IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Languages

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Languages

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Languages

1. What languages can you speak?

I have lived in Hong Kong for most of my life, so besides Mandarin and English, I can also speak Cantonese. However, I rarely use it. I only speak Cantonese when talking to my grandparents or elderly people. In my school, most of us speak Mandarin. I plan to go to the UK soon, so I’ll be practicing more English in the coming weeks.

2. What languages would you like to learn in the future?

Recently, I’ve become fascinated with European languages, particularly Spanish. There are some English words that with a small alteration, can be used in Spanish, and their grammar is somewhat similar. I want to learn more about Spanish. After that, I’d like to learn Portuguese, which is about 30% similar to Spanish. If I master Spanish, I could communicate with a large part of the world since English, Chinese, and Spanish are the most widely spoken languages. Knowing Spanish would be really awesome.

3. How do you learn a foreign language?

In our country, languages are often taught in school. I was fortunate to have my own tutor, which helped me communicate well. Moreover, I had a native speaker who helped me refine my skills. Lastly, I also used media like books, movies, and audio to further polish my language skills.

4. How are languages taught and learned in your school?

Languages are taught systematically in school, often in a lecture style where the teacher speaks, and we listen. We are bombarded with grammar and vocabulary. It’s common for students to be well-versed in writing, but when asked to speak, they struggle because the focus is more on grammar and syntax rather than verbal communication.

5. What kinds of difficulties would you have if you wanted to learn a new language?

First, there’s the challenge of “emptying your cup,” meaning you have to set aside your native language habits when learning a new language, especially if it’s very different. For example, my native language is Chinese, which is tonal and uses a different writing system than English. This made learning English difficult. Finding a speaker to assist you can also be challenging. Non-native speakers can often empathize with learners better than native speakers, who might not understand the struggles of learning the language from scratch.

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