Fluency & Coherence

Speaker : 71
Gender : Female
IELTS Speaking Score : 8
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3



E-examiner S-student
(0:00 – 0:18)
E: Now we’ve been talking about a well-known person who you like or admire, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider, first of all, being in the public eye. Famous people are watched by everybody. {Yes} What are the advantages and disadvantages of that?
(0:18 – 1:07)
S: OK, the advantages is that a lot of people watching you, so you become famous. And there’re a lot of things which you can do correctly, or, and politically right, because, you know, there is media watching you. And you can’t go ahead and pass the message to the media in a right way. The disadvantage is that you have to be diplomatically correct at times. If there are certain things which are incorrect, still you have to go ahead and do that, which doesn’t make sense, because there are a lot of political leaders. They, they are into corruption back in India, and, oh well, at times yet there are some things which are wrong, but they have to do it.

(1:07 – 1:18)
E: Why do they have to do it?
S: Because there’s a lot of political pressure, and if they don’t do it, the political party would not support them, and in the end they have to resign.

(1:18 – 1:47)
E: Do you think the media plays a role in it? What is the media’s approach to reporting {Ah} what famous people do?
S: Well, media plays an important role. At times media would actually show things which are not correct, or, wi… you know, if you see it, it looks like, yeah, he’s wrong, but that’s not the case. So, yeah, media play a very important role. They portray in a wrong manner at times, and sometimes they don’t portray in a right manner.

(1:47 – 2:20)
E: Can anything be done about that, do you think?
S: Oh well, not really because to in… in today’s world, what has happened is… everything is communicated by media, television, news, internet, so you just have to go ahead and, you know, probably call the media and do a meeting and answer questions to the public and give justification and reasons.

(2:20 – 3:00)
E: Very often the media reports on the most trivial things {Yeah} important issues, but people are fascinated by those things. Why are people fascinated by…?
S: Because these days people like to listen to gossip and trivial things. They are not interested in, in the bigger part, what’s happening. They, they have a simple life. They would like to live with their way. They are not bothered what, what is happening within the country. There are only few people you see are really interested in knowing about the country, and you know, getting all the information and reacting.

(3:00 – 3:38)
E: Let’s go on and talk about the celebrity culture. How are famous people used by advertisers nowadays?
S: Well f… famous people are, are really useful advertising, because one, they can pro, promote the product and two, there’re a lot of fans, their fans. So obviously, they are using that product. What would happen is those fans would actually use that product. And of course, it’s a money-making business. I mean, if Mahatma Gandhi ha… wo… wore a w, a watch of Swatch,{Um} I would wore, I use…

(3:38 – 3:43)
E: You would wear it?
S: Yeah, I would wear it. I was like “oh, he wore it. I would wear it”.

(3:43 – 4:04)
E: The use of famous people in the advertising and other things, do you think that has a negative effect, especially on young people?
S: At times, yes, there are some of the advertisements which are not meant or not… You know, they, they are offensive to younger generations. So, at times, yes.

(4:04 – 4:27)
E: Do you think the famous people can influence public opinion beyond just selling things? They can make people vote differently or believe {inaudible}…
S: Yes, they can. They influence a lot of people today. Even cricket… cricketers or any kind of famous personality, they influence the public, you know, to do things.

(4:27 – 4:40)
E: How do you feel about that?
S: Well, I’m fine with that as long as… I mean, at times I do like, but then at times I don’t like. So, I don’t bother much.

(4:40 – 4:44)
E: Alright. Well, thanks, XXX, that’s the end of the speaking test.
S: Thank you.


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