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IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 24

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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. Do you have a healthy diet?
    2. Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?
    3. Do you like ordering food to be delivered?
    4. Who do you get food delivered with?
    5. Do you eat meals differently now compared to when you were little?
    6. What sort of weather do you like the most?
    7. Would you say the weather in your hometown is suitable for working (or studying)?
    8. Would you like to move to a place with the different weather?
    9. What season (or weather) do you think is most suitable for work and/or study?

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5.5 / 9
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
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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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Vowel ɔ and ɑ ...
Vowel ʊ and u ...

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Consonant d and t ...
Consonant g and k ...
Consonant dʒ and tʃ ...
Consonant v and f ...
Consonant ð and θ ...
Consonant s and z ...
Consonant ʃ and ʒ ...
Consonant m, n and ŋ ...
Consonant l and r ...
Consonant h, w and y ...

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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Speech Pacing 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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Grammar topic Lesson
All past tenses ...
Present perfect tense ...
How to talk about future using right tenses ...
Mixed Verb Tenses in English: Conditionals and IF clauses ...

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 food

What do you like to eat?

I like ready meals because I am very busy and I always can find a 7-ELEVEN to heat up my dinner and be good for the night.

I really enjoy chinese cuisine and try to get it as much as possible, but sometimes all restaurants are closed and all I can get hold of is italian cuisine, which is fine, too.

I really enjoy poultry because they are so tasty and rich in flavour.

I really have a sweet tooth so I go in for candy when I can.

I really enjoy eating indian cuisine because I think indian cuisine is fit for a king. It is so tasty and rich in flavour.

Are there any types of food you don’t like?

No really. I can eat almost anything really, but I used to be a fussy eater when I was a kid.

I don’t like food with strong flavor. I prefer food that is a bit tasteless and bland.

Are there any types of food you avoid?

I will eat anything but my boyfriend follows a gluten-free diet, so we try to find a gluten-free restaurant when we decide to eat together.

What is your favorite meal of the year?

My favorite meal of the year is definitely a home-cooked meal for thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house because my grandmother’s cooking is divine. Her cooking is so good that everyone loves the food she makes.

Do you like to go to restaurants?

Yes! As a hardcore foodie I love to try new restaurants. I also like to wine and dine with my girlfriend on Friday night to enjoy our time together.

When time do you usually eat at work?

I am a very busy person and eating isn’t very important to me, so in the middle of my work day, I might grab a bite to eat, or have a quick snack before going back to work.

What do you like to eat after a long day?

I enjoy having a slap-up meal after a long stressful day because it makes me feel so happy and satisfied and forget about all the work I have to do that day.

When I work really hard, I like to treat myself to a gourmet meal of my favorite food at an expensive restaurant that serves my favorite food because I deserve it.

Do you eat a lot?

I try to eat a little bit at a time, but sometimes I can’t help but eat like a horse and take a long nap.

Yes! I like to order a pizza after work and scarf the whole pizza down.

Do you have a healthy diet?

Not really! I work hard - so hard that I forget to eat at times - and at the end of the day, I usually realise that I have worked up an appetite, so I feel really hungry and then I and then I binge on food like there is no tomorrow.

Yes! I try to steer clear of junk food. I try to eat a balanced diet so I am healthy and strong. I am also a vegetarian.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about weather

What is the climate like in your country?

The climate is fairly hot and humid most of the year, with a very mild winter and a rainy season. There are also typhoons that tend to come around at the beginning of summer.

It’s quite changeable, really. We have periods of time with clear blue skies, then all of a sudden we’ll have a torrential rain.

In my country, we generally have a very mild climate. During summer, we occasionally have torrential rains and flash floods.

What is the weather like in your country during summer?

Most of the time, it is warm, but when there is a heatwave, it is boiling hot (sweltering hot). We may have plenty of scorchers.

What is the weather like in your country during winter?

As a rule, it’s freezing cold in the winter. I can literally see my breath in my room. But we still get a few sunny spells, occasionally.

It is chilly during winter in my country. It is quite comfortable, but it can get frosty when it hails.

Well, it typically snows. Usually, we have snow flurries, but sometimes we may have a big snow blizzard. If you walk outside, you will just see sleet on the road and

slush on the pavement (AE sidewalk). You can even see icicles hanging from the roof.

What’s your favourite kind of weather?

I love cool, overcast weather. I like when I can wear a light jacket and not feel hot at all.

I like mild and windy weather, to some extent. I enjoy it when the weather is a little bit hot but when there is a breeze that can take away the heat from me.

Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?

Yes, I loathe hot and humid weather. It makes me feel sick and tired when I get too sweaty and hot. Besides, such weather can ruin my clothes.

I’m not fond of the heatwaves that we often get during the summer. It becomes super hot and dry. And I end up feeling thirsty and sweaty all the time.

I dislike gloomy weather. It makes me feel depressed. I also hate the weather with big gales. It turns my hair into a mess. Who could possibly like that?

Does it bother you much when it rains?

It depends. If it is just a drizzle, then it doesn’t bother me. But if it is a downpour, it bothers me a lot because I get so soaked.

Well! If it is just a gentle (light) rain, then I am okay with it. But if I get caught in a torrential rain and get drenched, that I really hate.

A ready meal is a prepackaged, fresh or frozen meal that only requires heating before being served.

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

To have a sweet tooth: to enjoy sugary food

fit for a king: of very high quality.

Fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn't eat everything

Home-made meal: food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him or her out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Divine: extremely good

Grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

Gourmet: (of food) very high quality

To scarf means to eat something quickly and eagerly.

To eat a balanced diet: to eat the correct types and amounts of food

To eat like a horse means to eat lot.

To work up an appetite means to do something that will lead to hunger.

Below are vocabulary for describing different types of food textures:

Types of textures

Definition & Example


Definition: thick and soft

Example: yogurt


Definition: falling apart

Example: pie crust


Definition: oily

Example: pizza


Definition: creamy-like, but more solid than creamy

Example: Mozzarella sticks


Definition: little wet

Example: tofu


Definition: soft and pulpy

Example: banana, mashed potatoes

Boiling hot (sweltering hot): super hot

Scorcher/sizzer: a very hot day

Mild: If you live in a mild climate, it's warm and sunny but not too hot.

Mild winter: a winter that isn’t particularly cold

Humid: When there is a lot of moisture in the air, it is humid.

Heatwave: a period of abnormally hot weather

Sunny spell refers to weather. It means it is going to be bright and sunny all day, with few clouds in the sky.

If the sky or the day is overcast, the sky is completely covered with clouds, and there is not much light.


Blizzard: a severe snowstorm with strong winds

Flurry: a sudden light fall of snow

Hail: When it hails, small hard balls of ice fall from the sky like rain.

Slush: snow that is lying on the ground and starting to melt

Sleet: wet, partly melted falling snow

Icicle: a hanging tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.


Gale: a very strong wind

Breeze: a gentle wind


Downpour: a heavy rainstorm

Torrential rain: intense rainfall


To get caught in the rain: to be outside when it rains unexpectedly

Drenched: completely wet