IELTS Speaking Test Band 9

Good morning ma’am may I come in, yes please thank you so much this is the speaking test of the International English Language Testing system taking place on Saturday the 21st of October at the Falcon Center the Center number is FC two six zero one the candidate is Harish Rao and the candidate number is zero zero zero eight five zero zero the examiner is Manjita Osta and the examiner number is two zero zero five zero one good afternoon what’s your full name please my name is Harish Rao and what should I call you you can call me Harish now in this first part I’d like to ask you questions about yourself let’s talk about where you live where do you live in your country? I live in a place called Bombay which is now called Mumbai it belongs to the west part of India in the state of Maharashtra it’s called the city of dreams because many people aspire to make it big in Indian films which is called Bollywood.

Would you recommend others to visit it and why? yes definitely I would definitely recommend people coming into Bombay for few things especially to witness the amazing enthusiasm when it comes to Bollywood and cricket and in order to taste mouth-watering food in the city and also be part of the array of processions which happen for different festivals across the nation at different times of the year. Has it changed in the last decade and how? yes definitely I think there are a lot of changes which have happened in the past decade few things notably changed are pollution and population. I think they have increased an alarming rate property prices have also skyrocketed due to which it’s costing an arm and leg for a middle-class family to afford a decent place in the city mainly where there are facilities available like highly accessible public transport good schools and colleges and also shops to shop your groceries or to buy clothes it’s become really very costly on the upside though they have been a lot of changes in the infrastructure in the city they have been a lot of colleges which have come up due to which numerous number of people are going to colleges as compared to before there have been a lot of malls which have come up due to which a lot of spending habits which has been seen amongst people of the city there are lot of varieties of things to shop these days because of these things now let’s talk about interests and hobbies what’s a favorite hobby? Coming from the city of Mumbai it gives me an opportunity and platform to you know pursue a lot of hobbies few would be food related hobbies and movie related ones I am a foodie so I like to try out a lot of cuisines plethora of them available in streets of Mumbai or probably in fancy restaurants I am also a movie buff so I like to watch movies on action genre more than the comedy ones especially the Transformers and the Mission Impossible and The Matrix it’s just amazing to watch so many of them and also a couple of Bollywood movies where our actors show amazing movie action which are really entertaining.

What hobbies and interest you had when you were in school? Well I was an avid Philatelist and had a hobby of collecting a lot of stamps from different countries in the world I was fond of history and a lot of historical monuments like Statue of Liberty and Taj Mahal being part of the stamps used to really make me collect those and also you know different historical figures like Queen Elizabeth or Gandhi or Hitler will also make me make me feel that the stamp is quite significant in it’s value that’s nice do you think one should be encouraged to take up hobbies professionally? Well I believe that hobbies can be taken up professionally and I’ve seen a lot of examples in the world who have taken hobbies professionally and they made it big in their in their passion all right now let’s move on to food so what cuisines are famous in your city? well there are lot of cuisines available in the city which I I cannot recollect a lot of stuff but there are three main dishes which are which I’m really fond of namely Vada Pao Pao Bhaji and Pani Puri there are amazing street food available in the city of Mumbai and probably available 24 by 7 if you want to hunt those in the streets and I really love them which this you enjoy the most as a child? the one which I loved the most was Vada Pav it’s an amazing potato dumpling which is deep fried and then it’s available at practically any Street which you go where you see street food available and it’s it’s wrapped up into a hot bread and so with a lot of spices should the restaurant modify their cuisines as per the customers need or should they stick to the original recipe? the world is becoming a global village and Fusion is becoming the mantra these days I believe that customizing the food as per the spice level and the allergens should definitely be encouraged by the restaurants now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes you have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make some notes if you wish do you understand? Sure.

I’d like you to describe a sport which you think is underappreciated okay so you have one to two minutes to speak on this topic don’t worry if I stop you I’ll let you know by the timer is up you may start to speak now please according to me table tennis is a sport is underappreciated it’s commonly called as ping pong if it’s played in leisure but it is also called as table tennis if it’s played as a serious sport table tennis as a sport is practiced almost in all countries in the world and it’s also part of the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games the equipment needed for it is a good blade a nice set of rubbers which are quite speedy and spinny a rock solid table a net which which doesn’t sag a really firm flooring which gives good grip to your foot and you don’t slip and many other things probably a good Robo if you want to increase your agility and reflexes or if you don’t have a training partner so you can use the robot to play with I think even after having so many positives in this sport it is still under appreciated because of various aspects like few other sports for example in India cricket or badminton now or tennis they are highly marketed because of the commercial aspect of it I am not saying that the players in belonging to the sport don’t do a lot, yes they practice a lot but there are various and commercial aspects from money perspective from a power and influence perspective because of which these games are highly seen in India which probably overshadows table tennis I would say that cricket majorly overshadows table tennis because there are so many people who follow cricket as a religion more than a sport there’s a lot of betting going on when it comes to cricket probably a match you might see about a billion dollars in bet mainly because it’s so much popular in the inner most cities and inner most villages in India because people love the spirit of cricket.

Would you like to play this sport ever? actually I do play the sport and I treat it very seriously mainly because it helps me in my agility and my day to day hand eye coordination different kinds of neuro related activities and it definitely develops a lot of senses basic senses in you so I love to play table tennis and I would like to take it to a professional level at some stage thank you can I have the paper and the pen back please, yes, thank you. now you’ve been telling me about sports so I’d like to ask you some more questions related to it let’s talk about the attitude to in sports do you think sports should be given the same importance as academics in your country? well I believe yes it should be given the same importance of the academies in my country because I believe that sports and academics go hand in hand and why do you think that because a human body does a lot in terms of academics by consuming its mental energy so there has to be some compensation to that by giving some physical energy emitting some physical energy so I believe that in order to have a complete stable state of mind and body you need to play sports as well and it also helps in developing a lot of neurological skills reflexes agility which also help in being really alert in your academics and also having a good presence of mind overall.

Why do you think that parents encourage their children to focus more on their studies than on sports activities? well it’s because of the majority of the population back in India they it belongs to the middle class society which has a lot of social economical pressures due to which academics has been always in the forefront because that’s the sole way of earning money in a most natural and a normal way if you consider sports sports requires a lot of commitment and it may also sometimes be possible that you may not succeed and in the sport to the level that you can earn a stable set of income so that’s reason why parents being concerned encourage children to be more on academics than on sports do you think sports is treated merely as a hobby in your country? well it’s perceived to be taken as a hobby in my country kids to take it seriously when they play any sport in childhood but there are social economical pressures which let them take priorities on pursuing academics more than sports after certain age if they belong to a middle class or probably a poor family in order to sustain some good stable income in the future so it is perceived but I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people who want to pursue sport seriously but not given the platform to be successful in that in that sport what are taking or whatever they are talented in but if given a platform I think they would probably take sports as a career if given a choice which sport would you play for the rest of your life and why? I would play table tennis and basketball for the rest of my life because it comes really naturally to me I love the fact that there’s a lot of adrenaline and there’s a lot of you know my senses are kept alive till the day I die when I place these kind of sports so I would keep playing these sports for the rest of my life sure now let’s move on to talk about the gender aspect of sport do you think women are considered to be less strong than men when it comes to sports? On no, women are equally talented as men and in fact sports has its own beauty it’s not at all related to gender it’s actually related to how you perform from an absolute scale perspective and you decide your scale you decide where you want to go you decide how far you want to reach in that sport and it’s absolutely nobody stopping you just because you’re woman or a man.

