IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Geography: Study the sample answers to each question about geography.
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Do you think geography is useful?
I think so because it teaches us to understand different places of the world and the relationships between people and their environments. If one doesn’t know or has little knowledge about all these things, he can’t live harmoniously (peacefully) with others and he can’t contribute more value to the place that he’s living in or to the places he’s visiting.
Yes, absolutely! As geography describes the Earth, people understand the planet’s movement, changes, and systems. Also, they understand how past societies and environments developed. Because of these things, people will be able to address the current issues that the world is going through such as climate change. You know what, geography is not all about understanding maps and learning it is so useful as it can save the world.
Have you ever learned geography? /What did you learn about geography when you were a student?
Yes, of course! I learned geography when I was a grader. I think I was in year 6 when I learned about geography. If my memory serves me right (if I remember correctly), I learned how to read a map, the different continents in the world, and the contributions of different countries to the world. Well, that’s all I can remember.
Definitely! I learned the basics of geography in my elementary years and it wasn’t until I became a university student that I broadened (expanded; widened) my knowledge about geography. I learned about how human activities negatively affect the environment such as the rising of sea levels, how significant is the location of a country in trading, and many more. I think people can learn a lot about geography just by watching the National Geographic channel.
Yes, but it’s such a shame to admit (acknowledge) this but I don’t think I learned a lot about geography back then. As far as I remember, the only thing that I learned about it is the use of maps, that is, learning how to locate (pinpoint) continents and specific places on a map. Sadly, geography isn’t my cup of tea (something one likes) then (before).
Do you like learning about geography?
Yes, I love learning about geography simply because I get to understand the Earth better, especially the environment, the movement of planets, different places on Earth, and things like that (refers to non-specific things that are similar to what’s listed). I remember I was one of the top-performing students in our geography class because I was just really into it (be interested).
Well, I don’t, but I also don’t find it uninteresting. I mean, I can bear (put up with, tolerate) learning something about geography but I won’t be the kind of student who is really fascinated (to be very interested) with that subject. I think I did okay when I was a student learning about geography as far as I can remember.
Are you good at reading maps?
Certainly! I started learning maps when I was a grader. There wasn’t any Google map back then (a particular time in the past) so we simply used a paper map. I was able to memorize the different locations in our country and that was incredibly fun because I imagined myself traveling to those different places. These days, I’m reliant (dependent) on using Google Maps whenever I travel and it has never failed me.
Honestly, I don’t have a sense of direction (the ability to find one’s way around easily in a new place) so I’m kind of stupid (showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense) at reading maps. I dunno but maybe I’m not an adventurous type of person. I’m the type of person who wants to be guided in the right direction instead of making an effort to understand what’s on the map.
What did you learn about geography when you were a student?
I learned lots of things about geography such as exploration, the cultural, economic, political, and physical aspects of places across the globe, the relationship between people and their environment, and many more. All those things that I learned in my geography class helped me understand my existence on this planet and I must say that when one learns geography at a deep level, one will learn to love the planet Earth better than those who don’t.
I’m sorry I don’t think I remember a lot of things that I learned about geography when I was a student. However, I’m sure that I learned about the relationship between people and their environment and the physical aspects of the Earth. Well, a basic understanding of these things is a must so people get to understand how they can contribute something valuable to the planet Earth.
Would you visit a country because of its geographical location?
Well, that’ll be one of the reasons but not really the main reason. I travel because I mainly want to eat local foods, meet local people, and experience their culture. Geographical location is important for me as a traveler but not as important as those things I’ve mentioned.
Well, I would! If the location is irresistibly beautiful, I will not hesitate to travel to that country. In fact, I really have Mongolia in my mind right now. The location of that country is superb (excellent) and I believe that it has an amazing culture which I can also learn.
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