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IELTS Speaking test

Part 1

1. Do you have any unhealthy habits?

Sadly, a big yes. Because I work until 9pm and won’t be back until 10 pm, I often stay up late, very late. Besides, I’m also quite busy so I don’t usually cook. I eat ready meals instead.

Ready meal (phrase) a prepackaged, fresh or frozen meal that only requires heating (often in a microwave) before being served

2. In what ways do you try to stay healthy?

I love working out at the gym. I do a lot of squat, plank as well as weightlifting. In addition, I try to have a balanced diet and often have check- ups with our GP. Therefore, I’m always as fit as a fiddle.

GP: General Practitioner (Family doctor)

Balanced diet (phrase) healthy diet

Go for a check-up (phrase) health check

As fit as a fiddle (idiom) in good health

3. What are the health benefits of playing a sport?

I think playing sports benefit us both physically and mentally. When you play sports, you are giving your body time to build muscles, and to burn fat. Therefore, you will be fitter and stronger. Also, you are giving your body time to relax. That’s why I enjoy working out so much.

Part 2

1. Describe something you do to keep healthy.

· what this activity is

· when you do it

· and how often you do it and explain why you think it’s a good way to look after your health.

Well, I’ve never been seriously ill, but I can remember a couple of weeks ago, I had to have take leave for 3 days because I was under the weather.

I was walking back home from work and it suddenly started to rain cats and dogs, so I got wet. The next day when I woke up, I was a bit off colour. I still remember feeling poorly, even I got a headache, a sore throat, chesty cough, and a blocked nose. I decided to see my GP for a check-up. My GP said that I caught a heavy cold and had to take a lot of medicines. I was in charge of a project presentation at that time, and due to the situation, I had no choice but to phone in sick and reschedule the presentation until this week. But thank God, I was over the worst of it and made a speedy recovery after 3 days suffering.

· Take leave: to use time permitted to be away from work

· to be under the weather: (informal) to not feel well

· Rain cats and dogs: rain heavily

· a blocked nose: when the nose has excess fluid due to a cold

· to be a bit off colour: to feel a little ill

· a sore throat: inflammation that causes pain when swallowing

· Chesty cough: a cough caused by congestion around the lungs

· Catch a heavy cold: have a bad cold

· to be in charge of: take over something; responsible for something

· to phone in sick: to call work to explain you won’t be attending work due to illness

· to be over the worst: to have got through the most serious or uncomfortable stage of an illness

· made a speedy recovery: to recover quickly from an illness.

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