Thank You Than you very much Harish this is the end of the speaking test. Thank you. Hi welcome back so I hope you’ve made note of the IELTS speaking test format and you understood how to answer each section well I know a lot of you are looking for speaking partners because I get that question a lot in my emails in the comment all my messages which come to me so let me tell you that I personally use Cambly. Cambly is an amazing app it basically helps you do a one-on-one practice lesson with native english-speaking tutors they would basically be from countries like the USA Canada or the UK and no matter where you live in or what time zone you are in you will always have a tutor at hand that’s the beauty of it it has tutors 24/7 all you have to do is just select one future and start speaking or practicing why don’t I do one thing I’ll quickly show you how to use it hey guys hi so this is the Cambly app which I have on my phone so all I need to do is just click onto it set up an account of course and on top you see there is home there is tutors and there is topics so we will click on to tutors and these are the tutors which we will get there are different tutors from different english-speaking countries like UK USA Canada Australia and you can choose which tutor you want so let’s see you will also know that there are these green dots beside each tutor which shows that they are available a red dot would mean that they are busy the moment and you see that faces are changing this means the tutors are being updated as per their time zone so let’s pick up a tutor so I think I will go for let’s say Sarah Sarah has been scored four point nine out of five so there’s a rating if I click onto Sarah this is the profile of Sarah so we know that whom are we talking with and what experience our tutor would have so let’s quickly get on to Sarah.

So Hi I’m Sarah and you are Manjita. Yes Sarah, that’s lovely I’m happy to hear that you could pronounce my name correctly very few do that, I am really glad to meet you how are doing today. I’m really great and hope you’re doing well as well I had prepared to speak on a particular topic and I wanted to have a quick chat with you share that with you and probably understand if I can make it better. (absolutely) so I wanted to speak sure and I wanted to speak on the most memorable day of my life well my last birthday was the most memorable day of my life I went to ski to New Zealand it was great breathtaking experience the snow was good the weather was good I was really excited the equipment’s were heavy but I was happy to use them and the best part is that I was able to ski now I’m really glad about it it was I was happy and it was a great experience so that’s it That is super English Manjita.

Thank you. Usual words are not stronger sometimes in the way that you say things for example you could say the weather was absolutely fabulous okay rather than saying the weather was nice the ski was great the ski was wonderful yes I I guess I got what you are trying to say (I am delighted to be there). yeah yeah nice is a very average word okay it’s a nice day and the weather is nice the pudding is nice the dog is nice but if you’re having the best day of your life things are much better than nice mm-hmm probably I can say that the view was mesmerizing absolutely mesmerizing awesome wonderful superb perfect all right sure great Sarah nice talking to you I think I got a lot of ideas and going ahead (you’re welcome) yeah and and I’ll try adding these adjectives in my preparation as well bye it was a pleasure to talk to you okay bye-bye well it’s that simple this video was done in association with Cambly and they’ve been very kind to help my viewers and subscribers with a special discount so if you’re looking for using this app I highly recommend it and please give it a shot if you are looking for specific links or further description everything is there in the description box below all you have to do is just hit the link and you will get your discount code by the way my dear keep practicing all the very best and you are my rock star and you will be a champion soon best of luck with your IELTS speaking test you you

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How Crystal Achieved Band 8 After Failing her IELTS Test Many Times

– Okay, so, this is a very special video that I’m gonna make today with one of my students, who I’m very very proud of. I’m proud of all my students, but even more of proud of Crystal because she did the test many many many times before she came to me and she showed huge determination to get the score that she needed, so I thought we’d make this video today just for some of you who might be struggling, might have failed the test a few times. Just to give you some inspiration, some motivation to keep going. So Crystal, thank you very much for doing this today. And can you just give some background information about you so people can get to know you a little bit? – Yeah, sure. Well, I’m working in Hong Kong as a nurse for the government. And recently I’d like to move to a foreign country, and work abroad with my husband, so I need to take the IELTS. So the reason I chose IELTS, and not the other Occupational English Test because it applies to many western countries.

Like, the Occupational English Test, which is specific to, say, Australia or Canada. . – So if I can pass the IELTS with the score I need, then I don’t need to take two or three tests, which is quite advantageous. – So I started to study all the materials on the IELTS since last year, it was a long time ago. So, I first began with some online material, I tried IELTS and think I got a six overall, which is far from what I need, and then I enrolled in a face-to-face course. It was a regular course, that includes speaking, listening, writing and everything, but after course I still couldn’t get the score I need so. And I found the five day challenge, and I was amazed by how simple is the idea. And then I was determined to enroll into the course. And, can you tell people how many times you did the test before you got the score that you needed? – Oh, I’m sure I have did the test with British council seven times, cause there’s this record online.

And then two or three times with IDP. – So I have experienced eight or nine times of failure. So I’m actually quite experienced in IELTS. – Yeah, you’re an IELTS expert. And can you tell people what scores you got on your last attempt? – On my last attempt, I got an overall eight, with nine in listening, eight in reading, and then both seven in writing and speaking. – Yeah, excellent and we’re really happy that you got that score because you didn’t get that score the first time and we were kind of like why is this, we couldn’t figure out why, and you couldn’t get it, but we figured it out and we helped you get the score that you needed.

So, if you were to give someone some advice, someone in a similar situation to you, someone who wants to move to a different country and has maybe done the test a few times and failed. What advice would you give them? – Hmm, well from my experience, I think you really need to know your strengths and weaknesses. So, like me, I know I have no problem with listening and reading, and I focus on writing and speaking. So for writing I think the writing correction stuff is really good. Once you submit your essay, you know your weakness is in task achievement or grammar, vocabulary, then you focus on correcting it. For my case, sometimes I misunderstand the question, so I really need to understand exactly what to answer.

And then I also improved my grammar, minimized my mistakes and also I tried to remember as many synonyms and tried to write the vocabularies so that you can achieve seven in every criteria. – Oh Crystal, I think we’ve lost you there. (chuckles) Hopefully it’ll come back. Yep, you’re back now, okay. So that’s great advice for writing. Anything for speaking, because I know that we worked a lot on your speaking, and you know a lot about the speaking test but what would you suggest to someone who is maybe where you were, you were getting for speaking, and you needed the seven.

What advice would you give someone there? – Yes, actually there is a real gap between and seven, so if you need a seven in speaking, you really need to work on every aspect so that you achieve pronunciation seven, grammar seven, and then you can get overall seven. So for my case, I studied all the materials in Chris’ course and so I familiarized with the format and I know the content is not important, so that I can focus on talking and elaborating my answer. But that is not enough, that is actually the basic. You really need to speak and talk if you want to improve. Because listening and reading is not equivalent to speaking. So what you need is to really speak. So previously I talked to a speaking partner, then he became quite busy and so we can’t talk really frequent and then I enrolled in another plan and I talked to a native English speaker every day, 30 minutes, during my lunchtime.

– But it takes time, the miracle will not happen in a day, but as long as you keep talking, we try to mimic the intonation and where a rest was. Which we tried to speak in a more native way, and you learn some phrase and verbs and idioms from them, and keep improving your grammar. Because I found that I made a lot of mistakes on tenses, and sometimes the agreements on nouns and verbs. – Just do your best and one day I believe you’ll be there. I mean, just listening to you, your grammar is excellent, but you still are making little small mistakes and I think that’s something that people need to realize, is that in order to get above a seven for speaking your grammar doesn’t need to be perfect. Your vocabulary doesn’t need to be perfect, your fluency doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be at the standard where it needs to be. I think people put a lot of pressure on themselves in the speaking test that, you know, every sentence needs to be exactly correct when that really doesn’t help you, because you put yourself under too much pressure and then that can affect your fluency, affect your confidence, and then you know everything can kind of spin out out of control, would you agree with that? – Yeah, yeah, so see, my English is not perfect, but I think I can communicate with an English speaker, like you, you gave me so much confidence.

