IELTS Speaking Part 2: recent questions café

IELTS Speaking Part 2: recent questions

Here are three recent questions that someone sent me:

  1. Describe a café that you have been to.
  2. Describe an important event in the history of your country.
  3. Describe an occasion when you spent some time with a child.

How would you answer these questions? Can we use any ideas from topics that we have previously prepared?

IELTS Speaking Part 2: ‘cafe’ topic

Let’s prepare an answer for the question below.

Describe a café that you have been to.
You should say

- where it is
- why you went there
- what you ate or drank
- and explain why you liked or disliked the café.

If you’ve seen ‘Speaking lesson 4’ in my video course, you will already have some good vocabulary for describing a restaurant and the staff in a restaurant e.g. welcoming, inviting, warm, approachable, attentive, nice atmosphere, make you feel at home… I’m sure we can use some of these words and phrases to describe a café.

I’ll show you my answer next week.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2: ‘cafe’ answer

Describe a café that you have been to.
You should say

- where it is
- why you went there
- what you ate or drank
- and explain why you liked or disliked the café.

Here’s my sample band 9 answer:

  • I’m going to describe a café that I go to maybe once a week. It’s just down the road from where I live, near Manchester, so it’s really convenient for me to walk down there for a coffee or a bite to eat, and to use the wifi.
  • The last time I went to this local café was on Friday afternoon. I was trying to do some work at home, but I found myself getting distracted by little jobs around the house. So I decided to have a change of scenery; I put my laptop in its bag and made the short walk to the café, where I spent the next few hours getting all of my work done. With a nice cup of coffee and just the right level of background noise, I found it much easier to concentrate.
  • Over the course of the afternoon, I drank two cups of coffee and a glass or two of water. The café owner takes a lot of pride in making the best ‘flat white’ coffee in the area, so that’s what I tend to drink. If I remember correctly, the second coffee that I ordered was a decaf, because I try to avoid drinking too much caffeine in the afternoon. I didn’t have anything to eat on that occasion, but I do sometimes have one of the home-made cakes that they sell.
  • There are a few reasons why I like going to my local café. I suppose the main reasons are the coffee, the free wifi and the friendly staff. However, on Friday I also managed to sit at my favourite table near one of the windows, and the café wasn’t very busy. So the atmosphere and noise level were just right, and I was able to focus on my work without distractions for most of the afternoon.
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