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Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia - May 2018 & Model Answers
Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia – May 2018 & Model Answers

Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia – May 2018 & Model Answers

In this series, there are few topics that can be used to practice for the IELTS speaking test. In the end, there is also a model question and answer through which you will get an idea of how the Speaking test is conducted.

Speaking Part 1

1What is your name?

My name is Taniya Mitra

2Can I see your ID?

Sure. Here is my ID

3Where are you from?

I am from Bangalore. It is located in Karnataka. It is situated at a higher altitude on the Deccan Plateau. Bangalore is very popular for its beautiful parks and gardens.

4Do you work or study?

I am a working woman. I work in TCS as a content manager for two years now. I am paid well and have bagged a handful of experiences.

Travel/Tourism

5What kind of training can be given to hotel staff to help develop tourism?

Every hotel staff should be trained on hospitality. Your team should have some knowledge about how to welcome guests and make them feel at home. There are ways like Orientation, employee handbook, technology and courses that can be done to train hotel staff.

6What should countries do to attract tourists?

Countries can attract tourists in a lot of ways. We can emphasize on the main tourist attraction of a particular area. Identify the visitors who are worth the effort because no one wants a bunch of gamblers in the name of tourists. One of the most important things in this digital world is they can create a destination website. A website can help us to attract visitors just by attractive content. The photography should be appealing too.

7Do you know of any tourist who wanted to learn the culture of a new country?

Yes. Some historians visit places to learn about the culture of countries. There are writers who visit places to write about the culture. So yes there are people who want to learn the culture of a new country.

Phone Apps

8Do you use any phone app?

Yes, I use a lot of phone apps. Starting from different social media apps like whatsapp, facebook etc . to apps like pinterest,tumbler,wattpad. I even use google meet,zoom for meetings that are held online.

9What apps do you use, often?

I often use whatsapp and Google meet. Due to this global pandemic, all the tasks are either sent via whatsapp or mail. Also, I have to attend three meetings every day, and I use google meet for that purpose.

10Do you want to develop an app by yourself?

I don’t really know anything about app development,so no I am not planning to make an app by myself. But if I am asked to make the logo of the app, I can help with that.

11What kinds of apps do you expect in the future?

Since it’s a time of covid19, one should invent an app that will easily connect to the doctors for emergency purposes. Quick consultation is really the need of the hour.

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Speaking Part 2

Talk about your favourite song from your country

You should say :

  • What the song or music is
  • What kind of song or music is it
  • Where did you first hear it
  • And explain why you like it

Sample Answer 1

I have always been a huge fan of music. I love listening to music because good music helps to recharge my battery and energy as well as uplift my spirit after a long day overloaded with work and study. I listen to different kinds of music from Rock to Jazz, depending on where I am, who I am with and how I feel at the time. Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favourite songs titled ‘Hello’.

The genre is pop, as characterized by its upbeat music and simple, down-to-earth lyrics. It’s actually a single that just went platinum this week. The song is incredibly popular at the moment, I mean, it’s the talk of the town. It’s been topping the charts for weeks and has got millions of streams on music sites.

The person who performs the song is Adele, an internationally acclaimed artist, hailing from the UK. She’s made a killing with her albums, but she’s maintained a somewhat low-profile lifestyle. I am a huge fan of her. I have an impressive collection of her records that I really treasure. Maybe I would have the fortune to attend one of her concerts.

I first listened to the song last week. It was when I was in the middle of the finals. I was up to the ears in revision and it was incredibly nerve-racking time, so I needed something to let my hair down. That’s when I went to YouTube to watch some music videos. The minute I heard Adele’s voice, I was hooked and totally blown away. I’ve put the song on repeat ever since.

I am keen on the song for a number of reasons. First, it was her voice that struck me, which is incredibly soothing, and has a nice warm quality to it. The lyrics are also amazing. It talks about emotions after two people part ways in a relationship and I can definitely relate to that.

