IELTS Speaking: “competition” topic

Here are some IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions and and sample answers about 'competition' topic from an native spearker.

Is competitive sport very popular in your country?
Yeah, I’d say it is. You know, if you look on TV for example, you get competitive sports shown the whole time, especially basketball, and then on the school level, it’s very common for classes to compete against each other in various sports. So yeah, I think this kind of shows that competitive sport is pretty popular.

In your opinion, how beneficial to society is competitive sport?
Well I’m not really all that sure to be honest, but I suppose it’s fair to say that it is pretty beneficial, because if you think about it, competitive sport is really a kind of entertainment for people, you know, it (just) adds something more to people’s lives. So if we didn’t have it, I’m sure you’d agree that our life would be a lot more dull as a result.

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IELTS Speaking: improve your vocabulary

Here is some suggestions from John, and ex-examiner from Australia, about IELTS Speaking vocabulary.

Improving your Vocabulary

  • Bands 7 & 8 speakers can use idiomatic phrases quite well. Phrasal verbs  (sometimes called 'two-word verbs') are especially good examples of idiomatic phrases. Some examples of these are: 'look after' somebody; 'come up against' difficulties; 'look forward to' something in the future. Even if you believe you are a Band 5 level English speaker, try to increase your knowledge of phrasal verbs.

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IELTS Speaking: Places near water

Here are some IELTS Speaking questions and sample answers given by John – a native IELTS instructor.

1. Why do so many people like going to places with water, such as lakes, rivers or the ocean?
Well I guess the main reason is that water has a kind of calming effect on people. And when you consider all the stress that people are under these days, then I think it’s easy to understand why people gravitate to places near water.
(gravitate: be attracted to)

2. What kinds of leisure activities do people like to do in places such as on the ocean, or at a beach?
All kinds of things really, you know, some people like doing exciting things like jet-skiing or scuba diving, while others prefer doing more relaxing things, such as just lying down on a deck chair with a book. So it really kind of varies!

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IELTS Speaking: a house or apartment

Here is an IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic:
Describe a house or apartment that you have (recently) visited.
You should say:
Where it was (or is)
When you visited it
    – What it looked like
And explain why you visited it.

Sample answer:
Ok then, well the place that I’d like to talk to you about was actually a show home that I went to visit with my parents, which was in a newly developed (off-plan) apartment not far from the CBD. And I suppose it must have been about two or three weeks ago when we went there.

As for why we went there, well it was simply because we’re thinking of buying a flat (an apartment) as an investment. You know for Chinese, this is a very common thing to do, because investing in property is seen as being relatively risk-free. And some friends of ours who had already been there to have a look recommended that we also check it out .So we thought, why not!

Anyway, with regard to what the flat/apartment looked like, well basically, it was really nicely decorated, as you can probably imagine, what with it being a show home and all. For example, the floor was mostly marble, and there was a huge chandelier hanging above the dining table. So yeah, it all looked pretty impressive. I mean, even the wallpaper was nice, you know, it was, um… I’m not quite sure how to best describe it, but you could just tell it was really good quality from the feel and texture of it.

The only downside was the price, because I think it was something like ten grand a square meter, so the whole flat came to about 720K ($720,000), or somewhere thereabouts, which was a bit above our budget unfortunately!

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IELTS Speaking: Chingish and English

A lot of Chinese students in my class try to express their ideas in English, but somehow they end up with Chinglish (Chinese-English) and it’s really hard for me to understand. Sometimes I have to guess the meaning.

In order to speak like natives, you just need to pay a bit more attention to the way, particularly collocations, that native speakers use, when you talk to them or watching some English movies. Here are some typical Chinglish examples. Please avoid those expressions and talk like native speakers. (Examples are given by John – an native English tutor, working in China at the moment.)

Chinglish: You’re laughing point is very low!
Native English: You’ve got a strange sense of humour!

Chinglish: My ten years birthday
Native English: My tenth birthday
Example: My parents gave it to me for my tenth birthday.

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