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In part 1, the examiner will ask you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests. This section should help you relax and talk naturally.

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    1. Let’s talk about your hometown. Where is your hometown?
    2. What do you like about it?
    3. What do you not like about it?
    4. How important is your hometown to you?
    5. Do you think you will continue to live in your hometown?
    6. Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
    7. Does the place you live in have many amenities?
    8. Is there anything you would like to change about the place you live in?
    9. Do you plan to live there for a long time?


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Let’s talk about your hometown. Where is your hometown?


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My hometown is a tiny village in Malaysia. It is about 40 kilometers away from any major city. Most people probably wouldn’t be able to find it on a map. play_circle_filled
My hometown is in a residential area, in a town, in India. It is kind of an old city, really. A lot of buildings are run-down, but we have got some quaint shops.
My hometown is the city of Tornoto, which is a quite cosmopolitan city in Canada. You can see people from different ethic backgrounds, from all over the world.
My hometown is the city of Delhi, which is located in Northern India and is the second most populated city in India.
My hometown, Changhua City, is in central Taiwan. It’s about two hours drive away from the capital city, Taipei.
My hometown is located in Italy. It is a sprawling city, so it takes a while to get around in it. But it has developed better public transport recently.
My hometown, Tokyo, is a huge metropolitan city. People there are very urban, and there are a lot of contemporary stores. It is also a very touristic city. You can see tourists all the time.

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Pronunciation   5/9

• can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times
• attempts to control features but lapses are frequent
• mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty for the listener

Pronunciation is about how you form English sounds and how you use natural English intonation. Your pronunciation and intonation can damage your score if it is difficult for the raters to understand what you are saying.

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Fluency and Coherence   5/9

• usually maintains flow of speech but uses repetition, self correction and/or slow speech to keep going
• may over-use certain connectives and discourse markers
• produces simple speech fluently, but more complex communication causes fluency problems

Fluency and Coherence is about how quickly you can speak, how much pausing and hesitation you use, and how well you use connection words to develop and organize your talk. You don't have to speak quickly, but just quickly enough to sound natural and explain all of your ideas. Raters want to hear natural rhythm and flow.

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Unnatural Pauses and Hesitations Reduction Exercise

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Grammatical Range and Accuracy    5.5/9

• uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility • produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy • sentences usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension problems

Correct grammar usage is about how you use English grammar and sentence structure. Raters want to see that you can use what you know correctly. Your grammar doesn't have to be perfect to score high, but mistakes shouldn't interfere with your meaning.

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Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)    6/9

• has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies
• generally paraphrases successfully

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Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about accommodation

Could you tell me about the type of accommodation you live in?  

I live in an independent house, which has a proper fence and a secure entrance. It has a nice front and a lavish green lawn. And it also comes with 3 storeys.

I live in a detached house. It is about 1,500 square feet. At the backside of the house, there is a parking space for two cars. Overall, it is a well-planned building.

I live in a flat (or apartment) in a 25-storey block of flats with my family. The building has some nice amenities such as laundry rooms, a foyer, a swimming pool, and a gym.

I am renting a big and luxurious condo in a skyscraper. There are 3 bedrooms and one big living room in it.

I am renting a nice serviced apartment. It has some handy hotel-like amenities, namely room service and housekeeping.

I live in a rented room in a paying guest accommodation. It is a superb building equipped with nice facilities, such as round-the-clock security, free Wi-Fi, and a common room made available to guests.

I live in a nice loft apartment. It has high ceilings and large windows. I use it for both living and working. It also includes some cool features like fitness rooms, club rooms, patios, and firepits.

I live on campus in a single room in a hall of residence. Next year I plan to move into student digs in town.

Do you plan to live there for a long time?

My answer would be yes. I have nothing to complain about with regard to my current accommodation. Everything is up to par, from the neighbours to the vicinity to the amenities. That’s why I have no intention of leaving this wonderful neighbourhood.

What would be your dream house if you could live in any type of accommodation?

My dream house would be a high-rise luxury condo in a metropolitan area. It should be on high floors, such as 15th storey or above. There should be a huge living room, an open kitchen, two bedrooms, a huge bathroom, and one spacious balcony. Every room should be equipped with mod cons so it is convenient to live there.

What kind of accommodation do most people have in your country?

In cities, the majority of people live in apartment blocks. People who do not have enough money to buy a house normally live in rental accommodation. In the countryside, people live in terraced houses with back gardens. I feel more and more people prefer to live in the suburbs because the environment there is much fresher.

Is it better to own your own home or to rent?

I think both have their advantages. Living in rented accommodation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one thing, you don’t end up with a huge debt, like when you take out a mortgage. On the other hand, it requires you to pay rent in advance. As for owning your own home, I suppose settling down and getting on the property ladder gives people a sense of security. Likewise, buying a property may turn into a nice investment in your future. There is a good chance that the value of your home will increase over time, so it could be seen as a safe investment.

Why are smaller homes becoming popular these days?

It is because the housing affordability is at an all-time low these days, and smaller homes are seen as a much more practical option. Also, people are starting to see the benefits of living a simple frugal life. People can enjoy a lot more peace and quiet in a mini home, compared with living in a noisy suburb or an apartment in a city.

What are some of the reasons people renovate their homes?

It’s very common in my country because it increases the value of a home. Another reason people renovate is to upgrade a home that is old. For example, by doing up a property, they can organize and decorate their house in a way that suits their expectations. Some professional builders buy old homes, renovate them, and then sell them for a quick profit. It has become popular these days because of a home-renovation reality TV programme in my country.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about hometown

What is it like where you live?

Well, I live in Toronto, which is a quite cosmopolitan city in Canada. You can see people from different ethic backgrounds, from all over the world. It is also a very vibrant city. There are a lot of artists, art galleries, and museums.

Where I live is a very lively place. People are always excited on the street, and bars are always packed. But sometimes, I feel it is a bit too hectic on holidays.

I live in the suburbs. It is kind of a rural area. There are a lot of farms, and some of the buildings are run-down. But it is a close-knit community.

I live in a residential area, in a town, in India. It is kind of an old city, really. A lot of buildings are run-down, but we have got some quaint shops.

Could you tell me a bit more about your hometown?

My hometown is located in Italy. It is a sprawling city, so it takes a while to get around in it. But it has developed better public transport recently. 

My hometown, Tokyo, is a huge metropolitan city. People there are very urban, and there are a lot of contemporary stores. It is also a very touristic city. You can see tourists all the time.

What do you like about your hometown?

What I like about my hometown is that there are many orchards and vineyards. It is a truly picturesque place. Not many places in the world have that kind of view.

I like the convenience and modernness of my hometown. There are a lot of convenience stores,  pop-up stores, and futuristic shops. I also like the night view of my city. At night, the high-rise buildings with lights on make for a really beautiful scene.

I like how the people in my hometown are so friendly. It’s a really close-knit community and there are many mom and pop shops, which are hard to find in big cities. 

I like its cultural atmosphere. Within the city, you can see beautiful pavement cafes. On the outskirts of the city, there are some quaint stores that sell interesting handmade stuff.

What do you not like about your hometown?

I suppose my least favorite thing about it is the lack of fun things to do or see. Most shops are boarded-up. It’s not the most exciting place, so sometimes I feel a little bored.

What I dislike about my hometown is how expensive it is to live in. The cost of living there is too high. You can hardly find an affordable shop. Upmarket shops are all over the place.

How has your hometown changed over the years?

It has developed much better public transport, especially the metro, which has really improved the overall accessibility of the city. In the suburb, there have been a few improvements as well: several new chain stores and out-of-town supermarkets have appeared, which we didn’t have before.

Apartment/Flat: “Flat” is used in British English, and “apartment” is used in North American English. In most of the rest of the U.S. and on the West Coast of Canada, the word apartment is reserved for a rented residence in a multi-unit building.

Condo: A condo is not much different from an apartment or flat. The structure itself is a private residence, but its key peculiarity is who owns it. A condo is a unit that is entirely owned by a single individual.

Serviced apartment: (also known as an extended stay apartment) is a fully furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stay.

Loft/studio apartment: a large adaptable open space, often converted for residential use (a converted loft) from some other use.

In British usage, amenities means useful or pleasant facilities or services, and it is a plural noun. In American usage, “amenity” is preferred, and it is a countable noun.

Detached house/independent house: a house that is not physically connected to another property. The land on which the house is built belongs to the person who owns the house.

Terraced houses: a house built as part of a continuous study-content in a uniform style.

Townhouse: a narstudy-content, tall house.

Apartment block: a large building made up of smaller units - apartments.

Rented accommodation: a property owned by someone else and for which a person pays a fixed amount to live in.

Suburb: a residential district located on the outskirts of a city.

A paying guest accommodation is generally popular with students. As the name indicates, this type of accommodation is related to feeling like a guest. Generally, in a P.G. accommodation a person is treated like a guest, but it does not imply that one does not have to pay for their stay.

Hall of residence: a college building where students live (a “dormitory” in American English).

High-rise buildings are modern buildings that are very tall and have many levels or floors. A high-rise is a high-rise building.

Mod cons: technology at home that makes certain jobs easier, such as a washing machine, a dishwasher, etc.

Cottage: a small house, usually in the countryside.

Skyscraper: a very tall building.

Rented accommodation: property owned by someone else and for which a person pays a fixed amount to live in.

To take out a mortgage: to borstudy-content a large amount of money, paid back over several years, in order to buy a house.

To pay rent in advance: to pay weekly or monthly rent at the beginning of the week or month.

To get on the property ladder: to buy a property with the aim of buying another bigger or more expensive one later in life.

The term ‘housing affordability’ usually refers to the relationship between expenditure on housing (prices, mortgage payments, or rents) and household income.

People who are frugal or who live frugal lives do not eat much or spend much money on themselves.

To do up a property: to repair an old building.

Words to describe the city:

Cosmopolitan: including people from many different countries.

Urban: in, relating to, or characteristic of a city.

Bustling: (of a place) full of activity.

Lively: full of life and energy; active and outgoing.

Hectic: very busy and fast.

Vibrant: full of energy, color, and life.

Sprawlingspreading out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way.

Contemporary: existing and happening now.

Touristic: relating to or popular with tourists.

 

Words to describe the town/countryside:

Rural: in, relating to, or characteristic of a countryside.

Run-down: weak or in a bad condition.

Quaint: attractively unusual or old-fashioned.

Close-knit: bound together by strong relationships and common interests.

Outskirts: the outer parts of a town or city.

Suburb: an area on the edge of a large town or city, where people who work in the town or city often live:

Picturesque: visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way.

Words to describe things in the city:

High-rise (adjective): tall with many floors.

High-rise (noun): a tall modern building with many floors.

Pavement cafe: cafe with tables outside on the pavement.

Upmarket shops: expensive fashionable shops.

Pop-up shop: a pop-up shop is opened temporarily to take advantage of a faddish trend or seasonal demand.

 

Words to describe things in the countryside:

Out-of-town: in a place outside the main part of a town.

Boarded up shops: when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.

Orchard: a piece of enclosed land planted with fruit trees.

Vineyard: a plantation of grapevines, typically producing the grapes used in winemaking.

Mom and pop shop: "mom-and-pop" is a colloquial term used to describe a small, family-owned or independent business.

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