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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics & Questions

IELTS Speaking Guide

1. Works:

Do you work or study?

What is your job?

Why did you choose this job?

Do you enjoy your work?

Do you get along well with your colleagues?

What was your first day at work like?

Would you like top change your job in future?

What is your typical day like at work?

What would you change about your job?

What is the most difficult part about your job?

2. Study:

Do you work or study?

What do you study?

Do you enjoy studying?

Do you get along well with your classmates?

If you could change to another subject, what could it be?

Do you intend to use the subject you are studying, in future?

What is the most difficult part of your subject?

3. Home/Hometown:

Where is your hometown?

What do you like the most about it?

What do you dislike about it?

How often do you visit your hometown?

What changes would you like to see in your hometown in future?

Has your hometown changed over years?

Are there good transportation facilities in your hometown?

Do you live in a house/flat?

Who do you live with?

Is it a big place?

What is your favourite room?

How is your apartment decorated?

Is there anything you’d like to change about your home?

Do you plan to live there for a long time?

Do you have a garden?

4. Art:

What is art?

Do you like art?

Have you ever attended art classes?

Are there many art classes in your hometown?

What kind of paintings do you like?

How often do you visit art galleries?

Do you like to paint?

What do you like to draw?

Do you think children get benefit from going to art galleries?

5. Birthdays:

Do you enjoy your birthday?

Do you celebrate your birthday?

What did you do on your last birthday?

How do people in your hometown celebrate their birthdays?

Which birthdays are considered important in your country?

6. Dreams:

Do you often have dreams?

Do you usually remember your dreams?

Do you think we can learn something from dreams?

Do you like your dreams at night?

Do dreams affect your mood when you wake up?

Do you think that some dreams give intuition?

Do you like hearing about others’ dreams?

What was the strangest or weirdest dream you have had?

Do you get bad dreams/nightmares?

7. Money:

Did you save money when you were young?

Why is it important for people to save money?

What is good for economy, to save money or to spend?

Should children be taught how to manage money?

Do you think that females are better at saving money than males?

Do you invest your spare money?

Are you good at saving money?

Would you like to become rich someday?

8. Technology/Computers/Internet/Mobile phones/ Media:

Which modern technological devices are common in your country?

Is it good or bad that people rely too much on technology?

Do you think men and women have different views about technology?

Why do people spend too much on buying latest gadgets?

From where do people in your country get news?

How has internet changed the news in your country?

Does media play a role in creating a healthy society?

What is the best age for children to start using computer?

Should children be refrained from using internet?

Has technology hampered the childhood of today’s generation?

Who controls the media most in your country?

Does the media in your country report whole truth?

Should the media show graphic violence?

Is there any international news you felt was good to hear?

Do you use social networking sites?

What kind of social networking websites do you like to use?

Do you like to use facebook?

What kind of people you’d like to befriend with on social media?

What is the impact of cell phone?

Do young people use cell-phone the same way as old people do?

What is your opinion on selfies with cell-phones?

Is cell-phone important for you?

What is the best feature in your phone?

How many times do you look at your phone?

What do you usually use your mobile phone for?

Have your mobile phone habits changed in over a decade?

At which places are mobile phones prohibited?

9. Television:

Do you watch television a lot?

What do you usually watch on television?

How many hours on television do you like to watch?

What are the most popular shows in your country?

What kind of shows do you like to watch?

What are some advantages of television?

Should children be allowed to watch television?

Do you think television has changed in last few decades?

10. Age:

Are you happy with the age you are now?

When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?

Do you think you have changed as you have got older?Do you think you have changed as you have got older?

What will be different about your life in future?

11. Daily routine:

What is your daily routine like?

What would you like to change in your daily routine?

Are all your days similar?

Tell me about your typical weekday/weekend?

What do you do in your leisure time?

How do you balance your work, study and free time?

Do you take some time out for your hobby?

What is the busiest part of the day for you?

Do you think it’s good to remain busy?

Do you use any time management app?

How do you manage your time?

Do you think time management is important?

Do you think people need to have a day-to-day plan?

Do you think people can still do their tasks without planning?

Why do some people don’t plan their day in advance?

12. Friends:

How often do you like to hang out with your friends?

Do you think friendship is important?

Which do you prefer to spend time with: a friend or alone?

What kind of people do you like to be friends with?

Do you like face-to-face conversation with people?

Are most of your friends from school or outside school?

How often do you meet with your friends?

What do you and your friends do together?

How do people in your country make friends?

Do adults and children make friends the same way?

Do you think it is possible to make real friends on social media/internet?

Do you find it easy to make friends?

Has a friend ever let you down?

How do you maintain a good friendship?

