IELTS Speaking Part 1 Smile: Study the sample answers below talking about smiles. Learn some adjectives that best describe a person’s smile. Check this post and get ideas on how to express your thoughts better. Ace your exam and aim for a band 9.0!








Do you like to smile?

(Answer 1)

Definitely! I always wear a smile every day because I want to look pleasant and amicable to my colleagues and to people whom I randomly meet. Also, this is my way of assuring myself that life has to continue no matter what difficulties or battles I have inside. Wearing a smile is the key to a stress-free life.


(Answer 2)


Yes, I do! The world has been filled with negative people and I don’t want to add. Putting a gentle smile on my face surely makes a person’s day brighter. You know, every person is fighting a battle we know nothing about, so giving smiles to them makes them feel better at least.




Definitely [adverb] – without a doubt; used to give emphasis

Wear a smile [expression] – to put a smile on your face; to smile

Amicable [adj.] – friendly

Assure [verb] – guarantee; convince

Gentle [adj.] – kind; tender




i.) FIRST ANSWER: The speaker gave a straightforward answer to the examiner by saying ‘definitely’. You don’t always say ‘yes’ when your answer is positive, expressions like: definitely; absolutely; without a doubt will come in handy. The speaker then gave his reason why he liked smiling and he added another reason that focuses on his attitude in life.


ii.) SECOND ANSWER: The speaker provided a very short and straightforward answer then talked about his negative perception of the world. He then transitioned into feeling positive saying that his smile would make a person’s day great. With his last sentence, he sounded reflective.



When was the last time you saw a lot of people smiling?

(Answer 1)


To be honest, I cannot recall the last time the world was filled with smiling people, it’s just really sad that the world has been full of adversities now – natural disaster, terrorism, cyberbullying, depression, corruption, to name a few. With all of these misfortunes, how can people be wreathed in smiles?


(Answer 2)


Well, just a couple of months ago when I threw a birthday party at home. I invited all of my relatives and my friends who are near and dear to me. We didn’t only smile but also laughed a lot. It was just so endearing seeing a lot of people who are close to my heart giving their best smiles during the celebration of my natal day.



Adversity [noun] – misfortune; difficulty

To name a few [phrase] – providing only these as examples although some could be cited

Misfortune [noun] – bad luck

Be wreathed in smiles [idiom] – to be smiling and looking extremely happy

A couple of [phrase] – two things or a few things

Throw a birthday party [expression] – to hold a birthday party

Near and dear [idiom] – very close

Endearing [adj.] – lovable; admiring

Natal day [expression] – another term for ‘birthday’




i.) FIRST ANSWER: The speaker gave an observational answer – talking about how the world was filled with gloominess that stopped him from seeing smiling people. He then ended his answer by a philosophical question. This kind of answer is advanced – this simply shows that the speaker was so comfortable using the English language.


ii.) SECOND ANSWER: The speaker talked about the recent event he hosted and explained the main reason for the people’s smiles. Avoid overthinking when asked this kind of question, just think about some important events in your life and talked about them. That’s much easier!



Do you smile when people take pictures of you?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I do! Smiles are free. Why would I frown when I could give a radiant smile before the lens? I love to see myself in photos smiling. I sometimes imagine myself being one of those models that we can see on dental smile images that are circulating online. 


(Answer 2)


Well for some reason, I don’t. I don’t know but I always feel awkward when I’m the subject of a photograph. I think I’m camera-shy and that’s crazy! Seriously all of my photographs are terrible.




Frown [verb] – expressing disapproval or displeasure

Radiant [adj.] – friendly

Lens [noun] – another term for camera

Cool [adj.] – attractive

Awkward [adj.] – feeling of embarrassment

Camera-shy [adj.] – reluctant to be photographed

Terrible [adj.] – very bad




i.) FIRST ANSWER: The speaker gave a straightforward answer and added a good expression saying that smiles were free. It’s always good if you can add some famous lines or expressions as it helps you get a better mark in Lexical Resource and it does make sound so natural. Then he asked a logical question that would showcase his confidence in speaking the language and ended his answer with his wish. He sounded very comfortable in speaking English. Short answer but intelligent!


ii.) SECOND ANSWER: The speaker just expressed his honesty in his answer that made him sound so natural. He talked about his feeling and he described his character when being taken a photo. Brief and realistic answer!



Can you tell if a person’s smile is fake?  

Yes and I’m good at recognizing it! Just by simply looking at the person’s eyes, if the eyes are not expressive as the person’s lips, then his smile is not genuine. As they say, the eyes are the window to the soul, the eyes can surely express the inner thoughts or feelings of a person.




Recognize [verb] – identify; acknowledge

Genuine [adj.] – authentic

The eyes are the window to the soul  [saying] – is used to say that one can understand a person’s emotions and thoughts by just looking at the eyes




i.) The speaker simply explained on what basis he could recognize a fake smile. He then injected an interesting saying that would make his answer sound naturally great.






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