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IELTS Speaking Family Questions

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we do some practice in part one of speaking about “Family & Friends”.

We know many of you have faced this topic in part 1. What we want to do is to show you what possible questions you may be asked on this topic and how easily you can get 7 and above in speaking just by giving some short and clear answers.

Very well, “Family and Friends” is a topic that the examiner may ask questions about as the first topic in IELTS speaking part 1.

As you may know, when you enter the room, the examiner asks you some very short questions, like your name, where you are from and then he or she will ask for your id. After this part, once the examiner makes sure about your identification, the timer will start working and the examiner introduces himself or herself and the exam begins. This part lasts between 4 to 5 minutes.

The examiner will ask you some personal questions. in 3 different topics. First, you should talk about either one of these topics: Home, Hometown, work, studies, family. Then you will have a second and third topic. Be aware of that! All you need to do is to keep it short and accurate in 2-3 sentences to make a good impression.

You will be asked short questions, so you should also answer short. But if you answer too short, First, the examiner will ask you more questions, and second, you will be given a low score.

Remember that you will be evaluated based on 4 criteria:

Fluency and Coherence: refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and how good they are at connecting their ideas together. Remember, if you want to get a high band score in this criteria, you should minimize your self-repetition and self-corrections.

Lexical Resource: refers to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. The key to get a good band score for this criteria is that you could use words that you are 100 percent sure about its usage, I mean, use them properly and correctly. And use some idiomatic language.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. If you want to get a minimum of 7, try to use only complex sentences and not simple ones.

Pronunciation: refers to how well the candidate pronounces the language. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate's pronunciation, there is evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is - although accent itself is not a problem.

Very well, now I will zoom in on some of the questions you might be asked about “Family and Friends” and show you how easily you can answer them. Once again, you should not explain a lot in part 1. You should give a 2-3 sentences answer because this part is not longer than 5 minutes.

Even if you give long answers the examiner will stop you to ask you the next question. Now I want to give you the answer to some questions but make sure to watch this video to the very end because I will show you a video of some real candidates answering questions on the same topic under exam conditions.

1) Do you spend much time with your family?

2) Who are you closest to in your family?

3) Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends?

4) Is family important in your country?

5) Who is your best friend?

6) Are you still friends with people from your childhood?

 

 
Describe the person in your family who you most admire.
You should say:
  • what their relationship is to you.
  • what they have done in their life.
  • what they do now.

and explain why you admire them.

 

Latest IELTS Speaking Test Questions and band 9 answers for Part1, April 2022

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you get familiar with the latest IELTS Speaking Questions Part1 along with band 9 answers.

Make sure to pause the video after each question and give your answers and then listen to the given answers by the examiner.

Questions:

1. Where do you live?

2. Do you live in a house or an apartment?

3. Where would you prefer to live in the future?

Wildlife

1. Have you ever learnt about wildlife?

2. Where in your country can find wildlife easily?

3. Did you ever watch advertisements about wildlife?

Advertisements

1. Do you watch the full advertisement, start to finish?

2. Do you like commercial buildings?

3. What type of commercial spaces do you have in your country?

 

Band 9 answers for Daily Routine Topic in IELTS Speaking Test

In this video recorded at Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to answer Daily Routine-related topics in the IELTS Speaking Test.

To get band 9 you need to use a range of vocabulary and grammar structures which we learn in this video.

In the first part of the IELTS speaking test you face the following questions:

1) What is your typical day like?

2) What is your favorite part of the day?

3) What is your worst part of the day?

4) Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening?

5) What is the oldest place in your hometown?

6) What is there for a foreigner to do or see in your hometown?

7) How could your hometown be improved?

8) Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

9) Is there good public transportation in your hometown?

10) Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children?

Remember that these kinds of questions will be asked in the first part of the exam and you should give short answers.

 

Latest IELTS Speaking Test Questions and band 9 answers for Part3, March 2022

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you get familiar with the latest IELTS Speaking Questions Part3 along with band 9 answers.
Make sure to pause the video after each question and give your answers and then listen to the given answers by the examiner.
Questions:
1)     On what occasions do people have to wait every day?
2)     Do you think people can’t wait to invent new technologies?
3)     Do you think in the past people used to be more patient? why?
 

