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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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886.  A Childhood Friend  (May 2018)

887.  Something You Would Like to Replace  (May 2018)

888.  A Song  (May 2018)

889.  A Time You Wore Special Clothing  (May 2018)

890.  A Street Market  (May 2018)

 

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FQ = frequent question = a question that has frequently been reported = a question that is probably in the examiner's question book

* = my guess at a question

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886.  A Childhood Friend  (May 2018)

Modifies Copy of Topic 30

 Describe a friend you had when you were a child.

                            You should say:

                                           where you first met   

                                           how long you were friends

                                           what you did together (= what you used to do together)

                              and explain why you remember this person.

              .

Notes

  • There are many previous Part 2 topics asking you to describe a friend.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Are you still friends with him / her?

  • Do you see each other very often?

  • (As above) Do you still keep in touch with each other?

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Part 3

Friends

Communicating with Friends

Children's Friends   See Note 1

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887.  Something You Would Like to Replace  (May 2018)

Describe something you have that would like to replace.

               You should say:

 what it is

 how long you have had it

 why you want to replace it

and explain how easy it would be to replace it

              .      or

                and explain how easy it will be to replace it.

 

 

Notes

  • This is a new topic.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Replacing Things

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888.  A Song  (May 2018)

Copy of Topic 676

Describe a song that has special meaning for you. *

               You should say:

what this song is about

when and where you first heard this song

how often you listen to this song

and explain why it has special meaning for you.

              .

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of   Topic 737, Topic 676, Topic 622, Topic 452, Topic 330 and Topic 186

Music in Your Country, including Songs

Musical Education

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889.  A Time You Wore Special Clothing  (May 2018)

Describe a time when you wore special clothing.

               You should say:

 what the occasion was

 what special clothing you wore

 where you got the clothing from

 and explain how you felt while wearing this clothing.

              .

 

Notes

  • This seems to be a variation of topics 515, 419 & 165. If the reports that people have written are accurate, this topic is firstly asking you to describe an occasion when you wore "special" clothes, with a description of the clothing as one of the points to include in your monologue. On the other hand, previous topics first asked you to describe an item of clothing, with a description of when you wear it as one of the points to talk about.

  • Note that the words, "special clothing" does not only mean "formal clothing". It can also refer to traditional clothing or some other style of clothing that is not what you normally wear every day, for example, the academic gown that some university students wear at their graduation ceremony, or the academic cap that they wear on that occasion.

  • Most likely the card uses the word, "clothing" rather than "clothes" because "clothing" could refer to one or more than one thing to wear while "clothes" only refers to more than one piece of clothing. This would allow you to describe only one thing, such as one dress or to speak about more than one item, if you want.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

These Part 3 questions look very much like Part 3 questions used for 515, 419 & 165

Casual or Formal Clothes / Clothing Styles

Dress Codes / Uniforms

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890.  A Street Market  (May 2018)

Describe a time when you visited a street market.

               You should say:

 where and when it was.

 what you bought there

 what you saw there *

 and explain what kinds of people usually go to this street market. *

                                or

and explain how you felt about this place. *

              .

 

Notes

  • This might be a repeat of Topic  69 (An Open-air Market).

  • Another previous Part 2 topic, Topic 497 (A Shopping Street) might have also been suitable for describing a street market.

  • "Street Markets" was also used as a Part 1 topic in 2014-2015. See here.

  • See here for information about, and pictures of street markets.

  • For the point on the card, "What you bought there" it is perfectly suitable to say you bought nothing and were just having a look. Many people do that at street markets.

  • The point, "explain how you felt about this place" might not really be the last line. But it is always a good idea to include your feelings when you answer Part 2 topics, even if you are not specifically asked to do so. This gives you more to talk about, especially when you have trouble thinking of things to say.

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Part 3

Shopping Places

Buying Luxury Products

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Note 1

Once again, it is necessary to define "children" and "young people".

"Children" are between the ages of about 3 and 12.

When English speakers say, "young people" they usually mean people aged between about 13 and 25 or even 30.

There are a minority of English speakers who think of, "young people" as all people aged under about 20 or 25, including children but since children, teenagers and young adults are different in so many important ways, this broad definition is not very useful.

