IELTS speaking part 2 major theme PLACES (recent exam questions July 2017)

Here’s the second batch of PLACES in Part 2 that corresponds to this theme:

  • Describe a quiet place
  • Describe a cafe which you have been to
  • Describe a meal (dinner or lunch) you would like to have
  • Describe an occasion that you received a good service from a restaurant or shop.
  • Describe a kind of foreign food you have had
  • Describe an experience that you are not allowed to use your mobile phone

Cue Card:

Describe a cafe which you have been to

You should say:

Where this cafe is

What type of food the cafe has

Why you go to this cafe

And explain why you like this cafe/ why this café impresses you

 

Answer:
To begin with, I like going to go to public places such as a coffee shop/ café/ restaurant/ bar during my leisure time. A friend of mine, David, opened his own cafe which is situated in an open-air rooftop in one of the huge buildings in my hometown. If I can vividly remember, he first opened this shop three months ago, I was amazed of his café because my friend David put a lot of effort into his wonderful rooftop garden. The cool thing about this place is that it’s on the 30th stories and the most interesting part of it is the 360-degree view. In addition to that, the place is filled with plenty of flowers and plants so the cafe looks really colorful and natural. I can say that, it’s a great place to go on a sunny weekend afternoon because you can sunbathe while being surrounded by flowers and plants. Hence, I like to go there on the weekends because it’s really peaceful, I can read a book, drink some tea and just gaze at the city view. In my mind, this garden is really cozy where you can avoid the hustle and bustle of the city life.  To sum up, it’s one of my favorite cafe when I’m in town which I highly recommend to people and my friends when they visit my homeland.

 

Answer Overview:

Cafe topic is suitable for the PLACE theme. You can use the details provided above to describe your cue card, however, you must fit-in the right key points according to what’s given to you. For instance, you are given a topic to “Describe a quiet place”, you can replace some information above to suit your subject. Same goes with the other cue cards.

Recent Part 2 IELTS questions about Places and suggested responses (July 2017)

LATEST PART 2 – PLACE

One of the major themes in Part 2 is to describe a place, however, there are two types of answer to fit according to the topics. Here’s the first batch of places  that corresponds to this theme:

  1. Describe a time you went to a crowded place
  1. Describe a city you’ve been to
  1. Describe a time you had good experience in the countryside
  1. Describe a popular place where people like to go swimming
  1. Describe a shop that just opened in your hometown

Cue Card

Describe a time you went to a crowded place

You should say:

When you went there

What you did there

Whom you went with

And explain how you felt about it

 

Answer from 1-5:

As you know, Beijing is the capital city of China which is the center of attraction for tourists, job and business opportunities. Because of its popularity more and more people want to visit Beijing, this is mainly for the reason that Beijing has its beautiful scenery and cultural inheritance. Last month, we went to visit a place called Bird’s Nest which is a huge stadium in Beijing. During this trip, I was with my friends to attend a local band concert. I have learned that, it’s the largest stadium in China and it can accommodate 10 thousand people in total. In addition to that, the sports’ stadium is shaped like a dome with an open roof and with many entrances going inside. This entertainment facility is situated in the city center and it’s the venue for many major concerts, sports events, and a large gathering. However, when there aren’t any major events, it’s open to the public, you know, people can go there to run on the track or play any sports such as badminton or swimming. Perhaps, the primary reason why I visited this stadium is because I love going to concerts, as a matter of fact, I have been to many local stadiums but the Bird’s Nest is the most astonishing stadium I have visited. For the fact that, the place looks very fancy and famous bands internationally or locally hold there concert on this stadium. To sum up it up, I enjoyed going to Beijing learning about it’s history and attending this wonderful concert experience.

 

Answer Overview:

Beijing stadium topic is suitable for the PLACE theme. You can use the details provided above to describe your cue card, however, you must fit-in the right key points according to what’s given to you. For instance, you are given a topic to “Describe a popular place where people like to go swimming”, you can replace some information above to suit your subject. You can pretend that the stadium is located in Guangzhou (anyhow, the examiner don’t care about the truth, they care about your language) and there’s a huge swimming pool in this place, etc. Same goes with the other cue cards.

Recent IELTS speaking questions and responses Part 3 – Crowded Places (July 2017)

  1.    Do you like large places?

Answer: It’s hard to tell, I don’t have any preference when it comes to this but sometimes it depends on the purpose of liking it. First and foremost, if I talk about my own place at home, of course I would say that I would like to have a huge space because it feels comfortable and cozy to live in a spacious house. As a matter of fact, we just moved in to a bigger house recently and living there seems to feel like heaven. However, there’s an exemption, if it talks about the city I prefer a small city because it is less hassle and way more peaceful compared to large cities. A good example for this is Shanghai, it’s a metropolis where life is fast-paced and cost of living is expensive.

