IELTS Speaking Sample Answers | Talk about a peaceful place you like

These IELTS speaking test questions are from a recent IELTS speaking test in Colombia.

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1

Do you live in a rural or urban area?
I live in the country, about one hour away from the capital city. It's a small village, in fact, I was born there and most of my family are from there originally.

Do you like it there [why? / why not?]
Yes and no, yes because it's quiet and safe and I know everybody and I spent my whole childhood there so I have a lot of friends and happy memories of the place. No, because it really is a bit small for me now. I work in the city and have to travel every day to get to my company. There aren't a lot of opportunities in the village for young professionals so I guess that's the downside to it. Maybe next year I'll think about moving into the city to live.

Do you think that people sometimes need time to be alone?
Most people do I think. It's something we forget often but it's important to spend some time by yourself, just thinking about things or relaxing. Life is crazy nowadays with work and everything has a lot of pressure and urgency, so I think it's good if you can spend some time alone.

Do you think it is easy to find time to be alone, nowadays?
For me personally, yes, once I'm away from work. At home the ambiance is very different from the city. The pace of life is a little slower and more relaxed. Although I love technology I have no problem switching my mobile phone off for an hour if I want to simply escape and go for a relaxing walk in the country near my house.

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2

Talk about about a peaceful place that you like. You should say:

- Where is the place located?
- What is this place?
- How did you come to know about the place?
- Why do you like that place?

Sample Answer
Well, I told you I live in very peaceful village, but there's a special place nearby that I really like. I love to go there when I feel I need some time on my own. It's only about a fifteen minute walk from my home so I'm very lucky. There's a small river that runs sort of behind our village and at this particular place the river is quite narrow and there are some rocks there. I find the sound of the water rushing over the rocks to be very soothing. Sometimes I can sit there for hours just listening to the sound of the water flowing along.

Most people who live in the village know about this place and in the summer it can be quite busy with lots of children; they come to swim in the river when it's hot. That's how I first found it, when I was a kid, I came here with some friends and we used to swim in the afternoon and relax by the river during the vacations from school.

I especially like this place because it has lots of good memories of when I was a kid, playing there with my friends, and even now I still love to go there and enjoy some time just watching and listening to the water. I find it very relaxing. I think it'll always be a special place. Sometime I take my grandmother there when she feels like going for a walk because she loves it too.



IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3

Noise levels in urban areas are becoming a problem. How do you think this can be reduced?
That would be difficult, I mean everybody says that more and more people are moving to live in cities and towns as opposed to living in the country as before. That means that more people will always mean more noise. How can you reduce the noise that people make. I think that a lot of the noise is from traffic, especially during the day, but that's not an easy problem to solve either because again, if there are more people then there are going to be more cars. I think that you can only expect people to respect other people living nearby and not make unnecessary noise, but apart from that I think most people who live in the city sort of 'tune out' most of the background noise after a while.

Is there any particular kind of noise that irritates you? How do you cope with it?
No not really. I know some of my friends who live in the city sometimes complain about loud music late at night during the week, but I don't have that particular problem where I live. If I was them, I'd probably ask the people making the noise to turn down the volume, and if that didn't work I'd probably move to a quieter building or something.

Some people believe that living in a noisy environment can affect your health. What do you think about this?
Yes, I've heard that. I think everyone is different, some people don't seem to care about a lot of noise around them and others want everything to be super quiet. I suppose it depends on what sort of person you are and what you are accustomed to. I think if you lived in a noisy environment and you weren't happy about it and couldn't prevent or stop the noise, I'm sure that after some time it would affect you mentally. Maybe you'd become depressed or unhappy, especially if you couldn't sleep well at night. But for people who don't mind noise, I don't think it would really be a problem for them. I have a friend who lives very close to a busy railway line. Every time I visit him I'm amazed at how noisy it is when a train goes past, but never seems to notice it, but then he's lived there all his life, so I guess he's well used to it.



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