June 26

The Battle Against Waste Generation: A Model Answer

Kristian: “Hello, dear listeners, and welcome back to another episode of the ‘C1 Speaking’ podcast. This is your host, Kristian, and today, we’ll be having an interesting chat about the challenges that we face when trying to reduce waste. So, let’s not delay any further and get to it.

Kristian: “Today’s question is: ‘What do you think are some challenges that people face when trying to reduce their waste?’ Now, let me share what I believe.

Kristian: “Well, you know, if you ask me, the primary hurdle in the path to reducing waste, it’s really about convenience, isn’t it? Single-use items are everywhere, they are so easy to use that we often opt for them rather than the sustainable alternatives. Like, isn’t it just simpler to use a cup from the coffee machine in the office instead of remembering to carry your own reusable one?

And then there’s this thing about not really knowing or understanding the repercussions of our waste generation. I mean, it’s simple to throw something away and not think about it, but if more people knew where their trash actually ends up, and the environmental damage it can cause, perhaps they would think twice.

But, let me tell you, I’m pretty certain these challenges, as big as they may seem, aren’t too much to overcome. It’s all about education and a little change in our habits. Yes, it’s true that ‘old habits die hard’, but I believe that with some effort, we can definitely promote a more sustainable way of living.”

Kristian: “Let’s take a moment to unpack my answer. And as always, you can follow along with the transcript available on my website, c1speaking.com. All right, I began with a casual opener, ‘if you ask me,’ to set a conversational tone. And I used ‘primary hurdle’ and ‘repercussions’ to add some depth to my response. You can also spot phrases like ‘single-use items’ and ‘environmental damage’. These are some examples of collocations related to the topic of that question. They help bring the issue to life, so to speak.

Kristian: “Then, I mentioned that the task is not ‘too much to overcome’, implying that while the challenge is difficult, it’s not impossible. And I wrapped up with the idiom ‘old habits die hard’, to indicate that changes can be made, but they require some effort. Using idioms like this can make your English seem more natural.”

Kristian: “So, in a nutshell, my response shows how to use conversational fillers, the depth that collocations can bring, and how idioms can add a touch of natural English to your response. It also brings in real-life examples to make the points easier to relate to.

Last but not least, I want to mention one more thing. If you listen closely to the first paragraph, you clearly notice that I share my opinion first, then I give the reason and I end with a specific example. This format helps you to create a logical structure when you build up your response. I always recommend using this structure when preparing for your C1 Advanced Speaking exam, because it gives you the strong foundation you need when you need to answer on the spot, you know, in the heat of the moment.”

Kristian: “All right, that’s all for today. Before I say goodbye, I’d like to remind you that the strategies we discussed today are exactly what we cover in our speaking club lessons. We break down responses to different questions, like we did today, and then we split into smaller groups for some one-on-one practice. This allows you to apply what you’ve learned in a friendly, interactive setting.”

Kristian: “That’s all for today’s episode. Thank you for tuning in. Speak soon my friends, bye bye!

Remember, life is better when learning together. That’s why I started the C1 Speaking Club. For more information, you can visit c1speaking.com. I hope you’ll join us!

About the Author

As a Dutch proficient speaker of English, Kristian not only holds a grade A Cambridge C2 certificate but is also CELTA qualified. His five years of experience as a teacher and ESL exam coach, specialising in Cambridge English C1, C2, and IELTS, has equipped him with a unique blend of skills to guide and support your English learning journey.

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