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IELTS Speaking Model: Emails & Letters - Part 1

Updated on June 14, 2013


IELTS Speaking Model: Emails & Letters - Part 1

IELTS(International English Language Testing System) is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Below are some sample questions and model answers for the topic ‘Emails & Letters'

Do you like to write letters and/or emails?
To be honest I detest writing letters. In my opinion letter writing is an inefficient way of communication that has been outdated a long time ago. Nowadays people are keener on texting or just calling someone on their mobile phones.

Do you think emails are useful?
Sure. There are many uses for emails for businesses. They are a very cheap and efficient way to send formal or informal letters to one another. Personally I write several emails a day cuz I have many friends abroad and we keep in touch by writing emails.

Do you think it is a good thing that some companies send out spam emails for the purpose of advertising?
Well I don't really mind junk mail. After all they only take me a few seconds to delete if I think they are not really useful. Sometimes the spam might be about a product that’s just what I’m looking for.

What sorts of letters (or emails) do you think are the most difficult to write?

I guess it would have to be letters of apology. It is quite difficult to portray your sincerity in writing and even if you are sorry deep down the reader may just think you are being sarcastic. I have only written 2 letters of apologies in my life and both of them didn’t make the reader forgive me.

Do you prefer to write letters or emails? (Why?)

Definitely emails, I’m keener on writing emails since there is the spell check function so I could fix my mistakes easily. I’m a rather clumsy person so I often make accidental errors when I write. Also I am a huge fan of the speed of delivery. It just takes a few seconds. A letter could take days, or even weeks to arrive.

Do you think email might one day replace handwritten letters?

To some extent letters are already being replaced by emails however I think don’t letters would be replaces entirely. Emails are easily intercepted by hackers so sometimes really sensitive information cannot be written on an email. Therefore I personally think that handwritten letters would remain for a very long time.


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