Speaking, Part 1: Maps & Directions 🗺

Do you use maps?

I have a terrible sense of direction and I’m always getting lost! I try to use the map on my smartphone to locate myself and find my way but even then I’m not always able to read it. When I’m driving somewhere that I’ve never been before I rely heavily on the satellite navigation in my car to get me from A to B.

Do you ever ask for directions?

I know my hometown like the back of my hand, but if I was lost in a place I’d never been before I wouldn’t usually ask a stranger in the street. Instead, I’d ask someone in a store how to get there – I think that’s safer than standing out like a sore thumb with a map and looking confused. 

Speaking, Part 1: Dictionaries📖

  1. If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?

Sample answer:

That’s a great question – I’d never given it much though! I think it would depend. If it was a special edition, perhaps related to my work or my studies or even bound in leather, then I’d be very grateful for such a thoughtful gift. If not, I’d be slightly more suspicious – perhaps it would be someone trying to drop a subtle hint about my language skills or spelling!

Speaking, Part 1: Is Sunshine Useful?🌞

  1. Do you think sunshine is useful?

Sample answer:

Sunshine is useful for many things, for example with solar power we can convert sunlight into electricity. It’s a clean, renewable energy source and it allows us to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. I think it’s also important for our well-being, not only in terms of vitamin D for healthy bones but also helping to lift our mood and making us feel energised.

Speaking, Part 1: Zoos 🦁🐨🐼

  1. Do you often go to the zoo?

Sample answer:

I go to the zoo once in a blue moon. I don’t really enjoy the zoo in my hometown becuase it’s quite small and the animals look depressed. However, when I am overseas, I sometimes go to see exotic species up close. I went on a night safari at Singapore Zoo and saw some incredible creatures in their spacious enclosures.

Speaking, Part 1: Where Are You From?

where are you from?

I was looking at some common part 1 exam questions with my students today.

This one – “Where are you from?” – comes up all the time. 

We could, of course, answer the examiner in a few short words, but this is a speaking exam so let’s offer just a little bit more.

Think about the following:

  • Which country are you from?
  • Which city/town/village are you from? 
  • Where is that place located within your country?
  • Where are you living now? 
  • Is your hometown famous for anything?Also think about the facilities your hometown has – shops, museums, restaurants, for example

Sample answer:

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Speaking, Part 1: First Day At School

  1. Tell me about your first day at school?

Sample answer

I only have vague memories – it’s such a long time ago!

My primary school was an imposing, old building and I remember being quite intimidated by it. I also remember my teacher was strict and scary – she certainly frightened the life out of me. I remember crying because I didn’t want to stay there and I wanted to go home with my mum.

 

Speaking, Part 3: Do Many Foreign Tourists Come to Your Country?

1. Do many foreign tourists come to your country?

Sample answer

The tourist industry in Korea is booming.

An increasing number of airlines, including low-cost carriers, serve Incheon Airport, making it easier and more affordable than ever before for travellers to get here.

Many visitors from South-East Asia are influenced by the Korean Wave – they watch Korean dramas on TV or are big fans of K-pop and they want to experience the country first hand. They mainly come to stay in the capital Seoul, where they enjoy a range of delicious local dishes and immerse themselves in culture experiences like wearing “hanbok”, which is traditional Korean dress. And of course they shop till they drop in the bustling Myeongdong shopping area and in the tax-free stores.  

Medical tourism is also becoming more popular – cosmetic surgery especially. Foreign patients undergo treatments here not only because of the reputation for excellent doctors and quality aftercare but also because the price can be significantly cheaper than in their own country.

Speaking, Part 2: Describe An Old Object

Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time. 

You should say:

  • what the object is
  • where it came from
  • how long it has been in your family

and explain why your family has kept it.

How old is old? How long is a long time? It’s a matter of opinion, perhaps!

You could think of an antique (older than 100 years) or a family heirloom, if you have one. Maybe you inherited an item from a grandparent – a watch, earrings, or a piece of jewellery for example.   


Sample answer:

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Speaking, Part 1, Eating Habits

Q. How have your eating habits changed since your childhood?

Sample answer:

When I was young, I was a really fussy eater – my favourite food was spaghetti and tomato ketchup and I ate precious little else. I hated green vegetables and I would pick out anything I didn’t like the look of – it used to drive my parents bananas. These days, I’m much more aware of the importance of a balanced diet and ensure I eat nutritious meals. I’m also much more adventurous – I always like to try new dishes.