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IELTS Speaking Part1 Topic: Study

Describe your education

I’m on a 5 year study plan, so I’ll finish in 2 years. Next year, I’ll begin my internship at a clinic for
substance addicts. I really look forward to that hands on experience. After my Bachelor’s, I plan to go
onto my Master’s, perhaps even my PhD.

What is your area of specialization?

I’m a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish language.

Why did you choose to study that major?

As I’ve always been fascinated by how the mind works, I felt that Psychology was the ideal field of
study for me. Furthermore, I believe I have wonderful interpersonal skills and can easily connect and
empathize with others, making me the perfect fit.

What was your favourite subject as a child?

I’ve always loved Art because it helps me relax and well, I’m quite good at it. After all the strenuous
hours of book work in the other classes, it was always a relief for me to come to my canvas. I feel that
Art is an incredible outlet (a way to express feelings) for me.

Do you think your country has an effective education system?

To an extent yes, but I also think it can be too theoretical at times. I think they need to teach us how to
use the information we learn more rather than just have us memorize for the exam. All in all, I cannot
complain too much though.

Are you looking forward to working?

Absolutely! I cannot wait to put into effect what I’ve been learning for years now. I’m eager to help
people with the psychological struggles that they face. I believe I can make a difference in the world.

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ELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sunglasses


1. Do people in your country wear sunglasses?

Absolutely. But since the UK has a rainy climate, they aren’t as needed as in other places. Still, people
like to wear them as a fashion statement or as an accessory to their outfit.

2. Do you like to wear sunglasses?

Why yes of course, especially when I feel that I look tired. Moreover, I like that they can tie a whole
outfit together (make the outfit look better). Moreover, when I drive on sunny days, sunglasses
are a must.

3. Do you often wear sunglasses?

Not too often actually because of the climate here. I’d say I have to wear them a couple times a month
on the rare occasion that the sun comes out. As I mentioned before, I feel I need them most when I
drive on sunny days or when I go on holiday to the beach.
4. Where do you buy sunglasses?

I’m not one to splurge on (spend a lot of money; luxury) sunglasses since I have the tendency to
lose or break them, so I usually just buy knock-off (copy) brands from street vendors. I’ve bought
and lost several pairs of knock-off Ray Bans which were just fine for me. I feel that the shape of them
suits my round face shape.

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Parks/ Public Gardens


1. Are public gardens very important in your country?

Yes, absolutely. This is simply because people can enjoy a great time with their friends or families in
public gardens via some activities like going for a stroll or looking at the beautiful flowerbeds.

2. Are there many public gardens in your country?

Not much I have to say. People tend to be so tied up at the workplace or at school, therefore, there
is no need to have many public gardens, from the government’s perspective.

3. Do you think there are enough public gardens in your hometown?

I think it’s pretty enough as I am more concerned about the quality rather than the quantity. And most
of the public gardens in the place where I am living, which is also my hometown, offer me a great
experience you know, looking at the beautiful plants and flowers every time I tire myself out.

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Band 9 Part 2 Sample with Audio – Describe a piece of good news you
heard (from TV or the Internet)
Posted: 12 May 2019 12:27 AM PDT

Describe a piece of good news you heard (from


TV or the Internet)
You should say:

– what the news was about

– when you got this news

– where you got this news from

– and why you think it was good news


Model Answer
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In a world where negative news seems to take front and center, I’m really pleased to tell you about a
positive news article I came across (saw without looking for it) the other day. I was looking up
some highlights from 2018 online, and stumbled across some information about how France is
becoming a leader in curbing (stopping) food waste. Let me tell you about the actions they are
taking.

The article talked about how France has banned supermarkets from throwing away leftover food that
is either edible (can be eaten) or usable as animal feed. Moreover, they have made laws to demand
that restaurants donate their food waste. If they don’t comply to this law, they will be faced with a fine
from 3,500-75,000 euros, or even up to 2 years in prison. There were some people who
were skeptical (suspicious; unsure about) of these laws, but they commented at the end of the
article that supermarkets and restaurants have since changed their practices in general, and are
becoming much more environmentally-friendly.

I was really moved to read this article. It reminded me of when I read years ago that we could solve
world hunger with the amount of food we waste. Since global food waste is a colossal
(huge) problem, it’s excellent to know that some action is being taken against this world issue.
Although the laws could be seen as excessive, I think that this is an effective way to enforce them.
Unfortunately, often times it takes new laws and threatens of fines or jail time to make people change.
After reading this, I hope that more countries follow in France’s footsteps.

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Band 9 Sample for IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Running


Posted: 11 May 2019 02:47 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Running

1. How often do you run?

As I have a toddler, I don’t sleep as much as I used to, so I find it to be a struggle to get out of bed at
5am to run before work at times. With this said, I now go running about 3 times per week, whereas I
used to go 5 or 6 times. My aim is to go back to at least 4 times a week, as my work schedule will soon
reduce from 5 to 4 days a week.

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2. Where do you run?

Lucky for me, there’s a lake about 300 meters from my house! It has a 14 kilometer path around it, so
I often take advantage of this. I’ve always been an avid (keen) runner, so I can even complete the
entire circumference of the lake, not to say I do this every time though. It really starts my morning off
right!

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3. Is running a good exercise?

For sure! Although it’s high intensity, it is an exercise that is easily accessible and one of the most
straightforward ways to get health benefits. Since it improves aerobic fitness, it improves your
cardiovascular health, not to mention it burns a lot of calories and can help you build strength, among
other things. Lastly, it allows you to spend time outdoors and can be a stress relief for many, including
me!

4. Do you run more now than you did you in the past?

Just the opposite! Since my life has gotten busier since my daughter came into the picture (came
into my life), exercise isn’t my top priority anymore. As I don’t often sleep through the night
anymore, I sometimes find it unbearable to get up at 5am in the cold and dark to go for a run around
the lake. Still, I manage to do it 3 times per week, whereas I used to do it 5 or 6.

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Band 9 Sample for Common IELTS Speaking Part Topic with Audio –
Topic: Cooking
Posted: 10 May 2019 02:43 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Cooking

1. Do you like cooking?

Moderately! Since I’m a vegetarian in a town with few options, it’s critical for me to cook for myself. I
wouldn’t say that I love it, but it is growing on me (starting to like). I feel accomplished when
my own concoctions turn out well!

2. How often do you cook?

Pretty much everyday. Since I’m a busy bee (busy person), I usually prepare meals for the week
on Sunday afternoons. For example, I prep some tofu, beans, and rice then just heat them up with
some stir-fried vegetables throughout the week.

3. How good are you at cooking?/ What dish are you best at cooking?

I would consider myself to be average. I’ve mastered some dishes, but could still use work (need to
practice) on others. For example, I’m quite good at preparing vegetable curry and falafel. That it
what I usually prepare when I have guests.

4. What cooking experience have you had?

Not too much actually; it’s been self-created. My family had a housekeeper when I was a child so I
never learned from her or my parents. As I got older, I started to look up more recipes online from
sites like Tasty and then tried them out on my own. It’s been trial and error (learning by trying
and failing!

5. Does anyone in your family like to cook?

Not really. I can remember that my grandmother enjoyed entertaining and preparing food for family
and friends. I distinctly remember her corned beef and cabbage. However, she died when I was quite
young along with that tradition.

6. Who taught you how to cook?

No one really, considering my family members do not cook and I didn’t have a close relationship with
the housekeeper. So, I taught myself thanks to facebook and online pages with video tutorials like
Tasty.

7. When you were a child, did you ever help your parents to prepare a meal?

Very rarely. There were a few incidences in which our housekeeper could not make it, so then my
parents would cook for us. I can only recall one time that I helped them stuff dumplings before
boiling them.

8. Do you want to learn how to cook?

Yes I do! I want to keep improving the skills that I have. Moreover, I want to learn how to prepare
Chinese style dumplings and Polish pirogies, which are among my favorite foods.

9. Who usually do the cooking in your home?

As I live alone, now just me. I eat at home nearly everyday and often invite my friends over for meals
on weekends.

10. Who is the best cook you know?

My ex boyfriend. He had magic hands! Everything he cooked was packed with (full of) flavor and
never missing anything. I was lucky to have been with him for 4 years!

Band 9 Sample with Audio: Activity you would do when you are alone
in your free time
Posted: 10 May 2019 12:14 AM PDT

Describe an activity you would do when you are


alone in your free time
You should say:
▪ What do you do

▪ How often do you do it

▪ Why do you like to do this activity?

▪ How do you feel when you do it?

Model Answer

I’m going to tell you about my love for reading. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been more of the
introverted type and have loved to have my face buried (expression for someone reading) in
a book. Since my parents often fought when I was a child, I felt that it was an escape from reality.
Moreover, I am also really into writing and I think it’s impossible to be a great writer without
reading. Through reading books, I can bask in (deeply enjoy; get lost in) the literary geniuses
of the book and find inspiration for my own books in the future.

I read every single day. Actually, I can’t recall a single day in my life that I didn’t read. Sometimes I
feel as if books are my entire life. Whether the book is my taste (preference) or not, the suspense
always kills me (not knowing what will happen next is exciting) and I cannot stop flipping
the pages to find out what happens next. However, duty calls (responsibilities call) and I must
go to work at the boutique from 10-6 Monday-Friday, so I have to pull myself away from my books
during that time. I usually get up around 7am and read a bit before work then come home, have
dinner, and get lost in a book for the rest of the evening.

As I mentioned, books are a great escape for me as I feel my life is quite mundane (boring;
uneventful). Moreover, I really find deep joy in analyzing the literature, such as the character
development, plot, archetypes, etc. I feel like my best self when I read; I feel I stretch my mind to new
dimensions. Furthermore, reading sends me into a tranquil state. After a busy day at work, opening a
book is the best way to unwind (relax). On another note, I feel quite exhausted conversing with
others all day at work so I feel quite rejuvenated (fresh) when I’m finally at home in my den in my
happy place. Moreover, I feel that people who read have more interesting things to talk about so I
often find myself in engaging (exciting) conversations with co-workers and customers at the
boutique throughout the day. All in all, reading is everything to me.
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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Band 9 Sample with Audio – Topic: Sky


Posted: 09 May 2019 02:33 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sky

1. Do you like to watch the sky?

Yes, I do! Actually, my region in Spain, Andalucia, is known for having over 300 days of sun a year!
With this said, there are few things more relaxing than lying out on the beach on summer afternoons,
staring up at the cloudless sky. Furthermore, the sunsets here are just magnificent, often displaying
colors like cotton candy. Since I live on the tenth floor of my building, I almost always watch the
sunset.
2. Do you like to watch stars?

Absolutely! For one, it’s a very romantic activity, so I like to do it with my boyfriend. Moreover, I like
to go out to star-gaze with my friends. We have a fun activity where we try to find different shapes in
the stars then call them out to each other.

3. What is the sky like at night in your hometown?

Marvelous! Since there isn’t much light pollution here, you can see the stars very clearly at night. I
sometimes like to go out on the beach at night with a blanket and gaze (watch) at the brilliance of
the shining stars. It makes me feel in awe of just how amazing the universe is. There are few things
more romantic than that!

4. Have you ever taken a course about stars?

No, I have never formally studied Astronomy since it wasn’t available at my school. However, I think it
would be interesting. Fortunately, my grandfather was really into astronomy so he shared his
knowledge with me, as well as gifted me an encyclopedia loaded with useful information.

5. What’s your favorite star?

I’d have to say the star constellation Orion, which is easily spotted on winter nights. I find this
constellation interesting because it has everything, including a giant red star which could explode at
any moment, a young blue star, and even a nebula (a cloud of gas) where new stars are being born.
It’s complex and magnificent!

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Band 9 Sample with Audio – Topic: Tea or


coffee
Posted: 08 May 2019 02:32 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Tea or coffee


1. What do you prefer, tea or coffee?

I’m definitely more of a tea person. However, I need a cup or two of coffee to shift myself into
gear (to get started)in the morning. After this, I always stick with (choose) tea. Coffee tends to
make me feel a bit anxious, whereas tea gives me a natural, energized feeling. Moreover, tea has more
health benefits for me, especially since I’m prone to(easily get) colds and coughs.

2. What do you usually prepare for your guests, tea or coffee?

Definitely tea. As I don’t have a coffee-maker or French press, I wouldn’t want to serve instant
coffee, so I always heat up water in my kettle and serve some tea, either in bags or fresh. Since I have
quite a collection of different teas, I feel prouder to share this with my guests.
3. When was the last time you drank coffee or tea?

Just before this exam actually! I drank 2 cups of green tea this morning with my breakfast. As I was
a tad nervous, I decided not to drink coffee this morning, as it sometimes causes me to feel jittery
(nervous and shaking).

Band 9 Part 2 & 3 Sample with Audio – Topic: Describe a film or TV


show that made you laugh a lot
Posted: 08 May 2019 12:05 AM PDT

Describe a film or TV show that made you laugh


a lot
You should say:

▪ What it was

▪ When it happened

▪ Who was with you?

▪ And explain why it made you laugh

Model Answer

I’m going to talk about the American sitcom, Friends. Although it first debuted in the 90’s, I just
began to watch it this past year.

I watched almost the entire series by myself, with the exception of a few episodes with my ex-
boyfriend. We both chuckled at this goofy sitcom. As I’m now in my late 20’s like the characters
in the show, it made me laugh a lot almost every episode because I can relate to many of the same
situations and challenges that they face, especially dating. For example, they all are trying to get
married and have children but keep finding many dating failures before finding the real thing (true
love).Furthermore, I think the characters in the show are quite well-developed and each have their
own unique personality, like Joey’s goofball (silly) self and Phoebe’s hippy, zany
(uncommon) way of being. I think this is what made me want to keep watching.

I really enjoy this show because it’s quite light-hearted (easy-going, not too serious); it’s one of
those shows you can unwind to in the evening. I find shows based on simple stories, like a 20
something group of friends, quite entertaining because it’s relatable. For example, I laughed at their
ways of talking to each other on the daily because I imagine saying things like that to my own group
of friends.
QUESTIONS FOR PART 3

Why do children laugh so much?

Well, I would say because the mind of a child is a lot more simple. Take a baby for example, they
laugh when you play peek-a-boo (when you cover your face with your hands then uncover
with babies). I think it’s because they are still figuring out the world and their permanent place in
it, so it seems odd and silly to them that you can “disappear” for a moment. Moreover, children are
often playful and tend to giggle almost non-stop at things that adults would find immature,
like potty talk (talk about the bathroom) for example. All in all, I think children are a lot more
light-hearted, which makes laughter come easier to them. They are always looking for the next
opportunity to play or giggle with their siblings or friends.

Why don’t adults laugh easily?

Well, this really depends on the adult. Actually, I know a lot of adults with a great sense of humor,
although darker than children. I believe that laughter comes more easily to adults because they have
lived through more experiences, so they can simply laugh at their misfortunes at times. On the other
hand, some adults are completely consumed by their work, which may make uptight and not often
laugh. Moreover, adults are more developed, so it takes a lot more to make them truly laugh- they
will usually not laugh at potty talk or peek-a-boo.

What kind of people can make people laugh?

It depends on their audience! For example, some people find darkness and sarcasm (saying the
opposite of what you really think as a joke) funny, so those type of people would make them
laugh. Moreover, some people are really into whit (quick humor) and banter (arguing with
jokes) which would cause them to seek like-minded kinds of people or comedians. Furthermore, I
think goofy (silly; informal) people who don’t have much concern for what people think of them
usually make others laugh often because they are just like a walking joke. Lastly, comedians or others
in the performance industry tend to have a knack (have a special talent) for entertaining people
and appealing to their sense of humor.
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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Band 9 Sample with Audio – Topic: Pollution


Posted: 06 May 2019 02:26 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Pollution


1. Is there anything being polluted in your hometown?
Absolutely. As the industry and economy are on the rise (increasing), more and more factories
are showing up, causing air pollution. Moreover, as people’s salaries have increased, more people can
afford their own personal vehicles, which worsens this problem. Furthermore, there is
waste dumped (thrown into) in the bodies of water, causing water pollution. Lastly, as there are
many new construction projects and traffic jams, noise pollution is also on the rise.

2. What are the common types of pollutions in the countryside?

As many of the factories are built in rural areas, they are a cause of air pollution in the countryside.
Moreover, the use of pesticides (chemicals to keep bugs and animals away from
plants) and chemical fertilizers (chemicals added to make soil stronger) in farming does
not help this problem. Furthermore, some people dispose of their personal waste into bodies of
water, causing water pollution.

3. What are the causes of those pollutions?

Although there are many different factors to these complex (complicated with many
parts) problems, I will talk about a few. I would say that the cause of these pollutions are due to
industry, such as the factories. Moreover, farming contributes to this problem, as there is a high
demand to have enough food for the increasing population. Lastly, water pollution stems from
(starts from) poor waste management systems in rural areas, as well as ineffective operation of
waste treatment facilities.

4. Have you ever done anything to help the environment?

I could definitely do more! However, I think that small actions do count. I always carry my trash
home with me to throw away if there isn’t a public garbage bin available. I would feel so
guilty blatantly littering! Moreover, I choose to ride my bicycle or walk when transportation isn’t
needed. Lastly, I opt (choose) to not get a plastic bag when they are unnecessary in stores.

Band 9 Part 2 Sample – Topic: Describe a skill you need long time to
learn
Posted: 05 May 2019 11:56 PM PDT

Describe a skill you need long time to learn


You should say:

▪ What it is

▪ Where you can learn it

▪ How to learn it

▪ And explain why you need long time to learn it


Model answer

I would like to talk about learning a language, which definitely requires a lot of time and patience. I
think many people go into learning a language expecting to speak fluently after a few short months
which can lead them to disappointment. I think to truly be fluent in a language, you need at
least 3 years, preferably living and immersing yourself in that country. Language starts with the
grammar and sentence structure, then being able to listen and respond, then onto reading and
writing which is a whole different ball game (a different challenge).Even those who can
communicate effectively would still struggle to read a novel or literature in that language.

You can begin to learn a language in various ways. For one, you can learn it in school and a language
center, which is a good base for grammar especially. Secondly, you can study it on your own, maybe
even by watching youtube videos, series/ movies, listening to music, etc. which is becoming more
of a trend nowadays due to the high costs of studying at a language center. Moreover, you can learn it
by starting a relationship with someone and figuring out a way to communicate after some time
– I think it usually happens fast when you catch feelings (to start feeling emotions for
someone) for someone who doesn’t speak the same language! Lastly, you can move to that country
and pick it upthere. I would say this is the best way, although many don’t have this opportunity.

I think language learning is a tedious (long, detailed) process because it involves many different
skills, such as memorization, pronunciation, grammar, etc., and requires you to think outside of the
box, which doesn’t come easily for some. Moreover, I think it takes your brain a long time to accept
another language when you’ve spent your whole life making memories in one. All in all, it is
no easy task.
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Band 9 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sample with Audio – Topic: Morning


Posted: 05 May 2019 02:13 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Morning


1. Do you usually do the same things in the mornings?

As I’m a creature of habit, I would say yes. I always get up at 6:00 am, have noodles and tea for
breakfast, brush my teeth, then brush up (quickly study) on what we learned the day before in
class to make sure I’m well-prepared. After all of this, I start heading to class at 8:30am. However, on
weekends, I tend to hit the snooze button and end up sleeping till 9:00am then start my day.

2. Do you think breakfast is important?

Absolutely. Many experts state that it is the most important meal of the day. I believe it gives me the
fuel I need to tackle my day (to strongly take on the day). Moreover, I think it’s critical to have a
balanced breakfast to make sure I get all the proper nutrients. I cannot imagine starting my day on an
empty stomach!

3. Did you do the same morning routines in your early ages?

Yes, pretty much! As I’ve always been a scholarly person, I’ve always had the motivation to get myself
up earlier than expected to have a balanced breakfast and prepare myself for the day ahead of me.
However, I used to have more of a sweet tooth (a person who lives sweets) as a child, so I used
to munch on (eat) some sweet bread instead of noodles.

4. Do you want to change your daily routines in the future?

I think it’s inevitable since I’ll soon be joining the workforce! I want to keep my organized, prepared
habits, but I hope to sleep in a bit more in the future. I would like to at least sleep 30 minutes to an
hour later, and not have to spend as much time preparing for my day. Furthermore, I hope to have my
own car instead of taking a Grab every morning.

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Band 9 Sample for Common IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic:


Accommodation
Posted: 04 May 2019 01:48 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1


Topic: Flats/Houses/Accommodation

1. What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?

For the past 21 years I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and
start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can
plan and design a house layout to suit myselfsince sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds
so troublesome to me.

To afford (v) to be able to financially support/have enough money to pay for Sth

Suit myself (v) to do exactly what you like/want

Troublesome (adj) causing difficulty or annoyance

To make a living (v) to earn enough to support one’s self

2. Do you like a house or a flat/ an apartment?

I believe most people would prefer to have their own house rather than to rent a place and so do I.
Hence, if I have my way, a house with a small garden would be my choice since I don’t enjoy the
constant disturbance from next-door apartments and elevator rides everytime coming home.

Have/ get one’s way (idiom): get or do what one wants in spite of opposition

3. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?


Well definitely I’ll spend some me-time there. I study, I chill out by reading, drawing and
dancing all by myself. Sometimes I also invite one or two friends to spend time with. We’ll watch
some movies together and tell each other endless stories.

Chill out (phrasal verb) relax

Me-time (phrase) time for one’s self alone

To do Sth all by one’s self (phrase) to do Sth alone

4. How long have you lived there?

Although during my childhood my family had to move a lot, I’ve lived in the most recent house for
almost ten years. Comparing to the old houses, I think this house has been the best so far.

5. Who do you live with?

I live with my family. There are 5 of us and we all have our own room, which is way more comfortable
as the older we grow, the more privacy we need for ourselves. I think our house is big enough for us
yet still a warm and cozy place that I call home.

6. Do you plan to live there for a long time?

The answer would be yes if the respondent is my parents, since moving in and out is too time-
consuming and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be
like torture to them. For me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life,
hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford to live in a flat or an apartment.

All over again (idiom) used for saying that you do the whole of something again starting from
the beginning, or that the whole of a long process happens again

Torture (n) great physical or mental suffering

7. Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in

Briefly, my humble house locates in a small and quite street, so coming home to me is like all the
craziness happened outside is left behind. Just beside my house stands a big old tree. I have my own
room with walls painted violet, which is kinda a peaceful color. The air outside is fresh. I usually open
the window to enjoy the wind and sunshine, which will help cool down my room without an air
conditioner. Since I spend most of my time staying at home, my room means the whole world to me.
It’s like a friend who is always there to share ups and downs with me. So yeah, I would always
miss my house, my room whenever I’m away.

Humble (adj) having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance

To help (SO) do Sth (v) to make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering
them one’s services or resources.

To be away (adj) to or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing


To share ups and downs (v) together being through good and bad times

8. What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in
the past?

As I’ve already mentioned my family moved several times when I was younger. And the most
current house where we’ve been living for about ten years is the best house so far. All of us have
separate rooms for our need of privacy yet a big dining room where we can spend the whole
evenings together watching TV or having dinner.

Need of Sth/doing Sth (phrase) circumstances in which something is necessary; necessity

9. Which part of your home do you like the most?

It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together. Not only lunch or dinner but all
our family reunionstake place in the dining room where we can enjoy
a harmonious atmosphere. We always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a
day without, since for us it’s the family bonding that lies behind.

Reunion (n) a social event for a group of people who have not seen each other for a long time

Harmonious (adj) friendly and peaceful

To go a day without Sth/doing Sth (v) to feel not necessary to do Sth on a day

10. Should we live in a flat or a house?

It heavily depends on people’s preference and affordability since each type of property has its
own perks. If one enjoys the modern amenities that an apartment complex can provide such as
gyms, swimming pools and convenience stores and, of course, he has money, an apartment would be
a great choice. In contrast, houses are usually suitable those who prefer privacy and a quiet lifestyle.

Affordability (n): the fact of being cheap enough that people can afford to buy it or pay it; how
affordable something is

Perk (n): a benefit or advantage that you get from a situation

Amenity (n): a feature that makes a place pleasant, comfortable or easy to live in

11. Why do you think some people invest a huge amount of money in buying houses?

People certainly have different reasons to buy a property. I believe the most important one is
privacy. You will gain much more independence and freedom to refurbish the place as you
please since you are the owner. Besides, it would create a pride of ownership. No matter how
small or big your house is, it is yours to renovate or brag about.

Property (n): a building or buildings and the surrounding land


Refurbish (v): to clean and decorate a room, building, etc. in order to make it more attractive, more
useful, etc.

As one please (idiom): whatever you like, or in whatever way you prefer

Ownership (n): the fact of owning something

Brag (+about) (v): to talk too proudly about something you own or something you have done

Renovate (v): to repair and paint an old building, a piece of furniture, etc. so that it is in good
condition again

Band 9 Sample for Part 2 & 3 with Audio – Topic: A time you
borrowed something from your family or friend
Posted: 03 May 2019 11:31 PM PDT

Describe a time you borrowed something from


your family or friend
You should say:

▪ What you borrowed

▪ Who you borrowed it from

▪ What you borrowed it for

▪ And explain why it was useful to you

Model Answer
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I’m going to tell you about a time my grandfather lent me his car when mine broke down (stopped
working). My car was in the shop after it left me stranded (stuck) without brakes, so I really
appreciated his kind gesture. If he hadn’t done this for me, I would have been lost since this was the
time before Uber, not to mention I live in the suburbs of Atlanta so there isn’t much public
transportation available.

I borrowed his Honda Civic for about a week. I used it to get to work and school as well as run other
errands. As I said, it’s nearly impossible to get around my town without your own personal
vehicle. The brakes in his car weren’t the best either, so he only allowed me to take it on short
journeys. With this said, I didn’t go out with friends or take any road trips with it. As my grandfather
is known to have a bad temper (gets angry easily), I was very careful in it to make sure I didn’t
scratch, dent (to leave an indent), or get in an accident with it.

It was useful to me all basic ways. Without his offer, I would have been able to get to work and school
which were the basis of my life. Since everything is spread out (not close together) and not
walkable, we completely rely on our cars in my town.

QUESTIONS FOR PART 3


Who is more important to you, friends or family?

In the deepest part of my heart, I think family natters more to me, although sometimes I may spend
more time with my friends. You know, we can only be born once by our parents, but we can make
new friends all the time. Besides, in this benefit-oriented society, only parents truly love us.
Therefore, family should, carry more weight.

In a typical family, who plays the leading role?

Well, the stereotype is that the father is the breadwinner of the family, the person who makes the
decisions and takes responsibility for the whole family. This can be understandable because the
father tends to occupy high positions in society while the mother tends to be housewife or only gets
involved in some trivial work like cleaning or babysitting. However, this is not really the case in
modern society where freedom and equality is being put a higher emphasis on. Women are as
successful as men and are no longer in charge of the monotonous household chores like they
were in the past

In your country, what kinds of family members usually live together?

Well, to the best of my knowledge, despite the increasing popularity of nuclear families,
extended ones still exist in our society. Usually both parents and one, two or three kids
would live together under the same roof. In other cases, a grandmother or grandmother joins
them to take care of the small kids while the parents are away for work, for example. Other less
common situations are many generations reside in the same house, usually a multi-story house.
Families like these often consist of an uncle, aunt, and their families and so on. Typically, many
problems occur when a great many members are in a similar place

Do young and middle-age people live with old people?

Frankly speaking, unlike in Western countries where it is common to send older grandparents to
nursing homes, most people are bound by their duty, which means that they should or, in another
sense, have to pay back what their parents have given them. As a consequence, the young
generations and middle- aged people tend to share the same house with older people. This can be
beneficial since small children can receive special care from their grandparents, obtain invaluable
hands-on experience and tend to develop a good code of conduct later on.

What would children do to make their parents proud?

I guess kids can have good performances at school and behave well to their teachers and the elders.
Parents usually take a great pride in their kids if their children get a good score at school, or when
others tell them that their kids are nice people. As well as this, I deem it a necessity if children help
their parents out with mundane tasks ground the house like sweeping the floor, or washing the
dishes.

Do you like to spend time on your own or with your family/friends?

I would love to hang out with my families more. As my parents are always pied up at work we can
hardly manage time for one another. So, we often try our best to spend time by having a dinner
together at some restaurants at the weekend or see a movie together if time permits. For me, it’s
much better to build a close-knit family and strengthen our bonds.

What are parents’ responsibilities for their children?

Primarily, they are responsible for the safety and upbringing of their children. Obviously, it
includes a lot of things, such as feeding them, comforting them and looking after them under any
circumstances. They need to make sure that their children have everything they need and are well
looked after, have opportunities to learn about things, grow up and develop as well-
mannered individuals.

What’s the influence of parents on their children?

At first, parents’ behaviors influence their children greatly. If parents are polite, generous and
kind, their children tend to be like this. Besides, parents have influence on their children in making
some great decisions. I think good parents should help their children make better
decisions and offer them useful guidance. What’s more, parents’ attitudes to work,
marriage and life can also influence their children. The children may lose confidence in love
and marriage if their parents often quarrel.

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IELTS Band 9 Speaking Part 1 Answers with Audio – Topic: Drinking


Water
Posted: 02 May 2019 01:46 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Drinking Water


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1. How often do you drink water?

Well, everyday of course! Staying hydrated is a priority for me since I easily get a headache if I don’t,
not to mention my weight loss goals. Drinking enough water is critical for our health.

9.2. What kinds of water do you like to drink?

All different kinds; I’m not too picky (selective)! I either drink tap water that I put in a Brita filter
or bottled water from time to time. I usually put water in my refillable water bottle and carry it
around me with me all day.

9.3. Do you drink bottled water or water from water machines?

Bottled water. Since the water in my country is potable (drinkable), I usually opt for that with a
filter to improve the flavor. If this isn’t available to me, I buy a bottle of water, although I prefer not
to because of my environmental concerns

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample in 2019 – Topic: Describe something


you do to help you study or work
Posted: 01 May 2019 10:48 PM PDT

Describe something you do to help you study or


work
You should say:

– what it is

– how you learn it

– when you do it

– and how you feel about the method


Audio
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Model Answer

I’m going to tell you about the thing which helps me stay focused most: exercise. I often get bogged
down (busy) with work, and it seems like I cannot stay concentrated if I don’t take a short
break to exercise. Thinking back, I didn’t often exercise during my teen years, which was the period
when I did the worst in school. I believe there is a correlation here. When I first starting regularly
exercising at about 18 years old, I was surprised to see how much my grades improved.

So, this is when I starting incorporating this habit into my lifestyle. More specifically, when I know I
have to get some work done or study for an exam, I deliberately (purposely) set my alarm for
45 minutes earlier so I can run on my treadmill and do some mat exercises before I begin. Since I
work remotely from home, I tend to do this 5 days a week, during my work hours. When I fail to
follow this routine of exercising before work, I seem to not be able to focus, or better yet
even muster up (to get) the energy to start my day.

I feel like a new person after sweating a bit in the morning. Actually, I feel like I wouldn’t be able to
function without exercise- it’s what gives me energy. I feel proud of myself that this is what keeps me
focused, as it is also a healthy habit to have. I can re-charge my brain and work on my
fitness simultaneously (at the same time)! All in all, I’m in love with this method and it makes
me feel amazing!
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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample in 2019 – Topic: Describe a healthy


lifestyle you know
Posted: 30 Apr 2019 10:37 PM PDT

IELTS Cue Card: Describe a healthy lifestyle you know

You should say:

▪ what it is
▪ how you know it
▪ what one would do to live this healthy lifestyle
▪ and explain why it is healthy

MODEL ANSWER

I’m going to tell you about a new trend I’ve been hearing more and more about, intermittent
fasting. Let me explain it to you, as many might automatically reject the idea, as we are programmed
to believe that we should eat 3 full meals a day.

Intermittent fasting is when you cannot consume anything other than calorie-less beverages such
as water, green tea, or black coffee except for in an hour window. Some can choose to keep up to an
eight hour time window for eating- it’s up to you. You can choose to do it everyday or even just once
a week. For example, a friend of mine has been fasting all day everyday except from 7pm-8pm. During
this time, he can eat anything he wants, regardless of whether it’s low-calorie or not. During just
a two week period, he has lost 5 kilograms and claims to be feeling well.

To my surprise, I’ve read that there are several benefits to fasting. It is said that it aids in weight-
loss, concentration, protection against disease, improved memory, and lower cholesterol. It came as a
shock to me at first, as I thought that we unarguably need 3 meals per day. However, now I believe
that that may not be the case, which I find intriguing (interesting).

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IELTS Band 9 Speaking Part 1 Answers with Audio – Topic: Physical


Exercises
Posted: 30 Apr 2019 01:37 AM PDT

IELS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Physical Exercises

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1. Do you do any physical exercise?

You could call me a couch potato (a lazy person who sits on the sofa a lot. “Couch” is
another word for sofa). I’m naturally thin without any exercise, so I’m quite lazy when it comes to
exercise. I do go for mountain hikes, but I should definitely do more to gain muscle.

2. Do young people in your country like to do exercise?

Gyms are not very popular in my country because of the cost, but I would say that people get their fair
share of exercise everyday because of the hills in the city. Many people climb a mountain to their home
every single day! I used to live in a house that was unreachable by car and a total of 200 stairs to get
there!

3. Do you think people are keen on doing physical activity? Why?

Well, I think they are quite accustomed to it. I don’t think they would be too keen on going to the gym,
but they really enjoy going on mountain hikes. Since our religion is based upon the Mother Earth and
the Mountain Gods, these treks are a spiritual journey.

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IELTS Band 9 Speaking Part 1 Answers with Audio – Topic: Noise/


Sound
Posted: 29 Apr 2019 01:23 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sound/Noise


1. What natural sound(s) do you like (the most)? (Why?)
Hmm that’s an interesting question. Well, I’m quite a morning person, and furthermore I find almost
nothing more relaxing than the sound of birds chirping (the noise birds make) in the morning. I
find that sound to be so fresh and innocent, which immediately starts my day off at ease. Even though
I live in a big city now, it takes me back to my childhood in the countryside.

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2. What sounds remind you of your childhood?