So just keep talking. I think that’s really, really good advice. You talked about that you used a different service than mine to find a native English speaker so that you could talk to them every day, what was that, just if anybody wanted to use that, or do you have a range of different services that you tried? – Okay, well actually, so remember you posted on your wall on Facebook and you asked if anyone used online resources that is useful, so one of our buddies talk about Cambly, C-A-M-B-L-Y.

– And well it provides a platform to talk with a native English speaker, in case if you don’t have anyone to talk with. – Yeah, yeah I’ve heard of Cambly before, I’ve heard it’s really good, and I know there’s a number of different things but one of the big requests that we get from people is just like ‘I live in a non-english speaking country, where do I find people to talk to?’ So, there are so many different resources these days that you can find on the internet, but yeah, that’s great advice.

So Crystal, you got a perfect nine in listening? – A nine in listening, yeah. – A 9 in listening, so people will probably want me to ask you, any tips for listening, because if you’re getting a nine you’re obviously doing something right so, anything that you can suggest to people for listening? – Well, in my usual time I used to switch to English channel so I haven’t listened to Cantonese news for a long time, since I started preparing for IELTS, so try to listen to everything and keep each channel English and one tip during the test is to write down what you listen but without changing any words.

So if you hear that is S at the end, remember to put an S, so just write down exactly what you hear in the test. – Actually I think British Council’s listening is more straightforward because, so this time when I had got a nine in the listening, I found that I need to fill in sometimes one or the maximum three words in fill in the blanks, which is quite easy compared to IDP, I’m sorry.

(laughs) But I’m comparing the two tests, because you know I’m quite experienced. (laughs) – Yeah, I don’t have any experience with IDP, I’ve only worked for the British Council, so — – Exactly. – You would know more about that than me, to be honest. – Okay, and so if you have more vocabulary in your mind, then it will be easier for you. Because I think some people are struggling with listening because they haven’t heard of the vocabulary before. – Mmmhmm. – So, expand your vocabulary. Keep listening to English, and just keep practicing, and remember to check your grammar at the end. – Mmmhmm, excellent. Good, good advice.

A lot of people think that they have a listening problem or a reading problem when I reality they have a vocabulary problem, and because a lot of the answers to the reading questions and the listening questions will be synonyms, or require you to know the meaning of the word so, vocabulary is a huge part of preparing for the reading test, listening test, speaking test, writing test, it’s all a lot about vocabulary, so if you were to give people some quick advice about how to improve their vocabulary, what would you suggest? – Well I think vocabulary cannot be improved suddenly, magically.

– So you pay attention to the words that you don’t know in your real life, and you check every word you don’t know, and if there is some interesting word or some new word, just jot it down. For writing, actually I almost write an essay every day. – Mmmhmm. – And often I compare with the model essay you gave to me and then I learned new vocabularies from your essay. – Mmmhmm. – And then I will categorize and write synonyms together, in Google Documents. – Mmmhmm. – And then one day when I have more synonyms to the same word and that I search it and I can refresh my memory. – Excellent, you should send me that Google document, that’d be interesting to see all of the different words and everything that you picked up, it would be really interesting to see.

(laughs) So Crystal, thank you very much for, for sharing that information, that’s great. Just, what happens now in your future now, what difference is IELTS gonna make to your future? – Well after I got the score I need I plan to start my registration in several countries to see which one works first and then I will work abroad. So in the meantime I will start my study in Canada next year. – I’ll study a nursing course that help me to get my nursing license. So basically I’m one step forward and I can relax for a few days. – Yeah. – Because I don’t need to focus on writing and listening anymore. – You never have to worry about this, any testing, this is great. And you gave me some excellent nursing advice about my son, which was really nice of you too, so. There we go. (laughs) Thank you very much, Crystal, thank you, that should be a great help to a lot of people, and if you need anything in the future just let me know. – Yeah, sure, hope I can help other people as well. Thank you for your hard work in helping other people.

– Thank you very much, Crystal. See you again, bye bye. .

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Use these 5 words to score high in IELTS speaking

Hi guys I’m Manjita and thank you for being my darling subscribers today we’re going to talk about something which is very very important I will teach you five power packed words of vocabulary which you can definitely use in your English speaking section of IELTS and you will score higher marks trust me it’s good to use simple sentences but use some great vocabulary, not a lot of them just space it really well and use just five or six good vocabulary or great words in English and then that’s the mantra of scoring good marks well the very first one which I want to share with you is called plethora plethora, means a lot of stuff, right.

Now this word plethora plethora so this word you can use for a lot of things you can say while if you’re talking about hobbies you can say I have plethora of hobbies a lot of hobbies but this is my favorite one or I went to a particular place it has plethora of food items plethora of cuisines plethora of malls plethora of shopping complexes so now you know whenever you want to use the word a lot or great options use plethora okay.

Well let’s talk about the second word and that is mesmerized mezmerizes mesmerized okay it means that you awe struck you’re charmed this you can use for any place which has caught your attention it was so beautiful so you will use the word mesmerized and in a verb mesmerized because it’s a past tense so you can say the lake or the place or the holiday destination or the picture the painting it was so beautiful that I was mesmerized okay so now you know how to use mesmerize so try using this word describing anything which is beautiful okay it could be a beautiful dream it could be a beautiful place it could be a beautiful concert it can be anything so use the word mesmerize alright the third one we’ll talk about is however yes however however however right this word is used when you have to describe two contradicting sentences okay for example you’re explaining your hobby so I used to play football however now I love cricket okay so the two different things you’re talking about so you connect them with however all right I was a very active child however now I just love to sit on my couch okay or I used to love singing however dancing is my new hobby so I’m talking about two different contradicting sentences I’m connecting them using however, okay the next one recapitulate recapitulate we will say it together…recapitulate recapitulate recapitulate recapitulate okay it means it’s another words for summarizing so usually in your third part of IELTS you’ll have a “state your opinion” kind of a form where the examiner will say….

So in your opinion this is good or that is good you feel this is better or that is better so at the end when you say to summarize instead of using the word summarize you can save well to recapitulate this in my opinion is good to use the word recapitulate for summary okay practice this recapitulate alright and the last one of course we all are caught in to this most of the times and that word is dilemma alright dilemma dilemma dilemma it means when you are in a situation where you have to make – I mean you are between two difficult choices and both are unpleasant so well you have to choose one and that point but you have to make…

When you have to difficult choices to consider you are in a dilemma I was in a dilemma you choose this or that, right, it was a difficult situation I was in a dilemma dilemma okay. So now you have got all the five words in-front of you. All you have to do is practice to pronounce it clearly and my tip is whenever you use these words in whatever sentences you’re forming in the sense… in whatever situation comes in try to use these words of course in the correct form and at the correct places but I’ve given you these generic words you can use them in whatever situation is coming in front of you, if it’s hobbies or its food its shopping centers whatever you can use plethora very nicely if it’s about describing a beauty or how enchanted you were you can use mezmerize right so you’ve got the whole gist of how to do it please practice to pronounce it practice it in front of the mirror and whenever you use these words or whichever of these 5 words which I’m saying pause as in by pause I mean take it slow okay the place was really beautiful and I was so mesmerized by the beauty of it so you note my speed that I paused or I slowed down I stressed when I said the word mesmerized okay and then went ahead so the listener understands…

Okay, you are using interesting vocabulary some difficult but relevant words and in the appropriate places and then you score marks. Bye, I’m sure these words will help you let me know that did you find them useful or not and have you started practicing and using them. All the best for your IELTS and your general English learning journey and you will rock because you are my rock star bye bye, take care. .