Band 9 answers for Clothes & Fashion topic in IELTS Speaking Test

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to answer questions and topics related to Clothes and Fashion to get a band 9 in IELTS Speaking Test Part 1.
The questions we'll ask:
  • How important are clothes and fashion to you?
  • What kind of clothes do you dislike?
  • Where do you usually buy your clothes?
  • How different are the clothes you wear now from those you wore 10 years ago?
 
To get band 9 you need to use a range of vocabulary and grammar structures which we learn in this video. Remember that you will be evaluated based on 4 criteria:
Fluency and Coherence refer to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and how good they are at connecting their ideas together. Remember, if you want to get a high band score in this criteria, you should minimize your self-repetition and self-corrections.
Lexical Resource: refers to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. The key to get a good band score for this criteria is that you could use words that you are 100 percent sure about its usage, I mean, use them properly and correctly. And use some idiomatic language.
Grammatical Range and Accuracy refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. If you want to get a minimum of 7, try to use only complex sentences and not simple ones.
Pronunciation: refers to how well the candidate pronounces the language. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate's pronunciation, there is an evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is - although accent itself is not a problem.
 

Latest IELTS Speaking Questions and Answers 

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you get familiar with the latest IELTS Speaking Questions Part1 along with band 9 answers.

Make sure to pause the video after each question and give your answers and then listen to the given answers by the examiner.

Questions:

Friends:

1) Do you see your friends often?

2) What do you do with your friends when you get together?

3) How often do you keep in touch when you’re not meeting face to face with your friends?

1) Do you prefer to take notes on your mobile phone or on paper?

2) When do you write notes on paper?

3) Would your way of thinking be different when you are typing on a computer compared to when you are writing on paper?

1) Do you enjoy public holidays?

2) Should there be more public holidays?

3) What do people do on public holidays?

Art related topics in IELTS Speaking Test

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we want to talk about a cue card in part 2 of IELTS speaking. 

In IELTS speaking parts, you may be asked to talk about art. For example, you may face this cue card in part 2:

Describe a piece of art that you like. You should say:

– what the piece of art is

– where and when you saw it

– what it looks like or what it shows

and explain why you like this piece of art.

You may find it a bit hard as you say to yourself: Well, I’m not an artist, I have never painted. I have never been to an art gallery.  You don’t need to have done any of that! You should just know that there are 2 things in part 2 that you should pay attention to:

1)    Talk about all the bullet points 2)    Cover your 2 minutes

Do you already know that? Great! It shows that you have been carefully watching our video. So how about I teach you some vocabulary in this topic and then give you my own answer to it? There’s a lot to learn.

Very well, an artist is a person who creates art, and art can be many things.

Let’s talk about different types of art and the medium. The medium refers to the type of material we use to make that type of art.

1) Painting (This is when you paint onto a canvas (kanves) using watercolors or oil paint)

2) Sculpture (the art of carving stone and wood to make some abstract forms) A kind of sculpture is a “bust” which is only the head and upper part of the chest.

We can also call it “genres of painting”.

1) Mural (a kind of painting that is only on walls) Once I was in Mexico and I saw many beautiful murals on the street.

2) Portrait (the painting of a person)

3) Landscape (the scenery of the outside world)

4) Still life (objects like fruits, vegetables, etc. on a table)

5) Genre painting (scenes from everyday life)

Band 9 vocabulary and grammar to talk about Hometown

In this video recorded at Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to answer hometown-related topics in the IELTS Speaking Test. To get band 9 you need to use a range of vocabulary and grammar structures which we learn in this video.

Remember that you will be evaluated based on 4 criteria:

Fluency and Coherence refer to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and how good they are at connecting their ideas together. Remember, if you want to get a high band score in this criteria, you should minimize your self-repetition and self-corrections.

Lexical Resource: refers to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. The key to get a good band score for this criteria is that you could use words that you are 100 percent sure about its usage, I mean, use them properly and correctly. And use some idiomatic language.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. If you want to get a minimum of 7, try to use only complex sentences and not simple ones.