I would say the sound of 90’s pop music. As my family was really into music, we would always take a
spin around my country town with 90’s pop blaring (playing at a high volume), such as Britney
Spears, Counting Crows, Nsync, etc. Although this music may have not been my parents’ preference,
they would always play it for my sister and I. We have many family memories singing along to
these catchy (a song that you remember) hits. Because of this, I would say these tunes are
the soundtrack (the songs of a movie) of my childhood.

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3. What sounds do you dislike? (Why?)

My biggest pet peeve (something that annoys you) is the sound of honking horns. They drive
me absolutely mad! I find this noise almost unbearable (impossible to put up with), mostly
because of it’s loud, abrupt (unexpected) sound which instantly disturbs my peace. Furthermore,
it’s usually the sound of a frustrated or angry driver, which makes it even more unpleasant.

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4. Does your school have any quiet places for studying?

As the library strictly enforces (makes you follow the laws strictly) the silence policy in the
library of my university, this opens up a quiet, tranquil place for students to study in peace. Although
she can be a pain (annoying) at times, I appreciate that the librarian, Ms. Schauerman, takes her
job duties quite seriously. If someone speaks, she will abruptly come over and say “shhh! This is a
library!” in a stern (sharp and serious) voice. Furthermore, the library is arranged with beanbags,
desks, a computer lab, and conference-like desks, which makes it a comfortable place to get work
done.

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5. What (kinds of) music do you like the most?

Well, that’s a tough question because I’m a fan (I really like) of various kinds of music, but I’d
have to go with (decide) 90’s music. I think I mostly prefer this kind of music because it’s
quite nostalgic (making you miss the past) for me, as I’m a 90’s baby (someone born in the
1990’s). Of this decade (10 years) of music, I prefer the pop, alternative, and punk rock. I believe
I’m most fond of (really like) this era (point in time) because of the light-hearted (not deep
or sad meaning), easy-listening way of this music.

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6. What are some places where there is a lot of noise?

As I’m from a bustling (busy) city, it’s nearly impossible to escape the noise. Sounds from street
sellers, honking horns, motorbikes, barking dogs, and construction sites fill the streets nearly 24 hours
a day. I’d have to say that the noisiest part of the city is the old town, as there is a higher
concentration (high numbers in one area) of street sellers there, more new construction
projects, as well as more traffic passing through, as it’s the liveliest part of the city.

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7. What type of noise do you come across in your daily life?

Well, quite a cacophony (a mix of sounds)! It varies from the sound of screaming matches
(fights) from the partners and families in my apartment, street sellers shouting out their product for
all to hear, motorbikes speeding by, all the way to the sound of blaring horns. I would say the sound
that defines my city most would be the sound of horns. As it has major traffic issues and non-defined
lanes on the roads, it makes sense that the sound of horns would fill the streets.

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8. Do you mind noises? (Do any noises bother you?)

As I’m quite a light sleeper (wake up easily), I become quite irritated by the sounds of noises
around me. I’d have to say the most aggravating (annoying) is the sound of a barking dog. It’s just
so shrill (something that gets in your head) ! I find it very disturbing and almost impossible to
focus on anything else. Moreover, it makes me sad to hear that a dog is in such a state of distress that
they must bark like that.

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Band 9 Sample with Audio – Topic: Sharing


Posted: 27 Apr 2019 03:55 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Sharing


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1. Have you shared anything with others recently?

Yes! Actually, I got a box of 6 bottles of red wine as a gift recently. Since I cannot consume all of that,
I’ve shared 3 bottles with my friends, as red wine is a luxury here in Asia. I enjoy sharing alcohol with
people, as it’s something that puts you in a good mood!

2. What do you like to share?

That’s an interesting question. I’m a pretty generous person, so I’m happy to share most of my things.
However, I particularly enjoy sharing my food with others. I feel that food is one basic thing that
undoubtedly makes everyone happy. It’s a win-win (always a benefit) situation.
3. What kinds of things are not suitable for sharing?

Well, for me, I’m extremely petite (small), so it’s difficult for me to share clothes with my friends.
It’s quite a task for me to find clothes my size, so I don’t like to risk others stretching them out (to
make bigger). Furthermore, I think it’s unsanitary to share certain items, like a toothbrush or a
toothpick.

4. Did your parents teach you to share when you were a child?

Of course! Actually, since I’m one of 7 children, sharing was unavoidable. After one child grew bigger,
we always shared their hand-me-downs (secondhand clothing). Furthermore, during a meal,
we each started with a small portion to make sure everyone got enough, then would go back
for seconds (second portion of food)

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Band 9 Sample IELTS Speaking Part 1 Answers with Audio – Topic:


Efficiency
Posted: 27 Apr 2019 01:12 AM PDT

IELTS Part 1 Speaking Topic: Efficiency


1. Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the evening?

Definitely in the morning. I feel at my optimal level of performance when I first wake up in the
morning after a cup of coffee. So, I like to get my studying out of the way (to get something
done so you don’t have to worry about it) so I can relax more throughout the day. When I try
to study in the evening, I tend to be too tired and unfocused.

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2. What do you do to improve your efficiency?

Exercise! When I feel unmotivated or unfocused, exercise is the number one thing that keeps me on
track (keep me focused). Second of all, taking a short break and coming back to my work with
new, fresh ideas helps a bunch (a lot). Last of all, balancing work and my personal life helps me to
perform to my best ability.

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3. Why do some people find it difficult to focus in the morning?

Well, there could be a few different reasons. For one, I think many people don’t feel energized.
Second of all, they may be distracted by all of the tasks they must complete that day. Lastly, they
simply just may not be morning people (people who like the morning).
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Band 9 Sample IELTS Speaking Part 1 Answers with Audio – Topic:
Alone
Posted: 23 Apr 2019 12:33 AM PDT

3.1. When was the last time you were alone?

Last night, I had come from a stressful day of work so I decided to stay in for the entire evening with
some Netflix and hot tea. Although I’m kind of a social butterfly (a social person), I have come to
enjoy nights in by myself from time to time. I think all of us need that as a balance.

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3.2. What do you like to do when you are alone?

As I’m a tea addict, that’s my number one activity to do alone. Furthermore, I enjoy reading a book
or a series on Netflix. I tend to get lost in (to become fully involved in) those two activities.
Moreover, I enjoy taking a walk alone around town and people watching (observing strangers).

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3.3. Do you wish to have more time alone?

Definitely not. As I live alone in a studio apartment, I sometimes get lonely, so I take every
opportunity to have social interactions to avoid sitting at home alone. I would consider myself a
mixture between introvert and extrovert, but definitely leaning more towards extrovert. Although I
definitely appreciate my time alone, I certainly don’t crave (have an an urge to do) anymore.

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3.4. Is it important to have some time alone?

Without a doubt! I think we all need some time alone for self-reflection (thinking about yourself
and what you do). Furthermore, when we spend too much time with people, we tend to get annoyed
with them, even take them for granted (not appreciate them) at times. With this said, we all
need a break from people to remember just how great they are.

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Band 9 Model Answer for IELTS Speaking Part 1 in 2019 – Topic:


Dream
Posted: 22 Apr 2019 01:43 AM PDT

1. How long can you remember your dream when you wake up?

Well, when it comes to nightmares, I usually wake up in the middle of the night in a state of terror for
a few minutes, then fall back asleep, forgetting the dream. On the other hand, if I have
a vivid (detailed) dream that leaves an impression on me, I could quite possibly remember it for a
long time, even a lifetime (entire life).
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2. Do you like hearing about others’ dream?

Yes I do. I find it quite interesting. As I have a lot of weird dreams myself, I enjoy listening to those
of others. By hearing about their dreams, I feel that I can gain a greater insight (deep
understanding) into their subconscious. On a lighter note, it’s simply just humorous!

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3. Do you think dream will affect life?

Definitely not. I do not believe that dreams mean anything significant. I think that they are simply
a manifestation(showing) of our subconscious worries, thoughts, fears, desires, etc. For example,
if I’m worried about my job, I may have a nightmare about it. All in all, they aren’t a sign of what’s to
come in the future.

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4. Do you often have dreams at night?

Always. I am a heavy dreamer. I have had many vivid, impressionable (unforgettable) dreams
in my lifetime that I will never forget. I would say I have these kind of dreams a few times a week,
sometimes even every night depending on how busy my mind is at that particular moment in time.

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5. Have you had a bad dream before?

Countless times! I would say I have a disturbing nightmare a few times a month ever since I was a
child. I was even notorious (famous) for going into my parents’ room during the night to ask to
sleep with them after a bad dream. I’ve found that I especially tend to have nightmares after hearing a
disturbing story or watching a gory (bloody) or violent, TV show, or movie close to bedtime.
Moreover, I tend to have an overactive mind and imagination, which I believe could be a factor as well.

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6. What was the strangest dream you have had?

It’s hard to choose just one! But let me see. Well, once when I was anxious about to go away to college
and furthermore what kind of random roommate I would have, I dreamt that when I got to college, a
giant human-sized tarantula was my roommate! Although I dreamt this 8 years ago now, it still feels
like yesterday (doesn’t feel like a long time ago)!

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7. What do you usually dream about?

I would say I mostly dream about my subconscious thoughts and worries. For example, I often feel
anxious about my job, so I dream up crazy scenarios, such as going into a board meeting (a work
meeting) completely naked. Moreover, I tend to dream about my partner often. Since I’m a bit of the
jealous type, I often dream that he will have an affair (to be unfaithful to your partner).

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Saudi Arabia – Feb 2019 with Band 9
Model Answers
Posted: 25 Feb 2019 04:15 AM PST

Part 1
What is your full name?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
Do you work or are you a student?
How long have you been doing your job?
How was your first day at work?

Street Market

Are street markets popular in your country?

Absolutely! Street food and markets are a huge part of my culture. Many, no matter rich or poor, go to
the streets in the morning to pick up the freshest produce from the street vendors. The thing is that
the street produce is the best quality and price! You simply cannot find fish or crabs straight out
of (directly)the water onto your plate in a supermarket.

What is usually sold there?

Principally food, but also miscellaneous items. For example, there’s a street that sells different
electrical parts, secondhand clothing, decorations, and shoes. But still, the main event is the fresh
produce, fish, and meats. That’s what defines our street market.

Do you think people like street markets?

Definitely. No matter what your economic status (how much money you have) is, there is
always something for you. Moreover, our street markets are famed for freshness and quality at the
lowest prices, so why would dislike that? On the other hand, some people fear being ripped off
(being charged a higher price), so they avoid the street markets.

Sharing

Have you shared anything with others recently?

Yes! Actually, I got a box of 6 bottles of red wine as a gift recently. Since I cannot consume all of that,
I’ve shared 3 bottles with my friends, as red wine is a luxury here in Asia. I enjoy sharing alcohol with
people, as it’s something that puts you in a good mood!
What do you like to share?

That’s an interesting question. I’m a pretty generous person, so I’m happy to share most of my things.
However, I particularly enjoy sharing my food with others. I feel that food is one basic thing that
undoubtedly makes everyone happy. It’s a win-win (always a benefit) situation.

What kinds of things are not suitable for sharing?

Well, for me, I’m extremely petite (small), so it’s difficult for me to share clothes with my friends.
It’s quite a task for me to find clothes my size, so I don’t like to risk others stretching them out (to
make bigger). Furthermore, I think it’s unsanitary to share certain items, like a toothbrush or a
toothpick.

Did your parents teach you to share when you were a child?

Of course! Actually, since I’m one of 7 children, sharing was unavoidable. After one child grew bigger,
we always shared their hand-me-downs (secondhand clothing). Furthermore, during a meal, we
each started with a small portion to make sure everyone got enough, then would go back for seconds
(second portion of food)

Part 2: Describe your grandparent’s job


You should say:

– what it was

– how long he or she had this job

– how he or she got the job

– and whether you would like to have this job

Model Answer

Since I don’t exactly understand what my grandfathers did as a job, I will tell you about my
grandmother’s career. As it was uncommon for a woman to have a university degree and their own
career other than being a stay at home mom (mother who doesn’t work; stays at home to
care for the house), I really looked up to her (admired) for this my entire life. She always
motivated me to be a strong, independent woman. Now, let me give you more details.

She was a Registered Nurse, mostly focused on caring for the mentally ill. I really admired her for her
career choice, as her brother committed suicide when she was young. Because of this, she wanted to
provide help to those suffering from mental illnesses. She studied at a famed university in
Washington, DC and directly after got a job at a hospital nearby. As she was at the top of her class, she
was an extremely attractive candidate for any position, so she got the one she most sought after
(desired). I know that she greatly cared for her patients there, as my father used to tell me stories
about how she would even invite her patients over to have dinner with their family sometimes! Apart
from working as a full-time nurse, she also tended to (took care of) her home and four children.
She had this job from her post university years all the way to her retirement at age 65. All in all, I
admire her for having a lot on her plate (having a lot to do)but still taking the time to take good
care of her husband and children, while still taking the extra mile (doing more than expected
of her) to make her patients feel part of her family, as well.

Although I do believe that nursing is a fulfilling career, I wouldn’t want it for myself. For one, I cringe
(movement in disgust) at the sight of blood. Moreover, mathematics and the sciences aren’t my
strong point, so I don’t believe I would be a good candidate for this vocation. At the same time, I
certainly respect others in this field. To sum it up, my grandmother was a woman ahead of her
time (a modern, forward woman)!

Part 3
What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?

As far as I know, more and more people, especially the young generations are involved in setting up
their own businesses. Thus, the “start-up” community is now more alive than ever, especially tech
startups.

Which jobs are most respected in your country?

Well, I have never thought about this, but I reckon that professional careers such as the fields of law,
education, and medicine may be the most highly-acclaimed ones. It is mainly because of the fact
that people working in these fields can easily earn lucrative income compared to others.

What are some of the important things a candidate should find out before accepting a
job?

Well, this is an interesting question. If I were offered a job, I would definitely go through the
company’s compensation package such as salary, allowances, maternity or paternity
leave, insurance, pension plans, vacations, etc. Also, I’d need to know about my area of
responsibilities so that I can make sure that I will not be overwhelmed with heavy
workloads down the road.

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Peru – Feb 2019 with Band 9 Model
Answers
Posted: 23 Feb 2019 03:07 AM PST

Part 1:
What is your full name?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?

Hometown

How long have you been living there?

I was born and raised in Cusco. I’ve lived there for my entire life, except for when I went to Lima, the
capital city, to study my Bachelor’s Degree. After that, I needed to escape the hustle and bustle
(noise from a big city) and come back to my lovely town.

What do you like (most) about your hometown?

I love that it’s a mix between the ancient and modern world. Furthermore, I like the mix of
the indigenous (native people) and Spanish influence. Sometimes it feels like I’m walking in the
shoes of the Incas. Furthermore, there is definitely a warm, friendly feel to the town which makes it a
pleasant place to live.

Would you like to live there in the future?

Although my city is magical, I would consider moving somewhere else in the world. I think sometimes
people become too accustomed to (used to) their daily routine. So, perhaps when and if I have a
family, I would consider moving to another country in South America or to Spain. It would be our
adventure!

Patience

Do you have patience?

Not at all! I’m quite an impatient person. I often feel on edge (stressed), especially when I’m
behind the wheel or waiting in line. Moreover, I like immediate gratification, so I tend to lose my
patience when I cannot obtain this. This is one my biggest downfalls (bad personality traits).

Do most people in your country have patience?

Not really. Since I come from a country of people who are used to having all conveniences at their
fingertips (something easily accessible), they often become impatient when this doesn’t
happen. Furthermore, people spend a lot of time commuting (traveling from home to work) to
their offices in the mornings, which tends to leave them feeling antsy (anxious) as well as angry at
other drivers.

Have you ever lost patience?

Who hasn’t? There have been several instances. I once became quite impatient while I was waiting in a
convenience store, not to mention with people cutting the line repeatedly, and I just left my items
there idly (not doing anything) and stormed out (left angrily) of the store.

When do you need patience the most?


That’s a difficult question. I think having patience in general is quite a virtue (a good trait). I think
it’s good to have it with your life in general. When you have this, I imagine your life goes more at ease
from step to step. Moreover, I think it’s important to have it with your children so that they aren’t
raised in an angry environment, and furthermore so they can develop it later on in life.

Driving

Do you drive often?

Luckily not, as I despise driving. I usually take Ubers around the city, cycle, or walk when possible. I
try to avoid driving at all costs (avoid no matter what), considering the traffic in my city is
incredibly chaotic. Furthermore, there is a huge air pollution problem in my city, so I try to take this
step to be more green (environmentally friendly).

Do you want your children to drive in future?

Out of necessity, yes. I would like for them to go through the process of getting their driver’s license
just in case. For example, it would be helpful if their friend who drove them to a place gets too drunk
to drive them home, etc. However, I would urge (push) them to drive as little as possible, since it’s
quite risky and not environmentally friendly.

Do you have a driver’s license?

Yes, I do. I’ve had one for 10 years now. I still remember initially failing the test my first two tries,
then eventuallynailing it (doing it perfectly). Although I don’t use it very often, as I much prefer
cycling or walking when possible, it’s still a benefit to have it.

At what age are people allowed to drive a car in your country?

Since I’m from a country that was made for cars with hardly any public transportation available, it’s
almost necessary to have a car unless you live in a big city. With this said, we allow teenagers to get
their license when they’re 16. Although it seems really young, I think it’s necessary to make life more
convenient!

Part 2 – Describe a time when someone didn’t tell you the


whole truth about something

You should say:

– when this happened

– what the situation was

– who you were with

– and why the person didn’t tell the whole truth


Sample Answer

I’m going to tell you about a time I was really upset about someone lying to me. As I whole-
heartedly value the truth, I feel very disappointed when I find out that someone has lied to me,
especially when it’s someone close to me. So, I’ll share this situation with you.

I had just started dating a new guy and felt that I really liked him. I was 24 at the time, and he had
said that he was 30. He appeared to be a bit older than that, so I tried to clarify his age twice, which he
insisted was exactly 30. So, I decided to believe him. I was chatting with his best friend one day who
was 32, and he made a comment saying that he was younger than Manny, which I was confused
about at first. Later that day, I called Manny out (confronted) about that over text, in which
after several lies finally confessed that he was actually 33 years old. I knew it wasn’t the most terrible
lie someone could tell, but I felt that my trust in him was tested. I thought, “if someone lies about
simple personal details, what else do they lie about?”

He never stated his intentions about his lie, but I would imagine that maybe he felt he was too old for
me. I guess that he was afraid to lose me if I knew he was 33, which wasn’t a problem for me.
Furthermore, maybe he was struggling with accepting his age himself, so he wanted to keep believing
that he was 30. I’m sure it was related to his insecurities one way or another. Anyway, whatever his
reasons were, I decided to give him another chance although I wasn’t happy that he was dishonest.

Part 3

▪ Why is honesty important?

▪ What are the benefits of being honest?

▪ Is it important to teach children the value of honesty?

▪ How can parents or teachers teach a child to be honest?

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample – Topic: Events/ Celebration


Posted: 13 Feb 2019 03:12 AM PST

Part 3 – Topic: Events/ Celebration

How people celebrate public events?

I would say a gathering with food, alcohol, friends, and family is the most common
way to celebrate an event across the world. More specifically, for events such as New
Years, people like to crowd a central area, such as a main square, usually for a
concert or some sort of speaker or count down. Furthermore, people tend to like
using fireworks, bells, airhorns or even just shouting when they feel excited about
something.
Do you think it is important to celebrate events?

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it’s nice to celebrate events to
have something to look forward to (feel excited for) throughout the year, but I
dislike the pressure aspect of special events. For example, people tend to get so
stressed about buying gifts and decorating their homes during the Christmas season
that they forget to simply enjoy their time with family and friends. However, when I
think about it, I couldn’t imagine a life without celebrating special events.

Should the event be prepared in advance?

I would say so. When we procrastinate (wait to do something until the last
minute), it tends to cause things to get pretty hectic (crazy) at the last minute.
However, when we plan too far in advance, it may not go as planned, as things tend
to change. For example, maybe an unexpected event arises which causes the plan to
change. On the other hand, I don’t think we should plan every detail in advance, as
I’ve found that sometimes the spontaneous (unplanned) moments are the most
enjoyable. So, all in all it’s about balance. I’d like to have arough plan (an idea but
not a strict plan) of the event in advance, but not overly detailed nor several
months in advance.

How can you prepare an activity?

Well, firstly, I would like to know the approximate number of guests and their ages.
Secondly, I would like to brainstorm (think of ideas) some different ideas of
things that would be appealing to the audience. After this, I would find an
appropriate place to hold the event, such as a home, a rented venue, outdoor area, etc
and start to think about the type of food and refreshments would be appealing
(tasteful) for this event. After this, I would start to officially send out invitations via
mail or email and see how many RSVP (respond to event). Upon obtaining the
official numbers, I would either make the food and buy the drinks or hire a catering
company to take care of the party. As the event approaches, I would double-check
with the guests to see how many are coming. I’d say this plan would lead to a
successful event.

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IELTS Speaking Practice Test 4 in 2019 & Model Answers


Posted: 22 Jan 2019 01:48 AM PST

Part 1
What kinds of places are crowded?

Almost everything in my city! However, I would say especially the streets. For one, people really like
spending time eating and hanging out on the streets. Secondly, since the old streets are narrow, they
tend to become overcrowded with vehicles. Moreover, markets and shopping malls are quite hectic
(stressful), as people in my country enjoy shopping.
Do you like to go to crowded places?

Not one bit! I start to feel extremely overwhelmed and want to exit the area immediately. Moreover,
it’s unpleasant to be pushed and shoved in overcrowded places. Furthermore, it’s even worse in the
summer when people are sweating and have body odor (when your armpits sweat)!

Why do some people like to go to crowded places?

Hmm, well I guess they like the chaos (stress). For some, it’s exciting to
watch madness (craziness) unfold around them. Furthermore, I think they like the lively feeling
that crowded places carry. Perhaps it’s interesting to those who come from smaller places.

Are there many animals or birds where you live?

I am living in a big city so most of animals I see are pets and some wild birds in the park. My family is
also raising a cat which is very adorable. In fact, she is like a friend to me.

How often do you watch programmes or read articles about wild animals?

Well, I have never watched any programmes about wildlife because I rarely have time for TV and
also found those rather boring. However, I do know some popular channels like Discovery channel or
Geographic Nation.

Have you ever been to a zoo or a wildlife park?

Of course, yes, it used to be my favourite weekend destination when I was a kid. I remember how I was
so amused to see a peacock with its colourful feathers or a tiger with its sharp claws. Besides that, it
is also the only place for city people like me to observe wild creatures

Would you like to have a job working with animals?

To be honest, .. I have never thought about it… working with animals sounds pretty interesting but it
also requires certain skills and knowledge. I imagine I can be a vet in the future, who knows, what can
happen J

Part 2
Describe a website you use that helps you a lot in your work or studies

You should say:

What the website it

How often you use the website


What information the website gives you

And explain how your work or studies would change if this website didn’t exist

Today I would like talk about Facebook which I think is a very useful social website.

As you have probably known, Facebook is a social network site which was invented by Mark
Zuckerberg. I think it has been around for a couple of years but has gained incredible popularity by
its user-friendliness and practicality. It does not only help people to connect with their friends
but also acquire new knowledge.

In the past, I used Facebook mainly to keep in touch with friends but now I used it to learn IELTS. By
using my accounts, I can subscribe to many useful IELTS studying groups such as ieltsmaterial.com
from which I am updated with many strategies and techniques to apply in the test. Therefore, it is
like killing two birds with one stone, I can both study and relax in the same time.

My life would have been much difficult without Facebook. You know, it is really hard to keep contacts
of friends in such a busy world and this website is a wonderful place for me to connect with my
friends’ lives. Besides that, it is convenient to have updated information about IELTS pop up in my
front page once in a while.

Part 3
The Internet

Why do some people find the Internet addictive?

There are many reasons for that phenomenon. The first one can be addicted online games which make
people get lost in a fantasy world and slowly lose contact with the real one. The second one is maybe
we do not have enough interesting outdoor activities for the young to join; therefore, they have no
choice but glue themselves to the computer screenall days.

What would the world be like without the Internet?

I was born in the digital era so it is very hard for me to imagine a world without Internet connection.
Well, I guess, people will be out of touch with their friends in the online world; however, maybe
people can have more face-to-face communication without help of technology.

Do you think that the way people use the Internet may change in the future?

Well it should not change much in the future. Nowadays, people already depend most of their lives on
the Internet for example: Facebook, email, Twitter and seem to forget that they have a real life out of
computer screens. Of course, there is no doubt about its benefits like storing data online, making
international calls, searching information. Despite all those things, Internet should be used more like
a tool rather than making it an addicted and harmful habit.
Social media websites

What are the ways that social media can be used for positive purposes?

Social media can be helpful due to its ability to spread information in an incredible speed. This
strength has been applied successfully in campaigns to voice out social concerns. For example, Earth
Hour is an annual international event where the whole world turns off all electricity to send the
message of saving energy and protecting environment. Once the event goes viral, it immediately
catches attention of millions of people, as a result, the message can get across widely and
effectively.

Why do some individuals post highly negative comments about other people on social media?

Probably it’s because Internet is the place of speech freedom, moreover, people can speak anything
without truly holding accountable for their actions. On social media website, people can be
anonymous or even be anyone that they like. If a person is jealous with or hate another person, he or
she can go online to trigger negative views about that person, however, this kind of feedback is usually
not credible and trustworthy.

Do you think that companies’ main form of advertising will be social media in the future?

Oh yeah, I truly believe that. In fact, we can see that trend even now where majority of companies are
investing money more on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, especially their target customers are
Millenials who Google everything. Although we cannot neglect the role of traditional advertisement
like newspaper, TV or billboard, I believe online ads will dominate in the future.

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IELTS Speaking Practice Test 3 in 2019 & Model Answers


Posted: 21 Jan 2019 06:48 AM PST

Part 1
How often do you go to the cinema?

Hmm, hardly ever. For some reason, I’ve never been a fan of (don’t like) going to the cinema. I
see it as a waste of money, as it’s quite pricey in my country. It’s even more of a waste if you don’t like
the movie. At home, I could just turn off the movie, but I would feel guilty leaving the cinema after
paying for the ticket and snacks! All in all, the cinema has never been my cup of tea (something
you like or prefer).

Did you go to the cinema in your childhood?

From time to time! Although we usually waited for the movie to come out on tape (be released
after theaters), there were a few instances where my parents treated (invite) my sister and I to
the cinema. I remember going to see Star Wars in theaters which was exciting! As a child, it was
thrilling to see the movie so up close and personal.

When you go shopping, do you prefer to pay for things in cash or by card?

Well, it depends… when I buy things from shops or stores, I prefer using cash as I can
better manage my personal finance. However, I definitely have to use credit card for online
shopping such as clothes or airplane tickets

Do you ever save money to buy special things?

Yeah.. I would say I am rather a saver than a spender so saving is definitely my habit. I used to
save up 300$ to buy myself a cellphone. It was not a fabulous phone at that time but it meant the
world to me.

Would you ever take a job which had low pay?

Actually, my very first job was not exactly well-paid, you can even say under-paid. After college, I
started working as an intern in an event company with 500$ per month. Even though it was a very
small number, I learned so many new things there so it was worth it.

Would winning a lot of money make a big difference to your life?

I suppose …Yes… I would have more money to buy my favorite clothes and bags. Moreover, I can
be financially independent and even can support my parent. It sounds pretty cool to strike it
rich, doesn’t it?

Part 2
Describe an interesting discussion you had as part of your work or studies
You should say:
What the subject of the discussion was
Who you discussed the subject with
What opinions were expressed
And explain why you found the discussion interesting.

Today I would like talk about a discussion which I found very stimulating.

Firstly, it happened when I was in college. My friends and I had to prepare for a very
important exam which would come in a week. The bad news is none of us had been a typically
good student so we needed a shortcut to absorb all knowledge.
Next, one of us came up with the idea of dividing the lesson and each of us was responsible for
one. We would study it all, then shared to others. To be honest, I did not think it was a good idea, at
first, but it was like the light at the end of the tunnel so I just followed it.

The meeting turned out to be very useful as we seemed to understand more about the lesson
through teaching it to friends. Moreover, we were allowed to express opinions and ask questions
relating to the topic which generated even more excitement and deeper thoughts. After the
discussion, we were too interested so we even searched more information on the Internet for the
questions left unanswered.

The discussion was extremely useful and we all passed the exam with high scores. In fact, my friend
had a brilliant idea which we applied ever since.

That’s all I want to share.

Part 3
Discussing problems with others

Why is it good to discuss problems with other people?

It is good in a sense that you can see the issues from multiple viewpoints from which your
solution would probably be better-rounded. Besides that, it is always better to have someone to
listen and share your burden with.

Do you think that it’s better to talk to friends and not family about problems?

Oh it definitely depends on what the problem is and who you find the most comfortable to talk with.
For example, I may find it easier to discuss relationship issues with my close friend since she always
understand and empathize with my feelings. Meanwhile, I would share my future directions with my
father as he is more experienced and can give me wise advice.

Is it always a good idea to tell lots of people about a problem?

…. Surely not, no one wants to always look like a troublemaker in front of others. Moreover, if one
person just go around all day complaining about how miserable his life is, nobody would want to
hang out with him eventually. People always want to be with someone positive and smiling.

Communication skills at work

Which communication skills are most important when taking part in meetings with colleagues?

I would say that’s teamwork. It is said that if you want to go fast, you go alone but if you want
to go far, you go with friends. Being a team player has become one of the most essential skill in
working environment, especially in meetings. The collaboration between each members will make it
easier for them to listen to each other, put aside their egos and reach a consensus.

What are the possible effects of poor written communication skills at work?

Well, in a low level, people might just misunderstand the message so you might not get the work
done. In a more serious situation, people may even assume that the writer is not professional which
hinders collaboration between team members or departments. Therefore, it is very important to be
good at both written and spoken communication.

What do you think will be the future impact of technology on communication in the workplace?

I imagine a world where technology will help to replace all physical stuff like working place even
products. Everything can be conducted virtually. Does it sound exciting? People do not have to go to
work every day, instead, they can work wherever they want. International meetings can be made
online which will reduce dramatically travel fees. More importantly, products can also be produced
and delivered by technology.
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IELTS Speaking Practice Test 2 in 2019 & Model Answers


Posted: 17 Jan 2019 12:48 AM PST

Part 1

Are you happy to be the age you are now?

When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?

Do you think you have changed as you have got older?

What will be different about your life in the future?

Part 2

Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g new computer or phone)

You should say:

What device you started using

Why you started using this device

How easy or difficult it was to use

And explain how helpful this device was to you.


Part 3

Technology and education

What is the best age for children to start computer lessons?

Do you think that schools should use more technology to help children learn?

Do you agree or disagree that computers will replace teachers one day?

Technology and society

How much has technology improved how we communicate with each other?

Do you agree that there are still many more major technological innovations to be made?

Could you suggest some reasons why some people are deciding to reduce their use of technology?

MODEL ANSWERS

Part 1

Are you happy to be the age you are now?

Of course yes… I am in my late twenties when most of my characteristics and directions are mostly
shaped and stabilized. You know… when I was still in college and also for the first few years at work,
I struggled desperately to find out who I was and what I wanted. That was not a particularly
enjoyable time but everyone must go through it, I guess.

When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?

Oh no.. I’d rather think about how to save the world, just kidding…In fact, I watched many superhero
movies when I was little such as Gao Ranger, Superman, Superwoman so there is no surprise I was so
into fighting games. You see how childish I was back then.

Do you think you have changed as you have got older?

Definitely yes, everybody does. Besides the physical change of getting bigger and heavier apparently, I
had many differences in personalities and worldviews. I guess I became more introvert person as I
spent more time connecting with my inner-self to find out what I truly desired.

What will be different about your life in the future?


Well, let me think about it… I want to be young forever so I hope even when I stepped into my
golden years, I will still stay young at heart. By that way, there won’t be any generation
gap between me and my future children.

Part 2

Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g new computer or phone)

You should say:

What device you started using

Why you started using this device

How easy or difficult it was to use

And explain how helpful this device was to you.

Today I would like to tell you about my first time using a smart phone which was about 10 years ago.

Well, I guess I am not really a techie or any type of technology fan. That is the reason why having the
first smart phone was really an eye-opening experience for me. I got it from my mother as a
birthday gift in my 18th birthday and I absolutely loved it.

At that time, I had just been accepted to college and I needed an electronic gadget which is convenient
as a computer and portable as an Ipod. A smart phone from Samsung was not a bad start. You
know.. it is like having a whole world in my pocket. I can surf the Internet, send email, make free
international calls and even read e-books.

The cellphone was so user-friendly that it took me only 1 hour to figure out all the functions and
made the most out of it.

With the help of this device, I no longer had to carry around my heavy laptop and still could access
emails and messages especially it became very handy when I went abroad. Moreover, this phone also
replaced a digital camera so it kept many pictures and memories which I can re-visit whenever I want.

That’s all I want to share.

Vocabulary:

Techie: a person who is expert in or enthusiastic about technology, especially computing

Eye-opening: causing a strong emotional reaction because of unexpectedness

Portable: able to be easily carried or moved

User-friendly:
Handy: useful, efficient

Part 3

Technology and education

What is the best age for children to start computer lessons?

With the introduction of the Internet, the world is getting flatter than ever before. Therefore, it is
becoming more vital for children to master computer skill to meet the need for future careers.
However, computers can be addictive and harmful without parental guidance so maybe 10 is a
proper age.

Do you think that schools should use more technology to help children learn?

Yes why not.. the Internet was one of the cutting-edge innovation of all time and we should
utilize it. Schools should be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and fastest Internet speed
so that students can research and access enormous resources online. In fact, they can even self-study
their favorite subjects with the availability of online courses.

Do you agree or disagree that computers will replace teachers one day?

That is, in fact, very possible and it is happening now. As I mentioned before, online classes are
increasingly popular due to time flexibility and low cost so people can basically study anything on
the Internet without human interactions. Technology can be indeed labour-saving.

Technology and society

How much has technology improved how we communicate with each other?

It dramatically changed the way we talk. Before letters and snail mails were the most common
methods of communication, well, it is a different story now, people can send instant messages and
make free international call so distant is no longer a problem…only Internet speed is.

Do you agree that there are still many more major technological innovations to be made?

