Daily IELTS Answer – Dictionaries (Band 8.0 – Part 1)
Do you often use a dictionary?
Daily IELTS Answer – Pop Music (Band 7.5 – Part 1)
Do you like pop music?
Daily IELTS Answer – A time you taught someone (Band 7.0 – Part 2)
“I’ve had lots of [experience with] some useful things, but the one that sticks out is the story how I taught my friend Donna [how] to use Instagram. Maybe a few months ago, she asked me for help it was quite weird because Instagram is quite a popular social media app, but she was so confused by all these new applications so she asked me for help and I told her how to use these functions. Firstly, we installed the app on her smartphone and I described to her all the functions, how to make posts, how to shoot live videos and so on, and now she’s quite an active user on Instagram. I see lots of new pictures and for her it was quite useful [because] she can find new students for her business and show her students success, if I had the chance to teach her something else, I would like to do it again.”
+Collocation: have experience with smth. – “I have lots of experience with teenagers since I worked at a high school for 5 years.”
+Phrase/Exp – “but one that sticks out is…” – one memory or moment that is particularly special or interesting
+Collocation: install an app – put an application on a computer or phone
+Collocation: shoot a video – create or film a video with a camera or phone
Daily IELTS Answer – An Activity with an older person (Band 7.0 – Part 2)
Daily IELTS Answer – Happiness (Band 7.0 – Part 3)
What kinds of things make people happy in Brazil?
Daily IELTS Answer – Money (Band 7.0 – Part 1)
Did you save or spend your money when you were younger?
Daily IELTS Answer – A Time You Lost Something Important (Band 6.5 – Part 2)
Describe a time when you lost something important
“I remember – about 5 years ago – when I took a trip to San Francisco to go to a dermatology conference / seminar and I rented a car. I went shopping and I left my backpack inside the car in the parking lot. When I returned to the parking lot, my car window was broken and I was shocked because my backpack wasn’t there anymore. Although it was just a few seconds, I was really upset because I had all my documents, my passport, my ID and I had my mobile phone and everything I needed at that time. I had to call the police and ask them to help me with my things. After that, I went to the Brazilian embassy to ask for a new passport, so it was a terrible experience and always when someone leaves some kind of items in the parking lot I always advise them to be more cautious.”
Collocation: take a trip – took a trip – “I took a trip to New York last year.”
- Vocab: “the police” – Always the definite article
Vocab: dermatology conference / seminar – “I attended a dermatology conference.”
Grammar – Passive Voice: “my car window was broken”
- Vocab: cautious (adj.) – careful, with care.
Daily IELTS Answer – Sports (Band 7.0 – Part 3)
What are the benefits of sports?
“Firstly, it gives your health a boost. Secondly, it helps to motivate people so it gives them more discipline and we can increase the chance of bringing people together. Here in Brazil, there are many groups of elderly people practising sports on the squares and I think it’s a good way for them to socialise and to make friends also.”
Collocation: give a boost – “it gives your health a boost.”
- Grammar: increase the chance of bringing – increase the chance of (gerund) – “we can increase the chance of bringing people together.”
Do you think that children need to do exercise?
“Surely, it’s an amazing thing they should practice not only at school but also in their free time. firstly because it helps them to make friends, develop a sense of competition. Secondly because it helps to decrease the level of child[hood] obesity which is very frequently. Finally, children need to spend time is by doing sports instead of watching TV or watching the iPad screen.”
Collocation: develop a sense of (noun) – “develop a sense of competition / camaraderie/ self.”
Collocation: do sports – do exercise – do activity
What are the differences between watching sport on TV and in person?
“Firstly, going to the stadium is much more interesting than watching it on TV, you can feel the energy of the fans, you can feel close to the players, you can shout and participate. Secondly, it’s a way of spending time with others, so you can go with your friends, while staying home you can’t make many new friends. Finally, it’s a wonderful way for the government to improve these events so it can create a sense of community that you can’t get at home.”
Vocab: while – used as a contrasting phrase (however / whereas)
Daily IELTS Answer – Losing Things (Band 7.0 – Part 3)
What kinds of things do people lose most often?
I think the mobile phone is something that people always lose because it’s something small and we carry with us everywhere. It’s something that we sometimes leave in some places and I usually have friends and relatives who have lost their mobile phones. Nowadays, it has become easier to find it, because they have an app and we can look for it (track it and locate where the phone is) so it’s easy to find where we have left our phone.
Vocab: track (v.) – follow with technology – You can use an app to track your phone if you lose it.”
Why do some people lose things do often?
I think it depends on the personality of each one, for example, I have method that I always use, where I carry a bag with a special place for my mobile phone, my wallet and my ID, so I always check my bag if everything is in the right place. But there are some people who are not organised and usually lose some items because they don’t have a habit of checking.
Collocation: use/ have a method
We are using the latest methods to treat her condition
Collocation: [a habit of checking]
How can parents teach their kids to be organised?
Since they are very young, these days we can see a lot of shelves and boxes to organize toys and we have some special shelves to organise books, so I have the habit of tidying up all the things my son isn’t using anymore. I put these things in a closet, so the self is very organised so they can pick up that habit from childhood. They can learn to avoid having clutter in their bedrooms, so we can have a better life is we just use the things we are going to use. We’re not sentimental.
Vocab: tidy up (ph. v)
Collo: pick up a habit – develop a habit based on parents / peers
Pattern: learn to [avoid having] – learn to [avoid verb+ing]