Describe A Party That You Enjoyed

     

In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you may be asked khổng lồ describe a party. This could seem lượt thích a daunting task, but in this lesson I will show you everything you need lớn know to give a great description.

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Today, we will look at:

Possible cue cards for describing partiesLanguage for describing partiesSample answers

IELTS Cue Cards: Describe a Party

When preparing for IELTS, you should not memorise answers to questions because there are thousands of possible versions. Instead, it is helpful to lớn think about common question types & topics.

One topic (or sub-topic) that may occur is parties. Of course, this is part of the wider idea of friends và socialising, so you could study tiệc ngọt language alongside friendship language. Parties are also related lớn the topics of festivals, culture, & traditions.

It is very important khổng lồ carefully read the cue card that you are given so that you bởi not assume something that is not included on it. As such, we will practise analysing possible cue cards here:

Describe a tiệc nhỏ you Attended

First of all, a commonly reported cue thẻ about parties is this one:

Describe a buổi tiệc ngọt you have attended.

You should say:

– what type of buổi tiệc ngọt it was

– where the buổi tiệc nhỏ was held

– who attended the party

and describe what you did at that party.

Here, the question is quite straightforward. The thing you are supposed lớn describe is an event that took place in the past. It must be some size of buổi tiệc ngọt and you must give details about it, including where it was & who attended. You should also talk a little about your own interactions there.

Describe a party You Enjoyed

Describe a party that you enjoyed going to.

You should say:

– what the tiệc nhỏ was about

– where the các buổi party was held

– what people did during the party

and explain what you enjoyed about this party.

This cue card is very similar but you can note some important differences. In the first cue card, you could easily have said that you attended a buổi tiệc ngọt and disliked it or had no strong opinion about it. However, this cue thẻ requires that you enjoyed the party. (You could also just pretend that you enjoyed it.) Here, you need khổng lồ describe the tiệc ngọt and then relate your feelings.

Planning your Answer

As I said before, you should not aim khổng lồ memorise answers. This is a bad way lớn prepare for any part of the IELTS test. However, you can prepare for this sort of question in a few ways:

Practise language related khổng lồ the topicPractise thinking up ideas quicklyThink of easily adapted ideas

The third idea is quite useful here. Often, in IELTS, you are given cue cards that say “describe a person/place/object” and then give more information. For example “describe a person who you admire” or “describe a person who you knew when you were young.” These could easily be adapted to be the same person. As long as you bởi not give a memorised answer, but instead adapt your answer to lớn fit any version of that cue card, you will be fine.

Here, we can think of a tiệc nhỏ that we have attended and then adapt that answer for the second cue card. We could even adapt it lớn other cue cards that might change this topic: “describe a tiệc ngọt that you threw for your friends” or “describe a tiệc ngọt that you didn’t enjoy.”

Of course, doing this may require being imaginative or even lying slightly, but for some people this might be easier than thinking up an honest answer from their memory. After all, even a native speaker like me has trouble thinking up a developed answer in just one minute!

Words to Describe a Party

A big part of being prepared for IELTS topics is knowing the right language lớn use. Of course, there are no required words, but having a good vocabulary is really important for IELTS. I have written and spoken many times about how to lớn learn vocabulary and how to avoid common mistakes, but it is really important khổng lồ have a wide range of words and to use them accurately.


In this case, you should look for words that are specific to lớn parties. Because there are so many kinds of parties, this can be quite difficult, but if you have one or two parties in mind, then you can learn vocabulary related to lớn those.

Here are some words to describe parties. We will start with words to lớn describe a party’s atmosphere:

VocabularyMeaningExample
WildReally exciting và crazy.Last night was wild. I don’t remember getting home.
ChilledRelax và enjoyably calm.Come to lớn my party on Friday. It’s gonna be really chilled.
DullBoring, uneventfulI went to lớn John’s tiệc ngọt last week but it was dull & everyone left early.
EpicReally incredible.Oh my god, that was an epic party!
FormalTraditional or sophisticated.I’d like to invite you to a tea tiệc nhỏ this weekend. It’s going khổng lồ be a formal event, so please dress accordingly.

Types of Party

Here are some types of party:

House partyA tiệc ngọt held at someone’s house. Usually, this is young people using their parents’ home.
Wedding receptionA các buổi party for a married couple, typically held after the main ceremony.

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Stag partyA buổi tiệc ngọt for a man who is about to get married. Also known as a stag night, stagger, stag vị buck’s night, or bachelor’s buổi tiệc ngọt (depending on country).
Hen partyA party for a woman who is about lớn get married. Also known as a bachelorette party.
Graduation partyA buổi tiệc nhỏ for university graduates.
PromA dance tiệc nhỏ for high school students.
KeggerA university tiệc nhỏ that includes a keg of beer.
Dinner partyA buổi tiệc ngọt centred around a dinner.
Garden partyA party held in a garden. Typically, this is a slightly formal party held in the summer.
Tea partyAn afternoon tiệc nhỏ featuring tea và cakes.
Black tie eventA formal buổi tiệc nhỏ with a strict dress code (particularly for men, who are expected khổng lồ wear a tie)
Housewarming partyA các buổi party to celebrate someone’s new home.
Farewell partyA buổi tiệc nhỏ held khổng lồ say goodbye to someone.
Welcome partyA tiệc nhỏ to welcome a person lớn a new place, such as a workplace or neighbourhood.
Baby showerA buổi tiệc nhỏ thrown for a pregnant woman by her friends & family.
Pool partyA tiệc nhỏ held at a swimming pool.
Block partyA buổi tiệc ngọt for all the people in a neighbourhood.
Costume partyA party where people are supposed to dress up in costumes.
Cocktail partyA formal tiệc ngọt involving a bar that serves cocktails.
Surprise partyA các buổi party thrown for a person that is not aware of the event in advance.
FundraiserAn sự kiện held with the purpose of raising money.
Birthday partyA buổi tiệc ngọt to celebrate a person’s birthday.

There are, of course, many other types of party and these might be culturally specific. If you know of other ones & want khổng lồ talk about them, you can read up on Google. Make sure to lớn find a source that was written by a native speaker of English.

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David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' và the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives and works in rural Cambodia và loves lớn travel. He has worked as an IELTS tutor since 2010, has completed both TEFL and CELTA courses, and has a certificate from Cambridge for Teaching Writing. David has worked in many different countries, và for several years designed a writing course for the University of Worcester. In 2018, he wrote the popular IELTS handbook, Grammar for IELTS Writing và he has since written two other books about IELTS. His other IELTS trang web is called IELTS Teaching.