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IELTS Speaking Part-2

Posted: May 29, 2020 at 7:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Topic: Describe a time you needed to use your imagination

You should say: what the situation was

Why you needed to use imagination

What the difficulties were

Ad explain how you felt about it

Sample Answer

I’d like to talk about the time when I (1) made use of imagination. I was going to the bookstore that day and accidentally (2) ran into the book titled “Maldives Beach”. The name (3) caught my attention as my friends told me the Maldives is the (4) finest beach they have ever seen. The book looks like other traveling books with several sections talking about the local people and some tips to travel there. The more I read, the more interesting the book was. The book describes closely how local (5) handicrafts were made and how (6) skillful the local was. Although there isn’t any picture, I could imagine the lotus statues or (7) embroideries  (8)with a riot of colors that are sold at the market every day. The book allows me (9) to transport myself into a special realm where I feel very comfortable and relaxed. However, I wish that the book could add more colorful pictures as I had to (10) make the best of my imagination to (11) visualize how the beach looks. Though the book describes the white sand, crystal water, and range of coconut trees, I found it’s still hard to imagine. If this book had more pictures, I think it would be the (12) best-seller traveling book. Maldives beach stimulates me to go traveling (13) step out of my comfort zone and discover new (14) horizons so it’s definitely the best book for me.

Useful Vocabulary

  1. make use of imagination

ex: When Jane told me about her boyfriend, I had to make use of my imagination to know how her boyfriend looks like

  1. run into= come across

ex: I ran into him when I was crossing the street

  1. catch sb’s attention

ex: she wears a bodysuit to catch everyone’s attention

  1. finest

ex: La Lasca restaurant is among the finest in my country

  1. handicraft

ex: [……] pottery village makes lots of handicraft

  1. skillful 

ex: my sister is really skillful as she can make everything

  1. embroidery

ex: this embroider was made by Thai people in the 19th century

  1. with a riot of colors

ex: I love sitting in a flower garden with a riot of colors

  1. transport me into a special realm

ex: the reading book is the best way to transport ourselves into a special realm

  1. make the best of sth

ex: due to the lack of water, we have to make the best of dirty water to clean the house

  1. Visualize

Ex: I can’t visualize how difficult this job is until I do it

  1. Best-seller

Ex: his cookery book is the best-seller in 2009

  1. step out of sb’s comfort zone

ex: he advised me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself more

  1. horizon

ex: traveling is the best way to widen your horizon

IELTS Speaking part-2 Topic: Describe a restaurant you like(to go to)/ that impresses you.

You should say:

  • where this restaurant is
  • what type of food the restaurant has
  • why you go to this restaurant
  • and explain why you like this restaurant/why this restaurant impresses you.

Answer by IELTS test taker with examiner’s comment

I would like to talk about a Japanese restaurant I read about on a food blogger’s website. The restaurant named X located in an alley on ABC Street which is popular with Japanese food lovers. As I live in XYZ, I can’t go to that restaurant on a regular basis. Thus, every time I get a chance, I love to get there with my colleagues to enjoy a palatable meal.

This restaurant serves some kinds of Japanese traditional food. Among them, “ramen” – a traditional noodle of Japanese is the most sought-after dish by this restaurant’s customers. It offers some famous kinds of ramen, with self-made noodles, making a wonderful and true ramen taste. The other thing which makes me fall in love with this restaurant is the Japanese culture when I eat out there. Chefs and waiters are always kind and polite, but smoking or too much noise is never allowed there. Thus, as soon as you get into the restaurant, it seems like you are immediately brought to Japan to experience the cuisine culture. That’s why it’s enjoyable to be there though it is located in a small area.

Despite the fact that I really love our country’s cuisine, sometimes I choose to enjoy food from other cultures, and Japan is always at the top of the list. The art of Japanese cuisine and the cozy ambiance this restaurant creates do impress me a lot.

Useful vocabulary & expressions:

  • on a regular basis: regularly
    Ex: I don’t go to that restaurant on a regular basis
  • popular with: liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people
  • palatable: delicious
  • Sought-after: wanted by many people
  • at the top of the list: better than all the others
    Ex: I like all of his books, but this one is at the top of the list.

Examiner’s Comment:

  • She makes a few small grammatical errors in this part, but she uses a good range of Grammar quite effectively with both simple and complex structures.
  • She uses a wide range of vocabulary, including some less common and idiomatic items and effective collocation (palatable, sought-after, at the top of the list, cozy ambiance, etc). However, sometimes she lacks precision in her choice of words and expressions (Japanese instead of Japan, etc)
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