Below is a list of common musical instruments divided by type. How many instruments do you know? Can you pronounce them all correctly?
- How do you pronounce the word “guitar”? AnswerThe word guitar is pronounced /ɡɪˈtɑː/ . The “u” is a silent letter. See below to listen to the pronunciation.
- What kind of instrument is the violin? AnswerIt’s a small stringed instrument made of wood.
- What traditional instruments are there in your country? AnswerHere are some examples of traditional musical instruments around the world: in India, there is the sitar (a stringed instrument), in China there is the gu-zheng ( a 21 stringed instrument), in Vietnam there is a bamboo xylophone ( percussion instrument), in Italy there is the mandolin (similar to a guitar), in Australia there is didgeridoo (a wind instrument made from the branch of a tree), in Egypt there is the sistrum ( a u-shaped framed drum) and in Scotland there are the bag pipes (a wind instrument), in Iraq there is the oud (a stringed instrument similar to a lute). ……Please note that this answer is not an example of how to answer an IELTS question, it’s just some general information for you about instruments in your country – if your country has an instrument which is not in this list, please let me know. Liz
Can you label the picture below?Answers
Listen to the answers
- record / vinyl
Types of Musical Instruments
- electric guitar
Key Board Instruments
- electronic keyboard
- xylophone / bamboo xylophone
- wood blocks
Audio for both key board and percussion instruments
IELTS Speaking Part 1: Musical Instruments Questions and Answers (available from Feb 20th)