Answer IELTS Speaking Recent Test 24/08

Speaking part 1


  1. How often do you read books?
    I read books quite often, especially foreign books because it helps me enhance my language skills like English or Chinese.
  2. Do Vietnamese people like to read?
    I don’t think reading is a popular hobby in my country. As far as I can tell, Vietnamese prefer something more exciting like videos or films. Reading is a bit tedious to many people.
  3. What kinds of people like reading and what kinds of people like do not like reading?
    Well, that’s an interesting question. I suppose middle-aged people or the elderly enjoy reading because they find life lessons from books really valuable and fascinating. However, teenagers are often attracted by other kinds of entertainment rather than reading.

  • enhance one’s language skills (v)
  • tedious (adj)
  • middle – aged(adj)
  • life lessons (n)
  • fascinating (adj)

Speaking part 2

Describe a person who has interesting ideas or opinions

You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • What this person does
  • How you know him/her

and explain why you think his/her ideas and opinions are interesting.

When it comes to describing a person with interesting opinions, I really want to talk about my best friend – Quynh Anh. She has been my friend since secondary school so we have a lot in common, including our interests and mindset.

She is now an undergraduate, studying computer engineering in America. Her major mainly involves writing codes and designing new programs or software. Alhough working with codes and computer technology can be frustrating at times, she really has a knack for science subjects and enjoys what she is doing right now.

Back in our days in school, she excelled in math and physics since she usually came up with solutions to problems in just minutes. Quynh Anh is not only smart and also very sensible in social issues. She has the ability to think things through and give the best advice, so I always confide in her whenever I’m in trouble. That is the reason why I think she has very interesting opinions.


  • have a lot in common
  • has a knack for
  • excel in
  • think things through

Speaking part 3

  1. When do children begin to have their own ideas?

It’s hard to tell because I don’t usually spend time with children. Just a wild guess, I think they may develop their own ways of thinking since the age of 3. This is because, at the age of 3, they start to go to kindergartens and get into contact with other kids and teachers. Thanks to these interactions, they will start to form their own ideas about the world.

  1. Why are there more and more differences between children and their parents?

I guess it’s because when children grow up, their relationship circle expands and they are more influenced by others rather than their parents. Take me as an example. My parents and I used to have similar opinions but now my ideas often conflict with theirs.

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of setting rules for children?

Well, an obvious advantage of setting rules for kids is that it can help children become more disciplined. However, if the rules are too strict or inappropriate, they can limit children’s imagination and forcing children to follow these rules may put children under lots of pressure and even result in mental illnesses.


  • A wild guess
  • get into contact with
  • develop their own ways of thinking
  • relationship circle
  • conflict with
  • forcing somebody to