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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Barbecue: Learn how to answer questions about barbecue in your IELTS Speaking exam by looking at the sample answers below. Understand how the speaker expresses his ideas talking about barbecues.

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Also, observe how the speaker uses topic vocabulary and collocations in his answers. Practice answering the following questions below to make sure you are ready to take your exam. Proper preparation and constant practice can surely help you achieve your target band score or even achieve a band 9.0.




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Barbecuing on a charcoal grill ©Paul Hermann

Do people in your country like barbecues?

(Answer 1)

Definitely, as that’s part of our culture. We have easy access to different barbecue street foods wherever we go. Also, when there’s a special gathering in a family, like celebrating a birthday or anniversaries, barbecue is one of the sought-after foods, so it’s undeniable that barbecuing is one of the ways to prepare food for the visitors.

(Answer 2)

Yes, we love barbecues! We enjoy barbecuing, especially, when we go on a picnic at the beach. We normally have brisket, chicken, sausages, corn, and marshmallows. Barbecuing is actually very common during summertime in this country.


Sought after [adj.] – generally desired

Brisket [noun] – a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef


What kind of food do you like to eat for barbecue?

(Answer 1)

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This may sound weird to you, but since you asked that question, I’d love to share this with you. I love the giblets. In our culture, we enjoy eating those types of barbecue more than anything else. I know some people from other countries think that it’s gross but it’s really tasty. I’ve been eating this type of barbecue since I was little.

(Answer 2)

Like I said earlier, I enjoy eating barbecues such as sausages, marshmallows, beef, chicken, and some vegetables like potatoes, corn, and carrots. Talking about barbecues at this very moment makes my stomach growl, as I imagine the savory smell of barbecues (laughter).


Giblets [noun] – the heart, liver, gizzard, and neck of a chicken or other fowl

Gross [adj.] – extremely unpleasant

Growl [verb] – if your stomach growls, it makes a deep low noise

Would you like to have a barbecue with your friends or family?

(Answer 1)

I love doing it with my friends more than my family because it’s fun. But I’m not saying that it’s not enjoyable doing that with my parents and siblings, I’m happy barbecuing with them, however, when my relatives are around, I really abhor doing so because they are nit-picky on the way I barbecue, plus, they keep asking me lots of personal questions that I really don’t want to answer while barbecuing.

(Answer 2)

Both! I mean I love having a barbecue dinner or party with friends or family. I love the different vibes. Whenever I do that with friends, there’s so much laughter and craziness because we talk about our silly experiences in life. As for doing that with my family, I feel like our relationship as a family becomes stronger and we become much closer.


Be around [idiom] – to socialize with or have close proximity to somebody

Abhor [verb] – strongly hate; despise

Nit-picky [adj] – refers to someone who is overly focused on tiny, unimportant details, especially when criticizing something

Vibe [noun] – the emotional state or the atmosphere of a place

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Silly [adj.] – foolish


Did you have barbecues when you were a child?

(Answer 1)

Well, let me recall, I suppose I didn’t experience having a barbecue with my family. I may be wrong but I don’t really remember. Well, I ate lots of barbecues when I was a child but it wasn’t my parents who prepared those barbecues, they just simply bought those somewhere. As far as I remember, I experienced having a barbecue at home using a charcoal grill when I was already a high school student.

(Answer 2)

Of course! I had lovely memories of barbecuing when I was a child. Actually, our house is just a stone’s throw away from a white-sand beach, so every summer, my parents hosted a barbecue party and invited my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Honestly, it was one of the best memories of my childhood that I hold dear.


I suppose – another way of saying, I think

A stone’s throw (away) [idom] – a short distance

Hold dear [idiom] – to feel that somebody or something is of value

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Talking about barbecues in your actual IELTS Speaking exam is never complicated at all. Once you know some topic vocabulary and the right collocations, you will surely be able to express your ideas without any problem. Just like in the sample answers, the speaker expressed his answers very clearly as he strategically includes words that related to barbecues like the type of a barbecue grill and some very specific foods for barbecue.

The sample answers that are written above about barbecues are just a guide, do not memorize them, instead, get ideas and practice answering those questions in your own words. Good luck!

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