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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

IELTS Speaking Part - 1 (Advertisement)

IELTS Speaking Topic - Advertisements

1. How do you feel about advertisements?
Ans: I’m sick and tired of them, so I always try to find ways to bypass ads on any media platform. For example, when I use the Internet, I make use of a program that blocks advertisements and pop-ups on any web page. As for TV, I don’t watch it that often, so commercials are not really a problem to me.

2. Are there many advertisements in your country?
Ans: There are more than anyone could ever ask for. Seriously, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing or hearing some kind of product commercial. It doesn’t help that advertisers in my country aren’t very good when it comes to making funny or clever content.

3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?
Ans: I think we are exposed to them mostly through media platforms such as TV, newspapers or the web. However, ads also take on some physical forms. Sometimes it could be a giant billboard, sometimes it could be your neighbour who gets commission for promoting a product.

4. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
Ans: I think there could be various reasons advertisements are so commonplace these days. Personally, though, I guess when businesses are competing so hard with each other, bringing the image of their product to the customers is as important as the product itself.

5. What kind of advertisements do you like the most?
Ans: Like I have mentioned, I don’t like ads. Though if I must pick one kind, then I would choose TV commercials, for the simple reason that I don’t watch TV, so they don’t bother me.

The types of commercials that win me over must be creative and clever in some way. For example, I love shampoo ads for Old Spice because they feature an angry muscular man screaming at the audience about the product’s superiority. The tongue-in-cheek humour and over-the-top effects never fail to catch my attention.

6. Do advertisements influence your choice about what to buy?
Ans: They do and I don’t like that fact. I’d prefer to be informed about my purchase, do research, price-match and all that stuff. Still, the number of products and brands are overwhelming, so exposure through ads inevitably impacts my buying habits.

7. Do you think advertising plays an important role in today’s world?
Ans: I don’t think so. I agree that they are being plastered in every imaginable part of our lives. However, we could and should live without them. No one ever says “I’d love a commercial to interrupt my favourite TV show, man”.

8. What sorts of advertisements leave the deepest impression on people?
Ans: I can’t speak for everyone, but in general there are two kinds of ads that get talked about: those with catchy tunes and those that are designed to trigger sympathy and compassion in its audience.

Friday, 12 January 2018

IELTS Speaking Topics 2018

IELTS Speaking Topics 2018

IELTS Speaking Topics: Jan- April 2018

1. Describe about some story which you like a lot or someone told you about.
- Who told you this story?
- When did you hear it?
- What was the story about?
And explain why you liked this story?

2. Describe a situation where you helped an old person
- When you helped?
- Where did you help?
- How you helped?
How you felt about it?

3. What would be your perfect holiday or vacation look like?
- Where would you like to go?
- Who would you like to go with?
- How would you like to spend it?
Explain what activities you would do there?

4. Talk about a thing you just bought and you are happy about
- Explain why you bought it
- Why you selected this product
- From where you purchased it
And explain why are you so happy about it

5. Describe the time when someone took a good photograph of you.
- When was the photo taken
- Where was the photo taken
- Who took the Photograph
How you felt about it

6. Describe something you did to help others / Occasion on which you have helped someone
- Where did you help/ what was the situation
- When
- How you helped
What was their reaction after your help?

7. Describe a period in history which has always interested you
- When did it happen
- What happened
- Why are you interested in it
Who told you first about it?

