something on a grill over a fire.
Example: We grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs last night for dinner.

–  marshmallow: A light, spongy, very sweet confection made of corn syrup, gelatin, sugar, and often vanilla.
Example: Kids love to roast marshmallows while camping.

–  chatting: talking.
Example: They have been chatting for over two hours already.

–  to twinkle: to shine and sparkle, flicker, glimmer – what stars do. Stars twinkle.
Example: The stars twinkled in the clear night sky.

–  to feel at peace: to be peaceful or feel peaceful, without any worries or concerns.
Example: He felt at peace when he was meditating.

–  mind was blank: to have nothing in your mind, to not be thinking about anything at all.
Example: After staying up all night studying, my mind was blank during class.

–  disappointment: frustration, something that you feel disappointed or dissatisfied about.
Example: His grandmother has suffered many disappointments throughout her lifetime, but now she is living the good life

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