Answer Overview:

  • Introduction/Long response, Linking phrase (It’s hard to tell)
  • First Point, Linking Phrase (First and foremost), Reason
  • Example from the first point, Linking Phrase (As a matter of fact)
  • Second Point, Linking Phrase (However, there’s an exemption), Reason
  • Example from the second point (A good example for this is)

 

  1.     What event will attract many people in China?

Answer: You know, Chinese people are normally attracted to live concerts. There are several reasons I can tell you to support my point. The first reason is that, Chinese are die hard fans of music and they will do anything to get a ticket and attend the concert of their favorite singer or band. Take me as an example, when I learned that Taylor Swift were coming to Beijing I didn’t hesitate to use my savings to book a concert ticket. On the other hand, club party also appeal Chinese young people because partying is a trend for millennials as they can hang out with their friends and meet new people. One example I can think of is when a new club held their grand opening in my hometown (Guangzhou) me and my friends attended the grand opening where we got really drunk and wasted.
Answer Overview:

  • Introduction/Long response, Linking phrase (You know)
  • First Point, Linking Phrase (The first reason is that), Reason
  • Example from the first point, Linking Phrase (Take me as an example)
  • Second Point, Linking Phrase (On the other hand), Reason
  • Example from the second point (One example I can think of is)

 

  1.     What place will attract many people in China?

Answer: It is obvious that, there are bunch of places that appeal Chinese people especially natural resources such as the sea, mountains or historical places. Primarily speaking, most people who live in the city like visiting nature sceneries to loosen up from hustle and bustle of city life. Take me as an example, I prefer hiking on weekends or going to the beach to unwind from stress and pressure. While for some, they go to places with great history to learn about the history of a certain place and appreciate its importance to China. Such like Beijing, Beijing is a historical city where you can find historical places such as The Great Wall and Forbidden City.

 

 

 

 

Answer Overview:

  • Introduction/Long response, Linking phrase (it is obvious that)
  • First Point, Linking Phrase (Primarily speaking), Reason
  • Example from the first point, Linking Phrase (Take me as an example)
  • Second Point, Linking Phrase (While for some), Reason
  • Example from the second point (Such like)

 

  1.     Do people like crowded places in China?

Answer: The answer is very obvious, of course, nobody want jam packed places. For the reason that,  it is very uncomfortable and uneasy for people to deal with. An example I can give you is the traffic congestion in big cities which affect peoples’ mood  and punctuality at school or at work. Well, I couldn’t think of another reason for this but I can tell you that most cities in China is over-populated, therefore, some people are moving from one city to another.

 

Answer Overview:

  • Introduction/Long response, Linking phrase (the answer is obvious)
  • First Point, Linking Phrase (for the reason that), Reason
  • Example from the first point, Linking Phrase (An example I can give you is)
  • No second point, an opinion/fact is provided instead, linking phrase (but I can tell you that)

 

Latest IELTS part 1 questions and suggested responses for Television (July 2017)

LATEST PART 1 – TELEVISION

  1. What TV programs are you interested in?

Answer: It’s hard to say because like different types of programs that involves entertainment such as reality shows. The main reason why I like reality TV programs, specifically Ellen’s show is because I can learn different aspects of life lessons from different people and point of views. In addition to that, Ellen is very humble and humorous. Therefore, I like this program best.

 

Answer Overview:

We begin with a linking phrase to introduce the long response (It’s hard o say..) followed by two reasons with a corresponding linking phrase (The main reason why…, in addition to that…). Also, we included a paraphrased summary to formally close the answer.

 

 

  1. In China, have television programs changed much in recent years

Answer: That’s an interesting question! To be honest, I have no idea if there are any huge changes about TV programs, this is for the reason that, recently, I don’t watch TV programs at all ever since I got engage in using the internet. But I guess, the changes on Chinese TV shows became more entertaining because of new types of TV shows such as game shows or talent shows. Well, so I can say that there might be few changes in Chinese TV shows.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with an expression and a linking phrase (To be honest…). As you noticed, the answer was being frank about its idea on the question , also, we included a solid reason why to support its content. But, we included “a guess” (but I guess….) to elaborate the answer and closed it with a summary.  Note that, you can be honest on how you feel or think because this is a way to showcase your language skills and not your academic ability.

