IELTS Speaking Part 1: Error Correction

The questions below are taken from various topics in speaking part 1. What problems can you find with the answers?

Can you swim?
I really enjoy swimming. In fact, I swim almost every day in my local pool.

Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?
I go out to restaurants a few times each week with my colleagues from work for lunch.

Have you ever been abroad?
Most holidays I travel to my hometown to see my family but one day I would really like to go to the UK and visit London.

Did you enjoy school when you were a child?
I was very active in school. I joined a lot of clubs and was a member of two sports teams as well. I’m still in touch with my friends from school.

Answers

None of the answers above give a direct answer to the question. It is important in IELTS speaking part 1 to give a grammatically correct direct answer to each question. Here is what the answers should have been:

Can you swim?
Yes, I can. I really enjoy swimming. In fact, I swim almost every day in my local pool.

Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?
I usually prefer to eat out. I go out to restaurants a few times each week with my colleagues from work for lunch.

Have you ever been abroad?
No, I haven’t. Most holidays I travel to my hometown to see my family but one day I would really like to go to the UK and visit London.

Did you enjoy school when you were a child?
Yes, I did. I was very active in school. I joined a lot of clubs and was a member of two sports teams as well. I’m still in touch with my friends from school.

 

Comments

  1. Sharifa Chowdhury says

    Is it okay if I use contractions like “don’t” “can’t” and the informal phrases such as “you know” , “like” in my speaking?Two days back I went to give mock test.The examiner there forbade to use those things as those are the markers of informal talk.But, I’m really confused as these things come naturally in my speaking.What to do?

    • The IELTS speaking test is informal. IT is NOT formal. Your aim is to use informal chat and be 100% natural in the way you talk. Using contractions is an essential feature of pronunciation for a better score.

  2. mbvmkrishna says

    In speaking part2, how many minutes will i need to speak for each question ?

  3. My exam was on 2 March ,speaking topics are wild animal,zoos.tourism,newspaper,

  4. how many question the examiers ask in part 1?

  5. Thanks Liz I always follow your interactions which one will be beneficial for me in future when I will give the exam

  6. Hello Madam,

    In speaking, can we talk as much as we wanted to the respective questions.

  7. rahulchawla says

    hi liz mam
    m having difficulty related to speaking
    how can i improve dis?

  8. HI LIZ
    I AM ABHESHEK HOW CAN I score in speaking 7.5 .actually i tried twice time gor 6.5 in both can u help me

    with regards

  9. hi Liz,
    I really want to know the answer of the questins about family?
    I am married and have two daughters so when the examiner ask to describe my family which of my families I will describe. The family who are my mother, father and siblings or my family with my husband and daughters.
    Thank you very much for your answers 🙂

  10. Hi liz! Do you have a particular ielts practices for ielts to get 7 or 7.5 that i can purchase?

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