IELTS Speaking Part 1

20+ Topics 100+ Questions

These IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions have been organised into more than 20 different topics with more than 100 questions. 


In the IELTS Speaking Part 1 the candidate is required to answer the examiner's questions. This part lasts about 3-4 minutes. 


Practice the questions as much as you can so you are confident on the day of your exam. 

Part 1 Topics


Work, your job, study


Do you work or study?


What do you study, do you enjoy it?


What are your future plans?




What job do you do?


Why did you choose this job?


Is there a lot of responsibility in your job?





Can you tell me what you're doing right now?


What kind of job do you do?


Do you like your job?


What do you remember about your first day in this job?




Do you study or do you work?


What job do you do?


Would you like to have more responsibility in your job?


Are you prepared to do any further study?




What do you do?


Why did you choose this kind of work?


What do you enjoy about your job?

What are your responsibilities?





Do you have a job?

Do you like it? Why?

Why did you choose this job?

What kind of education or training did you need to get this job? 





School subjects


What was your favourite school subject?


Which subject do you feel was most useful to you?


Do schools in your country concentrate more on academic subjects?


What new subjects do you think would be good for children to learn?




Did you enjoy your time at school? Why?


What was your favourite part of school life? Why?


Would you say you were a good student? Why


About where you live


Can you tell me about the accommodation you're currently living in?


Do you have a favourite part of the house?


Do you think you'll stay where you're living for a while?




Tell me about where you live


(Is it an interesting place to live?)


Are there interesting things to do?


Will you live there in the future?




Do you currently live in a house or an apartment?


What do you like about it?


Which is your favourite room and why?


How could you improve your home?


If you could have only one piece of furniture what would it be?




Describe the place you live in now.


Do you think it’s better to live in a house or in an apartment? Why? 


Describe your neighbourhood.




Let’s talk about where you live, do you live in a house or flat? 


What do you like about your house?


What is the area like where you live?


Would you recommend this area as a place to live for young people?


Hobbies and free time activities, free time, indoor and outdoor


What hobbies and interests are popular in your country?


Which hobbies and Interests do you enjoy?


What hobbies and interests did you have as a child?


Do you think parents should encourage their children to have hobbies or an interest?

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What do you like to do in your leisure time?


Let's talk about spending time outdoors


How much time do you spend outdoors?


Do you think you'll spend more or less time outdoors in the future?


Do you think it's important for people to spend time outdoors?




Tell me about a sport that is interesting to you. What is it? Do you like to play this sport yourself? Do you follow a professional team?


Why do you like this sport?


Do you enjoy playing sports or doing other outdoor activities? Why, why not?


In your city, what kinds of places are available for sports or other outdoor activities?


What kind of things do you enjoy doing on the weekends?


Do you generally prefer to spend a day off from work at home, or do you like to go out to other places?  Why?


Who do you like to spend time with on your days off?





Describe an activity you enjoy doing in your free time.

How long have you been doing this activity?

How did you learn it?

In your free time, do you prefer activities you can do with other people, or activities you can do alone? Why? 


Is having a lot of free time important to you?  Why?


Travel and holidays


Do you like travelling?


What’s your favourite type of holiday?


How often do you go on holiday?


What do you like to do when you’re on holiday?


Do you think it’s important to travel?


Does your country receive a lot of tourists?





Can we talk about your family?

Describe your family. Are you married? Do you have children? Brothers and sisters? 


What are some things you enjoy doing with other members of your family?


Who in your family are you particularly close to? Why? 


Do you spend more time with your family or with your friends? Why? 




Do you have a large family or a small family?  


Can you tell me something about them?


How much time do you get to spend with the members of your family?


What sort of things do you like to do together?




Let's talk about friendships.

How do you spend time with your friends?


Is there one person you could call your best friend?


Can you tell me about a friend you remember from your childhood?




Describe some things you enjoy doing with your friends.

