Useful hand-made tool | IELTS Speaking Test Questions & Answers

IELTS Speaking Test USA | Part 1

What is your name?

My name is ...

Where do you come from?

I'm from ..., in ...

Do you work or study?

I'm a student at the moment, in my final year.

Do you walk in the evenings?

Yes, sometimes. When I have time I like to go for a walk in the park near where we live. It's nice in the evenings - you can see all the people and the children playing and the trees and flowers smell beautiful.

Will you continue walking in the future? Why?

Probably, because I like doing it and I think it's therapeutic and relaxing after a long day at university. It's a nice way to wind down and escape the hustle and bustle of the day.

Do you like cold or hot weather?

I much prefer warm weather - not to cool but not too hot either; when it's too hot it becomes unbearable very quickly, you feel constantly wet and sticky when there is a lot of humidity.

Is there any kind of weather you don't like?

Yes, really hot weather, as I said, it's just too uncomfortable for a long period of time, especially if you're trying to study or work.

IELTS speaking Test USA | Part2

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Cue Card Topic Question

Talk about a useful hand-made tool that you created.

You should say:
  • What was it?
  • How did you do it?
  • Why is it useful in everyday life?

A useful hand-made tool that you created | IELTS Speaking Answer

Okay I can remember one time when I was a lot younger – and I went camping with some friends. We planned to be away for three or four days in the summer, so we packed everything we thought we would need. We had our own tent and a small collapsible stove for cooking, but we really wanted to try cooking with an open fire if we could, so we took a big old pot that we could put food in and cook it.

Anyway, when we finally arrived at the site where we planned to stay, we started unpacking all the stuff and finally realized that we had forgotten to pack a mallet to bang the tent pegs into the ground with. I thought for a moment and then I looked around where we were and saw a stick on the ground. I picked it up and then looked for a rock or a stone – it took me a couple of minutes to find one just the right size and shape for what I had in mind, but I did.

Then I got some cord which we had packed, and by experimenting a little I managed to tie or bind the stone to the stick to make a hammer – like a very basic hammer a prehistoric man might have made; very simple and not aesthetically appealing – but when we tested it – it worked just fine, so we were able to pitch our tent and finished getting organized.

I don’t think it would be very useful in everyday life, although I suppose if you didn’t have a mallet or hammer then it would be. It was a bit heavier than normal – but very effective. It was more of a challenge than anything else – just to see if we could do it or not – and if it would work. I’d much prefer to use a regular hammer if I was going to need it a lot around the home for example.

IELTS Speaking Test USA | Part 3

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Discussion Questions

Do you agree that the government should support handcraft arts? Why/Why not?

It's a good idea if they do because most artisans need some degree of help. Also, a lot of handcrafts are based in traditional culture and very old skills so it's good to preserve these as part of our heritage.

Tell me about one of the famous handcrafted products in your country that attracts tourists.

Well, there are some food products which are famous nationally and regionally which most tourists try when they visit.

Then there are other items such as clothes, hats and jewelry. female tourists in particular love to buy jewelry with emeralds, whether its a necklace, bracelet or maybe even just a pair of earrings - they're very popular.

Most jewelry is made with silver and emeralds, although some is made with local gold too. I think it's so popular because the local craftpeople are highly skilled and they come up with some amazing designs - and the tourists love the price because it's a lot cheaper than buying such jewelry elewhere.

Do you think the handcrafted products are still in demand? Why/Why not?

Some of them are, but not all. For example, the items which appeal to tourists are still very much in demand - but other items like clothes and shoes not so much.

Furniture is also a good example of something which used to be made by hand, people here used to buy a lot of handmade furniture or custom-built furniture, but in recent years there has been a big change because now there is much more mass-produced furniture available, some of it produced here and some imported.

So now there's a lot more choice than there used to be and many people prefer to just buy something which is already made, and it's generally cheaper also, so there's definately less demand for some handcrafted products.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Discussion Questions

In the modern world we have computers replacing humans in a variety of tasks, will it affect our younger generation’s creativity? Why/Why not?

It might, but then they might just become creative in different ways - ways that maybe don't even exist yet. For example, some people still paint and draw, just as people did centuries ago, so computers haven't changed everything.

And designers now use computers to design many things which were done on paper in the past. A lot of young people use technology to create music in ways that weren't possible not long ago - so it all depends on what type of creativity we're talking about.

I think people are naturally creative - so computers won't change that, it's like an instinct. But it's extremely probable that even more people will be replaced by computers and technology in the future at work - but then new types of work will also emerge for future generations, so we'll have to wait and see how things develop in the future.

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