IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Grocery Shopping – Band 9

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Arrive 1 hour early to your speaking so that you can practice with some other candidates who are waiting for their test!

***Use full sentences for the answers – Use the questions in your answers!

***When the examiner reads your candidate number – use this as a cue to remind yourself that you are only a number, mistakes are nothing personal, and you are there to do one job only! To get a good band score.

***Memorized English that sounds mechanical on the IELTS exam is REALLY BAD! – always practice different ways to answer these icebreaker questions.

***PART 1 – is about YOU (not people and not the examiner) so do NOT use “you” and “people” – instead use, “I, me, my, myself”

Examiner Questions:

May I see your identification?

Yes, definitely. Here  is my passport with my personal details, just give me a sec to flip to the right page, okay, here you are, please take a look. 

What is your full name?

My first name Que and my family name is Nguyen, but this is often difficult to pronounce for English speakers, so please just call me by my English nickname, Dave. 

What do you like to do in the evenings?

After 6pm, once I get home from work and have a bite to eat, I like to unwind for a bit with either a book or a good show on the teli. This helps me to energize for the next day. Just yesterday I started a new series called Up and Down and had some great laughs. 

And, what do you like to do at the weekends?

On Saturdays and Sundays I like to both relax and do some physical activity with friends and family. I’m really into mediation these days as well as strength yoga. I’ve just recently started a yoga class that is on Saturdays and I’m really enjoying it. 


Let’s talk about grocery shopping.

Where do you usually buy groceries?

Most of the time I buy my produce and foodstuffs from Fairways Market which is a supermarket located about 5k from my home. I was there just a week ago to purchase all of my food needs for the next couple of weeks. 

Who do you go grocery shopping with? (Why?)

Mostly, I do my grocery purchases with my wife and daughter because in this way everyone in my family has a say about what they would like to eat and no one has a reason to complain at the dinner table. I was at Fairways market with them last week when I did my most recent shopping. 

Which foods do you buy frequently when you go to the grocery store? (Why?)

When do you like to go grocery shopping? (Why?)

Have there been changes in the prices of foods over the past five years?

Yes, there has been a major shift in the cost of foods over the past half decade, namely produce has become much more expensive because of increased demand and decreased supply, especially since there has been a lack of cultivation during the COVID pandemic. I was shocked that the price of carrots has gone up from a dollar a kilo to four dollars!

If you could change one thing about your favorite grocery store, what would that be? (Why?)

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