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Today you are going to learn if you should talk about self-help books in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

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Self-help and IELTS?

Thank you to subscriber Judy Ann Pascual for asking today’s question.

She left this comment on another video of IELTS Energy TV Passionate Sample IELTS Part 2 Answer about a Favorite Book.

She asked if she could discuss a ‘motivational book’ if facing this IELTS Speaking Part 2 cue card.

You can, for sure, but it’s way harder than describing a novel.

A novel has a clear story you could describe, which makes it easier to fill the two minutes fluently, and use time-marking transition phrases.

However, if you’re like Judy and you simply don’t read novels, you can definitely describe a self-help book.

Tips to do this correctly

In order to still use interesting transition phrases, which the Examiner listens for, here are some tips:

  • Describe the situation you were in before buying the book, which led to you needing it in the first place. You can say, ‘At this point in time…’.
  • Then, after giving details of the advice you read in the book, say what you did after finishing it. Begin by saying, ‘As soon as I turned the last page…’

Use the right high-level vocabulary

Vocabulary you should learn and try to use when talking about self-help books:

  • Be my best self
  • Genuine
  • Authentic
  • Something doesn’t serve me

Takeaway

When it comes to IELTS Speaking Part 2 you need to make sure you have the plan you need to fill the two minutes.

You also need great vocabulary. You also need to make sure you get high-level transition phrases in because the Examiner will be looking for them. That’s why it’s so important to know what the Examiner wants and we should you that in 3 Keys IELTS.

Don’t be afraid to bring in a self-help topic that comes to mind but do it in the right way with the right vocabulary.

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