July 2018 – Recent IELTS Speaking Exam questions & suggested responses

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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Do you wear a watch daily?

Well in reality I suppose that to some extent, I wear a watch on most occasions but not on a daily basis. Especially nowadays with many people carrying cellphones that shows time and date, there’s even less requirement to wear a watch. So all in all, I guess my answer would have to be a yes and a no.

What is the importance of punctuality in your culture?

Actually, punctuality is essential in my culture and the first thing I should mention is that being punctual is a sign of respect. This is most likely because valuing other people’s time shows that we value them as a person.

Do you like to stick to a plan while traveling?

Of course, I think I’d have to say that a well planned trip is sensible. To be more accurate, having an itinerary is useful. I suppose the reason has something to do with the fact that when you are travelling, time is very limited and there are numerous places to see. Having an itinerary would help you navigate efficiently and be disciplined with how long you should stay in each place.

How was your first day at work?

If you must know how my first day at work was, let me start by saying that it was an extremely productive day. I think this is mainly because of the people I was working with, as they were approachable and kind enough to help me out throughout the whole day. And I believe the reason behind this is that they’d like to maintain the strong supportive and positive culture in the office which is one of the company’s core values.

Do you often get bored?

Quite frankly, I would say I don’t get bored often. As a matter of fact, I reckon I haven’t had any chance to get bored since I’m always preoccupied with work and household chores that would require my full attention. Adding to this, there are technologies such as the internet, mobile games and social apps to keep you busy. To sum it all up, getting bored rarely happens these days for me.


What do you do when you get bored?

In actual fact, I imagine that it would have to depend on the situation, like for instance, if there is really not much to do, then I would definitely go read a book or watch a movie. Whereas in contrast if I get bored because I’m doing something routine then I would definitely do something different for a while or take a breather.


Why do people get bored so much these days?

In all honesty, I think there are variety of reasons why people get bored so much these days and I suppose the main one is due to the wide use of technology and apps. First of all, the increased use of social media apps is actually resulting in less face times between family and friends. Therefore, this social isolation is adding to the boredom and loneliness of many people nowadays. In addition to this, another major reason is the high efficiency technology & apps are bringing to our lives, and this has resulted in people having more spare time or downtime which could lead them to boredom. As a result, these two factors are causing our attention span to be shortened further.


Part 2 IELTS Speaking

Talk about a situation when you helped someone.

-who was it?

-how did you help?

-why did you help?

Well, in relation to this question, I would like to share with you about time I helped out my college friend some months ago.
Answering the question on how I helped her, let me just say that she’s actually a fairly strong and independent woman and I just asked her out for coffee one afternoon and asked her how she was. It just happens that she was experiencing some personal problems and we realized that having to let her talk about it really helped a lot. I suppose this is one of the main reasons why we’ve gotten closer since then.

Finally then, I would like to explain the reason why I decided to help her although she is a strong willed person and I’d like to point out the main trigger was because she was expressing dangerous signs of depression, which had me extremely worried. and what I need to emphasize here is that for me it is but natural to be there for someone. Especially when that someone is one of the people you care most. As a person that believes deeply in the power of positive influence, I think by doing something good for others will create a sense of positiveness around me and a strong sense of accomplishment.


Describe a time when you visited a Street Market

1) Where is it?

2) Why you choose it?

3) What did you buy?

Well, in relation to this question, I will tell you about a prominent street market found in the capital city of my country, which is called Paddy’s Market. Now in regards to why I decided to choose this street market and what I need to mention here is that this is the place where you will find incredible deals for gadgets, affordable clothes, shoes and everything else that you can think of. To add to this, it is the most accessible street market in the city because of the fact that a large variety of public transport can reach this part of the city. Finally, I definitely want to share with you that I bought a fantastic summer dress during my last visit. And I couldn’t be happier because I think I got a steal given that this dress was excellent in quality and the design is just one of a kind.


Part 3 IELTS Speaking

How do grandparents help?

Well in my view, I suppose I would say that grandparents add tremendous amount of value to our day to day lives. They will have more time to bond with their grandkids and this is really beneficial because the grandchildren will be able to receive the necessary care & attention that are important as a part of growing up. To be more precise the extra love and care will give the grandkids an assurance while they grow as individuals.


What is your role in helping your family?

If I have to tell you about the role I play in helping my family, I think the most value I add is through my role as a messenger between my family members. I suppose this is making a significant positive impact to everyone because I would make sure each family member’s feelings are being relayed to the others, so we can celebrate every new success, shed a tear of laughter together. This further cements the bonding between my family.. To sum it all, my role in helping my family gives me a feeling of fulfillment and I wouldn’t be able to do so if it wasn’t for their love and support.


Do you participate in household work?

Well to be honest, household work is something that I dread to do. And the reason behind it is that, it just doesn’t stop at sweeping and dusting. The reality of it is, you have to do it again and again. And for sure, you would agree that it isn’t fun if you have to do it repeatedly. But having said that, I do participate in cooking food because I have a passion to creating tantalizingly delicious meals for people to enjoy.


What is the need and importance of international cooperation among countries?

Well, in actual fact the need and importance of international cooperation among countries is highly essential. First and foremost, if there’s cooperation among countries, a lot of international concerns could be addressed peacefully and this is because with close partnership issues can be resolved timelier and challenges could be overcome sooner. In addition to this, countries that cooperate together will definitely have a great impact globally and this could be because it can create good alliances and exhibit as a good role model for other countries to follow. I guess, it would be safe to say that when countries cooperate, a more harmonious relationship can come out of it.


Where do people go for shopping these days?

I guess I could say that it would really depend on the situation, for example if people feel like there’s not enough budget for shopping then they would more likely go to thrift shops or stores that offer discounts on goods. The possible reason could be because they’re aware that they need to adjust to their budget. On the contrary, if money wasn’t an issue then they would more likely be going to their favorite signature brands in the shopping malls.

Is online shopping better than going to the shopping mall?

Well obviously,, there are a number of underlying differences here however the most significant would be the convenience that online shopping provides. To be more precise, shopping online is just a few taps on your smartphone while you’re in the comforts of your home. whereas on the other hand having to go all the way to the shopping mall for a single item could be troublesome as you have to travel back and forth. However, you also have to understand that going to a shopping mall does give consumers the opportunity to experience and try the goods, rather than relying purely on pictures on the internet. I suppose this gives people a sense of assurance on the quality and suitability of the product they are intending to purchase.

Why parents need to teach children about savings?

Generally, it’s my belief that parents should train up a child around the need to save and the main reason why they need to teach  this important skill is because children have to be responsible when it comes to handling money matters. This ensures a good habit can be embedded within the child so the chance of making mistakes around money can be greatly reduced in the future. At the same time another reason could be that parents would want their children to know how significant it is to have some money set aside for rainy days or if an unexpected event occurs.


What are the differences between the shopping behavior of men and women?

Unquestionably, there are a range of potential distinctions here but I would say the most fundamental would be that men are more specific and certain on the items they want to purchase when they go shopping, and this might be because most men see shopping as a duty. While on the other hand, most women find shopping to be relaxing and fun. I suppose this is most likely because  choosing from a variety of items can actually be enjoyable and gives them a chance to catch up with friends during shopping trips.