IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Getting Lost: Study the sample answers to the topic questions about being lost. Learn topic vocabulary, collocations, and how the speaker developed his answers targeting the criteria, Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, and Grammar and Accuracy. 


Talking about getting lost is not difficult as this topic is relatable. The sample answers below give you ideas on how to communicate your thoughts better that will help you achieve your target band score. Practice and achieve a band 7 or even a band 9!







ielts speaking part 1 getting lost

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Have you ever lost your way?


(Answer 1)


Yes, so many times as I don’t have a sense of direction (expression: to easily get lost). Despite having GPS in my car or using a Google Map, I still get lost. I’m just poor at directions and I don’t think I can change that. (Laughter)

(Answer 2)


Yes, but not as much as in the past. With Google Maps, it’s impossible that you can’t find the direction of your destination, well unless (conjunction: except if), you have an internet connectivity problem. If that happens, expect to be lost. 



How can you find your way when you are lost?


(Answer 1)


I ask people because that’s much easier than interpreting maps. The good thing about asking is that you’ll get specific details of the direction where you are heading (verb: to go in a particular direction), and if you’re lucky, they sometimes really take you to the place. 


(Answer 2)


Well, that rarely happens to me, but looking back to my previous experiences, I simply asked people, those whom I thought trusted ones such as shop clerks, gas station attendants, and the like (phrase: and similar things, etcetera)



Can you read a map when you get lost?


(Answer 1)


As I said, I’m poor at directions so I’m not dependent on reading maps. Instead, I simply ask people whenever I’m lost as it’s way easier and most of the time, it does work!


(Answer 2)


I don’t easily get lost so that rarely happens to me. But of course, if I get lost I need to read a map or navigate my GPS so I can understand exactly where I am at and how I can get to my destination. That’s a no-brainer (noun: something that requires little effort)!



Have you ever helped someone who got lost?

(Answer 1)


Of course, I always help whenever someone asks for directions because I empathize (verb: to understand and share the feelings of another) with them. The only reason I don’t help is when they’re asking for directions which I really don’t know. But most of the time, I’m very helpful.


(Answer 2)


Yes, and that’s the right thing to do. But honestly, I seldom have that kind of encounter (noun: unexpected meeting) because people these days are too reliant on Google Maps. One can easily find a place with the use of modern technology. That’s how convenient this world is!


Study how to answer the recent PART 1 topic about CONCENTRATION on this link


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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