In Part 3 of the Speaking test, students will encounter a lot of difficult questions, as these questions usually mention big social issues. Therefore, many students struggle to immediately think of ideas for an answer.
There is a simple tip/technique that can help you deal with this. You can say: It depends on the person/situation, and then describe the situations.
This technique helps you answer a lot more easily. Instead of having to think about what to say, this technique allows you to cover different aspects of the issue and therefore have more ideas to say.
There are some structures that you can use:
“I think it depends on the person. For some people, …… . But for others, ……. .”
“I believe both these things have their own advantages. A can help people to ….. . Meanwhile, B can also ….. “.
Let me give you some examples:
- Do you think it is better to rent or to buy a place to live?
Well, I think it really depends on the person. For young people who are just at the beginning of their career, they do not have much money, so renting is a more suitable option. This also brings them flexibility as they might want to change their workplace several times. However, for those who are older, maybe over 40, they have already accumulated a large sum of money, so I think they should buy a house or an apartment to be able to live comfortably in their own home.
- Do you see televisionas being educational or just a form of entertainment?
Well, it depends on the person in my opinion. Many people use televisions only as a way to entertain themselves. These people tend to watch programs like movies or game shows. However, there are also many people who use television to learn something. For example, I have a friend who loves watching a program called Shark Tank, which is about investing in companies and stuff like that.
- Do you think it is necessary for companies to offer good customer service?
Well, I think it really depends on what type of customers these companies want to target. If a company wants to attract customers who are wealthy, then excellent customer service is a must. However, if a company wants to target those who have a low income, then I think customer service doesn’t really matter. These customers usually only care about the price, and they will still buy the product if they can afford it.
I personally find this technique quite helpful, especially when you encounter difficult questions in Part 3. However, do not overuse this technique, you should only use it for 1-2 questions.