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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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Comments

  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
      Liz

  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.
      Liz

      • Prashant says:

        Dear Liz,

        Frankly means just talking with interviewer in a Friendly way.

        Regards

        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
          Liz

  11. <3

  12. 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

  13. 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.
      Liz

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