Welcome back to IELTS speaking, everyone! Since one of my YouTube videos racked up a significant amount of views, I decided to do another one but also write up a few things for you down below, along with the video.
- Are you happy to be the age you are now? Why/Why Not?
- When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future? Why/Why Not?
- Do you think you have changed as you got older?
- What will be different about your life in the future?
All right, so diving into these bullet points are the focus for today, but not literally speaking.
I want to quickly point out a technique.
Technique One – No CONCURRING
If you’re asked this question, please don’t retort using a short answer. That’s now how “natural English” sounds. Example.
Are you happy to be the age you are now?
No, I’m not…..because…..
NO! Don’t do this! One (you’ll see in the video in more detail), one of my students went from listening to my version of answering questions (7.0 band) to a measly 6.0 (using another teacher’s method).
Instead, apply an interjection. Most Americans and native English speakers use these to show that they’re thinking. “Hmmmm, errrr, yeahh….kinda”. These can work well. If you speak professionally, it could be very unnatural to SOME examiners.
Useful Phrases: I didn’t so much, I already knew what I was gonna be, Not really because as a child….., I didn’t know what I wanted to become, so I lived more in the moment.
These are very natural. If you say, “well, to a certain extent I did.” WAYYY too professional.
Bullet points 3 and 4 are in my YouTube video down below!