IELTS Subject You Used To Dislike But Now Have Interest: Below are the sample answers to the given topic. Getting band 9.0 in IELTS Speaking is possible. On this post, study how the speaker developed his answers – learn how to use collocations and topic vocabulary, and don’t forget to speak naturally and confidently.




Describe a subject you used to dislike but now have interest in


You should say:

What the subject is

Why you disliked it

What you want to learn from it now

And explain why you become interested in it


A N S W E R 


It’s funny to say that when I was still a student, I really loathed spending time learning the English language as my second language, because for me it was completely worthless. During those times, I didn’t foresee the importance of being able to speak and understand English well since most of my countrymen never bothered speaking English. I was thinking that I could survive without speaking that language. Little did I know, that I needed it for my further study.



Loathe [verb] – intense dislike

Foresee [verb] – anticipate; expect

Countrymen [noun] – fellow citizen

(never) bother [expression] – if you never bother doing something, it means you don’t do it

Little did I know [expression] – used to say that I do not know or realize that something is true

Further study [expression] – to study more; to take up Master’s course or Doctorate



i.) The speaker started his story by talking about his past experience as a student who hated learning English. He did not directly say ‘I’d like to talk about English…’ to make the examiner know straightly about what subject he was not interested in, instead, he presented his story about his first hand experience of learning English and how he felt learning that language. That’s another way to introduce a story in which he’s able to show the examiner his English skills.

ii.) The speaker used some advanced English vocabulary words and at the same time natural expressions but he didn’t overdo it. That surely helps improve his mark in Lexical Resource.



Now, here I am today wanting to pursue my Master’s Degree in the US which required me to submit a proof of English proficiency. It made me feel remorseful remembering the days when I could have studied the language seriously. Those days when I neglected my English classes flashed back every now and again. I could only wish that if only I had taken my English lessons by heart, I wouldn’t have gone through spending so much time, money, and effort these days just for me to brush up my English communication skills faster like that of a lightning bolt, so my student’s application in one of the Ivy League schools would be granted without any hassle.



Pursue [verb] – follow; go after

Remorseful [adj.] – feeling regretful/sorry

Neglect (ed) [verb] – fail to care

Flash back [phrase] – to come back/visit in the memory

Every now and again [phrase] – from time to time

By heart [phrase] – word for word; from memory

Brush up [phrase] – to improve

(as fast as a) lightning bolt [figure of speech] – to be very quick

Ivy League [noun] – refers to the high academic and social prestige schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania

Hassle [noun] – inconvenience



i.) Right after the speaker’s introduction, he then talked about his current situation that made him study the language which he did hate in the past. This part helps him develop his story in an organized way. He was able to connect his introduction to this part, thus, he achieved  coherence.


Well these days, I’ve been giving my very best in learning English and to be honest, I found it really interesting since I realized that I’m not only studying the language itself but also, I’ve got the chance to understand the history and culture of this language. That is something I couldn’t see when I was still a high school and university student. Back in the day, I wasn’t open-minded of the language, I felt like it’s all about grammar and memorizing innumerable vocabulary words.  Had I known that learning the English language would be that informative and fascinating, I wouldn’t have wasted the great opportunity to master learning that language during my younger years.


Anyway, it’s never too late to make my English communication skills better. I guess I just need more patience and persistence to learn so I could make my dream to study in the US a reality.



Back in the day [expression] – used when talking about something that happened in the past

Innumerable [adj.] – many

Fascinating [adj.] – interesting

Persistence [noun] – determination


i.) Here the speaker, provided his explanation or reason why he had changed his mind in learning the English language. He also talked about the things which made the English language really interesting which he could never appreciate when he was still a student. With this, he’s able to develop his story better. Details are a key to make a story easy to understand.

ii.) Also the speaker made a good mark on the criterion, Grammar & Accuracy by using third conditional tense (Had I known…I wouldn’t have wasted…)

iii.) The speaker ended his answer by giving his realization that it’s never late to make his skills better.






Do you think learning many subjects is beneficial to children?


In my opinion, children do not need to learn so many subjects as they are still too young – their span of attention in learning is just short compared to adults and forcing them to learn many subjects makes them abhor learning. I believe a few subjects like Language, Math, and Art are just enough for them.

