IELTS Speaking Test Part 2: Describe an achievement you are proud of | DailyStep English

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2: Describe an achievement you are proud of

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IELTS Speaking Test PART 2 Sample Question and Answer, by Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com

Question: Describe something that you are proud of

You should say:

  • what you achieved
  • when you achieved it
  • what was difficult about achieving it

and explain why you are proud of this achievement.


Answer:

One achievement that makes me really proud is that my website, DailyStep English, has been nominated for “Best Website 2014” in the Macmillan Dictionary “Love English” Awards. This nomination is the result of a huge amount of really hard work in taking my original idea of learning English in simple steps, just one step per day, and turning it into an internationally successful e-learning tool, which is used around the world by many thousands of people. 

Running DailyStep has been particularly difficult over the last year as we upgraded to a completely new website, built with different computer coding. This was tough for me as I had to learn a lot about how websites work in order to communicate with a team of developers. I had to learn to talk their language – the language of computers! 

Another thing  I take great pride in is that we are now recording all the dialogues in our audio lessons in American English as well as British English. The American actors we employ are taking great care to adapt the British language into natural American English. This means that my students can choose which accent to speak, and understand both accents, including the difference in vocabulary, especially idioms and phrasal verbs. The reason I am particularly proud of this aspect is that it makes the content of our lessons totally unique, and we and our American actors are constantly surprised at how different British and American English really are!  It’s a matter of great pride for me that I have managed to make all this work, and it gives me a huge sense of achievement. However, the thing that makes me the most the most proud of all is the thought that so many people around the world have improved their English using my method.

This sample answer took around 2 minutes, which is the maximum time you need to speak without stopping in Part 2 of the IELTS speaking exam. 

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