mirror ielts speaking part 1

Mirror is a topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 1. Below you will find a list of some example questions and answers that you could encounter during part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test.

The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking Part 1 prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.

Mirror Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  1. What is your opinion on mirrors?
    Mirrors! Hmm, I think that both men and women these days need mirrors. Blame it on the selfie culture! To me, staring at a mirror for long hours is sheer vanity and a waste of time. I think mirrors are fine for one’s personal grooming though.
  2. Have you ever purchased a mirror?
    Yes, I have. I bought one this January at an arts and crafts market in Delhi. It had a really pretty frame with exquisite carvings of a peacock.
  3. What made you buy this mirror?
    Well, I didn’t actually need one but it caught my eye as it was so aesthetic. I tend to make spontaneous purchases. That said, it’s getting me a lot of compliments from guests who visit home.

Mirror Vocabulary Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  • selfie culture – a fondness of taking self-photos and then uploading them to social media so that self-photos will be seen and commented on by friends
  • vanity– excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.
  • exquisite– extremely beautiful and delicate.
  • to catch someone’s eye – if something or someone catches your eye, you notice them because they are very attractive or unusual.
  • spontaneous– performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus.

Set 2

  1. How frequently are you using a mirror in your daily life?
    I use a mirror a few times a day starting from when I wake up and wash my face, brush my teeth, etc. I use face packs regularly so I inevitably end up needing a mirror to ensure that I’ve washed out any residual clay.
  2. Do you think mirrors are useful in the decoration of a home?
    Definitely! They give the illusion of space and make a room look much larger than it actually is. In fact, I have a mirrored wall in my bedroom that makes it look much more spacious than it actually is. Sometimes it can be spooky though because I feel like someone else is in the room – but it’s just me!
  3. Why do people decorate their homes with a mirror?
    I guess that depends on the person. Some people think mirrors add a certain aesthetic to a living space whereas others like me use them to make the room appear larger than it actually is. It’s a personal choice.
  4. Have you recently bought a mirror?
    Yes, I did buy one for just 100 rupees a few months ago from the street. I got it quite cheap considering it has a sturdy wooden frame and measures around 12 inches in length. There are some interesting bargains to be found if you don’t mind shopping off the streets.

Set 2 Vocabulary

  • Spooky– scary
  • Aesthetic– concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty

Set 3

  1. How many times a day do you look in a mirror?
    I don’t think I am a vain person but I think I look in the mirror more than 10 times a day. In the morning when getting ready for work, I take time to check my appearance before meetings. My office is quite smart so you need to dress well.
  2. Have you bought a mirror recently?
    Not recently, no. The last time I bought a mirror was when I moved into my apartment. There was a big space in the hallway which lacked character so I put a big mirror with a black frame there. It is handy for checking yourself before you leave the house.

Set 3 Vocabulary

  • handy – convenient

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Set 4

  1. Do you normally use a mirror?
    Yes, I use a mirror every morning when I get dressed. I also have one in my bathroom which I use when I brush my teeth and apply my makeup.
  2. Have you ever bought one?
    I have. I actually bought one when I moved into my new home. The house was empty, so my parents and I went to a store and they helped me pick out some furniture, including the mirror.
  3. Do you think mirrors can be used as decoration is a house?
    Yes, I believe they can. There are many different designs that can match the style of your home. For example, the walls in my house are pink, so we chose a white-framed mirror to complement the look of the house.
  4. Do you prefer to use big or small mirrors?
    I prefer to use big mirrors so that I can see myself fully, especially when I get dressed to go to work. I don’t wear a uniform at work, so I need to make sure that my outfits are appropriate.

Set 4 Vocabulary

  • moved into – settled in a different place to live
  • pick out – choose
  • match– (in this case) fit, be appropriate to
  • complement – (in this case) complete the look

Set 5

  1. Do you like looking at yourself in the mirror? Why?
    I don’t think anyone can say they love looking in the mirror, it would be a bit big-headed. However, I take pride in my appearance so always take a look before a meeting or before I go out on a date.
  2. Have you ever purchased a mirror?
    Yes, I bought a mirror a few years ago when I moved into my apartment. It sits above the fireplace and is a centre-piece for the room. It is not just functional but also practical. It came from a second hand shop in London.
  3. Do you think mirrors make good home decorations?
    I think mirrors enhance the home decor and add a different dimension. Mirrors can add light to a small or dark room and you can buy something unique that represents your style and taste.

Set 5 Vocabulary

  • big headed – arrogant
  • centre piece – the focus of the room
  • taste – your preference, style

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