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IELTS Speaking Test in Canada – May 2017 & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Test in Canada – May 2017 & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?

Hometown

Where do you live now?

Actually, I’m currently living in Gellacia, a small town with more than 100,000 people. It has breathtaking landscapes with mountains and lakes.

Do you like it?

To be honest, I love my hometown. I like the hospitality and the strong sense of community there which I hardly find them in my current place. Everyone is living close together and willing to give others a hand when they need help.

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Vocabulary

Hospitality (n) The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers

Sense of community: the feeling that you belong to a group and that this is a good thing

Give someone a hand (idiom) to help someone do something

Will you live there in the future?

To be honest, I hope I could come back there one day to visit my relatives and friends, but to settle down there is not my plan. I am getting familiar with city life and there are more job opportunities for my future career.

Vocabulary

To settle down (v) adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home

Mirrors

Do you watch yourself in the mirror? Why?

Frankly speaking, I suppose it has to be at least once every two hours, which is quite often. I don’t think that’s a big issue since I am a woman and every woman makes great effort to maintain her best look, especially in public. Furthermore, mirrors are placed almost everywhere such as in the restrooms, in a working place as decorations, which is too tempting for me to ignore.

Vocabulary

Make great effort to do something: try hard to do something

Tempting (a): something that is tempting is attractive, and makes people want to have it, do it, etc.

Would you buy a piece of clothing without checking what it looks like in the mirror?

Well, there’s an unspoken rule every girl should know when going shopping: trying everything on before buying it because images are for illustration purpose only, which is particularly true with online shopping. Seeing your reflection in a mirror is an absolute must-do to ensure that piece of clothing actually suits you so that your money and time is well-spent.

Vocabulary

Unspoken (a): not stated; not said in words but understood or agreed between people

Well-spent (a): (of money or time) usefully or profitably expended

Do you think it’s nice to have mirrors in a house?

It’s safe to say architects and interior designers are making full use of mirrors in house building and decorating thanks to their inherent characteristics and wide application. Hence, there’s no doubt that mirrors are indispensable decorations in any constructions. For example, they can be installed in bathrooms or dressing rooms for personal use or sometimes, small pieces of mirrors are placed randomly in someone’s house or stores as a mere artwork.

Vocabulary

Make full use of: to use something well

Inherent (a): that is a basic or permanent part of somebody/something and that cannot be removed

Application (n): the practical use of something, especially a theory, discovery, etc.

There’s no doubt that: used for emphasizing that something is definitely true

Indispensable (a): too important to be without

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a positive change in your life

You should say :

  • What the change was
  • When it happened
  • How it happened
  • How it happened
  • and explain why it was a positive change

Many things have changed since the last time I woke up just in time for lunch. That was when I realized I had been wasting hundreds of mornings in the last few years without accomplishing anything. It was a wakeup call which completely changed me. Now, I’m an early riser and have been for more than 2 years.

They say old habits die hard, which made perfect sense to me when I first started to get rid of my unhealthy routine. There were so many temptations during night time that kept me awake for hours. And it could be anything such as the latest episode of The Walking Dead, a music video that I had been counting down for weeks to be released or a deadline I needed to meet because I had been procrastinating for a month and so on. As a result, going to bed after 1 or 2 AM was inevitable to me. It took me long enough to fully aware of how destructive this sleeping habit could be for me, both physically and mentally, especially in a long run. Therefore, I had no choice but to give up that kind of toxic.

I have learnt a lot since starting waking up early in the morning. The key is starting small and taking one step at a time. It was so tiresome and torturing at the beginning that I tended to get irritated whenever anyone approached me about 10 minutes into my running session. However, everything has its own way of getting better and so is my temper. I now feel fully energized and extremely refreshing in the morning and even more productive at work.

Vocabulary

  • Accomplish: to succeed in doing or completing something
  • early riser: person who wakes up early in the morning
  • old habits die hard: People find it difficult to change their accustomed behavior
  • make sense: to be clear and easy to understand
  • get rid of: to remove or throw away something unwanted
  • meet deadline: finish something in time
  • procrastinate: to delay doing something that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it
  • inevitable: that you cannot avoid or prevent
  • tiresome: making you feel annoyed

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IELTS Speaking Part 3

What do you think are the major challenges of working or studying in another country?

Well. I guess that one of the biggest ones people have to cope with when moving to a cultural environment which is different from their own is culture shock. Living in an unfamiliar country, they have to experience new foods and adjust to new social norms, which is pretty challenging for many people. Besides, in most countries one of the hardest things to deal with is prejudice. People always seem to have a little suspicion of foreigners in their country. Loneliness would be another thing that would be hard for someone working or studying overseas. A person would be away from family and friends, and that would be difficult.

Culture shock : the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes

Adjust to something : to change something slightly, especially to make it more suitable

Do you think young people can adapt to changes easier than old people?

Not necessarily. I have seen some young people that didn’t know how to deal with changes at all, and then I have seen some older people who take changes without breaking a sweat. Of course I do know, like the old saying goes about teaching an old dog new tricks, that it is sometimes harder for an older person to change, but they can do if I think that a lot of young people here go through a hard time with changes because they have seen such few changes and like the way things are now.

Break a sweat : often used figuratively to say that something is not hard for someone to do

Do + Verb : Sometimes Do / Does / Did are used in positive sentences to give special emphasis.

Related Part 2 Topic :

Describe a recent change in your life (that changed your life in a good way)

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through ieltsmaterial.com. With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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