The subjects of Language and Math are indispensable as they need to have basic knowledge in order for them to interact with others conveniently and to live their lives free from ignorance. Also. learning Art is essential as it helps them develop their creativity which is very much helpful when expressing their emotions and interests in life.


For me, young learners need not have to spend time learning many subjects other than what I have mentioned, because all the other subjects that they have to learn can be learnt when they reach secondary education.



Abhor [verb] – hate; strong dislike

Indispensable [adj.]  – very important; necessary

Free from ignorance [expression] – to be not ignorant/stupid

Other than [phrase] – except




i.) The speaker started his answer by giving his opinion straight-away then focused on discussing the three important subjects which he thought essential to learn. The he discussed each subject one by one as to why children needed to learn each of them and how it would impact on their lives.


ii.) The speaker ended his answer by giving his conclusive statement that other subjects can be learnt later in life so children should not be forced to learn many subjects. This is a simple way to end the answer but very direct.


What subjects are more practical to learn nowadays?


Considering this internet era, subjects related to Information Technology and Computer Programming are much more realistic and beneficial to learn since there are a variety of job opportunities that people can obtain once they have the skills of those fields.

As we know, giant companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, often look for individuals who have in-depth knowledge of technology and at the same time who know how to think out of the box as these kinds of people can bring so much difference in their respective businesses.

So, I believe secondary schools should include Information Technology and Programming in their curriculum to make students develop skills which are more than useful in this digital world.



Obtain [verb] – get; acquire

Giant company [expression] – another term for major company

In-depth knowledge [expression] – so much knowledge

Out of the box [expression] – creative thinking; to think creatively

Digital world [expression] – another term for internet world




i.) The speaker provided a realistic answer here – since he knew that we are now living in this internet era, he talks about subjects related to technology. This is a very good way to answer as it is relatable and easy to explain since this is what this modern world about.

ii.) The speaker then support his argument by talking about the major tech companies in which they always look for individuals who have great skills in terms of technology. This made his answer great as he hit the nail on the head.


Which do you think is better: learning many subjects at one time or learning one subject at a time?


I suppose it varies from person to person, since there are people who can do multitasking, these people can learn many subjects at a time without being distracted. These people are gifted with intelligence that they can easily absorb different kinds of information without forgetting any of them. They surely know how to manage their time in learning.

However, there are those learners who can learn better if they need to concentrate on one subject at one time. These learners are considered as organized – they want to focus on learning a particular thing without proceeding to another unless they feel confident about the knowledge that they have acquired from the subject that they are studying.

To be honest, I belong to the latter and I am proud of who I am as  a learner.




(It) varies from person to person [expression] – another way to say ‘It depends…’

Multitask [verb] – to deal with many things at the same time

Latter [adj.] – later; denoting to the second thing mentioned



i.) The speaker answered the question by not choosing any of the choices given, instead he explained each choice to the examiner. This is the best way to do if you are provided by choices which is really hard to choose.


ii.) He then ended his answer by telling the examiner of which type of learner he is based on the explanation he had given. A very good way to end an answer as it sounds really natural.


Do you think all teachers should be entertaining in teaching their students?


As a student, I must say that educators should be entertaining in order for them to get the attention of the students. Nowadays, students become stubborn that they do not always pay attention to their teachers when they are in the class.

A huge number of students are bothered by so many things such as the use of smartphones inside the class and some of them take their lessons for granted or worse their teacher’s presence. This is a sad reality now, so the best way to address this problem is for teachers to be initiative enough in creating a teaching style that is entertaining to his students.



Educator [noun] – teacher; instructor

Stubborn [adj.] – showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude

Take for granted [phrase] – failure to appreciate

Initiative [noun] – the power or opportunity to take charge in



i.) The way the speaker answered this Yes-No question, he did not directly say ‘Yes’, instead he expressed his affirmation in a different way. He talked about what he saw and experienced in the class that made him think that teachers must be entertaining. The he explained about the impassiveness of students nowadays which is a great challenge to all teachers and that’s the primary reason as to why he believed that teachers should have entertaining factor when teaching.


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