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Describe your city IELTS speaking part 2

Chicago's famous street decoration called "the bean"

Describe your city sample answer IELTS speaking part 2 question

Describe you city
You should say
Where it is,
What it is known for,
What are the advantages and disadvantage of living there?
What are some of the problems your city faces?

Sample answer:

Audio sample answer by Kroo Scott

I live in Chicago, it is also called the windy city. It is located in the state of Illinois, USA. It is well known for many things, mainly pizza, Al Capone (gangsters), “the bean” and its big businesses. Chicago makes the best deep dish Pizza in the world. What makes Chicago outstanding is it’s people, it is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It has all the things the big apple has yet it has its own charm.

Chicago's famous street decoration called "the bean"

Chicago’s famous street decoration called “the bean”

Chicago has a really cold winters with lots of snow. The main advantage of living in Chicago is it’s numerous opportunities. It is easy to find work. It has some of the best restaurants in the country. The hot dogs are good too. Chicago metropolitan area has some of the largest corporations in the world. It is definitely a city that offers a complete range of options from arts to business. Natural beauty is in abundance too.

Some of the drawbacks of living in Chicago are the dangerous neighborhoods, violence on the streets and it is expensive. Compared to other major cities, Chicago does have a fair bit of shootouts, gun fights and street gun battles.It is also quite expensive to live in some of the better neighborhoods and suburbs.

some suggestions on how to speak about “my home town”

While you describe your city or talk about “my home town” you could broadly think of some points such as it’s location. size, population, it is well known for? etc. you can also describe the weather and attractions. Balance your answer and make sure you have covered all parts of the question.

You may want to look at other IELTS part 2 speaking topics too.

list of IELTS speaking part 2 cue cards

list of IELTS speaking part 2 cue cards speaking topics

IELTS speaking topics

More topics for IELTS Speaking part 2 and cue cards

What activity do you do to stay fit?
Where do you do it?
What is the benefit of that activity?
how has this activity improved your fitness?

What food is Junk food?
Why is it called junk food?
Does it have any impact on one’s health?
Why do people continue to eat junk food?

Describe a healthy habit
What habits should people have to stay healthy?
Is your healthy habit good for everyone?

Is regular exercise essential to stay healthy?
What exercise do you do?
How often do you do it?
Explain why you enjoy doing it?

What was your favorite subject at school?
When did you first start studying that subject?
How often do you study it?
Explain why you like studying this subject?

Describe a school you’ve attended.
Where was it?
What did you study there?
How long have you studied there?

Describe an activity you do regularly.
When do you do it?
why do you it?
How has it changed your life?

Describe a place you often visit.
Where is it?
What do you do there?
who do you go there with?
Explain why you enjoy going there?

Describe a journey you went on.
What did you do during the journey?
How did you undertake this journey?
why did you enjoy this journey?

Describe a movie you did not enjoy watching.
why did you not enjoy it.
What was the worst part?
What was it about?

Describe your favorite color.
What is it?
Why do you like it?
how often do you see this color?

Describe a wedding you’ve attended.
What were the costumes people were wearing?
What was special about this wedding?
How was the wedding ceremony?

Describe a season you like
What do you do in this season?
what do you do to protect yourself from the weather in this season?
Why do you like this season?

Describe a sports event you have attended.
Where was it?
Who won it?
Who did you go with to this sports event?

Describe a thing that you couldn’t live without.
how did you get it?
Why is it important to you?
What would you do if you didn’t have it?

What is your favorite free time activity?
How often do you do it?
Why do you do it?
What other activities do you do in your free time?

What is your favorite restaurant?
how often do you go there?
What is the specialty of this restaurant?
What do you most enjoy about this restaurant?

Describe your shoes.
What are they made of?
what type of shoes would you wear for different occasions?
Why do you wear shoes?

Describe a video you have recently seen.
What was it about?
Why did you watch it?
Explain why you enjoy watching videos.

Describe a photograph or a picture that you remember.
where did you see it?
Who took it?/who painted it?
What is in this photo or picture?
Explain why do you remember it?

Describe an important letter you’ve received.
when did you receive it?
What was it about?
how did you feel about it?
explain why was it important?

Describe an important decision you have made.
What was the decision?
Who helped you make this decision
What were the results of this decision
explain why it was important to you?

Describe someone who influenced you when you were a child.
Who was the person?
What kind of person he/she was?
What was your relationship like?
Explain how he/she influenced you?

Describe your favorite TV program.
You should say
The name of the program and where it is set?
What kind of program it is.
What it is about.
Explain why you enjoy it.

Describe a typical day in your life when you were a teenager.
you should say
What you did
Who you spent time with
How you felt about the things you had to do
explain what was the best and the worst part of the day for you.

Describe somebody famous who has achieved great success.
you should say
who they are and what they do
where they come from their background
how they became successful
Explain why you admire this person

Describe a place that has special meaning to you.
you should say
What kind of place it is and where it is
what it looks like
what sounds you associate with it
Explain why you particularly like this place.

IELTS speaking topic – leisure or free time activities – audio

IELTS speaking practice part one questions with answers

These are some of the most common and frequently asked questions in the IELTS speaking test. Preparing for part one is essential. Here are some sample questions with model answers. Listen to the audio at the end of each question.

IELTS speaking topic – leisure or free time activities

Do you work or do you study?
answer: I’m a student/I’m a customer service representative. I study at …university/I work at …a mall.

What do you do when you are not working?
answer: In my free time, I watch TV and browse the internet. Sometimes I go out to meet friends at a cafe.

