Passport to English - IELTS speaking test with Astari: Test 1, Part 2 - Individual talk

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Talk about the most popular sport in your country.
The most popular sport in my country is badminton.
It is popular because it can be played by two to four players so it doesn't need a lot
of people to do it and it only takes a small space unlike soccer where you need a bigger
space to play it on.
The funny thing about badminton is that they, instead of using balls they use the shuttlecock.
The shuttlecock is like a little ball but had feathers stuck onto it.
Basically the game is similar to tennis and volleyball.
Badminton was introduced to Indonesia by the British. It was actually a game from India
called poona and the game was popularised by the British before it came to Indonesia.
Sudirman Cup is the international tournament for badminton. It is held every two years
so the next one is going to be held in 2009.
I think the last country that won the cup was China and they had it for several tournament
in a row. Before that I think Indonesia has won several cup itself.
I don't play it often but when I play it I play it with my friends just for fun.
So we only need to use a street outside my house for example and we don't need actually
use the net so we use some kind of trees or anything that can divide it between me and
my opponent.
You need to get a lot of practice on a very wide range of topics. Don't just think about
it - you need to practise it.