IELTS Speaking Test USA | Hometown, Food, Something Naughty, Attitudes,

This IELTS speaking test includes questions about:
  • hometown
  • food
  • being naughty as a child
  • children & attitudes
  • parents & attitudes

IELTS speaking test USA | Part 1 questions

Can I see your ID please?

Sure, here's my passport.

What is your full name?

Jose Ignacio Valderama

Where are you from?

I'm from Argentina.

What do you like the most about your hometown?

I think that would have to be the culture and the architecture. It's a very beautiful city and there are a lot of cultural influences from history, from different parts of the world. It has a lot of variety.

Is your hometown famous for anything?

Well, it's known as the "Paris of South America" and is also the most visited city, even though it isn't the biggest. In my country it's the most important place, economically, politically and culturally, but many people also associate food and dancing with it, even though those things are national and not just from the city.

What kind of food did you eat as a child?

When I was a child I loved empanadas,'s like a mix of corn, meat, bacon, beans, onion and other ingredients, ... humitas as well as chorizo which is a kind of spicy sausage, pastries, and dulce de leche...I don't know what you call it in English, oh and of course yerba mate which is our national drink. We also ate food from other parts of the world, especially Europe such as pasta, sausage and desserts, and a lot of red meat, Argentina is famous for it's beef and we love BBQs.

Do you think you will give your own children the same type food? [Why? / Why not]

I think I probably will, maybe not so many empanadas though, because they can be fattening. I think it's important for children to have a healthy balanced diet. When I was a child I probably didn't eat enough vegetables and fruit, I loved sweet things more. A well-balanced diet is good for your health so I would like my children to eat a little more healthy than I did when I was young, but they'll probably eat more or less the same as I did, just more of the healthy food and less of the not so healthy food.

What type of food do you eat these days?

I think my diet is more healthy now. I try to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, I don't eat a lot of sugary or sweet food and I probably eat less red meat and empanadas than before, so it's pretty healthy food.

IELTS Speaking Test USA | Part 2 Questions

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Discussion Questions

Describe something naughty you did when you were a child.

You should say:
  • what you did,
  • why you did it,
  • what happened after that
and why you remembered this incident.

IELTS Speaking Answer | Something naughty you did when you were a child

Okay, I can remember one situation which I thought was funny at the time but it wasn't really because another boy got into trouble because of what I did.

We were playing soccer in the street one afternoon in our neighborhood and I kicked the ball badly and it broke a window in one of the houses close by to where we were playing. It was an accident, but the old man who lived in the house was bad tempered and didn't like children playing near his home. I was scared he would come out and see who had broken his window so we all ran away and hid.

I though that he hadn't seen what happened, but the next day when I was walking home he came out of his house and walked up to me and asked me if I knew anything about is broken window. I lied to him and told him it was another boy. I just wanted him to go away.

I didn't think it was bad thing to do at the moment, but unfortunately the old man went to see the other boy's parents and got very angry with them. Of course, eventually he found out that I had lied to him and then he came to see my parents and told them what I had done.

That's when I had a big problem with my parents, they were shocked and punished me and wouldn't let me see my friends or play soccer for two weeks. I had to go straight home from school and study all the time. My parents also made me apologize to the old man, which was scary.

Looking back now I can laugh about it, but I remember it well because it was the first time my parents got really angry with me and punished me.

IELTS Speaking Test USA | Part 3 Questions

What is a child’s attitude influenced by?

There are many things, such as their parents, school, friends, where they live and their situation in life. The influence of parents is probably the strongest, even if children don't always agree with what their parents think or say, the lessons or values that parents teach their children can last a lifetime.

What is the effect of parents’ attitude on children?

It can be strong or not, it depends a lot on the parents. If the parents have very strong ideas, morals or values and transmit these to their children then when a child grows up he or she may still maintain the same values as their parents. If, however, the parents are more liberal or open minded the child may develop independent ideas and have quite different values when he or she is grown up.

Should children listen to parents? [Why?]

Yes and no. Mostly yes, and it depends on a child's age as well, there are some things that parents teach their children which are good, common sense, and make life easier for their children and society as a whole. But it's also important that a child feels comfortable enough to develop their own ideas and thoughts about things. It's an important part of growing up and becoming an adult. Children who just accept everything their parents say and never question anything or think about it for themselves might have problems in later life when they have to make their own decisions.

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