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

Today you’ll hear sample Speaking Part 3 answers about superstitious beliefs.

Yes, this topic does come up on the Speaking and Writing IELTS tests!

The topics of customs and cultural beliefs are common on IELTS, so superstitions are a possible direction!

Part 3 question: Would you say that people in your country are superstitious?

  • by and large no
  • every so often
  • offerings and incense
  • on a case by case basis, yes

Part 3 question: What are the benefits and drawbacks to being superstitious?

  • more in the context of sports
  • sports rituals
  • getting into the right mindset is a placebo effect
  • stinky in the locker room
  • mental edge

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Note the other direction Lindsay took her answer- there are a variety of superstitions in the world, not just supernatural!

Part 3 question: Do fewer people believe in ghosts today as compared to the past?

  • olden days
  • ye old days gone by
  • sought the supernatural for explanations
  • as far as ghosts, specifically, though
  • I do not count myself among them
  • gullible
  • imagination is more forefront in my mind

You could add ‘ye‘, an old English pronoun, to make things sound old.

This is a native, funny, interesting way to liven up your observations about the past.

Use the air-quotes to show that you are playing with the language.

How would you answer today’s questions?

Share your answers in the comments section below!

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