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IELTS Speaking Band 9 Sample Test

Hi, I’m Stephanie. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this lesson, you can see a model IELTS speaking exam with band 9 language. You’ll see each section of the IELTS speaking test, and after each section we’ll highlight the features that could help you to improve your IELTS speaking score. If you’re watching on YouTube, you should check out the full lesson on our website. There’s a link underneath the video. The full lesson includes a transcript, so you can study the answers in your own time. Let’s start with part one, where I’ll be the examiner. Hello, my name is Stephanie. This is the IELTS speaking test.

Can you tell me your full name, please? My name’s Olivier Guiberteau. And can you tell me where you’re from? I’m from a small town near Northampton, in the UK. Can I see your identification, please? Yes, of course. Here you are. Okay, thank you very much. Now, in this first part I’d like to know something about you. First of all, can you tell me about the kind of music you like? Sure, well, I’m a big fan of what you might call alternative electronica.

It’s hard to classify, because when you say ‘electronica’, people think of dance music, but I wouldn’t call it that. Basically, I listen to a lot of stuff with hip-hop, funk or disco influences, but most of my friends think my taste in music is a bit weird. I see. And, where do you like to listen to music? I listen to music pretty much any time that I’m at home. So, if I’m doing housework, or cooking, or anything like that, I’ll put some music on. Sometimes I also listen to music on the bus. Especially if I’m going to play sport or to the gym, I’ll listen to some high-energy tunes on the way to get myself pumped up. Yeah, okay. Why do you think music is so important in many people’s lives? Hmm… That’s a big question… Well, first of all music has always been part of human culture, so in that sense obviously it’s an important part of our lives.

I guess that’s because music can have such a powerful effect on our emotions. Music can lift you up, or inspire you, or make you feel sad. I’d certainly find it hard to live without it! Uh-huh. I’d like to move on and talk about transport. What’s the best way to get around your city? I live in quite a small town, so it’s very easy to get around. You can walk or cycle to a lot of places, although some roads are a bit dangerous for bikes. There are buses which are fairly reliable, but they’re not the fastest way to get around.

Finally, you can take a taxi or an Uber if you want to get somewhere fast and you don’t mind paying a bit extra. Alright. And, have you ever learned to drive? Yes, I learned in the UK as soon as I was old enough, although I have to say I haven’t driven for several years! I’m not sure if you’d want to get in a car with me, but I guess I’d pick it up again quite quickly. There’s just not much point in having a car where I am now, because I can walk or ride my bike around town, and take public transport if I want to go somewhere else, for the weekend or whatever. I see. Do you think everybody should learn to drive? Er… That’s a strange idea. I think it’s up to each person to decide. It can be very useful in some places.

For example, where I grew up in the UK… It’s a rural area, and if you don’t have a car you’re pretty isolated. If you live somewhere like that, you should probably learn to drive. But, it’s still a choice, right? Let’s look at some key points from this part of the speaking exam. First, to get a high score in IELTS speaking—band seven or above—you need to speak fluently, without hesitation. That doesn’t mean you can never pause or hesitate, but your hesitations should not be language-related. So, if you’re pausing or stopping because you can’t remember vocabulary, or because you can’t build a sentence fast enough, that will make it difficult to get a high score. Secondly, Oli’s answers were all relevant and appropriately developed. He gave full answers to every question and added extra detail, but he never went off-topic.

This is also essential: you need to do both of these things to get a high score in your IELTS speaking test. He also used linking words and connecting devices well. Let’s look at one answer as an example: Notice that I didn’t use a lot of linking words here. IELTS students often overuse linking words, and they end up getting a lower score because they make errors or sound unnatural. You need to connect your ideas, but you don’t get a higher score for using more linking words.

It’s more important to use linking words accurately and naturally. Looking at vocabulary, Oli used a wide range of words and phrases in his answers, including some good collocations like alternative electronica, disco influences, or a powerful effect on our emotions. He also used some idiomatic language in a correct, natural way. For example, I’m a big fan of…, get myself pumped up, lift you up, or I’d pick it up again quite quickly. Finally, I got a question at the end which was harder to answer: Do you think everybody should learn to drive? You might have to answer some strange questions in your IELTS speaking exam, or talk about something you haven’t thought about before.

The examiner follows a script, and has no choice about what to ask you. Many IELTS candidates have problems because they try to answer questions they have no idea about. In this situation, it’s better to react naturally. For example, you could say: that’s a weird question; hmm… that’s a tricky one, or something like that. Then, if you have no idea what to say, say so! So long as you explain why, this is fine, and it won’t affect your score. Your score depends on your ability to communicate, not on your ideas and knowledge. Let’s look at the next part of the test. We’re going to swap roles here, so I’ll be the candidate. Now, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish. Are you ready? Yes. Okay, please tell me about something difficult you learned to do. So, I’m going to tell you about learning to drive a car with manual transmission.

I’m from the States, and almost no one drives a manual there; most cars are automatic. When I came to Europe, I found it was totally the opposite here; driving a manual is the norm, and automatics are rare. I guess here they’re associated with very expensive, luxury cars. Anyway, I had to learn to drive stick, and it was so difficult! It was doubly hard because I already knew how to drive, so it felt extra frustrating to be behind the wheel but unable to do the things I would normally do.

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea but I didn’t get any help; I could have gone to a driving school but I didn’t. I just practiced and tried to learn by myself, by driving around car parks and open spaces and things like that. That was okay, but when I went out and drove properly, on the streets with traffic, it was super stressful. I just couldn’t get the clutch right, and then I’d stall and I’d be stressing out while everyone was honking at me. I can’t say that I’m glad that I learned it.

I mean, I just learned to do it because I had to, and I didn’t enjoy the experience! If it were up to me, I’d rather just have an automatic car. Thank you. So, what do you use your car for? Mostly for getting to work. I live quite far from the nearest metro station and the bus lines aren’t good, so it’s much easier to drive. Sometimes we go out of town for the weekends, too. Next, let’s look at some of the positive points which Stephanie showed in this section. First, she chose a very specific topic. This meant she needed a lot of specialised vocabulary to talk about it, like transmission, drive stick, clutch, stall, honking and so on. If you’re aiming for a high score, you need to choose a topic which lets you go into more depth and use some more varied language.

If you choose a very simple topic, it’ll be difficult to get top scores for language. You can also see that I covered all of the points from the cue card in detail, and didn’t add any irrelevant information or go off topic. Oli already mentioned the specialised vocabulary, but I also used some idiomatic language, like I guess, doubly hard, extra frustrating, super stressful, or get the clutch right. You need to use idiomatic language naturally and accurately to get a top score in IELTS speaking. Idiomatic language doesn’t just mean idioms like “raining cats and dogs”; it also includes conversational words and phrases that are common in native English speech. Don’t forget about the follow-up questions in part two. After you finish speaking, the examiner will ask one or two simple follow-up questions about what you said. You don’t need long answers here, but you should give focused, well-developed answers, like with every IELTS question! Finally, let’s look at part three of the IELTS speaking test. Right, I’d like to ask some questions related to this topic. First, let’s talk about learning new things.