Pronunciation: refers to how well the candidate pronounces the language. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate's pronunciation, there is an evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is - although accent itself is not a problem.

In the first part of the IELTS speaking test you face the following questions: 1) Where is your hometown?

2) Do you like your hometown?

3) Do you often visit your hometown? 4) What is your hometown like?

5) What is the oldest place in your hometown?

6) What is there for a foreigner to do or see in your hometown?

7) How could your hometown be improved?

8) Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

9) Is there good public transportation in your hometown?

10) Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children? Remember that these kinds of questions will be asked in the first part of the exam and you should give short answers.

How to increase you score from 5.0 to 6.5

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we analyze a band 5.5 test of IELTS Speaking conducted in our academy. We see why the candidate got this band score and, more importantly, how she could easily boost it to 6.5.

We will take a look at her performance in part 3 of the Speaking test, and we suggest different grammatical structure, lexical resources, and tips on how to boost her score.

Remember to get 7 and above you should follow a series of steps which we have explained in the video, like: Using complex structures in your grammar, a range of connectives, discourse markers, collocations and paraphrasing in your fluency and lexical resources.

How to introduce yourself in IELTS Speaking

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we'll learn how to start the speaking test, I mean, the greeting part which is before part 1.

You learn how to introduce yourself to examiner, and the questions you might face in this part.

This is when the examiner will get the first impression from you, so don't miss it.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Cue Card

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy we'll learn together how to deal with cue cards in the part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test.

Remember, this part takes more than 3 minutes. The examiner will give you a topic (a cue card) with some bullet points and you should talk about it for 2 minutes. Before that, you will be given a pencil and a paper and you will have 1 minute to think about what you want to say and make notes if you wish.

Tip number 1: you should cover the 2 minutes. It means that even if you run out of ideas and words, do not stop. If you're out of words, go off the topic. If you have already talked about all the bullet points but you still have got time left, refer to something related to the topic and go on until the examiner stops you.

Tip number 2: remember to cover all the bullet points. It would be better if you talked about the first bullet point, then the second one and just like this, follow an order. This will help to not miss one.

Tip number 3: no fancy words or structures.

Tip number 4: follow the tips we are giving you. They can not be found anywhere else.

 

 

IELTS linking Words: Alternatives for "But"

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you will learn how to use 4 easy alternatives for "BUT" and boost your score in Fluency and Coherence in both IELTS Speaking and Writing.

Note: Linking words are very important to increase your score in speaking and writing. Using a wide range of them can easily boost your score from 6 to 7 and above.

In this video you learn how to replace "BUT" with:

  • Nevertheless
  • Whereas
  • However

IELTS linking Words: Alternatives for "So"

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy we learn how to stop saying “So” in our speaking and writing.

The very first word that you can use and makes you earn a better score, is “accordingly”. I give you an example to understand it better:

Accordingly, I copied the story and sent it to him for his birthday.

Or

We have a different background, a different history. Accordingly, we have the right to different futures.

As you see in the example the word accordingly has replaced so, which means the result or consequence.

The next word is Then, which is very simple but it stops you from saying so all the time. For example:

"If you can't go, then let me know." Or

"If it's going to cost too much money, then let's do something else."

As you see in these examples the word Then has replaced so in a proper way.

The next one is Thus: Here is an example:

Most of the evidence was destroyed in the fire. Thus it would be almost impossible to prove him guilty.

As you see here Thus is used instead of so to mean as a result. And definitely this kind of sentences will earn you a good score by showing the examiner that you have a good range of connectives.

Here you see another example:

He doesn´t know anything about stocks. Thus he lost his money.

As you might know there are so many other words that can replace the word So, however, I want to teach you only 4 but with the right usage. Please, make sure you know how to use them properly and then write them or say them in your writing and speaking.

Ok, so the last one that I want to teach you today is Hence. I myself use this more in my writings especially in the academic writing task 1 and writing task 2, which is an essay. The reason is that it’s a bit formal and gives the impression to your examiner that you know how to choose the correct word for your writings. Let’s see an example:

The trade imbalance is likely to rise again in 1990. Hence a new set of policy actions will be required soon.

