IELTS Speaking Part 1: musical instruments
- Which musical instrument do you like listening to most? (Why?)
My favourite musical instrument to listen to is the guitar. I like the fact that there are
different types of guitar, like classical, acoustic and electric; I love the variety of
sounds a guitar can make.
- Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
I took some guitar lessons when I was younger and still have a guitar at home. I don’t
play it much nowadays; I wish I had more time to practise.
- Do you think children should learn to play an instrument at school?
Yes, I think it’s a great skill and it’s really enjoyable to be able to play a musical
instrument. All children should be given this opportunity.
- How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher?
It would probably be more difficult without a teacher. You need someone to show you
what to do and correct your mistakes; you need a lot of discipline to teach yourself.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: friends
- Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
Most of my friends are about the same age as me because we met at school or
university. I’ve got one or two friends who are older or younger that I met through
- Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?
I tend to meet up with my friends at weekends because everyone’s too busy during the
- The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
It was one of my friends’ birthday last weekend. Six of us went out for a meal to
- In what ways are your friends important to you?
I think it’s important to have friends that you can talk to and share experiences with.
My friends make me laugh, but I know I can also r
Speaking Part 1 : Park
- Do you like parks?
- Do you think different colours can change our moods?
- When do people give flowers in your country?
- Yes, I like parks because they are great places to relax. I think all cities need
- Yes, I think bright colours, like red, can make you feel energetic. Some greens
and blues can be more relaxing.
- People give flowers on special occasions like birthdays or on Valentine’s Day.
In my country, giving flowers is seen as romantic.
IELTS Speaking: work or study
These are common questions at the start of the speaking test:
- Do you work or are you a student?
- Do you like your job / course? Why / why not?
- Before I came to England I was working as an accountant, but at the moment
I’m studying English because I hope to do a Master’s here.
- Yes, I really like my job because it’s interesting and I work with a great team
of people. OR: Yes, I enjoy studying English, but my real aim is to do a
Master’s and then find a job in an international company.
Don’t ask the examiner: “Do you mean in my country or here in England?” – it doesn’t
matter. Don’t worry if you have a job and study at the same time – you can mention
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘neighbours’ topic
- How well do you know your next-door neighbours?
I know my neighbours quite well. They’re really nice people, and I always stop to talk
whenever I see them. I think it’s important to get on well with the people who live
- How often do you see them?
I see my neighbours at least a few times a week. We usually see each other when
we’re leaving for work in the morning or coming home in the evening.
- What problems do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
I think the most common problem is probably noise. It’s difficult to live next to people
who have a dog that barks at night, or who play loud music or have too many parties.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘numbers’ topic
1) Do you have a favourite number or a number that is special to you?
Yes, my favourite number is… because it’s the day I was born on, and it’s my lucky
2) Do any numbers have special importance in your country?
Yes, certain ages are special. For example, your 18th birthday is important because
it’s when you are considered to become an adult.
3) Are you good at remembering numbers? Why / why not?
No, I’m not very good at remembering numbers. I don’t think it’s necessary to learn
them by heart; I just save them on my phone.
4) What numbers do people often have to memorise?
The most important number to remember on a daily basis is the pin number for your
bank card. Without this you can’t pay for anything or get cash out.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: clothes
- Are clothes and clothing fashions important to you? (Why/Why not?)
No, clothes and fashions are not really important to me. I tend to wear clothes that are
comfortable and practical rather than fashionable.
- What different clothes do you wear for different situations?
Well, I have to dress quite formally for work, so I wear a shirt and trousers. At home I
prefer to wear jeans and a T-shirt, and on special occasions I might wear a suit.
- Do you wear different styles of clothes now compared to 10 years ago?
No, not really, because I don’t follow fashion. I think I have dressed in a similar way
for the last 10 years.
- Do you think the clothes we wear say something about who we are?
Yes, they probably do. Some people are really careful about what they wear because
they want to be seen as stylish. Other people wear clothes that show wealth or status,
such as clothes by famous designers.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘communication’ topic
- How do you usually keep in touch with members of your family?
I mostly keep in touch with my family by phone, and I’ve started using the Internet to
make video calls. I also try to visit members of my family in person as often as I can.
- Do you prefer to speak to people by phone or by writing emails?
It depends on the situation. I use email and text messages to communicate with
friends, but my parents prefer it if I phone them.
- Do you ever write letters by hand? (Why / Why not?)
No, I don’t write letters by hand because it’s so much easier to send an email that will
- Is there anything you dislike about mobile phones?
Well, I don’t like listening to other people’s conversations in public places, and I don’t
like it when someone’s phone rings in the cinema or during a lesson.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: travel habits
- What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?
I prefer to travel by car because it means that I have my own space. Also, the buses
and trains in my city are usually overcrowded; my car is much more comfortable.
