Saturday, 31 May 2014

IELTS スピーキング - 緊張を防ぐ!

Being nervous and trying to relax in the speaking test interview

It’s important to understand that being nervous is perfectly normal – you are in an unfamiliar place talking to a stranger who is asking you difficult questions in a foreign language so of course you are going to be nervous!

Be kind to yourself if you feel nervous – it’s natural.
However, being too nervous does have a negative effect on your speaking ability – you may make more grammar mistakes, you might forget words, stutter and hesitate and give shorter answers than you normally would.

The good news!

Examiners understand that you are nervous; in fact, they generally expect this with every candidate no matter what their level! So don’t worry, allow yourself to be a little nervous, AND try to help yourself to relax a little.

How to be relaxed during the speaking test:
  • Practice breathing slowly and deeply
  • Every time you practice IELTS speaking, practice slow, deep relaxed breathing too (not too slow or you’ll stop breathing!
  •  Hey, this is Japan try doing zazen everyday a week before your test
  • When you are in the waiting room waiting for your test time don’t read IELTS practice books (many candidates do this). There’s nothing you can do now to prepare, get your mind off the test.  Just listen to some relaxing music, practice relaxed breathing, close your eyes think relaxing thoughts (e.g. lying on the beach)
  • Remember you are not there to ‘battle’ with the examiner, he is your friend!
Enjoy speaking in English! It might sound crazy but it is possible to have fun in the speaking test. How often do you get to meet someone and do all the talking!?

Friday, 9 May 2014


Echo the keywords from the question


Q: What are popular types of food in your country?
A: Well, in my country, Japan, the most popular types of food are traditional foods which we call 'washoku'. For example, .....

  • It shows the examiner you have understood the question
  • It helps you think of ideas
  • It helps you stay on topic

  • Every time you are asked a question in English, repeat the question keywords. You don't have to use the same words and grammar, you can use synonyms and different grammar.

Other Examples

Q: What do you normally do when you want to relax?
A: Um, I when I want to relax I normally watch TV or I take a bath.

Q: What kind of jobs involve working outdoors?
A: Let me see, I think there are many jobs that involve outdoor work. For example, ...

Q: How difficult is a police officers job?
A: Well, a police officers job can very difficult but I think it really depends on where he or she works. For example, ...