Speaking questions - talking about the local area - Higher

Photo-based speaking task

Look carefully at this photo. Try to think about the additional two questions that you could be asked once you have answered the first two questions.

Shoppers walking in busy street in London

How would you answer the following questions?

Question

¿De qué trata esta foto?

¿Qué es lo positivo y lo negativo de vivir en el campo?

Click to listen to some example answers.

Transcript:

- ¿De qué trata esta foto?

- En esta foto se ve una calle en una ciudad muy grande, pienso que es Londres. Hay tiendas y restaurantes y edificios de colores diferentes. Hay mucha gente por todas partes y la calle está llena. Creo que es una zona peatonal. Imagino que la zona es muy ruidosa.

- ¿Qué es lo positivo y lo negativo de vivir en el campo?

- Hay muchas ventajas de vivir en el campo. Hay más espacios verdes y hay menos contaminación. Es tranquilo y te puedes relajar. Por otro lado, puede ser aburrido a veces y no hay mucho que hacer.

Translation:

- What is the photo about/what is happening in the photo?

- In this photo, you can see a street in a very big city. I think it is London. There are shops and restaurants and buildings of different colours. There are lots of people everywhere and the street is full. I think it's a pedestrian zone. I imagine the area is very noisy.

- What are the positive and negative aspects of living in the countryside?

- There are many advantages of living in the countryside. There are more green spaces and there is less pollution. It's quiet and you can relax. On the other hand, it can be boring at times and there is not much to do.

Question

What other questions might you be asked? Click to listen to some potential questions and answers.

Transcript:

- En mi opinión, nuestra región es muy interesante para los turistas. ¿Estás de acuerdo?

- No estoy de acuerdo. Esta región tiene algunos museos, pero no hay atracciones turísticas. No recomendaría visitar mi barrio porque no hay mucho de interés para los turistas. Sería mejor visitar otro sitio.

- ¿Te gustaría vivir en el extranjero en el futuro? ... ¿Por qué o por qué no?

- No me gustaría vivir en otro país porque preferiría estar cerca de mi familia. En el futuro voy a vivir en Londres porque es una ciudad increíble.

Translation:

- In my opinion, our region is very interesting for tourists. Do you agree?

- I don't agree. This region has a few museums, but there are no tourist attractions. I wouldn't recommend visiting my area because there's not much of interest for tourists. It would be better to visit somewhere else.

- Would you like to live abroad in the future? Why or why not?

- I wouldn't like to live in another country because I would prefer to be near to my family. In the future, I'm going to live in London because it's an incredible city.

People standing outside the Sagrada Familia.

You may be asked to talk about pictures of tourist attractions at home or abroad. For example, this photo of tourists visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Don't worry if you don't know the name of the attraction - there are still plenty of things to describe in the photo and you can always refer it as una atracción turística (a tourist attraction) or un monumento famoso (a famous monument). You don't need to be an expert on famous places in Spain or your local area, but you should be able to talk about them more generally.

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