- How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?
I probably spend about an hour and a half travelling to and from work. I travel during
the rush hours, so there is quite a lot of traffic.
- What do you do while you are travelling?
I usually listen to the radio or a CD. In the morning I like to listen to the news to find
out what is happening in the world.
- Do you ever have problems with transport?
Yes, as I said, I get stuck in traffic on my way to and from work. I used to get
annoyed by traffic jams, but now I’m used to them.
A few important points:
In the answer to question 4, can you see the difference between “I used to” and
“I’m used to”?
Notice the good vocabulary: ‘have my own space’, ‘overcrowded’, ‘to and from
work’, ‘rush hour’, ‘find out what is happening in the world’, ‘get stuck in
If the examiner asks a question that you have already answered, just say “as I
said” and repeat your answer.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: laughing
- What kinds of thing make you laugh?
I laugh most when I’m with friends talking about funny things that have happened to
- I also like watching comedians and comedy films.
- Do you like making other people laugh?
Yes, it’s a nice feeling when you can make someone laugh because you can see that
you’ve made them happy. It’s great to share a funny moment with someone.
- Do you think it’s important for people to laugh?
Yes, of course. It’s important to see the funny side of things; humour helps us not to
take life too seriously. I think that laughter is good for our health.
- Is laughing the same as feeling happy?
It’s not exactly the same because you can be happy without laughing, and sometimes
we laugh when something bad has happened; a s
Do you like parks?
Yes, I like parks because they are great places to relax. If you live in a city, a park is
often the only place where you can escape from the noise and the traffic.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: sport
- What sports or physical activities do you regularly do?
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do any sports or physical activities because of my
work commitments. I’d like to find more time for regular exercise.
- Which sport or game would you like to be good at?
I’d like to be good at tennis. It must be great to be able to hit the ball as hard as you
can and watch it land exactly where you wanted it to.
- Do you prefer watching or playing sports?
I don’t watch much sport on TV and I’m not a big sports fan, so I think I would
probably enjoy doing sports more than watching them.
- Do you think children should be encouraged to do more sport?
Yes, I think that sport is really important for children. Sports and games teach
children to play together and try their best.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: emails and handwriting
- At work or in your studies, do you often write things?
Yes, I write a lot of emails as part of my job. I work for a company that has offices in
several countries, so we use email to communicate.
- How often do you send e-mails?
I probably write between 5 and 10 work emails every day, and I send emails to friends
or family a few times a week.
- Do you prefer to write by hand or on a computer?
It depends what I’m doing. I prefer the computer for most things because it’s faster
and you can save or copy things, but I still like making notes or writing ideas down by
- Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
No, I think we will always write by hand as well. I think it’s an important skill, and
schools will continue to teach children to write by hand before they learn to type.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: short, simple answers
- Do you prefer home-cooked food or food from restaurants?
I prefer home-cooked food because I think it’s healthier and you know exactly
what you’re eating. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: home town
- Where are you from?
I’m from Manchester, which is a city in the north west of England.
- Do you like your home town? (Why?)
Yes, I like living in Manchester because it’s where most of my friends live, and
because there are plenty of things to do there. The only thing I don’t like is the
- Would you prefer to live somewhere else? (Why?)
For the moment I’m happy living here, but at some point I’d like to live in a country
with a warmer climate, and I’d like to live near a beach!
- Do you think your home town is a good place for young people? (Why?)
Yes, Manchester has lots of things for young people, such as sports, music and
cinemas. They can watch a football match, go to one of the free museums, or even go
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘accommodation’ topic
- Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in.
I live in a house that has a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a
small garden. It’s not a very big house, but it’s just right for me.
- How long have you lived there?
I’ve lived there for about five years. It’s the first house that I’ve owned; before that I
was renting an apartment.
- What do you like about living there?
I like living there because I think the house reflects my personality: I decorated it
myself, I chose all the furniture, and everything is where I want it to be.
- What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?
If I could, I’d buy a bigger house near a beach or in the mountains, preferably
somewhere with a warm climate.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘work’ topic
- Do you work or are you a student?
I’m a qualified doctor, but at the moment I’m studying English so that I can work in
- Do you enjoy your job?
Yes, I really enjoy my job. Ever since I was a child I have always wanted to be a
doctor; I’ve always wanted to be able to help people.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I can make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a
great feeling to see someone recover after an illness because my colleagues and I were
able to help.
- Do you prefer working alone or with others? Why?
In a hospital you have to work as part of a team. I’ve got used to working with others,
and I think you can achieve a lot more as a team than you would alone.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘reading’ topic
- Do you like reading?
Yes, I like reading a lot. I read all sorts of things, including novels, newspapers,
magazines, and online articles.
- Do you usually read for leisure or for work purposes?
