How to practise gathering ideas and arguments for the level 3 speaking TASK 2? How to prepare yourself for the part of the oral exam that requires discussing general or military topics? In this post, you will find a few ideas on how to do it on the example of the topic related to differences between living in the city and in the country.
Go to the the following posts to see the details of what the exam looks like and what the requirements are:
The today's example is the topic connected with living in the city versus living in the country, their advantages and disadvantages.
COSTS OF LIVING
- food is cheaper if you live in the
country, you can buy from local;
producers and avoid intermediaries;
- if you live in the house of your own,
you don’t pay the rent;
- land and property prices are lower.
- to buy other goods and
services it might be necessary
to travel long distances;
- the house maintenance costs
may be significant
- infrastructure is poorer;
- it is more difficult to sell the
property in the countryside.
LIVING CLOSE TO NATURE
- better air quality, better health, less pollution,
better living conditions;
- healthier food, not processed,
straight from the fields,
you can grow fruit and vegetables;
- contact with wild nature,
walking in the forest,
waking to the music of birds chirping
can have a calming effect on
- transport infrastructure is poorer,
it may be necessary to have
a private car to be able to
move around effectively;
- nature can be unpredictable
in winter roads may become
- wild animals can be dangerous
or ill, spread diseases or attack
farm animals or pets.
- fewer people;
no queues in offices or shops;
- more space in the house than in
more space around the house,
more privacy and independence,
longer distances between houses
- fewer people means less trafficand noise,
quieter and more peaceful life,
easier to relax.
- everyone knows each other,
less privacy – people are more
interested in each other’s lives,
- more seclusion means you are
more prone to criminal
activity of e.g. burglars,
neighbours may not notice
anything as they live at
- closed community may generate problems,
social and entertainment opportunities are limited.