IELTS Actual Speaking Test in the UK with Sample Answers – July 2017
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IELTS Actual Speaking Test in the UK with Sample Answers
Speaking Part 1
1 What is your full name?
Well, I am “Meera Shah”.
2 Can I see your ID?
Of course! Here it is.
3 Where are you from?
I’m from Nagpur, the third-largest city in the state of Maharashtra. Nagpur is famous for its oranges. This city has a high literacy rate of around 92%and is also one of the most important cities of Vidarbha
4 Do you work or study?
I have recently joined a firm as an intern in which I have to deal with content writing .The senior of mine provides me with a topic and then I have to write around 1500 words article on it and also I style it and update the post on the web site.
5 Do you think you are a polite person?
I do think I’m a polite person. I treat other people nicely and patiently, and I do not insult anyone unless they truly deserve it. Also, I properly apologize when I make mistakes and I show my gratitude when other people help me.
6 Do you think people should be polite? Why?
People should always be polite – it shows that they have good manners and it helps them earn others’ respect. Being polite is like having good social skills – it can help one widen their social network, and this can positively influence one’s private and professional life.
7 Who taught you to be polite?
I guess similar to most people, I was raised to be a polite person by my parents. As I spent most of my time around them, they tried to set a good example for me. They also gave me advice and told me moral stories about how being polite and kind to others can help me a lot in real life.
Speaking Part 2
Describe a painting or work of art
You should say :
- when you saw this work of art
- where you saw it
- what it looked like
- and explain your impression of it.
When it comes to arts and anything that is art-related, some of the most recognized artists immediately pop up in our minds such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Mozart, and the like. Honestly speaking, I am not art savvy or hold any particular interest in paintings or musical performance, yet, it would be a shame if I haven’t heard about some of the world’s renowned masterpieces that have gained public attention and recognition like Mona Lisa, The Scream and so on. I was especially impressed by The Starry Night, one of Van Gogh’s most famous artworks and the pride of impressionism of all time.
I first heard about The Starry Night when I was still in primary school. The photo of said painting was printed in our artbook and even though it was poorly depicted due to the quality of the paper, The Starry Night still caught my attention. I, then, came across it once again in a documentary on TV, which was dedicated to present about a Dutch artist Van Gogh and his career. The Starry Night was created after Vin Gogh had mutilated his own ear and been residing in a mental asylum. It is an oil on canvas and currently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting was a night sky filled with swirling clouds, eddies of stars and a bright crescent moon. Beneath the hills lies a small town which appears to be tranquil and sluggish. To the very left of the painting is a significantly tall and imposing structure that is hard to interpret and can be explained differently according to any beholder himself. The Starry Night gives me a sense of peacefulness and seclusion at the same time, which can also be why I always feel calm and secure everytime I see it. And I hope that I would be able to see this authentic piece of art in person in the near future.
Vocabulary For Cue Card
- Pop up: to appear or happen, especially suddenly or unexpectedly
Eg: I was frustrated with the ads popping up in between the series.
- Honestly speaking: to be honest
Eg: Honestly speaking, I don’t trust my maid.
- Art savvy: well informed about or experienced in art
Eg: My uncle is art savvy.
- Renowned: well-known, famous
Eg: IIM Ahmedabad is a renowned management institute across the country.
- Gain (public) attention: to draw attention
Eg: The new gold scheme gained a lot of public attention.
- Recognition: public praise and reward for somebody’s work or actions
Eg: The scientist deserves recognition for his talent.
- Impressionism: a style in painting developed in France in the late 19th century that uses colour to show the effects of light on things and to suggest atmosphere rather than showing exact details
Eg: Pablo Picasso is a painter of impressionism.
- Artwork: a work of art, especially one in a museum
Eg: Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork is an amazing piece of art.
- Depict: to describe something in words, or give an impression of something in words or with a picture
Eg: His paintings depict the lives of ancient people from the last century.
- Be dedicated to: designed to be used for one particular purpose
Eg: This book is dedicated to my parents.
Mutilate: to damage somebody’s body very severely, especially by cutting or tearing off part of it
Eg: The prisoners have been tortured and mutilated.
- Mental asylum: psychiatric hospitals
Eg: There’s a mental asylum located within the vicinity of this area.
- Display: to put something in a place where people can see it easily; to show something to people
Eg: The paintings were displayed in the gallery.
- Tranquil: quiet and peaceful
Eg: I was amazed by the tranquility of the place.
- Sluggish: moving, reacting or working more slowly than normal and in a way that seems lazy
Eg: After 5 hours of continuous travelling, the driver became sluggish.
- Imposing: impressive to look at; making a strong impression
Eg: John has an imposing figure.
- Interpret: to explain the meaning of something
Eg: Will you please interpret for me?
- Beholder: a person who sees or observes someone or something
Eg: Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
- Peacefulness: the state of being quiet and calm; the state of not being worried or disturbed in any way
Eg: I could feel the peacefulness as I stared at the stars.
- Seclusion: the state of being private or of having little contact with other people
Eg: He’s been living in seclusion since he retired from the army.
- In person: if you do something in person, you go somewhere and do it yourself, instead of doing it by letter, asking somebody else to do it, etc.
Eg: I had to visit the passport office in-person
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