IELTS

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.

IELTS Speaking: Talking about family and friends

Here’s another SoundCloud podcast. This one has lots of great vocabulary to use when talking about your friends and family. Listen carefully and identify the collocations.

https://soundcloud.com/msielts/ielts-speaking-family-friends

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.1 – Model answer

Here is a sample answer for the question I gave you last week.

I think boys and girls should have access to all kinds of toys. It might be so that naturally itself boys gravitate towards ‘action heroes’ and girls towards Barbies but it is important to provide them with a variety. Limiting toys on the basis of gender encourages stereotypes of how a boy or girl should behave.  This results in a narrow mindset where they grow up with fixed notions of desirable traits such as beauty for women and strength for men.

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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.27

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. It’s a good idea to prepare a model answer for your favorite media outlet which can be adapted to several questions following this pattern. 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.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.25

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one again taps into your memory. While answering questions like this, think about the first event that comes to your mind and make notes about it quickly on paper given to you by the examiner. I

In the interest of time, it’s important to make as many notes as possible about an interesting lesson rather than wasting time searching your memory for the most interesting lesson. In all probability, the first memory that pops into your head will either be the most interesting or the most recent – both of which will do. Remember, the examiner is not interested in how interesting the lesson is, but how well you can describe it and what vocabulary you can use to successfully answer each part of the question. 

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.24

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one also comes under the category of urban spaces and places, a popular theme in this section of the exam. 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.23

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. As you can see, this question is about current events. This is why it’s a very good idea to stay updated on current affairs in your country and around the world in the run up to your IELTS exam. I suggest reading news websites or watching news broadcasts on TV or the internet. Find out what to read and what to listen to, to prepare for your IELTS exam.

Write your answer to this question 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 3: Behaviour – Model answer

Here is the answer to last week’s question on behaviour. 

I cannot tolerate rude and narrow minded behavior towards myself or other people. I dislike people being extremely egoistic and refusing to listen to other people’s opinion. I feel regardless of our belief, we should be considerate towards everyone else’s viewpoints and give them a chance to state their point. Cutting someone off or arguing with them about the rationality of their belief is unnecessary as it is not important that you have to agree with whatever anyone else feels. As they say, you can agree to disagree. Raisin your volume and patronizing someone else is unacceptable behavior.

Similarly in my country, impolite behavior especially towards elders is unacceptable. You are taught basic courtesy towards anyone you interact with. People older than you are always spoken to with more respect than usual keeping in mind their experiences and that they want the best for you. Answering back to them, not heeding their advice and being inconsiderate towards their needs is all forms of unacceptable behavior. In a lot of homes in my country elders live with their children and grandchildren and so, the emphasis on being kind to them is greater.

The media promotes kinds of behavior that are acceptable or that which are not and as media evolves, these standards evolve as well. Earlier opposing your parents’ choice for your marriage partner was considered unacceptable whereas now with changing times and perceptions of people choosing their own partner, it has become common to do so. Not all changes are good though because media also glorifies celebrities, fame and money and this can lead to people choosing to behave in a manner that focuses on these. The media needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as well, knowing what constitutes changing for the better and behavior that can lead to downfall.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Industry – Model answer

Here is the answer to the question on industrialization I posted last week.

My country has various industries ranging from steel, gems, coal, hand looms, pharmaceuticals, textiles, cement, mining and software. Globalization of industry has its pros and cons. While it is now simpler to obtain goods from other countries, we are also competing on a global scale. This leads to every decision for such an industry to be made keeping in mind the competition worldwide. Customers are now spread across the world leading to a growth in the customer base for domestic industries. Ease of doing business has increase with the ability to source raw materials and other necessities from their point of origin if it is not available domestically. Such advantages have led to a better state of business today than before. There are also problems because of global competition such as overproduction by one country can greatly impact the demand and supply of a product as is happening with Steel at the moment because of excessive production by China.

Countries should have a fair limit on importing goods that can be produced in your country. Not doing so renders such producers at a disadvantage. Their prices will be affected and initiatives in such an industry might reduce because there is enough competition already. At the same time, imports can force local manufactures to improve the quality of their products or services to match global standards.

Industries have becoming more automated and computerized over the last few decades. Agriculture which used to be a huge sector has now lost out to people moving from rural areas to cities in order to work in such areas. Industries are given land to build their facilities often at the expense of farming causing livelihood of the farmers to be jeopardized. E-commerce has become a vast industry now with the rise in citizens having computers and access to the internet.

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

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Birthdays – Model answer

Here is the model answer to the question I posted last week about Birthdays. 

My own Birthday is not important to me but the ones of my friends and family are. I used to enjoy my birthday when I was a child but for the past 5 years I have not celebrated it. My family are also not much into celebrating borthdays and so, we don’t usually make a big deal of our birthdays. Many of my friends get excited about theirs work hard to make sure it’s always a grand affair.  The only good thing about birthdays, I think, is that you get to catch up with friends becaues everyone usually makes it a point to call or text or meet up on your birthday.

I think birthday celebrations have gotten fancier over the years. When I was a child, birthdays used to be cozy affairs but now there are people who hire professional event managers to celebrate their kids’ birthdays. Some people have DJs and bouncy castles for birthdays. I would go as far as to say that birthdays are now only second to weddings, in terms of the amount of money spent and grandeur people have come to expect at birthday parties.

I have to admit there is one more thing I like about birthdays and that is presents. I love receiving presents, of course, but I also love giving presents to my near and dear ones on their birthdays. For kids, I prefer giving toys because I find parents often focus on education and children, at least the ones I know, don’t have enough toys. When I choose toys though, I try to avoid gender prejudices, so I tend to buy handmade dolls and figurines for little boys and what may be considered more boyish toys such as cars and truck and dinosaurs to the girls.

I think the best birthday presents for adults are electronic gadgets. Most people I know now are addicted to their smartphones, so any accessories usually go down well as presents. There are books of course, and I feel like, even if the people I know may not spend much time reading, they do like having books in their home. I gift books a lot – perhaps one day, my friends will pick them up and read a few pages.

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

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Food production – Model answer

Here is a sample answer to the question I posted last week.

My country produces rice, wheat, sugarcane, coffee, tea and spices. It imports pulses, corn and a few fruits. Pulses are the biggest food time it imports. It bodes well for a country to be self sufficient as it has a multitude of wide ranging benefits.  A self sufficient country has the ability to sustain its population; lesser people will go hungry when you can afford to meet the food demand through native production of items. The currency you save by not having to import items can be spent on improving facilities and other welfare activities for the masses. In my country a significant number of people live below the poverty line and a self sustaining system would render lesser people hungry. More people would have access to food which has a domino effect in increasing public health, decrease in mortality rates, rise in employment and a growth in economy eventually. This leads to an overall increase in contentment and prosperity of the population. Other items can be imported then instead of food items majorly.  Self sufficiency in every aspect is not possible but achieving it in the food sector has many ramifications that can help the country progress.

In a country like mine where large number of people are employed in agriculture, buying from the farmers is better than buying from a supermarket. This is because buying from farmers is cheaper for the consumer; it eliminates the need of middlemen and ensures that the farmer gets his due price. It promotes agriculture and ensures its survival as a means of livelihood. Supermarkets may have more variety and maybe even better quality but they also increase food wastage by selecting only sustainable products. This pressurizes farmers to use genetically modified crops to ensure that their crops preserve longer.