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This is one of the current topics that recently appeared in IELTS Speaking in Seoul Korea. We have prepared a sample answer and some tips. Get ideas from our answer. Practice and ace your exam!




Describe a thing that you have that you want to replace


You should say:


What it is

When you bought it

How you got it

And explain why you want to replace it


Recently I’ve been disciplining myself to save some money so I can buy a new pair of trainers. Actually, I really didn’t have any plan of getting a new one since I’ve contented with my comfortable Nike running shoes, until a couple of weeks ago, when I arrived from work, I found out that my shoes were destroyed by our dog in our house.


I was really distressed at that time when I saw from my very eyes that my favorite shoes were already out from the shoe rack and completely torn. The tongue on the left pair of my shoes was totally ripped that even the best shoe repairman in town could never put it back to its original state. Also, the aglets of my shoelaces were cracked off. I got extremely upset with our dog, thinking that that pair of shoes is just one and only sports shoe that I have. What broke my heart even more was the fact that it cost me about $300 when I bought it, it’s like my hard-earned money went to waste.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Trainers [noun] - sports shoe; running shoe

Contented [adj.] - satisfied

Distressed [adj.] - annoyed; frustrated

Shoe rack [noun] - a rack where shoes are placed

Ripped [adj.] - badly torn; cut

Put it back [phrase] - to return something where it belongs

Aglets [noun] - a metal or plastic tube that is fixed around the end of shoelaces

Crack off [phrase]- to break without complete separation

Go to waste [phrase] - to be unused or wasted


Note: The speaker starts his story by not immediately giving the examiner the thing that he wants to replace, instead he talks about what he’s been doing recently as a result of why he wants to replace something. On the second paragraph he lays the story of what exactly happened and why he wanted to replace his shoes.

But I couldn’t do anything, I was regretful, I could’ve kept my shoes inside my wardrobe, but alas, it’s too late. I love my shoes but my love for my dog is incomparable. He is my best buddy and he’s a part of our family. I have to admit it broke my heart into pieces, but I just let it pass.


Anyway and like I’ve said earlier I’ve been saving money as much as I can so I’ll be able to replace my useless running shoes. These days, I’ve been turning down some invites from my friends on eating out in some restaurants and I’ve given up going to movie theatres every weekend just for me to save a good amount of money. You could imagine how my dog changed my habits. So everything happens for a good reason then.


Vocabulary & Collocations:

Wardrobe [noun] - clothes cupboard

Alas [expression] - an expression of disappointment of sadness

Buddy [noun] - friend

Incomparable [adj.] - unmatched

Let it pass [phrase] - to just ignore and not retaliate

Turn down [phrase] - reject


Note: The speaker talks about his feelings towards the situation, it is a very good way to develop a story a bit longer. The last paragraph focuses on his actions on what he’s been doing to be able to replace the shoes, and that’s a very good way to end the story.




What are some common things that young people like to replace?


I believe the young generation are so absorbed with gadgets, so it is most likely that they want to replace their not-so outdated smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. More often than not, young people do not want to be left behind in terms of latest technology. They do not want to be labeled as old-fashioned by their circle of friends, so as much as possible they often look forward to what latest model of electronic devices that giant electronic companies are innovating.


This is really true considering the last launching of Apple on their iphone X and Macbook Air, we did see from the news that an enormous number of young people are queueing outside some Apple shops just to get the latest models, shrugging the hefty price tag off.


So basically those are the common things that are often replaced by them.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Absorbed [adj.] - very interested

Outdated [adj.] - old; old-fashioned

More often than not [phrase] - usually; most of the time

(Young people don’t want to be) Leave behind [phrase] - to be the last person to know

To be labeled [expression] - to be called

Innovate [verb] - introduce a new product

Enormous [adj.] - huge; very large in size

Queue [verb] - falling in line

Shrug off [phrase] - to ignore something

Hefty price tag [noun] - very high price


Note: The speaker chooses to answer electronic devices as it is easy to make his answer longer since we are in the technology era, it is just timely. Normally, it is easy to talk about something which is happening in the current times.


Do old people in your country like to hoard things?


I am not completely sure about the general attitude of the old people in my country in terms of storing up things, however, considering the elderly people I know like my grandparents, they do love keeping some things such as antique jar, some furniture, and even tattered clothes.

I reckon this is because they value memories that they have had on those things. Those may have some sentimental value and throwing them away is something they could never do.

Perhaps the elderly people cannot easily let go of some materials things that they treasure most that hoarding them is their only choice.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Store up [phrase] - to keep things

Antique [adj.] - belonging to ancient times or in the past

Tattered [adj.] - old and in poor condition

I reckon [expression] - another way to say ‘I suppose/think’


Note: The way the speaker introduces his answer is very natural, in the first place he does not really know about his countrymen if they hoard things so in order for him to develop an answer to the question, he talks about his old relatives. In that way, he’s able to discuss and make his answer intelligent.


Do you think old people want more new things than children?


I believe not, as we know, they have already lived a good life, well, not all of them though, but usually, old people do not want to possess more new material things. Most of them want nothing but good health, a meaningful relationship with family and friends, and more importantly the happiness of their children. These things are what they value more than anything else. Practically speaking, in later years, material things do not matter anymore.


Note: The speaker delivers a straight to the point answer and focuses on talking about the most valuable things that the old people usually want. He ends his answer with a powerful line that summarizes his idea.


Can you elaborate the differences between new things and old things?


This is really a complicated question to me, as I do not know where to start answering. However, if we talk about clothes, newly-bought clothes are trendy or stylish and the color is still vivid, whereas the old ones are already worn-out, out-of-style, and even faded due to the fact that those have worn for so many times. Well from the word itself ‘new’ it suggests freshness while the old is the opposite of it.


Note: The speaker expresses himself in a more natural way, the question is really vague but in order for him to answer the question, he presents an example ‘clothes’ and focuses talking about the qualities of the clothes.


Do you have any questions or comments? Leave them below. Check our previous post about DECISION with this link


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