TOEFL Speaking 1 -2: Family

Answer the TOEFL Speaking Parts One and Two: Family questions yourself first. Then find the video answer on the Youtube link. If necessary, the texts are below

  1. How close are you to your family?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of brothers or sisters?
  3. Do you agree or disagree that it is important for grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents?
  4. Some people believe that young people respect their parents and grandparents less than before. Do you agree or disagree?
  5. Do you prefer to ask for advice from your family or friends?
  6. Your friend wants to choose a university course/. Should he ask for advice from..

                        a- his family

                        b – his friends

                        c – people online

 

 

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How close are you to your family?

I get on (fairly well ~ really well) with all the members of my family. The first reason for this is that my parents have always (taken good care of me ~ looked after me), and I (respect = look up to) them for that. Another reason is that I (look like / take after) my mother, we have a lot in common, so we are fond of doing similar things like watching movies and going to the ballet. When it comes to my brother, (although = despite the fact that) we’re not incredibly close, we do care about each other. When our parents were bringing us up, they (instilled = engendered) in us love and respect for each other. (As a result = As a consequence), we’re always (willing ~ ready) to help each other out.

Advantages and disadvantages of brothers or sisters?

The way I see it the primary (benefit = plus) of having a sibling is that you can (take care of = look after each other). While it (may ~ is) be true that siblings often (quarrel ~ bicker) with each other when growing up, when they are older they can help each other out. Last year, for instance, I (came up against = run into) some tricky financial problems and needed a helping hand. The first person I turned to was my brother. Another upside is that you can learn from each other’s experience. Any time I (acquired = gained) some new knowledge, I always passed it on to my brother. As for drawbacks, the main one is that your parents (raise = bring up) more than one person, so they allocate less time to each one. It does happen as well that siblings may (have a big argument ~ fall out) with each other over some (insignificant matter = trivial matter).

 

Do you agree or disagree that it is important for grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents?

(In my opinion = My take on this is that) it’s incredibly important for grandchildren to spend time with grandparents. First and foremost because when the grandparent is looking after the child, the parents have some free time to (relax =unwind) or, if they so choose, work. Secondly, grandparents can really help broaden their grandchildren’s (mind = horizons) by passing on the knowledge and experience that they have gained. While it’s true that parents can do the same, I think grandparents are ideal for this as they generally have significantly more knowledge and experience, and they tend to be less strict and more open than the parents.

Some people believe that young people respect their parents and grandparents less than before. Do you agree or disagree?

Some people believe that young people respect their parents and grandparents less than before. Do you agree or disagree?

(I would say ~ I believe) that this (main ~ heavily) depends on the people. In my case it is most likely true. I think that I respect my parents less than they did their parents. It’s not exactly that I don’t love them, (look up to = respect) them or care about them, it’s just that they are (rather ~ quite) lenient with me, so I don’t need to show as much respect. When my grandparents were (raising = bringing up) my parents they were (unbelievably = incredibly) strict, and (instilled = engendered) in them a lot of discipline, which resulted in a greater amount of respect. (Having said that = Be that as it may), I can see why others may believe nothing has changed. When I look at my friends, particularly my Indian ones, there seems to be the same level of respect, though of course I’m guessing here.

Do you prefer to ask for advice from your family or friends?

As far as asking for advice is concerned, more often than not I turn to my parents for advice. This can firstly be (attributed to = put down to) the fact that I trust them (immensely ~ deeply). It’s my parents who have always looked after and (cared for ~ provided for) me, so I know that they always want what is best for me. The second reason is they have a (deeper = greater) level of experience and knowledge that they can pass on. As intelligent as my friends may be, they have not yet gained the same level of experience, so are in less of a position to help out with advice. There may be, of course, exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking I will first ask my parents for advice, and only after that others.

Your friend wants to choose a university course/. Should he ask for advice from

a – his family

b – his friends

c – people online

(Strange though it may seem = Even though it may seem strange), I would, without hesitation, advise my friend to turn to people online. While (it’s ~ may be) true that parents and friends want what is best for you and may be able to advise you on what career to pursue, when it comes to choosing the specific course, those that have recently completed the course in question or are currently taking it are in the best position to give advice, and these people are most easily found on forums online. Not only can you easily find a large amount of feedback left on forums, you can also get in touch with people directly. My acquaintance did this using facebook, she found people there who had done the course she was thinking of doing and directly asked them questions!

 

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