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IELTS speaking model answer – Your favourite way to relax

IELTS speaking model answer Your favourite way to relax

Describe your favourite way to relax

IELTS speaking model answer Favourite way to relaxThis section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards. If you have a topic card that you would like a model answer too, just send it to us through the contact page.

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Describe your favourite way to relax.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you started doing it
  • how often you do it.

You should also say how it relaxes you.

Model answer:

Without doubt, the way I prefer to relax is by playing computer games. Well, not so much computer games as my Xbox. I’ve always loved that kind of thing, but I bought my Xbox about six or seven months ago and I’ve hardly stopped playing it – I think it’s almost an addiction! The games can be quite expensive, so you need to save up, but the graphics are so good and some of the best games can take weeks to finish, so I suppose it doesn’t work out to be too bad.

Anyway, I normally rent games from the video shop. I get a couple of games a week, but if I really like it then I’ll go to the games shop and buy it rather than keep renting it. I play most nights unless I’m going out with friends, or have a lot of homework. Even then, I try to squeeze in a half an hour after my studies. Some nights though, especially at the weekend, I can play for hours at a time.It’s probably not good for my eyes focusing on the television too long.

For anybody watching me play, they would probably be surprised to hear me say it relaxes me because I can get pretty angry if I keep failing at some part of a game. The reason it relaxes me is a little different though – it allows me for a short time to be somewhere else, to forget about my studies or this IELTS test or anything serious.

After playing games for a while, I often find things like my homework are a lot less complicated than I thought. I think it’s important to have some time to yourself, away from everything and everyone else.

IELTS speaking model answer – A teacher that inspired you

IELTS speaking model answer  – A teacher that inspired you

Describe a teacher that inspired you

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IELTS speaking model answer A teacherTalk about a teacher that inspired you

You should say:

  • who it was
  • when it was
  • what they taught you

You should also say why they inspired you

 

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Model answer:

It might sound strange, but the teacher that really gave me something to aim for was my language school teacher. I’ve only been in New Zealand for four months, and when I first came I was very nervous about everything. He was my first teacher, and he made the whole environment welcoming just by doing simple little things. For example, there were 14 of us in his class and by the end of the first lesson he had remembered all of our names. I thought that was quite impressive considering there were students from lots of different nationalities, and that meant lots of different pronunciations of names!

He taught me general English at first, covering all the normal parts of learning a new language, and he had a great way of explaining difficult grammar points in a way that made it easy to remember, and he used a lot of very clear examples. When I went to the IELTS class he taught me writing skills, which I found very difficult at first. I improved quickly though, because he encouraged us to work hard. Actually, he was quite strict – he didn’t tolerate lazy students.

I’m not that interested in the subject of teaching and wouldn’t really consider becoming a teacher, but he’s certainly a good role model for anyone who is thinking of following it as a career. He was always well prepared and had a clear topic for every lesson, so we left the room feeling that we’d achieved something every day.

When he was teaching the writing class, preparing us for IELTS, he made the whole process much clearer than I had imagined it could be. He broke the lessons down into individual sections, such as how to write a good introduction or conclusion, and the importance sections of a sentence.

One of the most inspiring aspects of his teaching style would definitely be the way he made us appreciate that it was only by practising that you could hope to become more proficient. I suppose it was because of him that I was inspired to take this test, because I want to prove both to myself and to my teacher that I have been able to improve.

IELTS speaking model answer – A subject you enjoyed

IELTS speaking model answer – A subject you enjoyed

Describe a subject you enjoyed at school

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Describe a subject you enjoyed at school.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when you studied it
  • who taught you

You should also say why you enjoyed it.

Model answer:

Well, I was never very fond of school so it’s difficult to say. I was never very strong academically, so I enjoyed sport more than anything. I didn’t do very well in formal exams, and the sports classes never seemed to have too many formal tests! I liked most things we did in the sport classes, but I preferred the outside ball games – especially soccer. In my school you had to join in at least once a week, normally on Friday afternoons. I did that right up to the end of high school, and I don’t think I ever missed a game, although a lot of my friends left early so they could have a longer weekend.

