Describe a wild animal IELTS question




How to describe a wild animal for IELTS

The describe a wild animal IELTS question in the IELTS speaking test can sometimes be a problem for IELTS candidates because they can't think of a 'wild animal' to describe.

A lot depends on the exact wording of the question, but if you think for a moment, you could describe a wild animal you have seen at a zoo or nature park, a bird that is common in your country, or even describe a wild animal you have seen on a TV program.

If the question specifically asks you to describe a wild animal you have seen in your country and where you saw it - and you have never seen a wild animal - then simply explain to the IELTS examiner that you have never seen a wild animal in real life, but you would like to describe a wild animal you have seen on TV or in a magazine or you can invent a story about a wild animal you saw - remember, the examnier is evaluating your English not your life experiences.

So, now you have some ideas how to respond to the describe a wild animal IELTS question.

Which wild animal would you choose?


Think about vocabulary...
  • Where does the animal live? (its habitat)
  • Does it have hair/fur/feathers?
  • What does it eat? Where does it find its food?
  • What does it look like?
  • Is it large/small/tiny?
  • How does it behave?
  • Is it docile/fierce/savage/placid?

IELTS Speaking Tip

Could you talk about this animal for up to 2 minutes in the IELTS Speaking Test?

The more speaking practice you do the easier it is...
  • record your answer and listen to yourself
  • Is there anything you could improve?
  • Repeat your answer several times and try to improve it each time until you can speak fluently for 2 minutes
  • Try practicing with a speaking partner - and ask them if there is anything in your answer they don't understand

sample answer

Good luck in your IELTS Speaking Test!





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