Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll hear an 8+ IELTS Part 2 answer about a plant.

Could you speak for 2 minutes about a plant in IELTS Speaking Part 2?!

That is a very challenging topic card to receive on exam day.

In today’s answer, I adhere to our strategy of before/during/after.

As I am telling a story about a plant, and providing as many details as I can, I do not have time to get to the ‘after’ portion of the answer.

Remember, you want the examiner to have to stop you at 2 minutes, mid-story if possible. This shows you can effortlessly keep talking, which is what you want to prove for a 7+ in Fluency and Coherence.


Details from my 8+ Part 2 Plant Answer

The plant itself was a DIY carnivorous terrarium project at a local nursery, called Birds and Bees.

I went with my son and my mom, as a fun activity to do. I found this event on a local website called PDX Kids Calendar.

However, that listing didn’t explain the hefty cost involved!

Not only did you have to buy the plant, but you also had to purchase the vase of your choice, along with whatever you chose to decorate it with, from colored moss to pretty little stones.


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The ‘carnivorous’ description was due to the types of plant involved, which eat insects, such as the Venus Flytrap.

On the way home, my son decided to name his plant Tim. My mom and I thought this was hilarious!

How can you tackle this question?

  • Think of a plant that you’ve had in your life- a house plant you bought for the home, something you’ve planted in a garden, or even a bunch of flowers you received from a friend or loved one.
  • Then, think about the context.
  • What were you doing before you got the plant? Why did you get it? How did you get it? After you had it, what happened? Are there any other memories you have associated with this plant?
  • Brainstorm your answers to those questions, and talk about the plant for 2 minutes.

What plant would you describe for this answer?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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