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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.9 Model answer

Last week’s cue card asked you what is probably my favorite kind of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. I think a lot of students get scared as soon as they see words such as law, government, crime etc. but answering these questions doesn’t require any of the specialist vocabulary you may think you’ll need.

All it needs is awareness and opinions – awareness of things happening in your country and around the world (read, read, read! or listen, listen, listen!) and opinions about them. While most students do have opinions, they aren’t able to express these well in spoken English. In my model answer below, can you identify useful phrases I’ve used to express opinions:

I’m going to talk about the law against chewing gum in Singapore.

The law bans the import of chewing gum into the country, and there’s a strict fine against spitting chewing gum out on the street. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.7 Model answer

Last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question might appear slightly difficult because it is a departure from the usual questions about personal experiences.

However, since this is a factual question, some students actually find it easier to answer. Also, the scope of making grammatical errors is greatly reduced in the case of factual questions since much of the answer needs use of only the present simple. It’s a good idea to look at the wikipedia page of your country’s national animal, bird, dress, festival etc. and make brief notes in order to prepare for such questions. 

Here’s my model answer:

I’m going to talk about the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand.

If I’m not mistaken, the elephant is the largest mammal that lives on land. It is probably around eight or nine feet tall. It has big flappy ears and trunk that brushes the ground. (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:


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 2 – Q.2 Model answer

Did you jot down any ideas and notes for the IELTS Speaking Part 2 sample question I posted last week? Here is a model answer.  I’m going to talk about an advertisement for the Chanel No.5, probably the most famous brand of perfume in the world. I’ve seen it on TV many times but the first time I saw it was at the cinema while waiting for a movie to begin. (more…)

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:

Q1 (more…)