Topic: Memory & Childhood

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!

 

IELTS Speaking: Talking about people

Another podcast. This one introduces you to advanced vocabulary you can use to talk about people, their personalities and characteristics. Have a listen and then you can attempt the quiz on Schoology to match the vocabulary with their meanings.

Go to the SoundCloud podcast.

Speaking part 2 Q 31 – Model answer

Here’s a model answer to last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question.

A key event in my life was when I moved to Singapore at the age of 15.

My father was transferred to Singapore and so, I studied from Grade 10 to 12 in an international school there and completed my schooling.  I was excited because I had lived in several cities in India but it would be the first time I was moving abroad.

Shifting overseas changed my life as I was exposed to a variety of cultures, not only in school but also around me. Living in such a diverse environment helped me develop an understanding of the importance of a globally interconnected world.

I feel it changed my life in a good way because I got the opportunity to study a different curriculum in school which allowed me to pick a range of subjects from humanities to science as opposed to India where you need to specialize in one of the prescribed streams. This helped broaden my horizons.

Read more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

 

 

 

Speaking part 2 Q 30- Model Answer

Here’s the model answer to last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question.

I would like to talk about the Sri Lankan town of Galle. It was a town built by the Dutch several hundred years ago and retains the Dutch style of architecture. The streets are quaint and narrow with shops on either side selling a variety of tokens for tourists.  The Galle fort is, now, on my list of magnificent historic sites.

However, the most impressive historic place I have visited is the Palace of Versailles in Paris. Having been the erstwhile seat of the French royals, it is a splendid sight showcasing beauty and opulence together.

It was during my holiday to Paris that I managed to visit the Palace and many other famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. It was a lovely holiday and Paris is indeed as beautiful as everyone says.

Read more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.31

One more IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one seems to be a little more difficult at first glance because of the keywords used – event, change, life, good way – but if you think about it, this is just another in a series of questions about events. 

Some of the events you can use to answer such questions are – graduation (from high school or university), admission (university), getting a good job, getting married, having a baby, moving to a new city or country etc.

 

Describe an event that changed your life in a good way. You should say:
          What is that event?
          When did it happen?
          How this event changed your life?
and do you think that it changed your life in a good way?

 

Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.30

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

Describe a place you have visited.

Describe a historic place.

Describe a holiday.

Describe somewhere you have lived or would like to live.

You should say

Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.29

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about cities and places – your favorite place, a historic place, places you have visited or would like to visit are another common type of question in this exam. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

 

Describe a city that you enjoyed visiting when you were a child. You should say:
          Where is the city?
          When did you visit?
          What did you do while you were there?
and would you like to visit this city again?

 

Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.26

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question on the theme of childhood and memory. As I’ve said previously, such questions are quite common in this section of the exam and it’s worth your time jotting down rough notes and thinking of good vocabulary you can use in your answer. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.22

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question on the theme of possessions. This is a very common type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question, so I recommend you should formulate a draft answer for a few important things you own and practise them. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.21

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.20

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.18

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one is again on the popular ‘favorites’ theme. While it might seem quite easy to talk about your favorite item of clothing, it’s important that you look up some useful vocabulary on the topic so you can impress your examiner. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS Vocabulary: Toys and gender

We discussed this IELTS Speaking Part 3 question in class today. Most students responded well to the question – perhaps they found it easy – and had something to say about the topic. They could also relate the question easily to their own childhood and that of their children.

In fact, many great thinkers have raised and discussed the same question for years now. Roland Barthes, a great French philosopher, wrote an essay on ‘Toys’ which linked toys and gender for the first time.

I thought it was interesting that nearly all the students in my class said it was ‘natural’ for boys to be attracted to boys’ toys and girls to be attracted to girls’ toys. So before I show you a (very short) summary of the essay, think about the following questions: (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.6 Model answer

Here’s the model answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I’m going to talk about the time I helped a friend who was locked out of her house.

She was a student, just like me, at King’s University, and both of us lived in different houses on the same street as paying guests.

It was late at night, so it wasn’t like she could call a locksmith. Her landlord wasn’t answering the phone so there wasn’t much she could do. She called me and I invited her to stay the night.

Even though I didn’t know her very well at the time, I felt like I had to let her stay at my place because who knows, I might very well be in the same situation someday and need a roof over my head.

Here’s the original question from last week:

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What band 7+ vocabulary did you find in the model answer above? Read more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.5 Model answer

Hello all, I’m feeling particularly peppy today and hopefully, my model answer will reflect my mood. This one is for the question I posted last week. Here goes:

I’m going to talk about my birthday a couple of months ago.

Actually, my friends threw me a surprise birthday party at a farmhouse a couple of days after my birthday, so it was a real surprise because I thought they weren’t going to do anything. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.4 Model answer

Here’s the model answer to last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question.

I’m going to talk about a small GI Joe toy soldier when I was little.

I can’t remember exactly when I got it. It must have been sometime before my seventh birthday because I was remember playing with it at my birthday party. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.3 Model answer

Here’s a model answer to the IELTS Speaking Part 2 question I posted last week. As you read it, notice how I break up my answer into four paragraphs – one for each question on the cue card. In the comments below, identify the band 7+ vocabulary I’ve used.

 I’m going to talk about driving, which is a must-have skill for anyone living in the States.

When I first arrived here, I didn’t know how to drive. So I had to take driving lessons with a certified instructor. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.4 – Model answer

Here’s an answer for the IELTS Speaking Part 3 question I posted last week. 

I most certainly think life was different 50 years ago in every aspect like technology, opportunities, education and careers. So much progress has taken place in every possible field that our world looks vastly different than how it did in the 1960s.

In my earlier post I talked about how much technology has shaped our lives and changed it over the past decades. It is this change in technology that has resulted in the immense difference between life today and life 50 years ago. We are able to access information from any part of the world if we have internet, read books online and even do educational courses. This makes our world now a lot easier to gain knowledge and be aware of the events happening across the globe. Of course newspapers always existed for the latter purpose and books for the former but with the explosion of online journalism and electronic reading, it has become much simpler to do so.

The position and expectations of women have changed greatly over the years. We are now inching closer to a society where they are treated on par as men. Women are allowed to work in areas previously dominated by men such as the defense, engineering and technology. They are not as limited by their gender as they used to be and so equality as a concept has gained a lot more acceptance.

At the same time, there are also problems such as climate change, automation and increase in health issues. Our jobs have become hectic, before you could leave your work at office but now with phones and email one is always connected and in some sectors this results in more pressure and work.

So, life is definitely different but whether it is better today is up for debate.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.1 Model Answer

Questions in IELTS Speaking Part 2 always tap into your personal experiences and memory. While it’s not possible to anticipate every question that the IELTS exaxminer might ask you, it’s useful to prepare sample answers to the most common themes and topics.

Questions that require you to describe a person – a family member, friend, teacher – etc. are fairly common. Here’s one that I posted last week. The model answer is below:

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