***In your IELTS interview, speak in FULL sentences – ALWAYS!

***Technically, the examiner does not mark you for the introduction, BUT in actuality, they are marking/judging your English ability from the first words that come out of your mouth. 

***Make sure to focus on the question specifically and target the subject and object of the questions. (If you use templates, “Ex. There are a plethora of places I go to have fun…”), it is much more likely that the examiner will interrupt your answers. 

***Do NOT say, “FOR EXAMPLE” – instead, just say the example. It’s more fluent and the examiner is less likely to interrupt your answers.

Examiner Questions:

Can I see your identification?

Yes, certainly, here is the page with my credentials, please take a look. 

What is your full name?

As it is in my passport, my given name is Gregory and my family name is Wallace, please just call me Greg for short. 

Where do you go for fun?

In order to relax and for some entertainment, I go to the recreation center that’s about a kilometer from my home. It has a swimming pool, a gym, billiard tables and even a small theater. I was there last Saturday with two of my friends. 

Who do you like to spend time with? ***Paraphrase the question in your answer.

I enjoy the company of my friends and family, I have an older and a younger brother whom I spend much time with, especially on the weekends or in the evenings. We play sports together. I shot some hoops (to play basketball) with my younger brother last evening. 

PARAPHRASE – To say the same idea in a different way!

  1. Synonyms 🡪 travel = adventure, journey, trip
  2. Antonym + negative 🡪 stay = don’t go
  3. Description 🡪 city = an urban area with dense population
  4. Expressions (idioms, phrasal verbs) 🡪 shoot some hoops = play basketball
  5. Grammar 🡪 How often do you travel away (present simple)? = I haven’t adventured much from my hometown these past two years. (present perfect.)

***In order to get a band 7 or more in your IELTS Speaking, you have to show several forms of paraphrasing to the examiner.  

Poor – impoverished

Let’s talk about your traveling.

How often do you travel away from your city?

I frequently journey out of town, away from Victoria where I live, I would say at least five to ten times each month as I have friends and relatives living in many different places on Vancouver Island, and I love to go visit them. 

Where do you like to go on vacation? (New slang staycation = a vacation where you stay at home)

I really enjoy taking time off and visiting places with a warm climate, preferably on a beach, such as Costa Rica or the Spanish Riviera, just because I really like swimming and surfing. I actually have a trip planned for next summer to hang out on the Mediterranean in Portugal with my family. 

When is the best time to travel for you? Why?

The most opportune time in the year for me to go on a trip is in the month of June when I have less work and the weather is quite good for most places, it’s not too hot, nor too cold. My trip to Portugal is planned for the 15th of June. 

What is your favorite way to travel? Why?

Have you ever traveled to another country? Why?

If you could visit any place on earth, where would you go? Why?

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One Response to “IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 – Travelling”

  1. promise

    I love to travel, I love travelling by road. so I love road trips.
    Yes I Have travelled to another country. I have travelled to the united state of America. I travelled to see my siblings.
    I would love to travel to Holland. I hear their food is great i would love to go and see for myself.

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