Yes, I think so. One of the feature of technology is that it can get outdated pretty quick such as
smart phone or laptop. New applications or functions are born every day which obsolete the
previous models incredibly fast. I believe there are so many new technology waiting to be
discovered.

Could you suggest some reasons why some people are deciding to reduce their use of technology?

Well yeah, technology comes along with its pros and cons. In computer time, everything can be done
online and people seemingly spend more time with their electronic gadgets than with their family
members and friends. It is a sad thing as lack of human interactions can easily lead to physical
and mental illness such as obesity and autism. I guess some people realize the side-effects and
start to reduce their time with technology

Vocabulary:

The world is getting flatter

Cutting-edge innovation

State-of-the-art technology

Labour-saving

Snail mails

Outdated (adj)

Obsolete (v)

Physical and mental illness

Side effects

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IELTS Speaking Practice Test 1 in 2019 with Model Answes


Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:48 AM PST

QUESTIONS

Part 1

Where do you usually watch TV programmes/shows?

What is your favorite TV programmes/shows?

Are there any programmes/shows you don’t like to watch?

Do you think you will watch more TV or fewer TV programmes/shows in the future?

Part 2
Describe someone you know who has started a business.
You should say:
Who this person is
What work this person does
Why this person decided to start a business
And explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person

Part 3

Choosing work

What kinds of jobs do young people not want to do in your country?

Who is best at advising young people about choosing a job: teachers or parents?

Is money always the most important thing when choosing a job?

Work-life balance

Do you agree that many people nowadays are under pressure to work longer hours and take less
holiday?

What is the impact on society of people having a poor work-life balance?

Could you recommend some effective strategies for governments and employers to ensure people have
a good work-life balance?

MODEL ANSWERS
Part 1

Where do you usually watch TV programmes/shows?

Well, I am not really a fan of TV because you can basically watch everything on your laptop nowadays.
I used to watch TV a lot when I was a kid – you know, all the cartoon channels and stuff. That’s why I
am short-sighted now.

What is your favorite TV programmes/shows?


As I mentioned before, I was crazy for cartoon when I was small. You know there were a mixed
variety of TV programs for children, among which I found Cartoon network the most appealing due
to the lively and humorous characters. It could keep me sitting for hours.

Are there any programmes/shows you don’t like to watch?

Definitely advertisement… I hate to be disturbed by adverts when I was in middle of wonderful movies
or TV shows. I understand that it is a way to keep people in suspense but too much advertisement
can be annoying sometimes. That’s the reason why I switched to watch on the Internet which has less
commercial ads.

Do you think you will watch more TV or fewer TV programmes/shows in the future?

I will watch less for sure. Why do I need to watch TV when I already have the Internet? I can re-watch
my favorite sit-com or reality show anytime I want. However, I don’t want to become a couch
potato so I d’ better limit my time with any screens.

Vocabulary:

Short-sighted (adj): unable to see things clearly

To be crazy for: really like something

Appealing (adj): attractive or interesting

Keep s.o in suspense: If you keep or leave someone in suspense , you deliberately delay telling
them something

Become a couch potato: a lazy and inactive person

Part 2

Describe someone you know who has started a business

You should say:

Who this person is

What work this person does

Why this person decided to start a business

And explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person

Today I would like to tell you about Mark Zuckerberg who is a famous technology entrepreneur and
the founder of Facebook Corporation.
Well, I think everybody knows Mark as one of the statue in start-up world because he set up his own
business when he was still a student in Harvard University.

He firstly created a social network with profile information of his friends in the dorm which attracted
hundreds of users just in a week. Nobody would think that this hobby could turn into a multi-
million dollar business 10 years later, especially when he was still so young at that time.

You know what, I think he was so clever to foresee the potential profit of this application so he co-
operated with some friends to raise the company profile. Nowadays, Facebook is widely used by
millions of people all over the world which brought an impressive sale figure to the company.
However, you must have heard that Mark recently faced a scandal of leaking customer personal
information, because of which, he must testify with the authorities. Of course.. no pain no gain ..

Despite of this issue, I still admire him so much for his talent and determination and want to become a
successful entrepreneur like him. Start-up has never been a piece of cake, especially in
such adverse competition, you have to be very unique to stand out but once you are you can earn
a fortune. I love the feeling of being challenged because only am I pushed to my limit, my
full potentials will be unlocked. Who know, in the future, I might run my own online education
business.

That’s all I want to share.

Vocabulary:

set up own’s own business

Multi-million dollar business

potential profit

raise the company profile

sale figure

leaking customer personal information

no pain no gain

a piece of cake

adverse competition

earn a fortune

to be pushed to one’s limit

potentials will be unlocked


Part 3

Choosing work

What kinds of jobs do young people not want to do in your country?

That’s an interesting question, let me think about it… I would say it is labour job.. you know.. stuff like
cleaners, builders and waiters. The reasons are probably low salary and intense labour. In fact,
many students work part-time as waiter and waitress but it is just temporary job. As soon as they
graduate from college, they will compete to get a position in office because white-collar
workers are still more preferable than blue-collar workers.

Who is best at advising young people about choosing a job: teachers or parents?

Well I would say it depends. While teachers would have a better knowledge of student’s academic
performance, parents will know their kids’ personalities the most. In terms of job market, I suppose
they have equal amount of knowledge. Therefore, it is the best for the young to consult with whoever
they feel more comfortable with.

Is money always the most important thing when choosing a job?

Not necessarily… you know that all millionaires in the world doesn’t work for money but for passion.
It is said that “If you love your job, you won’t have to work a day in your life” and I completely believe
in it. For me, I can’t imagine myself get stuck in a nine-to-five job without any job satisfaction.

Work-life balance

Do you agree that many people nowadays are under pressure to work longer hours and take less
holiday?

Yes, I think so. We are living in an increasingly competitive world and there is no doubt that the
labour market is getting more selective. Students from top universities will have higher chance of
being hired, and even after that, they are likely to be exploited by excessive
workload and constant pressure. Therefore, maintaining work-life balance is vitally important for
workers.

What is the impact on society of people having a poor work-life balance?

That’s truly intriguing.. To be honest, I have never thought about it before. I guess they will be a
negative impact on the community because they don’t have enough time to take care of family and
friends. As a result, they do not only destroy themselves but also hurt people around them. If there are
thousands of workaholics like that, you can imagine what the domino effect will be like. To be
honest, I would never do that myself.

Could you recommend some effective strategies for governments and employers to ensure people have
a good work-life balance?
Well definitely governments should impose law restricting the number of hours that people can work
per day. Although it is necessary to work overtime once in a while, it shouldn’t become daily habit. I
suggest that the authorities can even punish business owners if they let their employees work later
than 5pm. It may sound too controlling but the sad news is that many people in Japan killed
themselves for over-working which shouldn’t have happened if the Japanese government had ways to
manage this issue from the beginning.

Vocabulary:

white-collar workers: White-collar workers work in offices rather than doing physical work

blue-collar workers: Blue-collar workers work in industry , doing physical work

nine-to-five job: a job during regular business hours usually in an office

job satisfaction: a feeling of fulfillment or enjoyment that a person derives from their job

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IELTS Speaking Test in Jan 2019 & Band 9 Model Answers


Posted: 07 Jan 2019 01:41 AM PST

PART 1

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Noise

What natural sound(s) do you like (the most)? (Why?)

Hmm that’s an interesting question. Well, I’m quite a morning person, and furthermore I find almost
nothing more relaxing than the sound of birds chirping (the noise birds make) in the morning. I
find that sound to be so fresh and innocent, which immediately starts my day off at ease. Even though
I live in a big city now, it takes me back to my childhood in the countryside.

What sounds do you dislike? (Why?)

My biggest pet peeve (something that annoys you) is the sound of honking horns. They drive
me absolutely mad! I find this noise almost unbearable (impossible to put up with), mostly
because of it’s loud, abrupt (unexpected) sound which instantly disturbs my peace. Furthermore,
it’s usually the sound of a frustrated or angry driver, which makes it even more unpleasant.

Do you mind noises? (Do any noises bother you?)

As I’m quite a light sleeper (wake up easily), I become quite irritated by the sounds of noises
around me. I’d have to say the most aggravating (annoying) is the sound of a barking dog. It’s just
so shrill (something that gets in your head) ! I find it very disturbing and almost impossible to
focus on anything else. Moreover, it makes me sad to hear that a dog is in such a state of distress that
they must bark like that.

What type of noise do you come across in your daily life?

Well, quite a cacophony (a mix of sounds)! It varies from the sound of screaming matches
(fights) from the partners and families in my apartment, street sellers shouting out their product for
all to hear, motorbikes speeding by, all the way to the sound of blaring horns. I would say the sound
that defines my city most would be the sound of horns. As it has major traffic issues and non-defined
lanes on the roads, it makes sense that the sound of horns would fill the streets.

Science

Do you like science?

That’s an interesting question. I feel that science is always a subject I had to pass in school, but it was
never my favorite. Actually, I found the topics quite fascinating, especially biology and chemistry, but
it never came easily to me. However, I always wished that I was better at science, since it’s a life-
applicable subject.

What’s the most difficult part of studying science?

Definitely the mathematical aspect of it. Since I’ve never been good at Math, this is the area of Science
that kept me down (prevented me from succeeding). For example, I got decent grades in
Biology class, but Chemistry and Physics were a huge struggle for me due to the Mathematical nature
of them.

How has the science that you have studied helped you?

Although I’m not often conscious of it, I cannot deny that my scientific studies have been beneficial. I
especially see how Biology, Life Science, Anatomy, Chemistry, and Ecology have helped me
understand my body and the world around me better, including animals. Furthermore, Chemistry has
helped me to understand the chemical make-up of the items around me and what causes explosive
reactions. For example, I know now not to drop a mento in my Diet Coke!

PART 2
Describe a time you looked for information from the internet

You should say

▪ When you did that

▪ What information you searched

▪ Why you looked for it on the internet


I’m going to tell you about a time I used the internet to look for information about social events
online, which is very useful nowadays. I had just moved to Seoul and didn’t know a soul (didn’t
know anyone), so I began searching on Facebook. I found an expat page called “Expats in Seoul”
which became one of my greatest resources for meeting locals and expats in the city. I believe that
social media can be a great blessing (something great)!

I’ve now been living in Seoul for 10 months, so I began this search my first month here. I initially
wanted to find a meditation group and a language exchange group, and I found just that by scrolling
up and down the feed and even writing a post myself; there were countless people who informed me
about events in the area. So, since my first month I have been attending a meditation group on
Thursday evenings and have met several friends via the expat meet up. Since then, I’ve expanded
my horizons (opened up more opportunities for myself) and even began regularly attending
a Philosophy Forum on Wednesdays and have joined a yoga club, too!

I decided to opt for the internet to start building my social life because I didn’t see many other
options, as I am a freelancer. With this said, I don’t have co-workers and I can be a bit standoffish
(shy; doesn’t approach people) when I go out to the bar. Although you must use your judgment
when meeting people from the internet, I think it can be a great tool when you first arrive in a new city
alone. I find it to be quite an efficient way to put yourself out there (put effort into) to meet
others. Although it can certainly be a curse at times, I certainly feel thankful for it!

PART 3

Do you think online information is reliable enough?

Do you think there is too much information on the internet?

Is the information on TV useful?

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IELTS Podcast 7 – Part 1 Topic: Food /Meal


Posted: 28 Nov 2018 02:53 AM PST

Meal/Food

Audio

https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Ep-21-Part-1-Mealfood.m4a

What food do people where you live usually eat?

Carbs are a staple (a basic food, something we often eat) in our diet. Along with this, meat,
fish, and tofu are very popular. Since meat was difficult to attain in the past due to poverty, we know
have a meat-based diet. As we live near the sea, seafood is quite popular as well, especially squid,
crabs, shrimp, and clams. Even though tofu prepared in different ways is popular as well, you will find
few vegetarians here.

Which meal of the day do you think is the most important?

I would definitely say breakfast, since it’s always been called the “most important meal of the day”. I
think it’s way gives us the fuel for our day. We should eat nutritious, high-calorie foods in the morning
to boost our energy and metabolism for the rest of the day. I do notice I feel better when I have a
balanced, hearty breakfast.

What do you usually eat for lunch (breakfast, dinner)?

For breakfast, I usually have some porridge with rice, meat, and vegetables with a fresh fruit juice and
2 cups of coffee. Unfortunately, I’m a caffeine addict. For lunch, I usually have some sort of carb, like
noodles or rice, with some meat, tofu, or seafood, and vegetables. For dinner, I always have steamed
white rice with vegetables and meat or fish. My family always shares several small plates, as it is our
eating culture. Moreover, we always take our time eating since it’s a tedious (takes a long time,
very detailed) process to prepare.

Do you think it is better to eat one big meal a day or is it better to eat several smaller meals each day?

The latter! It’s always been said that that is the healthier way. I know for example that after a huge
meal, I tend to feel tired and want to take a nap. However, if I steadily (slow; non-stopping) eat
throughout the day, I feel more energized, not to mention I always feel food. Although I don’t follow
this, I certainly feel better this way! Maybe if I did this I would have a better body.

Is there any special food that you particularly like?

Several! However, I’m a cheese addict. I’m not something that we often consume in my country, so it’s
a special treat for me. I just adore the rich, fatness of it! Moreover, I love that it can be added to almost
everything and it instantly makes it delicious!

Would you like to try any new food?

I would try many foods, but not all. For example, I could never try dog or cat. Since I’ve had these
animals as pets, I couldn’t bear (tolerate) to eat them. Maybe all animals are equal, but for me
personally, I think some animals are okay to eat, but I feel that eating pets is too much! They are our
friends, not food.

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IELTS Podcast 5 – Part 1 Topic: Birthday


Posted: 24 Nov 2018 02:19 AM PST

Birthday
Audio

https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Part-1-Birthday.mp4
How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?

Birthdays are a big deal (very important) in my country! We usually have some sort of gathering
with our immediate family, typically a meal together at the birthday boy or birthday girl’s restaurant
of choice for adults. Apart from this, we normally go out with drinks for an evening on the town or
have a get together with drinks involved at home. On the other hand, children usually have a large
party with family and friends. The parents often hire some sort of special entertainment, like a clown
or even animals!

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

I took it easy my last birthday. I had a simple meal with my family at home. As my mother is quite
thoughtful, of course she made my favorite dish of hers, Shepard’s Pie, and my favorite type of cake,
red velvet. After dinner, some of my mates and I went out to local brewery to celebrate. They of
course treated me (paid for me)!

What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?

Any really! Of course I appreciate all gifts, but if I could choose, I would prefer gift card or cash. Since
I’m a college student, these really help with my living costs and allow me to treat myself to something
nice- like a massage, shopping, or a nice meal. To be honest, I don’t enjoy when my mother picks
out (chooses) clothing for me because I end up (do without wanting or planning) looking like
a grandma!

Is there a difference between the way you celebrate your birthday in the past and in
the present?

Oh for sure! Birthdays are a huge deal when you’re a child. 30+ family members and friends used to
gather for my special day, but now only my parents, sister, and closest mates. I used to look forward to
this day all year long and make birthday lists, but now I just get some cash in a card. Although they
still make it memorable for me by their thoughtful gestures, sometimes all my birthdays feel the same.

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IELTS Podcast 3 – Part 1 Topic: Sunny days


Posted: 21 Nov 2018 02:41 AM PST

Audio

https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Part-1-Sunny-days.mp4

Do you like sunny days?

Of course! Who doesn’t? Since I live in an almost constant foggy and rainy
place, it’s a special treat when the sun comes out. I suddenly feel a burst of
energy and want to go out and explore.
What do you like to do when it’s a sunny day?

I definitely like to spend it outside! I’ll usually call my friends to lie out in the
sun on a blanket in one of the city parks, or perhaps even have a picnic.
Furthermore, I like to take my motorcycle out for a spin (a short ride) around
town since I rarely have this opportunity.

Would you like to go outside when the weather is great?

For sure! I feel like it’s a wasted day if I were to stay in (stay at home). and
watch TV or play video games all day. I absolutely want to take advantage of
(use for your own benefit) the sun instead. I love sunbathing in the sun to
get some color, too!

Are there many sunny days in your hometown?

Very few! London is known to be a rainy, gloomy (dark; depressing) city. It


rains ordrizzles (light light rain) nearly every day of the year. If it’s not doing
this, it’s generally just a gray city. So this is why we’re ecstatic when the some
comes out.
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IELTS Podcast 2: Part 1 – Space Travel


Posted: 17 Nov 2018 02:19 AM PST

Audio

https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Part-1-Topic-Space-travel.m4a

Do you like to travel by air?

Certainly! It’s the quickest and most efficient way. I would choose this over a 12+ hour bus or car ride
any day! Furthermore, whenever I set foot on (enter; step into) a plane, I tend to feel sleepy and
end up drifting off (sleep)for pretty much the entire flight.

What do you think about travelling to the outer space?

I think it’s quite intriguing, as I believe that other life forms may exist. Moreover, it’s fascinating to
find out more about the other complex galaxies surrounding us. I believe there is much more to the
universe than only Earth.

Do you want to travel to the space?

Yes, of course! I would be really interested to see what else it out there. I’m not sure if this would
happen in my lifetime though. However, I’ve heard that one day we may be able to take trips to space.
I think it’s a possibility! The future never ceases (fails) to amaze me.
Who would you like to go with?

At this point in time, I can just imagine going alone with a specialized person. Down the road (in
the future) I could imagine going with my partner, and perhaps my children as well. I would love for
all of us to share this experience together.

What would you prepare on a trip to the outer space?

Definitely appropriate astronautical gear, as I’ve seen in pictures. Furthermore, I would like to bring
some kind of camera or video to be able to show my friends on earth what I saw. Lastly, I would like to
bring some kind of gift from earth just in case I came across (encountered by accident) another
life form there.

Where would you like to go to?

The moon or mars! I would say the moon because I’m interested to know what it feels lie to walk on it.
I’m also curious if the myth that it’s made out of cheese is accurate. On the other hand, I’ve heard
there is water on Mars, suggesting that there could be life there, so I’d be fascinated to investigate that
firsthand.

Do you think it’s necessary to see other planets?

I would say it’s a luxury more than a necessity for average people. However, I think it’s necessary for
scientists to investigate other planets so that we have better research and understanding of what is
going on around us. Lastly, it’s good for us humans to realize that Earth isn’t the only planet.

Plunge oneself into something (phrase) to suddenly start doing something with energy and
enthusiasm, but sometimes without thinking about it first

Every now and then (idiom) sometimes

Get-together (noun) a small informal meeting or social gathering

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Vietnam 2018 & Model Answers with
Audio
Posted: 16 Nov 2018 03:04 AM PST

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a trip that you plan to go in the near future.

You should say:

Where this place is

Who you would like to go with


What would you do there

Explain why you would like to go there

Audio

https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Part-2-Describe-a-trip-that-
you-plan-to-go-in-the-near-future.m4a

Model Answer

I am planning on traveling to Hoi An, Da Nang, and Hue next month. My sister is coming to visit me
in Hanoi, so I would like to travel there with her.

Hoi An and Da Nang are quite near each other, located on the central coast of Vietnam. Hue is
located near these cities as well, about 3 hours away by bus. In Hoi An, I want to enjoy the old town
charm and mix of cultures, such as hints of Chinese and Japanese architecture. I would also like to
have some clothes tailored and simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, opposed to the
hustle and bustle of Hanoi. In Da Nang, I would also like to relax and enjoy the beautiful crystal
clear beaches with my sister by my side. In Hue, I want to see the imperial architecture. I can
imagine that seeing these structures will take me back in time and leave me in awe of the
amazing things that humans have created. I am also keen on trying the local foods in Hue that
are well-known around Vietnam, such as their beef noodles.

I really want to visit all 3 of these cities to better understand Vietnam’s rich culture and to see
a different region. I hope that I will have new perspectives after this trip!

IELTS Speaking Part 3:

What is the importance of travelling?

I think traveling is crucial to be able to gain an understanding of the world around us. As we see
different ways of life, near or far from our homes, we begin to have new perspectives and can begin
to deeply question our own ways of life. Furthermore, I don’t think ignorance is bliss, so it is
important to be exposed to poor conditions around the world to then realize all of the things
we take for granted on a daily basis, such as air conditioning, running water, a comfortable bed to
sleep in, etc. On a lighter note, we all need to escape our daily routine and enjoy a change of
scenery from time to time!

What type of places do you recommend people to visit on vacation?

I think this is a tough question, because it depends on the individual’s preferences. If I were to make
some recommendations to those visiting Hanoi, I would say that they should visit Ninh Binh, Sapa,
Halong Bay, and perhaps Ha Giang to the more adventurous souls. I think these places would
be fascinating to tourists because they demonstrate the unique natural beauty particular to this
part of the world. In my opinion, nature leaves people more mind-blown than man-made
structures. It reminds us how small we are on this vast planet! The limestone mountains
and whimsical rice terraces of Northern Vietnam will leave travelers in awe.

Do people in your country prefer to travel by car or by train?

The majority of people in my country travel by motorbike on a daily basis, due to the lower cost
and convenience. However, if they had the choice, I believe people would rather travel by train than
car because the roaring traffic and windy mountainous roads are challenging to drive on.
Furthermore, the trains in Vietnam are fast, efficient, and affordable. For example, they can enjoy
more time in a particular place due to the reduction in travel time by train! I think all people enjoy a
break from the hustle of bustle of the roads in Vietnam.

What are the advantages of travelling with a group of people?

Although I prefer to travel alone or in a small group, I can see some benefits of traveling in a group.
Firstly, I see that many people organize a large travel group because they can get a special package
deal. I can see how this is quite attractive! Furthermore, if you don’t speak the local language, I’m
sure it’s comforting to have a group of those who speak your mother tongue surrounding you. If
you were to get lost, there are more brains to help find the way on your own if you cannot ask a
local person. Moreover, perhaps the more the merrier! You have more people to share this
incredible, new experience with.

Should young people travel abroad?

I definitely agree that young people should travel abroad. I believe that young minds are
more open to new ideas, so they can use the things they learn to greatly benefit them later on in
life. Furthermore, young people learn languages more quickly than older people, so they may be able
to pick up on the local language faster. If young people visit a poorer country, they can realize all
the things they take for granted and begin to live their lives more appreciatively. Lastly, it adds
color to life to know and love people from many different countries. It would be even better to start
this at a young age!

Are international trips popular with people in your country?

International trips are becoming more popular in my country, as Vietnam is rapidly developing.
In the past, many Vietnamese were not able to travel abroad due to economical problems. However,
now that more businesses are on the rise in Vietnam, some business people are able to travel
abroad. Furthermore, more students are having the opportunity to study abroad as languages are
becoming more popular to learn, especially English. I’m sure now that many native English teachers
are coming to Vietnam to teach us, it will open more opportunities for us to go abroad in the future!

What do you consider when you take a trip?

Unfortunately, the first thing I have to consider before taking a trip is the price. As a young person, I
do not have as many savings as those who have been in their career for years, or even retired. I have
to consider the airfare price, hotel price, the exchange rate, and cost of living in that country.
Secondly, I must think about the safety of that country, especially if I’m going to travel as a alone
woman. It is also important to think about what there is to see in that city or country before I go.
After all, who wants to spend time and money visiting a place without fascinating tourist attractions?

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 in 2018 – Topic: Photography with Model


Answers & Audio
Posted: 16 Nov 2018 12:49 AM PST
https://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/25.-Part-1-Topic-
Photographs.m4a

1. Do you like taking photographs?

Why yes of course. They are a way to capture a moment in time. Moreover, I like to be able to show
them to people so they can imagine that they were there with me. As I’m a big traveler, photos are my
way of sharing my experiences without words.

2. How often do you take photos?

I would say everyday. I’m a big fan of selfies, so I often snap a few of them to send to my boyfriend
every morning before work. Moreover, I take hundreds of photos when I travel.

3. In which situation do you like take photos?

Any situation! But especially when I see something out of the ordinary. For example, I like to take
photos when the light is setting just right on my street, or when I catch a glimpse (a look) of two
children holding hands.

4. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?

Definitely people. I like to capture the raw (real; candid) emotions on their faces. I feel that photos
of people can be quite powerful. Moreover, I feel that scenery photography never does the actual
place any justice.

5. Do you prefer to take photographs yourself or to have other people take photos?

Definitely myself. As I’m quite picky about the photos that I take and post, I take this responsibility
upon myself. Call me a snob (a person who feels superior to others), but I feel that most
people don’t have any idea of what makes a good photo and end up taking unflattering photos of me.

6. How do you keep your photos?


On my iCloud! I’m really grateful for this type of technology that keeps this record of my photos for
me. Moreover, I post my photos on social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, so that also keeps
them secure.

7. Do you keep your photographs on your computer?

Absolutely! It’s a must nowadays. Now it’s nearly impossible to lose your photos and memories
thanks to iCloud.

8. Are there any photos on the walls of your house?

In my own personal apartment, no, as I haven’t bothered to decorate much. On the other hand, my
bedroom at my parents’ home is full of collages of my friends, family, and I over the years.

9. Do you frame (or have you framed) any of your photos?

Many times! Although not too often anymore, as social media is taking over. However, I’ve often
framed photos to give to my boyfriend or family members as gifts for their special occasions.

10. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself?
(Why?)

My own photography, as I feel quite confident with my skill. Furthermore, I feel that my own photos
are much more personal. Although some post cards are beautiful, I don’t feel that they hold a
candle (compare) to my own.
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IELTS Cue Card Sample 111 – Topic: Describe an unusual/ an


unforgettable meal
Posted: 15 Nov 2018 01:41 AM PST

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2

Describe an unusual/ an unforgettable meal

You should say:

When was it

Where you had the meal

What happened during the meal

And explain why it was unforgettable

Sample by IELTS High Scorer


Well, the meal I’ve decided to talk to you about was a farewell dinner of a good friend of mine, because
he was about to go off to Canada for a few years to start university there, so he invited a few of his
close friends for dinner before heading off.

And one of the reasons I’ve chosen to talk about this meal instead of some of the others I’ve been to is
simply that it’s still quite fresh in my memory. You know, it was only about a couple of weeks ago
when it happened. And it was a really nice restaurant that we went to, definitely one of the best in the
city. So I was kind of relieved that it wouldn’t be me footing the bill.

Anyway regarding what we ate, well I couldn’t tell you every single dish that we had, because there was
just so much, you know, the whole table was covered with food. I mean, there was crab, chicken, duck,
what else, um,……oh yeah, shrimps, and, uh…..oh and a whole load of different vegetables. So by the
end of it, I was absolutely stuffed.

But anyway, finally, in terms of how I felt about the meal, well to put it simply, I really enjoyed it,
because as well as the food, which was fantastic, I really enjoyed everyone’s company. You know, it
was great being together with so many good friends, many of which I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

So yeah, all in all, it was a really special evening, and I’m extremely grateful to my friend for his
generosity, as the bill must have come to quite a lot.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 3

Describe what you think is a healthy diet?

A good diet includes a variety of foods from the basic food groups. It should provide enough calories to
ensure desirable weight and also it should contain all the necessary daily nutrients.

Are there many vegetarians in your country? Why do you think some people choose to
be vegetarians?

Although I’m not a vegetarian, I still believe it’s good to eat more vegetables and fruit. Some
vegetarians eat veggies because they believe animals shouldn’t be killed and some just for the sake of
health. I think either reason is worth doing. If we think about how many animals are killed because of
our need for meat, we might feel sad for our deeds. When we learn all the benefits that veggies can
bring us, we’ll also feel happier to eat them more.

Is the food that people eat today different to the food that people used to eat in the past?
If yes, in what ways has it changed?

In the past, the choices of foods were limited but the foods were fresh and people could rest assured of
its quality. So it’s not surprising our ancestors enjoyed greater longevity than us. In the present time,
we have chances to taste various foods of different cultures and nationalities, being unique and
delicious in their own ways. Even so, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be as there have been many reported
cases of food poisoning, especially in developing countries, where food safety is a pressing concern.

Is ‘fast food’ popular in your country?


Nowadays, workers have to work extra hours while students have to burn the midnight oil revising
and reviewing for their exams. As a consequence of this, they can’t manage time to have a decent meal
rich in vitamins and minerals. Instead, they have no choice but go to buy some take-away at some fast
food restaurant and then get back to their work and study. So fast foods are gaining in immense
popularity because after all, the more developed a country becomes, the less nutritious the citizens’
diet is.

More and more people are becoming overweight nowadays. What do you think might be
the causes of this?

Well to be honest, I would have to admit that the youths nowadays are leading a health-damaging
lifestyle because of the fast-paced lifestyle and pressure. To be more precise, workers have to work
extra hours while students have to burn the midnight oil revising and reviewing for their exams. As a
consequence of this, they can’t manage time to have a decent meal rich in vitamins and minerals.
Instead, they have no choice but go to buy some take-away at some fast food restaurant and then get
back to their work and study.

Do you or, do people in your country generally prefer to eat at home or eat out?

If you ask me, I’d say that by and large, the folks in my nation would show a greater preference for
home-cooked meals. The reason behind this is the fact that food safety is quite a pressing issue and
people are becoming increasingly aware of their health conditions. As a result, the chances are that
they would directly go to the market or supermarket, choose the raw materials and cook the dishes on
their own. Having said that, some people are quite up to their ears in work and would rather order a
meal at a restaurant instead.

How important do you think it is for members of a family to eat together?

I have to admit that it’s extremely vital that family members spend their time together at the dinner
table. The most obvious explanation for this is that this can strengthen family bonds and help the
whole family get on well with one another. To be more specific, during a meal, they can share their
stories and trouble in life, receive valuable advice to sort out their problems. At the end of the day,
people can build a close-knit family and forget about all the difficulties in their life.

Why do some people not always eat with their family?

I personally feel that a number of factors are responsible for why some people in modern society
refuse to have a meal with other family members. One of the reasons is the lack of time caused by
increasing pressure from work or study. A case in point is that my high-school friend often spends
more than 8 hours a day studying that he can hardly manage any hour for eating with his parents.

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia – November 2018 with Band


9 Sample with Audio
Posted: 14 Nov 2018 12:12 AM PST

IELTS SPEAKING PART 1


What is your full name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?

Where do you live now?

How long have you lived there?

Although during my childhood my family had to move a lot, I’ve lived in the most recent house for
almost ten years. Comparing to the old houses, I think this house has been the best so far.

Who do you live with?

I live with my family. There are 5 of us and we all have our own room, which is way more comfortable
as the older we grow, the more privacy we need for ourselves. I think our house is big enough for us yet
still a warm and cozy place that I call home.

Do you plan to live there for a long time?

The answer would be yes if the respondent is my parents, since moving in and out is too time-consuming
and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be like torture to them. For
me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life, hopefully soon I’ll be able to
afford to live in a flat or an apartment.

Do you like watch films?

Absolutely! They are an excellent way to unwind (relax; free your mind). Moreover, my friends are
realt into films, so it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend time together. Afterwards, we discuss and debate the
film that we have just watched. Apart from just relaxing and enjoying the film, I like to delve
deeper (get to the deeper meaning) to discover the subliminal messages.

What kinds of movies do you like best?

Well, I would say I’m still a kid at heart (a person who still feels like a child in their heart),
so I really enjoy watching kids’ movies. Although they seem simple and innocent, there are often many
life lessons packed into these films. Moreover, I’m really into drama and historical movies. When I
watch these, I feel that I can more deeply understand human emotions and re-live historical moments,
like the Vietnam-America War or World War II.

How often do you watch films?

Well, I am quite a busy bee (a busy person), but I manage to see about one or two films a week at
home. After a long day of studying, I love snuggling up (getting comfortable with blankets) on
the sofa and watching a film to unwind. I tend to do this on Friday and Sunday evenings with my friends.

Do you like to watch movies alone or with your friends?


Both! On one hand, I find it extremely relaxing to chill out and fall asleep to a film by myself, but it’s
also enjoyable to have company. So, all in all, I prefer films with friends, since they are also into film.
Afterwards, we can discuss the meaning and carry on inside jokes (jokes among friends) from
quotes from the film later on!

Would you like to be in a movie?

Not one bit! As I have stage fright (fear of being on stage), I would never have the guts (never
be brave enough to) to do it. Secondly, I feel awkward when I try to act and I have the memory of
a goldfish (short memory) so I know I could never memorize my lines! All in all, acting is simply
not my thing.

How often do you drink water?

Well, everyday of course! Staying hydrated is a priority for me since I easily get a headache if I don’t,
not to mention my weight loss goals. Drinking enough water is critical for our health.

What kinds of water do you like to drink?

All different kinds; I’m not too picky (selective)! I either drink tap water that I put in a Brita filter or
bottled water from time to time. I usually put water in my refillable water bottle and carry it around me
with me all day.

Do you drink bottled water or water from water machines?

Bottled water. Since the water in my country is potable (drinkable), I usually opt for that with a filter
to improve the flavor. If this isn’t available to me, I buy a bottle of water, although I prefer not to because
of my environmental concerns.

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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2

Describe an activity you would do when you are alone in your free time

You should say:

▪ What do you do

▪ How often do you do it

▪ Why do you like to do this activity?

▪ How do you feel when you do it?


Audio

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Band 9 sample

I’m going to tell you about my love for reading. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been more of the
introverted type and have loved to have my face buried (expression for someone reading) in a
book. Since my parents often fought when I was a child, I felt that it was an escape from reality.
Moreover, I am also really into writing and I think it’s impossible to be a great writer without reading.
Through reading books, I can bask in (deeply enjoy; get lost in) the literary geniuses of the book
and find inspiration for my own books in the future.

I read every single day. Actually, I can’t recall a single day in my life that I didn’t read. Sometimes I feel
as if books are my entire life. Whether the book is my taste (preference) or not, the suspense
always kills me (not knowing what will happen next is exciting) and I cannot stop flipping the
pages to find out what happens next. However, duty calls (responsibilities call) and I must go to
work at the boutique from 10-6 Monday-Friday, so I have to pull myself away from my books during
that time. I usually get up around 7am and read a bit before work then come home, have dinner, and
get lost in a book for the rest of the evening.

