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Top 50 IELTS Speaking Part-1 Q & A

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Top 50 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions and Answers based on topics recently asked in the examination.

In Part 1 of Speaking, there is 4 to 6 introductory type of questions with most of them based on familiar topics. The topics could be anything like hometown, family, music, shopping, newspaper etc. IELTS Speaking Part 1 lasts for about 4 to 5 minutes.

So make sure to speak fluently, structure your sentences appropriately, and use a wide range of vocabulary in your answers.

Let’s dive into our compilation of top 50 IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions and answers from the topics given below:

  • Yourself
  • Family
  • Hometown
  • Home
  • Studies
  • Work
  • Food
  • Weather
  • Hobbies
  • Sports

#1 Yourself – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions and answers about introducing yourself in IELTS Speaking Part 1:

1) What is your full name please? And How may I call you?

My full name is Ishita Sharma, but you can call me Ishita.

2) Does your name have a special meaning?

Yes, it does. My first name Ishita means “desire or greatness”. It was given to me by my Aunt.

3) Do you like your name? And will you change it in the future?

I quite like my name, Ishita, and I don’t feel the need to change it in the future. My name is a part of my identity and I worked so hard to build it.

4) What would you like to change about your personality?

I definitely stress more. I always worry too much about things. At school, I got very tense before the exams and now I have peer pressure and work duties. This is something that I would like to change about me.

#2 Family – Questions/Answers

Following are some sample questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Family:

5) How big is your family?

There are four of us in my family. Myself, My father, mother, and an elder brother. Earlier we lived as a joint family with my Uncle but now we’ve become a nuclear family.

6) Can you tell me something about your family members?

Why not! My mother is a very considerate and thoughtful person. She works as a Science tutor in middle school. My father on the other hand is a
Businessman and my brother is an Engineer.

7) How much time do you manage to spend with family and relatives?

I only get to see my parents on the weekend, because from Monday to Friday I stay on campus at university. I usually get home on Friday night. On the weekend we all have a family brunch together.

Top 50 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions and Answers

8) Did you have a lot of contact with your grandparents when you were a child?

Yes, when I was a child I used to see my grandparents on a daily basis, because they used to live with us. But now, since we’re separated, I hardly get time to visit them.

#3 Hometown – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Hometown:

9) Tell me about the town or city you come from?

Well, Chandigarh is a middle-sized city – it’s the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled.

10) What’s the most interesting part of your hometown?

Well, that’s a tough question because there isn’t just one nice place in my city. For me, the Chandi Mandir, a temple dedicated to the goddess that is located near the town of Mani Majra, is the most interesting.

11) Is your hometown a good place for young people?

I think it’s a great place to study because we have some good high schools and pretty good
universities. In addition, Chandigarh is a shoppers hub and a perfect blend of urban lifestyle.

12) Has your hometown changed in recent years?

Yes, definitely! The city has modernized a lot in the last 10 years. So now there are plenty of new buildings and new residential areas everywhere. City has been continuously expanding and big malls are adding every day.

13) Does your family still live there?

Yes, they do. Most of my relatives still live in my hometown. This is why I go back there as often as possible.

#4 Home – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Home/Accommodation:

14) What kind of place do you live in?

I live in a pretty spacious house in the outskirts of my hometown. My family bought the flat a long time ago. We live on the 1st floor of a high-rise, three-bedroom apartment.

15) Who do you live with?

I live with my parents and my brother. Our apartment is pretty big, so there is enough space for everyone.

16) Do you like living there?

Yes, definitely. It’s a great place to live. The neighbourhood is very pleasant with plenty of shops and restaurants around the place. There’s also a nice park just 2 minutes away.

17) What is the neighbourhood like where you live?

It’s a pleasant neighbourhood. There are plenty of shops and restaurants everywhere. From our house, it’s like a five-minute walk to the supermarket. It’s extremely convenient.

18) What kind of house or apartment would you like to have in the future?

Well, I would love to own a penthouse in the future, just like what I’ve seen on TV in Western
countries. In India, we don’t have enough space to build large private individual houses, especially in the cities. So pretty much everyone gets to live in apartment buildings.

#5 Studies – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Study/Studies:

19) Where do you study?

I am a college student and I have been studying at Thapar University in Patiala city for the last 3 years. I intend to pursue Masters degree overseas next year.

20) Is it a good place to study?

Well, yes, it’s brilliant!. The university has a pretty good reputation in India. Obviously it’s not one of the best colleges in the nation, but it has a good reputation in Engineering and Management, and I have learned a lot already.

21) What subjects are you studying?

My major is Software development, but due to lack of technical exposure here in India, I would like to explore American computer education in the future.

22) Which part of your studies do you find most interesting?

I enjoy studying programming, probably because I get good results in this subject. I don’t find it too hard. It seems to come to me pretty naturally.

23) Do you often get together with your classmates after class?

Yes, almost every day. We often go for a walk and buy some snacks after. On weekends, we play football in the community garden. All in all, I enjoy hanging out with my classmates.

#6 Work – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Work:

24) What kind of work do you do?

