IELTS Speaking Part 2


Describe an article you read about healthy life
You should say:

• where you read it from
• when you read it
• what the article was about
And explain what you thought about this article.


Today I want to share with you one of my most favourite articles of all time named “Ten ways to live longer”, which was published in the Guardian – a very famous British magazine, and is, in my opinion, a must-read article about human health and well-being.

I believe that the more people become wiser, the more they will care about their health. The first surprising thing I noticed about this article was about the country with the longest life expectancy, which was Japan, for both men and women. The question is, how do they do it? Well, apparently Japanese people simply have regular health check-ups and pay close attention to hygiene in every aspect of their lives. Avoiding a
sedentary lifestyle is one of the golden rules of good health, yet this is still a major problem in many countries around the world. In other words, get your running shoes on and never just sit around all day. Another major point I learnt was that you should get your blood pressure checked regularly because high blood pressure is the number one factor that leads to early death and years of poor health.

According to the article, the ten things to do or avoid included some things like, not smoking, eating seeds and not junk, drinking in moderation, staying out of hospital, and not getting stressed, which all seem quite obvious but can certainly change your life if you follow these rules. You don’t need to do strenuous or vigorous exercise in order to have better health. Simply drink a little bit less each day, add a little bit more vegetables to your diet and do something as simple as carrying your heavy shopping bags instead of using the trolley to improve your muscle strength at least two days a week. Sounds easy, right?

Vocabulary highlights:

1. articles – a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine

2. published – to make something available to the public by printing it eg. a book, magazine etc

3. must-read – something that is highly recommended to read

4. wiser – smarter

5. life expectancy – a prediction of how long something or someone will live

6. health check-ups – visiting the doctor to check your health

7. pay close attention – to look or do something in detail

8. hygiene – keeping yourself and your environment clean in order to avoid sickness and disease

9. sedentary lifestyle – a lazy lifestyle with little or no exercise or physical activity

10. golden rules – the most important rules

11. get your running shoes on – put your shoes on to prepare for some exercise

12. number one factor – the number one cause of

13. obvious – easily seen or understood

14. strenuous – needing or using a lot of energy or effort

15. vigorous – very energetic

16. trolley – shopping cart

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