What motivates people to learn new things? Wow… that’s a big question! Well, there are lots of reasons. The main one I guess is just necessity. For example, if you want to work in a particular field, you’ll need some specific training, skills, qualifications… Then, when you start a new job, you generally have to adapt and learn a lot of new things, even if you came in with a lot of theoretical knowledge. What else? I think also interest is important… I mean, people learn to do new things because they’re interested in them or they find something enjoyable.

For example, no one needs to learn to play a musical instrument, but a lot of people do so because it brings them pleasure. Do you think the way that people learn new things has changed compared to the past? Absolutely. Of course, the Internet and the development of smartphones and other new technologies have had a huge influence. We all have easy access to so much information now, which wasn’t the case in the past at all. Before, people would need to dedicate a lot of time and effort to finding an expert, or doing research in order to learn about something new. Now, you can find tutorials online, ask people for help in discussion forums, and things like that. So, it’s a big difference, but I think it’s mostly for the better. How do you think technology will change the way people learn new things in the future? Hmm… I’m not sure. I think we’ll see the same trends developing… What I mean is: the big changes have already happened, but I don’t think they’ve run their course yet.

So, a lot of people still have the idea that you learn something by going to a class, reading books, and so on, and they haven’t realised that you just have more options nowadays. To tie all this together, I think that in the future, education and learning will be more globalised and democratic, in that everybody will have similar opportunities to learn. I suppose that might mean that formal education diminishes in significance, but I’m not sure that will actually happen. Okay, let’s move on to talk about school and education.

How can parents or students choose the best school or university? In my experience, the only way to know what a school or university is really like is to talk to people who already study there and see what they say. Of course, you can go and look around, but I don’t think you can learn very much just by walking around a school. If you talk to some of the staff and students, you can get a feel of what kind of establishment it is, and whether it’s a good fit for you, or your child, whoever you’re talking about. Mm-hmm. How do people in your country feel about private education? Huh… I really don’t know. I went to a public school, and so did everyone I know. It’s not really a topic which comes up that much, you know? Personally, I don’t have strong opinions; if someone wants to pay to send their child to a private school, then why not? Given that there aren’t that many private schools, it’s just not something that people are so aware of.

I see. Do you think that university education should be free? Definitely, yes. In the USA, university is insanely expensive; parents have to start saving up from the moment their child is born. I think this leads to elitist outcomes… I mean that the richest kids go to the best universities, and if you don’t have a lot of money behind you, your options are more limited. That said, I realize that graduates tend to earn more, so it might be fairer to have some kind of graduate tax, so that the people who erm… benefit from higher education also help to fund it. That seems to me to be the fairest solution. Thank you. That’s the end of the speaking test. So, let’s look at these answers more closely, and see what made them effective. Many things here you’ve already heard. Stephanie’s answers were fluent, relevant, well-developed and clear. She used a wide range of grammar and vocabulary accurately, including idiomatic language. She also used linking phrases and fillers to keep her answers fluent, even when she was dealing with more difficult answers.

For example: At the start, she used fillers to give herself thinking time without leaving an unnatural pause. She also used linking phrases, like what I mean is and to tie this all together to focus her answer when she wasn’t sure how to finish a sentence or an idea. Remember that you can read the full script of this video on our website: Oxford Online English dot com. You can read the answers and see exactly what words, phrases and structures I used to answer these questions. Have you taken the IELTS speaking exam recently? Please share your experiences in the comments: what went well, and what did you find difficult? Good luck if you have an IELTS test coming up soon! Thanks for watching! See you next time!

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IELTS Speaking – Full Sample Interview

Good morning. Good morning. My name is Michelle Ho. Can you tell me your full name please? My name is Sin Yuk Cheung Issac. Can I check your identification? Of course. That’s fine, thank you. Thank you. Now in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK? OK. Can you describe the area where you live to me? Well I live in Hong Kong, to be specific in Tseun Wan, which is a residential district with little commercial elements in it and it is quite a nice community to live in. What jobs do people in your town do? Well mostly people in my town are teachers, lawyers and doctors. How has your town or city changed over the last 20 years? Well to say that my town has developed, really developed a lot and and many old buildings were torn down and I was kind of sad about it because I lived in my district like for my entire life and but there are some great features about the new buildings like the new malls, and the new shops and new places to hang with my friends, so there is benefits … and there are benefits and some disadvantages, yeah.

Do you think it is better to live in the centre of town or outside in the country? Well I believe that living inside the town is much better than living in the countryside because it gets more convenient to travel to different places around the city and living in countryside often have some undesirable pests, so I don’t like pests so much, so I like to prefer staying in city. Now, let’s go on to reading. Do you enjoy reading? Well I enjoy reading, and I read a lot of books, especially those … those fictions, because I find that when I’m reading I can immense (immerse) myself into a different world and I can really dump away all those troubles in my real life. What sort of things do you like to read? Well I like reading fictions as it provides you with a completely new world, especially those science fiction … science fiction novels, which gives you chance to like to flow through space and to explore the universe and something like that.

Tell me something about your favourite book. Well my favourite book is actually not a science fiction novel. It is a kind of political novel. It is the 1984 by George Orwell, and, and it is quite shocking. After I read it, about how a régime can monitor the people, and what’s more shocking is that many governments, even the those governments that claim to be free, also uses such method to control the people, so that the horror it depicts in the novel is kind of … kind of reflected in the real society nowadays, so it really influences me the most, yeah. What are the advantages of reading instead of watching television or going to the cinema? Well I think the major advantage over, of books over movie and TV shows is that it gives you the space to imagine as the TV, both TV and films would limit your imagination by showing the images the director wants you to see but when the writer creates a world and with his words, his or her words, you can imagine according to his or her words, and also adding to your own personal experience, so I think this is the magnificent …

Magnificent point of reading books. Now, let’s talk about transport. How did you come here today? Well I come here … I came here today by MTR. What is public transport like in your town? Well, the major public transport in my country is the railway, the underground railway, and also buses and they are quite convenient unlike most countries, because Hong Kong is a small city and … but the traffic demand is high, so they often have a tight (frequent) schedule so it won’t take long for people to wait for the transportation. OK. Now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about this for one to two minutes.

You will have one minute to prepare. Do you understand? Yes. Here is a pencil and paper for writing notes, and here is your topic. Please do not write anything on the topic paper. I’d let you to talk about an exciting experience. Alright? Remember, you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now please? So, I would say the most exciting experience in my life was last summer when I had my graduation trip in Taiwan, and what happened exactly is that I rent a bike in the city in Taiwan from the hotel and I was planning to … to watch the sunset in the … in the coast line and after I I left … when I left the park, it was already … and it was already night, so everything was dark, and as I was riding a bike, so I have to use the road with heavy traffics, and there are a lot of motorbikes in Taiwan, so I accidentally crashed into one of the motorbikes and I got slightly injured and then I was received …

I was received (picked up) by a house owner nearby and he invited me into his house and he treated me well, and but when I want to get back to the hotel, I find out that I forgot my way and I’d even forgot the name of the hotel, so I don’t know what to do I was desperate, by then, but the house owner was great enough to ask around, to tell, to call each hotel and find out whether my friend is in the hotel or not, and by some miracle, he found where my hotel is, and he personally drive me, drove me back to the hotel.