In our school, there were three sports teachers. Mrs Brownslow mostly took classes for the girls, but the boys either had Mr Hendricks or Mr Smith. I suppose it was Mr Smith that I liked best – he was the soccer teacher. He was always encouraging of anyone that made an effort, but he wasn’t very friendly to those students that just stood around doing nothing.

There are quite a few reasons why I enjoyed it, apart from not having to worry about academic exams on a Friday afternoon. I suppose the main reason is that I was good at it, and I think it’s easier to enjoy something you have ability in. There was normally a good atmosphere in the class and we had quite a good soccer team – I remember we won the annual competition against other local schools three times while I was in the team! Another reason I looked forward to those lessons was that after an hour or so of running around I always felt refreshed, and I seemed to have more energy. I guess that’s why I’m still quite active now, although I don’t play soccer.

These days I just go jogging in the mornings, but it still helps give me the energy I need for the day. I can’t imagine not doing any exercise – I think it’s a great way to start the day and of course it’s good for your overall health to do something like that as often as possible.

IELTS speaking model answer – A place you would love to visit

IELTS speaking model answer  – A place you would love to visit

Describe a place you would love to visit

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Describe a place you would love to visit.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what you can do there
  • what is special about it.

You should also say why you would like to go there more than anywhere else.

Model answer:

IELTS speaking model answer A place to visitWell, I love travelling so there are many places I would really like to go to, but perhaps the place I would love to go to most is the South Island. I’ve been in New Zealand for nearly two years and I still haven’t been. The only time I could have gone was last Christmas, but it’s more expensive at that time of year. As for the things you can do there, the list is endless. There are the Sounds – you know, Milford Sound, Marlborough Sound. You can go on a boat tour across quite a few of them. Then there are all the extreme sports. I think the South Island is the first place bungy jumping was set up commercially.

Ideally, I’d love to rent a car and just drive around, stopping to do some of those sports. I much prefer to drive rather than go by bus because you can decide where you want to stay and how long for. As for what makes it special, that’s easy if you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings movies – the scenery! It must be one of the last remaining unspoilt areas on earth! I hope that doesn’t change.

I suppose that’s why it would be the place I want to visit more than anywhere else – because it probably won’t stay like that forever.
Just to take a tent and some food, drive around and then camp when it gets dark – that sounds like a perfect place to visit to me.

IELTS speaking model answer – The best holiday you have had

IELTS speaking model answer – The best holiday you have had

Describe the best holiday you have had

IELTS speaking model answer Best holidayThis section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards. If you have a topic card that you would like a model answer too, just send it to us through the contact page.

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Describe the best holiday you have ever had.

You should say

  • where it was
  • when you went
  • who you went with.

You should also say why it was your best holiday.

Model answer:

Well, definitely the best holiday that I can remember was actually only a few months ago, not long after I arrived in New Zealand. I went camping at Mangawhai Heads a couple of hours north of Auckland. We went there for the Labour weekend holiday, so it was quite busy, but the atmosphere was great.

The lady at the campsite told us about a beach we could go to – it wasn’t signposted, but it was down a dirt road with lots of potholes. When we got to the beach I was amazed – the sand was stunningly white and there was hardly anyone there at all! I’ve always loved going to the beach – I used to go most weekends in the summer when I was a child – but this beach was so much cleaner.

Anyway, on this trip I went with a couple of friends from my language school. We’re from different countries but all in the same class, so we all speak about the same level of English. There are quite a few reasons why I think it was the best holiday I have ever had. As I mentioned, I love the beach and this beach was just perfect. And then there was the opportunity to get out of the city and see some of the rest of New Zealand.

The people we met there were so friendly! There was a Kiwi family camping next to us and they invited us to come to their barbecue. We weren’t very prepared, but they seemed to have everything. On top of that, it was the perfect opportunity to practise my English, which is always good.

IELTS speaking topic card model answer – An important friend

IELTS speaking model answer – An important friend

Describe a friend who is important to you.

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It is good practice to read the model answer aloud, ideally while recording yourself. Then play back the recording, listening closely to your pronunciation (particularly your intonation) and the speed at which you are speaking.