Note 2

Of course, "learning something" from a friend when you are 10 years old or 5 years old does not necessarily mean to learn a skill or a new piece of information. As well as learning a new word from another kid, children can "learn" an attitude, a behaviour, a good habit, or a bad habit from another child without even knowing that a learning process is taking place,

Note 3

Is it good for a child to have a multi-cultural friend?

This question might be asked using the word, "cross-cultural" instead of "multi-cultural". Or: " ... for a child to have a friend from a different culture?"

Note 4

What do you think is the difference between fixing something and buying a new one?

Strictly speaking, "fixing something" means "fixing it yourself". But that question can be interpreted to also mean, "fixing something or getting someone to fix it". If your computer needs fixing, most of us have to get a computer expert to fix it. When you "get something done", someone else does it. For example, "I got my car washed this morning" means, "I paid for someone to wash my car". 

The question might be asked using the words, "What do you think is the difference between having (or, getting) something fixed, and buying a new one?"

Note 5

Can you think of any things that people replace very often, even every day sometimes?

Note that the word, "replace" does not always mean to throw something away and get a new one. Sometimes, it just means to "change", like changing your socks.

Most of us change our underpants and socks every day. And many people, especially working women, change their clothes every day. Some people change their garbage bin liner every day (= they take out their garbage every day and put a new bag in the garbage bin to hold the  garbage).

You can also change your habits of doing things. For example, changing the place where you buy your lunch every day if you work in the city and there are many nearby places to go to for lunch.

You can even change your girlfriend or boyfriend, for a "new" one.

Note 6

Who do you think wants new things more, children or old people?

"children" = under 13 years old

"old people" = people over about 60 or 65.

"older people" = somewhat old, compared to you, such as your parents

"middle aged people" = people aged from about 35 to 60.

If you give a second-hand wooden toy truck to a 5-yr-old kid, do you think he will ask for a new one instead? Do you think a 4 year-old girl would ask for a new doll if you gave her one that was 50 years old?

Note 7

There is European classical music, such as Mozart and Beethoven, but there is also the classical music from your country. That classical music from your country is more or less the traditional music, especially when it is known by most people in the country and especially when it is rather "high class" or music that the more educated, middle classes have always liked.

Note 8

Of course you can and probably should show the examiner that you know words such as "violin" and "piano".  But it is also very suitable to tell the examiner that some people in your country learn instruments that are from your country, instruments that don't have an English name. For example, the erhu (二胡), for Chinese people. The examiners will be interested to learn about these instruments. You should not be afraid to use the name of the instrument in your own language but immediately try to communicate what kind of instrument it is, in English. Using body language to show how it is played will help. For the erhu, you could describe it as a two-stringed instrument that is played with a bow. ("Bow" is pronounced like "know").

Note 9

Of course, the word "pop" in "pop music" is a short form of "popular". But pop music is mostly just popular among young people.

Note 10

This is 秧歌 dancing. Although this is called, "square dancing" or "plaza dancing" in English. I suggest not calling it "square dancing" because, in English, "square dancing" refers to a completely different kind of dancing, where people exchange partners by moving among the dancers who are standing in a square-shaped pattern. The Chinese "square dancing" refers to dancing in the town square. If you want to call it "square dancing" then you should try to explain why the word. "square" is used in the English name. You will get a few points if you can do this. You don't need to show that you are aware of the "square dancing" that exists in the West.

Note 11

For many questions about what you think the future might be, the internet (or computers) can be part of your answer. For example, "How do you think shopping will change in the future?" Answer: "I think most people will probably be doing most of their shopping online . . . . ."

Note 12

Can you suggest why some people like to buy things alone, and why other people like to go shopping with others?

There are situations when it is simpler, and faster, to go shopping alone. This often depends on what you are buying. Many females tend to like having a female friend with them when they are buying clothes.

The question has been reported as similar to the words above. But what people "like to" do, and what they actually do, are not always the same. It is possible that the question is as follows, without the words, "like to": Can you suggest why some people (usually) buy things alone, and why other people (tend to) go shopping with others?

Obviously some people usually go shopping alone because they have no friends, or because they have nobody suitable to go shopping with! As well as that, most men (especially if they are unmarried) prefer to go shopping alone, especially for everyday things like groceries and even clothes.