8. Describe a sportsperson that you admire
- Who is the person
- What is his/her achievement
- Why do you admire him?

9. Describe a development in your country like shopping centre, park etcetera
- What is the development
- When you heard about it
- How did it influence you

10. Talk about the most interesting subject that you learnt in school
- What was the subject
- How long did you study it?
- Why you think it was interesting
- How did the teacher make it interesting? m a k k a r _ | E

11. Describe a technology you use often (other than computer)
- What is it
- When you use it
- What do you use it for
- Explain why you like to use it

12. A public place you visited
- What is it
- When you visited
- What you liked and disliked about it

13. Describe a time when you saved money for something
What you saved for
How you saved money
For how long did you save money

14. A place you want to visit with your friends
- What is the place
- When you want to go
- With whom you want to go?
- Why you want to go with your friends

15. Talk about a toy you liked in your childhood
- What was the toy
- Who gave it to you?
- How often did you play with it

16. Talk about an unusual meal
- When did you eat it
- Where did you eat it?
- With whom you had the meal?

17. Talk about a special day which was not that expensive or on which you didn’t have to spend a lot of money
- What was the occasion
- Where you went?
- Who did you celebrate with

18. Talk about an important river or lake in your country or hometown
- Which water body is that
- How do you know about it?
- Why does it impress you so much

19. Describe a popular person
- Who is he
- How do you know him?
- Why is he popular

20. Talk about an important event that you like to celebrate
- what is the event
- whom do you celebrate it with
- why do you like to celebrate it

21. Talk about your favourite movie
- what is the name of this movie
- when did you watch it and
- why is it your favourite movie

22. An activity that you found boring
When was it?
Where was it? and
Why did you find it boring?

23. Describe a piece of furniture in your home that you often use
- What it is
- Where it is
- What it looks like (or, what it is made of)
- And explain how or why you use it. 

24. What is your idea of a perfect home? (Dream Home)
- Where would it be
- How it would loo
- When do you think you would have such a home

25. Describe an occasion when visitors came to your home
-Who the visitors were
-What the occasion was
What you did for the occasion and the visitor
Explain how you felt about it

26. Talk about a traditional object of your country or Talk about a traditional product of your country that you bought
- What is it
- How is it made
- When did you try it for the first time
- Why do you like it

27. Describe a good decision someone made or (it could be a good decision someone made recently)
- Who made the decision
- What was the decision
- When was it made
- How it affected you
- Why was it a good decision / Are you happy with the decision

28. Describe an occasion when you received a good/best service from a restaurant or a shop
- What the service was
- When and where you received the service
- Whom were you with
- And explain why you think it was a good service

29. Describe an interesting place that few people know or Describe a place in your town which is not so famous for tourists
- where it is
- When you go there
- What you can do there
- Why few people know about it/ why few people go there

30. Describe an interesting person from another country or A famous international person you know/met
- Who this person is
- What this person does
- Why this person is interesting
- How you think of this person

31. Talk about an achievement you are proud of
- What you did
- When did you do it
- Why did that achievement make you proud

32. Describe an important letter that you received.
- When did you receive
- Whom was it from
- What was the content of the letter
- How did you feel about it

33. Describe an activity you do to keep fit / way to stay healthy
- What the activity is
- When and where you usually do it
- How you do it
- Explain why it can keep your fit

34. A place people go to listen music
- Where it is
- What kind of music is performed there
- What type of people go there
- Why people go there
- Explain your impressions of this place

35. Describe an interesting conversation with someone you didn't know or a foreigner
- When this happened
- Who you were talking to
- What you talked about
- Why did you find this conversation interesting

36. A successful businessman
- Who is he
- How do you know him
- Why do you admire him

37. Talk about a company around your city which employs a lot of people
- Where is the company
- What does it do
- How do you know about it

38. Talk about a wish that you couldn’t accomplish for a long time
- What was the wish
- When you wanted to achieve
- Why you couldn't achieve

39. Describe a time/situation when you saw lots of people smiling
- When did you see them
- Where did you see them
- Who you were with
- Why people were smiling

40. Describe a situation when someone gave positive comments about the work you did for them
- What did you do
- When did you do
- What comments did they give

41. Describe something you bought according to an advertisement you saw
- What it was
- Where you saw or heard about it
- What it was about
- Why you wanted to buy it

42. Talk about someone whom you think is the best parent.
- Name and where he/she resides
- What has he/she done
- How you were impressed by him/her

43. An exciting book you read / Describe an exciting book you have read
- When you read it
- What type of book is it
- What is it about
- Why did you find it exciting

