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IELTS Speaking Part 1: Film/Movie

With the advent of various online movie streaming sites and apps, going to the theatres has become irregular. Yet, there are very few people who do not like to watch movies in their free time now and then. So, cue cards on movies are easy to figure out. But for people who belong to that other group, here are some sample questions and related vocabulary to give you an idea of what kind of answers to give.

Speaking Part 1

1. Do you like to watch films?

Absolutely! They are an excellent way to unwind (relax; free your mind). Moreover, my friends are really into films, so it’s a fun, relaxing way to spend time together. Afterwards, we discuss and debate the film that we have just watched. Apart from just relaxing and enjoying the film, I like to delve deeper (get to the deeper meaning) to discover the subliminal messages.

2. What kinds of movies do you like best?

Well, I would say I’m still a kid at heart (a person who still feels like a child in their heart), so I really enjoy watching kids’ movies. Although they seem simple and innocent, there are often many life lessons packed into these films. Moreover, I’m really into drama and historical movies. When I watch these, I feel that I can deeply understand human emotions and re-live historical moments, like the Vietnam-America War or World War II.

3. Do you prefer foreign films or films made in your country?

Since my country doesn’t have a huge film industry, I’ve always been really into American films. Not to knock (to insult; discredit) other film industries, but American ones are incredibly entertaining and well-made; the evolution of film continues to amaze me. Moreover, I only watch films in English so it helps me to learn new slang and expressions.

4. How often do you watch films?

Well, I am quite a busy bee (a busy person), but I manage to see one or two films a week at home. After a long day of studying, I love snuggling up (getting comfortable with blankets) on the sofa and watching a film to unwind. I tend to do this on Friday and Sunday evenings with my friends.

5. How often do you go to a cinema to watch a movie?

Not too often actually. As the prices in my country are quite high, I usually opt to (choose) watch a movie at home instead to save on costs. Actually, I think it’s kind of a waste of money to see a movie at a cinema when you can watch it from the comfort of your living room. I only go when a friend invites me, which is maybe 4 times a year.

6. Do people in your country like to go to a cinema to watch a film?

I would say so. Since people like to go out with their families on the weekends, this is often an activity that they would choose. Moreover, teenagers enjoy this activity as a way to get out of the house. Furthermore, it’s often a popular date option for many people!

7. What was the first film that you watched?

Hmm, it’s hard to say the first, but I think it was the Lion King. I know it first came out in the early ’90s when I was a child. It was my absolute favourite- I used to watch it repeatedly until my parents were really tired of it! I even built “pride rock” out of rocks that I found when we would go to visit my relatives who have a garden.

8. Do you like to watch movies alone or with your friends?

Both! On one hand, I find it extremely relaxing to chill out and fall asleep to a film by myself, but it’s also enjoyable to have company. So, all in all, I prefer films with friends, since they are also into movies. Afterwards, we can discuss the meaning and carry on inside jokes (jokes among friends) from quotes from the film later on!

9. Would you like to be in a movie?

Not one bit! As I have stage fright (fear of being on stage), I would never have the guts (never be brave enough to)  to do it. Secondly, I feel awkward when I try to act and I have the memory of a goldfish (short memory) so I know I could never memorize my lines! All in all, acting is simply not my thing.

10. What was the best movie you watched?

Okay, that’s a hard question! If I absolutely had to choose, I’d pick The Departed, by Martin Scorcese. It features Leonardo diCaprio starring a police detective undercover in the Irish mob. The chilling plot, intense dialogue and brilliant cinematography make it an all-time favourite for me.

Vocabulary

  • Unwind: relax; free your mind
    Eg: She is trying to unwind herself after a long weekend.
  • Delve deeper: get to the deeper meaning
    Eg: She has delved deeper into the subject
  • I’m still a kid at heart: a person who still feels like a child in their heart
    Eg: He is thirty but still a kid at heart.
  • Knock: to insult; discredit.
    Eg: He has knocked his friend.
  • Busy bee: a busy person
    Eg: His father is a busy bee.
  • Inside jokes: jokes among friends
    Eg: The inside jokes were not entertaining
  • Stage fright: fear of being on stage
    Eg: He had some stage fright before the performance.
  • Memory of a goldfish: short memory
    Eg: She has the memory of a goldfish . 

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