 

 

  1. When do you watch TV?

Answer: Frankly speaking, in today’s generation TV is out of the game. I personally don’t like watching TV because I prefer to watch something on YouTube or some short clips on Facebook. What is more, I am engaged of some online games and I take part in some social media activities. As a matter of fact, I only watch TV when my parents are around during dinner because they normally watch the news or some talent shows to boost their appetite in eating. So I would say that, I don’t watch TV only when my parents are home for dinner.

 

Answer Overview:

Linking phrase (frankly speaking..) to start the response and few statement about the person’s activity (this could include, examples and reasons) followed by a linking phrase (As a matter of fact…) of the main answer and a summary with another linking phrase (So I would say that…) to close the response.

LATEST IELTS PART 3 Speaking Question & suggested responses / answers – POLITENESS (June 2017)

  1. How do Chinese people show politeness?

Answer: We all know that politeness is a part of good characteristics which Chinese people consider very essential. Being respectful and being helpful are just few ways Chinese people portray this act. The first common way to consider is showing respect to people, honestly speaking, people in China hate mistreating others, we usually communicate politely to people no matter what type of people they are. Let me give you an example, Chinese people approach sales man/lady when they shop for things politely, we don’t act rude just because they are a worker. Another point here is that, we portray politeness by helping each other, helping one another is a kind act to win humanity and when we help others we don’t ask anything in return. Let me take the elders as an example, in my home country, we give a hand to senior citizens by helping them cross the street or carry their heavy luggage.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with an introduction sentence beginning with a linking phrase (We all know that..), followed with the key points – RESPECTFUL & HELPFUL. Next to that is the first main point beginning with a linking phrase (The first common way to consider is…) followed with a reason and an example. Same goes to the second point (Another point here is that…). As you noticed, there are 2 main ideas with reasons and examples on each section to elaborate its point.

 

  1. Are there any differences between etiquette in cities and in small towns?

Answer: To be honest with you, it’s hard to generalize, but it’s possible that people in big cities are in more of a hurry and perhaps less tolerant of mistakes or ignorance compared to people in small towns. This is for the reason that, people in big cities have fast-paced of life, they normally encounter hustle and bustle of the city life. In addition to that, they are more accustomed to diversity of all kinds. As opposed to people in small cities, they tend to have a more relaxed and peaceful life. I would also want to add that, people there tend to be closer to everyone, but it also varies by country, and by region if the country is big enough.

Answer Overview:

The structure of this answer is in comparison form. We started off with a linking phrase together with the comparison of both sides. As you can see, there were at least 2 reasons provided with linking structures in each points. We’ve also used comparative phrase – AS OPPOSED TO to show comparison of both sides.

  1. How to teach children to be polite?

Answer: As you know, every parents’ dream of a polite little child as their child’s behavior reflects of who they are as a parent. Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is to teach polite words to their children such as saying “Please” and “Thank you” and “Excuse me”. Let say for instance, when you give something to your child they must say “thank you” in return or when they ask something from you they must say “Please”. Another way is that, parents should teach their kids the golden rules of conversations which can be applicable in their professional lives. There are several examples to these rules, such as  to not interrupt another while someone is speaking, also,  to not misquote or lie.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (Let say for instance). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another way is that) followed with its example (There are several examples to these rules).

 

 

 

 

 

  1. How do you deal with impolite people?

Answer: Honestly speaking, being impolite is one of the few things that get my blood boiling right away, therefore, I have come up with several ways to deal with these people. The very primary thing I do is to never greet them first, I act like they don’t exist. As a matter of fact, last month I saw an acquaintance in a shopping mall, she acted rude during our school’s party so when I bumped into her I just walked straight to my destination pretending I didn’t see her. In addition to that, I never start a conversation with them because having a conversation with them is only an invitation for more rudeness. Basing from my previous example, I didn’t talk to her at all even though I was aware that she saw me.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (The very primary thing I do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (As a matter of fact). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (In addition to that) followed with its example (Basing from my previous example).

 

  1. What kinds of behavior are not polite?

Answer: As you know, there are bunch of impolite acts out there which causes conflict to people. And the first thing I can think of is saying nothing when someone handed you something whether it be a thing or a service, most people today don’t know how to say “Thank you”. A most common example is, when we go to public places such as a café, restaurant or spa, we tend to forget to thank those employees for the good service they have provided us. Another type of bad behavior is disrespecting your parents, most parents has misunderstanding with their kids because of the generation gap. Take me as an example, I often have an argument with my dad because he often scolds me of hanging out with my friends late at night on weekends. I couldn’t make him understand that weekends is when people attend party and most entertainment facilities are open.

 

Answer Overview: Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (And the first thing I can think of is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (A most common example is). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another type of bad behavior is) followed with its example (Take me as an example).

