IELTS Speaking Part 2


Describe a newly-opened shop
You should say:

• Where the shop is
• When it opened
• What it sells
And how you feel about the shop.


I am going to talk about a newly-opened convenience store in my neighbourhood called Circle K. Actually, Circle K is an extremely popular chain-store from America and has multiple outlets around Hanoi now.

But the Circle K that I’m speaking about was recently built only a couple of blocks away from where I live and I noticed it as soon as it was built. Also, because of its eye-catching logo with a giant, red letter K in a white circle, it’s quite hard to miss.

I think that the main reason that I became a regular customer of Circle K was because of one particular item that they sell in their stores, and I was on cloud nine when I discovered it, my favourite alcoholic drink, Vodka Cruiser. You know Cruiser’s only contain 4.5% alcohol which is perfect for a lightweight like me. And so, after my discovery, Circle K pretty much became a regular hangout spot of mine where my buddies and I would
sometimes meet up and sit outside the store with a couple of Cruiser’s chatting about our lives and stuff. It’s actually kind of embarrassing but Circle K is the place where I come to let off some steam after a break up or some other big drama I have in my life.

So yeah, as long as Circle K still keeps on selling Vodka Cruisers, it will always be my favourite shop.

Vocabulary highlights:

1. convenience store – a store that sells some commonly used items and stays open long hours

2. chain-store – a shop that is one of many owned by a larger company that all sell the same products

3. outlets – a place where things are sold

4. blocks – the distance from one street to the next

5. eye-catching – very attractive or noticeable

6. hard to miss – obvious, or easy to see

7. on cloud nine – extremely happy

8. lightweight – a person that is thin, light, and/or gets drunk easily

9. hangout spot – a place to relax with friends or by yourself

10. chatting – to talk with someone in a friendly informal way

11. let off some steam – to do something that helps you relax and get rid of anger or frustration

12. big drama – a big problem or issue

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