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

Today you’ll hear band 9 speaking sample answers about

Listen to the whole episode for excellent holiday vocabulary!

Lindsay and Jessica answer the following IELTS Speaking Part 2 cue card:

Describe a favorite holiday you have had.

Note that ‘holiday’, here, denotes a special
day, like Christmas, and not vacation.

In British English,
can also mean ‘vacation’, unlike in American

Notes from Lindsay’s

  • One particular holiday when I was 9
  • leading
    up to
    Christmas time
  • the thing that was so wild and crazy
  • we went
  • not the best handyman
  • stringing
    up the lights… amazing work of art
  • lampposts, swirly
    things, masterpiece
  • she just gasped
  • a little bit out of control
  • going big
  • in the biting
  • absolutely

Notes from Jessica’s

  • one of the first Christmases after having James
  • at that time
  • so stoked
  • huge hot wheels track
  • the thing is
  • grand/magnificent
  • bleary-eyed
  • rarin’
    and ready to go
  • loop the
  • lighting
    fast, straight out of the gate

Listen a couple of times to these sample answers, and notice
how the context
is built out to fill the 2 minutes
fluently and coherently.

Also, if you are asked
to describe a childhood memory
, it’s totally find to make up details if you don’t remember a lot!

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