IELTS Speaking Practice

How To Answer IELTS Speaking Questions

Here are some ideas of things you can say in response to some typical IELTS speaking questions used in a recent IELTS speaking test. In Part 1 of the speaking test you don't have to give very long response, usually just yes / no and some details / reasons / examples. In the second and third sections, you can extend your responses some more and show how well you can speak in English.

IELTS Part 1 Questions

What is your full name?
My name is ...

Are you working or studying?
I am working / studying.
I am a student/ an engineer / an architect /a business administrator
I am doing both at the moment, I'm working and studying, I'm a manager in a local company and I'm also studying for an MBA.

Do you enjoy the job? [Why?]
Yes, I do / No, I don't.
I like it sometimes, but at other times It's boring.
Sometimes it's good, but not always.
Generally I like it but it can be difficult at times.
Yes, it's a great job, I love it and feel very lucky to have it.
No I absolutley hate it, but I need the money for my family, but I'm looking for another job at the moment.

[answering the 'why?' part of the question - give your reasons]
... because it's an interesting job
... because it's challenging work
... the people I work with are great
... it's an excellent company to work for and the salary / benefits / conditions are really good
... it's good because there are many [opportunities / advantages / challenges/available
... because it's boring / uninteresting/ unchallenging / repetitive / predictable
... because there are no opportunities for promotion / new challenges / benefits
... because the boss / my boss is [describe negative aspects of boss ... very stricy / unfair / too demanding / unreasonable].

Where do you study?
I study at [name of institution] / I'm studying at [name of institution]
I'm a student at [name of institution]
I attend [name of institution]
I'm doing a course at [name of institution]
I'm a full-time student at [name of institution]
I'm a part-time student at [name of institution]

How do you travel to school / college / university?
I travel by 'method of transport]
I usually go by bus / car / train / bike / foot (walking)
I normally take the bus / train / tram /
I have to use the bus and then take a taxi
Sometimes I drive but mainly I take the bus

Is it a good school / college / university?
Yes / no, because [give reasons or examples why it's good or bad]
It's a superb school becasue the quality of education is very high / extremely good / the best
The university is well known because of it's reputation for developing excellent professionals in the area of [give examples: engineeering / science / business]

Do you like birds?
Yes / no, because [give reasons why].
Yes, I love them because for me they represent freedom, they can fly wherever they want and they are so graceful.
No, I don't really like birds, because I think they cause a lot of problems for farmers.

Do you think birds are important in our life? Why?
Yes / no, because [give reasons]
Yes, I believe they are because they are beautiful and when they sing thay can make you feel happy listening to them and watching them fly around.
No, I don't think they are important, they are just like many other animals and can be a nuisance in some cases.

Should people protect birds? Why?
Yes, if they are rare because it's important to protect all rare animal species.
No, I don't think it's that important, they are like any other animal and we shouldn't worry too much about protecting them. Nature will take care of them.

IELTS Part 2 Topic Question

Remember, in this part you are expected to speak for between one and two minutes on the topic - obviously the more you can say, the better. The examiner will have a 'bigger' sample to grade. You should practice to be able to speak for two minutes on many different topics.

Describe a neighbor that you know well. Please say:
  • - Who is he/she?
  • - How did you meet him/her?
  • - How long have you known him/her?
  • - Why do you like him/her?

I'd like to talk about my neighbor who lives in the [apartment above me / apartment below me / house next to me / a few doors along from me / same street as me/ across the street from me].

Describe him / her/ the family ...[he's in his twenties/thirties/forties. etc., she's about twenty / thirty something years old, they're a family of four /five, there is the mom and dad and [number] children.

I first met [name of neighbor] when we moved into the steet where we live.
I met him /her when they moved into the street where we lived.
I met him/her at school / university before I knew he / she lived in the same street as me.
We met accidentally one day while we were playing in the street when we were kids
Our parents introduced us ...
I can't really remember the first time ... we've known each other since we were children.
We grew up together in the same street so we've always know each other.

I like him/her because [give reasons]
He's / she's funny / interesting / always happy/ a good friend

IELTS Part 3 Questions

Why do we need neighbors?
It's common for people to have neighbors, and it can sometimes be nice if you get along with them, but I don't think we need them; they're not essential. Lots of people complain about their neighbors, so maybe it's not always a positive thing.

Are there any advantages or disadvantages to having neighbors?
Sure, some neighbors are not so good, not desirable, some people would say. Maybe they make a lot of noise or have a dog that barks or something like that, or they have some other annoying behavior. I guess it could be an advantage if you have nice neighbors who could maybe help you with things sometimes or watch over your home if you're away.

How often do you meet them?
I normally see him / her coming and going every day, but we usually just say hi or bye as we pass each other. During the summer months we usually share a BBQ or a picnic a couple of times, but we're not really close friends.

Do you meet them during special occasions such as the New Year?
Yes, sometimes. He / she travels quite frequently abroad to visit their brother who lives in the USA, so they aren't always home at Christmas and New Year.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of having social groups in neighborhoods?
I think sometimes groups can help solve problems or they can provide a way for differnet neighbors to meet each other and maybe socialize.
They could also offer support for people living on their own, because not everyone lives with their family.

Not all neigbors want to participate.
If all the neighbors don't participate then it can divide the neighborhood.
People can have arguments in the group or try to dominate the group.

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