Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

This topic of ‘names’ is interesting, because it is very culturally-specific.

For instance, as an American, I don’t think of names as having much meaning. However, in other cultures, the origin is very important.

Therefore, you’ll hear how Lindsay and I tackle these IELTS Part 1 questions that are not of note in our own culture.

As you listen to today’s native and spontaneous answers, take note on vocabulary and how specific we get in our ideas.

IELTS Question: What does your name mean?

Phrases you can use on your own Speaking Exam:

Well, I’ve actually never given much thought to…

That’s what I gather

That’s kind of random. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult.

IELTS Question: Do people do anything special when a baby is named in your country?

Phrases you can use on your own Speaking Exam:

Perhaps the paternal grandfather must be present.

No pomp and circumstance

IELTS Question: What names are popular in your country?


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Phrases you can use on your own Speaking Exam:

In our generation, born in the early 80’s

Nowadays I see it everywhere, which annoys me.

I feel like it’s a Gen Ythe millennial generation caught on to it and grabbed it.

Parents are getting really weird about names these days.

Kids have to deal with these names their whole life.

You also have to be careful about what the nickname might be.

One activity you can do to prepare for this topic:

This would make your answer more dynamic, and less superficial or expected than the responses of other students.

What does your name mean?

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