We don’t say, ‘Well, move on’, you can say, ‘well, moving on…’
The student mentioned that Paris is amazing, that she visited many places, but she didn’t give any details as to those places.
If the student went into detail and description about specific places she went to and activities she did, she could fill the 2 minutes. What did she see? What did she eat? What were the people like?
You HAVE TO keep talking for the whole 2 minutes, until the examiner stops you.
Suggestion for practice: Try getting one Part 2 card, and practicing it 3 times in a row. So, each time you say the answer, you will be able to add more and more details, and feel more confident.
Don't say ‘she raised the opportunity’, say ‘she grasped the opportunity.’
Good vocabulary- ‘blown away by Paris.’
The student could use more interesting descriptive phrases besides ‘amazing city’, like ‘mind-blowing’ or ‘indescribable.’
Don't say ‘really enjoyed by this journey’, say ‘really enjoyed this journey.’
There are a lot of opportunities when telling a story to show varied expressiveness.
Suggestion for practice: Watch some of our sample answers on IELTS Energy TV and think about which emotions we are expressing, and try to mimic the way we speak.
Don't say ‘as well as this’ say ‘in addition to this’ or ‘plus’
The studentmentioned many cities that are good options to visit, but didn’t say why. Give specific details!
When the student was asked about dangerous cities in her country, she couldn’t say much. Remember you have to talk about something, so you can mention a story you read/heard about a dangerous place in Russia, or talk about dangerous cities where you live now in the U.S. (this is a good example of how reading the newspaper helps!)
Good vocabulary-‘plethora’ and ‘to-do list’ and ‘cost an arm and a leg’ and ‘marvel’ and ‘array of options’ and ‘mish mash’
Don't say ‘get a plan’, say ‘make a plan’
Don't say ‘get a comfortable trip’, say ‘ensure a comfortable trip’
Don't say ‘criminality rate’, just ‘crime rate’
Don't say ‘I have not so much ideas’, say ‘I really don’t know tons/loads about this’, or ‘I couldn’t say exactly, as I’m not super familiar with this, but…’
The student stumbled a bit while pronouncing cities in Russia- practice those, as you often have to talk about where you come from on the exam
When talking about dangerous places, and urban problems, the student's intonation still sounded pretty positive. Remember that our intonation goes down more for these topics, to express a more dramatic idea. You can see this in my sample answers on YouTube.