We are back with weekly episodes! This week Maria and Rory talk about "Pens" as it is of the new topics of 2020 IELTS Speaking test and you guys should be ready for it!
  • Smooth (adj.) — having an even and regular surface; free from perceptible projections, lumps, or indentations.
  • Roller ball pen (noun) — or roll pens are pens which use ball point writing mechanisms with water-based liquid or gelled ink, as opposed to the oil-based viscous inks found in ballpoint pens
  • To rub smth out (phrasal verb) — If you rub out something that you have written on paper or a board, you remove it using a rubber or eraser.
  • Gel pen (noun) — a gel pen uses ink in which pigment is suspended in a water-based gel. Because the ink is thick and opaque, it shows up more clearly on dark or slick surfaces than the typical inks used in ballpoint or felt tip pens
  • Ink noun.) — a coloured fluid or paste used for writing, drawing, printing, or duplicating.
  • Messy (adj.) — untidy or dirty.
  • Fountain pen (noun) — a pen with a reservoir or cartridge from which ink flows continuously to the nib.
Questions and answers
Maria: Rory, do you usually use a pen or a pencil?

Rory: I like using pens. It's smoother and less messy than a pencil, especially if I'm using gel pens or roller balls.

Maria: Do you prefer to use a pen or a pencil for writing?

Rory: Almost always a pen. For the reasons that I mentioned before. I'll sometimes use a pencil. So if I have, like, a fear of making mistakes and then that gives me an excuse to rub things out, but usually it's pens.

Maria: When was the last time you bought a pen or a pencil?

Rory: I can't remember the exact time, actually. It was sometime last year, and I remember doing it because it was online and it was these thin-tip gel pens. They were from China. And I had to order them specifically because I found one of them a few years ago and it ran out of ink. So I went to order some new ones.

Maria: How often do you buy pens and pencils?

Rory: Not too often, actually. I'm quite good at looking after them. So like I say, the last time I went out and bought one was a year ago.

Maria: Did you like to write with a pen or pencil when you were a child?

Rory: Um, yeah, actually, I loved it. You could always say that writing is in my blood because my mom and dad are both journalists and I'm an author. So I really like to write when I was younger and I like doing it now.

Maria: Being an author, do you use some special pen, your favorite pen?

Rory: Yeah, I always have a favorite pen. I think a lot of people who write are like this. There's always one pen that you're attached to for quite some time.

Maria: How would you feel if someone gave you a pen or a pencil as a gift?

Rory: Um, I think it depends if I like the kind of pen or pencil that they bought for me, then I would be extremely happy. But if I don't like it so much, then I would still pretend to be happy, of course, but maybe I would put it away in a file somewhere and not use it unless I was really desperate.

Maria: Would you pay a lot for a pen or pencil?

Rory: I think it depends on how much is a lot. I wouldn't pay more than twenty pounds or I think it's about two thousand rubles for a box of pens and I certainly wouldn't pay that amount for a single pen. I think maybe ten pounds or a thousand rubles is the maximum for a single pen or a box of pens. Anything more than that is just excessive.

Maria: So you wouldn't use some fancy "Parker" pen?

Rory: Um, no, I don't believe in that. I think it's a con because the pen that I use right now, which costs I don't know, I think it was fifty rubles. It writes just as well and it lasts forever. So I don't see a problem with using it.

Maria: What about fountain pens with ink?

Rory: Well it's like I said before when we were talking about pencils, I think pencils are quite messy and I find fountain pens quite messy as well. That's just for me. I think other people can use them quite effectively, but I can't.
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