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Speaker : 77
Gender : Female
IELTS Speaking Score : 9
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3



E-examiner S-student
(0:00 – 0:30)
E: We’ve been talking about a well-known person 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, famous people in your country. So in Malaysia, what kind of people become famous?
S: In Malaysia, definitely the politicians and also some actors and actresses are very famous among the… among Malaysians.

(0:30 – 1:01)
E: So what about in the past? Is that the same as in the past? Were, were politicians and actors and actresses always…?
S: I think definitely in the past if you are talking about the 50s and 60s, movies were the number-one communication tool between villages and towns, so the people definitely knew actors and actresses better than the politicians. Compared to now, you have TV and news where people follow politicians’ personal life more than an actor or actress.

(1:01 – 1:47)
E: Because in many cultures, quite the opposite has happened, where politician is used to be quite well-known, whereas nowadays, movie stars and television stars are more well-known. What do you think about in the future? Do you think that that’s going to continue, politicians will continue to be…?
S: I think definitely in the future, because the world is becoming more globalized. Malaysians would have a, I think, have a tendency to be exposed to more international programs, and they know more international celebrities compared to the local actors and actresses or local politicians. So, we would follow international politics, maybe American or British politics, or even the models or actresses {Um} internationally.

(1:47 – 2:21)
E: Well, let’s talk about celebrity culture. Often famous people are used in advertisements. Can you give me some examples of that?
S: Yeah, famous people like actors and actresses are used in advertise, advertisements, and especially sports celebrities like Tiger Woods or Roger Federer promoting sports equipment or sports shoes or clothes. Other than that, I think it’s more models and actresses that sponsor perfume and clothes. And…

(2:21 – 2:43)
E: And is that always true that whatever profession they are involved in, that is the, the kind of product that they tend to promote?
S: I don’t think that’s true, because a lot of celebrities, actresses support perfumes and support clothes where, whereby… Actually, it should be models that do it. Promote…

(2:43 – 3:13)
E: But isn’t that that sort of glamorous kind of side of Hollywood that they can try to bring to the public?
S: I suppose that’s what they’re trying to do. The marketing… the… m… people who are marketing the product are trying to bring in the glamour that the, that, that celebrity holds. But yeah, I suppose a celebrity do… they do have that, that grasp over, you know, people’s mindset and what they should buy, the consumerism.

(3:13 – 3:57)
E: Now you’re talking about the influence {Yeah} on, on the consumer. What about on the young? Do celebrities, do you think, produce negative effects in, in our youth?
S: Definitely I think they do. As you can see, like, lifestyle and health, know… celebrities are becoming thinner, models and celebrities. And when you open a magazine, young girls will be exposed to thin models, and they think that that’s normal for them to be thin, and that could cause them to go into anorexia, bulimia or un, or unhealthy practices, because they think being thin is a norm, whilst being heathy and being normal-bodied is actually the norm.

(3:57 – 4:31)
E: Now what about young boys? Do you think that celebrities can have an influence on young boys?
S: I think most definitely. I think young boys could be influenced in a way materialistically, like, they would want a… the big car that, you know, the celebrities drive, and they want the bling, and they want all the cool gadgets and tools that there’re out there. And it could make boys realize that, you know, materialistic things are the only way to happiness.

(4:31 – 5:21)
E: Now what about public opinion? How might celebrities be used to influence public opinion?
S: Celebrities are used, actually, to, like… If you can see PETA, the protection of the endangered animals, they use celebrities to get to the public. There’s, like, this promotion where they get celebrities to go naked to show that, you know, animals, you know, are str… stripped, especially like seals and foxes and all that, for their fur. And you know, it, it strikes a chord, because it’s a celebrity. ‘Oh, that person is doing that. Let’s look at the poster. Oh, what’s the message? OK, I get it.’ You know, yeah.

(5:21 – 5:33)
E: Well, thank you very much. That’s the end of the speaking test.
S: Thank you very much.


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