In this free lesson, we look at a common type of question that examiners ask in Part 1 of the speaking test: Your abilities.
In order to effectively answer this type of question, it is important that you can accurately speak about what you can and can’t do.
Let’s talk about musical instruments:
|1.||To talk about your present abilities, (positive) and (negative) are used with the present simple tense verb.|
Sam: I play the violin but I still play the guitar.
|2.||To talk about your past abilities, (positive) and (negative) are used with present simple verb.|
Sam: When I was a teenager, I play the guitar but I play the drums.
|3.||To talk about future abilities, use (positive) or (negative) with the present simple tense verb.|
|Sam: I join an orchestra when I’m good enough but I play guitar because I have stopped learning it.|
Yes, I can. I’m really keen on music and I have learnt to play several instruments. When I was young I wanted to learn the guitar but I tried and I couldn’t really get the hang of it. As a result, I moved on to the drums. Amazingly really, my parents bought me a drum kit when I was 12, they are very patient people! I was able to play the drums quite well and when I was 16 I formed a band with some school mates and we played a few small shows together – it was great fun, but I don’t know how good we were! More recently I have got into playing the violin. I like a lot of classical music and I think the violin has a beautifully clear quality to its sound when it is played well. I hope I will be able to get my grade 7 this year, and when I am good enough, I’ll be able to join the local orchestra.
|Select a word in the tapescript, then select a box below that matches the meaning.|
|1.||Adjective + preposition – interested in something|
|2.||determiner (used before a countable noun) – a small number of things|
|3.||6 or 7-word phrase – unable to learn how to do something|
|4.||verb – create or bring together|
|5.||adverb – a time not long ago|
- Can you play any musical instruments?
- Do you have any other talents?
- What hobbies did you have as a child?
- Are there any skills that you want to learn in the future?
For more Part 1 lessons, see our guide to speaking about past habits and routines.
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About The IELTS Test
Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Band 7 Grammar
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Data And Figures
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Grammatical Range And Accuracy
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Problem Solution Essay
Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Speaking Part 3
True / False / Not Given