IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategies – Traveling in India

Here are the Speaking part 2 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).

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Sneezeguard

PART 2

Talk about an object that reminds you of a vacation. (souvenir)
What is this object?
When and where did you get it?
Where do you keep it in your house and why?
What memories and feelings does this object bring back from your vacation?

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.
You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

Category = Object - appearance, origin, function, significance
Tense = past and present

Choices (***think easy and original) = Laughing buddha statue from India

Ideas: small Taj Mahal statue, a small aboriginal drum, seashells from the beach, koala stuffed animal toy from Australia, laughing buddha statue, a jar of maple syrup from Canada, First Nations Wood Mask, Carnival Mask from Italy Venice

Notes (go in the order of 1, appearance, 2. Origin, 3, function, 4. Significance)

A:
60 cm tall, red, yellow, gold, sitting on coins, ceramic,
Folding hands, bald with a big smile and a big belly, sitting cross-legged

O:
Shimla, India, Shopping Mall, Jack and Jones trusted retailers
End of trip 2018 September, Abhishek friendly

F:
Believed to bring good fortune and wealth
Spiritual – happiness and enlightenment, harmony, peacefulness
In the living room against the wall facing the window

S:
The culture of India, spirituality, temples, bargaining experiences, happy and friendly people

First Sentence:

A souvenir that brings back many memories for me, of my trip to India in 2018, is a large 60 cm laughing buddha that I bought at the end of my trip. It’s a ceramic statue with bright colors such as red, yellow, and gold, he has an ear to ear smile and a very large belly, and he is sitting cross-legged on top of coins. His hands are in a folded position, he’s got big ears and he’s bald. I had purchased the statue around the end of September in the last couple of days of my vacation from the famous Jack and Jones souvenir chain. They are famous suppliers of authentic buddha statues. A very friendly salesman, Abhishek, sold me this buddha at a great price, after bargaining for a while, and he explained to me its significance and the ways in which this statue would help bring peace and harmony to my home. After returning home, I found a special place for the statue in my living room against the wall facing the windows where family and guests could easily see it and it would also get lots of sunlight. This Buddha is believed to bring good fortune and since I’m a business owner I thought it might just help me in my company’s financial success. Whenever I come home from work and feel a bit stressed, after seeing the buddha, I remember my amazing adventures across India, visiting the many temples, meeting many friendly and smiley new people, tasting delicious foods, and absorbing the local culture.

Here are the Speaking part 2 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).

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