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Speaking Part 1: Good and Bad Answers Compared

Updated: Feb 28, 2023


In this lesson we will:


  1. 😔 Look at some bad anwers to Speaking Part 1 questions

  2. 😊 Look at some good answers to Speaking Part 1 questions


1. 😔 Bad Speaking Part 1 Answers


Look at the answers to the following questions.


What is wrong with each of them?



Q: Where are you from?

A: I come from a city called Cali. Its full name is ‘Santiago de Cali’ and it was founded by the conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in 1536 and it is a city which has a lot of history.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you ever shop online?

A: No, I don’t.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you prefer to email, text, or phone your friends?

A: I prefer to text my friends because it's better. I don't like phoning people, and I only use email for work.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you ever shop online? A: Yes, I do. I love shopping online and do it all the time. In fact, just this morning I bought some jeans and a T-shirt from a really nice website … The website is called AliExpress, and it’s got some of the cheapest prices you’ll ever find … That’s why I really like it. I think these days people really love shopping online and err, it’s really convenient … My parents both do a lot of shopping online too and, um, you can save a lot of money that way too and … uh, Also I sometimes buy stuff from err, Etsy ... Because sometimes I see really nice, uhh, designs on there, but sometimes the deliveries take errr, a long time ... And uh, yeah, that’s it.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 


Q: Do you ever shop online?

A: Nowadays many people prefer to shop online because it is cheaper and more convenient.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you ever shop online?

A: Yes, I do. I use many websites, for instance AliExpress. Moreover, these days I shop less and less in physical shops.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you like watching TV?

A: Hmmm …. That’s a good question … Hmmm … No, not really.


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


 

Q: Do you have a favourite plant or flower?

A: (omg why is this guy asking me about flowers?? This exam is so unfair!!) Errr … No. 🙄


👈 What's wrong with this answer?


2. 😊 Good Speaking Part 1 Answers

Look at the answers to the following questions.


What is good about each of them?



Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Cali, Colombia.


👈 What's good about this answer?


 

Q: Do you ever shop online? A: Yes, I do. I love shopping online and do it all the time. In fact, just this morning I bought some jeans and a T-shirt from a really nice website called AliExpress.


👈 What's good about this answer?


 

Q: Do you prefer to email, text, or phone your friends?

A: I pretty much always send my friends text messages because it's much more convenient for me, like, I can send a message then go off and do something else while I wait for a reply. I'm not a big fan of making phonecalls because they sometimes go on forever, and I only use email for work related stuff ... So yeah, I prefer texting.


👈 What's good about this answer?


 

Q: Do you ever shop online?

A: Yes, I do. These days I use a lot of different websites like AliExpress, but when I was younger, I used to shop more in person.


👈 What's good about this answer?


 

Q: Do you like watching TV?

A: No, not really, I used to when I was a teenager, but these days I much prefer reading. Sometimes I might watch a movie with my family, but I’m not really into TV in general.


👈 What's good about this answer?


 

Q: Do you have a favourite plant or flower?

A: Haha, no, I don’t, actually. I know absolutely nothing about plants and flowers … My girlfriend loves them though and she’s always buying new ones to decorate our living room. 😄


👈 What's good about this answer?


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