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

The most difficult question type in IELTS Speaking 2 asks you describe an object.

This is challenging for a number of reasons. How do you fill 2 minutes, coherently and fluently, only describing an object?

As with all things IELTS, we have a strategy for describing objects in Speaking Part 2!


So, first listen to this episode about describing objects to learn the general strategy. Then, watch this video and listen to my sample Part 2 answer for this possible IELTS task card:

Describe something you bought which you no longer use.

While you watch the video, take notes on how I connect my ideas and any interesting vocabulary I use.



On our podcast, IELTS Energy, we have done episodes on how to answer all IELTS Speaking Part 2 question types:

On these shows, we give you the strategies for how to fill the 2 minutes in ways that satisfy what the examiner wants for a 7 or higher.


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Try using the following strategy, and answer the IELTS Speaking Part 2 topics below:

1. Describe what the object looks like
2. Describe why/where you bought it or how you use it
3. Tell a story related to the object, such as a personal experience you had with it.

1. Describe an expensive thing you would like to own.

2. Describe a household appliance you use often. (Do not talk about a computer or phone!)

Remember that when answering an IELTS Speaking Part 2 question, you should just focus on the topic on the top of the card. You do not have to talk about the bullet points.

What do you think of today’s sample answer?

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