TOEIC lesson 20: Boy Feeding Pigeons

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-2 question from TOEIC speaking test. Describe the photo in your own words; you have 60 seconds to answer.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will describe the picture on your screen as much detail as you can. You will have 30 seconds to prepare your response. Then you will have 45 seconds to speak about the picture.

Question 3

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Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. What is the theme of the picture?
    • A boy is feeding the birds
  2. Organize the photo into 3 parts:
    • Describe the person’s main action
    • Describe the objects in the picture
    • Describe what you see in the background
  3. Think of expressions and vocabulary that describe person, objects, and background
    • Squat on the ground
    • Eat off of the boy’s hand
    • Feed pigeons in the park
    • With both hands holding the food
    • Wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jean shorts
    • Wearing a pair of blue Crocs sandals
    • The boy is smiling
    • He is excited and happy
    • In the background, more pigeons are gathering around the boy
    • It might be at a park
  4. Combine the expressions above to describe the picture in your own words.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

I think this is a picture of a little boy who is feeding pigeons on the sidewalk. The boy with short dark hair is wearing a white striped T-shirt, a pair of shorts, and blue Crocs. He is giving some food to the pigeons while he is squatting on the ground. He is also smiling while he is holding handful of bird food that looks like grain. I can see several birds are already eating the bird food, and there is a flock of pigeons with variety of colors gathering around him to get food. In the background of this picture, I can see a grassy side of the sidewalk. It must be a pleasant, warm day since boy is wearing shorts and sandals.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

flock (n) a group of birds or animals
e.g. a flock of birds/sheep
squat (v) sit on one’s heels
e.g. He squatted behind the bush to avoid being seen.
handful (adj) an amount that you can hold in your hand
e.g. a handful of strawberries
sidewalk (n) a concrete path along the side of a street for people to walk on
e.g. Bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalk.
feed (v) give food to someone or something
e.g. Don’t feed the animals.
paving (n) paved surface, sidewalk, road
e.g. They had to break up the paving to lay a new gas line.
grain (n) dry seed-like fruit: e.g. wheat, barley
e.g. bread made from whole wheat grain
gather (v) bring things or people together into a group
e.g. The coach gathered her players together.
pleasant (adj) causing a feeling of happiness or pleasure
e.g. We had a pleasant conversation.
variety (n) a number or collection of different things or people
e.g. They broke up for a variety of reasons.
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