IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #4 Describe a holiday postcard or email you received that you liked or it is important to you

Describe a holiday postcard or email you received that you liked or it is important to you
You should say:
Who the postcard/email was from Where it was sent from
When you received it
What the contents of the postcard or email were And explain why you liked it.

Sample Answer:

I have received many important emails and out of these, I would like to talk about the email that I got from the HR of a Telecom company that confirmed my part time job there. When I was a student of 6th semester of the university, I needed to manage a part-time job. I applied for several jobs but my dream job was to work as a consultant for a major telecom company in my country. It was not easy to get the job as so many candidates apply for the job and the company prefers the full-time employees than the part-time employees.

One day I got an email from Mr. Atherton (…say a name common in your country…) and I found that it was from the telecom company where I was interviewed. It was early November 2001 and that time I was around 22 years old. I opened the email went to the details of the email very quickly. My heart was pounding and I felt really good when I found that the email confirms my appointment as a part-time employee for this company. I re-read the email and took a printout as well. The email was sent to me by the Head of the Human Resource department of the company.

It was a very important email for me as I was desperately expecting to work for this company and the email confirmed my joining there. Secondly, this was the first job confirmation of my life and I needed this job at that time. So this was very exciting news for me and that’s why this was a very important email for me.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you often keep diaries?
    Umm! No. I do not keep diaries at all now. But when I was a teen, I used to keep a dairy and penned all the events of the day on that. Sometimes I used to read the diary in my leisure hours and remembered all the events through my imagination. I gave up keeping a diary after I got promoted in my high school; I had to be very busy with my studies and extracurricular activities and sports events. My engagement on different events increased that made me highly occupied and I hardly could manage time for keeping the diary.
  2. What is the difference between a diary and a letter?
    Well, letters and e-mails are different in several ways. Though both of them are used for communication, they different in their nature. The first one is manual while the later one is electrical. To write a letter, you’ll need a pen and a paper, then you are to go for the post office to post the letter yet sometimes it remains unknown whether the letter will be delivered or not in some cases. But to compose an e-mail, you need a computer with an active internet
  3. connection. You also need to have an e-mail account to send the mail while the recipient also needs the same – an e-mail address to receive the e-mail. But sending emails have some benefits which are not found in posting letters. The important issue about e-mail is that it is much safer than sending letters.
  4. What did the difference between a letter and an e-mail?
    There are huge differences between a diary and letter. First, the difference is about purposes. A letter is written for someone to inform over any specific issues who is living far away from the letter writer, and a diary is basically the combination of all the events that someone has experienced throughout the day. There are a few similarities are found as well like the letter is sent with information while the diary is also filled with information but the uses are different. Moreover, a diary is always private while the letter may not be private always.
  5. Would post office disappear in the next 50 years?
    No, I don’t think that post offices will disappear after 20 years. If there were even tiniest chances of the post office being disappeared, they would have been disappeared right after the invention of e-mail or the telephone. Post offices are maintained by the government and it is up to the government’s consideration to close the post offices. But I think the governments will not do so. Letters are sent through the post offices and thus the post offices are the traditional sources of communication. It has played a very important role earlier and now it is also important in some cases.