Reported IELTS Speaking Topic: April 2015

Below is a reported IELTS speaking topic this month with tips and advice about how to answer the questions.

Speaking Part 2: Beautiful Person

Describe a beautiful person that you know.

You should say:

  • who the person is
  • when you met the person
  • where you met this person
  • and explain why you think he/she is beautiful

Speaking Part 3: Beauty

  • What is beauty for you?
  • Do you think the media influences our idea of beauty?
  • Do you think advertisement’s portrayal of beauty is correct?
  • How has people’s idea of beauty changed over the last few decades?
  • Do you think beauty only relates to a person’s appearance?

Tips for Developing Answers and Vocabulary

1. How can I paraphrase the word “beautiful”?

You can paraphrase the word “beautiful” as “attractive” or “good-looking”. For a man, you could also say “handsome” and for a women you could say “pretty”. But the main focus on vocabulary should not be just paraphrasing the word “beautiful”. This topic is full of high level vocabulary for describing people, their particular physical features and their character.

2. How can I expand my answers? What details can I give?

Part 2

For part 2, you need to expand on each prompt by giving more details of how you met the person and the impression you got. Giving a description of the person is a must – not only the physical appearance but also the character. When describing physical appearance it’s good to focus on an aspect of their appearance rather than giving the usual details. For example, “My father has rather startlingly blue eyes. They constantly smile at you and reveal the humour in his character. Many people have said he has intelligent eyes but I would say they are just full of life…“. By describing people in this way, you would get a much higher band score than only saying “he has blue eyes and he’s quite tall” which is what students learn in elementary level. Also tell a little short, possibly about an aspect of their character that you find appealing.

Part 3

For part 3, when expanding what you think is beautiful, it is good to go beyond just appearance and also talk about the way someone moves, for example, gracefully or powerfully. You can also talk about the person’s character or the way they dress. Try to go beyond just talking about physical features.

For media and beauty, it is good to go into detail about how fashion dictates our ideas of beauty and the impact it has on our society, particular on the young generation. This relates to magazines, films, the music industry and social media.

To show how beauty has changed over the years you can describe how women’s figures have changed over the years from the typical “hour glass figure” to the less curvy women’s figure, which is very stick-like, that is considered beautiful today. You can give specific examples, for example of famous female stars over the decades.


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  1. Idowu Imouokhome says:

    Hi Liz. Good work you’re doing here. I have the speaking test tomorrow. Please what is the best way to begin your answer to the question (describe a beautiful person..) above?

    • There is no right way or wrong way. Just start describing: choose one or two main features, such as “large expressive eyes” or “strong chin”. Then go on to describe build, height and hair. Also describe character.

  2. Pravallika says:

    Can you give me some idea about the cue card, describe something that you do to save money.
    Thanks in advance

    • This could be relating to choosing things which are cheaper and you can explain details of a time when you did that. Or it might be how you put money aside each month to save a particular amount. You can decide how to interpret the topic and plan your talk accordingly.

  3. hi liz,

    can we write all our answers in capital letters in listening section

  4. Liz
    I am very tensed about IELTS exam especially in speaking, my english is not good , moreover i am not a good speaker in any language, Hardly i answer yes or no, I don’t have much idea about different topics, a poor vocabulary, i panic , i stuck , i have got alot of problems

    • The model answer you give is far beyond my thinking level, this type of answers may not come to my mind even if i think for hours about it.

  5. Nickname Michael says:

    Hi Liz, for listening what can you recommend?. How do I improve listening?

  6. Hi liz, thank u so much for ur valuable tips and tutorials on youtube/dailymotion. I learnt alot from there. However i want to ask u, as in my part 2 of speaking examiner stopped me before i completed my all questions. What does this means. Will it effect my score?

  7. Dear Liz

    Thank you in advance, but this link for “Speaking part 3 a Quiz of Understanding” is not working.
    And I’d really like to know what kind of questions there are, could you give me a working link?
    If you do not have one, could you give me brief info about what can be asked in this kind of topic?

  8. Hi Liz
    How should I prepare for a scenario, when I get a topic to speak, which is not of any interest to me? for instance, describe your favourite piece of art ….

    Or a moment I have to get some example, which does not strike at the correct time.

    Lately, practising for IELTS, I feel I am having some dementia and couldn’t recall examples especially the name. What could be your word of advice for me?

    Thanks for the good work you are doing,
    May God Bless You !!!

    • For speaking part 2, you can choose how to approach the topic. There is no right and wrong. So, you could talk about your favourite photo. If you don’t know an exact word, just explain what you mean – it’s called paraphrasing. You don’t just use synonyms, you also explain and describe.
      All the best

  9. Dear all

    I would very appreciate if anybody can share the speaking topic on 1st August, in Edinburgh exam centre? Thanks a lot!

  10. Prashant says:

    Hi Liz,

    Hope u r doing well.

    I have seen your tutorials and its worth watching them. I’d like to ask you something that as you have explained somewhere on your link that in speaking test one should be chatty and natural.

