IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #22 Describe an important change in your life

Describe an important change in your life. You should say:
What it is
What you should prepare Why you have to prepare
And explain how you feel about it.

Sample answer:

I would like to talk about one of the greatest transformations in my life. I used to weigh 65 kilos and after 6 months of continuous diet and workout, I successfully lost 15 kilos.

When I was a teenager, I mainly subsisted on fast food such as fried chicken pieces, hamburgers or crisps. Numerous exams at high school even forced me to stay up late and eat even more. As a result, I put on weight rapidly and one day, when I stepped on a scale,which read 65 kilos, I knew that I had to start my weightless journey or I could become overweight.

After consulting my aunt, who worked as a nutritionist, I understood that losing weight was all about diet and workout. First, I cleaned my fridge of all my favorite unhealthy foods, and began cooking homemade meals. I also drank at least 2 liters of mineral water a day instead of soft drink. Second, I registered for a gym class and started to work out at least three times a week. Besides, I slept early at night and woke up at 5 am to go biking every morning.

After 6 months of resisting junk food and working out regularly, my weight dropped to 50 kilos. However, it was not only about the weight loss, but also the changes to my health condition. I felt stronger and happier than ever before. I rarely got sick and my skin also looked brighter. More importantly, I could regain my self-confidence. I used to run from cameras, but now I am comfortable with taking photos. I am finally also able to try on dresses and skinny jeans. That’s all I think.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Some people think that an important decision should be made quickly and based on intuition while others believe an informed choice is better. What’s your view?
    Personally, I believe it’s a combination of the two. I certainly think you need to have all possible information available to your before a decision can be made but I also think that a certain degree of intuition or ‘gut-feeling’ can really help to guide the decision-making process. It’s unexplainable, but I know that some of my best decisions have been based on intuition more than anything else.
  2. Do you thinking that individuals nowadays have more or fewer important choices to make than in the past? Why?
    Today’s society certainly confronts people with more important decisions than in the past. For a start, there is so much more choice in lots of different areas, like in the area of career and occupation for instance. My parents or grandparents’ generation often h ad the same job for forty or fifty years, but people nowadays
  3. What kinds of decisions are more difficult: those which solely affect you or those which also have an impact on other people?
    I think it’s more difficult to make decisions which are going to have an effect on other people’s lives, but I also think that this relate to most decisions we make – decisions very rarely only impact on one person. Anyway, it obviously a matte or degree, for instance if you are the manager of a large company and you have to decide how many redundancies are necessary to keep the business from failing, then that’s a decision which will have a huge impact on many people. On the other hand, if you are deciding which house to buy them that probably only affects you and your family. Overall, I think it’s wise to consider the potential impact of your decision in any case.
  4. In your opinion, is there such a thing as too much choice?
    I definitely believe that there is too much choice for young people nowadays, and this creates a lot of pressure for them. Whether it is in terms of what career path to take or where to live and study, there are an overwhelming number of choices available to this generation and I think it can be extremely difficult to feel as though one has made the right choice, whatever that is.
    However, choice provides us with options and freedom as well, so I believe it’s important to value that.
  5. What kind of events may be life-changing events?
    Like I said, breaking tip or ending a relationship would be one. Having an accident or hurting yourself when playing sports sure is life changing. Winning the lottery is another life changing event. Getting married will change your life, too.
  6. Do Vietnamese people change jobs very often? Do you think that’s good?
    Yes I think that Vietnamese do change their jobs pretty often, and I think that it is a good thing. Until you really find a job that you feel comfortable with, then I think it is okay to change jobs. Some Vietnamese and people around the world have to change jobs because they get laid off or their company gets gobbled up by some big corporation, and they are forced to leave.
  7. Why do so many people in China move to a different city or even go overseas to study or work?
    Well. I think that people are just looking for their groove and where they belong. Now that the opportunity is there to travel, people want to take advantage of it, and see where their fortunes lie. There is a big world out there and some people want to find out if it is their “cup of tea” as they say. I hate to use so many idioms and I hope that I am using them right, but some people just have the proverbial “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome. They think that once they get there, all their problems will be over.
  8. What do you think are the major challenges of working or studying in another country?
    Well. I guess that one of the biggest ones is that you arc going to a different culture, and you are not sure how you are going to lit in. In most countries one of the hardest things to deal with is prejudice. People always seem to have a little suspicion of foreigners in their country. I think that loneliness would he another thing that would he hard for someone working or studying overseas. A person would be away from family and friends, and that would be difficult.
  9. Do you think young people can adapt to changes easier than old people?
    Not necessarily. I have seen some young people that didn’t know how to deal with changes at all, and then I have seen some older people who take changes without breaking a sweat. Of course I do know, like the old saying goes about teaching an old dog new tricks, that it is sometimes harder for an older person to change, but they can do if I think that a lot of young people here in China have a hard time with changes because they have seen such few changes and like the way things are now.
  10. Should important choices be made by parents rather than by young adults?
    As I see it, important choices should be made by both parents and young adults. Each generation has their own advantages and shortcomings. Therefore, before we make important choices, it is indispensable for us to consider both opinions of parents and young adults to make the best choices.
  11. Other possible questions:
    Do you think children should have new experience?
    What kinds of changes people have to make in their life?
    Why do some people dislike changing?

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