In this IELTS Speaking lesson from IELTS Master, I give a Band 9 sample answer (including the script below) for an IELTS speaking part 2 topic on “a journey that you remember well”.
I also talk about how you can practice IELTS speaking on your own (without a partner) and highlight some interesting examples of useful expressions and IELTS speaking techniques that you can use on your test.
IELTS Speaking Band 9 Sample Answer:
So I’d like to talk about a journey that I took when I was a little kid. Together with my family, I went to the Grand Canyon, which is a popular tourist attraction. It’s a national park in the United States. And I know we traveled by car. Umm, I can’t remember how long the trip was but I’d guess it was about a week. And the reason we went on this trip? Well, it was probably because my parents wanted to take me for a nice trip, a nice family trip.
That’s a common thing to do, um, with some families. But the reason I remember this journey so well is not because the Grand Canyon was amazing. I’m sure it was. But there was something else that happened while I was on this journey. And that was…on the trip…on our way to the Grand Canyon, um, we stopped by a book store. And, you know, I liked reading books a little bit when I was a kid so um, my I think my mom recommended this particular book to me. And I don’t remember what it was right now but we bought the book because she said “Oh this is a good idea. You might want to read this book.”
And so, she gave it to me and in the car, probably for about four hours or five hours, instead of looking out at all of the scenery and at all of these new places we were driving to, I just had my head in my book. I don’t think I looked up at all and I just read the book from cover to cover for like four or five hours…just sitting in the car in the back seat instead of looking at whatever beautiful nature they wanted me to look at. I know they gave me a little bit of a hard time about it, but, hey, you know, um, it was a memorable journey for sure (be)cause even to this day I still remember reading that book in the car and really enjoying it and having a really good time with it. So yeah, that’s my story.