Recent IELTS Part 2 Questions and Model / Band 7 Responses July 2017

LATEST PART 2 – PERSON / PEOPLE

One of the major themes in Part 2 is to describe a person/people. Here are the following up-to-date cue cards that corresponds to this theme:

  • Describe a thing that a wise person did/a person who gave a clever solution to a problem
  • Describe a helpful person in work or study
  • Describe a new friend you’ve made recently
  • Describe an interesting neighbor
  • Describe a family member who has had important influence on you
  • Describe a famous person that you are interested in
  • Describe a family member made you proud
  • Describe the politest person you know
  • Describe a person/something that made you laugh
  • Describe a person who you have met before and you want to know more about

Cue Card:

Describe the politest person you know

You should say:

Who this person is

When and where you know about him/her

How you know about him/her

And explain why you think he/she is a polite person
Answer:
To begin with, I would like to inform you that I have met several polite people in my life including my family and friends, but the person I really consider polite is my Uncle M. You know, he is father’s good friend since they were in the University and the head of China Mobile in Changsha branch. Due to their closeness, they usually play chess and drink tea during weekends so I get to see him frequently. As a matter of fact, my dad used to work with him for 11 years and told me that he has over 3000 people working under him so he has a huge reputation and responsibility. I want to point out that, despite of his high position, Uncle M is a wonderful kind leader to his colleagues and has made Changsha branch one of the most profitable branches all over China. I would also like to add that, he is very flexible in making decisions with a wonderful vision. In addition to that, he knows how to get through to people, whether it’s his colleagues or the market. Perhaps, I often hear Uncle M and my father discussing abut business ideas where I acquired a lot of information from it. I have learned that, business and life is all equal, we have to be flexible and know how to make others feel comfortable. No matter how successful Uncle M is, he is till fair in treating his workers and most people admire his humbleness. All in all, I could say that Uncle M is the person I look up to and a person I know who is not only a good leader but also a kind person.

 

Answer Overview:

Uncle M’s topic is suitable for the PERSON/PEOPLE theme. You can use the details provided above to describe your cue card, however, you must fit-in the right key points according to what’s given to you. For instance, you are given a topic to “Describe a family member who has had important influence on you”, you can replace some information above to suit your subject. You can pretend that Uncle M is your father’s brother instead of your father’s friend. Same goes with the other cue cards.

Recent IELTS Part 1 Speaking Questions & Responses June 2017

LATEST PART 1 – FRUITS

Answers & Tips

  1. What is your favorite fruits?

Answer: I like eating different kinds of fruits such as grapes, watermelon and oranges but I like avocado the most. The first reason I like avocado is because I can make a tasty milkshake out of it as part of my dessert. And another reason I would like to mention is that, we can gain a lot of nutrients from the avocado fruit such as protein and vitamins. Therefore, avocado stands out among all fruits in the world.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response, as you can see it is clear that the introduction subjects to the topic about fruits which follows the main answer – avocado. Next to that are the two following reasons with corresponding linking phrases (The first reason I like avocado is because, And another reason I would like to mention is that,) which made the sentence more communicative. Examples are also necessary to support your main ideas. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

 

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language

 

  1. Did you like to eat fruits when you were a child?

Answer: If I can vividly remember, it wasn’t difficult for me to eat any kinds of food during my childhood and fruits is not an exemption. So I am guessing that, I liked to eat fruits when I was young due to the fact that my mother prepared fruits in a very creative way. What I mean is that, she made different shapes out of an apple or banana which attracted me to eat it. Therefore, eating fruits was part of my meal when I was young.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response combined with the main answer. Linking phrases (So I am guessing that, What I mean is that) is presented to elaborate the reasons on the sentence.  Also, paraphrasing and flexibility of some words are shown above such as CHILD – YOUNG/CHILDHOOD. As you noticed, the verbs are PAST TENSES – was, liked, prepared, made, attracted. Tip: Be mindful of the tenses on the question to give you hints on what tenses you will be using to present your answer. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is it important to eat fruits?

Answer: We all know that fruits must be part of our daily meals so I strongly believe that fruits are essential to us. I can provide a reason to prove this, first, when I got sick my doctor told me to eat healthy foods, what he meant was, to avoid processed foods and eat foods that grow on trees such as fruits like bananas, apple and grapes. I followed his advice and guess what? I recovered quickly. In general, fruits are natural remedies for illness and for long life.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response combined with the main answer. Linking phrases (I strongly believe that, I can provide a reason to prove this,, what he meant was) was also included to connect the ideas. Plus,  paraphrasing and flexibility of some words are shown above such IMPORTANT – ESSENTIAL. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

 

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language