Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll hear sample retirement answers for Speaking Part 3.

Today is a solo episode!

The topic of age comes up a lot on the IELTS Exam, in a variety of contexts and topics.

Here is another resource related to age:

Sample Part 3 Questions and Answers

What age is best for people to retire from work?

Notable features of sample answer:

  • So, I’m pausing here at the beginning because…
  • …others would perceive as being at retirement age…
  • she’s a firecracker, my mom
  • until well into her seventies
  • established yourself in a career involving your passions
  • where their passions lie
  • goes on a case by case basis

What problems might people have after they retire?

  • You know oddly enough, …
  • fascinating and deep conversations


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  • became vulnerable when speaking about their fathers
  • that is how they defined themselves
  • company men
  • they were at a loss
  • mental issues, when facing the loss of a job that has become one’s personal identity, that is the biggest barrier

When should people start saving money for their retirement?

  • triggers a little nervousness in me
  • in an ideal world…
  • retirement funds… 401K, what have you
  • with life expectancy increasing, the line keeps moving
  • in decades gone by
  • putting off, quote unquote, becoming and adult
  • in past eras
  • realistic to aim for early 40’s
  • a financial consultant
  • social security is shrinking
  • increase to a living wage when one is not working anymore

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