Well, I have to do a certain amount of reading as part of my job, but I probably read
more for enjoyment. I pick up a newspaper most days, and I usually have a book on
- What was your favourite book or story when you were a child?
The first book that I remember really enjoying was The Hobbit. It only took me a few
days to read because I liked it so much that I couldn’t put it down.
- Do you think it’s important that children read regularly?
Definitely. I think reading is possibly the most important skill that children learn. The
ability to read opens the door to all aspects of education.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: negative answers
- Do you like dancing?
No, I don’t like dancing. I’m not a big music fan, and dancing just makes me feel
uncomfortable and self-conscious.
- Has anyone ever taught you to dance?
No, I’ve never been interested in learning to dance, so I’ve never taken any lessons or
asked anyone to show me how to do it.
- Do you think that traditional dancing will be popular in the future?
I’m afraid I have no idea because I don’t follow what’s happening in the dancing world!
I suppose it will always be popular with some people.
Speaking Part 1
Q1. Describe your city.
A1. Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and also known as Drona Nagri or Doon Valley. It is 245 km away from New Delhi, the capital of India. It is situated in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words “dehra” means camp and “dun” means valley. Mussorie, ‘The queen of hills’ is approximately 35 km away from Dehradun, due to which it has now become an important tourist destination
Q2. How much it rains in your city?
A2.I stay in Dehradun and it rains heavily in my city. In addition,the weather remains unpredictable, and it can rain anytime throughout the year.
Q3. Is there any part of your country where it does not rain much?
A3. There is less rainfall in Western Rajasthan and Kutchchh Region of Gujarat. Some part of Maharashtra and Ladakh also receives less than average rainfall.
Q4. Do you enjoy rain?
A4. I enjoy rain as long as I am at home. It becomes difficult, if we need to go out, especially for the people who do not have four wheelers.
Q5. What do u do when it rains?
A5. If it rains during weekdays, I just follow my daily schedule and do nothing special. But if it happens to be a weekend, then I try to catch up with my friends and organise a tea party in the backyard of my home and enjoy the rain.
Q6. Does rain affect transportation in your city?
A6 .There is an adverse impact of rain on transportation in my city. Signal lights stop working and traffic becomes unmanageable. Moreover, Roads get jammed due to poor visibility and immobility of vehicles. Water clogging is a major issue during rainy season.
SPEAKING (Part 1)
Q 1. Describe yourself?
A 1. I am a life-long learner as I believe in a continuous and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge. Furthermore, I accept both success and failure with a positive attitude, without blaming others. I am a responsible and an accountable person as I take complete responsibility of my actions.
Q 2. Do people in your country prefer to live in cities or countryside?
A 2. People in country prefer to live in cities because they can get better education there. In addition ,they also get all types of facilities in cities, like hospitals, transport etc. Life becomes easier in cities.
Q 3. Do you think time is important?
A 3. Time is more valuable than money as it cannot be earned, saved and invested for future use. I believe a time gone never comes back, it is lost forever. Therefore, we shouldn’t be careless with our time.
Q 4. How often do you wear watch?
A 4. I try to make the best use of my time, so I always prefer wearing watch. Since I have developed this habit of wearing a wrist watch, I have become more attentive to how I spend my day in a productive manner.
Q 5. Are you punctual?
A 5. I am very punctual as I value my time as well as the time of others. Punctuality helps you establish yourself as a dependable and reliable person.
Q 6. Where did you get your watch?
A 6. My father gifted me this watch on my last birthday, therefore, it is very close to my heart.
Q 7. What do you use your watch for?
A 7. I have a smart watch. It can be used for many purposes. I can get directions using GPS over this watch. It works as a good fitness tracker as it can count steps, distance, calorie, heart rate, pulse rate, and sleep etc. Moreover, we can receive calls or reply to SMS through this watch.
What kind of things make you laugh?
Well, mostly sarcastic things tend to make me laugh. When I am with my friends and family, someone is pulling each others leg, things go really tickling. Other than that, the comedians who take sarcastic note on the things happening in real life, I find them funny.
Do you like making other people laugh?
Oh! I love it. I believe, humor is that one thing that make people more comfortable with each other. Even it is really good during those heavy times. So, I really like people smiling and try and make more people smile.
Do you think it is important for people to laugh?
Yes, laughing makes things easier.Just imagine, someone is state of misery, but even they can smile at that time, it makes misery look very small. More importantly, we have got this one life, not laughing because of some stupid tensions, does not makes sense to me.
Is laughing the same as feeling happy?
I think it is not exactly the same, feeling happy is more of like a state of mind. So, people may be happy when they achieve something or when they are with their loved ones, it does not mean they need to laugh. On the other hand, laughter is more like an expression, you tend to laugh when something funny happens.