Speaking: What do you like?

When you answer a question – speaking or writing – it is best to move from general to particular. This is similar to topic sentence – expand – example.

You can practise this at home.

This is useful for all parts of the IELTS speaking test, but also to develop your ideas for writing.

Below I recorded myself answering a question. This is a natural answer – not read from a script.

What kind of book do you like?

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Below are some phrases you could remember:

  • That’s a difficult question for me to answer because..
  • At the moment I really enjoy..
  • A little while ago..
  • For example, recently I’ve…
  • What is really great about (him) is that…
  • He learnt (Dutch) so that he could..
  • At one point…
  • He’s a heroic kind of person… I think it’s possible to get some inspiration..
  • Though actually..

If you are going to use them you must select some and practise.

Instead of book: music / film / art.


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