Last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question might appear slightly difficult because it is a departure from the usual questions about personal experiences.
However, since this is a factual question, some students actually find it easier to answer. Also, the scope of making grammatical errors is greatly reduced in the case of factual questions since much of the answer needs use of only the present simple. It’s a good idea to look at the wikipedia page of your country’s national animal, bird, dress, festival etc. and make brief notes in order to prepare for such questions.
Here’s my model answer:
I’m going to talk about the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand.
If I’m not mistaken, the elephant is the largest mammal that lives on land. It is probably around eight or nine feet tall. It has big flappy ears and trunk that brushes the ground.
In Thailand, the elephant is mainly found in forests in the north. But domesticated animals can be seen all over the country, and elephant rides are quite popular among tourists.
Thai people love elephants. We even have an elephant festival. Personally, I’m very fond of the elephant motif which has become so popular among clothes and jewelery designers in the country. I just wish we had more elephants in the wild than on the streets.
Here’s the IELTS Speaking Part 2 cue card from last week:
What band 7+ vocabulary can you spot in my model answer above? Learn more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.