As I mentioned, books are a great escape for me as I feel my life is quite mundane (boring;
uneventful). Moreover, I really find deep joy in analyzing the literature, such as the character
development, plot, archetypes, etc. I feel like my best self when I read; I feel I stretch my mind to new
dimensions. Furthermore, reading sends me into a tranquil state. After a busy day at work, opening a
book is the best way to unwind (relax). On another note, I feel quite exhausted conversing with others
all day at work so I feel quite rejuvenated (fresh) when I’m finally at home in my den in my happy
place. Moreover, I feel that people who read have more interesting things to talk about so I often find
myself in engaging (exciting) conversations with co-workers and customers at the boutique
throughout the day. All in all, reading is everything to me.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 3

Do you think people should only focus on work?

Do you think how much time we spend at work in a lifetime?

Should parents plan the children’s leisure time and activities?

Do you think the activities of the young generation are different from those of the older generation?

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IELTS Cue Card Sample 110 with Audio – Topic: Something you
learned in a place or from someone
Posted: 12 Nov 2018 01:41 AM PST

Describe something you learned in a place or from someone

You should say:

▪ What it was that you learned

▪ When this happened

▪ Where it was/ Who taught you

▪ How difficult it was to learn

Audio

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Band 9 Model Answer

I’m going to tell you about when I learned how to drive a car in the state of Maryland. I first got my
learner’s permit when I was 15 and 9 months years old, in 2008, so that’s when the journey began.
Since there was virtually (almost) no public transportation, Uber, etc. at that time, it was necessary
to get a driver’s license as soon as possible.

With the learner’s permit, you can begin to practice with a parent or other trusted, experienced driver.
You must document 80 hours. During this period, I also had to take a 6 week driver’s education
course 3 hours per day then finally go out with an instructor for 3 sessions. After this step, you are
allowed to get your license as soon as you are 16 and 3 months old and pass the written and in-person
driver’s exam. After this tedious process and after one failed time, I finally got my license in January
of 2010 and I couldn’t have been happier! Furthermore, I was lucky enough to have found a used,
reliable Volvo for a reasonable price conveniently around this time, so I immediately hit the road
(started driving). As we were cruising along (driving) the highway with the wind in our hair, my
16 year old friends and I felt on top of the world (really happy or cool); it was our leap
(jump) into adulthood.

Although I was ecstatic one it was all said and done, I’m not going to say that it was an easy process.
There was a lot of hard work involved in this. From the countless hours on the road as a 15 year old to
the hours spent in the classroom, it was no walk in the park (an expression meaning
something easy). It was a stressful yet exciting time for my family and I. To be honest, the hardest
part was arguing with my father in the car because he couldn’t keep his patience with me behind the
wheel (when you are driving). Furthermore, I greatly struggled with parallel parking
(parking between two cars on the side of the road). Actually, to this day, I still can’t do it. For
this reason, I failed my driver’s license test the first time and fled (left) the DMV (Department of
Motor Vehicles) in tears. Luckily, the second time I passed by the skin of my teeth. All in all, this is
not a pleasant time, but it’s very necessary to survive in the car-based society of the US. If you ask me,
I’d much prefer hopping on (getting on) the subway or calling an Uber.

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Recent IELTS Speaking Test in the UAE – November 2018 with Band 9
Sample with Audio
Posted: 10 Nov 2018 11:42 PM PST

IELTS SPEAKING PART 1

What is your full name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?

Do you work or study?

What is your job?

I’m the founder and project manager for a volunteer organization called Corazon de Apus. We find
local children living in poverty or with difficult family situations and bring them to a safe place after
school where they can learn English with the volunteers from Western countries, get homework help,
and simply play and escape their problems. We also pitch in (everyone gives some money) to
provide them with school supplies, dental care, and uniforms.

How long have you been doing your job?

This is my 4th year on the job. Actually, at university I studied Finance, but I realized a 9- 5 isn’t for
me. I knew I needed to do a job that helps those in need. However, my finance skills do come in
handy (are useful) in this job!

How was your first day at work?

I felt a little overwhelmed with all the volunteers coming to me asking all the ins and outs (all the
details), but very excited at the same time. All of the stress was worth it when I saw the smiles of the
children. Actually, they tackled me (to jump on and push to the ground) to ground with hugs!

Which job do you prefer in the future?

I would like to continue in the volunteer field, but keep expanding the projects. For example, I have
dreamt of going to remote villages in the mountains and educating the people about public health, as
it is a big problem in Peru. I hope to aid in (to help) reducing preventable disease.
Morning Routine

Do you usually do the same things in the mornings?

As I’m a creature of habit, I would say yes. I always get up at 6:00 am, have noodles and tea for
breakfast, brush my teeth, then brush up (quickly study) on what we learned the day before in
class to make sure I’m well-prepared. After all of this, I start heading to class at 8:30am. However, on
weekends, I tend to hit the snooze button and end up sleeping till 9:00am then start my day.

Do you think breakfast is important?

Absolutely. Many experts state that it is the most important meal of the day. I believe it gives me the
fuel I need to tackle my day (to strongly take on the day). Moreover, I think it’s critical to have a
balanced breakfast to make sure I get all the proper nutrients. I cannot imagine starting my day on an
empty stomach!

Do you want to change your daily routines in the future?

I think it’s inevitable since I’ll soon be joining the workforce! I want to keep my organized, prepared
habits, but I hope to sleep in a bit more in the future. I would like to at least sleep 30 minutes to an
hour later, and not have to spend as much time preparing for my day. Furthermore, I hope to have my
own car instead of taking a Grab every morning.

Gift

Do you like to buy gifts for others?

I deeply enjoy buying gifts for others. I think that giving to others gives us a lot of happiness. However,
sometimes I feel stressed or nervous that I will not find just the right gift for that person. I especially
feel stressed for my picky friends and family members! Sometimes it seems like they don’t like
anything.

Do you like to receive gifts too?

Yes, of course I like to receive gifts! Regardless of what the gift is, I feel happy that someone went
through the trouble to buy me something. I feel appreciative of any thoughtful gesture!

Did you ever receive a handmade gift?

Yes, I have received several handmade gifts in my lifetime, from decorations to shorts to photo
albums.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2

Describe a beautiful city you’ve visited


You should say:

▪ Where is it?

▪ When did you go there?

▪ What did you do there?

▪ And explain why you like it

Band 9 Sample Answers

I’m going to tell you about one of the most beautiful cities in the world in my opinion, Budapest,
Hungary located in eastern Europe. I had always seen photos of the impressive parliament building
and dreamt of seeing it in person, and just finally bit the bullet (made a fast decision) and took a
solo trip there back in 2015. I was only 22 years old and had little experience traveling alone, but I
knew I needed to make it there (go there).

During my trip, I visited the famous parliament building, did a boat ride along the Danube river which
separates Buda and Pest, visited local markets, visited Trinity square, visited the thermal baths, and
ate the local foods, such as sausage and goulash. It all started on the first day when I joined a free
walking tour to get to know the city from a local’s perspective. After this, I had a better idea
of what I should do while I was there. So, I visited some of these sites on my tour then did the rest on
my own (alone, by yourself), all guided with a map, since google maps and SIM cards weren’t
available then. I felt proud of myself for finding my way around all by my lonesome.

I really enjoyed this city for many reasons. Firstly, the sites were absolutely stunning (beautiful). I
discovered that Hungary has a long and interesting history with many different influences.
Furthermore, the thermal baths were unlike anything I had ever experienced before and were
just divinely relaxing, especially on a cool day. Moreover, the food and beer were absolutely
delicious and cheap, which made the trip even more enjoyable. All in all, I highly recommend
Budapest.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 3

What are the advantages of living in the countryside?

Is life in a village or in a small town better than city life?

Should children be raised in the city or countryside?

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 in 2018 – Topic : Film/Movie with Band 9


Sample & Audio
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 12:14 AM PST
1.Do you like watch films?

Absolutely! They are an excellent way to unwind (relax; free your mind). Moreover, my friends
are reallt into films, so it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend time together. Afterwards, we discuss and
debate the film that we have just watched. Apart from just relaxing and enjoying the film, I like
to delve deeper (get to the deeper meaning) to discover the subliminal messages.

2. What kinds of movies do you like best?

Well, I would say I’m still a kid at heart (a person who still feels like a child in their heart),
so I really enjoy watching kids’ movies. Although they seem simple and innocent, there are often many
life lessons packed into these films. Moreover, I’m really into drama and historical movies. When I
watch these, I feel that I can more deeply understand human emotions and re-live historical moments,
like the Vietnam-America War or World War II.

3. Do you prefer foreign films or films made in your country?

Since my country doesn’t have a huge film industry, I’ve always been really into American films. Not
to knock (to insult; discredit) other film industries, but American ones are incredibly entertaining
and well-made; the evolution of film continues to amaze me. Moreover, I only watch films in
English so it helps me to learn new slang and expressions.

4. How often do you watch films?

Well, I am quite a busy bee (a busy person), but I manage to see about one or two films a week at
home. After a long day of studying, I love snuggling up (getting comfortable with blankets) on
the sofa and watching a film to unwind. I tend to do this on Friday and Sunday evenings with my
friends.

5. How often do you go to a cinema to watch a movie?

Not too often actually. As the prices in my country are quite high, I usually opt to (choose) watch a
movie at home instead to save on costs. Actually, I think it’s kind of a waste of money to see a movie at
a cinema when you can watch it from the comfort of your living room. I only go when a friend invites
me, which is maybe 4 times a year.

6. Do people in your country like to go to a cinema to watch a film?

I would say so. Since people like to go out with their families on the weekends, this is often an activity
that they would choose. Moreover, teenagers enjoy this activity as a way to get out of the house.
Furthermore, it’s often a popular date option for many people!

7. What was the first film that you watched?

Hmm it’s hard to say the first, but I think it was the Lion King. I know it first came out in the early
90’s when I was a child. It was my absolute favorite- I used to watch it repeatedly until my parents
were really tired of it! I even built “pride rock” out of rocks that I found when we would go to visit my
relatives who have a garden.

8. Do you like to watch movies alone or with your friends?


Both! On one hand, I find it extremely relaxing to chill out and fall asleep to a film by myself, but it’s
also enjoyable to have company. So, all in all, I prefer films with friends, since they are also into film.
Afterwards, we can discuss the meaning and carry on inside jokes (jokes among friends) from
quotes from the film later on!

9. Would you like to be in a movie?

Not one bit! As I have stage fright (fear of being on stage), I would never have the guts (never
be brave enough to) to do it. Secondly, I feel awkward when I try to act and I have the memory of
a goldfish (short memory) so I know I could never memorize my lines! All in all, acting is simply
not my thing.

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IELTS Speaking Test in October 2018 with Band 9 Model Answers


with Audio
Posted: 07 Nov 2018 11:06 PM PST

Part 1

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Plants

Do you like plants? Why?

Yes of course I do! I think they add to the ambiance (charm; feeling) of our homes. I can’t explain
it exactly, but they just make you feel better somehow. Maybe it’s because of the oxygen and the
physical appeal.

What plants do you like?

I really like orchid flowers. I have several of them, both white and purple, around my home. My
friends always give me orchid flowers for special occasions since they know I like them so much!
Furthermore, I love the look and symbolism of the lotus, but it’s a bit difficult to find them here in
Spain since they aren’t native to this part of the world.

Have you ever grown any plants?

I would love to, but I’ve never really had the chance. Since I live in an apartment without a balcony,
it’s quite difficult for me to get the necessary sunlight. Oh, how I dream of having a big back yard
(grassy green area behind the house, usually in the US) with a vegetable and herb garden one
day! I want my own tomatoes and basil especially.

Did you grow any plants when you were a child?


I never grew any plants as a child, but I used to help my grandmother on her olive tree farm in the
countryside of southern Spain. I’ve learned that olive trees need mild winters and long, warm, and dry
summers to sustain themselves.

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Painting

Do you like drawing or painting?

Both of them, but I enjoy drawing more. When I paint, I often make a mess and just cannot blend the
colors properly. I find drawing to be easier and something that you can do on the go, such as on the
underground or doodling (drawing without proper form) on your notes during class.

What kinds of things do you like to draw?

Definitely portraits. I’ve always been inclined to draw the human face, capturing their intricate
(detailed) features and expressions. When I travel, I take photographs of local people then later
replicate them to keep those memories alive.

Did you enjoy doing art lessons when you were a child?

Of course! It was one of my favorite classes. Since I was never a math or science person, art was always
a creative outlet (way of expression) for me. I felt like I needed it after all the stress of logical
thinking throughout to do, not to mention my art teacher was really cool and zany (unique;
quirky).

Do you ever draw or paint pictures now?

Absolutely! Not as often as I used to because of time and adult responsibilities, but I still manage to
draw a few times per week, especially to unwind (relax) before bed. Furthermore, I intend to go on
a 2 or 3 week holiday abroad each year so I sketch (draw) people there.

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Cooking

Do you like cooking?

Moderately! Since I’m a vegetarian in a town with few options, it’s critical for me to cook for myself. I
wouldn’t say that I love it, but it is growing on me (starting to like). I feel accomplished when my
own concoctions turn out well!

How often do you cook?


Pretty much everyday. Since I’m a busy bee (busy person), I usually prepare meals for the week on
Sunday afternoons. For example, I prep some tofu, beans, and rice then just heat them up with some
stir-fried vegetables throughout the week.

How good are you at cooking?

I would consider myself to be average. I’ve mastered some dishes, but could still use work (need to
practice) on others. For example, I’m quite good at preparing vegetable curry and falafel. That it
what I usually prepare when I have guests.

Does anyone in your family like to cook?

Not really. I can remember that my grandmother enjoyed entertaining and preparing food for family
and friends. I distinctly remember her corned beef and cabbage. However, she died when I was quite
young along with that tradition.

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Part 2

Describe a competition you want to take part in

You should say:

▪ What the competition is

▪ How you knew it

▪ What you need to prepare for it

▪ And explain why you want to attend it

Audio

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BAND 9 MODEL ANSWER

I’m going to tell you about my real dream. First, let me give you some background. I think that I have
a pretty decent singing voice, but I’m rather shy so I usually limit myself to singing in the shower. I’ve
always dreamt of having the courage to sing my heart out (sing passionately)in front of a large
audience. I’ve always dreaded (not looked forward to) being in the spotlight, but I think I must
do this to force myself to new limits.

I recently read on a facebook ad that there is a singing competition in Istanbul, about 100km in my
house in November 2018. I know it’s a bit far, but I really want to make that journey. You must pay
$500 dollars to enter, but I feel that this is a worthy investment. Last year’s winner, Aybars, won a
new car and singing lesson with the American winner of The Voice. There will be over 100 contestants,
so the competition is stiff. There is a preliminary round to see if you are able to continue, then
there will be two other elimination rounds. It will even be on live air on the local Turkish television.

I feel really nervous and apprehensive because I have never sung in front of an audience, let alone
(neither) on TV. I’m afraid that I may do something embarrassing like trip and fall on TV, or even
not make it past the preliminary round. I even have nightmares about these situations sometimes!
However, I feel quite confident with my voice so I think I can make it far (do something
successfully). Even if I don’t win, I would still love to have this experience. It will be one for the
books (something memorable).

Part 3

Why do you think some school teachers use competitions as class activities?

Well, there are many competitive people in this world. Many people thrive on (makes them
excited) it, so learning would not be fun without it. For this reason, I think teachers use it to appeal
to all different types of personalities. Secondly, it gives us incentive (motivation for a reason) to
pay attention and try harder in class. If we are never tried (tested), we may keep silent in the back of
the classroom. When there is a prize at stake (something you are able to get), people tend to put
a lot more effort forth. All in all, it is a fun way to spark interest and attention in the classroom, not to
mention students of all ages smile when they receive some sort of prize.

Is it a good thing to give prizes to children who do well at school? Why?

I would say yes, because it is an incentive to put effort into your studies. However, I don’t think the
teacher should build a prize into every lesson because then the children may focus on that instead of
actully gaining knowledge, which is the real prize. I think it’s fun and healthy competition to bring in a
small prize for pupils, such as candy, but definitely not something to do on the daily.

Would you say that schools for young children have become more or less competitive
since you were that age? Why?

It’s tough to say really, but I would say that they are becoming more competitive. I think one of the
reasons for this is the social media. Now that our lives are on blast (something everyone can
see), students see this and begin to compare themselves to other students. For example, maybe
students post pictures of their high scores online or their parents praise them on their Facebook
status. So, this creates more of a competitive sense. Furthermore, the job market is quite competitive,
so as a society we must put more effort into standing out (being remembered; being different
from others). Maybe the students aren’t aware of this, but this I would imagine that the parents put
more pressure onto their children to be better than the others.

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IELTS Speaking Test in the US – July 2018 & Model Answers with
Audio
Posted: 12 Jul 2018 05:58 AM PDT

Audio
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Part 1

What’s your full name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?


I’m from Cusco, Peru, located among the Andes Mountain Range near one of the wonders of the
world, Machu Picchu!

How far is it far from here?


Wow! I don’t even know the number of kilometers, but it’s quite a hike (very far) there. It’s located
in South America. It shares borders with Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia.

Please describe your hometown a little?


Where do I begin? My hometown is marvelous. It was the heart of (the center of) the Inca Empire,
and is home many ancient Inca ruins, especially Machu Picchu. It lies at 3,100 meters up in the
mountains. You can do a lot of trekking, site seeing, visit incredible natural landscapes, etc. It’s a
perfect mixture of the ancient and modern world.

How long have you been living there?


I was born and raised in Cusco. I’ve lived there for my entire life, except for when I went to Lima, the
capital city, to study my Bachelor’s Degree. After that, I needed to escape the hustle and
bustle (noise from a big city)and come back to my lovely town.

What do you like (most) about your hometown?


I love that it’s a mix between the ancient and modern world. Furthermore, I like the mix of
the indigenous (native people) and Spanish influence. Sometimes it feels like I’m walking in the
shoes of the Incas. Furthermore, there is definitely a warm, friendly feel to the town which makes it a
pleasant place to live.

Would you like to live there in the future?


Although my city is magical, I would consider moving somewhere else in the world. I think sometimes
people become too accustomed to (used to) their daily routine. So, perhaps when and if I have a
family, I would consider moving to another country in South America or to Spain. It would be our
adventure!

What is your job?


I’m the founder and project manager for a volunteer organization called Corazon de Apus. We find
local children living in poverty or with difficult family situations and bring them to a safe place after
school where they can learn English with the volunteers from Western countries, get homework help,
and simply play and escape their problems. We also pitch in (everyone gives some money) to
provide them with school supplies, dental care, and uniforms.

How long have you been doing your job?


This is my 4th year on the job. Actually, at university I studied Finance, but I realized a 9-5 isn’t for
me. I knew I needed to do a job that helps those in need. However, my finance skills do come in
handy (are useful) in this job!
How was your first day at work?
I felt a little overwhelmed with all the volunteers coming to me asking all the ins and outs (all the
details), but very excited at the same time. All of the stress was worth it when I saw the smiles of the
children. Actually, they tackled me (to jump on and push to the ground) to ground with hugs!

Do you prefer part time or full time job? Why?


Well, of course I would rather have a part-time job! If I had a part-time job, I would invest the rest of
my time to do the things that truly interest me, such as yoga, meditation, see family and friends, etc.
I’m sure we would all feel happier if we were able to do this. Unfortunately, the problem is the money
though!

Do you do any physical exercise?


You could call me a couch potato (a lazy person who sits on the sofa a lot. “Couch” is
another word for sofa). I’m naturally thin without any exercise, so I’m quite lazy when it comes to
exercise. I do go for mountain hikes, but I should definitely do more to gain muscle.

Do young people in your country like to do exercise?


Gyms are not very popular in my country because of the cost, but I would say that people get their fair
share of exercise everyday because of the hills in the city. Many people climb a mountain to their home
every single day! I used to live in a house that was unreachable by car and a total of 200 stairs to get
there!

Do you think people are keen on doing physical activity? Why?


Well, I think they are quite accustomed to it. I don’t think they would be too keen on going to the gym,
but they really enjoy going on mountain hikes. Since our religion is based upon the Mother Earth and
the Mountain Gods, these treks are a spiritual journey.

Part 2

Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country

Who the actor is

How you know him/her

What kind of person he/she is

and explain why he/she is popular in your country

Model Answer

I would like to tell you about a silly, versatile (can do many different things) actor from my
country called Jim Carrey. He’s an American actor. I first saw him in the movie “Dumb and Dumber”
when I was about 8 years old. I thought the faces he made were really hilarious. Since then, I started
following his movies. What I like about him is that he can nail (to do a good job) both a serious and
comedy role in movies. In real life, I hear he leads a hippy sort of life. He discusses the universe a lot
and says that he wants a simple life opposed to the luxurious life he could have. I’ve seen recent
photos of him with a long, unkept gray beard. This makes him appeal to me even more because he’s
not the average star. He’s popular for all of his hit films, and especially his over-the-top
(crazy) faces and voices he is able to do. I think others also appreciate that he can make you crack
up (laugh a lot) laughing in one film, then make burst into tears (to start to cry a lot) in the
next.

Part 3

Why do some youngsters try to copy film stars? Is it good or bad?

I guess we assume that what the media portrays is what we should be. As youngsters are quite
impressionable and unsure of their identity in most cases, they latch on to these stars to try to be
someone. I think it’s a bad thing, but also normal for young people. However, if older people try to do
this, I feel sorry for them because they must not be comfortable in their own shoes (with who
they are).

Are famous personalities rich in your country?

Way too rich! Those in the entertainment industry are among the richest in the country, better yet in
the world. Furthermore, the athletes are incredibly rich. Kudos to them (kudos= to congratulate
or respect) for their talents, but also sometimes this makes me feel a bit ill because there are other
professions that are poorly paid, such as teachers, which really deserve more. This doesn’t make sense
to me.

Do you think they spend their money wisely?

I guess this depends on the individual. I know that some famous people, like Bill Gates for example,
are huge philanthropists (people who help humanity). He invests money
to disadvantaged (poor and/or unlucky) countries so that they can get vaccines for preventable
diseases. However, I’ve heard that some celebrities such as Justin Bieber, throw away every outfit
after they wear it once which is just plain (is simply) wasteful and sinful. So, I would say that most
famous people probably spend some of their money on unnecessary luxuries, but many also donate to
charities.

What is difference between film stars in the past and film stars nowadays?

In my opinion, I felt like stars in the past were famous because of their talent, like acting or singing.
Nowadays, it seems like people get fame from their over the top reality show personalities or just
simply by their business tactics of getting their name out there, like the Kardashians. Furthermore, I
think stars in the past were more glamorous and reserved, like the images of Marilyn Monroe.

Do you think film stars have the right to privacy?

Of course! I think all people deserve privacy. At the end of the day, celebrities are humans like us.
They have feelings and private affairs too, so I don’t think that the paparazzi has the right to infringe
upon (not follow) this. Of course stars have chosen this path, so they must accept that some
matters in their life will be publicly shared. However, I don’t think each and every one of their moves
should be snapshotted. I can imagine that this must be one of the biggest downfalls
(disadvantages) of being famous! You can’t even go to a private beach villa without someone
following you.

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IELTS Podcast 1: Recent IELTS Speaking Test in Canada – July 2018


& Model Answers with Audio
Posted: 01 Jul 2018 02:36 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part One:

– What is your full name?


– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?

Audio for Part 1


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Do you use a dictionary?

Yes, I use a dictionary, but usually an online one. As the world is becoming more technologically
advanced, I think it’s more convenient to use an online dictionary rather than a paper book.
However, when I do not have access to the internet, a dictionary is still very useful. I think it is
important to check a dictionary instead of use a translator to search for new words, considering
sometimes google translate is incorrect. I could not live without a dictionary!

Which kinds of dictionaries do you prefer to use?

Firstly, I prefer to use an online dictionary for convenience. I’m a fan of one online dictionary called
Word Reference because it shows you many different instances to use the word. For example, it
shows all meanings of that particular word, and shows you phrases with that word as well. I think
this is incredibly important as many English words have several meanings. Also, you can check the
thesaurus to see synonyms. Word Reference gives you the whole picture!

Do you think a dictionary is useful?

Yes, of course dictionaries are useful. Many times people only look up the translation of the word into
their own mother tongue, but I think this is sometimes ineffective. There are some words that simply
do not have a translation! I believe it’s better to look up the word in other words in the target
language, as well as see examples of how the word is used. I believe after doing this, you are more
likely to use the world correctly in real life.

If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?


To be honest, I would be happy if someone gave me a dictionary as a gift as I appreciate all gifts, but I
have to say that I would prefer another gift. Sure, a dictionary is useful and could help me learn new
things, but I would prefer new clothes, for example. If someone gave me new clothes, I would be
jumping with joy because I’m a student and I don’t have much money to spend on clothes.
Furthermore, I’m really into fashion! If someone gave me a dictionary, I would be grateful, but
perhaps not as excited as I would be for new clothes.

Do you think it would be interesting to be part of a team that is writing a dictionary?

To be honest, I don’t think it would be interesting to be part of a dictionary writing team. As I’m a
teacher, I would not be interested in this type of work. Firstly, I think it would be boring to sit down
all day writing! Secondly. I would dislike this type of work because I am a very creative, hands-on
type of person. I feel a lot of joy when I create interesting lessons for students and then do this lesson
with them in person and have fun! Dictionary writing is certainly not for me!

Audio for Part 2 & 3


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IELTS Speaking Part Two:

Describe your favorite song. You should say:

What this song is about

When you listened to this song for the first time

How often you listen to this song

And explain why you think it is your favorite

Band 9 Sample Answer

My favorite song is “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman. This song is about the “American Dream” that
is sought after by many people. The singer recounts her childhood struggles, such as her
father’s drinking and working day in and day out at a convenience store for little money. At
the end of the song, she escapes her family problems and she and her boyfriend go into the city
to seek a better life, and perhaps achieve the American Dream they they’ve been hoping for. I
listened to this song for the first time in the 90’s when I was a child; it takes me on a ride back to
the good old days. The funny thing is that the first time I heard it, I thought it was a man singing
because the woman has a very deep voice! However, I think the depth of her voice adds to
this catchy song. Nowadays, I listen to this song about once a week. I think this song is my favorite
because of the singer’s voice, and the story is just so captivating. When I listen to this song, I
can put myself in her shoes and imagine the hardships she has been through. At the end of
the song, I feel hopeful that they will find the better life that they are seeking. This song is timeless!
IELTS Speaking Part Three:

Why do you think that some local singers or musicians aren’t as successful as some
from other countries?

I think that fame is sometimes simply the luck of the draw. I think those born in United States or
other developed countries who play a large role in pop culture are the ones who find success more
easily. I think it’s unfair that some are born with privileges that will eventually lead them to fame and
wealth. For example, as you see, many famous singers are those who were already born rich or with
famous parents. Sadly, it’s all about who you know!

Do you think the Internet has affected the music industry? In what ways?

I definitely agree that internet has greatly affected the music industry. For one, I’m sure that some
artists have lost money due to illegal internet downloads. Secondly, now artists are exposed to the
world much more easily. In this cyber era, we have so much information at the click of a mouse. I’m
sure that it is much easier to get your name out there nowadays. I wonder if the famous will become
even more famous!

Do you think there will be further changes in the music industry in the future?

As with all things, I believe that the music industry will definitely continue to change. I see that
nowadays music is relying more on electronic devices rather than human hands, like in the olden
days. I think that nowadays someone doesn’t even need to pick up an instrument to be a musician. I
firmly believe that the music industry will become more reliant on technology.

Do you think the music young people listen to in your country is becoming more
globalized? Why/Why not?

My answer is a definite yes. Nowadays, young people are jamming out to American hits as well as
Kpop. American hits have always been globalizing, and continue to globalize at an incredible rate. I
think that almost every person can sing along to many American hits! Furthermore, Kpop is
becoming a phenomenon for teens around Asia, and perhaps will continue to reach hearts around the
globe.

IELTS Speaking Actual Test in India – June 2018 & Model Answers
Posted: 21 Jun 2018 06:30 AM PDT

Our IELTS learner sat the IELTS test in India 2 weeks ago and he wants to share the IELTS topics
and questions that he remembered to help other students prepare better for the test.

Now, let’s check it out and read Band 9 Model Answers from our IELTS expert.
IELTS Speaking Part 1
What is your full name?

My name is Siobhan Bridget O’Connell

What’s the origin of your name?

My parents decided on my name before I was born. My family is Irish and my name is a traditional
Irish name. My middle name, Bridget, was the name of my deceased grandmother. The middle name
Harry was the name of my grandfather, also recently deceased. I think it’s quite nice that my name
continues my family’s Irish heritage and that my grandparents’ names were picked by my parents to
be a part of my name, whichever sex I had turned out to be.

Do you think your name is special?

Yes, I do think that my name is special, mostly because of the reasons I gave in answer to the last
question. My name is pretty unique to Ireland; I haven’t met anybody who has this name who doesn’t
also have Irish family roots. I think that it forms part of my cultural identity and I like that I do not
hear the name often when I am meeting people from outside of Ireland. Once I have introduced
myself to someone, it always sparks a second question such as ‘where does that name come from?’.
It’s a very easy conversation starter.

Do you like your name?

Actually, I never used to like my name when I was a child. It wasn’t until much later – when I was
around 15 or 16 – that I started to be proud of my unique name and it’s heritage. Since then, I have
worn my name with pride. I think that your name is a gift from your parents and it is a gift that you
will carry with you for life; even when you are no longer alive on earth, people will remember you by
this name and it will be part of your legacy.

Did you use to have a nickname when you were a child?

Yes, my family called me ‘Bridie’, a play on the name ‘Bridget’. Unlike the nickname given to me by
my friends, I adore this nickname. Part of the reason being that my grandmother was called ‘Bridie’
by her friends when she was growing up. Although she is no longer with us, she was a woman I
respected enormously and had a deep connection with as a child. I like that I can continue to share
this with her, even after her death. I also think that I can continue to advance my career as a
professional woman whilst being called this name publicly by those who know me well.

Do you live in a house or an apartment?

For the past 21 years I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and
start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can plan
and design a house layout to suit myself since sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds
so troublesome to me.

Which part of your home do you like the most?


It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together. Not only lunch or dinner but all
our family reunions take place in the dining room where we can enjoy a harmonious atmosphere. We
always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a day without, since for us it’s the
family bonding that lies behind.

IELTS Speaking Part 2


Describe a city where you want to live or work

You should say:

– Where it is

– What the city is famous for

– Why you would like to live there

Sample Answer

I would like to tell you about Tokyo, the city I want to live the most in the future. It is the capital city
of Japan and is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

The most important reason I wish to settle down in Tokyo is the co-existence of modern and
traditional values. It’s the kind of city where the red gates of a centuries-old Shinto shrine may well
be found just next door to a glass skyscraper showcasing the finest 21st century technology. Or where
a quiet green lane lined with wooden low-rise houses and an old school tofu shop might sit just a
short stroll from a neon-lit square packed with flickering billboards and rainbow-bright street
fashion.

The hectic life in Tokyo is also an irresistible attraction for young people. Tokyo’s railway system
seems like it was designed to win world records. It’s rare to find a location in the metropolitan area
that can’t be reached with a train ride and a short walk. It is also common knowledge that you could
spend hours drooling over the elaborate pastries and picture-perfect sushi rolls in a department
store.

I feel that the city is moving toward the future. I believe Tokyo will become a city that is full of
surprises.

Vocabulary highlights:
• metropolitan: connected with a large or capital city
• settle down: start to have a quieter way of life
• co-existence: the state of being together in the same place at the same time
• shrine: a place where people come to worship
• showcase: present
• a short stroll from: not far from
• flicker: keep going on and off as it shines or burns
• hectic: full of activity
• irresistible: cannot be stopped or resisted
• drool: let saliva come out of your mouth
• elaborate: carefully prepared

IELTS Speaking Part 3


What are the advantages of working abroad?
There are numerous benefits I can think of. Firstly, people have a great chance to improve their use
of a foreign language. Working in countries like England or the US, for example helps them practice
their English on on a daily basis, which eventually results in the a better level of confidence and
activeness in their English communication skills. Also, people have ample chance to broaden their
horizons by learning about the progress of other countries, such as management systems or
technological advancements, right in their workplace, which not only provides them with knowledge
but gives them a chance to accumulate a lot of good skills and experience.

What are the disadvantages of living in a foreign country?


There are many but I would like to focus on two that I believe are the biggest. One of the drawbacks
relates to culture shock. You know, differences in working manner or working culture may result in
employees’ reluctance in processing their tasks, not to mention the difficulties in understanding
others with a foreign language. Secondly, working in a foreign country can also be a challenge of
one’s independence. In fact, a number of people have not been able to stay in a foreign country for
the long term just because they cannot suffer the loneliness.

IELTS Speaking Test in Iran – June 2018 & Model Answers


Posted: 20 Jun 2018 05:15 AM PDT

Part 1
– What is your full name?
– What should I call you?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?

– Do you like music?


So far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes listening to music. However, when the workload is too
heavy that requires me to stay highly focused, music is a huge distraction. Unlike many people
who like listening to instrumental music because it highly benefits for their concentration and study,
in my case the music makes me feel instantly sleepy.

Workload (n) the amount of work that person has to do


Distraction (n) something that gets your attention and prevents you from concentrating on
something else

– What kind of music do you like?

My music taste varies widely from West to East and from the 90s to modern EDM. But if Korean pop
is considered as a kind of music, then yeah, that’s my favorite of all time. More than half of my
playlists are Korean songs and I always keep myself updated with the news related to Korean
showbiz.

To keep updated (v) to follow a celebrity by frequently reading news about them

– Were you listening to music when you were younger?

Since my parents are music-lovers and they also have very good tastes, I was exposed to the old
kinds of music at a very young age. Sometimes my mom sang me to sleep with
her lullabies. Although I can’t get the message at that time, my mom said that I buoyed up when
listening to them.

Bouyed up (adj) feel cheerful

– How often do you use your dictionary?

As an English learner, I use dictionaries to look up new words regularly. Without them, it would be
really hard for me to write a complete IELTS essay or understand an English article.

– Do you like paper dictionary or electronic dictionary?

E-dictionary, absolutely. It’s very convenient and portable. I can use my smartphone and look up
new words whenever and wherever I want without having to carry a heavy book with me all the time.

– What kinds of dictionaries have you used before?

I’ve used quite a lot of dictionaries; but 3 dictionaries that I make use of the most are Cambridge
Dictionary, Collocation dictionary, and Thesaurus dictionary. All of them are absolutely necessary for
any English learner, I believe.

