EXAMINER: First of all we would like to know something about you. Let’s start with you Kelly. Where are you from?
Speaker 1 (KELLY): I am from Valencia. I live in a small town called Alboraya.
EXAMINER: Ok, and what about you Laura?
Speaker 2 (LAURA): I was born in Argentina. I moved here when I was 3 years old because my father found a job here.
EXAMINER: And what do you like about living here?
LAURA: I love living here because it is my home, so all of my friends and family are here. The weather is great and I think the size of the city is perfect because it’s not too big, not too small.
EXAMINER: And you, Kelly?
KELLY: I was going to say the same thing about the size of the city. It’s good because you can walk from place to place to get around the city but at the same time, there are still many things to do. I also love the beaches, the weather too obviously! The architecture is great too, especially the modern City of Arts and Sciences buildings.
EXAMINER: What do you do to relax after a busy day Kelly?
KELLY: Sorry, could you repeat please?
EXAMINER: Sure, how do you relax after a busy day?
KELLY: Oh sorry. Ok, well, to be honest, I struggle to find time to relax because I have a full-time job and 2 children! But when I put them to bed at night, I usually watch television with my husband and can destress myself a little bit then.
EXAMINER: And how do you relax Laura?
LAURA: I have a lot more free time on my hands than Kelly at the moment because I am unemployed! But most of the day I am looking for jobs on the computer, so at night I like to get away from this by reading a book outside or going for a run in the park.
EXAMINER: Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle in general?
LAURA: I would say so yes. I try to eat healthily during the week and I run three times a week, then at the weekend I indulge and eat whatever I like.
EXAMINER: And you Kelly? How healthy is your lifestyle?
KELLY: I think I’m pretty healthy too. I mean. I absolutely love chocolate so I guess that is my downfall. But I think that there is more to life than constantly thinking about what you eat. So I just make sure I exercise enough to make up for bad eating! Luckily, there is a gym at work which I can go to at lunchtime.
EXAMINER: Ok and Kelly, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years time?
KELLY: I hope to still be living in Valencia. I hope I still have my job and if I was being really optimistic, I would say I hope to have been promoted.
EXAMINER: And you, Laura?
LAURA: Well, fingers crossed I will have a job, which will involve my degree of architecture. I would like to still be living in Valencia but if no jobs come my way, I would be willing to move to another country for work.
EXAMINER: Great. Let’s move on to the other part of the exam.
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
to satisfy a desire, to treat oneself to, to enjoy excessively
to make up for
to compensate for
a cause of ruin
hoping for good luck or that something will be successful
to come one’s way
to be willing to
compliant, eager, prepared to do something
Let’s see how to draw simple comparisons! Let’s imagine that we are comparing two photographs, two images.
Let’s look at similarities. Let’s compare both pictures. We can say:
If we are drawing parallels we can use adjectives such as “alike”, “similar to”.
We can say things like:
We can sometimes draw conclusions such as:
Let’s try and contrast images now! We can use adjectives such as: “different”, “dissimilar”, “divergent”. We can say for example: “in contrast”, “on the other hand”.
However, when we are comparing pictures, we don’t always have all the answers. So if you are uncertain, use adverbs such as: “maybe” or “perhaps”.