44. Describe a long car journey you went on
- Where you went
- What you did at this place
- Who you went there with
- Explain why you went on that journey by car

45. Describe a leisure facility (cinema, theatre, sports centre) you would like to have in your hometown
- What is it
- Where is it
- When you go there
- And how you feel about it

46. Rule in school
- What is the rule
- Do you agree with that
- What would happen if students break the rule

47. Describe a country in which you would like to work for a short time
- Where you would like to work
- What kind of job would it be
- When would you like to go
- Why you want to work there

48. A time when you teamed up with old person to teach something to a friend /relative
- What did you teach
- How did you teach
- Did friend/relative understand what you teach
- How well they know about what you taught

49. Describe a garden you visited regularly during your young age
- Where it was located
- How did it looks like
- What kind of visitors came there

50. Talk about a TV series you remember
- What series is it
- Who are the characters
- What do you like/dislike about it

51. Describe a time when you felt happy that you used your cellphone    
- When it happened
- Where it happened
- Who were you with
- Why you felt happy by using your cellphone

52. Describe your favourite weather.
- What kind of weather it is
- When this weather usually occurs
- What you usually do during this weather
- Explain how this weather affects you
- And explain why you like this type of weather.

53. A website which helped you to do something / website you visit often
- Which site is it
- How did you know about it
- How it helped

Thursday, 21 December 2017

IELTS Listening Test - 29

IELTS Listening Test - 29

IELTS for Academic Purpose Listening Test - 1

Saturday, 11 November 2017

(Cue Card) Describe a product you bought and felt happy

Describe a product you bought and felt happy.

What it was
Where you bought it-
What you use it for
and explain why it made you happy

Well, the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this topic was a mobile phone. Honestly saying, after buying this portable telephone, I was over the moon. And here I would talk about the same mobile phone.

Like I said it was a mobile phone. But it is not an ordinary one, It was a special edition luxury iPhone 8plus customised by GOLDGENIE company. There is no change in the specifications of this mobile phone. However, the major difference was in the looks/appearance of the mobile phone. Unlike normal iPhones, this stunning iPhone X is uniquely crafted. Each iPhone is fully embellished in 24ct gold with a beautiful polished effect and also comes with its Apple logo set with 53 Diamonds adding seductive detail.

Well, buying this luxury gadget was not a piece of cake. As its a luxury mobile phone, so it is not available in local market. To buy this, I had to sign up on seller's website. Then followed few more steps to show my interest in buying it. A week later, I received an email with a message that I am eligible to buy this product.

Apple's iPhone is a smartphone that can do many things, depending on what you and the user need. This phone doubles as cameras, stopwatch, voice recorder, calendar, radio and much more. Thanks to the ever-growing app store, there is no limit to the potential uses of the iPhone, depending on your own personal needs.

Some people may feel that there is no happiness in buying this product. But for me, buying this product made me feel happy. Actually, I have prepared the wish-list of the things which I want to buy.  I have bought majority of the things that I mentioned in the list, but few luxury things were not bought. So buying this iPhone gave a push in completing my wish list.


What are the differences between street market and supermarkets?
They are worlds apart, I’d say. At the markets, even thing doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg and you have the freedom to bargain with the seller for the best deal while in the supermarkets, there is a price tag for every product. Another distinction is that when it comes to the degree of convenience. I must say that shopping in air-conditioned and well-ventilated supermarkets a more rewarding experience than making your purchases at the markets; since it can be scorching hot or bitterly cold outside.

Why are many supermarkets built in the city center and some in the suburbs?
Personally, I feel the reason is that many dwell in urban areas, and the demand for purchasing daily necessities is greater. All I’m trying to say is that more supermarkets or shopping malls have to be built to accommodate the needs of a huge population living in the cities. As for suburban areas, the population is rather sparse and therefore just a handful of supermarkets are found in these places.

