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

Today you’ll hear band 9 sample birthday answers for IELTS Speaking Part 1.

This is a very specific topic, and you may just be asked about it on your next IELTS test!

Question 1: Do you enjoy celebrating your birthday?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • in most recent memory
  • the Camino de Santiago
  • they came up with this
  • such a touching thing
  • put that together for me

Build out your answer by describing a specific memory, such as Lindsay did.

Question 2: Do you celebrate in the same way as you did as a child?

Notes from Jessica’s answer:

  • oh, gosh no
  • throw me half-birthday parties
  • honestly more of an activity for him
  • my adult celebration
  • we enjoy some drinks and some fine food
  • get dressed up and be all fancy, all good-lookin’

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Question 3: How important are gifts on a person’s birthday?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • in my case, at least
  • I’m lucky enough to have a summer birthday
  • enjoyed a picnic, watched a concert by the river
  • the experience, to me, was the gift

Question 4: Do you think birthdays become less important as we get older?

Notes from Jessica’s answer:

  • oh, heck no
  • find it puzzling
  • missing an opportunity here, buddy
  • celebrate yourself and your achievements
  • take time out
  • go all out on their birthdays

Take notes on today’s vocabulary and transition phrases to use in your own answers.

How would you answer today’s Speaking Part 1 questions?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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