IELTS Speaking: an antique or an old object

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Here is an IELTS Speaking Part2 topic:

Describe an antique or an old object that your family has kept for a long time.

You should say:

 - what it is

 - how your family first got this thing

 - how long your family has had it

and explain why it is important to your family.

 

Here is an sample answer given by John, an IELTS teacher from Australia.

 

Ok right then, well after a bit of thought, the object that I’d like to talk about is my piano, as it’s probably the oldest thing we have in our family.

 

And as for how we first got it, well I’m honestly not that sure, because it’s been in the family for as long as I can remember. Butthink I’m right in saying that my grandparents bought it, although I never actually asked them. And they passed the piano down to me, because I’m the only one of their grandchildren who plays the piano, so I feel very fortunate and grateful to have it.

 

Anyway, regarding the importance of it, well, simply speaking, I’d say it’s extremely important, at least for me personally, the main reason being that it has a very strong sentimental value to me. You know, whenever I play the piano, it reminds me of my grandparents, especially my grandma, who used to always play it and sing to me when I was little.

 

So it really means a lot to me, and although it doesn’t sound as good as lot of pianos, I wouldn’t change it for any other! Because um, how can I put it……um… I guess what I’m trying to say is thatto me, it’s more than just a piano, you know, it’s a kind of memento and something to remember my grandparents by.

 

So yeah, that’s pretty much it.

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