Food – IELTS Weekly Review

 

Hi everyone.

Our theme for this week’s IELTS exercises was Food.  For registered IELTS Guy users I will be forwarding my suggested answers to you by email over the weekend.  For subscribers, please don’t forget to submit your writing, reading, listening and speaking responses to me for personalized correction and feedback.

You may also have seen that I posted my own response to the speaking question yesterday.  Unless you have a native English-speaking friend, speaking can be one of the most difficult IELTS skills to practice.  Take advantage of every opportunity you find to test your speaking and have it corrected.

I will be setting a new theme for next week’s IELTS exercises on Monday.

As always, I welcome your comments.

Regards

Mike

Food – IELTS Speaking Exercise Response

 

Hi everyone!

This week’s IELTS Speaking Exercise was to speak for 1-2 minutes on the following topic:

Describe your favourite food.  Explain why it is your favourite, and any special way that you like it to be prepared.

If you would like to see my own attempt at this question before you have a try yourself, you can view it here.

 

Please feel free to give me a score!

Questions, feedback and comments are welcome.

 

The IELTS Guy

 

 

 

 

Food – IELTS Speaking Exercise

 

Hi everyone!

This week’s IELTS Speaking Exercise is based on the IELTS Speaking Part 2 format.

Most people enjoy talking about food, so this should not be too difficult.

Speak for 1-2 minutes on the following topic:

Describe your favourite food.  Explain why it is your favourite, and any special way that you like it to be prepared.

If you would like to follow the actual IELTS test format you should allow yourself one minute to prepare, and then speak for one to two minutes.

As usual, registered IELTS Guy users will receive suggested answers by email over the weekend, and IELTS Guy subscribers can submit their recorded response and receive personalized feedback.

Questions, feedback and comments are welcome.

Good Luck!

 

The IELTS Guy

 

 

 

 

Food – IELTS Reading Exercise

 

Hi everyone!

This week’s IELTS Reading Exercise is based on the IELTS sentence completion format.

Read the following passage by Gabi from Cooking Without Limits and answer the following questions (no more than three words):

  1.  Gabi started this blog a few months after she became a____________.
  2. When Gabi studied photography in London, the did a lot of studio photos but never______________.
  3. The missing element from the early photos was the feeling that you want to eat those _____________.
  4. The best compliment Gabi gets in the kitchen is when her _________says that he loves the food.
  5. Sometimes Gabi is just bold and tries___________________to test her.
  6. Gabi suggest that if you want to start a blog, just write about________________.

Gabi is from Romania originally, and her writing is in a clear and uncomplicated style that would score very well in an Ielts test.  This essay is reproduced with her kind permission.

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A lot of you, my friends, asked me how I got to be a blogger.  I wrote a post about traffic, viewers and followers, but this post is more personal.  I always loved to write. In high school, I wrote a love book and poems. They published my poems in a group book when I was at University and it was a big surprise.

It had to pass a lot of years before I start writing again. Before starting this blog I had others, but this became the important one, the one that is so very close to my heart. I started it after a few months I became a mother and it felt so write.

It was about photography which I love very much and food and cooking which I start discovering when my son was born.  I made time for photography, I made time for the blog because was one of the moments I was doing something for myself, I was spending time with adults. All the mothers know that in the first year of your baby you spend less time with adults. I loved and still love to spend time with my baby, but sometimes I need a ME time and an adult time. Writing on the blog or taking photos of food was one of those moments.

As a photographer, you need to find your domain, because are so many types of photography. I did landscape, portraits, still life some sports, but never did food photography.  When I studied a Studio Photography course in London we did a lot of studio photos, but never food. Before starting this blog I never thought I will take food photos, because I knew they were a big challenge.

When my son was born, I started taking his portraits, but after a while he didn’t want to pose anymore, light was very bad or other problems. So I had to take photos of something else, because I needed to take photos, so in 2012 I started with a few lemons. I hated those photos so much that I almost cried.

After a few days I decided that I needed to start studying about food photography, because it wasn’t so easy. My settings were correct but my lemons weren’t telling me anything.  The story, the feeling that you want to eat those lemons, was missing.

So, it all began. Reading and practicing food photography, I started to like what I was doing.  Even now, I read a lot and shoot a lot, and I like only a few of my photos, but I still love to do that.

In time, I started to love cooking and baking, and I invented or readapt recipes. You will see on the blog how I got from 2012 to 2017, how I found a photographic style, how my improved, how I started to make difficult recipes and so on.

Every day was a challenge, every recipe was learning something new, each mistake was a trying to find other solution and every good photo was a victory.

I am still learning cooking which I found is very demanding and complicated sometimes. I do easy recipes most of the time, but sometimes I am just bold and try difficult recipes to test me. I know I have so much to learn in the kitchen, but in the same time looking back I am proud for everything I accomplished. I came a long way from some dull lemons to some great photos that actually look like all the great food photographers I admire.

And, the best compliment I get in the kitchen is when my son tells me that he loves the food I made or when my husband (which is a gourmand and loves good food) tells me he liked it, but when he doesn’t say anything I know he didn’t like it, but he ate it because he was hungry (ha ha ha).

So, here is my story, how I got to love to write about food and photography, how I got to love cooking and fell in love with food photography and how my son started to ask to let him take photos of food or helping me cooking.

I will continue to write on the blog about things I like, so if you have a blog or you want to start one, just write about what you like. It is the easiest thing to do. Make it personal, let it say something about yourself, let it be a journal.

Thank you all for being here with me for all this years. It is a privilege and an honor.  I wouldn’t be here without you all, without your support and love.

Have a great year and keep reading or writing!

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As usual, registered IELTS Guy users will receive suggested answers by email over the weekend, and IELTS Guy subscribers will receive personalized feedback on their response.

Questions, feedback and comments are welcome.

Good Luck!

 

The IELTS Guy

 

Food

 

Hi everyone.

Our theme for this week’s IELTS exercises will be food.

One of my favourite blogs is Gabriela Lupu’s Cooking Without Limits, which combines recipes with food photography.  The photos are gorgeous (look at the chocolate cake image above!), but as I was reading through the recipes recently I realized that food writing has its own vocabulary and grammar rules that are important for IELTS study.   So this might be the only English language course that will also improve your skills in the kitchen!

As usual, I will post an exercise for each of the four IELTS skills;

Tuesday’s reading exercise will be an article about food.  You will be asked to complete sentences relating to the article.

Wednesday’s writing exercise will be based on the IELTS Writing Task 2 format.  Quite a few people struggle with the IELTS “Discuss both views and give your own opinion” format, so we will use it for a food-related topic.

Thursday’s listening exercise will be a recording of me giving a lecture on how to cook something, even though I am a terrible cook.  (Taking cooking advice from me is a bit like taking advice on diplomacy from Donald Trump). You will be asked to respond to questions in the short-answer format

Friday’s speaking exercise will require you to speak for two minutes on a personal food interest.

If you have registered with The IELTS Guy, you will receive suggested answers by email over the weekend.

If you have subscribed to The IELTS Guy, you will receive personalized feedback on your responses.

As always, feedback and comments are welcome.

Good Luck!

The IELTS Guy