Part 2
Describe your favourite season. You should say:

• What the weather is like


• Why you like this season
• What activities you usually do during this season
• How different kinds of weather in this season affect people
Model Answers:

Today, I am going to tell you about my favourite season. Honestly, I love all the seasons but I think
my favourite is spring. Usually, it starts at the end of December in our country and lasts till the
middle of March.

The weather in my country is the best during spring because you will not suffer from the excessive
heat of summer or the freezing wind of winter. The temperature is tolerable both day and night.
One of the best things about spring is that, during this poetic season, nature displays itself in
beautiful green and flowers are noticed everywhere. Fruit trees are in full blossom, and colourful
flowers such as daffodils and marigolds bloom in parks and gardens. The sounds of spring are
wonderful too. A typical spring day will begin when some birds start their morning chorus as they
look for a mate. We also celebrate New Year, one of the most anticipated holidays by people. This is
an occasion for pilgrimages, family reunions and many festivals. Parties full
of palatable traditional dishes are the main theme for the whole holiday of New Year Eve.

I am of the opinion that different kinds of weather can affect people’s health. Even among
those in the prime of health, an excessively hot or cold day can lead to illness or injury, let
alone the elderly, who can be more susceptible to extreme weather conditions. Weather can
also make a huge impact on people’s lives. Obviously, the weather dictates what you are going to
wear for the day, often depending on the time of year. Also, winter snow storms in Western countries
can cancel school or make your morning commute a hassle.

By Zim

Vocabulary highlights:
• suffer from: be badly affected by
• excessive: greater than what seems reasonable or appropriate
• tolerable: moderate, acceptable
• in full blossom: with the flowers fully open
• morning chorus: early morning bird songs
• pilgrimage: a journey to a holy place for religious reasons
• in the prime of: in the best, most successful, most productive stage
• susceptible: very likely to be influenced, harmed or affected
• dictate: decide, determine
• hassle: irritating inconvenience

Part 3
– Do you think people should go on holidays? Is it beneficial?
– Do you think companies would benefit if the employees were to take long holidays?
– Do you think people should spend more on holidays?

IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic: Art & Technology with Model Essay
Posted: 30 May 2018 04:42 AM PDT

In today’s world of advanced science and


technology, we still greatly value our artists
such as musicians, painters and writers. What
can arts tell us about life that science and
technology cannot?
Band 8+ Model Essay

In this modern era of nonstop scientific and technological advancement, artists still command
profound respectfrom people all over the world. There are a number of things about life that arts
can teach us whilst science and technology fail to do so.

Many forms of art, especially literature, can deliver messages about the appreciation of what we
have in life as well as life itself. Hundreds of literary works choose to depict misery, misfortune
and sorrow that still exist in many places, and this sends the strongest message to those who do not
appreciate their lives. “The Goldfinch”, for example, which narrates a resonant story about the
miserable life the main character led after the unfortunate death of his mother does make each one of
us wonder whether we have become heartless toward our own loved ones. And I doubt that there
are any technologies in the world that could manage to convey such powerful messages.

Arts teach us to cherish the beauty of culture and are the fuel for our spiritual lives. This
is extremely important in a world where science and technology seem to fade our belief in the
gravity of culture in daily life. The connection between arts and culture is here to stay, and
traditional music and ancient paintings can remind us of where we came from and who we are at
present. That is to say, our cultural identity is preserved in various forms of arts.

Although science and technology advance our understanding of all things and better our lives,
arts can touch us to a much deeper extent, help us value what we have, and remind us of the
significance of our culture.

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia – May 2018 & Model


Answers
Posted: 19 May 2018 12:02 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1


What is your name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?


Do you work or study?

Travel/Tourism

What kind of training can be given to hotel staff to help develop tourism?

What do you think countries should do to attract tourists?

How is tourism important for international exchange?

Do you know any incidence when tourists are willing to learn about the culture of different countries?

Phone Apps

Do you use any phone apps?

What apps do you often use?

Do you want to develop an app by yourself?

What kinds of apps do you expect in the future?

IELTS Speaking Part 2


Talk about your favorite song from your country.
You should say:
– What the song or music is
– What kind of song or music is it
– Where you first heard it
– And explain why you like it

Model Answer 1

I have always been a huge fan of music. I love listening to music because good music helps
me recharge my battery and energy as well as uplift my spirit after a long day overloaded
with work and study. I listen to many different kinds of music from Rock to Jazz, depending on where
I am, who I am with and how I feel at the time. Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite
songs titled ‘Hello’.

The genre is pop, as characterized by its upbeat music and simple, down-to-earth lyrics. It’s
actually a single that just went platinum this week. The song isincredibly popular at the moment,
I mean, it’s the talk of the town. It’s been topping the charts for weeks, and has got millions of
streams on music sites.
The person who performs the song is Adele, an internationally acclaimedartist, hailing from the
UK. She’s made a killing with her albums, but she’s maintained a somewhat low-profile lifestyle. I
am a huge fan of her. I have an impressive collection of her records that I really treasure. Maybe I
would have the fortune to attend one of her concerts.

I first listened to the song last week. It was when I was in the middle of finals. I was up to the ears
in revision and it was incredibly nerve-racking time, so I needed something to let my hair down.
That’s when I went to YouTube to watch some music videos. The minute I heard Adele’s voice, I
was hooked and totally blown away. I’ve put the song on repeat ever since.

I am keen on the song for a number of reasons. First, it was her voice that struck me, which is
incredibly soothing, and has a nice warm quality to it. The lyrics is also dope. It talks about emotions
after two people part ways in a relationship and I can definitely relate to that.

A huge/big fan of (phrase) really like someone

Uplift one’s spirit (phrase) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

Overload with (phrase) to put too many people or things in or on something

Down-to-earth (adj) practical

Go platinum (phrase) to sell 1 million copies of an album

The talk of the town (idiom) if something is the talk of a place, people there talk a lot about it

Acclaim (verb) praise

Make a killing (phrase) to have a great success, especially in making money

Low-profile (adj) deliberately not attracting public attention

In the middle of (doing) something (phrase) busy doing something

Up to the ears/neck/eyes in (idiom) involved in a difficult situation, or with more work to do


than you can deal with

Nerve-racking (adj) making you very nervous or worried

Let one’s hair down (idiom) to relax and enjoy yourself because you are in a
comfortable environment

Hooked (adj) if you are hooked on something, you find it so attractive or interesting that you want
to do it as much as possible

Blow away (phrasal verb) impressive greatly

Dope (adj) very good

Part ways (phrase) end a relationship


Model Answer 2

Honestly speaking, for the most part I would probably say that I have a
great passion for listening to music and indeed I have listened like thousands of songs so far.
However, if I have to pick out a song that I like the most, I would probably choose the song Million
Years Ago by Adele.

By gorgeous lyrics and melody, it’s like a piece of cake for Adele to make me addicted to this
song. A significant feature that I should mention is the song’s meaningful content. It is a
regretful calling inside an adult who has born his soul on the way of growing up and earning his
stripes. Every now and then I feel he is so desperate that he could do anything to escape the
cycle of his life but after all he can’t afford to do so.

The reason why I am so fond of this song has something to do with the fact that it provokes so many
beautiful memories from my childhood. Although this song is a sad song, it opens my eyes to many
things in life, one of them is that you should not take anything for granted, even the simplest one,
try to live to your fullest so that one day you would not have to regret that much about the journey that
you have been through.

Fairly speaking, Million Years Ago is a really good songs for self – reflecting especially when you
find yourself lost in the super busy world nowadays.

▪ Passion (n): strong and intense emotion, love

▪ Pick out (phrasal verb): to choose

▪ Piece of cake (idiom): something very easy

▪ Be addicted to something (expression): be devoted to a particular activity or thing

▪ Calling (n): a strong urge to a particular way of life

▪ Earn someone’s stripes (idiom): Do something to show you deserve a particular rank or
position

▪ Every now and then (expression): occasionally, from time to time

▪ Provoke (v): stimulate or give rise to something

▪ Open one’s eyes to Something (idiom): make someone understand something

▪ Take something for granted (idiom): fail to properly appreciate ST

▪ Reflect (v): think deeply and carefully about something.


IELTS Speaking Part 3
Talk about the traditional music in your country

On what occasions do people in your country listen to traditional music?

Where do children and adults learn about traditional music?

What kind of music do people prefer to listen to in your country?

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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in India – May 2018 with Model


Answers
Posted: 18 May 2018 04:49 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1


What is your full name?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Watches

Do you like to wear watches?

Well, I am more a cosmetics girl than clothing and accessories, hence, there are not many watches
and jewelries in my possession. However, I have nothing against wearing a beautiful piece of
art on my wrist and do own a few exclusive timepieces which suit perfectly with my clothing on
some special occasions, giving me a sense of identity and uniqueness.

In someone’s possession: if something is in someone’s possession, they have it

Have nothing against: to dislike or not approve of someone or something for a particular reason

On (special) occasions: from time to time; now and then

Why do people like expensive watches?

Just like any other accessories, the more luxurious a timepiece looks, the higher social status the
owner may hold. Watches are widely used by either gender and one of the
visual indicators presenting how professional, smart and attractive a person is. Therefore, if one
wants to be acknowledged and taken seriously, he/she will prefer a high-end watch rather than a
collection of low-end ones.
Timepiece (n): a clock or watch

Social status (n): a person’s standing or importance in relation to other people within a society

Indicator (n): a sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changing

Acknowledge (n): to accept that somebody/something has a particular authority or status

High-end (a): expensive and of high quality

Low-end (a): at the cheaper end of a range of similar products

Music

Do you like to listen to music?

So far I haven’t met anyone who dislike music. However, when the workload is too heavy that
requires me to stay highly focus, music is a huge distractor. Unlike many people who
likes listening to instrumental music because it highly benefits for their concentration and study, in
my case the music makes me feel instantly sleepy.

Do you listening to music when you are studying or working?

Well I’m a type of person whose mood is easily influenced by what I’m listening to. When music
changes, my mood also fluctuates. Therefore, most of the time I don’t listen to music to be able to
concentrate on my tasks.

How is music important to you?

Well, music is crucially important to human beings in the whole world and I’m no exception. I
usually listen to cheerful music when I need motivation while sad music is my go-to choice during
emotional days.

Do you like to listen to live music?

Unless it’s live at a coffee shop, whereby literally only you and the music, then yeah I would love to go
enjoy myself. But I would change my mind if it’s a concert. That place is too crowded and too messy
that most of the case I end up having serious dizzy and headache.

IELTS Speaking Part 2


Describe a building you like.

You should say:


Where this building is
What it looks like
What it is used for
And explain why you like it

Sample Answer

• I’m going to describe a high-rise building in my neighborhood. It’s called Green Paradise located
in the northern region of our country.

• Unlike other modern blocks, which are usually huge glass towers, the building is painted yellow,
although it’s named Green Paradise. The structure of Green Paradise is not dissimilar to that of most
buildings in Canada nowadays, with the bottom half used as a shopping center and the top half
occupied by apartments.

• One feature that makes the building unique is that its trade center offers Canadian products only,
with a view to promoting domestic products to the visitors and also to supporting national
manufacturers. At the entrance of the building, if you look to the right, you can easily find a store
named Masterchef bread, which serves traditional bread to people who just do not have enough time
to go inside, so they line up waiting to pay.

•Green Paradise is not only in a prime location, but it also offers a reasonable price for its
apartments, which are affordable for many middle-income families. From the building, we can enjoy
the breathtaking scenery. So, if you are planning to find a place with a beautiful and peaceful view, or
simply want to buy something traditional, Green Paradise may be a good choice.

IELTS Speaking Part 3


What role do you think the old and modern buildings play in the society?

Well, I think modern buildings are for us to live and work, while old buildings are great for tourism
and research.

Compare the differences between the constructions in your city with those in 20
years ago?

The traditional buildings are made of the red brick and always have curved eaves. Thousands of
buildings look the same. But now, various buildings with different colors and styles have been going
up in my hometown. In addition, room is equipped with kitchen and bathroom. This is very
convenient.

Compare the differences between house and apartment?


In my country, there is a big yard beside house, where we can plant some flowers and trees etc. But
house is more expensive. Apartment is convenient and cheap but small.

10 Useful Idioms for the IELTS Speaking Test


Posted: 17 May 2018 10:35 PM PDT

In the IELTS speaking test idioms can really help boost your IELTS
speaking score, if you can use them properly.

Let’s take a look at the below picture showing a part of band descriptors for
speaking.

The 3 bands of above are 7, 8 and 9. As you can see, using idioms, even with some inappropriate
choices, is typical of a band 7 candidate. By using them skillfully, with only occasional inaccuracies
you are likely to get an 8 in this category. Rarely students use them perfectly and this is typical of
someone who reaches a 9.

So let’s examine the meanings and usage of 10 popular idioms to hike


up your IELTS score and expand your grasp of the English language.

Make a beeline for

Meaning

Go rapidly and directly towards.

Origin

The bee was supposed to fly in a such a way when returning to its hive.

In a sentence

The hungry tourists made a beeline for the buffet that featured delicious food from all over the world.

Jump (or climb) on the bandwagon

Meaning

Join others in doing or supporting something fashionable or likely to be successful.

Origin

Bandwagon was originally the US term for a large wagon able to carry a band in a procession.

In a sentence

When your TV show does extremely well, advertisers will be competing to be the first to jump on the
bandwagon.

Off (or way off) beam

Meaning

On the wrong track; mistaken.

Origin
Originally, referring to the radio beam or signal used to guide aircraft. The opposite is on the beam.

In a sentence

I lost the bet as my prediction was way off beam.

At someone’s beck and call

Meaning

Always having to be ready to obey someone’s orders immediately.

Origin

Beck in the sense of “significant gesture of command” comes from the verb beck, which is shortened
form of beckon and is now found mainly in this phrase.

In a sentence

She is going to be confined to a wheelchair for the next three weeks but she’s not complaining as she
will have a nurse at her beck and call.

Pass (or hand) (on) the baton

Meaning

Hand over a particular duty or responsibility.

Origin

A metaphor from athletics: the baton is the short stick or rod passed from one runner to the next in a
relay race. Thus, to take up (or pick up) the baton is to accept a duty or responsibility.

In a sentence

Susan has passed the baton after 40 years at the helm of the biggest technology company in the
region.

Work like a beaver

Meaning
Work steadily and industriously.

Origin

The beaver is proverbial for the industriousness with which it constructs the dams necessary for its
aquatic dwellings.

In a sentence

She worked like a beaver to empty the house as the new tenant will be moving in tomorrow.

Bed of nails

Meaning

A problematic or uncomfortable situation.

Origin

Originally a board with nails pointing out of it, as used by Eastern fakirs and ascetics.

In a sentence

My parents are very judgemental and living with them can be a bed of nails.

Beat a (hasty) retreat

Meaning

Withdraw, typically to avoid something unpleasant.

Origin

Formerly in a military context, a drumbeat could be used to keep soldiers in step while retreating.

In a sentence

David beat a retreat when he saw his ex-girlfriend walk into the wedding party with another man.
Beggar on horseback

Meaning

A formerly poor person made arrogant or corrupt through achieving wealth and luxury.

Origin

The proverbial saying set a beggar on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil.

In a sentence

It’s not surprising that he lost everything and is being investigated by the authorities as he was a
beggar on a horseback.

A whole new ball game

Meaning

A completely new set of circumstances.

Origin

Ball game in North America refers to a game of baseball.

In a sentence

After Sarah joined the Marketing team as General Manager, it was a whole new ball game.
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peaking Actual Test in Bangladesh – March 2018 & Model Answers


Posted: 04 Apr 2018 04:31 AM PDT

Check out Sample Answers for IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in
2018. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you
can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests & Suggested Answers
(Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?

– Can I see your ID?

– Where are you from?


– Do you work or study?

– Describe your hometown

My hometown is both traditional and modern. On the one hand, tradition is preserved by a number
of festivals celebrated by local people, and the locals and authorities preserve the historical
sites for tourism and education. On the other hand, a whole lot of high-rise buildings as
residential places or shopping malls are built, which turns our little hometown into a worth-living
place.

– How long have you been living there?

I had lived there around 15 years before my family left for [ABC city]. It’s more than ten years since
the day I left my hometown, but it is indeed a good memory of my childhood.

– Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

Actually yes. It has changed enormously. 20 years ago I could barely find tall building around my
area, but now I can easily catch sight of skyscrapers and tower blocks there.

– Does it rain much in your country? (Where? When?)

Well, it depends on the season. In winter and spring, there is a dearth of rain associated with
the arid weather. In contrast, it is usually raining cats and dogs in summer and august,
causing loads of troubles for people travelling on the road.

– Have you ever been caught in the rain without a coat or umbrella?

Yes, in rainy seasons the rains come really suddenly. And I’m a careless person who always forget to
bring along an umbrella or raincoat when going outside. So, I usually end up getting stuck under a
random canopy waiting for the rain to stop.

– Do you think that rain affects people’s mood?

Yes, personally I am negatively affected by rain, especially when it rains consistently for weeks as
it has been recently in my city. Meanwhile, I would agree that exposure to the sun can make most
people feel happier and more energised.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a thing that you purchased recently. You should say:


– What it was
– What it looks like
– How you bought it
And explain how you felt about it.

Band 8+ Model Answer

I would like to talk about an item that I purchased two weeks ago. It was a motorbike which, you
know, is the dominantmeans of transport in my country.
I used to go to work by bus and it typically took me an hour to commute from my house to my
office. It was cost-saving but not convenient & really time-consuming for me to get around and
sometimes I ended up having no seat on a crowded bus, so my mom suggested that I should buy a
motorbike. That was what I did.
When it comes to stuff like this, I’m just a big kid, so I asked my brother to accompany me. We
went to a pretty big dealer near my house and the staff took me around to have a look at the latest
models for girls with different color options.
After giving it some thought, I decided to go for a blue motorbike because blue has always been
my favorite color. Ifell in love with it at first sight because it looks really cool and it’s not too big
so I wouldn’t have any problem handling it. Taking the price into consideration, I also thought
it was the best option for me at that time. After waiting for two hours, I had the motorbike ready to
use. And then I had to wait one more week for the paperwork to be delivered to me before being
allowed to actually use it on the road.

Dominant (adj) prevalent, popular

Commute (v) travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis

Cost-saving (adj) serving to reduce expenses, especially in business

Time-consuming (adj) something that is time-consuming takes a long time to do

End up (v) to be in a particular state after doing something or because of doing it

When it comes to (doing) something (phrase) speaking about something

Give something some thought (phrase) to think carefully about something

Take something into consideration (phrase) to think carefully about something

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?

Well, I used to buy a shirt for my brother as a surprise for his birthday. Actually, it looked really nice
in the photos- predominantly blue with green, yellow. I waited all day long for it to come and when
it did, well, it turned out to be very dark and mainly brown. So I had to write a complaint letter to
ask the seller for a refund and I put a review on their website to warn other buyers of this issue.

Why is online shopping so popular these days?

As far as I know, consumers flock to the internet to make purchases due to some reasons. One
main reason is that instead of squandering time on going to the stores or shopping malls &
looking for the desired products, they just need to go online & type the name of the products
to make comparisons between the prices & the various places that they can potentially buy from.
Furthermore, it has become a much easier way to shop considering that it doesn’t even require
people to leave their houses. It also means that they can avoid long lines and crowds. However, there
are many who still feel that the traditional way of shopping is truly a good experience, although
online shopping is getting more and more popular.

IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic & Questions: Countryside & Model


Answers
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 01:36 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions:

Do you often visit the countryside?

Yes, I usually head out on a day trip to lots of wonderful countryside regions on the weekend
to recharge my energyafter a busy week.

If so, who do you visit in the countryside?

I like to visit my grandmother in the countryside. I usually get there on a train. Every time when I get
the chance to see her & enjoy the great fruit, spending some time getting back to nature, I find myself
restored & relaxed.

Do you have family or friends living in the countryside?

Yes, my grandmother still lives in the countryside. She is a farmer & she really enjoys the
tranquilness & the beauty of the countryside, so she decided to stay there for the rest of her life .

Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?

Absolutely ! I’m a huge fan of going to going to the forest. The environment there is just superb.
Every now and them I would visit a forest just because there isn’t that much pollution so I could
smell the fresh air. Also the animals there are also quite cute – especially some colourful birds.

Have areas of countryside in your country changed since you were a child?

Do you think that visits to the countryside should be something that schools offer to
their children?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics:

Describe an enjoyable/unforgettable experience you had in


the countryside

You should say:


▪ what the activity was

▪ when you did it

▪ who you did with it

▪ why it was enjoyable

SAMPLE ANSWER

It was two years ago when I had my very first motorbike trip with my friends to the first and most
ancient village which is located in the Southern [your country]. It is an unforgettable trip that I’ve
ever had.

Our group had 3 people, Jack, Jenny and me. We chose to visit that village because we wanted to get
away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get off the beaten track. Moreover, because
the village is also the birthplace of my grandparent, I felt really excited to visit the village and get a
closer insight into the lifestyle of local people as well as my grandparent.

We set out for a day trip to date back to the tradition of our country really early. I’m always a night
owl, not an early bird, so leaving the city at 5 a.m made me feel like I was deprived of sleep.
However, I was deliriously happy shortly after embarking on the trip to the village. This was
because on the way to get there, we admired the breathtaking landscapes which is totally
different from the city we are currently living in. After 1 hour drive, we got to the picturesque
village which made me feel over the moon. We rented some bikes to cycle around the village with
a lot of small alleyways filled with green grass. After riding a bike to the paddy field to get the
vibes of the village, we visited some 400 year old ancient house which made of mud
and laterite and had a look at communalhouses where the local people gathered for festival
celebration or public meeting. After that, we had lunch with many scrumptious food which is
locally and organically grown. In the afternoon, we joined a cooking class with the villagers who
were extremely friendly and clever at making traditional cakes. The highlight of the trip to the
village was going to the paddy fields to help the farmers harvest the crop. It was such an once-in-a-
lifetime experiencewhich I really enjoyed.

That was our first motorbike trip to the outskirt of the city and first time in the countryside so we
really enjoyed every single moment there. Jenny was like a dog with two tails while Jack and I
were also on cloud nine. We relishedeverything in the village from the fresh air,
cozy ambiance to beautiful landscapes such as small houses or paddy fields. We very much
hope that we can embark on a longer trip to the countryside down the road if we have more
spare time.

Vocabulary

Hustle and bustle (phrase) Noisy and confused activity

Off the beaten track (phrase) far away from the places that people usually visit
Get insight into (phrase)

Night owl (phrase) someone who enjoys going out at night or does not go to bed until it is late

Early bird (phrase) someone who gets up early in the morning

Deliriously happy (collocation) very very happy

Embark on (verb) to start a new project or activity, usually one that will be difficult and will take
time

Breathtaking (adj) extremely impressive or beautiful

Picturesque (adj) a picturesque place or scene is attractive, especially because it is old and
interesting

Over the moon (idiom) very happy

Alleyway (noun) a narrow street or passage

Feel the vibe (phrase) a general feeling that you get from a person or place

Laterite (noun) a kind of brick

Have/take a look at (phrase)

Communal (adj) relating to a particular community

Scrumptious (adj) very delicious

Once-in-a-lifetime experience (collocation) very special experience because you will probably
only have it once

Other topics:

1.Describe an area of countryside you know and like.

You should say:

▪ Where it is

▪ What its special features are

▪ What you and other people do in this area

▪ And explain why you like it


2. Describe a village or urban area you have visited

▪ where it is

▪ when & how you went there

▪ who live there

▪ And explain what you liked/disliked about this village or urban area.

3. Describe a relative’s house you have visited.

4. Describe a place you like to visit

5. Describe a place you often go to.

6. Describe a naturally beautiful place.

7. Describe a place where you went with your parents.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions:

What are the advantages of living in the countryside?

Living in the countryside can definitely benefit people in a wide range of ways. For one thing,
living in the countryside is better for one’s health condition thanks to significantly lower levels
of air pollution. It is undeniable that, air quality in big cities is so bad that long-term exposure
to it may cause respiratory diseases and other health problems. Besides, the cost of living in rural
areas is likely to be lower than that in cities. Although people in the city tend to make more money
than people in the countryside do, they have to spend more on food, accommodation and
transportation. Therefore, one can actually save more money by living in the countryside without
working as hard.

What are the disadvantages of living in the countryside?

Although living in the countryside can do wonders for your wellbeing, it is undeniable that there
are still some drawbacks of living in the countryside. To be more specific, without having a plethora
of transport on your doorstep, it will be much more inconvenient to travel to far-away place,
which also means you will squander more time oncommuting. Another disadvantage is
that country-dwellers also have fewer job opportunities compared to those in the cities,
thereby resulting in lower standard of living.

What kinds of people live in the countryside?

To the best of my knowledge, many people decide to live in a countryside because they want
to downshift to a less stressful life. Although people who live in the countryside can still lead
hectic lives, the peace of their surroundings help to bring them to a gentle halt and remind them
not to rush life away.

What do people living in the countryside like to do?

I reckon that when living in the countryside, people can enjoy a myriad of activities that they hardly
have in cities such as going out at night without fear of street criminals, doing exercise in the early
morning to enjoy the fresh air.

How has life changed over time in the countryside?


The countryside has experienced certain changes for the last few decades. Firstly, people, especially
farmers, have applied modern technologies in their work. Therefore, the productivity has
significantly improved while people don’t have sweat as much as they used to. Moreover, young
people in the countryside tend to dwell to town to seek job opportunities. As a result, the population
in the countryside is reducing and aging.

Do you think it is better to live in the countryside or in the city?


As often as this question is raised, I believe it remains a tough decision to make when it comes
to choosing between living in the countryside and living in the city. Many people have been attracted
to live and work in big cities because of better employment opportunities and higher living
standards. This massive rural-to-urban migration has, however, led to increase in
environmental pollution, traffic and social issues in urban areas. It would be a better idea for people
to live in the suburb and travel into the city to work every day so that they can enjoy the best of both
worlds.

How is the countryside different from town?


There are many things which differ the countryside from town. Obviously, it is much less crowded in
the country than in cities. Besides, the pace of life in the countryside is slow while people living in big
cities always seem to be in a hurry. In addition, it is much more healthy to live out of big cities
because the air in the country is fresher and there is not as much noise.
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IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic: Work/Job & Model Answers


Posted: 06 Apr 2018 11:49 PM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions:

Do you work or study?

Well, for the past couple of years, I’ve been working for [ABC Company] as a [a job’s title], which is
among the top 10 listed firms in my country.In fact, this is my first job ever & I love it so much, and I
think it’s a very interesting, yet challenging line of work. Currently I’m working really hard to
contribute to the success of this prestigious company.

Why did you choose your job?


I am really into[……], and I always believe that I was born for [……]. My dream is to be a successful
[…..] one day.

What do you like about your job?/ Why did you choose to do that type of work?

I guess it’s mainly because of the job flexibility & my passion for journalism. To be more specific,
this job offers me alternatives to the typical nine-to-five work schedule, enabling me to find a
better balance between work and life. Besides, this job gives me opportunities to pursue my
dream to become a journalist down the road.

Job flexibility (expression) gives employees flexibility on how long, where and when they work.

Nine-to-five work (phrase) the normal work schedule for most jobs

Or:

Well I guess the thing I like most about this job is the salary. I make what I’d consider is a lucrative
income, which means not only is it enough to cover my bills, but there’s also some extra to spend
on whatever I want. So on payday, I often treat myself to a meal at a high-end restaurant
or splurge on a nice shirt.

Lucrative income (phrase)

High-end (adj) the most sophisticated, and typically the most expensive product in a line

Splurge on something (phrase) to spend a lot of money on someone or something

What do you dislike about your job?

Sometimes I feel dead tired when sitting in front of a computer screen all day long to deal
with overwhelming workload. I mean, I’ve led a sedentary lifestyle which really exerts a
negative effect on my physical & mental health & I have had a very hectic schedule, which
always keeps me up to my ears in deadlines. Down the road I am yearning for a job that
involves dealing with people & makes me feel less stressful.

Dead tired (adj): exhausted

All day long (phrase): during the entire day

Overwhelming (adj) very intense

Sedentary lifestyle (phrase): a type of lifestyle with little or no physical activity

Hectic (adj) busy

Up to my ears in something (phrase) busy doing something

Down the road (idiom) in the future


Yearn for (phrase) to feel a powerful desire for something

Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?

Actually, I don’t think I’m able to dedicate myself to any other job rather than this one. In fact, to
me it’s the experiences and opportunities I can gain that really matters.

To dedicate to Sth (v) devote (time or effort) to a particular task or purpose

Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?

Well, this question pops into my mind from time to time, but to be honest, I have never
managed to have an answer for it. I reckon that 10 years is such a long time and anything could
happen, so it is hard to tell from now.

Do you miss being a student?


I surely will miss my student life once I get involve in the workplace. For me I think when I’m a
student, at least I have someone guide me, whereas at work mostly you must guide yourself. The
academic environment appears to be a comfort zone for me, while I’m sure I’ll struggle
with fitting in the working environment.

To get involve in (v) to become a part of (an organization)

To fit in (v) to become suitable or appropriate for Sth or SO

What do you do after work?

I normally cook dinner, relax and walk my dog. Depending on my schedule, I might have plans with
friends to meet for a coffee or shopping. In summer I go to the beach for a couple of hours then
return home to cook dinner.

Would you like to change your job in the future?

What would you change about your job?

Do you prefer working alone or with others? Why?

How many hours do you work each day?

Do you have to work with other people?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:

Describe your idea of making a good first impression in a job interview.


You should say:

▪ why it is important.

▪ is it important to make a good last impression as well

▪ what ways would you do it in your job interview

and explain how to make a good first impression in a job interview.

Band 8 Sample Answer:

It’s of common sense that most people at my age are now seeking for good job opportunity. Thus, I
have to get to know how to leave a good first impression in a job interview. Today, I would like
to share with you some of my knowledge about this topic.

In a professional situation, the first impressions are significantly important. Most job interviews
don’t last more than 45 minutes. In such a short period of time, from those who don’t know anything
about ourselves, we have to persuade them that we are qualified enough for the position we applied
for. Thus, a good first impression can help to increase the success rate in our application process.

There are many things a candidate can do create positive first impression. You may choose
following some among these tips or all of them, such as arriving on time for the interview, dressing
formally, use appropriate ways of behavior and communications. Besides, there are some noted
points that you should pay much attention to like job description, company information which
you acquired through researches. By going through the required tasks and skills for the vacancy,
company’s culture or giving some suggestions to improve productivity of the tasks you might be in
charge of when you take that position can help you stand out from other candidate. For me, I would
choose to follow all tips above.

Apart from first impression, I strongly believe that last impressions are important as well. Often we
are not accepted immediately in the interview. Recruiting team will have to take into account all
candidates’ performances during the interview to choose the most suitable ones for the position.
Therefore, good first impression only is not enough, we have to build good relationship
with recruiters by making good last impression, too. By doing so, we showed our respect
to recruiters and the job we apply for.

Being in a job interview is not an enjoyable experience. However, we have to get through it to
pursue our dream jobs. Thus, we should prepare well enough for occasions like that.

VOCABULARY:

▪ be of common sense: something are widely known

Ex: The fact that “the sun rises in the east and set in the west” is of common sense.

▪ go through: study carefully about


Ex: Collins went through every legal book she could find.

▪ vacancy: a job that no one is doing and is available for someone new to do.

Ex: There is a vacancy for a shop assistant on Saturdays.

▪ stand out: to be much better than other similar things or people

Ex: We had lots of good applicants for the job, but one stood out from the rest.

▪ take into account: to consider or remember something when judging a situation

Ex: A good architect takes into account the building’s surroundings.

▪ get through: to manage to deal with a difficult situation

Ex: I just have to get through the first five minutes of my speech, and then I’ll be fine.

Other similar topics:

1. Describe the job you would most like to have.

You should say:

▪ what this job would be

▪ where you would work

▪ which qualifications you would need and

▪ explain why you would like to have this job most.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions:

1. Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?

Well, I have never thought about this, but I reckon that professional careers such as the fields of law,
education, and medicine may be the most highly-acclaimed ones. It is mainly because of the fact
that people working in these fields can easily earn lucrative income compared to others.

2. Some people say it’s better to work for yourself than be employed by a
company. What’s your opinion?
Well, I used to be a full time employee & felt very stressful. To be specific, most of the time, I had
a hectic schedule & was up to ears in heavy workloads to meet deadlines. Therefore,
although running my own business is really challenging, I do feel far more comfortable with it.

3. What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your


country?

As far as I know, more and more people, especially the young generations are involved in setting up
their own businesses. Thus, the “start-up” community is now more alive than ever, especially tech
startups.

4. What are some of the important things a candidate should find out before accepting
a job?

Well, this is an interesting question. If I were offered a job, I would definitely go through the
company’s compensation package such as salary, allowances, maternity or paternity
leave, insurance, pension plans, vacations, etc. Also, I’d need to know about my area of
responsibilities so that I can make sure that I will not be overwhelmed with heavy
workloads down the road.

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Recent IELTS Essay Question in 2018 with Model Essay


Posted: 06 Apr 2018 01:12 AM PDT

Some people think that museums and art


galleries should concentrate on the history and
art of their own country rather than the works of
art of other parts of the world. To what extent do
you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Model essay by IDP Australia

Museums and art galleries play an important role in offering multifaceted knowledge to the
public. Some individuals opine that these institutions should primarily focus on their local
history and art instead of global works of art. I, however, largely disagree with this
viewpoint as international works provide various benefits to the public.

Museums and art galleries offer a medium to understanding cultural heritage. By focusing on
local history and art only, such institutions limit the knowledge of the public to the domestic
borders. Conversely, if art and history from other parts of the world are displayed, museums and art
galleries exhibit multiculturalism, allowing people to understand distinct histories and cultures, and
thus, enhancing globalization. For example, the Vatican museum exhibits works from several
European countries, allowing the smallest country in the world to be a bridge to explaining
cultural values of distinct nations under one roof.

Moreover, international historical and cultural works would allow individuals to gain information
on critical international issues that many countries face together. Many museums choose to have
educational international exhibitions of important political and social issues, which may be more
informative than the media. For instance, the Melbourne Art Gallery has collections from across the
globe in order to depict thoughts on poverty, war and trade, and in a survey, 88% visitors
declared that they felt more informed about such issues from the museum than from the news.