Describe a friend who is important to you

You should say:

  • where you met
  • how long you have known him / her
  • why you are friends

You should also say why he or she is important to you

Model answer:

Well, I’d like to talk about someone I’ve known for a long time. He actually used to be my next-door neighbour, but I didn’t really get to know him until we went to school together. We used to study in the same English class when I was at high school, so I guess I’ve know him for about…it must be seven years now.

He was always a much better student than me – he let me copy his homework quite a few times, but that’s not really how we became friends. To be honest, it’s hard to say exactly why we are friends – we don’t share the same interests, apart from basketball. He’s happy to spend his evenings in front of a computer playing games while I’d rather watch a movie. Sometimes I think I’m a television addict!

Anyway, despite our differences, he’s a very genuine person. I mean, he’s honest and direct, and that means we can have some very interesting conversations on all types of subjects.

As I mentioned, he was always a better student than me and he seems to know a lot about the world, so we can spend hours just chatting. I think that’s important in a friend, but to add another reason, I would have to say that he is very generous. I don’t necessarily mean with money, I mean that he’s a very giving person who goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable. I think that’s mainly why I feel he is important to me.

Anyway, I imagine we’ll be friends for a long time.

IELTS speaking model answer – Enjoyed doing as a child

IELTS speaking model answer Enjoyed doing as a child

Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child

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Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child.

You should say:

  • what you did
  • when you did it
  • if you still do it.

You should also say why you enjoyed doing it.

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Model answer:

Well the thing I probably enjoyed doing more than anything else as a child, or at least from when I was about 6, was riding bikes. I had a new or secondhand bike every year or so and they always got faster and bigger as I grew. I remember my first bike had training wheels on the side so I didn’t fall over while I was learning!

As I got a little older – about 10 or so – I used to go out on my bike with some friends most weekends and evenings. I used to get to school on my bike as well, and we would call in at each others houses and ride in a group to school. The most exciting time was when I was 14, when three of my closest friends and I all went away overnight cycling with a tent on the back of the bicycles. It seemed like such an adventure, and we must have cycled over 60 kilometres that weekend! We had a great time just cycling around and then we set up the tent in the field and spent the night. The only problem was my friend had an accident and destroyed his bike, so his parents had to come and pick him up.

For my 15th birthday I had a bike with 15 gears, which, at the time, was very unusual. It was much faster than any of my friends’ bikes so I started to go out a lot on my own and later on I got a job delivering newspapers where again I used my bike a lot.

I stopped cycling when I was about 18 and I haven’t really gone back to it although I probably should. It’s very good for health and fitness. The only problem is the other road users don’t always watch out for bikes and it can be a little dangerous especially on busy roads. I’m not sure it would be so easy to have fun with a bicycle now as it was when I was a child because of the traffic on the roads these days.

Mostly I enjoyed it because it was a chance for me to get out of the house and be a little bit independent. It was a lot of fun playing with friends who also had bikes, so there was a very social side to it as well.

IELTS speaking model answer – Describe a piece of equipment

IELTS speaking topic card model answer – Describe a piece of equipment

Describe a piece of equipment

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IELTS speaking model answerIt is good practice to read the model answer aloud, ideally while recording yourself. Then play back the recording, listening closely to your pronunciation (particularly your intonation) and the speed at which you are speaking.

Describe a piece of equipment

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what you use it for
  • how often you use it.

You should also explain how to use it

Model answer (click the audio bar above to hear a recording):

Well, I’ve been asked to talk about how to use some equipment, so I’m going to talk about something you may well be familiar with – a laptop computer. I use mine mostly for e-mails but also for word processing, especially when I’m writing reports or something for work. I find I can organise my ideas more clearly than with the traditional pen and paper. Although I do take it with me most days, I don’t actually use it for very long at a time because the power doesn’t last for more than a few hours if it’s not plugged in. Like most people, I use my phone for most smaller tasks so although I have my laptop, it’s not always on.

