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

Today you’ll learn how to describe detailed days in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

Part 2 can really be anxiety-inducing, and even native speakers don’t always excel!

That’s why you need a framework, like in our course, and you need to practice as many Part 2’s as possible!

The initial stage of Part 2 is essential. The one minute you get to brainstorm and take notes sets you up for success!

A recent Speaking Part 2 topic card that a student had on the exam:

Describe an enjoyable day that cost no money.

This question is actually easy to employ our strategy of telling a story– beginning in the morning, and then simply moving through the day chronologically.

Native Brainstorm:

Think of the questions you could answer to come up with details, such as:

  • Who were with?
  • What were you doing?
  • Where did you go?
  • What were the activities?
  • How much money did you save?
  • How far did you go?

Lindsay would talk about going to a local dog shelter, swooning over the cute dogs.


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If your are an active person, this is also easy to think about free activities, such as jogging and hiking.

Notable parts of Jessica’s Part 2 sample answer:

We barely spent any money.

We reserved our energy in the morning and played this card game that we have, called Iron Man Vs. War Machine.

He’s, like, highly literate, if I can brag for a moment about my incredibly intelligent offspring.

It’s a strategy game… tricks that you have to employ.

We spend a good two hours playing that.

We made collages. We’re really into 3D crafts now.

We made these really weird ginger bread men.

It sounds creepy, but it’s really fun.

We finally ventured outside of the house, to Powell Butte, a nature reserve.

Remember- prove your fluency by showing your ability to keep going. You want the examiner to stop you mid-story.

Listen to today’s sample answer a couple times and write down the time markers used.

Then, use them in your own Part 2 answer!

How would you answer today’s IELTS Part 2 question?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!


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