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Sample IELTS answers – Speak about cooking

Ming Wei answers questions about cooking for Part 1. She receives feedback and implements strategies to improve her answers.
1.3
<v ->Let’s move on to talk about cooking.</v> Do you cook much?
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<v ->Oh no, I do not cook much.</v> I would like to cook more though, but I have very little time. This is another reason why I miss my mother so much. I really miss her food. I would say half of the time I eat out or take something quick from a food court. <v ->Do you usually follow recipes when you cook?</v> <v ->I try but almost never.</v> When I cook, I usually prepare simple things, nothing fancy, but I do not really like to follow a recipe. One of the reason why I do not like follow recipe is because they have a lot of things in it. <v ->When was the last time you cooked for someone?</v>
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<v ->Oh, it was a long time ago.</v> I’m not sure, but I think the last time was a cake for my friend. It was her birthday, but I used the wrong, the wrong white things, the white powder, so the taste was not very delicious. I do not think my friend was very happy with my cake.
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Oh no, I don’t cook much. I’d love to spend more time in a kitchen cooking but I’m always short of time. This is another reason why I miss my mom so much. I really miss her cuisine. I’ll say half of the time I eat out or grab something quick from a food court.
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I try, but I hardly ever do it. When I cook, I usually prepare simple dishes, nothing fancy. I don’t really need to follow a recipe. One of the reason why I don’t like follow recipe is because they have a lot of ingredients.
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Oh, it was ages ago. I’m not sure. If my memory doesn’t fail me, it was a cake I baked for a friend. It was her birthday. Unfortunately I used the wrong kind of flour, and the cake didn’t taste good. I don’t think my friend was thrilled with how the cake turn out.

In this third video, Ming Wei answers three questions about cooking.

Compare her first and improved responses and evaluate her performance in terms of Lexical resources and Pronunciation. You may refer to the Public Band Descriptors.

Discussion

What improvements did you notice in her second attempt in relation to these two criteria? Use the box below to write your comments. Watch the video again if needed.

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