IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1
What is your full name?My name’s…
Can I see your ID?Yes, here it is.
Where are you from?I’m from…
Do you work or study?I’m a student at the moment.
Where do you live now?I live here with my family in [name of city].
Is it a house or an apartment?It’s a house, in the suburbs, about 20 minutes from here.
Can you describe your place?
What do you like about your house?
What would you like to change there? Why?
Do you use a computer?Yes, every day, for studying and for fun, too.
Do you prefer working on the computer or in another way?
So it really depends on what the actual task is. I don’t mind doing some research online, but if I know I’m going to have to do a lot of reading or it’s a big document – then I’ll usually print it off or download it and then sit and browse through the hardcopy, highlighting the parts that are important for me.
Why do you think computers are good?
And there are lots more reasons why they’re good – you could explain every benefit of every application; the list is so long it would take forever.
What would you like to learn about computers?
I’m not concerned about how something appears on the screen, you know, the technical processes which happen inside the processor or anything like that – I just want to use the app and the features it has. As long as an app has a help menu, I’m okay.
What kind of music do you like?
How often do you listen to it?
In fact some nights I actually go to sleep listening to music, because it relaxes me.
Do you still listen to the same music as when you were younger?
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2
Talk about your favorite toy as a childYou should say:
- what it was
- who gave it to you and when
- how you felt about it
IELTS Speaking | Your favorite toy as a child
I remember it well because of the circumstances. They gave it to me when I was in hospital. I was having an operation and I had to stay in the hospital for about 4 days in total, anyway, after the first day, and after the operation, they came to visit me and they brought me a present, which was a nice surprise. I unwrapped the present and it was an action figure – a soldier – which I thought was pretty cool at the time.
I liked it because the hospital was a pretty boring place and having a new toy was fun – it kept me amused playing with it and inventing all kinds of adventures that he could be involved in. I guess it was a kind of therapy because I didn’t really feel that well for a couple of days and I wasn’t allowed to get out of bed or anything like that until the last day – so it gave me something to pass the time, apart from reading a book.
At night when I was in the hospital and couldn’t sleep I used to imagine places where my soldier would go - like in the jungle and up mountains and to faraway places and get into all kinds of adventures and exciting situations, but of course he would always survive and return from his mission successfully. Thinking about it now, it’s quite funny how vivid my imagination was back then.
I really liked the toy for a few years but then I started being interested in other things and lost interest in action figures, but it’s still one of the gifts and one of the toys I had as a child that I remember well, probably because of the circumstances, being in hospital and everything.
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3 Questions
Do you think toys are better or worse today than in the past?
Maybe the range of toys is greater now than in the past, but it’s not so easy to say whether they’re all better or worse than before. A lot of them are still the same as before, they’ve just been updated.
What types of toys should parents buy for their children?
They also bought other toys for me which I didn’t ask for, and most of the time I liked them, too.
I don’t think you can just mandate to parents to buy just a certain type of toy – it’s important that toys are not just about fun but they can also be used to stimulate the interest of a child and each parent needs to take the interests of their child into account when considering which toys they are going to buy for their child to play with.
What would you prefer, fun or educational toys? Why?
For example, when I was child I used to build models. Now, it might not be obvious whether building a model is fun or educational – I used to enjoy it a lot, so I would say it was fun; but it also taught me about construction, patience, manual dexterity, as well as paying attention to detail, understanding instructions and planning, so it would also be easy to say that the whole process of building a model was educational. Did I buy them because they were educational? No. I bought them because I enjoyed building them, for fun.
So the distinction between what is educational and what is fun is not always clear.
Do you think people spend too much money on toys nowadays?
Probably not. You could say that children in general have more toys now than in the past, but then we generally have more of everything than in the past, more clothes, more gadgets and so on, so it doesn’t really mean anything.
Do parents spend a lot more money than in the past on toys? Yes, that’s probably true also, but then we also spend more on other things also. There’s really no easy comparison or measure. I mean how much is too much? If parents can afford to buy a lot of toys then fine, and if they can’t then that’s fine also. Everybody has different levels of income and we spend it accordingly, whether it’s on toys, clothes, food or whatever item.
Is there an intellectual connection between toys and children?
This is why some toys are classified as educational, because they target certain skill areas through their design and the functions or activities involved when playing with the specific toy.