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These are real questions that could come up on your IELTS speaking exam.

You can find all the IELTS speaking questions and topics here.

Before reading my sample answers, you can practice

A. Answering them yourself first.

B. Listening to my audio answers and making some notes.

then enjoy!

Dave

IELTS Speaking Model Answer: Voice (Real IELTS Speaking Exam/Test)

1. Do you like your voice?

My voice has always bothered me actually. I think that it is a little too high-pitched and I wish that it was deeper. When I catch a movie, I get a bit jealous of the actors with their strong, gravely voices. But I’m over that now. I’m old enough now to accept the things about myself that I can’t change.

2. Has your voice changed much since you were younger?

Yeah, naturally, I don’t have a childish voice anymore. Like most people, my voice changed a lot when I went through puberty. That’s when I first became conscious of the way that my voice sounds. I doubt I ever gave it a second thought before it started to break and get a little deeper.

3. Does anyone in your family have a similar voice?

That’s not something I’ve really paid much attention to but, yeah, I guess my brother has more or less the same voice as me. My dad’s voice is quite different, deeper. My mom, of course, has a very different voice. Hers is much softer and gentler, like most women. My grandfather had a really unique voice, very kind and deep.

4. Have you ever listened to a recording of your voice?

Yeah, all the time. I do a lot of online work that involves recording video and audio and I do all the editing myself so I listen to my own voice on recording everyday. At first, it drove me crazy to listen to it and I just had to get used to it but now I’m accustomed to it and it doesn’t bother me at all. I’d still rather listen to someone else’s voice!

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

1. Do you like your voice?

My voice has always bothered me actually. I think that it is a little too high-pitched and I wish that it was deeper. When I catch a movie, I get a bit jealous of the actors with their strong, gravely voices. But I’m over that now. I’m old enough now to accept the things about myself that I can’t change.

2. Has your voice changed much since you were younger?

Yeah, naturally, I don’t have a childish voice anymore. Like most people, my voice changed a lot when I went through puberty. That’s when I first became conscious of the way that my voice sounds. I doubt I ever gave it a second thought before it started to break and get a little deeper.

3. Does anyone in your family have a similar voice?

That’s not something I’ve really paid much attention to but, yeah, I guess my brother has more or less the same voice as me. My dad’s voice is quite different, deeper. My mom, of course, has a very different voice. Hers is much softer and gentler, like most women. My grandfather had a really unique voice, very kind and deep.

4. Have you ever listened to a recording of your voice?

Yeah, all the time. I do a lot of online work that involves recording video and audio and I do all the editing myself so I listen to my own voice on recording everyday. At first, it drove me crazy to listen to it and I just had to get used to it but now I’m accustomed to it and it doesn’t bother me at all. I’d still rather listen to someone else’s voice!

Answers

bothered upset/affected by

high-pitched sounds high, like a girl’s voice

deeper low, manly

catch a movie see a movie

jealous envious

gravely voices deep voices

accept be ok with

naturally obviously

childish voice young voice

puberty when kids become teenagers

conscious aware of

doubt question

gave it a second thought thought about it at all

break crack

paid much attention to was aware of

more or less generally

quite different very different

softer lighter

gentler calmer, quieter

unique voice special voice

all the time always

recording video taping

editing chopping up

drove me crazy made me nuts

get used to it accustomed to

accustomed to it used to

rather prefer

Pronunciation

ˈbɒðəd 
ˈhaɪˈpɪʧt 
ˈdiːpə 
kæʧ ə ˈmuːvi 
ˈʤɛləs 
ˈgreɪvli ˈvɔɪsɪz 
əkˈsɛpt 
ˈnæʧrəli 
ˈʧaɪldɪʃ vɔɪs 
ˈpjuːbəti 
ˈkɒnʃəs 
daʊt 
geɪv ɪt ə ˈsɛkənd θɔːt 
breɪk 
peɪd mʌʧ əˈtɛnʃ(ə)n tuː 
mɔːr ɔː lɛs 
kwaɪt ˈdɪfrənt 
ˈsɒftə 
ˈʤɛntlə 
juːˈniːk vɔɪs 
ɔːl ðə taɪm 
rɪˈkɔːdɪŋ ˈvɪdɪəʊ 
ˈɛdɪtɪŋ 
drəʊv miː ˈkreɪzi 
gɛt juːzd tuː ɪt 
əˈkʌstəmd tuː ɪt 
ˈrɑːðə 

Listen and repeat:

Speaking Tips

A few quick tips to help you, if you’re taking the test soon:

  1. Try to speak for 2 – 4 sentences for each answer and about 20-30 seconds. If you speak a bit longer or shorter it is fine. If you talk a lot more or a lot less then it will hurt your fluency score.
  2. Include specific detail – don’t be general. The more specific – the better vocabulary that will come out!
  3. Don’t ask the examiner questions. You can ask them to repeat the question (once) but that’s it.

Comment your own answers below for some feedback!

1. Do you like your voice?

2. Has your voice changed much since you were younger?

3. Does anyone in your family have a similar voice?

4. Have you ever listened to a recording of your voice?


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