Many students worry about not knowing what to say in part 1 of the speaking test. We regularly get asked the following questions by students.
|1.||– a phrase that indicates you are giving additional information about what you have just said.|
|2.||– a phrase that indicates you are being truthful but think you may disappoint the listener with your answer.|
|3.||–a phrase that indicates you are giving a conclusion.|
|4.||– a question which you think the listener has, and which you will now answer.|
Let’s talk about television. What kinds of programs do you like?
Well, um.. I don’t watch TV … I can’t answer that question.
Let’s talk about television. What kinds of programs do you like?
I don’t like most of the things on TV and to be honest, I very rarely watch anything on TV. In fact, I haven’t had a TV since I lived at home with my parents as I think the quality of most programs is very low. People often wonder how I find out the news or watch sporting events, well, in this day and age, everything we need in terms of media is online. I get my news online and I pay to have access to sports events through an internet provider. I particularly like to watch big international games of football. I don’t miss the TV because I can get what I need on the internet and most of the time when I get home from work in the evening I am happier reading a book or chatting with friends than watching a screen. All in all, I think life is better without having a TV in my living room.
Exercise 1 | Know the Question
Exercise 2 | True or False?
Well, yes actually, I used to do plenty of housework when I was a child and adolescent. My parents were quite strict in that on Saturday mornings the whole family would help out cleaning the house, including myself, and my older brother and sister. I would always do the sweeping while my brother and sister would mop the kitchen floor and hoover the rooms which had carpets in the house.
When I got older, I was always ironing and doing the washing as well, usually on a Sunday night, as school uniforms had to be ready for Monday morning. I’m not sure how these became my jobs but they did, even though I didn’t really enjoy them. I often helped my parents cooking as well, which was great in hindsight, as I learned lots of useful cooking skills. Although I didn’t really like housework when I was younger, I think it was useful for my later life and it made me a more responsible person.
Exercise 3 | Study the Vocabulary
|1.||(noun) an academic synonym for teenager|
|2.||(adjective) when a person or people demand that you follow their rules|
|3.||(adjective) all the people or things in a group|
|4.||(verb) to clean with a vacuum cleaner|
|5.||(noun) understanding of a situation after it has finished|
Exercise 4 | Study the Grammar
|A range of grammatical structures can be used to talk about past habits and routines.|
|1.||We can use , such as, always, often, sometimes, rarely, and never, with a tense verb.|
|For example: I often helped my parents.|
|2.||We can use with an adverb of frequency and a tense verb.|
|For example: I would always do the sweeping.|
|3.||We can use with a present tense verb.|
|For example: I used to do plenty of housework.|
|4.||We can use 'always' with the .|
|For example: I was always ironing and doing the washing.|
Exercise 5 | Test your Grammar
|Examiner:||Did you do used to take lots of photographs?|
|Candidate:||Yes, I did, lots in fact. I 1) always taking photographs when I was on holiday. I 2) to love taking photos of places that I went to with my family. I 3) take photos of any places we visited, even if they were fairly boring. My parents 4) get annoyed because I always needed more film for my cameras. That was before digital photography you see and my passion for taking photographs was quite costly! That didn’t put me off though, I was 5) taking photographs – it’s funny really because now me and my family like to look at these pictures and remember those holidays long ago.|
What if you get a question in the IELTS speaking test that you don't know much about? Don't fear, our lesson here will help.
The last time was, let me see, it must have been back when I was at university.
In fact, It was my mums birthday a few years ago, when I was at university, yes.
I was really busy. I was studying all day and working till 11 at night as a waiter to cover my bills.
I had been so busy with my university studies and work that I had forgotten her birthday was coming up..
Fortunately, the day before her birthday, my younger brother called me to see how I was and he reminded me about her birthday, which was lucky...or I would have completely forgotten!
Anyway, I rushed out after his call and went straight to a little jewelry shop in town.
She really likes earrings and necklaces that contain precious stones such as amber and amethyst, so that’s why I chose to get her jewelry.
I was finding it hard to pick out a good pair of earrings so I asked the girl working there and she suggested a good set which I bought. They look like little silver trees with tiny stones set in them.