Thank you. Would you like to do this again? Well, I don’t think I would like to crash my bike again, especially it’s not mine. I rent it. And, but if any of the bad things ever happen again, I was … I would be happy to be … to be received by such … hospitable person and that was quite an exciting and unforgetting (unforgettable) experience. Thank you. Can I take the paper and pencil back please? Thank you. We’ve been talking about an exciting experience in your life. Now I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions relating to this topic. First, let’s consider taking risks. What risks should people try to avoid? Well, I think that those risk which would endanger lives should be avoided, like the new sports currently, the “parkour”, which some may play normally in parks using park benches or wall or short walls to play parkour, but some people may be too dangerous and they play on the rooftops and they took selfies on a rooftop which is quite a dangerous thing, considering that not only you will fall off the building and die, you could also injure someone who is walking below on the streets, so taking …

It is important for you to consider your own safety as well as other’s safety in carrying dangerous actions, yeah. So do you think the government should set up some legislation to prevent people from taking such risks? Well I think that is quite hard for the government is set up a legis … to set up legislation to forbid people from committing (undertaking) dangerous acts because everyone has their right to do whatever they want as long as it is not doing harm to others but they can do things to harm themselves and they can say that this is their human right, and you can’t violate it. Do you think people take fewer risks as they grow older? Well, I believe that is … that is right, because as a person gets older he or she knows more about the world, and maybe they have a lot more detachment (attachments), like to attach to their partners, to their families, to their children, and they have too much responsibility in their hands, they can’t take risks no more so they will tend to be more conservative when they get older.

Now let’s move on to adventure. How important is it to have adventures in our lives? Well having adventure in our lives is so important because it not only … get you out of your comfort zone, you get to … you get to know yourself … you get to discover yourself in a different aspect from what you have already empowered (envisaged) and you’ve got (get) to explore your potentials to a certain extent that you may actually acquire new skills, and also not the most important thing about having adventure is to be exciting about your life instead of like working like robot every day, and be really a human.

Do you think people in your country are adventurous? Well, I say the people in my country are not quite adventurous. They tend to be more conservative and careful about their moves (actions) because what they really … what they really hope for is a house, a car, a family, that’s all they want, they don’t want any surprises, and even the word “surprises” sometimes (is) negative in Chinese. So I would say they don’t like adventures. What do people learn about themselves from having adventures? Well personally, I learned, what I learned from adventures that I find out that I have certain skills like when I got lost in Taiwan I find out that my some people do not trust other people easily but when their … the house owner received me, I was, I have complete faith in him, so I find out that I can be confident with someone I don’t know. I can be comfortable with total strangers. So this is my kind of power in … after having adventures. Thank you. That’s the end of the speaking test..

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IELTS Speaking Exam – How to Do Part One of the IELTS Speaking Exam

Hi, I’m Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English. In this lesson, you can learn about the IELTS speaking exam. The IELTS speaking test has three parts. In this class, you can learn about part one of the speaking exam in more detail, and how to improve your score. First, let’s review what happens in part one of the IELTS speaking test. After you introduce yourself, the examiner will ask you some simple questions about one or two topics. Some common topics are: where you live, your job, your family, your free time, food, sports, and other simple things like this. Section one of the IELTS speaking test lasts four-five minutes.

The examiner reads questions from a script, so it’s not a discussion—it’s just question and answer. In this video, we’ll look at some sample IELTS speaking test questions and answers, and see what makes a good answer. Part one: The First Questions in IELTS Speaking At the beginning of the exam, the examiner will ask you some basic questions: What’s your name? Where are you from? Can I see some identification, please? These are easy questions, and they are the same in every IELTS exam. Use the start of the exam to get comfortable. You might be nervous at the beginning of your IELTS speaking test. This is normal, but you need to try to relax. If you’re more relaxed, you’ll speak better. So what can you do? Answer the examiner in full sentences. Don’t say, “Berlin,” say, “I’m from Berlin.” Don’t say, “Andrew,” say, “My name’s Andrew Gray.” Speak in a clear, confident voice. Make eye contact with the examiner. Making a strong start will help you to feel more in control. This will help you to feel more confident speaking English in the exam.

Part two: Speaking Fluently and Clearly After the opening questions, the examiner will ask you questions about one of the simple topics we saw earlier. Let’s start with a simple question: “Describe your hometown.” We’re going to look at three different answers. In this section, you can see how you can speak more fluently and clearly. Ready? Answer number one: “I come from Moscow. It’s a big city.” What do you think? Is this a good answer? No, it isn’t. It’s too short, and there aren’t any details. To get a score of 6 or 7 in IELTS, you need to speak at length. You also need to use a wide range of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation features. If you give a very short answer, you can’t do any of these things. Remember: every question is a chance to show the examiner what you can do in English! Let’s try again! Answer number two: “I’m from Moscow.

As you may know, Moscow is the capital of Russia. I’m really proud of my city and I miss it when I’m not there. In my neighbourhood, there are many cafes and parks where I like to hang out with friends in the evening.” What about this one? It’s better, right? It’s longer and it has lots of details. However, this answer isn’t really answering the question. The answer talks about how you feel about your hometown, and what you like doing there. The question asks you to describe your hometown, not say how you feel about it. This is a common problem. Many IELTS students know that they need to give longer answers, but it’s also important to stay on topic. You do need to develop your ideas. You do need to add details to your answers, but you also need to answer the question which the examiner asked. You can’t just talk about whatever comes into your head! OK, let’s look at answer number three: “I come from Moscow. It’s a very large city, and also the capital, so it’s very busy and crowded.

It’s the kind of place where people always seem to be in a hurry. The centre has a lot of historical buildings and monuments, while out of the centre there are mostly just residential areas.” This is the best answer. It’s clear, detailed, and on-topic. Remember that you can pause the video and review the answers if you want. Part three: Using Vocabulary Effectively in Your Answers Let’s look at another question: “Describe your home.” This time, we’ll look at two sample answers.

Think about how the candidates use vocabulary, and which candidate does a better job. Answer number one: “I live in an apartment in a big building. My apartment has four rooms. There is a bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen. The fourth room is a… Um… I forgot the word in English.” Answer number two: “I live in a mid-sized apartment in a tower block. It has four rooms in total, with a tiny bedroom, an open-plan living room, and a dining area, and a kitchen.

Then there’s a… What’s the word? Like an office, where I do some work or studying sometimes.” Which answer do you think is better? I hope it was obvious: the second answer is much better. What makes this answer better? The use of vocabulary is much better in the second answer. The first candidate lives in a big building.

The second lives in a tower block. This is much more specific. The second candidate also uses a lot of adjectives, like mid-sized, tiny or open-plan, while the first candidate doesn’t add any description. Using a variety of vocabulary can make your answer clearer and more descriptive. This helps your score. Both candidates forget a word, but the second candidate deals with it much better. The first candidate just gives up and says “I don’t know the word” while the second candidate finds a way to explain the word and explain the meaning. You don’t need a perfect vocabulary to get a good score in the IELTS exam. If you don’t know a word, don’t panic, and don’t give up. Try to find other words or phrases which have a similar meaning. When preparing for your IELTS exam, think about the topics which can appear in part one. Learn some more advanced or interesting vocabulary you could use for each topic. For example, learn and practice ten words to describe your home, ten words to describe your hometown, ten words to talk about your hobbies, and so on.

