The speaking test is the second stage of your IELTS exam and tests you for your language fluency and speech skills. It is conducted face-to-face through video call appointments with a highly trained expert in speech and linguistics to grade you. You’re given a cue card with a topic or a question on which you’re supposed to speak on the spot.
A 1 minute long preparation time is given and you’re supposed to speak for an average of 3 minutes. The questions are generally descriptive types asking you to describe a multitude of things, experiences, people, or your area of interest such as an old friend or your favourite family, or your favourite holiday destination, or your favourite hobby.
Describe a Time When You First Talked in a Foreign Language
- Where were you?
- Who were you with?
- What did you talk about?
- And explain how you felt about it?
Introduction – Describe a Time When You First Talked in a Foreign Language
We all are quite perfect in our native language. But when it comes to speaking in a foreign language, the task becomes daunting. Last week I got a chance to make use of the little knowledge I have of the French language. That was the first time in my life when I talked to someone in a foreign language.
Where were You and Who were You with?
I went to my college reunion. There I met my bosom friends after a very long time.
We had done many activities during that day, and for the evening we planned to have dinner at a theme restaurant. Since there was a lot of rush for dinner, we had to wait in the waiting lounge for a brief period. During that time, one of my friends introduced me to her friend, who was her colleague and had come from France to see India. She was feeling secluded, so I tried to initiate a conversation with her. She immediately replied “No English, only French”. Although I have little knowledge of the French language, I tried to make efficient use of whatever I knew.
What did you Talk About?
We initially talked about general things like hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes. Later on, our conversation shifted to health and fitness. That lady is 42 years old, but she looks as if she is in the late twenties. When I asked her the reason for her fitness, she told me that she lays excessive focus on her diet. As per her opinion, the contribution of exercise is just 20 per cent, and the bulk of your fitness depends upon diet management. She further told me that what you eat, when you eat and how you eat is more important than how much you exercise per day.
Wrap It Up
At the end of our discussion, she told me the recipe for her fitness. And that is eating more fresh green leafy vegetables, avoiding junk food, taking your meals between 7 am to 7 pm and chewing every bite of food at least 32 times. The discussion I had that day will always remain etched in my memories for two reasons. Firstly, I had realized that I could speak French and secondly, I gained valuable inputs on how to maintain good health. I also understood the importance of language and the freedom it gives us to help us understand and comprehend each other as humans better.
Preparation Tips for IELTS Speaking Topics Questions
- Tip 1: Don’t memorise answers.
- Tip 2: Don’t use big and unfamiliar words.
- Tip 3: Use a range of grammatical structures.
- Tip 4: Don’t worry about your accent.
- Tip 5: Pause to think.
- Tip 6: Avoid using fillers.
- Tip 7: Extend your answers.
- Tip 8: Smiling helps pronunciation.
- Tip 9: Don’t speak in a monotone
- Tip 10 – Practice common IELTS topics
The speaking interviews are spontaneous. But all test-takers are worrying and don’t have much time to plan their answers. And examiners are used to that, so they don’t expect you to speak like an orator. They don’t even expect you to give very logical and structured answers! You’re only tested on your ability to speak fluently and without hesitation, use various vocabulary, avoid grammar mistakes, and pronounce words well.