My mum loved them so it was a good choice of present and she didn’t find out that I almost forgot her birthday!
|past simple||past continuous|
|subject + past tense verb||was or were + verb ing|
|present perfect||past perfect|
|has or have + past participle||had + past participle|
The is used to talk about past experiences. A definite time is not given.
Example – I have waited for my best friend for more than an hour before.
Form - have/has + past participle
Notice the speaker doesn’t say specifically when he had to wait for his best friend.
|2.||The is used to give background information about what was happening at the time of the story.
Example – I was waiting for him outside the library and the wind was blowing hard. He arrived late but he didn’t apologise.
Notice that the past continuous is not used to give the important details or the action of the narrative.
|3.||The is used to give the important detail or action of the narrative as it moves forward.
Example – We were waiting for him outside the library and the wind was blowing hard. He arrived late but he didn’t apologise.
|4.||We use the to ‘flash back’ and give details that occurred (happened) before the time of the story.
Example – He had lost his car keys and so he had taken the bus, which was much slower than taking his car.
- Where you went on the journey.
- Why you went on the journey.
- Who you went with on the journey.
And mention why you enjoyed the journey.
|1.||I love travelling and so I 1. (be) on numerous long journeys in my life but I want to tell you about the first long journey which I went on. After I finished university I 2. (look) for a job and I 3. (enjoy) the glorious summer weather. I was having trouble finding work but I 4. (want) to make the most of the summer so I 5. (decide) to take a trip. The problem was that I was almost broke – I 6. (spend) all my money at university! Luckily, however, I 7. (have) a tent and a small camping stove as well as a sleeping bag and two functioning legs! I 8. (book) a ticket back from northern Spain for 2 and a half months in the future. Then I 9. (walk) out of my house. I 10. (walk) all the way to Santiago in Northern Spain. People have done this hike for hundreds of years as it is an important Christian pilgrimage. For me it 11. (be) just a great way to spend the summer. I 12. (travel) on my own but I met loads of other people along the way. When you travel alone, you are more open to meeting new people and so I 13. (meet) lots of great people who I am still in contact with. By the time I 14. (reach) southern Spain, I 15. (hike)in a group with 3 others. Well, in the end we 16. (get) to Santiago and I 17. (go) to the church where you receive a certificate to say that you 18. (complete) the walk and I 19. the cathedral. It was the time of the city fiesta so there 20. (be) lots of live street performances 21. (happen). After a week there it was time to fly home. I didn’t stay at home for long though as I moved to France shortly after this trip. I fondly remember this as one of the best journeys I have ever been on and it cost me next to nothing.|
booked a ticket back from northern Spain for 2 and a half months in the future. Then I walked out of my house. I walked all the way to Santiago in Northern Spain. People have done this hike for hundreds of years as it is an important Christian pilgrimage. For me it was just a great way to spend the summer. I traveled on my own but I met loads of other people along the way. When you travel alone, you are more open to meeting new people and so I met lots of great people who I am still in contact with. By the time I reached southern Spain, I was hiking in a group with 3 others.
Well, in the end we got to Santiago and I went to the church where you receive a certificate to say that you have completed the walk and I visited the cathedral. It was the time of the city fiesta so there were lots of live street performances happening. After a week there it was time to fly home. I didn’t stay at home for long though as I moved to France shortly after this trip. I fondly remember this as one of the best journeys I have ever been on and it cost me next to nothing.
- Notice how the majority of verbs in the story are in the past simple.
- Notice that the past perfect is used to describe something which happened before the time the story is about in 6.
- Notice how the past continuous is used to talk about long duration actions in the past. For example, in question 15.
- Notice that the present perfect is used in 18. refers to an important experience.
|An adjective meaning many|
|An adjective meaning great/amazing|
|An adjective meaning you have no money|
|An adjective meaning that something/things work|
|A religious journey such as the Muslim Haj (noun)|
|Music or drama which you can see in the city.|
|An adverb/verb collocation that presents a positive memory|
|A phrase that means ‘almost zero’|
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About The IELTS Test
Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
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Listening Section 1
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Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Problem Solution Essay
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