Or

The cost of transport is a major expense for an industry. Hence factory location is an important consideration.

Band 9 Question & Answers 

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, Samson and Mehrnoosh will focus on the strategy of how to deal with common and uncommon questions of the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test. Today's topics are Sports and Weather.

They play a game in which, besides giving tips on how to answer the first part of the speaking test questions, they give band 9 answers to the most common questions that a candidate might face in the real IELTS exam.

Tip: Watch the video and pause after questions and record yourself talking out loud and then listen to the sample answers given by our instructors and then compare them with yours and try to polish your answers and boost your band score.

Best of luck and remember that you can book a mock test of Speaking or join our courses to boost your score in a short time.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions & Answers

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, Samson and Mehrnoosh will focus on the strategy of how to deal with common and uncommon questions of the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test.

They play a game in which, besides giving tips on how to answer the first part of the speaking test questions, they give band 9 answers to the most common questions that a candidate might face in the real IELTS exam.

Tip: Watch the video and pause after questions and record yourself talking out loud and then listen to the sample answers given by our instructors and then compare them with yours and try to polish your answers and boost your band score.

Don't memorize scripted answers

Preparing for the IELTS Speaking test by learning useful phrases and linking words is usually the first step most English learners take. Learning phrases and using them appropriately is key to better performance and a vital part of learning a language.

However, you should not memorize scripted answers, instead, you should learn and practice functional language to help you talk about a variety of common topics.

In this post, we’ll take a look at phrases that you can use when answering typical questions in the IELTS Speaking test.

What is functional language?

Functional language refers to words and phrases that we use to express a language function. For example, if you want to express sadness, you could use the adverb 'unfortunately' to begin your sentence, similarly, if you wanted to express your opinion, you could use the phrase ' I personally feel that...' to show that you are going to give your opinion.

Functional language helps to communicate and organize your thoughts and ideas on a topic you are discussing as well as communicating how you feel about a particular topic. This helps to produce a more fluent, coherent, and therefore more natural performance in the IELTS Speaking test.

Talking about personal experiences

In Part 1 of the Speaking test, you will have the chance to talk about yourself, where you live, what you do, and a range of familiar topics. In addition, in Part 2 of the Speaking test, you will be asked to talk for 1 to 2 minutes on a topic that will also be based on your personal experiences. Although you probably won’t find Part 1 questions difficult to answer, it is important that you vary your language when introducing personal experiences. Here are some examples of phrases you can use:

  • I remember when…
  • Back when I was…
  • I don’t remember exactly when, but…

Expressing opinion

Throughout the IELTS Speaking test, you are expected to use a range of phrases when giving your personal opinion on a subject. The following options can help you to avoid the overused phrase ‘ I think ’ and to show the examiner flexibility when expressing personal opinions:

  • I believe…
  • In my opinion…
  • It seems to me that…

Speculating and talking about the future

In Parts 2 and 3 of the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner might ask you to talk about the future and express possibilities. Speculating (talking about something you’re not certain about), is a technique that you can also use when you have no experience or no views on a topic.

Let’s look at some of the phrases you can use to speculate and talk about the future:

  • I’d say…
  • I guess…
  • Perhaps / Maybe…
  • It’s possible…
  • I would imagine that…

Agreeing and disagreeing

In Part 3 of the Speaking test, you’ll be encouraged to discuss the topic from Part 2 more fully. This is where you might be asked to agree or disagree on a statement. Take this opportunity to demonstrate variety and control of language within a two-way discussion. For this, you can use phrases such as the following:

Agreeing

  • Yes, absolutely.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • No doubt about it.
  • You have a point there.

Disagreeing

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • I don’t think so.

Agree and disagree

  • Well, I can see both sides.
  • I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with this.

Asking the examiner for clarification

Finally, let’s look at some phrases and questions you can use if you don’t understand a question in the Speaking test. In a face-to-face Speaking test, the examiner is there to help you perform at your best, so if you don't understand a word, or a question make sure to ask the examiner. Use the following phrases:

  • Could you repeat that please?
  • Could you say that again?