IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Band 9 Strategies – Handmade vs. Machinemade

Here are the Speaking part 3 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).

An object that I made for a loved one a couple of months back is an oil painting of my father for his 50th birthday. This painting is oil on canvas, portrait orientation, about 80 by 40 centimeters in size. I used a lot of bright and happy colors such as red, yellow, blue, to create a really positive composition depicting my dad riding a horse. In fact, I created the painting from a real moment that was captured on film back when my father was on a date with my mother. This day horseback riding is a very special moment in the past, so I decided to paint it. It took me about 12 hours from start to finish and I had made it in my garage studio at home. I both bought some art supplies

“…now I will ask you some questions related to the topic of Part 2…let’s talk about…” - Okay, I need to make connections to my part 2 answer.

***Also, remember the other ideas that you came up with for part 2. Ex. powerpoint for brother, cake for mother, dollhouse for daughter,

PART 3

Let’s talk about handmade items

What are some things that people make by hand and not machines?

There are several items that are handmade, aside from birthday gifts, like the painting for my father or a simple card, perhaps a chocolate cake, people can make both art and tools by hand, just the other day, I made a special shovel to plant flowers in my garden.

Is this always true?

No, this is definitely not true in every case as all of the items I had just mentioned are more often made by machines than not. I would say that only one of every ten birthday cards I receive is made by hand the rest are all printed and sold by Hallmark, a big card manufacturing company.
How are handmade objects better than those made by machines?

Objects that are made by people’s own two hands are not only better in many cases because they are of higher quality but also because they are unique. My uncle made a very special silver ring for his wife and it is both one of a kind and will stand the test of time for sure.

(stand the test of time = durable)
(sentimental value = to have much emotional value with memories attached)

How are machine-made objects better? (In part 3 work hard to be CRYSTAL clear)

Machine-made goods are precise and accurate (pay attention not to double-up on your ideas with synonyms in your speaking and writing), and they tend to be cheaper because of mass manufacturing and requiring less human effort. It is difficult to imagine buying a smartphone that is made by hand. And if such an item did exist, I’m sure it would cost a small fortune.

Where can people purchase quality handmade merchandise?

Shoppers can procure quality handmade crafts from galleries or the local market. I bought a beautiful rag doll for my daughter at the local market which was made by an elderly lady who was the same person that actually sold it to me!

Can you elaborate?

Yes, of course, there are retail spaces that specialize in selling handmade goods because of the reasons I discussed earlier, that they are original and unique. In fact, there are even many virtual stores that sell such goods.

Let’s talk about gifts

Is it better to buy a gift or to make a gift?

If people spent more time making gifts instead of buying them, how would this affect society?

How has the tradition of making gifts changed compared to before?

Here are the Speaking part 3 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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