    Can i talk frankly with the Interviewer??. Please reply. I going to give my speaking test on 21st July, 2015.

    Please advice some special tips.:)

    Warm Regards

    Prashant Gogia

    • What do you mean by talking “frankly”? you should be chatty and natural. You add more to each answer. You will need to explain more clearly for me to give you a definite answer.

      • Prashant says:

        Dear Liz,

        Frankly means just talking with interviewer in a Friendly way.


        Prashant Gogia

        • I know the meaning of “frankly” but it is different from each person’s perspective. If you only mean being friendly, then yes, you should be friendly by adding more information. For example Q. Do you like vegetables?” You don’t answer “Yes, I do”. You should answer “Yes, I do. I particularly enjoy green veg, like courgette and cabbage, but I’m not overly fond of beetroot.”. This is about being chatting with the examiner.
          All the best

  11. ian choolun says:

    hi ya ..thanking you to hv the opportunity to writing you .well my concern am applying spouse visa in uk …need to do the general ielts test …would be grateful to know wat band score i should achieve ..please help if u got a clue ..cheers

  12. Dilpreet Singh says:

    Dear liz,
    First of all thanks a lot to provide help to all students of ielts. Please tell me how can i develop new ideas on topics in speaking part 1 and 2 and 3 like hobbies, newspaper, friends etc? i can speak english in normal conversation but when i prepare for ielts questions then i cannot speak because i dont have ideas or information about the questions or topics. Please help me.

    • For part 3 ideas, just use some ideas from writing task 2. But for part 1 and part 2, these are about yourself and your own life. You must decide what extra information to add. Just add a bit more information naturally, as you would when talking to a friend.

  13. thank’s liz . Tomorrow is my speaking exam , i think it’s very useful to me.

  14. Hi liz
    Please mark my letter writing. I try to write but something goes wrong.
    Write a reply to your friend. In your letter,
    tell your friend you understand the problem.
    explain what happen to you in the past.
    suggest possible solution to the problem

    Dear Sara,
    How are you? Hope you are coping well. I feel sorry for the situation you are facing these days. As you asked some suggestion from me, I like to let you know that I also had a similar type of problem in the past.
    I understand how you feel and the environment around you. It’s very difficult to adjust. Time goes on and every thing will be fine.Please, don’t loose hope.
    Last year I was a victim of harassment in my work place. I was unable to express the incident to other people because of my hesitation. Situation went more and more worse and finally I stood- up, went to the concerned person and the case was solved.
    In such circumstances, i want you to move forward and speak to the senior staff . Take help from whom you trust most in the work place.This is a type of crime, you mustn’t keep quite. Speak-up yourself to protect you. These criminal must be punished. Don’t stress to much. I urge you to take an action.
    take care and do write me soon.

    • Make sure you have only three main body paragraphs – one for each point given to you by IELTS. There are some vocabulary and grammar issues but you have the right tone for the letter.

      • mousami mahto says:

        Hi Liz,
        Please mark my writing task 1
        Write a letter to you fren:
        Thank ur fren for the holiday
        explain tha you left your wallet in their house
        give them instruction of how to send them back

        Dear Meera,
        How are you? I hope you are coping well. I wanted to thank you for the wonderful holiday and comfy stay at your house in Maldives.It was really an awe-inspiring experience and it turned out more wonderful only because of you and your cousins companionship . I had never envisioned beaches and that was my first beach experience. Once again thank you for giving me the gracious memories.

        I need your little help, during my packing, mistakenly I imparted my wallet in your house. I was getting late for my flight and in that haste I left my wallet.In my wallet, there are credit cards,driving license and other crucial papers.

        I will be very grateful if you can courier my wallet to the below mentioned address as soon as possible and sorry for the trouble caused.
        Thank you and Take care.

        F-No-307,sterling Brookside


  15. Thanks very much, this is a real charity for you.
    God bless you.

  16. thanq mohamed,,, its pretty description!!

  17. hi liz,
    Today I’m going to attend my IELTS Speaking test.

    • Good luck! Be natural and chatty. Always add more to your answers and give plenty of examples and details in part 2 and part 3.
      All the best

    • hi liz,
      Today morning I completed My Speaking Test. I am Little bit nervous because the examiner stopped me while I’m implementing my ideas in part2 and part 3(in this part she said 2 times).

      • You only have one minute to plan your ideas and the examiner will tell you when to start speaking. In part 3, the examiner might interrupt you to ask new questions. I hope you did ok.

  18. Mohamed Ghoneim says:

    when we speak about beauty, the first person that jumps up to my mind is my wife “Ghada” .. I think she’s the most beautiful woman i’ve ever seen. I first met her in the hospital about 3 years ago, when i was going to the hospital screaming from my tooth .. I saw her , she’s not blonde or with blue-eyes, but what attracts me most is her brown-eyes.. They are merciful eyes .. I saw how she was looking at her patients , compassionate with them .. she was playing with a child who was crying out of pain .. I love everything about her , the way she’s dressed, her smile all the time, her perfume .. everything about her is just “perfect” . 🙂

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