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IELTS Speaking Sample 36

Part One:  Introduction and interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. …]

Examiner: Good morning. My name is … could you tell me your name, please? 
Answer: Good morning. I am Anton Valery. You can call me Anton. This is what most people call me.

Examiner: Please show me your identification or passport? 
Answer: Sure. Here are my ID passport and verification card.

Examiner: That’s fine. Thank you. Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK?
Answer: Yes, sure.

Examiner: Do you work or are you a student?
Answer: I am a business professional. I have finished my studies almost three years ago and then started my own business.

Examiner: What business do you own? 
Answer: I have a small business that deals with importing clothing from some Asian countries and then sell them in the local shopping stores and shopping malls in my country.

Examiner: Do you like music?
Answer: Yes, I do like music. Whenever I get time I like to listen to my favourite music. I often try new singers and foreign singers. I have more than two hundred MP3 songs on my smartphone memory and I like to listen to them whenever I am in my car or train.

Examiner: Do you think music is important?
Answer: Of course, music is essential. It helps to feel relaxed and refreshed. Sometimes music is inspirational and helps us overcome difficult time and stress. Personally, I find music to be the food for my soul, as they say!

Examiner: What kind of music do you enjoy most?
Answer: I prefer to enjoy band and instrumental music. But I also love to enjoy other music genres too. Any music that has a good lyrics is okay with me. My personal favourites are the Beatles and Pink Floyd as they have a great collection of songs.

Examiner: How long do you listen to music every day?
Answer: On an average, I listen to music for over an hour in a day. But I must say, this duration varies. Sometimes I spent more than three hours on the road and mostly listen to music the whole time and few days I remain quite busy with my office and business and can hardly manage any time to listen to the music.

Part 2  Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)

Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe your favourite music band.

You should say:

  • what’s the name of the band and the band members
  • how long do you listen to their song
  • some famous song of this band

and explain why particularly you like this music band.

[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Examiner: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up.Can you start speaking now, please?

IELTS Cue Card Sample 586 – Describe your favourite music band

Part 3 – Two-way Discussion

Q. Do you think music has an effect on people’s lives? How?
Thank you for the question. Listening music is a good habit and there are some amazing benefits available for the listeners. It affects the lives of the listeners in a positive way. Music makes people happier and eradicates loneliness and depression. It also helps to boost performance. Music provides necessary motivation to help us achieve our goals. Relieving the stress level is another benefit of music and it also helps to get a better sleep. Moreover, music helps to elevate moods in different situations. Some people believe that music helps to recover pain or other physical disorders. So, the influence of music is huge in people’s lives.

Q. Which is more important to you, music or TV? why?
A. Well, I love listening music. Being a businessman, this is almost impossible for me to sit before a television set daily. But the scenario is opposite with music. I can use headphones and listen to music from my iPod while working. I can also listen to music when I am walking on streets or riding on my bicycle. But I am unable to a carry a television with me always. Moreover, I have ample options to select my preferred music and without any break. But while watching television, I am forced to watch commercials I do not like. So, based on the reasons, music is important to me than TV.

Q. Does music has a relation with the dancing? How?
A. Ahh… I think there are some relations between music and dancing. The music alone can play a great role to entertain people but dance without music is incomplete. The music is composed of lyrics while dancing the natural outcome of the lyrics. In fact, some music is composed for dancing only. The dancing steps are synchronized with music and lyrics and this creates a beautiful movement. In fact, both dance and music are art forms and create a harmony together. So, the absence of music in dancing will make no sense at all to audiences.

Q. Has the type of music people used to like 20 years ago changed? Why?
A. Of course, the types of music people used to listen to have changed in the last two decades. There are several reasons behind the change. Earlier, people used listening music of a couple of genres like pop or rock. But now the music taste has changed. They now listen to classical music, hip-hop songs, instrumental music, reggae, jazz, opera, rapping and much more. The tastes have changed for several reasons. Everyone loves to change and by the course of time, they change everything they can. Music is also a subject to be changed. The rise of young generation plays an important role here. They actually change the music trends, I think.

Q. What changes in terms of young people’s choice of music will occur in next 20 years?
A. Well, young people play an important role in changing the course of music. Actually, based on their demands, music industry takes attempts and popularize different existing genres or invent newer genres. So, exactly it cannot be predicted what will happen next. But after 20 years a couple of things may take place in choosing music. There might be the rise of newer genres for young people or they will return to the older genres. Actually, inventing a fresh music genre is a daunting task which nobody may dare to initiate. However, metal music will become more popular, I guess.

Q. Do you think anyone can be a musician? Why/why not? 
A. Being a musician is a matter of devotion and practice. Inherent talent is also required to be a great musician or singer. Devotion is really important in learning music. Besides, musicians need to practise a lot. In fact, the saying practice makes a man perfect matches completely with learning music. So, this is not the cup of tea for everyone. People with extraordinary skills and devotions can turn into a musician. But nothing happens overnight for them too. Moreover, few of the natural issues play an important role here like if someone has a lucid voice the remaining process becomes easier.

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