I was looking at some common part 1 exam questions with my students today.
This one – “Where are you from?” – comes up all the time.
We could, of course, answer the examiner in a few short words, but this is a speaking exam so let’s offer just a little bit more.
Think about the following:
- Which country are you from?
- Which city/town/village are you from?
- Where is that place located within your country?
- Where are you living now?
- Is your hometown famous for anything?Also think about the facilities your hometown has – shops, museums, restaurants, for example
I’m Japanese – I was born and raised in Tokyo, but I’m currently living in Sydney.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan. It is a sprawling, bustling megacity, with a population of over 13 million. It is the economic and administrative heart of my country – many global companies and government departments are based there and it also happens to be where the Emperor & the Imperial Family reside. It can be a chaotic place but at the same time there are many parks where residents and visitors can find peace and quiet.
Tip: This is the sort of question that always comes up. As you study, think about what you would say if asked it and prepare a high quality answer.
However, in the exam don’t sound like you’ve memorised your response – aim to delivery this naturally.