In your country, what is the most common thing people buy?
Well, the question is too broad to generalize, but if I have to take a pick I won't hesitate to say that people today are making more purchases of smartphones. The youths, for instance, are really eager and enthusiastic every time there’s a new version of smartphone released. The upcoming arrival of the Iphone X will attract thousands of teenagers to buy it, I guess. This indicates that we are showing a bigger preference for giving in the virtual world which is a saddening fact to know.

How often do people in your country go shopping?
Generally speaking, most people are really into shopping and they spend as much time as possible for this activity. Usually women will spend at least one or two times a week browsing for the latest lines of products, especially clothes at the supermarket or shopping mall. If they are busy, they tend to log on the Internet to see some virtual stores and compare the prices of different brands; and then wait till the weekend to satisfy their desire for shopping.

What kinds of places are popular for shopping in your country?
Usually, there are two types of places which are popular among shoppers. The first and most prevalent one is supermarket. This is simply because there are a wide range of clothes of different brands on display and the customers can feel free to try on their favorite pieces of garment. They can also take their friends along to check for them if those clothes match or not, which I think is pretty great. Another type is online shopping. Consumers can access the virtual stores on the Internet and browse for the items they love. Moreover, they can compare prices and look at the review sections and receive advice whether that product is worth buying or not

Do you think online shopping will replace shopping in reality?
Not really, I think each type has its own merits. In terms of shopping at physical stores, there are a wide range of clothes of different brands on display and the customers can feel free to try on their favorite pieces of garment; they can also take their friends along to see if those clothes match or not, which I think is pretty great. In terms of online stores, they can compare prices and look at the review sections and receive advice whether that product is worth buying or not in a nutshell, both are here to stay.

What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?
There can be a number of courses of actions I can consider when an item I bought online fails to live up to my expectations. The first thing I would do in this case is to vote down the address of the store owner and go directly there to ask him. This is simple because the sellers must have the responsibility if they provide products that don’t meet the standards and fix them if there are any technical problems. Another thing I would take into account is that I would go to some local authorities and claim my rights if the seller refuses to repair the item: change another one or give a refund.

How is online shopping so popular these days?
It is understandable that buying stuff online is gaining tremendous popularity among people in modern society. You can see nowadays people don’t have time to get to the store in person and therefore access the virtual stores instead. There is an increase in the number of online stores, selling diverse range of products with different rice ranges which cater for the needs of people of all ages. Furthermore, the customer service is being improved greatly and I see that many people are placing their trust on online shopping these days.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

IELTS Part - 1 ( General Questions) Band 9 Answer Topic - Birds


How do you feel about birds?
Well, I'd have to say that I am quite fascinated with birds. I guess each person
is attracted to a different species, and my favorite in the animal kingdom
happens to be birds.

Why do you feel that way?
Well, it is primarily because I have developed a keen interest In flora and fauna, especially flying creatures. I also watch a lot of movies about birds. For example, Rio, an animated movie by Disney, about the journey of a blue bird into the great outdoors

How do people in your country feel about birds?
Overall, they are not very into birds. Only elderly people are fond of keeping birds. Most of people only like to eat them especially game birds. They are considered sort of delicacy.

Are there birds near your home?
You know, I haven't spotted any in my neighborhood. You're more likely to find them in zoos, national parks or in the countryside. Also, a lot of barbershops in my city have bird cages. Not sure why that is.

Have you seen many different kinds of birds?
I have only seen a few, I am not much of a bird watcher The ones I have seen are pretty common, like pigeons and sparrows. I haven't sighted any exotic breeds.

