Related To Hobbies # Speaking Section

Hobby is something done by an individual during their leisure time. So, yet again this is something related to you and is asked in the Part I of the speaking section. Although it is assumed that hobby is something every individual has, often times people do not have any hobby. So, what should you do in such cases. Simply say a no. Well, remember, no matter what, never say a NO in the speaking section. If you don’t have a hobby make up the answer. In the end they are judging you on your speaking skills.

For today, let us have a look at some of the questions related to hobby that could be asked.

  1. What are your hobbies?

Hobby is something I believe pulls out the hidden talent of an individual. Although most people have one or other kind of hobbies, I love writing, reading and travelling  So, whenever I get time I usually pick some novel or a magazine or newspaper for reading. Or else when I am not reading I usually write on my blog or a diary that I have. On weekends, I mostly prefer to travel to new places. The idea of meeting new people and knowing them really excites me.

2. What do you love about your hobbies?

Frankly speaking I would say everything. Reading opens up a new world in front of me. A world I had never seen,opinions that I had never heard of. It seems as if I am present in a particular situation and having chat with some of the great writers of all times. When I write, I feel as if I am free. The idea that I am able to interact with so many people out there and in some way able to have an impact on their lives, gives a sense of responsibility as well as of achievement. Travelling on the other hand connects me with myself. When I go out in nature or interact with others I feel as if I have opened a layer of myself.

3. What type of hobbies are popular among teenagers in your country?

Hobby is something that completely depends on an individual. However, with coming years, I have observed teenagers spending time in Facebook or twitter or Instagram. However, there are even some who love music or dancing and enroll themselves in those classes. There are some kids who like painting or photography. I think it all depends on an individual and with coming times, people will surely give more importance to hobbies.


Work Related Questions # Speaking Section

Part I of the speaking section consist of questions that are quite general. These are the questions related to you and often deal with your interest or hobbies or your like and dislikes; more importantly about you. So, lets have a look at some of the work related  questions that could possibly be asked in Part I of the speaking section.

1. Do you work or are you a student?

At present I am working as a freelance writer. Apart from it I have also enrolled myself in a course on English Literature and I am hoping to succeed in this field.

2. Why did you choose this job?

I love English and writing is something I believe I can do. I was interested in learning more about the complexities and the beauty of English language and therefore I joined the course. But I had some shortage of money and had to start working. Since I did not knew anything except writing, I took up as a freelance writer.

3. What is the most difficult thing about your study or job?

I really find juggling between the two quite tough. For example, it sometimes so happens that I am reading literature but I have to write fiction in my job. Switching one mode and getting into other often becomes confusing. But I would say that I love my work, and so in the end it really does not feels so difficult.

4. What type of study do most people prefer these days?

I think the entire perspective of taking up a course has changed in a decade. At present people went for the courses that paid them the most. However, people these days prefer courses that widens their horizons and helps them to take a career related to something that they love. Even more since the professional world, now demands vocational studies, more people are getting into it and opening their arenas of the professional world.


Common Errors # Speaking Section

Often students think that more they will be sweet with the examiner, higher are there chances of getting a high score. However, students forget that IELTS is an international test and you will be tested purely on the answers you give. It might be even possible that your marks are reduced because of the attempts that you are making to be over sweet.

Let’s have a look at some of the most common mistakes students make in their speaking test.

  1. TRYING TO BE OVER POLITE-: It is good to be polite but then you need not to be a sycophant. Often foreign examiners gets irritated when you try to be over polite. For Example-: if you are constantly saying sir/ma’am, waiting for them to ask you to be seated. It is better that you say a Hi.
  2. DON’T TRY TO WELCOME THE EXAMINER-: Often students believe that the examiner is new to their country and they greet them saying, welcome to my country! This is not acceptable. Remember, you are their to give your test and not to show the examiner places in your country.
  3. TRYING TO BE A PART OF GROUP-: Although it is good that you are part of a country and there are habits in you that are because of the environment of your country. But it is mostly preferred that you answer questions such as if you are an individual. Saying answers such as, ” Since I am from here ,… i love this or that”; won’t put you in good light.
  4. USING STEREOTYPES-: You are about to live in a different country and the last thing that is expected out of you is that you have strongly held stereotypes. For example-; saying, ” Oh! the people of my country are the most hospitable in the world, might just not be the correct thing to do”.
  5. BEFRIENDING THE EXAMINER-: Remember, you are giving a test. Asking an examiner who are they or what is their name or where are they from, is not going to help you. It can only lead to they cutting your marks. Just try to be polite and smile.
  6. INAPPROPRIATE DRESS-: Now this is something that you must avoid. Wear formal clothes. The simple way out is wear the dress you would wear in a job interview.

REMEMBER, it is your test, do the things you would have done at a job interview. Give respect where necessary but don’t over do it. You must come out as being natural.


Sport You Love # Cue Card



you must say

What kind of sport is it?

Whom do you play the sport?

Where do you play it and why do you enjoy playing the sport?


Sports are a integral part of our lives. Those who don’t play sports surely do watch them. I enjoy playing both indoor and outdoor games, but, cricket is that one game that excites me the most. Going on to the field, wearing that uniform and hearing the crowd cheering for you is really my idea of fun.

Cricket is an outdoor game and it involves 11 players on each side. Each team has a captain and both batsman and bowlers. The most interesting thing is that although we can classify the players as batsman and bowlers, they all are very unique and have different skills sets.

I am a district level player, so I usually play with my team. We usually get to travel a lot for playing different matches all over the area. However, I even enjoy playing the game with my family and friends. It although has no specific rules but it is a great way to spend time with them and have fun.

Cricket to me is my life. I have learnt a lot from the game. It has taught me the art of patience and the importance of focus. Even more I have made friends for life because of cricket. This game lets me forget all the tensions of my life and just live, and so I just love playing it.


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