Do you like doing housework?

Neither do we!

You may be asked about household chores on IELTS.

You have to be ready to discuss things you don’t enjoy.

Listen in for today’s band 9 sample answers.

You’ll then be ready with details and interesting vocabulary!

Many questions have been seen on IELTS Speaking regarding housework.

  • Household chores
  • Describing your home
  • Cleanliness
  • Habits

You may also be asked about housekeeper professions.

This is something that’s changing in many cultures.

At one time, many women were expected to work in the home as a ‘housewife.’

This is no longer the expectation in many parts of the world.

This could come up on both Speaking and Writing.

What does housework entail?

Any household chores you do to maintain your home is housework.

  • Washing dishes
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Tidying
  • Cleaning toilets
  • Cleaning baseboards
  • Washing walls
  • Cooking
  • Laundry

Tidy: verb meaning to pick things up and put them away

You’ll want to be able to describe these in English.

Think about which you don’t mind.

Which are your least favorite?

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#1: Housework at home

Aubrey gives two samples answers about household chores.

Do you do housework at home?

What kind of housework do you often do?

  • push off on someone: to ask someone else to do your task
  • wipe down: phrasal verb for wiping something off
  • gunk: gross stuff

Aubrey used ‘gunk’ to refer to leftover bits of food.

It can also mean dirt or grime.

It’s great slang!

Did you do housework when you were a child?

#2: Kids doing household chores

Jessica lists the different chores she had to do as a child.

  • strict: no-nonsense, serious

She uses an excellent strategy!

This is to compare the past to now.

You can do this whether you have been asked about it in the question or not!

If you don’t have a lot to say, you still have to share details!

Use this strategy to compare the past to now.

What you can learn from these answers

Listen to these sample answers a couple times!

There are specific things you need to pay attention to.

  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Specific examples

Pay attention to the intonation used by Aubrey and Jessica.

There’s no monotone here!

You also hear interesting vocabulary and specific details.

You must do all of this to score 7+ on IELTS speaking!

Takeaway

When it comes to IELTS speaking, you must be strategic!

You need to understand the scoring system well.

It’s vital that you’re aware of what the Examiner is listening for.

These sample answers can give you an idea of what needs to be included.

You must share specific details.

Don’t stay general!

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