IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to explain some famous places from your country. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering IELTS questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to Answer Is something popular in your country?
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…
|» Are bikes popular in your country?|
» Is watching team sports popular where you live?
» Is playing sports popular in your university?
» Is music popular in your country?
Remember this formula
When the examiner asks you is something popular in your country? type questions, you must:
State Types of people
Language step 1: Types of People
Let’s take a look at how Shiva, describes different types of people.
Shiva: As a rule, the younger generation usually listens to pop, rock, or hip-hop music, whereas the older people tend to listen to older Vietnamese songs or folk music. I think many wealthy people listen to classical music, sometimes going to live concerts.
Notice that talking about types of people is a great way to sound like a native speaker when answering Is X popular (in your country)? type questions.
A country is made up of different types of people, different groups. These different groups have different interests and like and dislikes. So, don’t just speak for the whole nation and say:
People in my country like to drink tea. ✘
Most of the people in my country like to drink tea. ✔
A native speaker will talk about the types of people that X is popular with, rather than saying that all people like it. So, a better answer- that does not generalize- would be:
» In general, a lot of elderly Vietnamese people like drinking tea, though there are some who do not like tea.
Now let’s look at some more words talking about the different types of people that make up a society:
Age Groups & Generations Work-related Groups Social Classes
Use of quantity words
Language step 2: Quantity Words
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Nabin and Raj, use the quantity words.
Nabin: Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university male students regularly play football…I think most Nepalese men of all ages frequently watch English Premier League matches…I don’t believe football is very popular with many Nepalese women.
Raj: Most people in Nepal listen to music every day…I think to marry wealthy people listen to classical music, sometimes going to live concerts.
Again, you will have noticed that both Nabin and Raj use quantity words in their answers
so that they do not generalize.
Look at the following quantity words which you should master so that you also don’t
generalize about people:
I think most people like to occasionally watch and play sports.
➠ The majority of
The majority of teenagers listen to pop music at least once a week.
➠ a lot of
I believe a lot of people will decide to study abroad in the future.
➠ (not) many
Not many elderly people are interested in basketball,
➠ a small percentage of
Only a small percentage of students have their own cars,
➠ very few
In my opinion, very few poor people have the chance to study English.
Express habitual action
Language step 3: Expressions of Habit
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Nabin and Raj, use expressions of habit.
Nabin: Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university male students regularly play football…
Raj: As a rule, the younger generation usually listens to pop, rock, or hip-hop music, whereas the older people tend to listen to older folk songs …
When you are trying to talk about a lot of people, you should also use different expressions of habit so that you don’t generalize too much.
Look at the following expressions to say what people usually or normally do:
➠ in general
In general, people in India like to eat spicy food.
➠ generally speaking
Generally speaking, English people don’t really learn many other languages.
➠ as a rule
This expression simply means generally and has nothing to do with rules.
As a rule, the older generation tends to be more traditional than the younger generation.
➠ more often than not
Businessmen drive cars to work more often than not.
➠ tend to
Most people in my country tend to enjoy playing chess.
|Step 1: Talk about types of people.|
People of all ages like to ride bikes.
|Step 2: Use quantity words to talk about how many people like X.|
The majority of Nepalese people drink milk with their tea.
|Step 3: Use one or two expressions of habit like a native.|
As a rule, older generations are more traditional.
|Football is extremely popular in Nepal. Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university male students regularly play football. As for watching football, I think most Nepalese men of all ages frequently watch English Premier League matches. Although it sounds a hit sexist, l don’t believe football is very popular with many Nepalese women.|