IELTS: Describe What You Did Last Weekend, A Normal Weekend, What Do You Prefer a Busy or Quiet Weekend?

IELTS cue card: Describe what you did last weekend / Describe a normal weekend
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Describe what you did last weekend.

You should say:
  • what you did
  • where you went
  • who you met
and explain what your normal weekend is like.

Describe what you did last weekend: sample answer

Okay, so last weekend was actually quite interesting because I attended a seminar on the Saturday afternoon and on Sunday I had a family party to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. So, on Saturday morning I got up as normal and after having some breakfast and getting ready I went with my mother to help her do some shopping for my grandmother’s party on Sunday. We spent a couple of hours between the supermarket and a few other specialty shops buying various things we needed.

On Saturday afternoon, I went with a friend to a seminar in a hotel in the city. The event was all about study opportunities in Australia, which is something I’m seriously considering for next year, and my friend is too, so we were really interested to find out more about it all – you know - what’s involved, how easy, or difficult, it is to actually achieve and what the best opportunities are in Australia.

After the seminar we went to a cafĂ© and had a coffee together and chatted about what we’d learned at the event and also about other things, just catching up with each other as we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of weeks.

Sunday is normally quite a lazy day for me, well, not really lazy, but more relaxed, but last Sunday we had a lot to do to prepare for the party, so most of the morning was occupied with preparing for that. In the afternoon family and friends started arriving and the party went on until quite late at night – so we were all pretty tired out by the end of the day.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Follow-up Questions

Are you satisfied with what you did last weekend?

It was definitely a busier weekend than normal, because usually I spend a lot of time relaxing at home at weekends and then go out and meet my friends at night. But the party was great, and going to the seminar about Australia has really got me thinking about what I want to do next year – so overall, it was a really good weekend.

Are you looking forward to next weekend?

As for next weekend, well, yes I’m looking forward to it because it should be nice and quiet and I want to do some things at home with my family, and also some work on my thesis, so it’ll be quite different from last weekend.

How would you answer these IELTS speaking test questions about what you do at the weekend?
  • What do you normally do on weekends?
  • What kind of weekend do you prefer, a busy one or a quiet one?
  • Do you usually go out a lot at the weekend or do you stay at home?
  • What's your favorite part of the weekend?