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IELTS Speaking Test Part 2: Describe Your Favourite Movie

 

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

Question: Describe your favourite movie

You should say:

  • What the film is about
  • Why you like it so much
  • What message the movie gives.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2: Describe Your Favourite MovieAnswer: It’s quite hard to say what my favourite movie is because there are quite a few to choose from! But I would say that the one that made the strongest impression on me is a German film called ‘The Lives of Others’.

This film is set in communist East Germany, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. At that time, the Stasi, the East German secret police, used to spy on all kinds of people. The two main characters in the film are a playwright called Dreyman and a Stasi spy called Weisler, whose job it is to keep Dreyman under 24 hour surveillance. Weisler is supposed to be reporting back to his superiors at the Stasi in order to discredit the playwright. However, he develops a strong sympathy for the playwright and his girlfriend, and determines to protect them by not reporting anything significant. The scenes in the film where it cuts from the colourful and interesting lives of Dreyman and his friends to the lonely attic where Weisler is sitting really show the contrast between the two men. The film is shot in such a way that it makes you believe you are also spying on Dreyman, it even made me feel a bit guilty!

I like this film because it has fascinating, 3-dimensional characters, and also the plot has plenty of twists. Right up until the end of the film, we are left guessing how it could possibly end. It is also very thought-provoking because it makes you wonder how many people working for the Stasi actually did protect the people they were spying on.

As for the message it gives, I would say the main message is that we can find kindness and humanity in the most unexpected of places. The film makes us realise that nothing is ever black and white! The film also serves as a warning about the dangers of an oppressive, paranoid regime and is perhaps quite pertinent in this current age of mass surveillance.

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

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Audio Word Study #082 - describing a film
 
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In my sample IELTS answer above, I have highlighted some important phrases for talking about films. In this Audio Word Study, you can read these again, and hear them if you are a DailyStep subscriber, and you can also learn some other ways of saying the same thing, so that you can vary your speaking style. Make sure you remember this language for describing films as you may need to use it in an English examination – in IELTS, Cambridge Examinations or others!

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1. It’s quite hard to say what my favourite movie is because there are quite a few to choose from! = I love movies so it is quite hard for me to choose my favourite!

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2. I would say that the one that made the strongest impression on me is… = I think the one that impressed me the most is…

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3. This film is set in communist East Germany,shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. = The story in the film takes place in East Germany during the communist era, not long before the Berlin Wall came down.

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4. The two main characters in the film are… =The two most important people in the film are…

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5. The scenes in the film where it cuts from the colourful and interesting lives of Dreymen and his friends to the lonely attic where Weisler is sitting…the parts of the film that show the colourful and interesting lives of Dreymen and his friendsand then move to the lonely attic where Weisler is sitting…

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6. ….really show the contrast between the two men = … make it very clear how different the two men are.

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7. The film is shot in such a way that it makes you believe you are also spying on Dreyman… =The way that the movie is filmed makes you believe that you are also spying on Dreyman…

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8. …it even made me feel a bit guilty! = … it even gave me a feeling of being a bit guilty!

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9. I like this film because … = The reason I like this film is that

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10. … it has fascinating, 3 dimensional characters = … the characters are really interesting and have many sides to them

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11. also the plot has plenty of twists. = also the story in the film takes a lot of unexpected turns.

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12. Right up until the end of the film, we are left guessing how it could possibly end. = All the way to the end of the film, the audience does not know how it could possibly end.

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13. It is also very thought-provoking because … = The film also really makes you think, because…

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14. it makes you wonder … = … it makes you ask yourself …

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15. As for the message it gives, I would say the main message is… = the main message of the film is

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16. The film makes us realise that nothing is ever black and white! = the film also tells us that nothing is ever black and white!

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17. The film also serves as a warning about the dangers of an oppressive, paranoid regime =The film also warns us against the dangers of an oppressive, paranoid regime

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18. and is perhaps quite pertinent in this current age of mass surveillance. = and is relevant today as governments still spy on many people.

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Now, read and listen to this Audio Word Study again, and try speaking along with the audio file. Then write your own sentences using these phrases to describe your favourite film. That’s all for Audio Word Study #082 on DailyStep.com.

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