Animal kingdom (phrase) the world of animals
Develop a keen interest In (expression) to be very interested in something
Flora and fauna (phrase) plants and animals
Great outdoors (phrase) the woods, the wilderness, the wild
Game birds (noun) a bird that may be legally hunted according to the laws
Delicacy (noun) a choice or expensive food
Bird watcher (noun) a person who watches and identifies wild birds

Exotic (adj) originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country

Sunday, 5 November 2017

IELTS Part - 1 (General Questions) Band 9 answer Topic- Daily Routine

IELTS Part - 1 (General Questions) Band 9 answer Topic- Daily Routine

Daily Routine

IELTS Speaking Questions with answers

Do you like to plan what you will do each day?
So far, planning has become one of my unbreakable habits. The more I get older, the more I learn about the importance of planning ahead even though I have just started this lately. Every night before I go to bed, I would make a to-do list for the following day, then scan through my monthly planner for any upcoming events such as deadlines, meetings or travel trips. Such organizing activity has helped ease my life.

Please describe your typical daily routine
A typical day of mine starts at 8 am. After waking up, I would just go for some basic getting-ready steps just like other girls. On weekdays I usually have classes so I would leave home at around 8.45 am to be there on time. After classes, I have lunch and go straight back home for some rest as I find morning classes are quite overwhelming. Meanwhile, on weekends when I don’t have classes, I would spend my morning on assignments. In the evening I would do some workout, take a shower and then cook dinner with my friends in order to supply ourselves some healthy foods and save money on a budget. I also eat out sometimes if we’re both busy or we run out of food. After I finish my dinner, I check my planner and get myself back to work. Additionally, as I’m not a night owl, I try to manage my time as efficiently as possible until around 12 am. Before I brush my teeth and go to bed at around 1 am, I would scan through my planner for what to do on the following day and maybe listen to some relaxing music and do some meditation.

What do you usually do at this time of day?
As usual I would still be working on my assignments. I always spend loads of time and efforts on researching for materials, organizing ideas and writing a number of drafts as I always aim to get good marks. Between duration of hard work when I find myself quite drained out, I take a 15-minute break to go online, drink some water or listen to some music to refresh my mind.

Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day?
Well, I guess I would say repeating similar things everyday is not my lifestyle. A meaningful life to me is when I can balance between my personal life and my social life. What I mean is, I always seek for opportunities to see, interact and maybe involve in other people's lives to open my mind and learn great things from them. Thus, instead of studying, I would love to spend some evenings or nights, either outdoor or indoor, with my family and friends. Besides, I also participate in social activities held by my university. I believe that this is the right time for the young generation like me to discover the outside world.

How do you organize your study time?
Maybe because I am very keen on study, I keep studying as a daily routine. Normally I start after lunch or dinner everyday and try to finish it before midnight. However, sometimes it appears to be so boring for me, after I go out and have fun, I would either stay up late or wake up early in the morning to study depending on how tired I am.

Do you ever change your plans?
Well I guess I have to say I’ve changed my plans a number of times actually. Besides those events such as appointments, meetings or travel trips could barely be put off, I tend to be flexible and go with the flow. Some people who manage their time exactly to every minute but that’s just not my style. If I feel changes do not significantly alter other activities, I would just go for it.

What’s your favorite time of the day?
I guess from 4pm to 6pm, when I have some rest after class and a little workout, is my favorite time of the day. I find myself highly awake and process things much more effectively during these hours. This is also a good time to spend on going outside and meeting up, as there is a wide variety of places to choose from and the weather is cooled down.

What do you want to change in your daily routine?
I guess I would definitely have to change my routine once I jump into the workplace, especially if I work in an office. I think I first have to get myself used to unchangeable events, then manage myself to adapt to the new working environment, as I am actually not good at dealing with changes.

To get used to (doing) something (v): to get familiar with doing Something
To be overwhelming (adj): Something which is difficult to fight against
To save money on a budget (phrase): to save money
To eat out (v): to go outside to eat
To do some meditation (v): some therapeutic methods to release stress
To be drained out (v): to be exhausted by something
To seek for (v): to look for something important (jobs, scholarships, etc.)
To stay up late (v): to go to bed late at night
To put off (v): to postpone, to delay
Go with the flow (phrase): let things happen | cope with the adversity
To go for it (phrase): to encourage SO to go ahead and do something
(An) unbreakable habit(s) (n): habits that you keep for a long-term