Posts by Laurie Knox

IELTS Speaking Part 2 | Describe a journey that you remember well.

Describe a journey that you remember well.You should say:– where you went– how you travelled– why you went on this...

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

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – A rookie mistake from IELTS test takers is to constantly repeat large chunks of the...

IELTS Speaking | Can I use contractions?

Short answer: Yes, you can. Long answer: The post below shows the most commonly used contractions in spoken English. Use...

IELTS Speaking Part 3 | How popular are electronic books in your country?

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – I think is a common way to start opinions in spoken English. It shows uncertainty...

IELTS Speaking Part 1 | Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – This is a good, commonly-used and informal phrase you can add to your Part 1...

IELTS Speaking Part 1 | Do you like the neighbourhood you live in?

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – I always advise students to answer Part 1 questions in two parts: i) Answer the...

IELTS Speaking Part 3 | Do you think cinemas will close in the future?

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – One big problem that students have in IELTS Speaking is tense agreement. This question asks...

IELTS Speaking Part 1 | Do you have a large family or a small family?

Suggested Answer: Notes: 1 – Two high-level collocations that I’ve used here are immediate family and extended family. Immediate family...

IELTS Speaking Part 2 | What if I speak for less than one minute?

Before we get started, let’s get one thing clear: for 11-14 minutes, your IELTS Speaking examiner is your god, and...

IELTS Speaking Part 1 | How long should my answers be?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked by IELTS students. I have two answers: a simple...