IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Perfume

Topic Perfume

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Perfume
IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Perfume

Sample answers

1. Do you use perfume?

Yes, I do, but not very often. I try not to wear perfume around people who might have a sensitivity to it. I know a few people who get a headache when they’re around people wearing fragrances, so if I’m not sure I just don’t. But there is no doubt that perfumes can be a woman’s best friend at certain times. It is an effective method to capture attention or form a good impression.

2. What kind of perfume do you like?

I am not a perfume enthusiast, so I don’t possess many kinds of perfume. I received a bottle from Zara as a gift and I use it sparingly, whenever on special occasions. It just makes me feel bold yet airy and comfortable. I can detect hints of vanilla and cinnamon and a top note of orange gives this a nice citrusy twist but it is by no means a fruity scent.

3. What does perfume mean to you?

Fragrance or perfume, is evocative of an innumerable amount of things; memories, places, people, the list goes on. There’s always one particular scent that reminds you of a perfect holiday you took last summer or of your lovely ex-boyfriend. And the same goes for the perfume that makes you feel sexy; your ‘going out’ perfume and even your ‘everyday’ perfume will conjure up some memories of people and places, and good times.

4. Do you give perfume as a gift?

Well, not really.

I only know some mainstream fragrances and I could hardly guess one’s tastes, so it’s a risky kind of gift most of the time. A perfume could be an option as a gift for our spouse, parents or children and eventually siblings or very close friends. It is an inappropriate present for a colleague, someone we barely know or someone we have work relationships with.


IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Perfume

1. sensitivity [n]: the quality of being easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset, embarrassed, or angry

Eg: I should have warned you about her sensitivity to criticism. 

2. capture [v]: if something captures your imagination or attention, you feel very interested and excited by it

Eg: The American drive to land a man on the Moon captured the imagination/attention of the whole world.

3. sparingly [adv]: in small amounts, or without wasting any

Eg: There wasn’t enough coal during the war, so we had to use it sparingly.

4. detect [v]: to notice something that is partly hidden or not clear or to discover something.

Eg: Some sounds cannot be detected by the human ear.

5. by no means [expression]: not at all

Eg: It is by no means clear what the president can do to end the strike.

6. evocative [adj]: making you remember or imagine something pleasant

Eg: On this model, two or more different symbolic systems can be equally expressive and evocative of genuine religious experience.

7. conjure up [v]: to make a picture or idea appear in someone’s mind.

Eg: The glittering ceremony conjured up images of Russia’s imperial past. 

8. mainstream [adj]:

Eg: The story was largely ignored by the mainstream press.

9. spouse [n]: a person’s husband or wife.

Eg: In 60 percent of the households surveyed both spouses went out to work. 

10. inappropriate [adj]: unsuitable.
Eg: His casual behavior was wholly inappropriate for such a formal occasion.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sample

IELTS Speaking Part 1

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