July 2017 Recent IELTS Speaking questions and recommended band 7 responses (Happy Marriage

LATEST PART 2 – HAPPY MARRIAGE

Describe a couple you know who have a happy marriage

You should say:

Who they are

How you got to know them

How long they have been married

And explain what do you think of them

 

Answer: 

Well, I know several happy couples out there including my parents who has a great relationship, however, today I want to talk about my cousin and his wife. You know, they have been married for almost twenty years now and whenever I see them they always seem to be cheerful and still in-love. I must say that there are bunch of reasons for their healthy relationship. First thing I want to mention is that, they have a lot of common interest such as their passion in music. Whenever I go to their home, I frequently watch them play music together, in fact, they are a perfect combination when it comes to this matter because my cousin plays piano while my sister-in-law plays guitar and both can sing very well. The most interesting thing is that, they both work in the same hospital because they are both professional doctors. However, the most important thing is that they share the household chores together, they work as a team as they help each other at home on a quite regular basis. My cousin cooks delicious food while my sister-in-law  wash the dishes. So I get the impression that they treat each other very well. In addition to that, I’ve noticed that my cousin always drives his wife to and from work every single day. All in all, there’s no doubt that they’re really happy together, and I think they’re actually great role models on keeping a marriage strong and healthy.

 

Answer Overview: 
The cousin and wife topic falls under the category of  a PERSON theme. The context consist of three parts: Introduction, body content and the Summary. Basing from the answer, you can see several important ideas mentioned such the couples interest, activities they do together, their profession and their daily routine. Also, linking phrases were included to connect the sentences better.

Linking Words & Phrases used: 

  • However, today I want to talk about, You know, I must say that, First thing I want to mention is that, in fact, the most interesting thing is that, In addition to that, All in all

 

LATEST PART 3 – HAPPY MARRIAGE

  1. Do you often attend weddings?

Answer: I seldom attend weddings, very seldom this is for the reason that it’s not everyday or every month that my friends or relatives get married. Hence, when I need to attend a wedding ceremony I never miss it since it’s just once in a lifetime experience. As a matter of fact, the last time I attended a wedding was couple of years ago. It was my friends wedding and the experience was impeccable primary because I got to see her in a beautiful wedding gown and I was able to meet my former classmates as well. We had so much fun!

Answer Overview:

  • Response
  • Reason, Linking phrase (This is for the reason that)
  • Point, Linking word (Hence)
  • Fact, Linking phrase (As a matter of fact)
  • Reason, Linking Phrase (primary because)

 

  1. What wedding gifts are popular in China?

Answer: In my home country, money is the most well-known gift in a wedding. Let me elaborate my answer,  Chinese people are wise when it comes it to gift giving due to the reason that they want the receiver to spend the money on things they need and like. Instead of giving them things like clothes or appliances, sometimes these things don’t suit people and might end up giving it to others or stocking it at home. Another point I want to tell you about is, it’s part of our tradition. You know, we put the money in a red envelope called “Hongbao” to give the receiver a good luck and fortune. So basically, couples receive plenty of money during their wedding day.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, linking phrase (Let me elaborate my answer)
  • Additional point (Instead of giving them ……)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (Another point I want to tell you about is)
  • Additional point, Linking phrase (You know)

 

  1. What do you think is the perfect age for marriage?

Answer: That’s an interesting question! Well, In my personal point of view, 27 to 30 years old is the best age for marriage for the reason that people have stable job and possibly be financially stable. Generally, most people graduate from the university before 25 years old and by then they could start hunting a job. One more thing is that, being a young parent can connect to their children when it comes to modern society situations. You know, now a days most parents have generation gap which causes misunderstanding of lifestyle and interest. Take me as an example, my dad often scolds me for hanging out with my friends every weekends, as a result, it leads to a small argument.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, linking phrase (Let me elaborate my answer)
  • Additional point (Instead of giving them ……)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (Another point I want to tell you about is)
  • Additional point, Linking phrase (You know)

 

  1. Why do Chinese people like to go to celebrations like wedding ceremony?

Answer: There are bunch of reasons as to why they like attending wedding occasions. First thing is that, Chinese people like going to wedding occasions because of the reason that this is a once in a lifetime special experience for couples. They want to be part of the most special day to witness their matrimony. Another main reason is that, wedding is also a way to gather family members and relatives that have been separated for a long time. Just like my cousin’s wedding 3 years ago, we gathered in a hotel like a family reunion.

 

Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, linking phrase (First thing is that)
  • Additional point (They want to be part ……)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (Another point main reason is that)
  • Example
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