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

Today you’ll get sample Part 1 answers for a 7 and higher on your next IELTS Speaking Exam!

In the first part of your Speaking Exam, you may be asked about gift giving.

This topic could even come up in Part 2, describing a present you received or gave, and it could even pop up in Part 3 about the importance of spending money on presents for others.

In your country, when do people give presents to each other?

Notable phrases from Lindsay’s answer:

Oh my gosh, good question!

tons of times

take that as an opportunity to give gifts

customizing gifts for my parents

anniversaries are also common times (anniversary is a day of commemoration for when something began, like a relationship or a business)

Mmm… what else, nope, that’s it!

Listen to Lindsay’s expressiveness in her introduction.

What was the best present you’ve ever received? 

Notable phrases from Lindsay’s answer:

I was going to cringe

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that was going to be a hurdle

get beyond that mental hurdle

didn’t have to bust out my credit card for that

Cringe is a great word, describing a physical and mental reaction of pulling back due to disgust or fear.

Bust out is super native slang, meaning to present something or bring something out suddenly or surprisingly.

Are there any types of presents that you don’t like getting?

Notable phrases from Jessica’s answer:

Oh god that’s so tough ‘cuz I’ve always loved getting presents.

Anything associated with gifts is in my wheelhouse.

guilt associated with the present

In my wheelhouse is a great idiom to describe something that suits you and your interests, or has to do with your profession or skill set.

Pay attention to our intonation and copy that expressiveness, just like professional actress Eliza Jane taught you!

How would you answer today’s questions?

Share your answers in the comments section below!

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