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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.15 MODEL ANSWER

Here’s the answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about Hindustani and Carnatic music. They’re the traditional forms of music in India.

Hindustani music is prevalent in the northern part of the country while Carnatic is associated uniquely with the southern states. They’re both based on ragas, but the style differs according to the “gharanas” that one trains in. There are also many instruments such as the sitar, the tabla, the harmonium, etc., that are integral to these forms of music.

Neither form of music is widely popular, however, fusions with Western music are becoming increasingly popular. Most commercial singers are trained in classical Indian music to some extent.

Personally, I enjoy both forms of music. Although, I prefer instrumental performances as I have never been trained in classical music and so feel that I cannot appreciate the nuances of a vocal performance.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s question.

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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.14 MODEL ANSWER

Here is the answer to last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about reading as a hobby.

As a child I used to read comics but it was the Harry Potter series that was my first. I remember falling asleep three times while trying to get through the first chapter but my persistence paid off and I’m very glad it did.

I read nearly everyday now. It’s cemented its place in the nightly ritual of bedtime reading and even now I find myself reading at least one chapter of  a book before I turn in for the night.

The reason I enjoy reading is because it is the easiest and cheapest way to discovering new places that not only exist on this Earth but also in peoples’ imagination. It has expanded my capacity to empathize with a variety of characters and opened my mind to new perspectives.

This is last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.13 MODEL ANSWER

Here’s the model answer to last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about my favourite film which is My Fair Lady. It’s based on a play by the name of Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw. It stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

It’s an English musical and is now considered a classic. It has elements of romance, comedy and drama. The movie also comments on several social issues of its time.

The movie relates the story of an arrogant phonetics professor, who accepts a wager to train a Cockney flower girl to speak English so correctly that she could pass off as a duchess in the Royal Court.

This is my favourite because it doesn’t end in a cliche. Another reason is that the questions it raises to society are relevant to our times as well and still remain unanswered.

In case you missed it, here’s the question from last week .

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.14

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about your daily routine and leisure activities are quite popular with IELTS examiners. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.12 MODEL ANSWER

Here is the model answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

 I am going to talk about my favourite city which is Mumbai.

Mumbai is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India. It is also known as the financial capital of the country and is home to the Indian Film Industry.

It’s a city that has something for everyone. There are heritage walks for those interested in its rich history, a great nightlife and a number of old Irani cafes and concept restaurants.

I like the city because it’s so resilient. It has survived terror attacks, large-scale immigration and annual monsoons that flood the city. Yet, it has people and a culture that have persevered and haven’t given up on their dreams.

Here’s the IELTS Speaking Part 2 cue card from last week.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.13

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. While questions related to film and music aren’t as popular as those about memories, it is still advisable to prepare sample answers in case the examiner asks you one. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.12

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about your favorite city, historic places, or interesting cities are again a common theme in Speaking Part 2. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.11 MODEL ANSWER

Here’s the model answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I’m going to talk about my favorite TV programme, which is Dr Who.

It is a science fiction show and chronicles the adventures of a time traveling alien known as The Doctor and his human companions through space and time.

I usually  watch it once a week when it airs on TV. However, I also have the series on DVD and often find myself having Dr Who marathons on weekends.

I love the show not only for its imaginative storyline, but also for the portrayal of the complexities that arise from a life of time traveling, which are mind numbingly fascinating. The tenor is balanced between light comic moments and grave solemn ones. The reason its my favorite, though, is because it opens my mind to what the future may hold and also instills a new wonder for our past.

Here is the original question from last week.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.10 Model Answer

Last week’s sample question was another in the series of culture-themed questions. The aim of Part 2 questions is to allow candidates to talk about something specific and personal to them, for which no specialist vocabulary is needed. You can probably talk at length about such questions, so does that mean you should not prepare for them?

In fact, the easier questions – about topics that you have a lot of knowledge – are the best ones to impress the examiner on. And you can do this simply by peppering your answer with good vocabulary – collocations, phrasal verbs, and some uncommon words. 

Here’s my model answer. Can you identify instances of good vocabulary in it?

I’m going to talk about the festival of Diwali, which is also called the festival of lights.

Diwali is usually celebrated in late October or early November. The exact date is determined according to the Hindu calendar.  Continue reading

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.9 Model answer

Last week’s cue card asked you what is probably my favorite kind of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. I think a lot of students get scared as soon as they see words such as law, government, crime etc. but answering these questions doesn’t require any of the specialist vocabulary you may think you’ll need.

All it needs is awareness and opinions – awareness of things happening in your country and around the world (read, read, read! or listen, listen, listen!) and opinions about them. While most students do have opinions, they aren’t able to express these well in spoken English. In my model answer below, can you identify useful phrases I’ve used to express opinions:

I’m going to talk about the law against chewing gum in Singapore.

The law bans the import of chewing gum into the country, and there’s a strict fine against spitting chewing gum out on the street. Continue reading

How to answer IELTS Speaking Part 2 questions

What happens in the IELTS Speaking Part 2?

In Part 2, the examiner gives you a cue card with written questions.
You have one minute to think about your answer. You can make notes on paper.
Then you have up to two minutes to speak and answer all the questions on your cue card.
At the end, the examiner will ask you one or two follow-up questions on the same topic.

What should I do first?

Read the cue card very carefully, making a mental note of the main questions you have to answer.

How can I use the one-minute thinking time effectively? Continue reading