IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Band 9 Strategies – Talking About Food

Here are the Speaking part 1 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

You MUST make every step to be fluent BUT not go off-topic and not ramble.

Being fluent will increase your overall grammar range and lexical resource, thereby improving your band score.

*Also, when your fluency is low, pronunciation becomes more pronounced (obvious) – With greater fluency, a thick accent matters less
Use idiomatic language which includes phrasal verbs (run across – encounter). Also, use short idiomatic expressions, like in the heart of – at the center of.

DO NOT use long idioms like. “Don’t throw bricks when you live in a glass house.” – Do not by a hypocrite.

These are often misused which really make the answer incomprehensible, and often they come across as forced.

Examiner Questions:

What is your full name?

My first name is Francis and my surname Stevens, please call me Frank for short.

May I see your identification?

Yes, you may. Here is my passport that I used to register.

What do you do in your free time?

Well in my spare time, I like to listen to country music and watch American movies, especially the classics. I find both of these very entertaining and a great way to relax. In fact, I just watched Gone With the Wind last Sunday.

Who do you live with?

I used to live with my friends during college not so long ago, but recently I’ve moved into my own flat in a bachelor suite in the heart of Vancouver. I’ve been there for the past half-year by my lonesome.

It is absolutely OKAY to use English natural fillers like Uhm, ah, during your speaking interview AS LONG AS you are using these to buy time to give better and more complete answers the same as a native English speaker.

However, it is not okay to use natural fillers if you are buying time to think of language, like vocabulary and grammar, or to better understand the question. This will hurt your fluency, lexical resource, grammar, and other scores.

TIP – avoid using “to be honest” – this phrase we generally only use when giving a critique to another person and we do not want to hurt their feelings.

I asked my friend, “How did you like my beef Stroganov?”

He answered, “To be honest, I found it a bit too salty for my liking.”

In business, when someone says to me, “To be honest…”
My answer is, “Why are you usually not honest, maybe we should just skip this deal then…”

PART 1

Let’s talk about food
Came out, turned out - finished

Who usually makes food in your home?

In reference to my last response, I am the one who makes meals for myself at home most of the time, but I don’t mind it since I’m quite a foody, so I like to really get into cooking and baking. Yesterday, I made delicious Beef Stroganov, if I do say so myself.

(…if I do say so myself – is an expression which is used to humble a self-glorified opinion)

Where do you eat most often?

I most frequently enjoy my meals on my couch in front of the TV as I’m bacheloring it these days and it would be really boring to sit at my dinner table by myself even if I had one.

When do you like to go out to eat?

Most of the time I frequent restaurants on Fridays and Saturdays, in the evenings, from around 6 pm onward, when I have time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family, especially on occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.

Do you think it is important to learn to cook? (why or why not?)

Has your eating habit changed in the past few years? If yes, how?

If you could make one food free for everyone, what would it be and why?

Here are the Speaking part 1 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

2 Responses to “IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Band 9 Strategies – Talking About Food”

    • geadmin

      I’m glad you found it useful. Make sure to watch the speaking interview videos on your My Student Account as well and practice with other students.

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