I’ve written about the importance of active listening to improve your speaking in preparation for the IELTS Speaking test. In today’s post, I’m going to share another video. In this video, the speaker is going to talk about the benefits of walking. In the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner may ask you to talk about the benefits of something, so listen carefully to how this native speaker expresses his ideas.
The gift of walking
As you watch the video, pay attention to the different natural structures that the speaker uses when he talks about the benefits of walking, especially expressions of probability. If you are not a medical professional, don’t worry too much about the medical vocabulary. You also can display English subtitles by clicking the YouTube caption button at the bottom of the video. However, these are machine-generated subtitles and they are not 100% accurate.
Did you hear any useful structures that you could use in the IELTS Speaking (and also Writing) test? Here are a few examples:
We are far less likely to have strokes, heart disease and hypertension (01:00)
Walking cuts the risk of … (01:32)
Women who walk have a 20 per cent lower likelihood of getting breast cancer. (01:38)
(NOTE: likelihood is a less common synonym of probability.)
Men who walk are two-thirds less likely to have … (01:48)
We are significantly less likely to catch a cold when we walk. (02:24)
Walking has shown to reduce the cell deterioration in the brain. (02:36)
Walking can have a major positive impact on depression. (02:54)