A childhood hobby | Band 9 IELTS sample speaking answer

IELTS Part 2 Topic Question

Talk about a childhood hobby of yours. You should say:

  • what hobby it was
  • how you developed this hobby
  • why you liked doing this
and how you enjoyed this hobby when you were a child.

Band 9 IELTS Sample Answer

That's easy, I used to play sports - that was my hobby, and eventually it became my work. My favourite sport when I was a teenager was soccer. I used to play almost every day, sometimes just practicing and other times seriously in matches. I used to be part of a local team and we played one match during the week and another on Saturday mornings against other local teams. I was very good, but not good enough to play professionally. That was due to an injury I suffered; I damaged my knee after a motorcycle accident and although it's ok now it was never really as strong as it was before the accident, otherwise maybe I would have tried to become a professional soccer player here in Madrid.

I started playing soccer just like most kids here, in the street and at school. It was what we all
did in our spare time for fun. I was better than most of the other kids so my father took me to a local soccer club one day to see the coach and let me do a trial for the team. That's when I started taking it more seriously and realised that I could train and become an even better player. I made some great friends in the years while I was playing there and in fact we still see each other now and again socially, although almost none of us play soccer anymore. I think I'm the only one of us who does anything sporty nowadays.

I liked playing soccer so much because I was good at it and because it's active and I get bored doing a lot of other things which are less dynamic. I was never very interested in studying at school, I wanted to be running around and doing things all the time. I think a lot of kids are like that though, it's nothing special. I find it a lot easier to study now because I can see that it's relevant to what I do everyday and I learn things that I can use with the people I work with and see the results.

I used to love soccer so much because when we won a match, the atmosphere was great and we all used to celebrate and feel good for a couple of days. I liked the competition I think, trying to be better than the other team and trying to play better than I played before. I'm still quite competitive now, though not as much as I was then.

If it hadn't been for my accident - who knows - maybe my childhood hobby would have led me to become a famous soccer player by now. But I don't mind, my work is good and I can still do most sports without any kind of problem, even play soccer now and again just for fun.

  • How would you answer this IELTS question?
  • What was your childhood hobby?
  • What vocabulary would you use to describe it?
  • Could you talk about your hobby for 2 minutes?
  • Ceck out the Part 3 questions about hobbies for more practice.

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