IELTS Speaking Part I # Band 9

IELTS speaking has three sections; the first one consist of general questions related to you. Let us have a look at some possible questions that can be asked in IELTS, with a band 9 answer for each question.

Hello my name is Chris.

What is your full name?

My full name is Anmol Tanubhrt.

Can I see your id?

Yes, sure.

In the first part I would like to ask some general questions about you. Let’s talk about where you are from?

Where is your hometown?

I come from a town in north of India, called Almora. It is a small town surrounded by mountains from all the sides and is a major tourist attraction. Tourist from all across the world come to visit the natural beauty of Almora. Houses in my town are quite close to each other and so we all are kind of a big family.

Which places do or should tourist visit?

Well, there are lot of places a tourist can visit. Chitai temple which has a unique collection of brass bells of all sizes. Then there is the Bright End Corner’s Unforgettable sunset. Nanda Devi temple and kesar Devi are some of the other exciting places to visit in almora.

There are also some restaurant and areas where you can walk or cycle.

Is there anything that you don’t like about home town?

I think that the biggest problem is that sometimes it becomes really congested with lots of people who come there to visit. It is a small town and if more than a certain number of people come to live in there, the roads sometimes give a feeling of stampede.

Let us move on to the weather.

What is the weather like where you live?

Almora has a very pleasant weather. The summers are warm in the morning but are pleasant in the evenings and the winters are warm in the morning but by night it gets really cold.  The monsoon season in almora is really beautiful.

Do you prefer summer or winter?

I prefer summer because of the perfect balance between the day and night. It is neither very hot during summers and the nights are really beautiful with steady winds blowing past our ears. So, one can do a lot things in summers.

What do you like to do when it is raining?

I love rains, so during rainy season I mostly go out with my friends and have dance parties in rain. It is quite fun to dance in rain and then drink tea or eat hot pakodi, an Indian dish made usually of onion and potatoes. When the rain sets off I usually like going on long walks.

Now, l would like to ask you some questions about shopping.

Who do you like going to shopping with?

I really like going to shopping by myself. I hate going with other people because it takes ages to go around when you are with someone, because sometimes they want to go to different shops and then maybe you have to wait for them.

Do you prefer shopping malls or markets?

I definitely prefer shopping markets. If you go to traditional markets there is lot more than you can do than shopping. You will find various vendors and street sellers trying to sell things off. Even more there is so much happening in a market and you can actually go buy things and also get a good feeling along with the shopping.


Tips For Speaking Section

Speaking in English is often a challenge for vernacular speakers. Let us have a look at ten important tips to get a higher score in IELTS speaking section, rather any English exam with examiner one on one interaction.

  1. During your speaking test, be formal i.e. treat it like a job interview. Don’t take it casually.
  2. Give a full answer, whenever possible. You have 11-14 minutes to use the best English that you have learnt all your life. So, in the first section, about you or your family. For instance, if they ask you where you from are, don’t just say Delhi, try to be more specific. Rather say, I am from Delhi, capital of India.
  3. Be polite to the examiner. For instance, if you don’t understand something, don’t just say, what or sorry. Rather say, excuse me, could you please repeat that?
  4. Your posture effects the way you speak or your confidence or your voice is projected. So maintain a good posture. Make sure you sit straight and not put your hand on your face.
  5. Don’t worry too much about your accent and as long as you enunciate the word clearly, that is all required. So, work on your pronunciation and not on your accent.
  6. Don’t use boring words or overly used words. For example, don’t use good, okay, sad. You can rather use depressed, excited etc.
  7. Make sure you speak loudly enough that you are heard properly.
  8. Don’t speak too fast or too slowly, if you are not sure, speak slower than it is necessary. And practice by recording.
  9. Explain any foreign words used in speaking. But then why will you use a foreign word. This happens when for instance, you say, I come from Kochi (a place not very famous), you better say, I come from a city in southern part of India, called Kochi.
  10. Even though you must use sentences, make sure you don’t lot of them. Try to remain on focus.
  11. Make sure you are aware of slangs and try not to use them. For example, kids is a slang and you must use children.
  12. A lot of students read sample answers and it is a good idea to read them and listen to them but don’t try to memorize them. All you need to understand is how to answer and try to pick some good vocabulary words.

Go on, give your best and strive for band 9.


Famous People # Band 9

We have been talking about the famous people in your country. Let us talk about them in more general.

What kind of people become famous in your country?

In random, definitely the politicians and also some actors and actresses are very famous among random people.

What about the past? Is it the same in the past, were politicians and actors and actress famous?

Yes, definitely the past, if you are talking about the 50s and 60s. Movies were the number one communication between villagers and town.. So, people knew actors and actresses better than the politicians. Compared to now, when you have access to television and internet, where people follow politician’s personal life more than actors and actress.

What do you think about the future, will this continue?

Yes. I think definitely in the future. Because the world is becoming globalised. Random will have tendency to be exposed to more international celebrities compared to local. So, we would follow international politics, may be British or American.

Often famous people are used in advertisement. Can you give me some examples?

Yes, famous people are used in advertisement, especially sports celebrities like tiger woods promoting sports equipment or sport clothes. Other than that I think there are more models and actors/actress, who sponsor things like perfumes etc.

Is that always true, that whatever profession they are involved in that is the kind of product they tend to promote?

I don’t think that is true. Because a lot of celebrities support clothes and perfumes where it should be models that do it.

Do you think celebrities bring negative effect in our youth?

As you can see, in lifestyles and health, celebrities and models are becoming thinner. When opening magazine, young girls will be exposed to them. Although it is normal for the model to be thin, it might cause the young girl to get into anorexia or bulimia or unhealthy practices because they think being thin is a norm whereas being healthy and being normal bodied is the normal.

What about young boys?

I think, most definitely… I think young boys could be influenced materialistically, like they would want the cars and the cool gadgets that they use. It could make boys realise that materialistic things are the only way to happiness.

How can celebrities can be used to influence public opinion?

Celebrities are used like you can see PETA, the organisation for protection of endangered species. They use celebrities to get public attention. Like there is this promotion where they get celebrities to get naked to show that animals are stripped like foxes and seals for their fur and it strikes a chord because it is a celebrity.


Well Known Personalities # Band 8

Getting a band 8 is a dream for many. Speaking section in IELTS consist of three parts. Given below are question of the discussion part with topic, well known personality. The answers are of band 8 level.

Being in the public eye, celebrities are noticed by everybody. What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?

The advantage is that lot of people are watching you so become famous. There are lot of things that you can do correctly and politically right. There is media watching you and you can go ahead and pass the message to the media in a right way. The disadvantage is that you have to be diplomatic correct. If there are certain things that are wrong, they still have to do it because they have political pressure.

What is the media’s approach to reporting about famous people?

Well, media plays an important role. At times media shows things that are not correct. They portray in a wrong way and the common person forms a wrong image. Although there are even times they do show the famous people in right light.

Do you think anything can be done about it?

Well, not really because it today’s world what has happened is that everything is communicated through media. All you can do is call media and answer to public about the issues or may be give justification.

Media often reports about trivial issues rather than important issues. But people do like trivial issues, what is the reason behind it?

Because these days people like to listen to gossip or trivial things. They are not interested in larger picture. They have a simple life and live it their own way. There are only few people interested in knowing about the country and getting all the information.

How advertisers are use the famous people?

Well, famous people are used because they can promote the product. Second, they have fans and if they see their favourites using a particular product, they are more likely to use them. Also, it is money making. For example, if Mahatma Gandhi wore a watch of titan, I will wear it as well.


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