TOEFL Speaking - Section 1

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TOEFL Speaking test - section 1

In this section, you will have 15 seconds to prepare a topic and 45 seconds to speak about the topic. The topic is usually a personal question. You may make a few notes (keywords) if you wish.

Topic: What is one book that you have read which has influenced you?

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I think that one book that I read which has influenced me is a philosophy book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The author talks about riding a motorcycle with his son and two friends across the the United States. He talks about his time as a university professor and he also talks about fixing his motorcycle. The book influenced me because I read it at the same time as some of my friends, and we talked about the ideas in the book and how we could apply them to our lives.


I still remember his discussion of quality and even now, many years later, I try always to do quality work. I have also developed some skills as a mechanic and enjoy fixing things - but I don't have a motorcycle. 


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