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IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 16

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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. Where was the last place you visited on holiday?
    2. Would you like to go back there again?
    3. What kind of tourist destinations do you usually prefer?
    4. Has a foreign visitor ever stayed at your home?
    5. What’s the best way to save money while traveling?
    6. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
    7. Are your music tastes varied?
    8. What is your favorite song?
    9. Do you like to sing along to your favorite songs?
    10. Are you learning to play a musical instrument at the moment?

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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

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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

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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
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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!

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about travel

Have you gone on vacation recently?

Yes! Last month, my family and I went on a vacation to Paris. We took a sightseeing tour of the entire Paris.

Yes! My family and I went to Japan last month. Because we were afraid that there were going to be some language barrier problems, we decided to sign up for a guided tour. It was a good decision, as the entire trip was very smooth.

Where will you go on vacation next?

Not sure. I don’t have a plan at this moment, but my friend has told me many times that he wants to go on a cruise with me sometime.

Where do you usually travel?

I usually try to avoid tourist traps and prefer going somewhere off the beaten track or heading for somewhere with a pristine/unspoilt landscape. For example, I went on safari in Africa a few years ago. It was the holiday of a lifetime.

I like to take it easy when I go on holiday, and I’m really not interested in seeing all the tourist attractions. I always try to get away and go somewhere with the family once a year, as the children really look forward to a holiday.

I am different from other people. I like to go to places that are not for the fainthearted, like somewhere where there used to be people dying and other morbid things.

What do you like to do when you’re on holiday?

Well, when I am on holiday, I definitely go sightseeing to check out all kinds of iconic landmarks. I might visit a few local places of interest if I have time. I am also a history buff, so if there are any historical and heritage sites, I would not miss them.

I have quite a sense of adventure and like to spend my holidays in remote locations interacting with local people. Just last month, my friends and I went to a famous backpacking destination. We rented a cabin in the mountains, and on the third day of the trip, we found a place that had a pristine landscape. It was really beautiful. I don’t think many people know about this place.

What kind of accommodation do you like to stay in on holiday?

I prefer bed-and-breakfasts and youth hotels, as they are more affordable, compared with hotels and holiday resorts. 

I like both bed-and-breakfasts and self-catering apartments, but my favorite type of accommodation is self-catering apartments, as I like to cook. 

Are there many tourists visiting your country?

Yes, we have a lot of holiday resorts in the mountains. Many tourists go there to enjoy their holidays. I think many of them come on package holidays.  

When do you prefer to take your holidays?

I would have to say I prefer to take my vacation in summer because I prefer to travel light. I take as few clothes as possible so I haven’t got lots of heavy suitcases to carry.

I would prefer to travel during the off-season just so I could save money and avoid crowds. If I can get a cheap last-minute deal somewhere, I might take the opportunity to have a holiday.

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:

Phrases about travelling to somewhere:

  • Take a vacation to somewhere
  • Go on a vacation to somewhere
  • Take a sightseeing tour of somewhere
  • Go sightseeing
  • Go on a cruise
  • Go on safari: safari is an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitats.
  • Sign up for a guided tour: a guided tour is a tour of a historic site or place of interest conducted by a guide.
  • Come on package holidays: package holiday is a holiday organized by a travel agent, with arrangements for transport, accommodation, etc., made at an inclusive price.
  • Travel during the off-season
  • The holiday of a lifetime

Vocabulary for describing the places you want to visit:

  • Somewhere off the beaten track/somewhere unspoilt: A place that is off the beaten track is in an area where few people live or go.
  • Pristine landscape: an unspoilt landscape.
  • Tourist traps: places that attract many tourists and where goods and services are more expensive than normal.
  • Tourist attractions: A tourist attraction is a place that tourists like to visit.
  • Local places of interest
  • Iconic landmarks
  • Historic sites
  • Heritage sites
  • Backpacking destinations
  • Holiday destinations
  • Not for the fainthearted: unsuitable for people who like only safe and familiar things.

Vocabulary about places to stay in on holiday:

  • Holiday resort: a place that is frequented for holidays.
  • Self-catering apartments: an accommodation where there are cooking facilities available so that you can cook meals for yourself rather than have them provided for you.
  • Bed-and-breakfast: sleeping accommodation for the night and a meal in the morning, provided in guest houses and hotels.
  • Youth hotels: a place providing cheap accommodation, aimed mainly at young people on walking or cycling tours.