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

Today you’ll get sample shopping answers for Speaking Part 1 before your next IELTS Exam.

Shopping does come up all over the Speaking Exam, in Parts 1, 2 or 3.

Today, you’ll see another facet of our strategy of ‘questioning the question‘.

In Speaking Part 1, aim for 3-5 sentences. You can say more, as long as you don’t repeat yourself or wander off-topic.

Remember to finish your answer strong and confidently.

IELTS Part 1 Question: Do you often shop in local stores or chain stores?

Phrases of note:

spectacles shop

My time tends to tip on the scale of the chain stores.

IELTS Part 1 Question: How is buying something in a market different than a shop?

Phrases of note:

the pace

night market in Taipei, farmers market in Portland

whether it be… or…



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IELTS Part 1 Question: Where is the best place to buy healthy food where you live?

Phrases of note:

It’s pains me to say this, but…

go out of my way

implemented Amazon deals

IELTS Part 1 Question: Did you often go shopping with your parents as a kid?

Phrases of note:

Oh gosh, yes.

She doesn’t dig shopping anymore.

I was a little bit spoiled.

Bonding opportunity

hot fudge sundaes for lunch

Remember, when you have a personal memory connected to the topic, describe it!

How would you answer today’s questions?

Share your answers in the comments section below!

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