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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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891.  A Talkative Person  (May 2018)

892.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (May 2018)

893.  A Website  (May 2018)

894.  An Interesting Animal  (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

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891.  A Talkative Person  (May 2018)

Describe a person you know who talks a lot. *

               You should say:

 who it is

 how you know this person

 what they talk about

 and explain why you think they talk a lot.

              .

Notes

  • I named this topic as "A Talkative Person" because it is a short label and also because most examples of this are, in fact talkative people. Talkative people are people who like to talk a lot and, in fact, a few people have reported that as the topic wording. Talkative people usually have quite an extroverted (outgoing) personality. However, I think the card probably just says, "a person you know who talks a lot".

What's the difference? Well, one example of a person who talks a lot is a university lecturer (or a school teacher). But those people have to talk a lot as part of their job. In reality, I think many university lecturers (and some school teachers) don't really feel comfortable talking to large groups of people, although the more extroverted ones do like to talk a lot about their field of expertise. University lecturers are academic people who have had a lot of experience studying and who probably are interested in reading about and doing research in their field. This profile fits someone who is usually quite introverted, rather than extroverted. By nature, outside of work, they might not be very talkative even though they (have to) talk a lot when they teach. In other words, "talkative" is a personality trait. It's just a small point.

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892.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (May 2018)

Describe a sport that you have watched others play and would like to try (or play) yourself. *

               You should say:

 what sport it is

 where you have seen it being played

 who was playing it

 and explain why you would like to try it.

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Notes

  • This seems to be a variation of Topic 693.

  • The words, "would like to try" do not necessarily mean that you have a strong desire to play this sport. However, if you say, "I want to try this sport" then your meaning is that you have a strong desire, even a goal, of trying it.

On the other hand, the words, "would like to try" could be used just to describe a sense of curiosity about what it would be like to try this sport, maybe just once when, in fact, you really have no strong desire (at the moment) to play the sport more often than that. Even a person who is not very athletic could say that.

If you really do have quite a strong desire to try (or play) the sport, then the most suitable thing is to start by saying you "would like to try it" but then quickly move one step further by saying that, in fact, you "want to" try it or that it is one of your goals for things to do in the future.

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893.  A Website  (May 2018)

Describe  a website that you like to visit.

               You should say:

 what it is

 how you first found it

 how you use it

     and explain why you like using it.

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894.  An Interesting Animal  (May 2018)

Describe an interesting animal.

               You should say:

 what it looks like

 where you saw it

 where it lives

 and explain why you think it is interesting.

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895.

Describe ....................

               You should say:

 ..................

 .................

 .................

 and explain .......................

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