In Part 1 you are going to be asked some personal questions. The questions are going to be quite simple but that doesn’t mean that you should answer in a “yes/no” manner. ALWAYS try to develop your answers a little bit more–not endlessly, but to the point.
For example, if they ask you “Where are you from?” Your answer could be “I come from Italy” (hopefully not just “Italy”), BUT we don’t want that. Ideally, you should be a little bit more descriptive: “I come from a small town located in Central Italy, called Macerata.” Can you see the difference? Don’t just say from Italy but give some more information to develop your answer according to the question. Use adjectives to describe your town (in this example) and add more details: small, big, popular, touristic, noisy, countryside etc. It is better to have more things to say than not having anything at all. Now, let’s take an example question and see how you can develop your answer to the point until the examiner interrupts you.
Question: “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?“
Answer: “I would like to live in a large town preferably in Europe”. –> You start by answering the question using a descriptive adjective (large). Don’t stop here, move on by giving more details:
“I would prefer a country in the central or southern Europe though, to be more specific”. –> Move on by describing the country or giving your reasons why:
“I cannot stand the climate of northern countries, that’s why. I hate cold and snow, so I would choose a capital city of the European South”. –> Most probably the examiner will stop you now to move on to the next question due to time constraints (it’s not a bad sign if the examiner stops you), but you should give the impression that you are able to talk more:
“I would prefer a capital city than a village because I like the fact that I can find everything I like pretty easily and I have so many choices during the day…”
Obviously, this is just an example. You may have a specific city in your mind (eg. London) but again you will follow the same route. You will develop your answer to the fullest by using descriptive language and by providing your own reasons.
In Part 1 you know more or less what they are going to ask you in terms of questions; they will ask you about your hometown, your studies or job, your hobbies, your interests or your family and friends. However, please DO NOT try to memorise answers!! Experienced examiners can easily understand that and it will definitely count against you. The best thing you can do is to practice answering as many questions as you can and with regular practice you will gradually get better.
So, let’s RECAP!!
- Do NOT answer with a simple yes/no or with one word
- Develop each answer to the point by adding details
- Be prepared and ready to talk about your town, birthplace, country, family, friends, school, studies, work, ideal job, interests, free time, likes and dislikes, travelling, food, weather, music, sports, films, books etc. (the list is endless but the topics are more or less the same and the questions are going to be personal)