Do you ever fight with your friends?

Would you share everything to your friend?

What do you usually do with your friends?

Are you still in touch with your childhood friends?

How has friendship changed over last few years?

Why do people need friends?

What are the qualities of a good friend?

How can technologies help friendship?

In what ways friendship formed on the internet different?

How can friends influence a person’s life in a positive way?

What kind of things should friends never do?

Do you think friendship is the most important relation?

Is it possible to make friends of different generation?

13. Family:

Do you live in a large or a small family?

What is a typical family like in your country?

How much time do you spend with your family?

What do you like to do together with your family?

Do you get along well with your family?

Are there different types of family in your country?

Who are you closest with in your family?

In what ways have the families changed in the recent years?

Should wives and husbands have different roles in the family?

Which is most important to you: your family or friends?

14. Travel/Tourism/Holiday:

Do you like to travel?

Where was the last place you ever visited?

What kind of places have you visited in life?

Which places would you really like to visit?

What is the best place you have ever visited?

Has a foreigner ever stayed at your place?

What is the best way to save money while travelling?

What are some of the problems of long-distance travelling?

Has the way people travelled in past changed over few decades?

What do you do while travelling?

Why do you think tourism is so developed?

How people choose their destination?

What kind of transport do you prefer on holidays?

Do you prefer travelling alone or in tour group?

How do you prefer on long travel?

What are the impacts of tourism in your country?

Do you think there are any negative impacts of tourism in your country?

What kinds of tourists are likely to visit your country in the future?

Have you ever been to a foreign country? Which one is your favourite?

Do you think your hometown is a great place for holiday? What would you recommend tourists to do there?

What do you usually do on your summer holidays?

When is your next national holiday in your country?

Do you think tourist industry is a good industry to work in for young people in your country?

Should there be any restrictions on the travel business?

15. Sport:

Do you like sports?

Do you enjoy playing games?

Do you enjoy watching sports?

What kind of games did you play when you were a child? /Did you enjoy participating in sports when you were a child?

Do you think grown-ups should play games?

What games are popular in your country?

When did you first become interested in sports?

What do you think is the importance of mental games?

What do children learn from games?

Should people go in for sports more?

Which sport is good for people who do not work-out?

Why some people enjoy sports than others?

16. Food:

Can you cook?

Who cooks in your family or house?

What is the most famous dish from your country?

Which is your favourite dish?

What kind of food do you like?

What is your main meal of the day?

Do you prefer eating at home or restaurant?

On what occasion do you eat special food?

Do you often dine with your family or friends?

Are there any fruits or vegetables that you don’t like?

When do you usually eat dinner?

What is your favourite cuisine?

How can we make people eat healthier food?

Do you think people enjoy what they eat on regular basis?

Do you think cooking is pleasure or burden for some people?

Which food from your country do foreigners enjoy?

Do you think the diet of 21st century is good?

What kind of new food would you like to try?

What was the last meal that you cooked?

What are some reasons that people eat at restaurants?

What are some kinds of food you never eat?

Describe a popular food from your country?

Is food important to you?

17. Restaurants:

What is your favourite restaurants near the place that you live?

What is the best restaurant you have ever eaten?

Have you ever eaten at any restaurant abroad? What was it like?

What do you think makes the restaurant best?

Do prefer to eat at home or at restaurants?

Which is the worst restaurant that you have ever eaten?

Which is the strangest restaurants you have ever heard of?

How do you feel about theme restaurants?

Do you prefer darker or brighter restaurants? Why?

Why so you think people go to restaurants to celebrate something?

Which are more popular in your country: fast food restaurants or traditional restaurants? Why do you think that is?

Some people say that food in an expensive restaurant is always better than food in a cheap restaurant – would you agree?

Do you think there will be a greater choice of food available in shops in the future, or will there be less choice?

What effects has modern technology had on the way food is produced?

How important is it for a country to be able to grow all the food it needs, without importing any from other countries?

18. Lifestyle/Health/ Healthy Lifestyle:

Do you think people pay enough attention to their health?

Do you think the government is responsible for the public health?

Do you think there are more unhealthy people these day as compared to the few decades ago?

How do you think people should encourage their children to be healthy?

Do you think it is hard to give up smoking?

How do you usually cope with stress?

Is there any connection between the person’s style of life and the duration of his life?

What is your attitude towards smoking?

In what ways do you try to stay healthy?

Is it easy to keep fit where you live?

What do you think is more important, eating healthily or doing exercise?

What are the health benefits of playing a sport?

Have you ever had any habits which you consider to be unhealthy?

Do you think more about your health now than you were younger?

What is the most popular way in your country to stay healthy?

Do you think most people worry about their health as they get older?

