IELTS Speaking Part 1 Language: Below are the sample answers to the questions that talk about learning a particular language. This topic of language learning is one of the recent topics in IELTS Speaking.
Talking about languages is a piece of cake since most of us can speak two or more languages. When you get this topic, you can always talk about the English language or the language that you really want to learn – may it be the Chinese language, Japanese language, or other European languages.
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LEARNING A LANGUAGE
What languages can you speak?
Of course, I can speak English and my local language. I’m confident that my English skills are at a conversational level. (Smiling) Proof of this is I’m able to handle a conversation with you. And just to let you know that whenever I speak English my demeanor (outward behavior) changes. I, mean, I feel like I’m a soft-spoken person which is different when I speak my own language. And I think that’s the beauty of speaking different languages, we can create a different character of ourselves.
Well, aside from (apart from; besides; in addition) my native language and English, I can also speak Spanish at a conversational level. I studied that language as my minor subject in college for four years. Actually, when I was a high school student, I was an avid (enthusiastic; passionate) fan of watching some TV dramas from Spain and I fell in love (develop a strong liking for something) with the Spanish culture and which influenced me to take up (to be engaged in; to be involved in) the Spanish language as my second language subject in college.
How do you learn a foreign language?
Personally, I watch shows in which the language that I’m learning is used. Then, I pick up (to learn a language by practicing it rather than being taught it) those expressions or lines that they’re saying. Right after that, I search for the meaning of those expressions online to understand how to use them correctly and I figure out (to understand) how they construct their sentences. But I can only do that if I already have some basic foundation of the language that I’m learning. However, if I have zero knowledge about a certain language, what I normally do is learn the important foundation first – grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and things like that (and similar things).
Well, I go to a language school or enroll in an online course because it’s hard for me to study on my own. I’m used to (accustomed to) learning when someone puts pressure on me (to influence or persuade me). I want a teacher who can really guide me and motivate me in learning a foreign language since learning a new language needs enough motivation.
Will you learn other languages in the future? / What languages would you like to learn in the future?
Yes, I will! I’m not closing the door (to stop thinking or dealing with something) on things that can contribute to my growth. I’m thinking of learning Japanese simply because I want to understand Japanese culture even more. I always believe that to understand one country’s culture, one should learn the local language and if you can speak their language, it’s easy for you to establish rapport (a harmonious relationship with others) with them.
Yes and why not? I think it’s always interesting to learn a new language as it challenges your capability and patience. Not only that, but it also helps you broaden your perspective (to widen your understanding) in life – you will learn to understand other cultures or lifestyles of people who speak a different language. Well, the good thing these days is that I can learn a new language through online classes. It’s very convenient and less expensive.
How are languages taught and learned in your school?
In the school where I went, we learned languages by first understanding the different grammatical structures. Then, once we got to understand how foreign people construct their sentences, we learned different vocabulary so we could start constructing sentences in full. The correct pronunciation (how to say the words correctly) and enunciation (the way to say the words clearly) of words came last in the process of learning.
I’m not sure if the schools in my country have a different approach (a way of doing something) in terms of teaching a foreign language to students. I believe it’s the same with other schools. First, we learn the basic foundation of a foreign language such as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence construction. Then, language teachers ask students to write sentences, of course, for the application of the things that they learn. And teachers repeat this process until students become more confident in using the language.
Do you think it’s difficult to learn a language?
Yes, it is difficult and for some people, it’s more complicated than they thought. I believe no one claims (admits) it’s easy unless one is born a genius at learning languages. And that’s because the sentence construction, vocabulary, pronunciation, and other aspects (feature; characteristic) of a language that one is learning are different from his mother tongue (native language; a language in which a person has grown up speaking). Actually, experiencing the challenges of learning a new language is just normal.
Why did you learn English and how did you learn it?
Well, it’s not really my own decision to learn the English language in the first place. In our country, it’s mandatory (required; obligatory) to learn that language in school since English education is part of every school’s curriculum (a program of studies), so we’re left with no choice but to study English. Honestly, I didn’t see the value of it when I was in primary and secondary school, however, when I was in college, I realized how lucky I was to learn English at a young age.
I love traveling and the only way to interact with the local people is to speak a common language which is English. I learned English when I was a child but it was not serious, I became focused on learning when I was a high school student. Since my parents barely (hardly) spoke English during our travels in those days, we’re always having difficulty interacting with the locals. And because of that, I realized that I needed to devote (allot; commit) time to learning English, thanks to the internet, I can learn English every day through online English classes.
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