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IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 14

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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. How often do you go to the cinema?
    2. Are cinema tickets expensive in your country?
    3. What are the advantages of seeing a film at the cinema?
    4. Do you usually watch films alone or with others?
    5. Which actor would you like to play you in a film?
    6. How do you listen to music?
    7. When do you listen to music?
    8. What’s your favorite kind of music?
    9. Is music an important subject at school in your country?
    10. What kinds of music are (most) popular in your country?

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5.5 / 9
Fluency and Coherence
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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

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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 movies

Do you like watching movies?

Yes! I love movies. I enjoy very good and original plots, and I like certain directors. I would not call myself a film buff, but I can certainly appreciate a decent movie.

How often do you go to the cinema?

I am an active filmgoer, so I go to the cinema quite often. Whenever a new movie is released, I always go to the cinema to check it out.

What kind of movies do you like to watch?

Indie movies delight me. I don’t really like big blockbuster films because sometimes they are not that unique for me.

I enjoy watching blockbusters because they are often good films, and there are sometimes celebrities playing cameo roles in them. I find it quite interesting.

I love watching films with A-list celebrities because I adore famous actors and savour their acting.

Well! I believe all types of films could be worthwhile as long as they have good screenplays and their plots are riveting.

Do you like sequels?

No! I dislike sequels because they are usually not as good as the original films.

I would say yes because I’m a fan of the Star Wars franchise. I’ve seen all of the sequels and prequels.

What kind of films do you try to avoid?

I detest horror films because they give me the creeps. It is my belief that films are there to make you feel relaxed. Whenever I watch horror films, I have an adrenaline rush, and the scary scenes make my blood run cold. I don’t like that.

I try to avoid films that are crowd-pleasers because these kinds of films are so predictable. They are popular only because the viewers relate to their themes, but these films are somewhat superficial, if you ask me.

What film genre is your favourite?

It has to be comedy films. They are hilarious and make me feel happy. My favorite comedy film is Mr. Beans. It is a total laugh riot.

I don’t mind rom-coms as well. The beautiful thing about the rom-com genre is that no matter what circumstances play out in those films, you still know that those two people are going to be together before the credits roll. And you get to smile at the end. These films are very heart-warming indeed.

I’ve also been a fan of science fiction films. In sci-fi films, you can see all those spectacular CGI scenes and special effects, or you might see what living in a high-tech future world could be like.

I could watch a good documentary as well. These films are thought-provoking and give you food for thought. For example, the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” talks about climate change and touches on the present and future effects of global warming. This documentary makes us rethink our roles as human beings in saving our Earth. 

I would say that action films are also my favorite. I relish films that are fast-moving. Action films have exciting turns of events, like car chasing scenes and gun battles. When I watch an action film, it always keeps me on the edge of my seat. I just don’t know what is going to happen next. It is quite intense and highly charged.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about music

Do you like music?

I love music. My friends and I like to sing along to catchy songs on the radio. However, I don’t like songs that get stuck in my head.

I don’t consider myself a music lover. I am actually quite tone-deaf, but I do go to an occasional concert.

I am head over heels for music. I normally listen to catchy songs that I can sing along with. I go to at least one gig a month.

What kind of music do you listen to?

My favorite music to listen to is country music. I know the genre doesn’t have a huge fan base, but I like to set my favorite song as my ringtone, so every time I hear it I can learn the words.

I like to listen to jazz music. My family always puts on different jazz vinyls on our record machine Christmas morning. It isn’t very singable, but I like it anyway.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is “Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac. It is easy to sing along to and I can listen to it over and over again. 

“Hey Jude” is my favorite song. It is a massive hit, sung by the Beatles. I know if people love the Beatles that they have great taste in music

Are you good at singing?

I think I am a great singer, but my family jokes that I am tone deaf. I like to go to karaoke nights, but don’t expect any massive hits from me in the future. 

I am a talented singer. I don’t have a record label, but I have performed a few concerts at a local festival.

Who is your favourite singer?

My favorite singer is John Legend. His songs are so romantic and he has a beautiful voice. It’s no wonder he has a huge following

Britney Spears is my favorite singer. She hasn’t come out with any new songs lately, but her music is timeless and will always get me in a great mood!

Is there a specific album you like the most? 

I don’t have a specific album that is my favorite because I love listening to new music. I always have my radio on listening for the next one-hit wonder

My favorite album is “Hotel California,” but The Eagles. I used to listen to this album when I was growing up, so it is very nostalgic. It is also my dad’s favorite album!

