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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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
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
Last week’s Speaking Part 2 question was quite similar to the one I posted a couple of weeks ago. Both questions require you to describe your actions that helped someone. With slight modification, this model answer can be used for both questions.
Here’s last week’s sample question again:
Jot down some brief notes for this cue card in the comments section below. Find out how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.
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. Continue reading
Here’s the model answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.
I’m going to talk about the time I helped a friend who was locked out of her house.
She was a student, just like me, at King’s University, and both of us lived in different houses on the same street as paying guests.
It was late at night, so it wasn’t like she could call a locksmith. Her landlord wasn’t answering the phone so there wasn’t much she could do. She called me and I invited her to stay the night.
Even though I didn’t know her very well at the time, I felt like I had to let her stay at my place because who knows, I might very well be in the same situation someday and need a roof over my head.
Here’s the original question from last week:
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Here’s the model answer to last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question.
I’m going to talk about a small GI Joe toy soldier when I was little.
I can’t remember exactly when I got it. It must have been sometime before my seventh birthday because I was remember playing with it at my birthday party. Continue reading
Did you jot down any ideas and notes for the IELTS Speaking Part 2 sample question I posted last week? Here is a model answer. I’m going to talk about an advertisement for the Chanel No.5, probably the most famous brand of perfume in the world. I’ve seen it on TV many times but the first time I saw it was at the cinema while waiting for a movie to begin. Continue reading
Questions in IELTS Speaking Part 2 always tap into your personal experiences and memory. While it’s not possible to anticipate every question that the IELTS exaxminer might ask you, it’s useful to prepare sample answers to the most common themes and topics.
Questions that require you to describe a person – a family member, friend, teacher – etc. are fairly common. Here’s one that I posted last week. The model answer is below: