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

Recently, in a Facebook Live session (every Thursday 12pm PST!), a student posted about a Part 2 topic card that asked him to describe a time he was glad he had his cell phone with him.

This might be hard to think of on the spot, if you put too much pressure on yourself to think of an emergency story.

However, you don’t have to come up with that, necessarily!

The easier way to fluently fill the 2 minutes would just brainstorm about the day before, and think of detailed times you used your phone throughout the day.

Lindsay thought of a fantastic context, when she relied heavily on her phone while she was road-tripping across the country.

The point is to use the first memory/story that accessibly comes to mind.

The fact is, you use your phones all day, every day. Any chronological series of events is a story, and that’s how we fluently fill the 2 minutes!


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Notable phrases and details from Lindsay’s Part 2 answer:

  • solo road trip
  • relied heavily during this two month window
  • my day started off by…
  • the Yelp app
  • pulling out the map… quite disastrous
  • was I going to get off on exit 15 or exit 16
  • a couple of finger taps away from
  • couch surfing hosts

Notice how Lindsay’s answer is organized by time, mostly, beginning in the morning.

In your Part 2 notes, try to list your ideas in order.

Make your story personal, and have fun sharing your experiences! This should happen in every part of the Speaking Exam.

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