What type of music do you like?

I like classical music. I like classical music because there is such a range, it can be melancholic and relax me, or piercing and wake me up. 

My favorite type of music is rock music. Rock music is rhythmic and I like learning all of the words to my favorite songs.

I love hip-hop music. It has a fast tempo and always gets me energized for my day.

I like K-pop music the best. It is very upbeat and puts me in a good mood. I think anyone who is feeling down should listen to K-pop.

Punk music is my favorite! I know others may disagree, but I find it very catchy and singable

I love electronic music. Although it is very lively, I find that it is also very relaxing in the right situations. I think the music can be very uplifting to people in a dance club.

I like listening to jazz music. Jazz music on a late night is so soft and warm. I believe that jazz artists are some of the most harmonic of them all!

Box-office hit: A successful film; a film that makes a lot of money.

Crowd-pleaser: A film that a lot of people like.

Blockbuster: A successful film; a film that makes a lot of money.

Indie film: An independent film, indie film, or indie movie is a feature film or short film made outside the mainstream film production.

Bomb: A film that loses a lot of money and viewers.

A-list: One of the most famous of all famous people; a celebrity who is extremely famous.

Cameo: A small but noticeable part in a film or play, performed by a famous actor.

Plot: The story of a book, film, etc.

Plotline: The story of a book, film, etc.

Screenplay: The script for a film, including the words to be spoken by the actors and instructions for the cameras.

Line: The words that an actor speaks when performing in a film or play.

Filmgoer (UK)/moviegoer: A person who goes to the cinema, especially on a regular basis.

Film buff (UK)/Movie buff: A person who loves films/movies and knows a lot about films/movies.

Premiere: A premiere or première is the debut (first public presentation) of a play, film, dance, or musical composition.

Sequel: A film that comes after the original film and depicts the actions that come AFTER the events shown in the original film. 

Prequel: A film that comes after the original film and depicts the actions that came BEFORE the events in the original book or film.

Crowd-pleasers: Film that a lot of people like.

Laugh riot: A very amusing person or thing.

Adrenaline rush: A physical feeling of intense excitement and stimulation caused by the release of adrenaline from the adrenal glands.

Make one’s blood run cold: If you say that something makes your blood run cold or makes your blood freeze, you mean that it makes you feel very frightened. 

Rom-coms: Same as romantic comedies.

Keep (someone) on the edge of (someone's) seat: To make someone (especially a member of an audience) feel very excited, nervous, or filled with suspense while they are waiting to find out what happens next.

Give someone food for thought: To make someone think seriously about something.

Vocabulary for describing types of movies

Action movies

Drama movies

Romcoms/Chick flick/Bromance


Highly charged

Keep me on the edge of my seat/riveting

Stunt scenes







Horror movies

Comedy movies



Special effects

Make one�s blood run cold



Laugh riot


Give me food for thoughts

Vocabulary for describing the music/song you like

  • Catchy: catchy music or words are pleasing and easy to remember
  • Get stuck in your head/earworm
  • Sing along to (a song)
  • Have good taste in music
  • Tone-deaf: (of a person) unable to perceive differences of musical pitch accurately
  • Set my favorite song as a ringtone
  • One-hit wonder: A one-hit wonder is a singer/group that has only experienced real mainstream success with one hit song.
  • Nostalgic: feeling happy and also slightly sad when you think about things that happened in the past:

Vocabulary for describing music shows and singers:

  • Album/record/vinyl
  • Live show/gig/concert
  • singer/vocalist
  • A record label: a company that records and sells music:
  • A massive hit: a record that sells lots of copies
  • Have a huge following: have a lot of fans
  • Be head over heels: be completely in love 
  • Fan base: the fans of a singer, group, team, etc. considered as a group:

Types of music: 

Words to describe types of music

  • Classical music
  • Rock music
  • Hip-hop
  • K-pop
  • Punk music
  • Electronic music
  • Jazz
  • Fast temp
  • Upbeat: full of hope, happiness, and good feelings:
  • Relaxing
  • Soft
  • Piercing: high and loud sound
  • Warm
  • Harmonic: 
  • Lively
  • Melancholic: expressing feelings of sadness
  • Rhythmic: A rhythmic sound has a regular movement or beat that is repeated.
  • Catchy: catchy music or words are pleasing and easy to remember
  • Singable
  • Uplifting:  making someone feel better: