IELTS May 2018: A Situation that made you Happy.

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Describe a situation that happened to you recently and made you feel happy. Please say

– What was the situation?
– When and where did it take place?
– Who was there with you?


Invest one minute in brainstorming about this topic’s questions. If you’ve not read my advice on developing each answer in a proper way, please read the lesson on speaking.

PLUS, you can implement the idea of collocations in this answer. Here is the link to a truly useful article: Lessons in speaking – collocations.

Now, any situation can make you feel happy. However, I strongly suggest that the situation should be closely related to your recent CAREER. If you’re a student, it can be about your recent grades or a sports achievement. If you’re an engineer, it can be a recent job interview or a project you completed. Let me offer the brainstorming points rather than dictating the answer.

You need to jot down some quick points in one minute and then present it in two minutes. Don’t waste this precious minute. I’ve written a few quick points.

What was the situation? first job interview; Google – the largest technology MNC.

When and where did it take place? New York; January 2018; Freshly graduated from college.

Who was there with you? My classmates and friends; also took interview; three of us selected the same day; grueling process – three phases; Enjoyed with friends; called parents; exciting party.

Answer: (Please note the cohesive devices and collocations underlined below)

I completed the computer science degree from the Beijing University in November 2017 and since then I had been looking for an exciting career opportunity in this domain. In January 2018, I received an unexpected call from Google, the internet giant. The company invited me for an interview in its New York office for the position of a software engineer.

The company had invited a number of engineers from various parts of the world and some of them were from my class in the Beijing University. The interview was conducted in three phases and it took more than five hours. After this grueling process, I was extremely pleased to know that the company had selected me along with two other candidates. It was a proud moment for me since the competition was extremely high and the positions were limited. I decided to celebrate the event with my friends and we partied hard during that evening.

Followup Questions:

  1. Do you agree that money is a source of happiness? Well, certainly, money brings joy and happiness in a person’s life.
  2. What are your views on happiness? I think happiness is a mixture of several things. A person needs money to become happy. However, he needs the company of other humans to enjoy that money.
  3. Do you think people can be happy because of their work? Of course, if a person loves his job, it is certainly a source of happiness. I, for instance, love my work at Google and feel happy and satisfied after a day’s work.
  4. Where or how should people find happiness? I think people should find happiness in moments they spend with their friends, colleagues, clients, and family members.
  5. What is better, to get happiness from money or from a good relationship? I guess both are equally important. A person needs an optimum mixture of both the get happiness.

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3 replies »

  1. A recent happy and memorable moment is my birthday celebration which was done by my office colleagues. This time, my birthday was on Sunday in June month. Normally, we cut a birthday cake on every colleague’s birthday at office on the birth date itself.
    So, I was not aware when my birthday cake would be cut. Before one week of birthday, we went for a lunch from our office at Barbeque Nation in Prahladnagar. All of us settled down in chairs and ordered our food. All of a sudden, one of my female colleague took me to washroom by telling me that she was not feeling good. We went in washroom and gave her a medicine for her stomach paining. When we came back to dining area, I found everyone was stood up with a chocolate cake on a table. They had started reciting a birthday song. Meanwhile, restaurant staff played a Hindi song, ‘oh tera Happy birthday’. I was totally mesmerized and surprised a lot. I laughed a lot with tears in my eyes by listening that song which we normally played on children’s birthday.
    Then I walked to the table and welcomed with so many claps and cheers. I cut the cake and offered a cake piece to my colleague cum friend Ashish. Later on, before I understood something, my sir held my head from back side and threw it into the cake. So, my face was painted with cake. Rather on getting angry, I laughed a lot and took photographs with whole my office group. We all danced together for some time. After completing our lunch, when we were about to leave, restaurant staff gave me a hard paper photo frame with my birthday celebration photo. I thanked them a lot for such lovely gift. I was feeling very special that day as none of other from my team had this type of birthday celebration and received a surprise.
    That moment was so precious as it gave me a memorable and happy memory which I can cherish throughout my life.

    Please let me know if I have done any mistakes.


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