Now, the first step in using a laptop is quite obvious – you have to turn it on. This can take quite a while depending on the model. What you do next depends on your particular reason for using it, but I’m going to talk about connecting to the Internet. After making sure that the laptop is on, you need to click the wifi signal icon to connect to a wireless network. Of course, you don’t need to do this if you have already connected to that network before as your computer will remember and automatically connect you. If it’s your first time connecting, most places will then ask for a password. Once you’ve entered that, it can take up to a minute to connect, but then you should see a small notice on the screen telling you that you are now online – you know, connected to the Internet. Finally, simply type in the website address you want, or if you are just surfing then type the word or words in the search bar.

It’s not at all difficult to use, but some people still have difficulty.

IELTS speaking model answer – How to cook a meal you like

IELTS speaking topic card model answer – How to cook a meal you like

Describe how to cook a meal you like

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It is good practice to read the model answer aloud, ideally while recording yourself. Then play back the recording, listening closely to your pronunciation (particularly your intonation) and the speed at which you are speaking.

Describe how to cook a meal you like

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you eat it
  • what you need to make it.

You should also explain how to make it.

Model answer (click the audio bar above to hear a recording):

Well, I’m not actually a very good cook so I can only manage basic dishes like eggs and bacon, but the one thing I do like to make is called Welsh Rarebit. It’s a traditional snack made by people in my hometown, but I think there are different recipes for it in a lot of different towns in Wales and even in other countries.

There are two reasons I like cooking this dish – it’s fairly simple to create and only takes a few minutes before it’s ready to eat! A lot of people I know have it for lunch, especially in the winter when you can eat it with a stew or thick soup, but it’s actually one of those dishes that you can eat at any time of the day. I often have it for breakfast, especially in the colder months, because it gets you warm quickly!

Basically, Welsh Rarebit is cheese on toast, but with a few modifications that really make the difference. The main ingredients I use are flour and eggs, mixed in with the melted cheese. The trick is to make sure that the mixture of flour and egg is mixed well but not for too long. When it’s mixed through, put it on the stove and start heating it, slowly adding the grated cheese. You can add as much cheese as you like – personally, I like to have a lot, so that the egg and flour mix is about 50% of the total and the cheese is the other 50%.

At this point, you need to toast your bread. You can add a few spices to the mix. I use a lot of black pepper and a little paprika – I really like the taste of paprika, but as I said, I don’t cook often so rarely use it. When the toast is ready, pour the mixture on to the toast and grill it for a few minutes until the top turns brown. You can also add some more cheese to the top too – I always do!

 

IELTS speaking test model answer

IELTS speaking model answer – A sporting event you’ve been to

IELTS speaking topic card model answer – A sporting event you’ve been to

Describe a sporting event you have been to

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It is good practice to read the model answer aloud, ideally while recording yourself. Then play back the recording, listening closely to your pronunciation (particularly your intonation) and the speed at which you are speaking.

Describe a sporting event you have been to.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • why you went there
  • who you went with.

You should also say whether you enjoyed it.

Model answer:

I’m not actually very interested in sport, but there was an occasion a few years ago when I went to see a football match in a town about half an hour from where I live. It was a charity match – I think they were collecting funds for the local school – and it was very well attended. I think there must have been over 5,000 people there, which isn’t bad considering there aren’t any ‘star’ players.

I only went because a friend of mine really wanted to go but didn’t want to watch it on his own, so in the end there were a small group of us. One of the other people we went with was going anyway because his brother was in one of the teams, so it made it a lot more fun to have a team to support, otherwise I wouldn’t have really minded either way who won!

Although I did enjoy it, it hasn’t made me want to go back and see another game – it was good fun mostly because of the people I was with – we were only half focused on the game and spent the rest of the time just chatting or eating – we’d taken a picnic with us and it was a beautiful day! After the match, we met a lot of new people in the park – most people stayed for at least a few hours after the game just enjoying the sunshine.

As I mentioned, I’m not that interested in sport, but I do watch some of the World Cup games when they are on television – it’s a lot more fun than just following a local or national team, and there’s a lot more going on in the crowd. When Germany won the world cup not too long ago, there was a small group of German people in my town that had a 24 hour party and invited everyone – it was such a good atmosphere!