IELTS Speaking Part 1 Common Topics

Art

Are you good at art?

Did you learn art at school when you were a child?

What kind of art do you like?

How do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?

Birthdays

Do you usually celebrate your birthday?

What did you do on your last birthday?

Can you remember a birthday you remembered as a child?

Which birthdays are considered important in your country?

Borrowing

Have you ever borrowed a book from a friend?

Do you mind if someone asks to borrow something from you?

Do you think it's alright to borrow money from friends?

Would you let someone borrow your mobile phone?

Clothes

Are clothes important to you?

What kind of clothes do you usually wear?

Have you ever worn a uniform?

Are there any traditional clothes from your country?

Computers

Do you often use a computer?

What do you use a computer for?

Do you think it's important to learn how to use a computer?

Do you think that being able to use a computer will become more important in the future?

Dictionaries

Do you often use a dictionary?

Do you think that dictionaries are useful for learning a language?

What kind of information can you find in a dictionary?

What are the differences between using a paper dictionary and an online dictionary?

Daily Routine

When do you usually get up in the morning?

Do you usually have the same routine every day?

Is your current routine the same as your routine when you were a child?

Do you think it's important to have a daily routine?

Evenings

What do you like to do in the evenings?

Do you prefer to spend your evenings with family or friends?

Do you ever work or study in the evenings?

Do you do the same activities in the evenings now as you did when you were younger?

Flowers

Do you like flowers?

Have you ever given flowers to anyone?

Do any flowers have a special meaning in your family?

When do people give flowers to other people in your culture?

Food

Do you have a favourite type of food?

Have you always liked the same food?

Are there any common dishes in your country?

Is fast food popular in your country?

Famiy

Do you spend much time with your family?

Who are you closest to in your family?

Do you prefer to spend time with your family or friends?

Is family important in your culture?

Leisure time

How do you like to spend your leisure time?

What did you enjoy doing in your free time as a child?

What is a common leisure activity in your country?

Do you think it is important to have leisure time?

Maths

How old were you when you started to learn maths?

Did you enjoy learning maths at school?

Did you use an electronic calculator in the classroom?

Do you think being good at maths is important?

Music

What types of music do you like to listen to?

Did you have music classes at school?

Do you think it's important for children to study music at school?

What are the advantages of learning a musical instrument?

Newspapers

Do you read the newspaper often?

What kind of news do you usually follow?

How do people in your country access the news?

Do you prefer to read international news or news about your country?

Organising time

Do you plan what you are going to do every day?

Do you prefer to be busy or not have much to do?

Do you think you are a very organised person?

What difficulties do you have organising your time?

Perfume

Do you like to wear perfume?

Have you ever bought a bottle of perfume as a gift?

Do you have a favourite type of perfume?

Would you pay a lot for a bottle of perfume?

Playing

Where did you like to play when you were a child?

Did you often play at a friend's home?

Did you spend more time playing indoors or outdoors?

Do you think it's important for children to play outside?

Pets

Have you ever had a pet?

What kind of pets are popular to have in your country?

What animals do you think make good pets?

Why do some people like to have pets?

Reading

What do you like reading?

Do you read more for pleasure or for work or study?

Did you enjoy reading when you were younger?

Have you ever read an electronic book?

Smiling

When do you smile most often?

When was the last time you saw a lot of people smiling?

Do you always try to smile in photos?

Can you tell when somebody's smile is not real?

Social networking sites

Do you look at a social networking site regularly?

Are social networking sites a good way of making new friends?

What are the disadvantages of social networking sites?

Do you think you'll spend more time on social networking sites in the future?

Shopping

Do you like shopping?

What's your favourite shop?

Do you prefer shopping alone or with other people?

Have you ever bought anything online?

Shopping

Do you like shopping?

What's your favourite shop?

Do you prefer shopping alone or with other people?

Have you ever bought anything online?

Sport

Do you like watching sports on TV?

Did you play sports when you were younger?

Are there any famous sports starts from your country?

Do you think that all children should have to have sports lessons in school?

Street Markets

Do you like going to street markets?

Are street markets common in your country?

Would you find it interesting to visit a street market in a foreign country?

Why do you think some people prefer street markets to shops and supermarkets?

Things people throw away

How do you feel when you see rubbish in the streets?

Why do you think some people leave rubbish in public places?

Do you always try to recycle things like paper and plastic?

Would you ever help other people to keep your city tidy?

Travelling

Do you enjoy travelling to new places?

What is the most beautiful place you have travelled to in your country?

Would you like a job where you needed to travel to other countries?

What can be difficult about travelling?

The weather

Does the weather change a lot in your country?

Do you feel happier when the weather is good?

Do you work better in hot or cold weather?

Would you like to live in a place that has very different weather from your country?

Television

Do you often watch television?

What sort of things do you watch on television?

Do you ever watch foreign programs?

Do you think parents should limit the amount of time that their children spend watching television?

Transport

How did you get here today?

Do you often use public transport?

How could the public transport system in your country be improved?

Why do you think that some people prefer to travel in their own private cars, instead of taking public transport?

Visiting relatives

Do you often visit your relatives?

When was the last time you visited a relative?

What do you usually do when you visit relatives?

Would you prefer to visit relatives or friends?