Vocabulary for Cue Card

  • A huge/big fan of :  really like someone
    Eg: I am a big fan of Lionel Messi
  • recharge my battery and energy: To regain one’s energy, liveliness, or motivation through a period of rest or recreation.
    Eg: He needs to recharge his battery and energy for the match. 
  • Uplift one’s spirit : fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    Eg: One should uplift their spirit before participating  in the event
  • Overload with : to put too many people or things in or on something
    Eg: She is overloaded with work
  • Upbeat music : Optimistic, happy, cheerful
    Eg:They are playing upbeat music
  • Down-to-earth : practical
    Eg: She is a down to earth person
  • Go platinum:  to sell 1 million copies of an album
    Eg: The company went platinum
  • Incredibly popular: Extremely popular
    Eg: She is incredibly popular in her college
  • The talk of the town:  if something is the talk of a place, people there talk a lot about it
    Eg: Veronica is the talk of the town
  • Topping the charts: Very popular
    Eg: She is topping the chart at the moment
  • Acclaim : praise
    Eg: Raina was acclaimed for her film
  • Make a killing:  to have great success, especially in making money
    Eg: He made a killing along with his teammate
  • Low-profile : deliberately not attracting public attention
    Eg: They are keeping a low profile for the time being
  • In the middle of :  busy doing something
    Eg: She is in the middle of her exam. 
  • Up to the ears/neck/eyes in:  involved in a difficult situation, or with more work to do than you can deal with
    Eg: He was up to  the ears in his construction contracts
  • Nerve-racking:  making you very nervous or worried
    Eg: It’s a very nerve wracking incident. 
  • Let one’s hair down : to relax and enjoy yourself because you are in a comfortable environment
    Eg: No one lets their hair down in office
  • Hooked : if you are hooked on something, you find it so attractive or interesting that you want to do it as much as possible
    Eg: He was hooked to the music played.
  • Blow away:  impressive greatly
    Eg: She was blown away by the workshop
  • put the song on repeat :  It means to play the song  over and over for an extended period of time
    Eg: She has put the song on repeat
  • Part ways : end a relationship
    Eg:  She has parted ways with her best friend. 

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Sample Answer 2

Honestly speaking, for the most part, I would probably say that I have a great passion for listening to music and indeed I have listened to thousands of songs so far. However, if I have to pick out a song that I like the most, I would probably choose the song ‘Million Years Ago’ by Adele.

Because of its gorgeous lyrics and melody, it’s like a piece of cake for Adele to make me addicted to this song. A significant feature that I should mention is the song’s meaningful content. It is a regretful calling inside an adult on the way of growing up and earning his stripesEvery now and then I feel he is so desperate that he could do anything to escape the cycle of his life but after all, he can’t afford to do so.

The reason why I am so fond of this song is that it invokes so many beautiful memories from my childhood. Although it is a sad song, it opens my eyes to many things in life, one of them is that you should not take anything for granted, even the simplest one, try to live to your fullest so that one day you would not have to regret much about the journey that you have been through.

Fairly speaking, ‘Million Years Ago’ is a really good song for self – reflection especially when you find yourself lost in the super-busy world nowadays.

Vocabulary for Cue Card

  • Passion: strong and intense emotion, love
    Eg: He had a passion for physics
  • Pick out: to choose
    Eg:She picked out the best clothes for the party.
  • Piece of cake: something very easy
    Eg: Dancing is a piece of cake for Vanessa.
  • Be addicted to something : be devoted to a particular activity or thing
    Eg: She is addicted to her phone. 
  • Calling: a strong urge to a particular way of life
    Eg: She had a calling to serve the poor.
  • Earn someone’s stripes : Do something to show you deserve a particular rank or position
    Eg: She earned her stripes as a content writer
  • Every now and then : occasionally, from time to time
    Eg:  She visits Delhi every now and then
  • Invoke: Call on for inspiration
    Eg: He invoked her to dance
  • Open one’s eyes to Something : make someone understand something
    Eg: He opened her eyes to the reality
  • Take something for granted : fail to properly appreciate
    Eg: Never take anything for granted. 
  • Reflect:  think deeply and carefully about something.
    Eg: His teaching reflects on his son

Speaking Part 3

1Talk about traditional music in your country

Indian classical music is very famous across the world. It is of two types: Hindustani and Carnatic. Hindustani is the north indian classical music. Carnatic music is the classical music of southern India. Both are appealing in their own way. Besides there is folk music which is specific to the village groups.

2On what occasions do people in your country listen to traditional music?

There are several occasions on which people of my country listen to traditional music. Festivals top the list. During this time of the year, everyone around the country gathers together to engage themselves in the holy occasion.

3Where do children and adults learn about traditional music?

Children learn traditional music from schools or from their parents. Some even learn it from their grandparents. They often go to the music teacher too. The adults learn the same way .

4What kind of music do people prefer to listen to in your country?

They prefer classical music .There are several types like Raga, khyal, thumri, dadra, dhrupad etc. Every state has its own traditional song but people from other states also enjoy them. The beauty of the song cannot be described in words but needs to be felt.

Vocabulary for Speaking Part 3

  • Traditional: According to culture
    Eg: She looks good in traditional attire.
  • Khyal: A traditional song
    Eg: She is singing khyal.
  • Classical: representing an exemplary standard within a traditional and long-established form or style.
    Eg: Odissi is the classical dance form of Orissa.

 

Written By

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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