IELTS Preparation Series 3, Episode 22: Talking About Holidays and Leisure Time
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Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I'm Margot Politis.
To prepare for IELTS it is useful to consider the topic of holidays and what people do in
their leisure time.
To start us off, let's listen to someone talking about his holidays:
It's always been a dream of mine to travel around the world and see as many countries
as possible. I suppose everyone dreams of this, although some people are content to
stay close to home. I get about 4 weeks annual leave and I try and take it in summer when
I can link it to the public holidays that fall around then - Christmas, Boxing Day New
Year's Eve, and turn it into a 3 or 4 week vacation. I try to get out of the country
and go on a trip somewhere. Somewhere like Bali, somewhere close. We get about 7 public
holidays in Australia - Christmas, Easter, and Australia Day just to name a few.
He talked about holidays and vacations. What's the difference?
A holiday can be one day or several days, whereas a vacation is usually understood to
be a long time - a week or more. Vacation is a word used more in the United States and
is not very common in Australia. In Australia we say "summer holidays" instead of "summer
Listen to our speaker again:
I get about 4 weeks annual leave and I try and take it in summer when I can link it to
the public holidays that fall around then - Christmas, Boxing Day New Year's Eve, and
turn it into a 3 or 4 week vacation.
He said annual leave. We call the time when we don't go to work "leave".
"Sick leave" is when we don't go to work because of illness.
"Annual leave" means the amount of holiday time workers have in a year.
He also mentioned "public holidays". These are days when most people in the country get a day off work but are still paid. They
are days considered important to everyone.
For the Speaking Test, you should be prepared to have something to say about these holidays
in your country - what they are for, when they are held and what people do, like this:
We get about 7 public holidays in Australia - Christmas, Easter, and Australia Day just
to name a few. Australia Day is on the 26th of January, and it celebrates the day the
first Europeans arrived in Australia. People celebrate by having barbeques and playing cricket in the park and on the beaches and
in Sydney there is always a massive fireworks display.
It's a good idea to brainstorm the topic of holidays and try to guess what you might be
asked. It could be something like:
Why are holidays important?
How much should we work and how much should we rest?