IELTS Speaking Sample Questions # Photograph

Describe a time when someone took a nice photograph of you. You should say :

  • when was it taken?
  • who took it?
  • what was happening?

also, explain, why did you like it?

SAMPLE ANSWER

Photographs are an important part of my life and I believe they do capture moments that help us cherish the memories in so much better ways. Although, I do not like clicking single photos, I remember one particular photo of mine.

We had went to Visakhapatnam on an office trip and were relaxing on the beach. It was during that period I had recently bought a DSLR camera for myself and was busy clicking photographs of everyone. After few places, we landed up in Yarada beach. It is one of the most beautiful rock beaches in Vishakapatnam.

We were chilling on the rocks sitting together when my eyes struck the ocean and I got lost in its beauty. It was a far fetching port and one could clearly see the rocks on one side and the blue sea on the other. At one point a ship was crossing the sea and I clicked a photograph. Later, I came to know that a colleague of mine clicked a photograph of me capturing the ship.

The photograph captures me in between the rocks and the sea looking at the far fetched sea. To me, it reflects the person I am. Carefree, lovable and far sighted. It shows my love for camera and ocean, making it one of my favorite pictures.

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IELTS Essay Sample Question # Young People

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

In many countries young people have been living far from their parents from the time of studies, work till marriage. Do you think there are more advantages than disadvantages to this trend?

You should write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

The expansion of Internet and prevalence of globalization have led to new opportunities across the globe. In the current economic climate, student and worker mobility have become an increasing trend. Th drivers for this mobility being either local circumstances or the desire to explore. This has resulted in many issues across the globe but has even resulted in many positive developments.

The cost of having to move and possibly live in the new city is often difficult without having work secured. However, with careful planning and organization such as finding the workplace and having sound financial status, the risk can be mitigated. For example, millions of people often flock to Mumbai in search of a better lifestyle. However, those who find work beforehand and then grow tend to grow more and achieve success.

Relocation to a new place often involves learning a new language and accepting the cultural differences. Although overcoming a language barrier may be difficult at first, the long-term benefits of learning a language are incredible. It often widens the perspective of an individual and lets them know more about the world in whole.

Overall, one can reduce the financial disadvantages with careful planning. Even more, knowing a new language and experiencing a new culture opens up a new perspective on the individuals.

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IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Criminals

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some prisoners commit crimes after they have been evicted from the prison. What do you think is the cause of it and how can it be solved?

Write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Criminal punishment, all over the world, has become more civil when compared with traditional methods however its behavior for reforms has been questioned regularly. Although the number of criminals who do not repeat their acts is high in numbers, there is the other half of the coin who find themselves in and out of the jail.

The logic of jail beholds that criminals are separated from the society so that they can introspect their actions. However, one cannot deny the influence the place has on individuals. Drug barons and mafias are infamous for recruiting during their jail tenure. So, a thief in their company ends up being a loyal member of the criminal force. Even more, society often jettison’s the criminals. As a result, offenders tend to repeat the crimes.

One solution could be to send the first time offenders to community service in places where they did the damage. For example, in my town petty crime is punished with terms such as street cleaning and rubbish collection. This instills in the individuals a sense of pride. In addition, they tend to get less time interacting with the criminal world making them less susceptible to do a crime. Secondly, people once imprisoned should be provided a job once they are out of jail. The lack of work is what leads people to repeat the hideous acts.

Overall, the present correctional facilities often promote criminal activities and are the root of the problem. The society needs drastic changes in order to instill the sense of forgiveness and help criminals rehabilitate.

Vocabulary

introspect – examine one’s own thoughts or feelings.

drug barons – a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs.

infamous – well known for some bad quality or deed.

jettison – abandon or discard (someone or something that is no longer wanted).

susceptible – likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

imprisoned – kept in prison: Captive.

hideous – extremely ugly

rehabilitate – restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.

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IELTS Speaking cue card: A recent change in your life

Describe a recent change in your life
You should say:
• what the change was
• when it happened
• how you felt about it
• and explain if it was a positive or negative change for you

Sample Answer

Changes are an integral part of our life. Today, I’m going to talk about a recent change that I brought about in my life.
I am pursuing a 4-year diploma in hotel management. It’s is a full-time course which includes a lot of lectures and practical work. Spending long hours in college, part-time work, and project work in the library, not to mention other responsibilities – all of them started taking their toll on me. I became stressed, sleep deprived and cranky. I was generally frustrated, short-tempered and unhappy.

My friends posed an intervention and told me they were worried for me, this statement really awakened me. I thought I could handle the stress but seeing them suffer the side effects of my workaholism, I decided to do something about it.

I joined yoga classes in the morning. Initially, I felt that this might be a waste of time but I was proven wrong when my classmates said I looked happier and refreshed. I myself noticed a change in my aura and productivity.

This change redefined my outlook on things, I noticed that little things do in fact matter. In today’s fast-paced world, we have forgotten the true essence of life. We should keep on making small experimental changes in our life. They give it a splash of colour. All in all, this change had a positive impact on me and my loved ones. I will definitely continue to do yoga no matter where I go.

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