In conclusion, I disagree to a large extent with the belief that museums and art galleries should focus
on the history and art of their own country rather than international works, as with the latter, these
museums and galleries build a platform for globalization and multinational knowledge.

280 words by IDP Australia

IELTS Speaking Part 2, 3 Topic: Interesting Conversation/ Speech &


Sample Answers
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 01:31 AM PDT

This post covers Sample Answers for one of the common IELTS
Speaking topic in the real IELTS test – Interesting Conversation/
Speech You Heard. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3
topics in 2018, you can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests &
Suggested Answers (Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about an interesting conversation you had, or a speech you heard.

You should say:

– Who the speaker was


– When you heard him/her or talked with him/her
– What the speech/conversation was about
– Why it was interesting to you
Sample Answer

Uhm, this is my favorite topic. When I was a student, I wasn’t very interested in any speech or talks.
However, since I started my job as a teacher, I have enjoyed these talks a lot. I did hear a talk from
a lecturer who comes from ABC University. He is a TESOL teacher, so the way he gave the talk
really impressed me. Sitting in a big hall and listening to a talk actually isn’t a boring thing. The
lecture presented different methodology in teaching English for high school students. Then, the
talk visualized a variety of games to motivate students’ interests, such as snakes, battleships or
puzzles. I have to admit that they are very creative and funny. Moreover, I did learn a lot from this
talk, especially the games since I’ve never thought that games are really effective in class but
they proved me wrong. The students like them a lot, which makes me believe in those new teaching
methods. I think I will listen to these talks more when I have time.

Vocabulary

▪ lecturer [n] someone who teaches at a college or university

▪ impress [v] to cause someone to admire or respect you because of something that you have
done or said

▪ admit [v] to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly

▪ present [v] to give, provide or make known

▪ methodology [n] a system of ways of doing, teaching or studying something

▪ motivate [v] to make someone want to do something well

▪ creative [a] producing or using original and unusual ideas

▪ effective [a] successful or achieving the results that you want

▪ prove [v] to show that something is true

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Why do people feel nervous when they are giving a speech to others?

Public speaking has always been one of the utmost challenges for anyone, especially those lacking
practices. Like any interpersonal skills, being able to deliver a thorough, yet captivating speech to a
group of strangers requires certain factors. Reasons why most people fail, for me, fall into two main
categories: the fear of audience’s reaction and the topic itself. People are judgmental creatures and
can cast aspersions on almost everything; therefore, presenters may suffer from the pressure of
perfecting every detail. In addition, if someone is going to talk about topic that is unfamiliar to him or
too sophisticated for listeners, it is possibly not as well-received as the one he knows more about.

Utmost (a): greatest; most extreme


Captivating (a): taking all your attention; very attractive and interesting

Judgmental (a): judging people and criticizing them too quickly

Cast aspersions on: to criticize someone or someone’s character

Sophisticated (a): complicated

Well-received (a): getting a good reaction from people

How can people improve their public speaking skills?

Thanks to the Internet, information is now disseminated worldwide and easily accessible that
you can get help from anyone about anything, including public speaking. There are several means
to acquire and harness such skill as long as people are willing to such as enrolling in an online
course or participating in forum where people with the same goal gather and share their experience.
This is quite effective, flexible and most importantly, free of charge. If you want something more
official and academic, talk to some experts in public speaking at some conferences or workshops.
They will provide you more insights and tips to begin. Last but not least, practice makes perfect.

Disseminate (v): to spread information, knowledge, etc. so that it reaches many people

Accessible (a): that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc.

Acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour

Harness (v): to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve
something

Practice makes perfect: a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity
regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it

Can you suggest any methods that would help reduce nervousness?

Each of us will surely experience at least once in our lifetime the feeling of anxiety. It can be before
our job interview or big presentation, when meeting your family-in-law for the first time and so
on. Nervousness could be a good sign since it shows that we care. However, to better perform at
such life-changing events, you should control your feelings. Firstly, take a deep breath. You can’t be
at your best without breathing easily. Second, don’t try convince yourself that you’re not anxious.
Accept it just like any other feelings then you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to ignore it.
Lastly, use positive self-talk. Encourage yourself and remember that you are in this place for a
reason.

Nervousness (n): the feeling of being anxious about something or afraid of something
Life-changing (a): having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life

Is it good for people to visit schools and give a talk to children about different things?

As far as I’m concerned, it would be a valuable experience for children to hear real-life stories and
personal insights from their predecessors who have been through ups and downs for useful
lessons and advice. Nowadays, many schools have already invited some guests that could be
their alumni or influential local figures to talk to students. A child’s life is like a piece of paper on
which every person leaves a mark. Therefore, the sooner we sow a good seed and inspire them, the
better they will grow.

Valuable (a): very useful or important

Predecessor (n): a person who did a job before somebody else

Ups and downs: the mixture of good and bad things in life or in a particular situation or
relationship

Alumni (n): the former male and female students of a school, college or university

Influential (a) having a lot of influence on somebody/something

What type of person is best suited to give a talk to a group of students?

Well, I see no special talents are needed to be able to deliver a


highly motivating and inspiring speech to students as long as their experiences and messages
are relevant and meaningful. Hence, people who could grab students’ attention and make them
question their goals and purposes are those leading an eventful life. And by this, I mean someone
who has related experiences and been through ups and downs during his career to reach success.
This is because I believe that if one has never tasted failures and disappointments, he can’t realize his
inner strength to overcome setbacks and truly appreciate his success, which is what students should
think about when they’re still in school.

Motivate (v): to be the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way

Inspiring (a): exciting and encouraging you to do or feel something

Relevant (a): having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work

Setback (n): a difficulty or problem that delays or prevents something, or makes a situation worse

Grab someone’s attention: to draw or attract someone’s attention


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IELTS Speaking Actual Test in Bangladesh – March 2018 & Model


Answers
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 04:31 AM PDT

Check out Sample Answers for IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in
2018. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you
can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests & Suggested Answers
(Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?

– Can I see your ID?

– Where are you from?

– Do you work or study?

– Describe your hometown

My hometown is both traditional and modern. On the one hand, tradition is preserved by a number
of festivals celebrated by local people, and the locals and authorities preserve the historical
sites for tourism and education. On the other hand, a whole lot of high-rise buildings as
residential places or shopping malls are built, which turns our little hometown into a worth-living
place.

– How long have you been living there?

I had lived there around 15 years before my family left for [ABC city]. It’s more than ten years since
the day I left my hometown, but it is indeed a good memory of my childhood.

– Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

Actually yes. It has changed enormously. 20 years ago I could barely find tall building around my
area, but now I can easily catch sight of skyscrapers and tower blocks there.
– Does it rain much in your country? (Where? When?)

Well, it depends on the season. In winter and spring, there is a dearth of rain associated with
the arid weather. In contrast, it is usually raining cats and dogs in summer and august,
causing loads of troubles for people travelling on the road.

– Have you ever been caught in the rain without a coat or umbrella?

Yes, in rainy seasons the rains come really suddenly. And I’m a careless person who always forget to
bring along an umbrella or raincoat when going outside. So, I usually end up getting stuck under a
random canopy waiting for the rain to stop.

– Do you think that rain affects people’s mood?

Yes, personally I am negatively affected by rain, especially when it rains consistently for weeks as
it has been recently in my city. Meanwhile, I would agree that exposure to the sun can make most
people feel happier and more energised.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a thing that you purchased recently. You should say:


– What it was
– What it looks like
– How you bought it
And explain how you felt about it.

Band 8+ Model Answer

I would like to talk about an item that I purchased two weeks ago. It was a motorbike which, you
know, is the dominantmeans of transport in my country.
I used to go to work by bus and it typically took me an hour to commute from my house to my
office. It was cost-saving but not convenient & really time-consuming for me to get around and
sometimes I ended up having no seat on a crowded bus, so my mom suggested that I should buy a
motorbike. That was what I did.
When it comes to stuff like this, I’m just a big kid, so I asked my brother to accompany me. We
went to a pretty big dealer near my house and the staff took me around to have a look at the latest
models for girls with different color options.
After giving it some thought, I decided to go for a blue motorbike because blue has always been
my favorite color. Ifell in love with it at first sight because it looks really cool and it’s not too big
so I wouldn’t have any problem handling it. Taking the price into consideration, I also thought
it was the best option for me at that time. After waiting for two hours, I had the motorbike ready to
use. And then I had to wait one more week for the paperwork to be delivered to me before being
allowed to actually use it on the road.

Dominant (adj) prevalent, popular

Commute (v) travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis

Cost-saving (adj) serving to reduce expenses, especially in business


Time-consuming (adj) something that is time-consuming takes a long time to do

End up (v) to be in a particular state after doing something or because of doing it

When it comes to (doing) something (phrase) speaking about something

Give something some thought (phrase) to think carefully about something

Take something into consideration (phrase) to think carefully about something

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?

Well, I used to buy a shirt for my brother as a surprise for his birthday. Actually, it looked really nice
in the photos- predominantly blue with green, yellow. I waited all day long for it to come and when
it did, well, it turned out to be very dark and mainly brown. So I had to write a complaint letter to
ask the seller for a refund and I put a review on their website to warn other buyers of this issue.

Why is online shopping so popular these days?

As far as I know, consumers flock to the internet to make purchases due to some reasons. One
main reason is that instead of squandering time on going to the stores or shopping malls &
looking for the desired products, they just need to go online & type the name of the products
to make comparisons between the prices & the various places that they can potentially buy from.
Furthermore, it has become a much easier way to shop considering that it doesn’t even require
people to leave their houses. It also means that they can avoid long lines and crowds. However, there
are many who still feel that the traditional way of shopping is truly a good experience, although
online shopping is getting more and more popular.

IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic & Questions: Countryside & Model


Answers
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 01:36 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions:

Do you often visit the countryside?

Yes, I usually head out on a day trip to lots of wonderful countryside regions on the weekend
to recharge my energyafter a busy week.

If so, who do you visit in the countryside?


I like to visit my grandmother in the countryside. I usually get there on a train. Every time when I get
the chance to see her & enjoy the great fruit, spending some time getting back to nature, I find myself
restored & relaxed.

Do you have family or friends living in the countryside?

Yes, my grandmother still lives in the countryside. She is a farmer & she really enjoys the
tranquilness & the beauty of the countryside, so she decided to stay there for the rest of her life .

Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?

Absolutely ! I’m a huge fan of going to going to the forest. The environment there is just superb.
Every now and them I would visit a forest just because there isn’t that much pollution so I could
smell the fresh air. Also the animals there are also quite cute – especially some colourful birds.

Have areas of countryside in your country changed since you were a child?

Do you think that visits to the countryside should be something that schools offer to
their children?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics:

Describe an enjoyable/unforgettable experience you had in


the countryside

You should say:

▪ what the activity was

▪ when you did it

▪ who you did with it

▪ why it was enjoyable

SAMPLE ANSWER

It was two years ago when I had my very first motorbike trip with my friends to the first and most
ancient village which is located in the Southern [your country]. It is an unforgettable trip that I’ve
ever had.

Our group had 3 people, Jack, Jenny and me. We chose to visit that village because we wanted to get
away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get off the beaten track. Moreover, because
the village is also the birthplace of my grandparent, I felt really excited to visit the village and get a
closer insight into the lifestyle of local people as well as my grandparent.
We set out for a day trip to date back to the tradition of our country really early. I’m always a night
owl, not an early bird, so leaving the city at 5 a.m made me feel like I was deprived of sleep.
However, I was deliriously happy shortly after embarking on the trip to the village. This was
because on the way to get there, we admired the breathtaking landscapes which is totally
different from the city we are currently living in. After 1 hour drive, we got to the picturesque
village which made me feel over the moon. We rented some bikes to cycle around the village with
a lot of small alleyways filled with green grass. After riding a bike to the paddy field to get the
vibes of the village, we visited some 400 year old ancient house which made of mud
and laterite and had a look at communalhouses where the local people gathered for festival
celebration or public meeting. After that, we had lunch with many scrumptious food which is
locally and organically grown. In the afternoon, we joined a cooking class with the villagers who
were extremely friendly and clever at making traditional cakes. The highlight of the trip to the
village was going to the paddy fields to help the farmers harvest the crop. It was such an once-in-a-
lifetime experiencewhich I really enjoyed.

That was our first motorbike trip to the outskirt of the city and first time in the countryside so we
really enjoyed every single moment there. Jenny was like a dog with two tails while Jack and I
were also on cloud nine. We relishedeverything in the village from the fresh air,
cozy ambiance to beautiful landscapes such as small houses or paddy fields. We very much
hope that we can embark on a longer trip to the countryside down the road if we have more
spare time.

Vocabulary

Hustle and bustle (phrase) Noisy and confused activity

Off the beaten track (phrase) far away from the places that people usually visit

Get insight into (phrase)

Night owl (phrase) someone who enjoys going out at night or does not go to bed until it is late

Early bird (phrase) someone who gets up early in the morning

Deliriously happy (collocation) very very happy

Embark on (verb) to start a new project or activity, usually one that will be difficult and will take
time

Breathtaking (adj) extremely impressive or beautiful

Picturesque (adj) a picturesque place or scene is attractive, especially because it is old and
interesting

Over the moon (idiom) very happy

Alleyway (noun) a narrow street or passage

Feel the vibe (phrase) a general feeling that you get from a person or place
Laterite (noun) a kind of brick

Have/take a look at (phrase)

Communal (adj) relating to a particular community

Scrumptious (adj) very delicious

Once-in-a-lifetime experience (collocation) very special experience because you will probably
only have it once

Other topics:

1.Describe an area of countryside you know and like.

You should say:

▪ Where it is

▪ What its special features are

▪ What you and other people do in this area

▪ And explain why you like it

2. Describe a village or urban area you have visited

▪ where it is

▪ when & how you went there

▪ who live there

▪ And explain what you liked/disliked about this village or urban area.

3. Describe a relative’s house you have visited.

4. Describe a place you like to visit

5. Describe a place you often go to.

6. Describe a naturally beautiful place.

7. Describe a place where you went with your parents.


IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions:

What are the advantages of living in the countryside?

Living in the countryside can definitely benefit people in a wide range of ways. For one thing,
living in the countryside is better for one’s health condition thanks to significantly lower levels
of air pollution. It is undeniable that, air quality in big cities is so bad that long-term exposure
to it may cause respiratory diseases and other health problems. Besides, the cost of living in rural
areas is likely to be lower than that in cities. Although people in the city tend to make more money
than people in the countryside do, they have to spend more on food, accommodation and
transportation. Therefore, one can actually save more money by living in the countryside without
working as hard.

What are the disadvantages of living in the countryside?

Although living in the countryside can do wonders for your wellbeing, it is undeniable that there
are still some drawbacks of living in the countryside. To be more specific, without having a plethora
of transport on your doorstep, it will be much more inconvenient to travel to far-away place,
which also means you will squander more time oncommuting. Another disadvantage is
that country-dwellers also have fewer job opportunities compared to those in the cities,
thereby resulting in lower standard of living.

What kinds of people live in the countryside?

To the best of my knowledge, many people decide to live in a countryside because they want
to downshift to a less stressful life. Although people who live in the countryside can still lead
hectic lives, the peace of their surroundings help to bring them to a gentle halt and remind them
not to rush life away.

What do people living in the countryside like to do?

I reckon that when living in the countryside, people can enjoy a myriad of activities that they hardly
have in cities such as going out at night without fear of street criminals, doing exercise in the early
morning to enjoy the fresh air.

How has life changed over time in the countryside?


The countryside has experienced certain changes for the last few decades. Firstly, people, especially
farmers, have applied modern technologies in their work. Therefore, the productivity has
significantly improved while people don’t have sweat as much as they used to. Moreover, young
people in the countryside tend to dwell to town to seek job opportunities. As a result, the population
in the countryside is reducing and aging.

Do you think it is better to live in the countryside or in the city?


As often as this question is raised, I believe it remains a tough decision to make when it comes
to choosing between living in the countryside and living in the city. Many people have been attracted
to live and work in big cities because of better employment opportunities and higher living
standards. This massive rural-to-urban migration has, however, led to increase in
environmental pollution, traffic and social issues in urban areas. It would be a better idea for people
to live in the suburb and travel into the city to work every day so that they can enjoy the best of both
worlds.

How is the countryside different from town?


There are many things which differ the countryside from town. Obviously, it is much less crowded in
the country than in cities. Besides, the pace of life in the countryside is slow while people living in big
cities always seem to be in a hurry. In addition, it is much more healthy to live out of big cities
because the air in the country is fresher and there is not as much noise.

Do youngsters prefer living in rural areas? Why or why not?

Improve Your Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking & Writing – Key Word:


Thing
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 10:51 PM PDT

Key Word: thing


1 Verb + thing

Use the correct form of these verbs:

make need pack wash up

1. We’ll have to stop at the supermarket. We _____________ a few basic things like bread
and milk.

2. My dad’s a sculptor. He _____________ things out of wood he finds on the beach.

3. Peter, you haven’t _____________ the breakfast things yet. Do them before you go to
school, please.

4. _____________ your things. We’re leaving in 10 minutes.

accept look at make think turn out

5. He’s not sure what he’s going to do, so he’s taken a few days off to _____________ things
over.

6. You should try to change the situation rather than _____________ things as they are.

7. I don’t know if things are going to work out between John and me. => Don’t worry. I’m sure
things will_____________ OK.

8. You’re only _____________ things worse by ignoring her. I think you two need to talk
things over.
9. Try to _____________ things from my point of view for a change.

2 Do + thing

Match the halves of these situations:

1. I’ll be late home tonight.

2. Philip is definitely different!

3. The phone never stops ringing!

4. I’m sorry I’ve got to get on with some work.

5. I know people who cheat in exams.

a That’s why it’s impossible to get things done.

b I’d never do a thing like that.

c Yes, he does have a funny way of doing things.

d I’ve got loads of things to do at work.

e I’ve got better things to do than stand chatting!

6. I can’t get the video to work.

7. I rang and told him what I thought of him!

8. I wish I had listened to you!

9. The Minister’s resigned!

10. He asked me how much I earned.

f It’s just not the done thing to ask that.

g Good. It was the proper thing to do.

h Yes, it was a foolish thing to do.

i I would have done the same thing myself.

j I’ve done all the right things! I think it’s broken.

3 Verb + not + thing

Use the correct form of these verbs:


do eat miss say see

1. I’m sorry, I can’t ___________ a thing without my specs. Could you read the menu out to
me?

2. I’m going to the party as early as I can. I don’t want to ___________ a thing.

3. They have cheated you out of your money, but I’m afraid you can’t ___________ a thing
about it.

4. I’m absolutely starving. I haven’t ___________ a thing all day.

5. I heard that Frank is losing his job. I haven’t ___________ a thing about it to anyone.

4 Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives to complete the sentences:

bad funny good

last main slightest

1. It’s a____________ thing you remembered to bring the bottle opener! I completely
forgot!

2. He’s easily upset. He loses his temper at the ____________ little thing.

3. Too much exercise can be a ____________ thing. You can easily damage your body.

4. The____________ thing in this type of situation is to remain calm.

5. A ____________ thing happened to me on the way to work this morning.

6. I only want to help you. The____________ thing I want to do is to make you unhappy.

Notes

1. Note the following common expressions:

Try not to let things get you down. Remember the saying, ‘Things can only get better!’

She offered to help me, but I assured her that I had things under control.

I demanded a meeting with the manager to get a few things straight.

2. Notice this expression:

Books may one day become a thing of the past


3. This expression is used when you make a mistake socially:

Oh, sorry, I’ve just said the wrong thing, haven’t I?

ANSWER KEY
Ex 1:

l need 2. makes 3. washed up 4. Pack 5. think

6 accept 7. turn out 8. making 9. look at

Ex 2: l-d 2-c 3-a 4-e 5-b 6-j 7-i 8-h 9-g 10-f

Ex 3: l. see 2. miss 3. do 4. eaten 5. said

Ex 4: l. good 2. slightest 3. bad 4. main 5. funny 6. last

IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic in 2018: Language & Model


Answers
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 12:14 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic:

Do you like learning languages?

Absolutely, I am always keen on mastering some new languages such as English, French. You know,
if I am bilingual or multilingual, I can roam round other parts of the world with great ease and
my whole journey will be transformed miraculously.

What languages do you speak?

Well, my mother tongue is […..]. I’ve always wanted to learn Portuguese which is predominantly
spoken in some parts of the world, but I don’t have enough time yet.

Do you learn any foreign language?

I’m actually studying two languages at the moment and find it so challenging, yet intriguing that
everyone should try at least once. Since English is not my mother tongue, it’s the very first foreign
language I’ve attempted to learn because of its widespread use and numerous benefits that come
along. It’s the most spoken language for non-native speakers around the globe and is one of the most
critical criteria companies look for when recruiting an employee, or at least that’s a reality in my
country.

Do you think learning languages is important?

Absolutely. Learning languages, especially English, allows us to be able to communicate with others.
It also helps us study more effectively, since we can search for almost everything on the Internet in
English.

How did you learn the languages that you know?

I think the most effective way to learn a language is to practice more with a native speaker. By doing
this, you can improve both listening and oral skills simultaneously, you will be fluent in this
language. Besides, I also do general readings in my spare time and keep a journal in English.

Can you learn more than one language at a time?

I haven’t thought of it, but yes, I am quite confident that I can manage to learn 2 at once. I reckon
that the most difficult thing to acquire 2 languages is to manage my time efficiently. Therefore, it’s
more than worth it to plan out exactly how I am going to divide my time between the two languages
I tackle.

Do you want to became a foreign language teacher in the future? Why?

That thought has crossed my mind once or twice but I’ve never visualized myself as a full-time
teacher. A part-time job, yes. Professional one, not likely. Being a legitimate teacher in my country
requires certain academic degrees and credentials to be able to convey knowledge
and improvise in class. In my case, I’ve never attended any special training on teaching or have
any pedagogical skills; therefore, I don’t have much confidence in handling difficult situations in
class. Besides, you have to reach a high level of language proficiency to make sure that whatever
you say is trustworthy and credible.

Do you think that English is difficult to learn?

In my opinion, every single language is difficult to learn, and English is not an exception. I mean, it
might be easy to learn grammar and vocabulary, but it takes quite a long time to practice using the
language fluently.

Do you think foreigner should learn your country’s language when they arrive there?

I think it’s obviously in their best interest to pick up a few basic words or phrases in a local
language. Firstly, it is an interesting experience to try to communicate with the locals in their mother
tongue. You may not get the words right, but that’s where the fun lies. Hence, people will find you
more approachable and charismatic because of your efforts and sense of humor. Besides, since
language is an integral part of any culture, you can develop a cultural sensitivity while studying
their very means of communication.
IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:

Describe the first time you used a foreign language to communicate.


You should say:

▪ what the situation was

▪ where you were

▪ who you communicated with

and explain why you used a foreign language to communicate on this occasion.

Or

Talk about an instance when you spoke with someone in a foreign language for the
first time.

You should say:

▪ when it was

▪ with whom you spoke

▪ what language you used

and say how you felt about it.

Sample Answer

I have been learning English for a long time but I haven’t had many chances to practice speaking
English, not to mention to talk to native speakers. To the best of my recollection, the first time I
used it for communication purpose was on New Year Eve 2 years ago.

At that time, I was hanging out with my friends, talking about some new year’s resolutions when
a foreigner came up to me in all of a sudden, asking for the direction to a minimart nearby.
Honestly, he had such a strong accent that I couldn’t make out what he wanted to say. I had to ask
him to repeat several times before acquiring all of the information he needed. Then, I showed him
the way to the nearest minimart to buy some necessities. Honestly, I was not confident
in my English speaking skill, so I had to make the most of my nonverbal skills such as body
language, gesture, etc to make sure that he could get all information he asked for. Fortunately, he
could take in what I said, and expressed his simple yet sincere gratitude before heading for the
minimart.

That occasion helps strengthen my belief that English plays an important role in our life, even
we don’t live in an English speaking country. English is spoken globally, and we have to use it if we
want to stay connected to people in another country and search for information. Therefore, I think
that I should polish up my English so that I can have a good command of this international
language to be able to talk confidently with foreigners, regardless of the topic of conversation.

VOCABULARY

▪ To the best of one’s recollection: something in the past they can recall

▪ resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

▪ come up to: approach someone

▪ All of a sudden: Suddenly

▪ Make out: understand, hear

▪ accent: a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a


particular nation, locality, or social class.

▪ show sb the way to…: give sb direction to somewhere

▪ necessities: something necessary for daily life: water, food,…

▪ Make the most of: to use something as much as possible

▪ take in: understand

▪ polish up: improve

▪ regardless of: without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists

Other related Part 2 topics:

1. Describe a language you would like to learn.

You should say:

▪ what it is and how you plan to learn it

▪ where it is spoken

▪ how it will help you

and explain why you want to learn this language.

1. Describe an unusual activity you have recently taken up

▪ where you did it


▪ When you did it

▪ Who you dis it with

and describe why it was unusual or interesting.

3. Talk about something you would like to do/learn in the future.

You should say:

▪ what you plan to learn in the future

▪ why you want to learn it

▪ where and how you will learn it

and explain why you have planned to learn it.

4. Describe something you want to do if you get free time.

You should say:

▪ What you do

▪ Who you do it with

▪ Where you do it

And explain why you like to spend your free time this way.

5. Describe a practical skill you have.

You should say:

▪ What the skill is;

▪ How often you use it;

▪ Who taught it to you.

and explain how it helps you in your life

1. Talk about something you have always wanted to do but have not done yet.

You should say:

▪ what it is

▪ when you would like to do that


▪ how would you do that

and explain why you have not done it so far.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic:

What kind of quality should a language teacher have?

Not only a language teacher in particular but educators in other areas should have certain skills and
knowledge to successfully inspire and instruct their students. First and foremost, of course, deep
knowledge and great education matter. It’s often said that “a teacher is only as good as his
knowledge is”. People may not need academic degrees or certificates in other jobs or industries, but
in education and training, they are solid proof to verify your professional qualifications.
Furthermore, communication skill also plays an essential role. If one is an articulate and persuasive
speaker, he will be able to convey his lectures with better results. Last but not least, a good sense of
humor may be of great help to grab students’ attention and interest.

▪ instruct (v): to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way

▪ verify (v): to check that something is true or accurate

▪ articulate (a): (of a person) good at expressing ideas or feelings clearly in words

▪ grab one’s attention: to cause one to become interested in something

Why people want to learn a foreign language?

Studying a foreign language is not only a hobby but also a trend in modern society due to some
undeniable advantages. Speaking more than one language can open up a world of employment
opportunities for job seekers, especially if that language is widely used in business context. You will
be able to work for not only local but global corporates as well with decent salaries. In addition, being
bilingual or multilingual will help extend your social network worldwide. You can establish deep
connections and cross-cultural friendships with foreign co-workers or local people while traveling.
Finally, your brain will benefit greatly from the learning activity itself. Research has shown that
studying another language will alter your grey matter which help to increase your brain power.

Which language is likely to become dominant in the future?

Why do people learn more than one language?

Do you think that all children should learn foreign languages at school?

Why are some people seemingly better at studying languages than others?

Why is language an important aspect of culture?

Why it is important to learn a foreign language?


What are the advantages of learning multiple languages?

Hope you find this lesson useful! Write down any new words or phrases, try to use these words in
your answers & share them in the comments section below!
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IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2 & 3 Topic in 2018: Daily Routine & Sample
Answers
Posted: 29 Mar 2018 12:21 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic:

When do you wake up?

Well, I’m a morning riser and I wake up at about 5 o’clock. Getting up early not only makes me
feel refreshingand productive but it also prevents my skin from having wrinkles.

What is your daily routine?

Well, in the morning, I get up early to have a light breakfast and hit the gym at about 8 a.m.
After one hour of workout, I leave the gym club and go to the supermarket to buy food to make
lunch and dinner. In the afternoon and evening, I go to my workplace and start working from
14.00.pm until 21.00.p.m.

What part of the day do you like most?

Personally I enjoy late night when I come home from work and everything is filled with dim gray
light. To me, it’s a great time to kick back on the bed to have a chit-chat with my roommates,
surf the Internet, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.

Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?

Yes, it definitely is. A proper daily routine will help you arrange your activities in the
most sensible way. Without a daily routine, people usually do things spontaneously, which could
waste their time and reduce their work efficiency. I think those who are disorganized can gain
more benefits from creating a daily routine.

What’s the difference of routine between you and your teenager’s times?

Well, I can say that there’s a huge difference between my life back then and my present life. You
know, when I was a teenager, besides focusing on study, I have much free time to pursue my
interests like watching films or listening to music. As opposed to my life now, my routine and
time management has become stricter. Since I graduated from the university and began working as
an English teacher, I’m so occupied with my work that I have little leisure time for my pastimes.

Do you like to plan what you will do each day?


What do you usually do at this time of day?

Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day?

How do you organize your study time?

Do you ever change your plans?

What’s your favorite time of the day?

What do you want to change in your daily routine?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics:

1. Describe an occasion when you got up very early.

You should say:

▪ When it happened

▪ Why you got up early

▪ Who you were with

▪ And explain how you felt about getting up early.

Sample Answer:

Actually, I’m a night owl who usually gets out of the bed quite late, ranging from 9 a.m to 10 a.m
every morning. However, there are some occasions that I was forced to get up early, and I still
remember the last time that I had to get up early.

In September last year, I was offered the first job in my whole entire life. At that time I was a fresh
graduate, thus I had to move to X city to join training sessions at Head Office of the company. Flight
ticket was booked by my supervisor. Unfortunately, she had no choice but to book an early flight
for me at 6a.m. As I received the ticket information, I was quite anxious about whether I would miss
the flight or not. I set off the alarm in my phone, asked my mother to wake me up in time. Finally, I
made it, though I felt so sleepy that I fell asleep immediately when I was on the plane. It was such
a nerve-racking experience as it was the first time I went on a plane, dealing with all stuffs at the
airport in the early morning on my own. Luckily, there were some kind people willing to help me
with my suitcase, which made that experience less harrowing to me.

To be honest,As a youngster, I tend to of the habit staying late at nights and get up late, too.
However, I think that I should change this custom to get a better health.

Vocabulary:

▪ On a regular basis: at the same time every day, week, month, etc. : regularly
Ex: The sales team meets on a regular basis.

▪ fresh graduate: a person who has just graduate recently

Ex: A fresh graduate often has difficulties in applying for jobs, as he has no experience.

▪ have no choice but to: the last thing anyone can do

Ex: As the rain was hard, we had no choice but to cancel the plan.

▪ deal with: deal with something to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem

Ex: The government must now deal with the problem of high unemployment

▪ harrowing: extremely worrying, upsetting, or frightening

▪ youngster: a child, young person, or young animal.

Ex: Members are organizing a transport survey to find out how youngsters get to school.

2. Describe your favourite part of the day.

▪ when it is

▪ what you do then

▪ how long this part of a day lasts

and explain why this is your favourite part of the day.

Sample Answer

This is an interesting topic for me to talk about. I would like to share with you about my favorite part
of the day.

Well, to be honest, I am not an early riser because I often stay up late at nights, that’s why I can’t
enjoy morning much. In contrast, evening is the part of the day that I love the most.

To me, evening starts at the time my working day ends, 5pm everyday. After that, it’s my choice to do
anything I want. There is no fixed things for my evenings, I just keep an open mind and do what I
want.

For example, in some evenings, I would ask my friends out for a meal, a movie or a coffee. We can
have time to share with others anything we want, or just to keep us updated about others. In some
other evenings, when there are some interesting seminars, I would definitely join and listen carefully
to speaker’s sharing. When I am moody or tired, I would prefer a private time in my own room,
turning on soft music, and reading books or just let my mind free. To some people, the way I enjoy
my evenings is wasteful as they believe that I can do more useful things. However, to me, those kinds
of evenings help me to refresh myself & recharge my energy, thereby making my life more
enjoyable.

I strongly believe that we should take a certain amount of time off, doing nothing, do what we
like and take a look back. It can help us to discover more things about life and ourselves. This kind of
exploration is extremely important for us to understand well about ourselves, thus, can set up a good
way to develop our strength as well as minimize our weakness. As a consequence, it helps
boost up our performance in study or work. For this kind of activity, evening is the best option.

VOCABULARY

▪ early riser: someone who often get up early in the morning

Ex: He is an early riser, thus, he can enjoy mornings.

▪ keep an open mind: to let sth go with the flow, don’t have a fixed plan

Ex: I just keep an open mind of what to do when I go on holidays.

▪ Ask someone out: to invite someone to go out (to something or some place) [on a date].

Ex: Finally he asked her out for a movie.

▪ take time off: be duty-free in a certain period.

Ex: If possible, I would take time off to go on holiday.

Other topics:

Describe a time of the day that you like. You should say:

▪ what time of day it is?

▪ what you do at that time?

▪ who are you usually with?

and explain, why you like it?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topics:

Do you think people need to have a day-to-day plan? | Do you think people can still do their tasks if
they don’t plan them?
Do you think it is possible to learn how to manage your time?

What are some possible advantages of using time management app for your phone to help you plan
your time?

Why do you think some people don’t plan their day in advance?

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IELTS Speaking Part 2, 3 Topic: Interesting Conversation/ Speech &


Sample Answers
Posted: 05 Apr 2018 01:31 AM PDT

This post covers Sample Answers for one of the common IELTS
Speaking topic in the real IELTS test – Interesting Conversation/ Speech
You Heard. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in
2018, you can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests & Suggested
Answers (Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about an interesting conversation you had, or a speech you heard.

You should say:

– Who the speaker was


– When you heard him/her or talked with him/her
– What the speech/conversation was about
– Why it was interesting to you

Sample Answer

Uhm, this is my favorite topic. When I was a student, I wasn’t very interested in any speech or talks.
However, since I started my job as a teacher, I have enjoyed these talks a lot. I did hear a talk from
a lecturer who comes from ABC University. He is a TESOL teacher, so the way he gave the talk
really impressed me. Sitting in a big hall and listening to a talk actually isn’t a boring thing. The
lecture presented different methodology in teaching English for high school students. Then, the
talk visualized a variety of games to motivate students’ interests, such as snakes, battleships or
puzzles. I have to admit that they are very creative and funny. Moreover, I did learn a lot from this
talk, especially the games since I’ve never thought that games are really effective in class but
they proved me wrong. The students like them a lot, which makes me believe in those new teaching
methods. I think I will listen to these talks more when I have time.