Why do you think some people continue their bad habits despite knowing it will damage their health?

How can children be encouraged to adopt healthy eating habits?

Do you think people have become more health conscious in recent years?

Could government do more to promote healthier lifestyle options?

What is the best way of helping people with an addiction?

19. Colour:

What is your favourite colour?

Are there any colors you dislike?

Are colors important to you?

Were colours important to you when you were a child?

Are there any colors that have special significance in your country?

What colors would you choose to paint the walls of your room?

Do you think different types of people like different colors?

What colors are commonly used for the decoration of people’s home?

Can colors have any influence on people and their mood?

What colors are important when people buy things?

Are colors important in advertisements?

Are pictures in textbooks important?

Are there any colors you dislike?

20. Sky:

Do you ever like to see at sky? Or Do you often spend time looking at the sky?

What do you think about when you look at sky?

Are there often clouds in the sky in your country?

Is the sky often overcast?

Is star-gazing quite common in your country?

Are there often spectacular sunsets or sunrise in your country?

What is more interesting, the sky during the day or the sky at night?

What is the best place for people to see stars near where you live?

Did you study about planets and stars when you were at school?

What is your favourite star?

Have you ever taken a course about stars?

Is it important to study stars?

21. Weather:

What’s the weather like in your country?

What’s the weather like today?

Does the weather affect your mood?

What kind of weather do you like the most?

How do rainy days make you feel?

Does it rain a lot in your hometown?

Does rain ever affect transportation is your hometown?

Is there any part of your country where it doesn’t rain much?

Can you remember any time when it rained heavily in your hometown?

What is your favourite season?

Do you like winters?

Does air pollution affect the weather?

Do you like sunny days? Or do you like sunshine?

What do you like to do in sunshine or sunny days?

Do you like going outside in sunny days on weekends?

Which months have the best weather in your country?

Do you like snow? Why?

Do you watch the weather forecasts?

22. Books/Library/Reading:

Do you like to read books?

Do you read professional books?

Do you usually read for leisure or for work purposes?

Do you read many books?

What was the last book you read about?

What was your favourite book or story when you were a child?

Do you think it’s important that the children read regularly?

Can a book change the world?

Which do you prefer reading, newspaper or magazine?

Do you think reading a newspaper or magazine can help learn a language?

Why do you think some people prefer magazines to newspapers?

How often do you go to library?

Do you prefer to read novels or watch films based on that?

Is reading as pleasurable in digital format?

Do you think the books will survive the digital revolution?

Who is an author that you like? Why do you like their books?

Do you like reading the traditional literature in your country?

Do you like reading the traditional literature about your country?

How do you lend books to others?

Have you borrowed books from others?

23. Movies:

Do you like watching films?

Do you prefer foreign films or Indian films?

Are foreign films popular in your country?

Do men and women usually like the same kinds of films?

Do people in your country like to go to cinema for watching films?

How often do you visit cinema for watching films?

How do people in your country react to cinema?

What genre of movies do you really prefer?

Which genre of movies do you try to avoid?

Which was the first movie that you watched?

Do you like to watch movies alone or with your friends?

What is your opinion on people who blindly follow their favourite superstars?

Would you like to be in a movie?

Do you think subtitles are better than dubbing films?

What makes a film successful?

Do you think film stars are more important than special effects?

What kinds of films are not suitable for children?

24. Environmental problems:

Do you take an interest in nature?

Do you or your family take steps to help the environment?

Tell me about some of the environmental problems that are affecting countries these days?

What examples are there of how we damage the natural world?

In which ways do we respond well to environmental problems?

Do you think it is the responsibility of governments alone to protect the environment?

What measures can individuals take to protect the environment?

Why do some people not consider environmental problems to be serious?

What do you consider to be the world’s worst environmental disaster caused by humans?

Do you think large companies and business organizations should be more environmentally friendly? Why? How?

Why do you think environmental disasters caused by humans happen?

Do you think there will be more environmental disasters caused by humans in the future?

25. Humour:

Do you think having sense of humour is important? Why?

Is humour easy to translate from one language to another?

What kind of things make you laugh?

Do you like making other people laugh?

Do you think it is important for people to laugh?

Is laughing the same as feeling happy?

What type of programmes do you find funny on Television?

What types of programmes are most popular in your country?

Do you like to make people laugh?

Do you think it is important for anyone to have a sense of humour?

Do you think insult comedy is the right way of making others laugh?


Kirati Shah

Kirati Shah is a certified IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Trainer with seven years of experience. She is on a mission to provide good quality lessons about IELTS and PTE through blogs and videos that can help students get their desired score and achieve their dream to migrate/study abroad.

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