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?
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.
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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