Vocabulary

▪ lecturer [n] someone who teaches at a college or university


▪ impress [v] to cause someone to admire or respect you because of something that you have
done or said

▪ admit [v] to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly

▪ present [v] to give, provide or make known

▪ methodology [n] a system of ways of doing, teaching or studying something

▪ motivate [v] to make someone want to do something well

▪ creative [a] producing or using original and unusual ideas

▪ effective [a] successful or achieving the results that you want

▪ prove [v] to show that something is true

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Why do people feel nervous when they are giving a speech to others?

Public speaking has always been one of the utmost challenges for anyone, especially those lacking
practices. Like any interpersonal skills, being able to deliver a thorough, yet captivating speech to a
group of strangers requires certain factors. Reasons why most people fail, for me, fall into two main
categories: the fear of audience’s reaction and the topic itself. People are judgmental creatures and
can cast aspersions on almost everything; therefore, presenters may suffer from the pressure of
perfecting every detail. In addition, if someone is going to talk about topic that is unfamiliar to him or
too sophisticated for listeners, it is possibly not as well-received as the one he knows more about.

Utmost (a): greatest; most extreme

Captivating (a): taking all your attention; very attractive and interesting

Judgmental (a): judging people and criticizing them too quickly

Cast aspersions on: to criticize someone or someone’s character

Sophisticated (a): complicated

Well-received (a): getting a good reaction from people

How can people improve their public speaking skills?

Thanks to the Internet, information is now disseminated worldwide and easily accessible that you
can get help from anyone about anything, including public speaking. There are several means
to acquire and harness such skill as long as people are willing to such as enrolling in an online
course or participating in forum where people with the same goal gather and share their experience.
This is quite effective, flexible and most importantly, free of charge. If you want something more
official and academic, talk to some experts in public speaking at some conferences or workshops. They
will provide you more insights and tips to begin. Last but not least, practice makes perfect.

Disseminate (v): to spread information, knowledge, etc. so that it reaches many people

Accessible (a): that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc.

Acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour

Harness (v): to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve
something

Practice makes perfect: a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity
regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it

Can you suggest any methods that would help reduce nervousness?

Each of us will surely experience at least once in our lifetime the feeling of anxiety. It can be before our
job interview or big presentation, when meeting your family-in-law for the first time and so
on. Nervousness could be a good sign since it shows that we care. However, to better perform at
such life-changing events, you should control your feelings. Firstly, take a deep breath. You can’t be
at your best without breathing easily. Second, don’t try convince yourself that you’re not anxious.
Accept it just like any other feelings then you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to ignore it.
Lastly, use positive self-talk. Encourage yourself and remember that you are in this place for a reason.

Nervousness (n): the feeling of being anxious about something or afraid of something

Life-changing (a): having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life

Is it good for people to visit schools and give a talk to children about different things?

As far as I’m concerned, it would be a valuable experience for children to hear real-life stories and
personal insights from their predecessors who have been through ups and downs for useful
lessons and advice. Nowadays, many schools have already invited some guests that could be
their alumni or influential local figures to talk to students. A child’s life is like a piece of paper on
which every person leaves a mark. Therefore, the sooner we sow a good seed and inspire them, the
better they will grow.

Valuable (a): very useful or important

Predecessor (n): a person who did a job before somebody else

Ups and downs: the mixture of good and bad things in life or in a particular situation or
relationship
Alumni (n): the former male and female students of a school, college or university

Influential (a) having a lot of influence on somebody/something

What type of person is best suited to give a talk to a group of students?

Well, I see no special talents are needed to be able to deliver a


highly motivating and inspiring speech to students as long as their experiences and messages
are relevant and meaningful. Hence, people who could grab students’ attention and make them
question their goals and purposes are those leading an eventful life. And by this, I mean someone who
has related experiences and been through ups and downs during his career to reach success. This is
because I believe that if one has never tasted failures and disappointments, he can’t realize his inner
strength to overcome setbacks and truly appreciate his success, which is what students should think
about when they’re still in school.

Motivate (v): to be the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way

Inspiring (a): exciting and encouraging you to do or feel something

Relevant (a): having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work

Setback (n): a difficulty or problem that delays or prevents something, or makes a situation worse

Grab someone’s attention: to draw or attract someone’s attention

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IELTS Speaking Actual Test in Bangladesh – March 2018 & Model


Answers
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 04:31 AM PDT

Check out Sample Answers for IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in
2018. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you
can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests & Suggested Answers
(Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?

– Can I see your ID?

– Where are you from?

– Do you work or study?


– Describe your hometown

My hometown is both traditional and modern. On the one hand, tradition is preserved by a number
of festivals celebrated by local people, and the locals and authorities preserve the historical
sites for tourism and education. On the other hand, a whole lot of high-rise buildings as
residential places or shopping malls are built, which turns our little hometown into a worth-living
place.

– How long have you been living there?

I had lived there around 15 years before my family left for [ABC city]. It’s more than ten years since
the day I left my hometown, but it is indeed a good memory of my childhood.

– Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

Actually yes. It has changed enormously. 20 years ago I could barely find tall building around my
area, but now I can easily catch sight of skyscrapers and tower blocks there.

– Does it rain much in your country? (Where? When?)

Well, it depends on the season. In winter and spring, there is a dearth of rain associated with
the arid weather. In contrast, it is usually raining cats and dogs in summer and august,
causing loads of troubles for people travelling on the road.

– Have you ever been caught in the rain without a coat or umbrella?

Yes, in rainy seasons the rains come really suddenly. And I’m a careless person who always forget to
bring along an umbrella or raincoat when going outside. So, I usually end up getting stuck under a
random canopy waiting for the rain to stop.

– Do you think that rain affects people’s mood?

Yes, personally I am negatively affected by rain, especially when it rains consistently for weeks as
it has been recently in my city. Meanwhile, I would agree that exposure to the sun can make most
people feel happier and more energised.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a thing that you purchased recently. You should say:


– What it was
– What it looks like
– How you bought it
And explain how you felt about it.

Band 8+ Model Answer

I would like to talk about an item that I purchased two weeks ago. It was a motorbike which, you
know, is the dominantmeans of transport in my country.
I used to go to work by bus and it typically took me an hour to commute from my house to my
office. It was cost-saving but not convenient & really time-consuming for me to get around and
sometimes I ended up having no seat on a crowded bus, so my mom suggested that I should buy a
motorbike. That was what I did.
When it comes to stuff like this, I’m just a big kid, so I asked my brother to accompany me. We
went to a pretty big dealer near my house and the staff took me around to have a look at the latest
models for girls with different color options.
After giving it some thought, I decided to go for a blue motorbike because blue has always been
my favorite color. Ifell in love with it at first sight because it looks really cool and it’s not too big
so I wouldn’t have any problem handling it. Taking the price into consideration, I also thought
it was the best option for me at that time. After waiting for two hours, I had the motorbike ready to
use. And then I had to wait one more week for the paperwork to be delivered to me before being
allowed to actually use it on the road.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?
How is online shopping so popular these days?

IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic & Questions: Countryside & Model


Answers
Posted: 04 Apr 2018 01:36 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions:

Do you often visit the countryside?

Yes, I usually head out on a day trip to lots of wonderful countryside regions on the weekend
to recharge my energyafter a busy week.

If so, who do you visit in the countryside?

I like to visit my grandmother in the countryside. I usually get there on a train. Every time when I get
the chance to see her & enjoy the great fruit, spending some time getting back to nature, I find myself
restored & relaxed.

Do you have family or friends living in the countryside?

Yes, my grandmother still lives in the countryside. She is a farmer & she really enjoys the
tranquilness & the beauty of the countryside, so she decided to stay there for the rest of her life .

Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?


Absolutely ! I’m a huge fan of going to going to the forest. The environment there is just superb.
Every now and them I would visit a forest just because there isn’t that much pollution so I could
smell the fresh air. Also the animals there are also quite cute – especially some colourful birds.

Have areas of countryside in your country changed since you were a child?

Do you think that visits to the countryside should be something that schools offer to
their children?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics:

Describe an enjoyable/unforgettable experience you had in


the countryside

You should say:

▪ what the activity was

▪ when you did it

▪ who you did with it

▪ why it was enjoyable

SAMPLE ANSWER

It was two years ago when I had my very first motorbike trip with my friends to the first and most
ancient village which is located in the Southern [your country]. It is an unforgettable trip that I’ve
ever had.

Our group had 3 people, Jack, Jenny and me. We chose to visit that village because we wanted to get
away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get off the beaten track. Moreover, because
the village is also the birthplace of my grandparent, I felt really excited to visit the village and get a
closer insight into the lifestyle of local people as well as my grandparent.

We set out for a day trip to date back to the tradition of our country really early. I’m always a night
owl, not an early bird, so leaving the city at 5 a.m made me feel like I was deprived of sleep.
However, I was deliriously happy shortly after embarking on the trip to the village. This was
because on the way to get there, we admired the breathtaking landscapes which is totally
different from the city we are currently living in. After 1 hour drive, we got to the picturesque
village which made me feel over the moon. We rented some bikes to cycle around the village with
a lot of small alleyways filled with green grass. After riding a bike to the paddy field to get the
vibes of the village, we visited some 400 year old ancient house which made of mud
and laterite and had a look at communalhouses where the local people gathered for festival
celebration or public meeting. After that, we had lunch with many scrumptious food which is
locally and organically grown. In the afternoon, we joined a cooking class with the villagers who
were extremely friendly and clever at making traditional cakes. The highlight of the trip to the
village was going to the paddy fields to help the farmers harvest the crop. It was such an once-in-a-
lifetime experiencewhich I really enjoyed.

That was our first motorbike trip to the outskirt of the city and first time in the countryside so we
really enjoyed every single moment there. Jenny was like a dog with two tails while Jack and I
were also on cloud nine. We relishedeverything in the village from the fresh air,
cozy ambiance to beautiful landscapes such as small houses or paddy fields. We very much
hope that we can embark on a longer trip to the countryside down the road if we have more
spare time.

Vocabulary

Hustle and bustle (phrase) Noisy and confused activity

Off the beaten track (phrase) far away from the places that people usually visit

Get insight into (phrase)

Night owl (phrase) someone who enjoys going out at night or does not go to bed until it is late

Early bird (phrase) someone who gets up early in the morning

Deliriously happy (collocation) very very happy

Embark on (verb) to start a new project or activity, usually one that will be difficult and will take
time

Breathtaking (adj) extremely impressive or beautiful

Picturesque (adj) a picturesque place or scene is attractive, especially because it is old and
interesting

Over the moon (idiom) very happy

Alleyway (noun) a narrow street or passage

Feel the vibe (phrase) a general feeling that you get from a person or place

Laterite (noun) a kind of brick

Have/take a look at (phrase)

Communal (adj) relating to a particular community

Scrumptious (adj) very delicious

Once-in-a-lifetime experience (collocation) very special experience because you will probably
only have it once
Other topics:

1.Describe an area of countryside you know and like.

You should say:

▪ Where it is

▪ What its special features are

▪ What you and other people do in this area

▪ And explain why you like it

2. Describe a village or urban area you have visited

▪ where it is

▪ when & how you went there

▪ who live there

▪ And explain what you liked/disliked about this village or urban area.

3. Describe a relative’s house you have visited.

4. Describe a place you like to visit

5. Describe a place you often go to.

6. Describe a naturally beautiful place.

7. Describe a place where you went with your parents.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions:

What are the advantages of living in the countryside?

Living in the countryside can definitely benefit people in a wide range of ways. For one thing,
living in the countryside is better for one’s health condition thanks to significantly lower levels
of air pollution. It is undeniable that, air quality in big cities is so bad that long-term exposure
to it may cause respiratory diseases and other health problems. Besides, the cost of living in rural
areas is likely to be lower than that in cities. Although people in the city tend to make more money
than people in the countryside do, they have to spend more on food, accommodation and
transportation. Therefore, one can actually save more money by living in the countryside without
working as hard.
What are the disadvantages of living in the countryside?

Although living in the countryside can do wonders for your wellbeing, it is undeniable that there
are still some drawbacks of living in the countryside. To be more specific, without having a plethora
of transport on your doorstep, it will be much more inconvenient to travel to far-away place,
which also means you will squander more time oncommuting. Another disadvantage is
that country-dwellers also have fewer job opportunities compared to those in the cities,
thereby resulting in lower standard of living.

What kinds of people live in the countryside?

To the best of my knowledge, many people decide to live in a countryside because they want
to downshift to a less stressful life. Although people who live in the countryside can still lead
hectic lives, the peace of their surroundings help to bring them to a gentle halt and remind them
not to rush life away.

What do people living in the countryside like to do?

I reckon that when living in the countryside, people can enjoy a myriad of activities that they hardly
have in cities such as going out at night without fear of street criminals, doing exercise in the early
morning to enjoy the fresh air.

How has life changed over time in the countryside?


The countryside has experienced certain changes for the last few decades. Firstly, people, especially
farmers, have applied modern technologies in their work. Therefore, the productivity has
significantly improved while people don’t have sweat as much as they used to. Moreover, young
people in the countryside tend to dwell to town to seek job opportunities. As a result, the population
in the countryside is reducing and aging.

Do you think it is better to live in the countryside or in the city?


As often as this question is raised, I believe it remains a tough decision to make when it comes
to choosing between living in the countryside and living in the city. Many people have been attracted
to live and work in big cities because of better employment opportunities and higher living
standards. This massive rural-to-urban migration has, however, led to increase in
environmental pollution, traffic and social issues in urban areas. It would be a better idea for people
to live in the suburb and travel into the city to work every day so that they can enjoy the best of both
worlds.

How is the countryside different from town?


There are many things which differ the countryside from town. Obviously, it is much less crowded in
the country than in cities. Besides, the pace of life in the countryside is slow while people living in big
cities always seem to be in a hurry. In addition, it is much more healthy to live out of big cities
because the air in the country is fresher and there is not as much noise.

Do youngsters prefer living in rural areas? Why or why not?


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IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic in 2018: Language & Model Answers


Posted: 31 Mar 2018 12:14 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic:

Do you like learning languages?

Absolutely, I am always keen on mastering some new languages such as English, French. You know, if
I am bilingual or multilingual, I can roam round other parts of the world with great ease and
my whole journey will be transformed miraculously.

What languages do you speak?

Well, my mother tongue is […..]. I’ve always wanted to learn Portuguese which is predominantly
spoken in some parts of the world, but I don’t have enough time yet.

Do you learn any foreign language?

I’m actually studying two languages at the moment and find it so challenging, yet intriguing that
everyone should try at least once. Since English is not my mother tongue, it’s the very first foreign
language I’ve attempted to learn because of its widespread use and numerous benefits that come
along. It’s the most spoken language for non-native speakers around the globe and is one of the most
critical criteria companies look for when recruiting an employee, or at least that’s a reality in my
country.

Do you think learning languages is important?

Absolutely. Learning languages, especially English, allows us to be able to communicate with others. It
also helps us study more effectively, since we can search for almost everything on the Internet in
English.

How did you learn the languages that you know?

I think the most effective way to learn a language is to practice more with a native speaker. By doing
this, you can improve both listening and oral skills simultaneously, you will be fluent in this
language. Besides, I also do general readings in my spare time and keep a journal in English.

Can you learn more than one language at a time?

I haven’t thought of it, but yes, I am quite confident that I can manage to learn 2 at once. I reckon that
the most difficult thing to acquire 2 languages is to manage my time efficiently. Therefore, it’s more
than worth it to plan out exactly how I am going to divide my time between the two languages I
tackle.

Do you want to became a foreign language teacher in the future? Why?


That thought has crossed my mind once or twice but I’ve never visualized myself as a full-time
teacher. A part-time job, yes. Professional one, not likely. Being a legitimate teacher in my country
requires certain academic degrees and credentials to be able to convey knowledge
and improvise in class. In my case, I’ve never attended any special training on teaching or have
any pedagogical skills; therefore, I don’t have much confidence in handling difficult situations in
class. Besides, you have to reach a high level of language proficiency to make sure that whatever
you say is trustworthy and credible.

Do you think that English is difficult to learn?

In my opinion, every single language is difficult to learn, and English is not an exception. I mean, it
might be easy to learn grammar and vocabulary, but it takes quite a long time to practice using the
language fluently.

Do you think foreigner should learn your country’s language when they arrive there?

I think it’s obviously in their best interest to pick up a few basic words or phrases in a local
language. Firstly, it is an interesting experience to try to communicate with the locals in their mother
tongue. You may not get the words right, but that’s where the fun lies. Hence, people will find you
more approachable and charismatic because of your efforts and sense of humor. Besides, since
language is an integral part of any culture, you can develop a cultural sensitivity while studying
their very means of communication.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:

Describe the first time you used a foreign language to communicate.


You should say:

▪ what the situation was

▪ where you were

▪ who you communicated with

and explain why you used a foreign language to communicate on this occasion.

Or

Talk about an instance when you spoke with someone in a foreign language for the
first time.

You should say:

▪ when it was

▪ with whom you spoke


▪ what language you used

and say how you felt about it.

Sample Answer

I have been learning English for a long time but I haven’t had many chances to practice speaking
English, not to mention to talk to native speakers. To the best of my recollection, the first time I
used it for communication purpose was on New Year Eve 2 years ago.

At that time, I was hanging out with my friends, talking about some new year’s resolutions when
a foreigner came up to me in all of a sudden, asking for the direction to a minimart nearby.
Honestly, he had such a strong accent that I couldn’t make out what he wanted to say. I had to ask
him to repeat several times before acquiring all of the information he needed. Then, I showed him
the way to the nearest minimart to buy some necessities. Honestly, I was not confident in my
English speaking skill, so I had to make the most of my nonverbal skills such as body language,
gesture, etc to make sure that he could get all information he asked for. Fortunately, he could take
in what I said, and expressed his simple yet sincere gratitude before heading for the minimart.

That occasion helps strengthen my belief that English plays an important role in our life, even
we don’t live in an English speaking country. English is spoken globally, and we have to use it if we
want to stay connected to people in another country and search for information. Therefore, I think
that I should polish up my English so that I can have a good command of this international
language to be able to talk confidently with foreigners, regardless of the topic of conversation.

VOCABULARY

▪ To the best of one’s recollection: something in the past they can recall

▪ resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

▪ come up to: approach someone

▪ All of a sudden: Suddenly

▪ Make out: understand, hear

▪ accent: a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a


particular nation, locality, or social class.

▪ show sb the way to…: give sb direction to somewhere

▪ necessities: something necessary for daily life: water, food,…

▪ Make the most of: to use something as much as possible

▪ take in: understand

▪ polish up: improve


▪ regardless of: without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic:

What kind of quality should a language teacher have?

Not only a language teacher in particular but educators in other areas should have certain skills and
knowledge to successfully inspire and instruct their students. First and foremost, of course, deep
knowledge and great education matter. It’s often said that “a teacher is only as good as his
knowledge is”. People may not need academic degrees or certificates in other jobs or industries, but
in education and training, they are solid proof to verify your professional qualifications.
Furthermore, communication skill also plays an essential role. If one is an articulate and persuasive
speaker, he will be able to convey his lectures with better results. Last but not least, a good sense of
humor may be of great help to grab students’ attention and interest.

▪ instruct (v): to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way

▪ verify (v): to check that something is true or accurate

▪ articulate (a): (of a person) good at expressing ideas or feelings clearly in words

▪ grab one’s attention: to cause one to become interested in something

Why people want to learn a foreign language?

Studying a foreign language is not only a hobby but also a trend in modern society due to some
undeniable advantages. Speaking more than one language can open up a world of employment
opportunities for job seekers, especially if that language is widely used in business context. You will
be able to work for not only local but global corporates as well with decent salaries. In addition, being
bilingual or multilingual will help extend your social network worldwide. You can establish deep
connections and cross-cultural friendships with foreign co-workers or local people while traveling.
Finally, your brain will benefit greatly from the learning activity itself. Research has shown that
studying another language will alter your grey matter which help to increase your brain power.

Which language is likely to become dominant in the future?

Why do people learn more than one language?

Do you think that all children should learn foreign languages at school?

Why are some people seemingly better at studying languages than others?

Why is language an important aspect of culture?

Why it is important to learn a foreign language?

What are the advantages of learning multiple languages?


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IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2 & 3 Topic in 2018: Daily Routine & Sample
Answers
Posted: 29 Mar 2018 12:21 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic:

When do you wake up?

Well, I’m a morning riser and I wake up at about 5 o’clock. Getting up early not only makes me
feel refreshingand productive but it also prevents my skin from having wrinkles.

What is your daily routine?

Well, in the morning, I get up early to have a light breakfast and hit the gym at about 8 a.m.
After one hour of workout, I leave the gym club and go to the supermarket to buy food to make
lunch and dinner. In the afternoon and evening, I go to my workplace and start working from
14.00.pm until 21.00.p.m.

What part of the day do you like most?

Personally I enjoy late night when I come home from work and everything is filled with dim gray
light. To me, it’s a great time to kick back on the bed to have a chit-chat with my roommates,
surf the Internet, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.

Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?

Yes, it definitely is. A proper daily routine will help you arrange your activities in the
most sensible way. Without a daily routine, people usually do things spontaneously, which could
waste their time and reduce their work efficiency. I think those who are disorganized can gain
more benefits from creating a daily routine.

What’s the difference of routine between you and your teenager’s times?

Well, I can say that there’s a huge difference between my life back then and my present life. You
know, when I was a teenager, besides focusing on study, I have much free time to pursue my
interests like watching films or listening to music. As opposed to my life now, my routine and
time management has become stricter. Since I graduated from the university and began working as
an English teacher, I’m so occupied with my work that I have little leisure time for my pastimes.

Do you like to plan what you will do each day?

What do you usually do at this time of day?

Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day?
How do you organize your study time?

Do you ever change your plans?

What’s your favorite time of the day?

What do you want to change in your daily routine?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics:

Describe an occasion when you got up very early.

You should say:

▪ When it happened

▪ Why you got up early

▪ Who you were with

▪ And explain how you felt about getting up early.

Sample Answer:

Actually, I’m a night owl who usually gets out of the bed quite late, ranging from 9 a.m to 10 a.m
every morning. However, there are some occasions that I was forced to get up early, and I still
remember the last time that I had to get up early.

In September last year, I was offered the first job in my whole entire life. At that time I was a fresh
graduate, thus I had to move to X city to join training sessions at Head Office of the company. Flight
ticket was booked by my supervisor. Unfortunately, she had no choice but to book an early flight
for me at 6a.m. As I received the ticket information, I was quite anxious about whether I would miss
the flight or not. I set off the alarm in my phone, asked my mother to wake me up in time. Finally, I
made it, though I felt so sleepy that I fell asleep immediately when I was on the plane. It was such
a nerve-racking experience as it was the first time I went on a plane, dealing with all stuffs at the
airport in the early morning on my own. Luckily, there were some kind people willing to help me
with my suitcase, which made that experience less harrowing to me.

To be honest,As a youngster, I tend to of the habit staying late at nights and get up late, too.
However, I think that I should change this custom to get a better health.

Vocabulary:

▪ On a regular basis: at the same time every day, week, month, etc. : regularly

Ex: The sales team meets on a regular basis.

▪ fresh graduate: a person who has just graduate recently


Ex: A fresh graduate often has difficulties in applying for jobs, as he has no experience.

▪ have no choice but to: the last thing anyone can do

Ex: As the rain was hard, we had no choice but to cancel the plan.

▪ deal with: deal with something to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem

Ex: The government must now deal with the problem of high unemployment

▪ harrowing: extremely worrying, upsetting, or frightening

▪ youngster: a child, young person, or young animal.

Ex: Members are organizing a transport survey to find out how youngsters get to school.

Other topics:

1. Describe a time of the day that you like. You should say:

▪ what time of day it is?

▪ what you do at that time?

▪ who are you usually with?

and explain, why you like it?

1. Describe your favourite part of the day.

▪ when it is

▪ what you do then

▪ how long this part of a day lasts

and explain why this is your favourite part of the day.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topics:

Do you think people need to have a day-to-day plan? | Do you think people can still do their tasks if
they don’t plan them?

Do you think it is possible to learn how to manage your time?


What are some possible advantages of using time management app for your phone to help you plan
your time?

Why do you think some people don’t plan their day in advance?

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IELTS Speaking Test in Canada – March 2018 & Sample Answers


Posted: 24 Mar 2018 10:13 PM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1

What is your full name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?

Do you work or study?

Do you often do exercises to stay fit?

What kinds of physical exercises did you do when you were in school?

What activities do you want to do in the future to keep yourself fit?

Do you like to sleep?

How many hours do you spend on sleeping every day?

Do you think that the older adults require less sleep ?

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an important river or lake in your country

– Describe the river.


– Where is it located?
– Why is it important for your country?

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What are the disadvantages of water transportation?

As far was I know, because of the slow water stream, if there is a serious accident, total loss of all the
cargo is a real possibility. With regard to fuel consumption, land transportation requires minimal
energy inputs, but the drawback is that the largest size of load is still relatively small compared to
water transportation.
What are interesting activities around the river area?

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Jewelry & Model Answers


Posted: 24 Mar 2018 03:26 AM PDT

Check out Sample Answers for IELTS Speaking Part 1 topic –


Jewelry. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018,
you can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests (January – April
2018) & Suggested Answers (Ebook)

1. Do you like jewel?

I love collecting tiny pieces of art like jewelries since they are not only accessories but
perfect complements to your whole look. There are thousands of types and designs of jewelries for
you to choose from so I bet everyone, regardless of genders, can find at least one item they love,
from earrings, bracelets, necklaces to watches. The materials of which they are made also varied from
luxurious ones such as silver, gold, diamond to more affordable and street-style ones like artificial
stones, copper or other metals. Thus, they can go with different kinds of styles and if you do it right,
they will make your outfit less boring and livelier.

Vocabulary

complement (n): a thing that adds new qualities to something in a way that improves it or makes it
more attractive

regardless of: paying no attention to something/somebody; treating something/somebody as not


being important

2. Do you wear any jewelry?

Even though I have a whole jewelry collection at home, I’ve never attempted to put on more than five
pieces since I live with a motto “simplicity is the best”. I have a habit of picking up eye-
catching accessories whenever I come acrossone but always consider carefully before matching
them with my costume. For example, if I dress in an off-shoulder top, a simple choker is good enough
to highlight my long neck. Other times when I tie my hair in a messy bun, I prefer a pair of
sophisticated earrings such as hoop or feather ones to add more feminine and romantic vibes. But all
in all, never exceed five at the same time.

Vocabulary

motto (n): a short sentence or phrase that expresses the aims and beliefs of a person, a group, an
institution, etc. and is used as a rule of behaviour

come across (phrasal verb): meet or find by chance

3. Do people in your country ever wear jewelry, such as rings or neckless? Why do
people like to wear those things?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, most people show a big preference for accessories like jewelry in the
belief that they beautify the body. It’s a common sight that women wear necklaces or bracelets made
of gold every time they are present at a special occasion like weddings or parties. Besides,
such pricey accessories symbolize people’s social status as well, so it is used as a means to show off
things people have.

Vocabulary

Beyond/ without a shadow of a doubt (phrase) used for saying that you are completely certain
of something

Show a (big) preference for something (phrase) a feeling of liking or wanting something more
than someone or something else

Make of (phrasal verb) to produce or construct from

4. How often do you wear jewelry?

Once in a while, especially when there is a special event. On that occasion, I often have my bracelet or
necklace on so that I can feel more confident in myself.

Vocabulary

Once in a while (idiom) sometimes

5. What kind of jewelry do you like to wear/see on other people?

If I were to choose, I’d opt for gold necklace or bracelet. The reason behind this is that they are eye-
catching and a girl would look gorgeous with some accessories on such body parts. For me, any piece
of jewelry has its own beauty, depending on the beholders and the appropriateness of the situation.

Vocabulary

Opt for (verb) make a choice from a range of possibilities

Eye-catching (adj) immediately appealing or noticeable; striking

Beholder (n) a person who sees or observes someone or something.

6.Why some people wear a jewel for a long time?

I suppose each has their own reasons. In most cases, if people get attached to a certain piece of
jewelries, there might be a story behind it. It could be a family heirloom that has been passed
down generations to generations so it has a special meaning to the owner. Or it may belong to
someone they hold dear such as their spouse, parent or soul mate which can explain why they don’t
want to take it off. Another reason is that they keep wearing the same jewel just out of habit.
They get accustomed to it after a while and are too lazy to change the new one so there it stays.

Vocabulary
get attached to: attach

heirloom (n): a valuable object that has belonged to the same family for many years

hold dear (idiom): be fond of; be attached to | cherish, treasure, care for

out of habit (idiom): habitually

get accustomed to: to think/start to think that something is normal or natural because you have
experienced it regularly over a period of time

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IELTS Speaking Test in South Korea – March 2018 & Model Answers
Posted: 23 Mar 2018 12:01 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1

What is your full name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?

Do you work or study?

Have you ever been on a boat?

To be honest, I was really lucky growing up because my parents travelled quite a lot & they
really instilled the travel bug in me. I remember going to Mexico with them a few times and we
did have a whale of time on a fishing boat.

Travel bug: is an illness or a disease which compels the infected person with the desire to travel.

Would you take a vacation on a boat?

Well, I have to say that I am not a boat person. I’m happy to go out for the occasional afternoon and
float around here and there, maybe have a drink on board and take in some scenery. But I am
always happy to be back on solid ground.

Would you like to own a boat?

For sure! Owning a cruise has been one of my dreams for a while. You know, having a boat can offer
the most unique way to travel and take in the local culture.

What kind of music do you like?


I don’t have a particular taste in music. I can pretty much listen to everything as long as it sounds good
to me. Still, I can hardly listen to traditional music, some countries’ folk songs and several tracks
belonging to the classical genre.

How much time do you spend listening to music every day?

It depends. I often listen to music when I’m doing the housework or when I’m on the bus. At that time,
I feel like I can immerse myself in my own world. When I need to really concentrate on school work,
I don’t really listen to music as it can cause some distraction.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a product you bought and felt happy

You should say:

▪ What it was

▪ Where you bought it

▪ What it has for/ How it was used

▪ and explain why it made you happy

Last summer, I bought a Nokia smart phone that I was really satisfied with. My cell phone was
the latest product from Nokia, so there were various useful applications such as video calling,
emails, games, music players, and so on. I intended to use this smart hone to listen to music,
make phone calls, send messages and check emails. I must say that this portable device helps me a
lot no matter where I am.

There were numerous reasons why I took an interest in this product. Firstly, I wanted to use it for
entertainment purposes. I could refresh myself after a hard day‟s work
by enjoying music or watching reality shows on the Internet. Moreover, thanks to this smart
phone, I was ble to keep in touch with my old friends whom I could not meet in person regularly.
Besides, his mobile phone helped me to handle my workload effectively. For example, I could
check mails when waiting for the bus, which saved a lot of time.

As a final point, I would emphasize that I chose the mobile phone myself. That was the main
reason why I felt so happy with this product.

VOCABULARY
 portable device: an object that is easy to carry or to move.
 took an interest in: [expression] wanted to know more about the product.
 entertainment: [noun] for interest and amusement.
 refresh myself: [verb] make myself feel less tired and stressed.
 reality shows: [noun] shows that use real people [not actors] in real situations, in order to provide
entertainment.
 handle my workload: [expression] manage the amount of work that I have to do.

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IELTS Speaking Test in Nepal – March 2018 with Answers
Posted: 22 Mar 2018 03:14 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1

What is your name?

Can I see your ID?

Where are you from?

Do you work or study?

What kind of outdoor activity do you often do?

Which kind of outdoor activity did you do when you were a child?

Do you often write?

Do you prefer writing to typing?

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an occasion when people gave you a positive feedback

You should say:

▪ what the situation was

▪ who congratulated you

▪ why you were congratulated

▪ and explain how you felt.

IELTS Speaking Part 3


How important is public recognition?
Does everyone want public recognition?
What are the advantages of positive feedback?
How do people take positive feedback compared to negative feedback?

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IELTS Speaking Test In Indonesia – March 2018 & Sample Answers


Posted: 21 Mar 2018 01:48 AM PDT
Check out the latest IELTS Speaking Test In Indonesia in 2018
with Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?


– Can I see your ID?
– What can I call you?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like travelling?
– Do you like travelling by plane?
– How often do you use your phone?
– What is your favourite app?
– Can you create a new app?
– What app do you want to have?

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a kind of weather you like

▪ What kind of weather it is

▪ What you usually do during this weather

▪ How this weather affects your mood

▪ Why you like this type of weather

Well, I enjoy cold weather which is always such a rare event in my city, you know since our city is near
the equator, so it’s hot and humid during a year. Therefore, I always look forward to December
when the weather is cool and a little bit cold with wind. It’s my time; then during this weather, I
usually prefer lying on the bench in my garden, watching the sky and sipping my hot coffee
with joy and pleasure. As I can do what I can’t in the dry season, so I’m always like on cloud
nine whenever this cold comes. I enjoy doing all the things under this kind of weather, especially with
my mother, such as planting the trees, looking at the sky and going out without having to wear any
jackets. I think I never get bored with the cold weather due to the fact that it’s very comfortable to
work and study. Besides, when this type of weather turns up, it means that an interesting series of
holidays may come around soon like Christmas and New Year, which are the time for family.

▪ Vocabulary

▪ equator [n] an imaginary line drawn around the middle of the Earth an equal distance from
the North Pole and the South Pole

▪ humid [a] (of air and weather conditions) containing extremely small drops of water in the
air

– look forward to [phrasal verb] to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to
happen

▪ sip [v] to drink, taking only a very small amount at a time


on cloud nine [idiom] to be extremely happy and excited

be/get bored with [phrase] feel tired and unhappy because something is not interesting or because
you have nothing to do

turn up (somewhere) [phrasal verb] to arrive or appear somewhere, usually unexpectedly or in a way
that was not planned

series [n] a number of similar or related events or things, one following another

come around [phrasal verb] If an event that happens regularly comes round/around, it happens at
its usual time

IELTS Speaking Part 3

– Do you think weather has changed comparing to the past? In what way?
– Do you think most people enjoy hot weather? Why/Why not?
– Do you think weather usually affects people’s mood? How?

