IELTS Speaking is not a ghost

Speak English with Me
Surabhi Pillai

Hi, there! So, we were talking about International English Language Testing System (IELTS) last week. Did it help you, the little discussion on IELTS? Well, you must key in your mails to me, so that I can tell you where you stand, at least, in writing.
I shall talk about IELTS speaking with you today, let’s start. Now, speaking is something that doesn’t come to you with the snap of fingers, (chapti vagarna) you’ve got to work real hard and for months, only then can you get enough command over speaking, to be able to put your point across. The art of articulation (speech), incidentally is acquired over a period of time. You can’t think that you will go to some classes for two months and you’ll master over English speaking.
The problem is that you have to take care of too many things, while speaking in English. First of all, you’ve got to be confident enough to speak; then you’ve got to be fluent, so that people don’t go off to sleep while you’re trying to get the right words; then comes grammar, you’ve got to swing between present tense and past tense and then maybe maneuver (manage) the future tense. Then comes the most difficult part, the pronunciation; one wrong pronunciation and you could ruin the whole conversation. And lastly, you’ve got to show, your finesse (refinement) in English by using a variety of words, which means that you must have a good vocabulary. So here are the finer points that’ll help you get a good band in IELTS speaking:
1. Be prepared for the expected topics and be ready for the unexpected ones.
Remember the test is of your speaking skills and not your knowledge of the topic. So, if you do not speak thinking that you do not know the topic then you get no marks. However, if you do speak, whatever little you think you know, at least, you will get some marks. And please do not be silly and stare at the examiner. Relax, take a deep breath and let the interview flow.
2. Enjoy your conversation with the examiner.
Why should you be tensed up about the interview? It is not a matter of life and death, you are not at the gallows (hanging for the criminals). You are there to give an interview to show that you can communicate perfectly well in English. So, show it and show it well.
3. Grammar and vocabulary are two very important aspects of speaking.
You can easily be good at grammar by practicing grammar. Now when I say practicing grammar, I am not saying that you sit down with your grammar book and practice in it. What I am saying is practicing speaking with whomsoever you can. As for vocabulary, the more you read English and the more you listen to English spoken by the native speakers, (UK, USA, Australia, Canada…) the better your vocabulary will become. Jot down (write down) new words and use them.
4. Introduction
Your introduction need not be as banal (boring) as you are used to, “My name is Chintan Shah. I’ve been born and brought up in Ahmedabd. My father name is Raman bhai. My mother name is Kokila ben. I am a computer engineer. I want go to Australia because Australia is a developed countries.”
People! Most of the introductions are like the one given above- very boring, poor grammar and said in a tone that’ll put the poor examiner in the world of dreams. How about some innovation, some change?
“Good morning! I am Chintan Shah. Ahmedabad is my home town, I’ve lived all my life here. My dad Mr. Raman Shah is an entrepreneur and my mom Mrs. Kokila Shah is a home maker. I dream to go to Australia to study further and get an exposure to a life that, I am sure, will be very different from India.”
With this, I close for the day.
Keep smiling…

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