How to answer is it difficult to do something?

IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to express the degree of difficulty. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering this IELTS speaking questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to answer is it difficult to do something.

When IELTS examiner asks you such question they really have no interest on the content of your answer but construct. They just want to know weather you can use right grammatical structure.

First let’s see some questions under this category

» Is it difficult to learn to play a musical instrument?
» Is it difficult to learn another language?
» Is it hard to meet new people when you first go to university?

Remember this formula

When the examiner asks you to answer is it difficult to do something type questions, you must:-

  1. State the degree of difficulty
  2. Make a use of stage and time phrase sentence
  3. Use expression about learning things

Step: 1

How to answer is it difficult to do something?


When asked a question about how difficult/ hard something is to do, you must first bear
in mind that some things are easier or more difficult to do than others, different for different people.

Example:-I think that learning a language is extremely difficult- probably one of the hardest things someone can do…
I think learning a language is extremely difficult – probably one of the hardest things someone can do.

Look at this list of adverbs of degree ordered from 1-7 from the smallest to largest degree:-
1. quite/fairly
2. relatively/comparatively
3. pretty
4. really
5. considerably/ very / remarkably
6. extremely
7. incredibly

To talk about how difficult it is to learn things, you can use the above adverbs of degree
before a number of different adjectives, including:-

  • easy/ simple/ straightforward
  • hard
  • difficult
  • challenging
  • awkward
  • frustrating

Here are some examples of these adverbs of degree and adjectives combined:
I think it’s incredibly hard to learn to play the trumpet.
I am under the impression that it’s remarkably easy to play card games.
I believe it’s exceedingly frustrating to learn to play the violin.
A lot of people say that learning Russian is unbelievably challenging.

Step: 2

How to answer is it difficult to do something?


Every activity changes in difficulty according to what stage of the process you are at. For example, IELTS is now probably easier for you than it was when you started learning many years ago. To talk about and compare the difficulty of different stages of learning an activity, you should use the following time marking phrases:

EXAMPLE:- When you first begin learning, it can be very confusing…But after a while, everything feels much more…

  • at the outset
  • at first
  • in the beginning
  • When you start doing something…
  • When you get into something/ doing something…
  • for the first few weeks/ months/ times
  • after a while
  • after a certain point

Step: 3

How to answer is it difficult to do something?



Now describe the learning process using learning phrases.

Example:-
…you have to get used to making mistakes. Blit after a while, everything feels much
more comfortable and you can really start /getting to grips with the new language.
At first, it’s quite hard to get into learning an instrument, but when you get the
hang of
it, it’s not too hard to learn some simple tunes… .
don’t think Susan is going to get used to working in such a small office.

  • to get to grips with (something/doing something): To try to master, to succeed in doing something difficult
  • to pick up (something) or to pick (something) up: To learn, obtain or develop (new skills, abilities)
  • to get the hang of (something/doing something): To become skillful, learn how to do something

To conclude how to answer is it difficult to do something:-

Step 1: State the degree of difficulty
Step 2: Make a use of stage and time phrase sentence
Step 3: Use expression about learning things

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