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IELTS speaking topics

Art
  • Are you good at art?
  • Did you learn art at school when you were a child?
  • What kind of art do you like?
  • How do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?
Birthdays
  • Do you usually celebrate your birthday?
  • What did you do on your last birthday?
  • Can you remember a birthday you remembered as a child?
  • Which birthdays are considered important in your country?
Borrowing
  • Have you ever borrowed a book from a friend?
  • Do you mind if someone asks to borrow something from you?
  • Do you think it’s alright to borrow money from friends?
  • Would you let someone borrow your mobile phone?
Clothes
  • Are clothes important to you?
  • What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
  • Have you ever worn a uniform?
  • Are there any traditional clothes from your country?
Computers
  • Do you often use a computer?
  • What do you use a computer for?
  • Do you think it’s important to learn how to use a computer?
  • Do you think that being able to use a computer will become more important in the future?
Dictionaries
  • Do you often use a dictionary?
  • Do you think that dictionaries are useful for learning a language?
  • What kind of information can you find in a dictionary?
  • What are the differences between using a paper dictionary and an online dictionary?
Daily Routine
  • When do you usually get up in the morning?
  • Do you usually have the same routine every day?
  • Is your current routine the same as your routine when you were a child?
  • Do you think it’s important to have a daily routine?
Evenings
  • What do you like to do in the evenings?
  • Do you prefer to spend your evenings with family or friends?
  • Do you ever work or study in the evenings?
  • Do you do the same activities in the evenings now as you did when you were younger?
Flowers
  • Do you like flowers?
  • Have you ever given flowers to anyone?
  • Do any flowers have a special meaning in your family?
  • When do people give flowers to other people in your culture?
Food
  • Do you have a favourite type of food?
  • Have you always liked the same food?
  • Are there any common dishes in your country?
  • Is fast food popular in your country?
Family
  • Do you spend much time with your family?
  • Who are you closest to in your family?
  • Do you prefer to spend time with your family or friends?
  • Is family important in your culture?
Leisure time
  • How do you like to spend your leisure time?
  • What did you enjoy doing in your free time as a child?
  • What is a common leisure activity in your country?
  • Do you think it is important to have leisure time?
Maths
  • How old were you when you started to learn maths?
  • Did you enjoy learning maths at school?
  • Did you use an electronic calculator in the classroom?
  • Do you think being good at maths is important?
Music
  • What types of music do you like to listen to?
  • Did you have music classes at school?
  • Do you think it’s important for children to study music at school?
  • What are the advantages of learning a musical instrument?
Newspapers
  • Do you read the newspaper often?
  • What kind of news do you usually follow?
  • How do people in your country access the news?
  • Do you prefer to read international news or news about your country?
Organising Time
  • Do you plan what you are going to do every day?
  • Do you prefer to be busy or not have much to do?
  • Do you think you are a very organised person?
  • What difficulties do you have organising your time?
Perfume
  • Do you like to wear perfume?
  • Have you ever bought a bottle of perfume as a gift?
  • Do you have a favourite type of perfume?
  • Would you pay a lot for a bottle of perfume?
Playing
  • Where did you like to play when you were a child?
  • Did you often play at a friend’s home?
  • Did you spend more time playing indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you think it’s important for children to play outside?
Pets
  • Have you ever had a pet?
  • What kind of pets are popular to have in your country?
  • What animals do you think make good pets?
  • Why do some people like to have pets?
Reading
  • What do you like reading?
  • Do you read more for pleasure or for work or study?
  • Did you enjoy reading when you were younger?
  • Have you ever read an electronic book?
Smiling
  • When do you smile most often?
  • When was the last time you saw a lot of people smiling?
  • Do you always try to smile in photos?
  • Can you tell when somebody’s smile is not real?
Social Networking Sites
  • Do you look at a social networking site regularly?
  • Are social networking sites a good way of making new friends?
  • What are the disadvantages of social networking sites?
  • Do you think you’ll spend more time on social networking sites in the future?
Shopping
  • Do you like shopping?
  • What’s your favourite shop?
  • Do you prefer shopping alone or with other people?
  • Have you ever bought anything online?
Sport
  • Do you like watching sports on TV?
  • Did you play sports when you were younger?
  • Are there any famous sports starts from your country?
  • Do you think that all children should have to have sports lessons in school?
Street Markets
  • Do you like going to street markets?
  • Are street markets common in your country?
  • Would you find it interesting to visit a street market in a foreign country?
  • Why do you think some people prefer street markets to shops and supermarkets?
Things People Throw Away
  • How do you feel when you see rubbish in the streets?
  • Why do you think some people leave rubbish in public places?
  • Do you always try to recycle things like paper and plastic?
  • Would you ever help other people to keep your city tidy?
Travelling
  • Do you enjoy travelling to new places?
  • What is the most beautiful place you have travelled to in your country?
  • Would you like a job where you needed to travel to other countries?
  • What can be difficult about travelling?
The Weather
  • Does the weather change a lot in your country?
  • Do you feel happier when the weather is good?
  • Do you work better in hot or cold weather?
  • Would you like to live in a place that has very different weather from your country?
Television
  • Do you often watch television?
  • What sort of things do you watch on television?
  • Do you ever watch foreign programs?
  • Do you think parents should limit the amount of time that their children spend watching television?
Transport
  • How did you get here today?
  • Do you often use public transport?
  • How could the public transport system in your country be improved?
  • Why do you think that some people prefer to travel in their own private cars, instead of taking public transport?
Visiting Relatives
  • Do you often visit your relatives?
  • When was the last time you visited a relative?
  • What do you usually do when you visit relatives?
  • Would you prefer to visit relatives or friends?
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