IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #61 Describe a time that a child did something that made you laugh

Describe a time that a child did something that made you laugh. You should say:
When this happened; Who the child was; What the child did;
And explain why it was funny.

Sample Answer:

Often, the aptitude of the children is far better than the intelligence level of some adults. My recent experience with a child proved the statement again. I was amazed at a sudden event when a child took a special decision and that was quite surprising and funny in a way. I am really happy to describe the event here.

This was the child of one of my colleagues. I was invited to his place for the first time on the occasion of the birthday of his only child. The child, Ethan, turned three on that day. But he was a bit different than most of the average children, at least that was my impression.

The event took place in the middle of the last week. His parents had arranged a party and I were also invited there. I was quite comfortable with them. We are in fact neighbors and been living there for past three years. So, I and my wife have become close associates of their family. The child did the special thing once it received the gift from me. I presented him with a large water gun to play. In fact, Ethan was fond of guns and thus he desired for the gun to me and I kept the promise.

Ethan sees many television shows and knows that the guns are used to shoot. So, he started playing with the gun. He refilled the gun with water and pointed that to the guests and shoots them with water. He wanted to have fun and did so. But finally, when the water was finished and his parents did not allow him to refill with water, he shot them.
When he shot his dad, the dad fell on the ground. When he shot his mother, she also fell in the ground as if she died. He was surprised. He could not decide what to do. So, he shot himself and fell beside his mother until they stopped pretending to be dead.

The entire event was hilarious and made me laugh with all other invited guests. In fact, the kid was highly intelligent and his gestures made me laugh. He was confused what to do when he shot his parents. So, finding no other options left, he killed himself. In fact, it proves his guiltiness but the representation of the situation was really interesting that everyone could not stop laughing with this scenario. Despite the issue being a grave one, it was a kind of comical event. So, I laughed with my heart. In fact, it was the rapid decision making skill of the child and the implementation of the decision without any hesitation was the key element of the genuine laughter.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you think having a sense of humor is important? Why/why not?
    I think it’s very important. Being able to make to people laugh can make a big difference in our life. Telling jokes can brighten someone’s mood if they’re feeling down. Also, if you can laugh at yourself it shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously which will make you more likeable to other people?
  2. Do you like movies or TV shows that make you laugh?
    Option 1: I like watching comedies sometimes, but they’re not my favorite kind of film. For example, I really hate romantic comedies. The plot is always ridiculous and is something that would never happen in real life. Normally the conflict in the movie could be solved if the couple just talked to each other for a minute.
    Option 2: Sure, I love movies that are funny and silly. I’m not really a big fan of sad or dramatic films. When I’m watching a movie I just want to be able to switch off my brain and enjoy a funny story without having to pay attention to the plot too much.
  3. What is the difference between comedy on TV and comedy in books?
    I’m not really sure; I can’t remember ever reading a comedy book, or a book that was funny. I usually read non-fiction or novels, and they’re generally not funny, but I suppose comedy on TV can be more spontaneous – I mean it’s difficult to transmit comedy in a book, isn’t it?
  4. Do you think it’s important for people to laugh? [Why?/Why not?] Personally I think it’s quite a good thing to laugh, it relaxes you. Someone once said that laughing is like ‘internal jogging’ – it’s good for you.
    But you can only laugh if you find something funny, right, and there are some people who just don’t laugh much naturally, but I don’t think that’s a problem because everybody’s different. Some people seem to laugh at almost anything and others are generally more serious and rarely laugh.
  5. Is laughing the same as feeling happy, do you think? [Why? / Why not?] No, I don’t think it is the same. I’m happy most days, but I don’t go around laughing all the time. Maybe you show that you’re happy when you are laughing, but I think you can feel perfectly happy without laughing.
    It’s like if you have a good your job and things are going well in your life, then you’re naturally going to feel happy, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go around laughing in front of everyone. Happiness and laughter are quite different, although the two are often combined.
  6. Why do children feel happy easily?
    As the mindset of a small child is very simple and optimistic, he has quite an outgoing and relaxed attitude towards life. What a child does is to play and he also receives much protection and care from their parents. They don’t have to worry much about how to make ends meet or other complicated situations in life. Moreover, they tend to take things less seriously and only retain sweet memories in their minds.
  7. How would you define happiness?
    From my perspective, the definition of happiness is subject to multiple interpretations. Some people argue that accomplishing a sense of satisfaction in life means possessing as much money as possible. Therefore, people will sacrifice whatever its takes to become wealthy. However, my view is that having a good job and a happy family life is what makes us truly happy in life. If we feel what we are doing is worthwhile and financially rewarding; or our children behave well and love their parents, then happiness is no longer out of reach.
  8. Do Vietnamese people like to watch comedy? = Do you like to watch comedy? Yes, of course, there are many benefits that a comedy could bring. Firstly, it helps me to unwind and let off steam after stressful working hours. Secondly, if the whole family gathers for a funny reality show in the living room, people in my family can relieve their tensions, which greatly strengthens the bonds between members as today we usually cannot manage time to sit together at the dinner table for a meal.
  9. Are Vietnamese people happier than they were 30 years ago?
    Of course, I would say that modern Vietnamese people are definitely more satisfied with their lives than they used to be some 30 years ago. It is true that in the past, people had to struggle against and suffer from many civil wars which claimed many innocent lives, caused tremendous losses, whereas people in modern era enjoy greater freedom in terms of economy and politics. Besides, there has been a distinct improvement in the standard of living like the ability to afford luxury items or enjoy more leisure activities, which was quite a rare thing to see in the bygone days. In a nutshell, it is safe to say that Vietnamese people are way happier than previously.
  10. Is it possible to be happy during whole life?
    I would have to say it is quite out of the question to stay happy all the time during one’s life. Whether we like it or not, there are ups and downs; happy moments and sorrowful ones. Therefore, it would be unrealistic to expect only good things to come to us and paint a rosy picture of one’s life. Rather, one is supposed to face up to unpredictable difficulties and make their best efforts to overcome them and become happy again. It’s safe to say that life is a vicious circle.
  11. Can people be happy after a retirement?
    Obviously, people would definitely feel happier when they retire. The reason is that after their retirement, people can manage more time to travel, which seems virtually impossible when they are still working. To be more specific, retirees have more chances to go on a tour to faraway countries, get to know about the local cuisine, their exotic customs and traditions; or people can find time to pursue their old hobbies and interests such as planting trees and doing the gardening. These things are what make people blissfully happy when they grow older.
  12. Other possible questions:
    Do you think that both boys and girls have the same taste for enjoying comedy? Why?
    What are the differences in comedy between the past and present?
    What is the importance of jokes in family?

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