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IELTS speaking test trees & forests

Full IELTS Speaking Test & Answers

This IELTS test includes questions about:
  • trees
  • a special thing you would like to buy
  • shopping habits
  • consumerism
  • technology and shopping

IELTS Speaking Test Part 1

What is your full name?

My name is …

Can I see your ID?

Yes, of course, here’s my passport.

Where are you from?

I’m from Romania, but I’ve been in the UK for a couple of months now.

Do you work or study?

I’m studying at the moment; I’m doing an intensive English course so that I can study at university here in the UK in the future.

Are there a lot of trees where you live?

I suppose there are quite a few, in the street where I live, it’s an avenue so there are trees all along it on both sides. It’s nice because it’s very green even though it’s in a city.

Do you like trees, forests? Why?

Yes, I do, I used to like walking in the forest near my home. I think trees are really beautiful and I always used to feel happy when I spent time in the forest – they seem to have a relaxing effect on me. I guess I must be a nature lover.

Is there any special kind of trees in your country?

Well, there’s the Breite Nature Reserve which is famous for the oak trees which are there, there are some of them which have been there for over 800 years, and it’s a beautiful place as well as being a heritage site of some importance because of the different species you can find there.

Do you have any trees in your garden?

Not here, because I don’t have a garden, I live in an apartment, but back home we have two trees in our garden. They are both quite old, they’re oak trees, and they’re really big.

Did you ever plant a tree?

Yes, once when I was a child at school, we did a special project about environemental studies and part of it was planting some trees in a park near to our school. It was interesting and now those trees are really tall.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Cue Card Topic Questions

Talk about a special thing that you would like to buy in the future.

You should say:
  • What is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • How long will you keep it?

IELTS Speaking Answer | A special thing that you would like to buy in the future

I would like to buy a car when I go back home. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and although I don’t mind not having a car here in the UK, because I’m only here for a short while, when I go back home it’s something I’d like to buy, maybe next year if I can save enough money from working.

I’d like to buy a Dacia Sandero, a silver one, because I think it looks nice. It’s a really popular car in Romania and my friend has one – and she loves it. It’s nor particularly sporty or elegant but it’s modern looking and very economical and fun to drive, so it’s ideal for me because I’m not a big fan of cars and stuff like that but I know what I like and I think it’s a nice looking car.

I’d probably keep it for as long as I could and then maybe sell it or give it to my younger brother if he wants it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to buy it next year because I’ll be working full time before coming back to the UK to study my master’s degree. When I go back home I’ll probably use it a lot and when I’m in the UK my family can use it whenever they need to so it will be handy for them too.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

Why would you like to buy it?

I think it would be useful to have when I’m back home because I will probably need to ravel for work, something I haven’t really needed to do in the past and commuting is much easier when you have a car. The buses can be very slow at times and in the winter, a car is much more comfortable than being out on the street waiting for a bus.

Where will you buy it?

If I can afford a new one, then I’ll probably buy it from the dealer in the city where I live. They are the main dealer for that particular make of car, so that would be my first choice, even if I can’t afford a new model, maybe I’d buy a second hand one but still from the same dealer because they have a good selection and also it’s safer than buying it privately through a newspaper ad or something like that.

Do you think our shopping habits have changed?

Absolutely, I mean nowadays almost everyone is shopping online for most things whenever they are available. Here in the UK it’s even more common than back home. I have some friends here that buy almost everything online – they rarely actually go to a physical brick and mortar store to buy something if they can get it online.

Do people spend too much time shopping these days? Why?

I suppose that’s a personal thing – I mean, how much time is too much time? It’s probably true that people shop more than they did in the past, but then it’s so much easier to do these days. You can shop from home; you can shop from your mobile phone or even from work.

The accessibility of shopping is much greater than in the past for sure. But do people spend more than they did in the past on shopping, I’m not sure, I guess you can only spend so much money on shopping because you only earn so much and I don’t think people earn a lot more in real terms than before but there are certainly more opportunities for shopping than before.

Does consumerism affect the economy? Why?

Yes, clearly the more people spend the better for the economy. It helps create employment for people, grow business and therefore more people are working and paying taxes, so I suppose in simple terms if more people consume then the better the economy will be.

But then it also depends on what people consume, doesn’t it? I mean purchasing lots of goods also means using more energy for their production, more packaging, more transport and so on, which is generally bad for the environment, so there’s a balance between how much consumption is a good thing and when it becomes detrimental to the environment.

Does technology affect our shopping habits? Why?

Yes, it’s probably been the biggest driver of consumerism in the last few decades. The emergence of e-commerce has meant that people can now shop and consume anytime, anywhere, every day of the year. Being able to buy almost anything from almost anywhere in the world clearly has an impact on how people shop, whether it’s for clothes, specialty foods, and anything else.

Just think, you can virtually wander around the world’s best shops online and see what’s on offer in less time now than it would have taken you to wander down the high street in the past and see what was available in your local stores.

E-commerce has made it easier, given us more choice, and so clearly has affected how, when and why we shop.