Do you think it’s better to have a large group of friends or a few close friends? Why?

How do people choose their friends?

Have you remained friends with people from your childhood? Why?


How often do you see your friends?


What do you like to do with them?


Is there anything special about them?


Do you think it’s important to spend time with friends, why?




Where do people usually make friends in your country?


Clothes and Fashion


Let’s talk about clothing.


Does your country have a traditional costume?


What sort of clothing do you wear in different seasons?


Do people in your country follow fashion trends?




Moving on to talk about culture.


Tell me about something that you feel is special about your country's culture, maybe food, art or literature.


Is there a traditional dish that is associated with your country?




Let's talk about food

What's your favourite kind of food?


Who prepares the food in your home?


How often do you eat in restaurants or cafes?


Did you ever do any cooking when you were a child?






What kind of food do you enjoy?

What are some kinds of food you never eat? Why? 


Do you generally prefer to eat at home or at a restaurant? Why?


What are some reasons that people eat at restaurants?




Do you often have dinner with your family?


What time do you usually have dinner?


Are there any fruits and vegetables you don’t like?


What’s your favourite cuisine?




Let's move on to talk about hats and caps


Do you ever wear a hat or a cap?


Why do some people where hats or caps?


Do you think head gear was more popular in the past?


Why was headgear more popular in the past?




Let's talk about time

When was the last time you were rather late?


How do you feel when other people are late?


Do you think these days people have enough time?


How do you think children perceive time?



Let's talk about taking photos, do you mainly take photos with your phone or a camera?


Is there anything in particular you like to take photos of?


Typically what do you do with your photos after you've taken them?


Would you like to take classes in photography?





Moving on to parks,

Do you go to any parks where you live?


Do you prefer a park with designated areas for leisure activities or one which has mostly open space? 



The Weather


Let's move on to talk about the weather, what's the weather like where you live?


Do you prefer hot or cold weather?


Tell me about the weather in your country at different times of the year?


Which time of year did you enjoy as a child?


Has the weather changed much in recent years?



Does the weather affect your mood?


Do you like wet rainy days?


Do you have a favourite season or a favourite time of the year?


How do you feel about winter, do you like it?




Can you tell me about the kind of music you like?


Where do you like to listen to music?


Why do you think music is important to many people's lives?


How often do you listen to music on a regular day?


Have you ever been interested in learning to sing or to play an instrument?


What qualities do you think are important to be a musician?






Now transport

What's the best way to get around your city?

How often do take public transport? Why? 

Is owning a car important where you live? Why? 






Have you ever learned to drive?


Do you think everybody should learn to drive?

What are the benefits of driving?

Are there any difficulties associated to driving in your city?

How are the roads where you live? How would you improve it? 




How important is farming in your country?


Does your country still use many traditional farming methods?


Does your country need to import a lot of its food?


What animals are important in your country for farming






What sort of things do people need to write about in your country?


Would you say people write more letters or emails nowadays?


How important is handwriting nowadays?


Do you think creative writing should still be taught in school?




Learning English


How long have you been learning English?


Where did you learn your English?


What was it like?


Is there anything you find especially difficult about learning English?


What opportunities do you get to use English?


How important is English to you?


The Environment


Do you think pollution is a big problem these days?


What do you do to try and pollute less?


Have you ever participated in any environmental events?




Technology and the Internet


Do you use any gadgets on a daily basis?


How often do you use the internet?


Do you own a computer or laptop? If so, how often do you use it and for what purposes?


Do you think you can spend too much time online?




Books and Films


Do you enjoy reading? Why?


If so, when do you like to read?


What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?




Do like watching movies?


Do you prefer to watch them at home or at the cinema? Why?


Can you remember the last time you went to the cinema? What did you watch it, did you enjoy the experience?


In general do you prefer to go to the cinema with friends or alone?





Do you have any unhealthy habits?


What do you do to stay healthy?


In your opinion what is more important eating healthy food or doing exercise?

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