IELTS Speaking - Part 1

The questions in Part 1 are on general topics about your life. Your answers are from your life and experience. There is no right or wrong answer.

About you

  • What is your (full) name?
  • Can I have your name please?
  • Could you tell me your full name please?
  • What shall I call you?
  • How can I address you?
  • Does your name have any special meaning?
  • Is your name important to you?
  • Do Korean people like changing their name? Why?
  • Have you ever changed your name? Why or why not?
  • Why do so many people change their name?
  • Do you work or study?


  • What are you studying?
  • What’s your major?
  • Why did you choose that subject?
  • What do you find most interesting about your course?
  • What is your favorite subject?
  • What do you dislike about your study?
  • What do you hope to do after your graduation?
  • What are your ambitions for the future?
  • Do you hope to gain any qualifications?
  • What are the advantages of studying instead of working?


  • Can you describe your job to me?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • Can you describe one of your typical working days?
  • What’s your daily routine on a working day?
  • Why did you choose to do that job?
  • What things do you enjoy about your work? Why?
  • What do you think is the attraction of your work?
  • What is your ideal job?
  • Do you want to change your current job? Why or why not?
  • Are you willing to keep your job permanently?
  • What are your plans for the future?

Your town

  • Can you describe your town or village to me?
  • Tell me something about your hometown.
  • Where are you from?
  • Where is your hometown?
  • Where do you come from?
  • What is the name of the street you live on?
  • What kind of street do you live on?
  • What do you like about your town?
  • What is the weather like in your town?
  • What building is considered famous in your town?
  • What jobs do people in your town do?
  • How has your town changed over the last twenty years?
  • What changes have taken place in your city in recent years?
  • Do you think it is better to live in the center of town or outside in the country? Why?

Free time

  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
  • Why do you like doing these activities?
  • How did you start doing this activity at first?
  • Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
  • How has the way people spend their free time changed over the years?


  • What do you do when you have a holiday?
  • Who do you usually spend holiday with?
  • Where do you like to spend your holidays? Why?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your holidays?
  • Why are holidays and important to you?
  • If you could take a holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  • What do people usually do during holidays and in your town?

Places to go in your free time

  • What do people do in your town in their free time?
  • Where can they go out for entertainment, or to enjoy themselves?
  • Which do you prefer: eating in restaurants or eating at home?
  • Which are the best places to eat out?


  • How did you come here today?
  • What is public transport like in your town?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think people should use public transport more? Why (not)?


  • How much time do you spend shopping every week?
  • Do you enjoy going shopping? Why (not)?
  • What is your favourite shop and why do you like it?
  • What problems are there with shopping in your area?

Your neighbourhood

  • Can you describe the house where you live to me?
  • What is there to do in the area where you live?
  • What do you like about the area where you live?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think it is better to live in the centre of town or outside in the country? Why?


  • Do you enjoy reading? Why?
  • What sort of things do you read?
  • Tell me something about your favourite book.
  • What are the advantages of reading instead of watching television or going to the cinema?

Sports and games

  • What sports are most popular in your country?
  • What sports and games did you most enjoy playing
  • when you were a child?
  • Do people take as much exercise as in the past?
  • Why is exercise good for you?

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