Part four: Improving Your Grammar Score in Part One of the IELTS Speaking Exam Let’s look at our third sample question: “What do you like doing in your free time?” We’ll look at three sample answers. This time, we’re going to focus on grammar. Think about how these candidates use grammar. Answer number one: “I have a lot of different hobbies. What I do depends on my mood. For example, if I’m feeling energetic, I like to play basketball or go jogging. If I want to relax, I read a book or cook something. I find cooking very relaxing.” What do you think? Good answer? Yes, it is. It’s very good. It’s clear, and the candidate has mixed shorter and longer sentences. There aren’t any grammar mistakes. It’s a really good answer. However, most IELTS candidates can’t use grammar perfectly, and make mistakes when they speak. Let’s look at two more answers which might be more realistic for you if you’re planning to take IELTS in the near future.

So, answer number two: “I have lot of hobbies. I’m doing different things depending on what’s my mood. For example, if I am very energy, I will play basketball or go to jogging. If I want to relaxation, I read some books or cook something. Cooking is relaxing to me.” Answer number three: “I have many hobbies. Sometimes I play basketball or go jogging. Sometimes I read or cook. Cooking is relaxing.” Remember, we’re focusing on grammar. Which answer do you think is better? It might surprise you that answer number two is better than number three, even though there are many, many grammar mistakes in the second answer. In the third answer, there are no grammar mistakes. What’s going on? How can an answer with lots of mistakes be better than an answer with no mistakes? First of all, the second candidate at least tries to use more complex sentences. The third candidate uses very short, simple sentences. This is an interesting point: in IELTS, trying and failing, or partly succeeding, is better than not trying at all.

The third candidate is trying to stay safe, by only using grammar which he/she knows, but this is not the best idea. Secondly, the second answer is clear. There are lots of grammar mistakes, but the mistakes don’t make it difficult to understand. This is another important point: in the IELTS exam, mistakes which don’t affect your meaning are not such a big problem. I should say now, this is only true if you are aiming for a score of to 7.0. If you need to get or higher, then you need to speak accurately, without grammar mistakes, like the first candidate. However, this is not true for many IELTS students, especially students I meet. Most people need a score in the 6.0-range. If this is what you need, you don’t need perfect grammar, just like you don’t need perfect vocabulary. You need to use what you know to communicate clearly. That’s much more important.

So, if you know that your grammar is not perfect, it’s better to try to speak fluently and express yourself clearly. You can still get a good score in the IELTS speaking test. Part five: Review Let’s go over what we’ve talked about today. To get a higher score in part one of the IELTS speaking test, you need to: Give longer, more detailed answers without going off-topic. You need to use a range of vocabulary to make your answers more descriptive. You need to find a way to express yourself even if you don’t know a word. You need to try to use some longer, more grammatically complex sentences even if you make some mistakes. Think about the questions we looked at today: “Describe your hometown.” “Describe your home.” “What do you do in your free time?” Think about how you could answer these questions in the IELTS exam.

What details could you add? What vocabulary could you use? If you want, you can leave your answers in the video comments, and we’ll give you feedback. That’s the end of the lesson. Thanks very much for watching! I really hope it was useful for you.. You can see more of our free lessons on our website: Oxford Online English dot com. But that’s all for today. Thanks again. See you next time!

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IELTS Speaking Task 1 – How to get a high score

Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today’s lesson, we will be looking at how to do well on the speaking part of the IELTS. So the speaking part of the IELTS is divided up into three sections. Today, we’re just going to be looking at section No. 1. So first of all, I will explain how to do well — oh, sorry. First, I’ll explain what happens in Part 1 of the IELTS. And from there, we’ll look at some things you should do to do well and some things you shouldn’t do, okay? So let’s get started. So what happens in Part 1 of the IELTS? Well, first of all, the speaking Part 1 of the IELTS is for both those taking the General IELTS exam and the Academic. So whether you’re taking the Academic or the General IELTS, it’s the same test with the same questions. Okay. It lasts between four to five minutes.

It’s made up of first an introduction. So the examiner is going to introduce himself or herself. Then, you will introduce yourself. So for example, “Hi. My name is Emma. Nice to meet you.” Okay, so there’s an introduction. And then, the examiner is going to ask you some questions about yourself. So these questions aren’t that difficult. Usually, they’re about where you’re from. So for example what city you were born in, where you grew up. They might be about work. They might be about what you study, about your friends, about your hobbies, food, sports, and another thing I don’t have up here, family. Family is also common on this part of the IELTS. Okay? So usually, the examiner, after introducing himself or herself, they will talk to you about two of these topics.

Okay?” Now, the way they mark this part of the IELTS is they’re looking specifically for pronunciation, okay? So can they understand what you’re saying? Do you pronounce things well? They’re going to be looking at fluency. So what’s “fluency”? Well, do you go, “Uh, um, uh, uh” a lot during the test? Or do you speak very clearly, in a very nice rhythmic way? Do you use organizers or transitions? “First of all, secondly, finally.” Do you use words like this? “Another reason.” Or do you have problems speaking at a normal rate? So they look at that in fluency.” Then, they mark you also on vocabulary. Do you use words like “good, bad” a lot? Those are very low-level words. Or do you use high level words that really show off your vocabulary?” The final thing you’re marked on is grammar and accuracy. So for example, do you only use the present test for the whole test or are you able to correctly use the present tense, the past tense, present perfect, future? How well is your grammar? Okay? So don’t panic.

Maybe you’re weak in grammar. Maybe you make some mistakes in grammar. But you’re marked equally on these four components, okay? So now, let’s look at some tips on how to do well on Part 1 of the speaking part of the IELTS. Okay. So what are some of the things we should do to get a good mark in Part 1 of the IELTS for speaking? Well, we have a list here of dos. Okay? So these are things you want to do. So the first thing that’s very important is when you first meet the examiner, okay? If you’re very nervous, and you don’t make eye-contact, and you look at the floor the whole time, you’re not going to do well on the IELTS even if your English is pretty good.

So it’s very important to present yourself with confidence, okay? You want to go into that test and know you’re going to do well. If you think you’re going to do well, you’re going to do a lot better. Okay? If you think you’re going to do badly, you’re probably going to do badly. So think you’re going to do well, and be confident. Okay? Another important thing is be friendly. Okay. You want to smile. Body language is actually very important in the IELTS. You want to make eye-contact, okay? So don’t look at your feet. Don’t look at your hands. Look at the examiner. But you don’t have to stare at them, okay? Just look at them when you talk. Another thing a lot of students forget is they don’t act excited when they’re answering questions. So what do I mean by this? Well, they talk with a monotone. So for example, “Do you like playing sports?” This is a common question on the IELTS.

A student might respond, “I really like playing basketball. Basketball is a good sport.” Okay. If the examiner hears that, you’re probably not going to get a good mark. You should act excited about what you’re saying. Okay? “Yes. I love sports. Basketball is my favorite. It’s, you know — I love watching basketball. It’s a lot of fun to play.” If you seem excited, you will do better. Okay. The next thing that’s very important is the vocabulary you use, okay? So remember, you’re getting marked on four different things. One of these things is vocabulary. So how do you improve your vocabulary mark? Well, don’t use simple, easy, boring, low-level words like, “I like basketball because it’s good. I don’t like soccer because it’s bad.” Okay? These words, “bad, good “, they’re too easy. You need to try to find vocabulary that is higher level and practice before you do the IELTS. So for example, a good thing to do is look at the list of topics you will probably be asked about.

