Topic: Health

IELTS Speaking: Talking about food

Questions related to food are quite popular with IELTS test-makers – probably because most people enjoy food and usually talk about it extensively in their day-to-day lives.

In my latest podcast, I’ll introduce you to some useful vocabulary to talk about food. Have a listen, make notes and then attempt the quiz on Schoology. Good luck!


Emotions (Anger) – Model answer

Here is a model answer for the Speaking part 3 question I gave you earlier.

  1. I think men and women value different things which can lead them to feel angry about different things. I think women are more likely to get angry about irresponsible behavior than men while men are more likely to lose their temper. However some issues could cause anger in the both of them such as violence.
  1. Anger is justified in many instances such as when we are on the receiving end of unreasonable behavior, when we are faced with crime, perhaps even small things such as someone being late without reason for a meeting. It depends on each individual what they perceive to be accepted standards of behavior and any deviation from it could reasonably evoke anger. Though simply because anger is justified should not be seen as a reason to act upon it and cause distress to others.
  1. An increase in your rate of heartbeat, trembling, sweating, clenching your jaws and grinding your teeth are physical symptoms of getting angry whereas mental symptoms include feelings of anxiety, stress in terms of more pressure and in some cases even sadness. Anger is universally known to be detrimental to both, physical and mental well-being.
  1. In my culture, people usually have verbal confrontations when they are angry. There is often yelling and swearing but very rarely does it lead to a physical altercation. However in the northern parts of my country, it is not uncommon to hear of people engaging in fights, especially in groups.

Is your answer similar in structure? Share your comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Emotions (Anger)

Here are some sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions relating to emotions, specifically anger.


1. Do you think men and women feel angry about the same things?

2. When is anger justified?

3. What are the physical and mental effects of getting angry?

4. In your culture, how do people generally respond to anger?


Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.20

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question othat falls under the category of Modern life & Technology.


Childhood obesity is becoming a serious problem in many countries. Explain the main causes and effects of this problem, and suggest some possible solutions.


This is another straightforward agree-disagree type of question. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good, easy-to-read article on childhood obesity – its causes and effects. Have a read, underline or note down the good vocabulary and use it to write the essay above. Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IETLS Writing Task 1

Here’s the bar chart for your homework.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.10

Here’s another video which could loosely be categorized under any of the IELTS sections on this site. It doesn’t talk about any one particular topic but it’s greatest strength lies in the fact that it is full of data – tables, charts, and graphs – similar to ones you would expect to find in IELTS Writing Task 1. For that reason, I’m going to categorize this video as a must-watch. 🙂 Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.


The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling displays 10 years of UN data in visually delicious charts and graphs, showing front-page worthy, mostly unreported good news.


Which piece of information did you find the most important? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.5

Here’s an interesting video related to two very popular IELTS topics – health and advertising. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.


Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

In this enlightening talk, Robert Lustig talks about how sugar creeps into our diets even if we skip dessert.


Do you think the government should control how much sugar is used by food manufacturers? Share your ideas in the comments below.