IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategies – Dangerous Item

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Talk about a dangerous object that you have used.
You should say:

  • What it is and what it looks like.
  • When did you use it.
  • Why did you use it?
  • Why is it dangerous and how can you use it safely?

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.

Object (dangerous object) – appearance, origin, function, importance

Key tenses – present perfect and past (past perfect, progressive)

2-3 ideas that are original AND easy to talk about (visualize)

Lawnmower, hunting rifle, lighter, motorbike, chainsaw, sword, knife, soldering iron, clothing iron


Appearance – square-shaped, gas, revolving blade, red, handlebar, engine,

Origin, 3yrs ago, spring, hardware store,

Function – 100 sq m of front/back yard

Importance – saves time vs manual, looks, energy, fun,

*remember the questions – Sat. morning 8 am, last Sat.
Danger – cut feet, hearing damage, can cut animals and plants, lose control, eye/blindness b/c flying pebbles,
Safety – safety goggles, gloves, thick pants, steel-toed shoes, earmuffs/earplugs.
***You MUST use your notes during Part 2. You do NOT lose marks for using your notes; that’s the reason the examiner gave you the paper and pencil.

FIRST SENTENCE on the ready! *before your one-minute preparation time is up.
(Don’t tell your audience what you will talk about, just talk about it.)

I have recently used a gas-powered lawnmower that is a very dangerous object if not used appropriately. My red Toro mower has a self-drive system with a 4-stroke, 140cc diesel engine, it has a square-shaped body with a powerful rotating blade to cut all types of grass to an even height, and a long handle that guides the mower’s direction. It weighs roughly 15kg.

I had purchased my mower from Home Hardware about three years ago for roughly 500 dollars because I had got tired of wasting too much time and energy cutting my front and back yard with a manual mower. So, these days, I actually really enjoy cutting the grass every other Saturday around 9am to a beautiful even height of about two and a half inches.

Even though this machine is fun and efficient to use, if not used well, it can either seriously injure or even kill a person. The powerful blades can cut the feet and legs, it can sever arteries and lead to mortal injury. In addition, the loud engine with prolonged use can result in hearing damage, not to mention flying debris can blind the user if they do not wear protective goggles. In fact, while cutting the grass last week, I lost control and ran over some pebbles on my driveway, the blade threw them all over the yard and one pebble chipped my car’s windshield. Therefore, it is very important to take precautionary measures when using this lawnmower. I always wear my steel-toed boots to protect my toes. Also, I put in earplugs to safeguard my eardrums and I wear gloves so that I have a good grip on the handle and don’t lose control.

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