I work as a Manager in a trading company. We export diamonds all over the world. My job primarily revolves around handling the budget and human resources.

25) How long have you been doing this job?

I have been working for the same company for about 4 years and I am quite satisfied with my job. I got the job right after graduating from university.

26) Why did you choose this kind of work?

Well, I have always been good at handling things, and one of my teachers advised me to became a Manager when I was in high school. That’s what pushed me to work in Management domain.

27) What kind of training did you have to do for your job?

Well, I studied finance and accounting at university. I had to get familiar with the analytics apps we use on a daily basis at work. Moreover, there was a formal induction at the company before starting the job.

28) What is the most interesting thing about your job?

I enjoy attending meetings and training sessions overseas. It’s a good opportunity to learn something new and get to meet new people. It’s a bit refreshing.

#7 Food – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Food:

29) What is your favorite food?

Well, that’s a tough question because I love so many different kinds of food, especially
anything spicy. Paneer tikka is my favourite. Because it’s barbecued.

30) What kinds of food are popular in your country?

It really depends on where you are. You know how huge India is. So every area offers distinct types of cuisine. The coastal regions are usually big on sea food – fish and shrimps, and crab, anything from the ocean. In the North, people tend to eat spicy food, with lots of pepper.

31) Is it usual for the whole family to eat together in your country?

Yes, definitely. Having dinner together is very common in India. In fact, it’s a tradition families usually pay a lot of attention to this.

32) What are some of the benefits of eating home-cooked food?

Well, obviously the food is hygienic and healthy and because it’s prepared with love, home-cooked food always tastes better!

33) What do you think about fast food?

So, if we are talking about KFC and McDonald’s,
although the burgers are appetizing, they’re full of unhealthy ingredients and full of calories.This is why we call it junk food.

#8 Weather – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Weather:

34) What’s your favorite type of weather?

Well, definitely warm sunny days. I like it when the sky is blue and the weather is warm enough that we don’t need to wear sweaters, jackets or a scarf.

35) What is the weather like in your hometown in the winter?

My hometown is located in Northern India, so the temperatures vary a lot. Winters gets cold, but it’s definitely not as freezing as up north like in Shimla or Manali.

36) How does the weather influence your life?

Well, the weather absolutely influence my habits. For example, I can only play basketball when the weather allows it. Moreover, a bad weather can ruin my working life as traffic worsens on a rainy day.

37) Is the weather ever unusual where you live?

Not that unusual! But sometimes, at my place, hailstorm causes extensive damage to crops, property and livestock.

38) Do you like the rain?

Not at all! I hate it when it rains. Especially in the winter, when it’s cold and wet, I think it’s the worst weather ever.

39) Have you ever seen snow before?

You bet!For sure I come from northern India, and Shimla is close by. Where, snow showers are quite frequent. Last year, I went there and witnessed the majestic snowfall.

#9 Hobbies – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Hobbies:

40) What do you do in your free time?

Well, it depends, but I enjoy reading and binge-watching movies on my Macbook during my leisure time. I believe, reading something like Sherlock Holmes, can open the doors to a fantastic new world.

41) Did you have other hobbies when you were younger?

Yes, as a kid, I used to play chess all the time. I was crazy about this brain game. Moreover, I drew pencil sketches as part of my recreational activities.

42) Are these activities popular in your country?

You mean watching movies and playing chess? Yeah, definitely!I think that everyone in my country love to watch TV, and we’ve brilliant chess masters in my country.

43) What does your father do in his free time?

My Dad likes to read newspaper in his pastime.
On a normal day, he’s extremely busy with his job and he doesn’t get much time on his own. So he usually spend his weekend with the newspaper.

44) If you had more free time, what would you do?

I would like to exercise more often. I wish I had more time to play football, and maybe join the gym to work out. Plus, I aspire to travel the world in my free time.

45) What would you like to change about your daily routine?

I guess I should try to get to bed earlier, and get up earlier too. I play computer games late at night sometimes. So I think I should focus on other things as well.

#10 Sports – Questions/Answers

Following are some questions with answers and vocabulary generally asked in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sports:

46) Have you ever played any sports?

Yes, of course. I have tried to play a bunch of different sports. When I was a child, I used to play ping-pong all the time. I also enjoyed football and cricket.

47) Are there any sports you would like to try?

A new sport? Let me think…I would love to learn how to ride a horse. Horse riding, I think the technical term is equestrianism, looks like a lot of fun. It must be a great feeling to be able to ride a galloping horse.

48) Which is the most popular sport where you live?

Definitely cricket! You know, Indians are die-hard fans of cricket and hockey. Players are no less than gods in my country.

49) What sports are popular in your country?

Definitely cricket! You know, Indians are die-hard fans of cricket and hockey. Players are no less than gods in my country.

50) How important is it to play sports regularly?

Playing sports is quintessential for our health. It allows our muscles to exercise and grow. In addition to this, sports can be a great way for people to socialize and build network.

I hope our top 50 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions and answers compilation will help you to boost your language proficiency. To know more about the test, including Speaking Part 1 tips/strategies, check out our Speaking Section.

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