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IELTS Speaking Test in the UK – March 2018 & Model Answers


Posted: 20 Mar 2018 01:37 AM PDT

IELTS Speaking Part 1

What is your favorite animal?


I would call myself a dog person. I really adore dogs. They are so cute & loyal to their owners. That’s
why they are one of the most popular kinds of pets in the world.

Do you have any pet?


Although I really love dogs, I can’t manage to have a dog because I travel quite often & hardly have
spare time to stay at home & look after my dog. But I really hope that when I settle down, I can
have a dog who always bounds up to me and start licking my hands everytime I am back home.
Settle down (phrasal verb) to start living in a place where you intend to stay for along time,
usually with your partner

Do you usually write by hand?


Not really anymore. These days I find myself typing a lot on computers and texting on my phone, so I
rarely use paper and a pen anymore. That said, I still have to jot down notes in class because laptops
are not allowed. I think it’s a pain, really.
jot down (phrasal verb) write

Do you think handwriting will be replaced by computers?


Well, you know, in this day and age, modern technologies have largelymarginalized handwriting,
and you don’t see people writing by hand as much as they did in the past. However, I still think some
things need to be handwritten. For example, you should always handwrite a wedding invitation to
show respect to the guests.

marginalize (verb) to make someone or something seem not important or relevant


IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an interesting book you read

You should say:

▪ What it is about

▪ How you knew this book

▪ When you read it for the first time

▪ And explain why you think this book is very interesting.

I have to deal with overwhelming workload recently. However, if I have any spare time, I would
like to sit down with a book and a cup of tea. Books always keep me calm and relaxed. Until now, I
have read numerous books, but the one I like most is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Alchemist was first published in 1988, but it is not until 2015 that I read this book. At that time, I had
read “Little Prince”, and fallen head over heels in love with it. Then all of a sudden,
I stumbled upon a review about Alchemist written that “It is like Little Prince for Asian”, which
made me so curious about it and hunger for reading it. I decided to buy this
book straight away. After spending a whole day reading the book, The Alchemist became my
favorite book, surpassing “Little Prince”.

Although the book is not as thick as other famous novels like “Gone with the wind” and the like,
it still succeeds in inspiring a devoted following around the world. This story is about an
Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to Egyptian
desert in search of a buried treasure in the Pyramids. On the way he reach the destination, there are
a number of obstacles that he has to overcome, and some people that give him a lot of lessons about
life.

Though this kind of journey can be told in many other books, Alchemist, dazzling in its powerful
simplicity and inspiring wisdom can give me an unique outlook on life. This story has successfully
taught me about the importance of passion in every life. To pursue your passion, you should try as
hard as possible.

Vocabulary:
▪ Deal with something (phrase) to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem

▪ Fall head over heels in love with (idiom) love somebody

▪ All of a sudden (phrase) suddenly

▪ Hunger: have a strong desire or craving for.

▪ Straight away: without delay

▪ Surpass: exceed; be greater than.


▪ Symbolic: serving as a symbol.

▪ The like (phrase) and other similar things

▪ Following (noun) a body of supporters or admirers

▪ Shepherd boy: a boy who tends and rears sheep.

▪ Pursue: follow (someone or something) in order to catch

▪ Numerous: great in number; many.

▪ Dazzle in (phrasal verb): to impress someone a lot, for example with your beauty,
intelligence, or skill

▪ Outlook on (phrase) your general attitude to things

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What type of books do people in your country prefer to read?


Does reading fiction help children’s mental development?
Do you prefer watching novel-based movies to reading books?
Is it interesting to watch a movie after reading book or reading book after watching movie?
Is it important to ready books about history ?

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IELTS Speaking test in Saudi Arabia – March 2018 & Sample Answers
Posted: 19 Mar 2018 01:37 AM PDT

Part 1

– What is your full name?


– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you like boats? Why?
– Would you like to have a boat?
– Do you like rain? Why?
– What do you do when it rains and you are outside?

Cue Card

Talk about a business person you admire. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– What does he/she do?
– Why do you admire him/her?
The person I’m going to talk about is Bill Gates, one of the greatest businessmen that I have ever
known.

He is well-known as a co-founder of Microsoft and the world’s richest man. However, for years,
Gates has been a philanthropist as he donates his money to help less fortune people and invests
in developing education or technology.

I could start off by saying that I have a great admiration for him because he established Microsoft
cooperation and made computers more accessible for all people. Furthermore, he is not only a
knowledgeable person but he is so benevolent and warm-hearted. He is
the benefactor and savior of many people. For example, he has spent so much money recruiting the
prominent scientists to help create life-changing vaccines, such as the world’s first ever malaria
vaccine, which has now been given the green light to be used on babies in sub-Saharan Africa. Last but
not least, he always inspires others to persist in pursuing the goals and achieve immense success.
He has written a lot of books such as The road ahead or The road to the future to teach people to do
business and have perseverance and decisiveness to overcome all obstacles on their way to
success.

I wish that I would meet Bill Gate once time in my life, give him a warm hug and ask him
for autograph. No one can become a source of motivation to me like him.

Part 3

What kinds of businesses are popular in this city?

What business will young people do?

When do people in your country retire?

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IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan – Feb 2018 & Sample Answers


Posted: 20 Feb 2018 08:34 PM PST
Check out IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in Pakistan.
For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you can take a look at
IELTS Speaking Actual Tests (January – April 2018) & Suggested Answers (Ebook)
Part 1

Do you know any teenagers?

What do you think about teenager fashion?

What is the thing you liked most when you was a teenager?

Part 2

Describe an achievement that you are proud of


You should say:

▪ what you achieved

▪ when you achieved it

▪ what was difficult about achieving it

▪ and explain why you are proud of this achievement.

Sample Answer

One of the great successes that I have ever achieved in my life was to pass the entrance exam at
University of Languages and International Studies.

This examination took place about 4 years ago. It was so important to me because it fulfilled my
dreams of becoming an English teacher in the future. Additionally, this exam required careful
preparation throughout the whole period in the high school, so it was quite challenging for me.
Before siting for the exam, I had to study around the clock three main subjects: Math,
Literature, and English. During the lesson, I paid attention carefully to what the teacher was saying
and noted down all the necessary information to learn it by heart. Beside the requiredclass, I
also took the extra ones to broaden my horizons and enhance my skills. I pulled out all the
stops to do as many assignments as possible to have a good performance in the exam. I also
joined some study groups on Facebook where I asked friends for helping me with tricky
exercises.

Finally, my hard work was paid off. I secured a seat at my dream University of Languages and
International Studies. This success motivated me to become an English teacher to inspire the
students to be passionate about learning English and have a great command of English.

So I think that success will come after hard work and determination, and I’m proud of myself
passing this vital test.

By E-trainer

Part 3

What are some of the greatest achievements (of teenagers) in the world?

Do you think teenagers should have an aim in life?

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IELTS Speaking Part 3

Why do people move to other cities to live?

What are the main disadvantages of living in a city?


The first thing that pops into my head is the high level of pollution that people have to suffer from,
varying from air pollution to noise pollution. In addition to that, due to the large number of people
living in cities, it’s more challenging to find a job because there are so many people searching for job
vacancies at the same time.

How do you think cities could be improved?


In my opinion, we should ask for help from the policymakers to reduce the number of vehicles
commuting on the streets, which will definitely reduce the level of pollution. Moreover, creating more
green space is also an option to take into consideration when we want to improve the living quality of
city dwellers. I would say that the government not individuals who plays the most important role in
such efforts.

Are people less friendly in cities than in the countryside?


I think it’s rather harsh to say that people from the cities are less friendly than those who come from
the countryside. It mainly depends on the personalities of each person. Or maybe a lot of people have
that negative thought because people from the cities are busier with their work, and they don’t have
enough time to worry about other people’s issues.

Why do a lot of people want to move to a foreign country?

What factors in a new place affect people’s lives?

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IELTS Speaking Part 1, 2, 3 Topic: Money with Model Answers


Posted: 15 Feb 2018 05:59 AM PST

MONEY
Part 1

1. How much money is enough?

Well, it’s hard to answer this question as there is no exact measurement to say whether money is
enough or not. It’s up to (1) perspective and goal of different people. Some people want to earn more
money so they can save up but some just need a certain amount of money to (2)sustain their lives.

2. Why do people care too much about money?

I think the reason is simply because money equals power. The more money you have ,the more things
you can do ,the more influence you have over people. No one refuses power so that’s why they give
priority to money

3. Is money important to you?

Absolutely. I can buy things with money and give presents for my family by my own money. It makes
my life more meaningful . It’s like a motivation to (1) push me forward and work harder to enhance
my life. For me, money is just never enough and if I’m satisfied with what I earn, I’ll (2) fall
behind with fellows

4. What do people in your country save money for?


I suppose it’s up to different purposes. While the young save money for travelling or paying tuition
fees, the elderly tend to keep money for health service and their kids. However, young people have
more (1) desire than (2) the seniors so they often spend more than their (3)savings.

Part 2

Describe a method to save money.

You should say:

What the method is

When you started to use it

How you knew it

and explain why it is helpful

ANSWER BY IELTS TEST TAKER – BAND 7.5+

Well, i’m not good at saving money and I tend to buy things without considering carefully. It’s hard to
save if you don’t know exactly what you are saving for so what I do is to (1) set savings goals to
motivate myself in every (2) financial decision that I make. Going to Japan has always been my biggest
dream but I’ve postponed so many times due to lack of money. I tried to keep money myself but I still
(3) overspent and was out of money at the end of every month. I asked my mom to keep money for me
as she is better at controlling expense. She is like my accountant and helps me to(4) balance the
expense. She also gives me advice whenever I go shopping to make sure it doesn’t (5)set me back . We
have an agreement that whenever I (6) withdraw a sum of money, I have to save double that amount.
This (7) works wonders withme as my savings goes up every month . Now I always ask myself
whether it’s necessary to buy things or I can (8) save fora rainy day. After a while, I realize I’ve(9) set
aside more money everyday . I buy things within my budget and don’t waste money for unnecessary
things. This method of saving money makes me feel good about myself and I feel financially secured.

▪ overspend: spend more than the expected or allotted amount

▪ set someone back: (of a purchase) cost someone a particular amount of money.

▪ withdraw: to take money from a bank account

▪ works wonders with: to have a very good effect on someone or something

▪ save for a rainy day:


to reserve something, especially money, for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty,
trouble, or need
▪ set aside: to keep or save something from a larger amount or supply in order to use
it later for a particular purpose

Part 3

PEOPLE VS MONEY

1. What do you think about money?

Money can do many things, both good and bad. It allows us to have freedom and a wide variety of
choices. Money gives us confidence and desire to work harder so we can have better life. You can
decide where and how you want to live when you have a good income. When you do not have much
money, your choice will be limited. However, (1) everything comes with a price. Having much money
doesn’t mean people wont (2) run into problems. Most people fail to (3) strike a balance between
earning and enjoying money so they work (4) day and night. They believe they’ll be happier if they
have lots of money. However, for most people, such time never comes and they die unhappy and
dissatisfied

2.Could human beings live without money?

It’s true that money isn’t the most important thing in this world but it’s (1) irreplaceable in our lives. If
the world were a completely free place with no expenses and people could own anything they want
without money, they would no longer go to work. There would be nothing as (2) motivation and
people would work unproductively .Money stimulates people to (3) overcome obstacles so they can
enjoy their achievements to the fullest. Besides, people who have money (4) have their own voice
in society and it’s a strong encouragement for anyone

3. In your opinion, why do many people derive pleasure from spending


money?

Spending money is definitely the most satisfying feeling ever. People can buy things they’ve long
waited for to (1)please themshelves. Buying something new will (2)make their day and
(3)stimulates them to work harder. The money spent isn’t necessarily on oneself but also loved ones.
It makes us feel good so we will spend more money the next time.

4. Who do you think save more money,men or women?

Well, it’s hard to say. Men’s biggest risk is their (1) egos. They need to (2)brag about their
(3) possessions and how much money they’ve earned , so they end up spending more money. Women
tend to save money and spend it when they really need it. However, there are still (4)exceptions when
women manage money worse than men. That’s why there is no strong proof to show men or women
save more money

5.Which do you think is better for the economy of a country or area, people saving
money or people spending money?

It’s such a tricky question. I guess for any economy, saving (1) is entwined with spending. When
people buy things, they will contribute a (2)sum of money to the stores so they can pay salaries . The
government also benefit from that as it’ll gain tax. If people save money, only the banks have
advantage so they can invest or (3) set up new businesses. An ideal economy is when saving and
spending balanced . It’s a rule for any economy in the world

6. Do you think the government should let people know how it spends money?

Well, actually, I don’t really care about this issue. I think the government has its own reason to not
(1) publicizeeverything. It can be (2) state secrets so the authority wants to (3) keep it private.
However, If the government could (4) go public with the amount of money it spends, it would (5) gain
trust from the public and assure them that their money is invested properly

YOUNG PEOPLE VS MONEY

1.How can (or, how do) young people learn to manage their financial affairs?

From my point of view, young people should learn from their parents who have lots of experience with
spending money. They will give the youngsters sound advice to (1) keep an eye on personal expenses .
The young should plan short terms and long term (2) financial goals and review them (3) from time to
time to manage personal finance well. They need to make sure their budgets cover their savings as
well in case of any (4) unforeseen emergency

2. Do you think it’s easy for (young) people to save money?

I think it’s all about motivation. When people have specific goals, they’ll find saving money easier. For
instance, lots of youngsters are (1)working their way through university by doing some part-time jobs.
They don’t feel like depending on their parents and wanting to (2)have less burden on family. They
can save a small sum of money every month. Once young people keep that habit, they can have
(3) considerable savings for their future

3.Do young people nowadays believe in saving money?

Well, I don’t really know. It depends on their (1) outlook, I guess. (2)Saving money up is a good idea in
case undesirable problems happen. Developing the discipline to do it over a long period of time is
what most people find difficult to do. That’s why not many young people (3)keep track with their
monthly expense

KIDS AND MONEY

1. Do you think parents should give pocket money to the kids?

I do agree with that. Giving (1) pocket money to children helps them start learning about money
management. When children get pocket money, they have to make choices about spending or saving
it. If they save up, they have to learn about waiting for things they want . Otherwise , kids who choose
to spend are likely to use up all the money. After a few months, they’ll know how to (2) spend within
their budget. Paying the children to do chores also makes them more hard-working. (3) Money doesn’t
grow on trees so giving pocket money will teach the kids to appreciate it
2.Do parents in your country think it’s important for their children to save money?

Yes, they do. They always encourage the kids to (1) live within their means . They believe if the
children save money , they will be more appreciate and use it wisely. When they set aside money, they
will prepare better for the future. They may think saving isn’t necessary now since they are still young
and lack of experience. Once they grow up, they ‘ll understand that it (2) makes good sense.

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IELTS Speaking Test in Canada – Feb 2018 & Model Answers


Posted: 05 Feb 2018 11:30 PM PST
Check out Band 8.0+ Sample Answers by IELTS test takers for a recent IELTS
speaking test in Canada – Feb 2018.
For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you can take a look at
IELTS Speaking Actual Tests (January – April 2018) & Suggested Answers (Ebook)

IELTS Speaking Part 1


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Tell me about the part of your country where you live.

Actually, it is a small town with slightly more than one hundred thousand people. It
has breathtaking view of picturesque landscapes with rolling mountains and greenish lakes.
I really love my hometown because it still manages to preserve a whole lot of historical and
cultural values that I can find nowhere in my country. At the same time, it’s a bit boring for me to
live there, because as a small town, there is not many shopping malls or any other means of
entertainment. However, I believe that it has been improving day by day and becoming a
potential hotspot due to the increasing number of annual visitors.

– Do you like music?

So far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes listening to music. However, when the workload is too
heavy that requires me to stay highly focused, music is a huge distraction. Unlike many people
who like listening to instrumental music because it highly benefits for their concentration and study,
in my case the music makes me feel instantly sleepy.

Workload (n) the amount of work that person has to do

Distraction (n) something that gets your attention and prevents you from concentrating on
something else

– What kind of music do you like?

My music taste varies widely from West to East and from the 90s to modern EDM. But pop music
is my all-timefavorite. More than half of my playlists are pop songs and I always keep myself
updated with the news related to pop music and pop singers.
To keep updated (v) to follow a celebrity by frequently reading news about them

– How much time do you spend listening to music every day?

As I’ve mentioned I prefer working in silence. To put it simply, no music is allowed during my
working hours. After a long day at school, I probably want to chill out for like half an hour with
music to help me stay energetic so I can get back to work later.

To put it simply (expression) used for saying that you are explaining something in
a clear and simple way

Chill out (phrasal verb) to relax

– When do you listen to music?

Well, music is essential to human in the whole world so I’m no exception. I usually listen to cheerful
music when I need motivation while sad music is my preference if I’m in a bad mood.

To be no exception (adj) if someone or something is no exception, they are the same as all others
so they can be included in a general statement

To be in a bad/good mood (phrase) sad or happy

IELTS Speaking Part 2


Describe a piece of furniture in your home

You should say

▪ what it is

▪ where it is

▪ what it looks like what it is made of

▪ and explain how 0r why you use it

A piece of furniture I use often is a small folding chair which is made of green canvas and because it is
a folding chair, I can easily put it away and out of sight when I’m not using it. it’s convenient for me
because my room is small and I don’t have space for a lot of furniture. I also don’t like clutter, so by
putting the chair away after I use it, my room looks a little tidier. My bedroom is the only one place in
the house that I have to myself so I spend a lot of time there either studying or working.

I’m in my last year of university, so I have many writing assignments and individual research to do. I
do most of my writing on my laptop so it’s convenient and comfortable to sit in my chair with my
computer on my lap either typing or reading or both. As I said the chair is made of canvas and of
course the frame is aluminum so it’s lightweight and easy to put away and take out whenever I need it.
Surprisingly it is very comfortable for a folding chair, and that was the most important factor for me
when I chose it. It was also inexpensive. It’s not a very beautiful piece of furniture, but it has definitely
been one of the most practical things I’ve bought in a long time.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

How do people decide what furniture to buy for the home or office? What factors do
they consider?

Well, they will consider what kind of furniture is needed. They w ill also look at which room it will go
in and how much space they have. The women especially will think about color and style and what
design looks best to them. I’d say price is probably the deciding point. They might like something very
much, but if it’s too expensive they won’t be able to buy it.

Do people in your country prefer traditional or modem styles of furniture?

That also depends on the people and the families. I don’t think there is any set preference. From my
experience though, I would say many younger couples prefer modem furniture. I think it goes along
with other trends in our country. What I mean is that modern or foreign fashions are often more
popular and interesting, especially for young people. Maybe I’m different in this way though because I
think many pieces of traditional furniture in our country arc very beautiful. They are also often made
better than the modern things.

Have there been any recent changes in the kinds of furniture that people in your
country use?

Well, as I said a lot of foreign influence has come into our country and this is affecting what people
buy, including furniture. A very popular furniture store right now is IKEA, this is a store from Sweden
and its style of furniture is a big change from the recent and distant past. I think that if people have
the money they may return to the quality furniture from years gone by. Over all, though, the
predominant style of furniture that people use is modern.

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IELTS Speaking Test in the UK – Jan 2018 & Model Answers


Posted: 01 Feb 2018 08:46 PM PST

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?


– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you read newspapers?
– Does your family read newspapers?
– Do you read any news online?
– What section of the newspaper do you read first? Why?
IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about a toy you had in your childhood. Please say


– What was the toy?
– Who gave it to you?
– How old were you then?
– Why do you remember this toy?

Sample Answer:

As a child I had numerous toys (collocation) that my parents, siblings, and friends gifted on various
occasions (collocation). However (cohesion), I loved the toy train that my dad gifted me on my
seventh birthday.

The first three questions have been addressed till now. It is time to answer the fourth question in a
great detail. Note: All pronouns such as IT are referencing words that promote cohesion.

This (cohesion) toy was very special and different from others not only (cohesion) because
it (cohesion) was a self propelling train but also (cohesion) because my younger brother and I spent
years playing with it. It was not a simple toy but a motorised train with tracks and barriers. I could
remotely run the train at high or low speeds and apply breaks to stop it. Moreover (cohesion), my
younger brother and I used to spend hours playing with it and, in case of any technical
difficulty (collocation), my mom and dad used to repair it. Thus (cohesion), it was not
just (cohesion) a marvelous toy (collocation) but also (cohesion) a social bond among my family
members. My brother and I developed a close bond of cooperation and a spirit of competition while
playing with it.

ELTEC English

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What is the difference between toys for girls and boys?

Is there a toy that was common in your childhood?

Should children be allowed to choose their toys?

Do children learn something from toys?

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IELTS Speaking Test in the United Arab Emirates – January 2018 &
Sample Answers
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 09:39 PM PST

IELTS Speaking Part 1


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?

– Tell me about the part of your country where you live


Well, it’s located in the south of the city so it isn’t as noisy as the downtown area. My living area has
lots of trees and parks so I feel really comfortable when living in my hometown.

– What do you like about the place where you live?


I think it’s a peaceful and tranquil place, which always gives me peace of mind. The people in my
hometown also have a strong sense of community. They live close together and always give
others a hand when they are in need.

– How was your first day at high school?


Well, the first day at high school left an profound impression on me. It was the first time I rode a
bike to my high school which is 3km from my house. Also, I met 2 new friends at the same class and
from then on they became my best friends forever.

– Who was your favorite teacher? Why?


I had so many favorite teachers so it’s a bit difficult to pick one. But I would say my math teacher in
high school was the one who had the most influence on me in a positive way. Math used to be
my least favorite subject but he had his own way of making the lessons fun and engaging. He was
definitely my go-to teacher whenever I got a math problem.

– Have you ever been a teacher?


I have some experience tutoring my two brothers in English, if that counts as teaching. Both of
my brothers used to be afraid of this subject and find it “dry, difficult and dull”. I had to spend a lot
of time persuading them otherwise. Every evening I would spend one or two hours helping them
out with their homework and talk to them in English.

– Would you like to work as one?


I find the idea very attractive, to be honest. You know, in my country, teaching is considered one of the
most noble professions and those who teach get so much respect in our society. It would take a lot of
patience and skills to work with children, though. I’m not exactly a patient person or someone
who’s patient enough with kids.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about a car trip that you took. You should say

▪ Where did you go?

▪ What was the purpose of the trip?

▪ Who was there with you?

▪ Why do you still remember this trip?

Similar topics:

A bicycle, motorbike or car trip you would like to go on in the future


You should say:

▪ Where you would like to go

▪ How you would like to go there

▪ Who you would like to go with

▪ And explain why you would like to go there by car, motorbike or bike

Sample Answer

There is a thing that troubles me more often than not when living in [___] is the majority of
people are riding motorbikes rather than cars. As a result, most people don’t know how to drive a car,
I included, which also itches me since I have always wanted to take a road trip across the country. A
road trip by car from the south to the north of my country would be tough
and adventurous because hundreds of marvelous destinations are awaiting to be explored.
However, it is worth taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone to
truly experience what life has to offer when your legs can still carry you rather than to regret in
your later life.

“If you wanna go fast, go alone. If you wanna go far, go together.” It might be fun if you were a lone
traveler and didn’t enjoy getting lagged behind your schedule. Still, the adventure could be more
colorful and unexpected, hopefully in a good way, when you got company, especially during a long
journey like the one I prefer. Hence, picking up a close friend or two who share the same vision, the
same eagerness to capture the beauty of nature would be my choice. We would start from the
south where we are living and move north on the go, stopping at our favorite beaches a little longer
than other places because there ain’t nobody don’t have time for juicy coconuts and white sand
paradise. Traditional cuisine would also be our utmost priority whenever we reach a new place as
the best way to live like a local is to eat like a local. A car is our best choice because it would give us
room to comfortably converse with each other and shelter from inclement weather during our
journey, if any. It is not only about the destinations but also about the time I would love to spend with
my dear friends as we would share the same space in a four-wheel vehicle along the road; and at
the end of the day, it’s the people that matters.

Vocabulary & Useful Expression

▪ more often than not: usually

▪ take risks: to do something that might be dangerous

▪ have to offer: have something available to be used or appreciated

▪ get lagged behind: get fallen behind

▪ cuisine (n): style of cooking

▪ utmost (a): greatest; most extreme

▪ inclement (a): (of the weather) not pleasant; cold, wet, etc.

▪ at the end of the day: in the end, finally


▪ shelter (v): protect or shield from something harmful, especially bad weather

IELTS Speaking Part 3


– How often do you travel by car?
– How good is the transportation system in your country?
– How can it be improved?
– Do you think doing so will reduce pollution?
– If the transportation system were improved, would more people use it?

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 in 2018 – Topic: Rain with Model Answers


Posted: 29 Jan 2018 11:29 PM PST

Check out Band 7.5+ Sample Answers by IELTS test-takers for


one of the common topics in 2018 – Rain. For Band 9.0 Model
Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you can take a look
at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests (January – April 2018) &
Suggested Answers (Ebook)

1. Do you like rainy days?


Yes, absolutely! I love all the freshness around, the cool breeze after a heavy rain. It’s wonderful!

2. What do you do on rainy days?


Well, rainy days are the best days to watch movies I have been longing to watch or catch up on my
unfinished reading. Movies and books will make up my whole rainy day. Sometimes, I would rather
spend with my pet and teach it new tricks.

3. Does it rain much in your country? (Where? When?)


As it is entirely located in the tropical belt, it receives quite a great amount of precipitation every year.
However, the part that records the highest rainfall is the northern part. This region can also be
affected by the typhoon season in the Western Pacific, which can see severe storms lashing the coast
from August to November.

4. Is there any part of your country where it doesn’t rain much? (Where?)
In general, I guess the driest place might possibly be X, which is situated on the south-central coast.
The weather there is quite extreme with a lot of wind as well as a hot and dry atmosphere during the
year. Also, there is no winter here, and the average temperature is considerably higher than most
other parts of the country.

5. Can you remember any time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown? (When?)

Yes, of course. I suppose it was about a year or so ago, when we had several days of torrential rain,
almost non-stop, and so the whole of my neighborhood got flooded. You know, the water was, like, up
to my knees, and so the traffic came to a complete standstill. So, yeah, that was probably the worst
time I can remember.

6. Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown? (How?)


Yeah, for sure. As a matter of fact, rain often causes severe traffic congestion, especially when there is
heavy downpour. People should expect to be stuck for hours in a traffic jam. I’m not exactly sure why,
but it’s possibly because vehicles tend to move slower in the rain.

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IELTS Speaking Test in Jan 2018 & Sample Answers


Posted: 29 Jan 2018 05:35 AM PST

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?


– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like to eat at home or eat out?

To be honest, I lead a busy lifestyle and I think cooking requires a lot of time and effort, so I
usually eat out. However, I really enjoy eating at home because I can spend quality time with my
loved ones.

How often do you go out with your friends?

Well, I’d say that I hang out with my friends on a weekly basis. Every time we have days
off, we grasp the chance to gather at a coffee shop and chit-chat about this and that.

When was the last time you went out with your friends? & What did you talk about?

Well, it was last week when we threw a party at my close friend’s house to celebrate her birthday.
We had a whale of time at the party and didn’t want to go home at all. So, we decided to stay
and had a chit-chat all night about our favorite topics like shopping, traveling, etc.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a public park you went to. You should say

– Where is the park located?


– Why did you go to that park?
– Who was there with you?
– How did you feel in that park?

Sample 1

Well, I am a sporty man, so I usually go jogging in the public parks in the vicinity of my house.
Today, I’m gonna tell you about the nearest park I went to just a couple of weeks ago which is
Botanical Park.
This large park was established decades ago with many different areas for different age
groups and interests. The last time I was there, I saw people do all kinds of things there
like playing badminton, having picnics, etc.
At the top of the hill in the park, there is a beautiful old house which is a great place for just sitting
and contemplating while looking at the beautiful flowers. Also, there is a children’s paddling
pool where families can safely take their kids to cool down in the height of summer.

Living in a vertical city where millions of high-rise buildings were constructed, I felt really
relaxed every time I went to the park. The last time I visited this park I luckily had chance to join a
inspiring event there and it really lifted up my spirit because I just went through a nerve
wrecking period and was buried with a tons of deadlines and projects. I truly hope that down
the road I can spend more time at the park to get back to nature, or just simply sit on the grass
and chill out without being disturbed by noise or other trivial things.

Sample 2

I’m a regular jogger (collocation) who visits various parks (collocation) for different
running (collocation) experiences. Last month I visited New York and had an opportunity to run for
five kilometers in The Kennedy Park which (cohesion) is the largest park in that city.
Since (cohesion) I was there for a scientific conference (collocation), another colleague from the
conference joined me.

Running in the park was an exciting and refreshing experience (collocation). There were a large
number of people from different age groups who were either exercising or running.
This (cohesion) was truly motivational (collocation). Moreover (cohesion), the park was well
maintained (collocation) and had no litter. Also (cohesion), jogging for more than an hour was
made more wonderful by fresh cool breeze of New York’s early morning of October month.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

– What should the government do to protect the environment?


– Do you think these measures will help protect the environment?
– Do you think people now have better awareness of environmental protection?
– Do you think that the sense of natural beauty is changing over time?

2018 IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe a polite person you met


Posted: 28 Jan 2018 09:47 PM PST

Describe a polite person you met

You should say:


▪ who this person is

▪ how you know this person

▪ why you think this person is polite

Courtesy seems to be one of the most basic social etiquettes that anyone should master and fully
apply in their daily interaction with others. If you ask me who I am most impressed by their
manners, I reckon that it would be my supervisor – Mrs. White – who I have been working with for
the last 4 months.

Mrs. White is my team leader and the one I directly report to. And whoever has worked with her
appreciates her can-do attitude, leadership, kindness as well as polite behavior which is shown in
even the smallest deeds. For example, although I was just an intern when starting working on a
project led by Mrs. White, she had never ignored me but always encouraged me to speak up and
share my ideas, which made me feel more involved and acknowledged.

When she spends time with you, she’s actually with you. By this I mean you have
her undivided attention. Unlike those who fake enthusiasm when talking to people, Mrs. White is
really concerned about what’s happening not only in the office but things that trouble her colleagues
if they’re willing to share, a virtue which is hard to find in this materialistic life. Plus, you would
never be offended by her since no matter how bad the situation might get, she always chooses her
words carefully rather than attacking her subordinates with inappropriate languages. To me, she is
a quintessential lady who deserves to be a role model for young girls to follow.

Vocabulary

Courtesy (n): polite behaviour that shows respect for other people

Etiquette (n): the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular
profession or group

Interaction (n): the act of communicating with somebody, especially while you work, play or spend
time with them

Can-do (a): having a willingness to tackle a job and get it done

Acknowledged (a): recognized as being good or important

Undivided (a): total; complete; not divided

Virtue (n): behaviour or attitudes that show high moral standards

Materialistic (a): caring more about money and possessions than anything else

Subordinate (n): a person who has a position with less authority and power than somebody else in
an organization

Quintessential (a): perfect as an example of a type of person or thing


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IELTS Speaking Part 2 in 2018 Topic: Sport Match & Band 9 Sample
Answer
Posted: 12 Jan 2018 10:08 PM PST

Describe a sport match you have watched.


You should say:

▪ What it is
▪ When you watched it
▪ How was it
▪ And explain why you liked watching it.

MODEL ANSWER

http://ieltsmaterial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/part-2-Describe-a-sport-game-
you-have-watched.mp3

Well, football is the only sport program that I usually watch with my brother. I’m terrible at playing
football but watching a football match is my favorite. Both home and away games bring me a
lot of levels of emotion. However, today I would like to tell about a match that I did not care about
the score.

There was an occasion a few years ago when I went to watch a football match in a town about half
an hour from where I live by bike. It was a charity match to collect funds for the local school –
and it was very well attended. I think there must have been over 5,000 people there, which isn’t
bad because there weren’t any star players. The atmosphere was so exciting that it encouraged the
players a lot as soon as they came into the football pitch with the referee. My brother and I 100
percent focused on the match and provoked the players in two teams for their fair play.

I am really deep into this football match for a number of reasons. Firstly, the players in two teams
are not the professors, but they really ensured fair play and no red and yellow cards were
released. Secondly, because of the charity aim of the match, the ticket fair then was donated for this
local school and poor children, so I felt happy to contribute something to help other people.

In fact, it is the most unforgettable match that I have ever lively watched.

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IELTS Speaking test in India – January 2018 with Sample Answers


Posted: 11 Jan 2018 01:50 AM PST
IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?


– Which city are you from?
– How far is it from here to your current place of residence?
Our place is situated in the heart of the city, so it is approximately 6km from there to here and can
take probably 15-minute drive if the traffic is not too heavy.
– What do you think about your hometown?
Well, I think my hometown is one of the best places to live. It is well known all over the
country for its amazing history, architecture, and food. What makes my hometown more
special is the fact that the highest mountain in our country is located there, which
offers breathtaking views of the white, fluffy sea underneath.
– Do you like to travel?
Yes, definitely! I think seeing the world, from great historical monuments to white sandy
beaches, is what life is all about. It’s a very interesting way to learn about new cultures and
explore new places.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about an unusual food you have eaten. Please say

– What was the food?


– Where and when did you try it?
– Did you like or dislike that food? Why?

Sample Answer

I am a foodie and a frequent traveler. So, I get opportunities to taste dishes from different
cultures.

Last year I traveled to China’s capital Beijing. In a traditional Chinese restaurant, I tried a strange
dish made up of sea weeds. Sea weeds, as you know, are vegetarian foods grown in the sea and are
very nutritious.

I loved tasting it the first time. No other food comes close to it in terms of taste and it is difficult
for me to explain it. I loved it not only because of the taste but also due to the abundance of
nutrients in it.

Since I’m a traveler, I have first-hand experience of how humans will face a shortage of
nutritious food in the future. Scientists have proposed seaweed farms as a solution to the problem. I
just wanted to taste the future of human food.

IELTS Speaking Part 3


– What do you think about the fast food trend?
– Do you think science and technology affected food and agriculture in a positive or a negative
way?
– What do you think is the impact of the ability to transport the food over long distances?
– Do you think technology has also affected the food that we have traditionally been cooking
at home?
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