Age
In the third episode Maria and Rory discuss "Age" - a topic that not only comes up in IELTS Speaking test fairly often, but is also a part of many daily conversations.
Vocabulary
  • To be content with smth (phrase) - to be satisfied.
  • Speculate (verb) - form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence.
  • Confident (adj.) - feeling or showing confidence in oneself or one's abilities or qualities.
  • Hectic (adj.) - full of incessant or frantic activity.
  • Knowledgeable (adj.) - intelligent and well informed.
  • Aspect (noun) - a particular part or feature of something.
Questions and answers
Maria: Are you happy to be the age you are now?

Rory: Yes, I’m quite content with how old I am. I thought I wouldn’t be. But everything seems to be working out rather well.

Maria: When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?

Rory: I didn’t speculate about technology. I think most people speculate about this kind of thing. But I preferred to think about the kind of job I would have instead. And I focused a lot on that.

Maria: Do people change as they grow older?

Rory: Yes, I think so. Not just as a result of the biological reality. For example, as you get older, moving into your 30s, you’re capable of doing more. And then, of course, you change in terms of being able to do less as well. But also, you change in terms of experience as well. When you’re a child, you know almost nothing. And then when you’re older, you know a lot more.

Maria: Do you think you’ve changed as you’ve got older?

Rory: Definitely. I think I’m a lot more confident and knowledgeable now, compared to how I used to be. Although, if people ask me previously if I’d changed, I’d focus on the bad aspects. But now I focus a lot more on the positive ones.

Maria: What will be different about your life in the future?

Rory: I think my life will be more stable. Not that it’s unstable now, it’s just it’s a bit more hectic because obviously I work a lot. However, I think it will be more stable, generally. And then more specifically, I’ll have family with children and the home of my own.

Maria: Is childhood the happiest time in a person’s life?

Rory: If people were able to appreciate it better, then yes. But since they can’t because like I said, children aren’t very experienced, then not so much. I think it’s much better to live in the present moment and appreciate that now when you’re an adult and you’re able to appreciate that much more.
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