IELTS Speaking Part 1 | When did you last go to the beach?

Suggested Answer:

I last went in October1. Even though the British weather isn’t really conducive2 to sunbathing, I still enjoy a trip to the beach3. I love the feel of the wind in your hair4 and the fresh sea air.


1 – A rookie mistake from IELTS test takers is to constantly repeat large chunks of the examiners’ questions word-for-word in their answers. It is much better to paraphrase, i.e. mix up the vocabulary and/or sentence structure. For example:

When did you last go to the beach?
I last went to the beach in October.
I last went in October.
My last trip to the beach was back in October.
I haven’t been there since October.

2To be conducive to something is a phrasal verb that means to make a situation/outcome more likely. So, x is conducive to y means x will make y more likely to happen. For example:

Exercise is conducive to good health.
Studying hard is conducive to getting a good score in IELTS.

Note that this phrase can be used negatively as well:

Smoking is not conducive to good health.
Punching the examiner is not conducive to getting a good score in IELTS.

3 – The sentence form Even though x, y is a great way to add complex sentences to your answers. Both x and y should be full sentences. This sentence means that y is still true, despite something that makes it unlikely (x).

Even though it’s raining, I’m going to go outside.
Even though his team lost, he enjoyed the game.
Even though they’ve never been here before, they loved it.

Note that there is a comma separating the two clauses. However, we can put the even though clause (the subordinate clause) at the end of the sentence and lose the comma.

I’m going to go outside even though it’s raining
He enjoyed the game even though his team lost.
They loved it even though they’ve never been here before.

4 – (To feel) the wind in your hair is one of those phrases I only hear from native speakers. It is – as it sounds – about feeling the wind in your hair, but it is used to really stress the love of being outdoors, especially in wild weather.

She loves the feel of the wind in her hair when she’s climbing mountains.
It’s nice to have the wind in your hair as you stroll along the beach.
Kids these days stay indoors too much and don’t get to feel the wind in their hair.

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