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IELTS Speaking Exercise:
A useful skill for IELTS speaking AND writing
General to Specific
Students often say or write sentences that are too simple such as:
This is important.
My hometown is very good.
I like to eat pizza.
I will go to another country.
These sentences are okay if you want to be Band 4 or Band 5. However, these will be much better IF some explanation comes after. For example, instead of saying "This is important", you should explain WHY it is important:
"This job is very important for our company. (a very general sentence)
If we can sell over 10,000 of these items, we will have earn enough money to build a new factory." (a very specific sentence!)
Now let's look at the other three examples. Instead of "My hometown is very good", could say:
My hometown is a very nice city in Shandong Province. (rather general)
Because it is between the sea and the mountains, there are many beautiful places to visit. (Very specific.)
Instead of saying "I like to eat pizza", you could say:
Pizza is my favorite food in the whole world. (general)
I not only love the cheese, but the bread, tomato sauce with meat and vegetables on top make pizza a complete meal! (specific)
Finally, instead of saying "I will go to another country", you should say something like this:
I hope to go to New Zealand to study in the future. (general)
If I can arrange the visa and a job, I will work in the sheep herding industry where I will have a peaceful and enjoyable life in the mountains, away from the crowds and the pollution! (specific)
Joe with some of his Super Students
at the top of Xiang Shan, west of Beijing
Super Students from
Jing Shan School in Beijing