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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.


Learn more about how to answer questions in speaking part 2 and how to manage time effectively.

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

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.8 Model answer

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.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.7 Model answer

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

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.6 Model answer

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:


What band 7+ vocabulary did you find in the model answer above? Read more about how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.