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IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 14

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In part 3, it'll be a two-way discussion. The examiner will ask you further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions are designed to give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

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    1. What is the importance of friends?
    2. Would you like to have a few very good friends or a lot of just friends?
    3. If you had a problem, would you go to your friends or family? Why?
    4. Do you think it is always better to talk to your friends about such a problem?
    5. Is it important to have friends from other countries?

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5.5 / 9
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
Audio Feedback (Sample)
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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 Video Lesson
Vowel ɪ and i ...
Vowel ɛ and æ ...
Vowel ə and ʌ ...
Vowel ɔ and ɑ ...
Vowel ʊ and u ...

Consonants Video Lesson
Consonant b and p ...
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.

How to Improve

To improve your speech flow...

Unnatural Pauses and Hesitations Reduction Exercise

Practice any IELTS question and record your answer. Then listen to your recording and...

Speech Pacing Exercise

An important key to earning a high score on Speech delivery is pacing in your speech. A good pacing means using proper pauses and word stresses. Here is a step-by-step exercise that can help you improve the pacing in your speech:

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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.

How to Improve

Using right tenses is important in IELTS speaking. Every time you are not sure about what tense you should use, refer to our sample answer and...

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

Lexical Resource (Vocabulary) is about how you use English words. Raters are looking for responses that use different words correctly and accurately, and that use a wide range of words that help listeners understand.

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Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about friends

Do you have many friends? 

I only have four close friends. We have a lot in common and have been through thick and thin. I think it is better to have fewer confidantes, rather than many fair-weather friends.

I have many friends from all walks of life. My friends are all very different, some of them I hit it off with immediately, and it took longer to get to know others. 

I don’t have that many friends. My bestie is like my sister, I can count on her for everything. After high school, I drifted apart from most people. 

I don’t have that many friends, but I do have a few bosom friends who I am close with and confide everything in.

Are most of your friends from school or from outside school? 

Most of my friends are from college. I have always loved going to school, so it makes sense most of my friends would be from school. I do have a few friends that I met at my job. 

I have some friends at school, but mostly my classmates are just my acquaintances. I prefer to focus on my studies, rather than friendships. Most of my friends are net pals, who I can play games with.

How do you meet most of your friends? 

I participate in many extracurricular activities, and that is where I meet most of my friends. We have a lot in common and see each other a couple of times per week with our sporting schedules. 

I meet most of my friends through school. We like to study together and hang out before our classes, so it is very convenient.

I have met a lot of my friends online. We have met through playing internet games, but we really hit it off and the friendship blossomed into something great

Are you still close to your school friends? 

I still get on well with my school friends. We keep in touch through Facebook and try to meet for dinner every few months. 

I’ve lost touch with my school friends. We started drifting apart after graduation and I haven’t seen them for a couple of years. 

Tell me a bit about your best friend?

My best friend is Sarah. We get on like a house on fire because we have similar outgoing personalities. 

My bestie’s name is Julia. We have been friends for over ten years and have never drifted apart! I think we will be friends forever. 

Describe your friends:

  • Close friend
  • Bosom friend: a friend that you like a lot and have a very close relationship with:
  • Confidante:  a person you trust and share your feelings and secrets with:
  • buddy/sister/bestie: best friend
  • Fair-weather friend: a person whose friendship cannot be relied on in times of difficulty.
  • Acquaintancea person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend.
  • Net pal:  a friend who one meet online

Describe you and your friends’ friendship:

  • Through thick and thin: under all circumstances, no matter how difficult.
  • Lose touch with someone
  • Drift apart: (of two or more people) gradually become less intimate or friendly.
  • Have a lot in common
  • Get on like a house on fire: If two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly
  • Get on well with someone
  • Hit it off with someone:  to be friendly with someone immediately