IELTS Topic: Friends

Vocab & Idioms

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

to enjoy someone’s company (expression) to like spending time with someone
to drift apart (expression)  to become less close to someone
to have a lot in common (expression) to share similar interests
to go back years (expression) to have known someone for a long time
to have ups and downs (expression) to have good and bad times
to keep in touch with (expression) to keep in contact with
to lose touch with (expression) to not see or hear from someone any longer
to strike up a relationship (expression) to begin a friendship
to be well matched (expression) to be similar to
to work at a relationship (expression) to try to maintain a positive relationship with someone

Part 1 Questions

Here are possible questions that might come up during the test. Go over them with your tutor.

Topic

  • Do you see your friends very often?
  • What do you like about your close friends?
  • Have you known each other long?

Part 2&3 Questions

Here are possible questions that might come up during the test. Go over them with your tutor.

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an interesting neighbor. You should say:
    • Who this person is
    • How you know this person
    • What this person likes to do
    • And explain why you think this neighbor is interesting

Part 3 Questions

  • What is the difference between neighbors and friends?
  • How can you improve your neighborhood?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a person who you have met and want to know more about. You should say:
    • Who this person is
    • When and where you met
    • What you did or talked about

Part 3 Questions

  • What are some of the ways people can help others in the community? Which one is most important?
  • Some people say that people help others in the community more now than they did in the past. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe someone who has a great influence on you. You should say:
    • Who this person is
    • How she knew this person
    • What influence this person has on you
    • And how you think of the influence

Part 3 Questions

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Sample Answers

Here are some sample answers. Go over them with your tutor.

Part 1 Questions

  • Do you see your friends very often?

    • Yes … we meet up most weekends … we all get on really well and have a lot in common so we’re always happy doing the same things and going to the same places.
  • What do you like about your close friends?
    • I think we enjoy each other’s company … we see eye-to-eye on most things so we rarely fall out with each other.
  • Have you known each other long?

    • Most of them yes … although my closest friend Carrie … we struck up a relationship at college and got on like a house on fire … but yes … my other friendships go back years to when we were at school.

Part 2&3 Answers

Here are some sample answers. Go over them with your tutor.

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a person who once moved to live with you. You should say:
    • When and where this person moved in
    • How you know this person
    • How you got along with this person
    • And how you feel about living with this person

Well, I’m going to talk about a person who is one of my flatmate in Australia. Her name is Linda. Possibly, she is one of the best friends of mine who lived with me.

First, I would love to talk a little bit about the time and the place where she lived in. It was on a very freezing Sunday night around 2 or 3 degree Celsius. In the very heart of the winter, I mean in July, there was a girl struggling with loads of luggage knocking at the door of my house. She said hi to everyone in a very humble way. This is a sort of the scenario of how I got to know her.

There should be a fate between us, I reckon. What I mean fate here is by accident we got to know each other and we are at the same hometown back in India and we used to live in the same area in India when both of us were going to a university in Mumbai. But we just run across with each other only in Australia.

Moving onto the next point, I would like to approach the idea of our relationship. To be honest, we were not in a very good harmony initially because of some misunderstandings and conflicts during the time we lived in under the same roof, shared the rent, bills and time clash. But gradually, we discovered out that we have a lot of common interests and characteristics. Living with her is quite enjoyable because we could share lots of things together, but did not have to worry about bothering each other in the daily life.


Part 3 Questions

  • What is the difference between neighbors and friends?

    • Well.. I think the two terms define your relationship with others in different ways. Neighbors are defined by people who live close to me–in other words, physical proximity–and friends are people who are close to me in an emotional or experiential way. Also to become my friend, they need my consent whereas neighbors don’t really need to be a mutual relationship.
  • How can you improve your neighborhood?
    • There are many ways to improve my neighborhood. I can start by picking up trash when I see one to keep the streets clean. Of course being respectful to my neighbors — such as saying hello, and keeping the noise down– would be an important one too.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a person who you have met and want to know more about. You should say:
    • Who this person is
    • When and where you met
    • What you did or talked about

I’m going to talk about an acquaintance who I’ve recently met at my local English club. His name’s Dave and he’s about the same age as me, I mean… most people would agree that he looks quite young for his age, I think it’s mainly due to his hairstyle.

Dave has recently completed his postgraduate degree at Melbourne University in Australia and he’s currently looking for a job in Vietnam, well, he told me that he would like to become an IELTS teacher, despite the fact that he holds an MBA, I guess teaching English has always been one of his passions.

I have to say that I don’t know him really well because we only had a few brief conversations at the local English club, but he seems like a fascinating person that I would like to get to know better in the future. Anyway, when it comes to his personality…. Honestly, as I’ve said earlier, we’ve only had a few brief conversations, so I don’t know him really well…However, I would guess that he’s a very friendly and approachable individual, in fact, he actually made an effort to break the ice because I was just too shy to strike up a conversation. Well, in terms of the core reasons why I think we could get along quite well…

Firstly, we are both passionate about English, actually, he had just scored a band 8 in his IELTS test and it would be great if he could give me all the advice that I need to be at the same level. Secondly, I’m also planning to study abroad in Australia so he would be the ideal person to lead me in the right direction, you know., like…enrolling into the right course, getting a part-time job and so on.


Part 3 Questions

  • If you had a problem, would you go to your friends or family? Why?

    • First, I’d go to my friends, because they are closer to me and they know me better. They would be most likely to be able to help me or give me advice rather than my family because they would understand me and the problem better.
  • Can you give me an example of such situation?
    • Yes, not long ago I was in a relationship and I wasn’t convinced it was a good thing in the long run, and I mentioned my doubts to two of my friends who know me extremely well and they know what I think is important in terms of relationships; they also know me very well as a person and can tell me when I’m just being stupid about something or when it’s really not the best thing for me, so I trust their judgement on such things.Anyway, after discussing it with them separately, they both made some comments which were a little different but basically similar and it helped me to get some things straight in my own mind about what I should do about the problem

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe someone who has a great influence on you. You should say:
    • Who this person is
    • How she knew this person
    • What influence this person has on you
    • And how you think of the influence

For this topic, I would definitely talk about my best guy friend. Probably it’s his personalities that not only makes me feel so proud to be a friend of his but also inspires me to improve myself.

The first characteristic that makes my friend special is that he’s a typical perfectionist. In almost any situation that he can come up with the best solution and reasons why it’s the best. Sometimes I get a bit lost, his amazing analyzing skill indeed helps get me through. Another characteristic that I’ve found super inspiring is his determination. Well, I suppose that most men are born determined, however, my friend is a different story. He never gives up on things he’s really passionate about. For example, last semester, he slept only 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week continuously to get his group project done. In addition, it’s not a big surprise that his name is always in the top-student list. That passion, that determination have encouraged me to keep moving forward.

Generally, for a great shift that he brought to my life, I am thankful for having this friend.


Part 3 Questions

  • What is the importance of friends?
    • Well, speaking generally, having friends is good because you can share things with them, not just activities and events, but you can share your thoughts and feelings with them. Sometimes you can help each other in a bad situation or simply just be there to support them in whatever they are doing. Nobody likes feeling alone so having friends is very important for most people.
  • Would you like to have a few very good friends or a lot of just friends?
    • Actually, I don’t have a lot of friends – but I do have a few really good, close friends that I spend time with and talk to all the time. We are almost like family. I’ve always preferred to make really good long term friendships with people rather than try and be friends with everyone.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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