Food is a very common thing they will ask you about. So try to come up with vocabulary in advance and practice this vocabulary about the different topics. So for example, I know they may ask me a question about food. So I might learn some words that have to do with food. Maybe I don’t know the word “cuisine”. Well, if they ask me a question about food, I can say, “My favorite type of food — I love Indian cuisine.” Okay? And there you go. They’ve just noticed you used a higher level word. Same with friends. A common word we use when we talk about friends, we talk about “acquaintances”. Okay? So this is another good word to use. So again, try to come up with vocabulary for each of the different topics, and practice. Okay.

Now, in this part of the IELTS, the examiner may ask you about what you like. “Do you like to play sports? What hobbies do you like? What are your favorite foods?” Now, one thing a lot of students do is they overuse “I like”. “I like this. I like that. I like this. I like that.” This is not going to help you with your vocabulary mark.

So instead of using “I like” a lot, try something different. “I enjoy playing basketball. I enjoy hanging out with my friends. I really love yoga. I really love bowling.” Okay? “I prefer playing sports to doing other activities.” So “I enjoy, I really love, I prefer” — I’m sure you can come up with more, but it’s good to practice these types of expressions before you do the IELTS, okay?” Another key tip: Expand your answers. So what does this mean? Well, maybe the examiner asked you a question, “What is your favorite food?” Or — sorry. Let me think of a good example. “Do you like to play sports?” Okay? The examiner might ask you that. Some students might just say, “No.” And that’s their answer. “Do you like to play sports? Do you like to cook?” “No.” Well, the examiner is not going to be able to judge your English if you answer questions yes or no.

You have to give bigger, longer answers. So this is what I mean by expand. Don’t just say “yes” or “no”. Even if you don’t know what to say, make something up. So for example, a common question they ask, “Where are you from?” Now, I could just say, “I’m from Toronto.” Or, “Toronto.” This isn’t going to help my IELTS mark. It’s better if I expand this answer. “I’m from Toronto. It’s actually the biggest city in Canada. It’s also considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world.” I don’t have to talk too long about Toronto. I don’t want to say the whole history of Toronto. I don’t want to keep talking and talking and talking. But I don’t want a very short answer. So you need to find an answer that is not too short and not too long. You want something in the middle. Okay? So that’s what I mean by “expand”.

One way to expand your answers is by giving examples. So I asked this question earlier. You know, “What’s your favorite food?” “Oh, I love Indian cuisine.” How can I add to this? I can give examples. “My favorite dish is palak paneer. It’s made from spinach, a type of cheese they use in India, spices. You know, we often eat it at my house.” So there. Instead of just saying, “I like Indian food”, I’ve given a lot of examples. And that’s what you want to do, okay? Finally, most importantly, practice. Okay? So you know the types of questions you’re going to get. A lot about what you do for work, what do you study, how many people are in your family — these types of questions. Now, it’s important to practice your answers. Okay? Practice with your friends. Practice with a mirror. Practice, practice, practice. It’s very important that you practice answering these types of questions before you do the IELTS. Okay, so now, let’s look at some of the “don’ts”, some things you shouldn’t do in the IELTS.

Okay. So what are things you shouldn’t do? Okay, now, we’re going to look at a list of what you shouldn’t do. So “don’ts”. Okay. Don’t do this. Don’t speak with a monotone. So I already mentioned this. Don’t speak where your voice flat, okay? Don’t speak like, “I have a mother and a father.” Don’t say things like that. Speak with enthusiasm, okay? Not monotone. Okay. Don’t give yes/no answers. “Do you have a family?” “Yes.” That’s a horrible answer.” Okay? It’s more — “Have you traveled to China?” “No.” Okay.

These types of answers are not the ones you want to give. Expand. Make your answer longer, even if you have to lie. It’s okay to lie on the IELTS as long as you speak. That’s the most important thing. Okay. Do not repeat the question. Okay. So if they say, “Do you like sports?” “Yes, I like sports.” You’re wasting a sentence. Instead of repeating the question back to them, find a better way to say it.

“Do you like sports in” “Yes. There are many sports that I find very fun and interesting.” Okay, so don’t repeat the question. “Do you have a family?” “Yes, I have a family.” It’s not a good thing to do.” Don’t go off topic. So sometimes, students — they’re really actually excited, and they want to talk. And they want to show off their language skills. And so they think, “Oh, yes. I need to expand my answers.” But instead of expanding, they go and they talk about so many different things that don’t have to do with the topic. So for example, if they ask me a question on my hometown, if I start talking about Toronto, and then I start talking about education, and then I start talking about technology, this is going off on too many different topics.

Stick to what they ask you. Okay? You can give examples, but they should be about — they should refer to the question they asked you. Okay. Don’t answer, “I don’t know.” So in the first part of the IELTS, this would actually be a difficult — I can’t imagine you actually using this answer because the point of Part 1 of the IELTS is to make you feel comfortable. So the examiner asks you questions about yourself. So you should know these answers. “What are your favorite hobbies? What types of foods do you like to eat? How many members are there in your family?” You shouldn’t answer, “I don’t know” to any of these questions.

They’re about you. And if — maybe you don’t know. Maybe you’ve never thought about what’s your favorite food. Just make it up. Okay? Even if you hate sushi, even if you hate West Indian food or Canadian food. That’s okay. Just make it up. “I love West Indian food. I love Canadian food.” If you don’t know, make up your answer. Don’t speak too quickly, and don’t speak too slowly. Okay? So this is a little bit about fluency.

What often happens with students is when they get nervous, they start to talk really, really, really fast, and they go a mile a minute. They just go so fast. So if you’re the type of person that does this, practice is speaking in environments where you get nervous. So this way, you can practice maybe ways to deal with stress, ways to deal with nervousness. Try not to speak too quickly. Also, don’t speak very slowly, okay? I’ve had some students who have used a lot of “uh’s” and “ah’s”, and this is a problem. So don’t speak too slowly. Okay? Another thing: Don’t speak quietly. Okay? A lot of students, they’re nervous, and they’re shy, so they talk like this. And the examiner has to really listen. They can’t hear what they’re saying, and so you’re not going to do as well if you talk quietly.

Talk with confidence. Talk loudly so they can hear what you’re saying. Okay. Finally, the most important point: Don’t worry about being perfect. You do not have to speak perfect English to do well on the IELTS. Even if you’re aiming for a mark of nine on the IELTS, a bandwidth of 9 — sorry. If you’re looking for the mark of nine, you do not need perfect English, okay? You can make mistakes. So if you make a mistake, that’s okay. If you can correct it easily, do so. If you try to correct it and you’re going to make more mistakes or you’re going to take a lot of time, it’s okay; just leave it. If you make a mistake, continue to talk. Move on. There’s a chance that the examiner didn’t even hear that mistake.

And they expect you to make mistakes. So if you make a mistake between using “a” or “the”, if you make a mistake in terms of grammar, it’s okay. Native speakers make mistakes, too. People are used to hearing native speakers, ESL students make mistakes. So you do not have to be perfect. I can’t say that enough. Don’t worry about being perfect. Okay? So if you’re wondering the types of questions you may see on the IELTS, and if you want to practice with a friend or even in front of the mirror, I strongly recommend you visit the website www.goodluckielts.com.

On this website, there are more tips, as well as practice questions for Part 1 of the IELTS. And information, too, on the writing section, listening section, and reading section, okay? So I also invite you to come and do our quiz at www.engvid.com where you can practice some of these tips that we’ve talked about today. So until next time, take care..

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