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my questions on january 6 exam (in turkey)

in which district/neighborhood you live (in the city), how is that district (something like that), and do you like that district,?

what do you use dictionaries for? ( thank god i saw that question in this website before :)) If someone gave you a dictionary as a present, would you be happy?

she asked about hobbies, why do you think its important for adults to have hobbies?
another question was: they say children learn easier than elder people (she told an idiom that i cant remember), do you agree? also questions about elderly people learning skills and having hobbies, probably about importance of having hobbies in that age group.

cue card: tell about something you learned outside the school and university, what did you learn, how you learned it, how important /or valuable was it? and one more related question i believe. that was hard to prepare, because i’ve given no thought on that before

the examiner was kind and calm, she was helpful in that respect. the previous examiner was more neutral (that’s ok) , but she was asking questions very fast, and really didnt allow time. she may have asked me more than 20 questions and probably gave around 30 seconds to reply. her hand was on the chronometer! 😀 towards the end i had to speak like a machine gun. i dont think people often meet an examiner like this one. anyway i got 7.5 in this attempt and 7 in first.

An IELTS speaking model answer for a Jan 2018 speaking part 2 topic. The IELTS speaking part 2 topic was reported on January 3rd, 2018. Below you will find a sample answer for this topic. On this page you will find:

  1. a part 2 topic for Jan 2018
  2. a sample answer
  3. audio of sample answer (improve your pronunciation)
  4. review questions to analyse the content of the answer
  5. useful links for speaking part 2

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic

Describe a time when someone took a nice photograph of you.

  • when it was taken
  • who took it
  • what was happening
  • why you like the photo


IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample Answer January 2018

I’d like to tell you about a photograph that was taken of me which I’ve always liked. It was taken about 10 years ago when I was still living with my parents. I remember that year very well because it was the year before I left home. It was taken during a family get-together. My uncle Andy took the photo while I wasn’t looking. I didn’t know it had been taken until he sent me it a few months later. That’s very typical of him. He’s quite impulsive and full of surprises.

The family get-together, when the photo was taken, was in the summer. It was one of the hottest summers I remember and the temperature rose to a scorching 35 degrees. Almost 40 people turned up and stayed over the weekend. We enjoyed endless food, like seafood, salads, pies, meat and loads of desserts, different types of drinks and lots of dancing which was all hosted for by my mother. It isn’t often that my family all meet up together so this was a really special weekend.

At the time the photo was taken, I was chatting to my grandfather and we were laughing and enjoying each other’s company. That was the last time I saw him. He died later that summer. That conversation has stayed with me and will continue to stay with me all my life. He was telling me to reach for the stars and never hold back, to follow my dreams and not to be worried about the outcome. He was an inspirational man and I know he died without a single regret. If I could speak to him again, I would tell him just how much his advice has helped me throughout my entire life. I keep this photo on my bedside table. Whenever I look at it, it brings me a feeling of calmness and hope. For me it symbolises all that is possible in life as well as the importance of having a loving, supportive family.

Audio of Sample Answer

 Reviewing the Sample Answer

    1. Pay attention to the different grammar tenses used.
    2. See what extra information has been added.
    3. See how clearly it is structured. I followed the prompts but also added my own ideas and memories.
      1. If you don’t expand your talk to showcase your English, you will struggle to get a high score.

Useful Links for IELTS Speaking Part 2

Below you can click on useful links to improve your speaking part 2.

I will post more speaking topics for 2018 when students report them to me. Please post your topics after your test: Recent Exam Questions Page


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