Speaker : 27
Gender : Female
IELTS Speaking Score : 5.5
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3
  E-examiner S-student
E: We’ve been talking about a time when you first talked in a foreign language and I’d like to ask you some questions related to this.
S: OK.

E: Let’s begin with, first of all, foreign languages. What age do you think children should start learning a foreign language?
S: I think children should learn a new language as young as they can. I mean, when children have a better… children can ad… ad… adapt better in their young. They can re… us… receive new things better. So, th… they can learn it in a very young age if they… they want to hand… handle this language… they can…they… if they want to master this language.

E: Thank you. Which skill is more important, speaking or writing?
S: I think maybe writing.

E: Why?
S: I mean {why?}, maybe I think if I don’t… I don’t want to talk to somebody, I can write down. And write can make me feel better. I can write a lot, but I can’t speak a lot. So, and I mean this might not right. But this is what I think.

E: Thank you. Thank you. Do you think that a person still needs to learn other languages?
S: That depends on the reason why he… he should learn a new language. Mean if… if he need this language to… to… to his work… in his work or study, then he have to learn. But if he just don’t have to, maybe he, he, he can choose not to learn.

E: OK. Do you think that minority languages would disappear?
S: {laugh} I… I don’t think so, though there is a tendency appear in this majority languages disappearing. But I think there is still some value that this language exist in this world. They can, the language can herited the tradition or some…some customers, so, we can pre…pretend this kind of language to keep our language diversity.

E: So, so, how can these languages be protected?
S: First of all, we can, I mean, the public can make some promotion to arise people’s interests on this kind of language. And also, the government should take the responsibility to… to educate the students to learn this kind of language.

Pronunciation guide: 
- /ɫ/: also known as the dark ‘l’, which is ‘l’ pronounced in syllable-final position


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1. Letters in purple contain consonant features.
2. Letters in green contain vowel features.
3. Letters in red contain features with syllable structure change.
4. Words in blue contain mispronunciation features.
5. Words in pink contain features with word stress.
6. Letters highlighted in light green contain features with consonant-vowel linking.