Do you prefer to spend time alone or with other people?
answer: I prefer being alone most of the time. I sometimes spend time with my family and friends. It is essential to have time for myself without any company.

What hobbies do your friends have?
answer: Most of my friends play sports, some of them also paint. An interesting hobby that my friends have is camping.

Did you collect anything when you were a child?
answer: I used to collect marbles when I was around 10, when I grew older I started collecting stamps, coins and football cards.

part two

Describe a possession that you couldn’t live without.
What is it? how did you get it?
Who gave it to you?
How long have you had it?
Why is it special to you?

Answer: I absolutely can’t live without my smart phone. It is the most important thing that I have.
I bought this smart phone a year ago. I use it for everything and I always have it with me. I talk to my friends, listen to music and take pictures with it. It is so useful that I miss it when I forget to take it with me sometimes. It is very special because without my smart phone I feel inefficient. I cant even study without it as I use my phone to look for information online. My smart phone is the best thing that ever happened to me.

IELTS Speaking- How to speak about changes

How to speak about changes-IELTS speaking lesson

In IELTS Questions about change are frequently asked. Here are few examples and worksheet to practice talking about change.

Words that mean change are transform, alter, modify, become different and replace.
Example question: How has your town or city changed over the last 10 years?

Step 1: State if there was a change or not, if yes how much change was there?
To begin your answer you could use phrases similar to the once below.
“There has been a lot of change in the way the city looks…..”
“My city has changed a lot in the last 10 years….”
“I hardly noticed a change in my city….”
“I haven’t seen any changes…..”
“I are some changes in one part of the city……”

Step 2: Talk about the past first in sentences similar to the once below.
“In the past the city was……”
“Ten years ago the city had….”
“A few years ago….”

Step 3: Compare the past to the present using words that means change such as transform, alter, modify…
“A few years ago my city was a quiet place but it has transformed since then….”
“Ten years ago it was an residential area, new buildings have altered the look ….”
“In the past my city was crime ridden but now the police have modified it…”

Step 4:Talk in detail about the contrasts and the present using similar sentences as below.
“Its is now a noisy and a busy metropolis.There is too much traffic and hustle”
“Now it has turned in to a commercial hub. Nowadays businesses have sprung up above and below the residences.
“My city was dangerous in the past. The police have turned it in to a more peaceful city.”

IELTS Speaking test sample with audio band 8

Talking about changes in IELTS speaking test

IELTS speaking test has 3 parts to it. The first part has questions about general topics that are familiar to the candidate like work, family, hometown, daily routines etc. After a few minutes a topic of general interest is given to the candidate and is asked to speak for up to 2 minutes. Follow up questions based on the topic are asked to finish the speaking test in the IELTS exam.

Sample speaking test 4


IELTS speaking sample test 1 with audio

Do you work or do you study?
Where are you from?
Describe the town where you grew up?
What kind of town is it?
What is the most interesting place in your town?
Do you think it’s a good place to live in?

Let’s talk about transport..

What kind of transport do you use regularly?
How do people in your country travel on long journeys?
How has transport there changed over the past 10 years?

IELTS Speaking test Part 2- you must talk for at least a minute about this topic.

Describe someone you know, or somebody famous who has achieved great success.
You should say who they are and what they do
Where they came from: Their background
How they became successful
and explain why you admire this person.

Follow up questions

Had this person had to make sacrifices in order to achieve success?
Do most people in you country share your admiration for him/her?

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IELTS speaking test practice – lesson 1

How to score over 6.5 band in IELTS speaking test?

In the IELTS speaking test, candidates are interviewed for about 15 minutes. The speaking test or the IELTS interview has 3 parts to it. In the 1st few minutes the IELTS examiner will ask questions about the candidate. about something familiar. example questions in part 1 :

  1. What do you do? Do you work or study?
  2. what is your home town like?
  3. what was your earliest memory of school?

To score a higher band never answers with a yes or no, try to give relevant details and answer in 2 or three sentences. More importantly, enunciate well. Speak slowly and clearly.

How to speak clearly in the IELTS speaking test?

Natural speech and relevant content in the correct tenses can go a long way in getting a higher score.
To sound natural while speaking in English, you may want to use these highly effective strategies.
1. Get your pronunciation right. Most IELTS candidates have a tough time sounding natural because of their mother tongue influence. In order to sound better, try to critically listen to your own speech. Here are some observations.
Native speakers of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese have problems enunciating the last sound in most words.
example: house is “how..”, the ‘s’ sound goes missing. If a sentence is spoken with missing sounds then it would be very difficult to understand the speaker.
Native speakers of Hindi and other Indian languages generally make the sounds ‘t’ and’d’ pretty hard and the rhythm is different. They should analyze their speech and try to soften their ‘t’ and ‘d’ sounds.
These are just some examples. The big takeaway here is that you must speak clearly.

  1. Understand the question well. Use the correct tenses and different sentence structures to indicate you can handle complex language well. The most common types of questions in the IELTS speaking test are listed below.

Do you use public transport?

yes I did. I use public transport (confusing)
yes I take the bus wherever I go (much better- clear)

  1. Vocabulary: The kind of words used in your speaking test can make a big difference.
    Popular myth: Using difficult words can get you a higher score!
    hell no, if you are not comfortable using words you never used before, please don’t use them in the IELTS speaking test. The chances of sounding unnatural and loss of clarity are high.

Remedy: Build your vocabulary, use different words to say the same thing. expand your vocabulary in 2 easy ways.
1. read a lot of books (all kinds of books)
2. Watch English language TV. BBC and CNN are highly recommended.
3. Build contextual vocabulary. Read and understand common terms related to weather, education, health, sports etc.

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