IELTS Speaking part 1 questions speaking intro questions speaking part 3 (follow up questions)

Speaking Part 1 and 3 questions (IESP02)

Reply to many of the questions can be so easy!!

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List 1 questions

Do you like fashion?

Yes, I like Fashion///No I don’t like fashion.

I like fashion that is good. I think there is nothing wrong in following the fashion as long as our social, family or moral values are not compromised.

For example- I like to wear colorful but decent clothes but I cannot pierce my eyebrows, ears or nose in the name of fashion.

Does government support families in your country?

Yes, Government provides support to poor and underprivileged families. Subsidized food, ration like pulses, rice, wheat, sugar etc. are made available to poor families at very low cost. Certain Free units of electricity are given to poor families. In India, fuel, fertilizers and few housing projects are subsidized. However problem is corruption because such benefits are taken away by others who have higher income and are not eligible for subsidy.

Is there any teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education?

Yes, there was a teacher in my school when I was studying in 9th Standard. He taught us history. He was a good person and honest one. He never skipped his class and did a hard work to teach his subject to students. He made the subject very simple for students by teaching in a very comprehensive way. I could never gain interest in history but due to his teaching, I could study history well and I topped in the class. I was greatly influenced by his knowledge in history and his passion towards teaching.

Do you like to watch games?

Yes I like to watch games. I watch cricket, football and hockey matches on TV. But mostly I prefer to watch international tournaments.

Where do you watch games?

Mostly I watch games on TV.I sometimes see results of tournaments on internet or in newspaper. If there is any national or international tournament held near my town, then I along with my friends/family like to watch that live. I book tickets in advance. Recently I watched live match of cricket between India and Bangladesh at Mohali Cricket stadium. I went there with my friends. It was a good match.

Why do you watch games?

It’s a fun to watch games. It gives a feeling of sportsman. It is a good time pass and also keeps us active and associated with sports. I feel energetic when I watch games.

How much do you read every day?

Every day I read for at least two hours. I read newspaper in the morning. After that, I read my course books.

Do you think that the pollution is increasing day by day?

There is no doubt that pollution is increasing day by day. As per recent news, In metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, the pollution has crossed danger level. Everywhere we see smoke from vehicles, industries .Lot of pesticides are being used in Agriculture. Plastic is one of the biggest threats of today. Sewage systems in a no. of cities are worse. Public water tanks are rarely cleaned, not more than once in a year. We can see loud speakers making noise on roads. High volume DJs can be seen being played in marriage palaces, parties etc. I think human has to pay a big cost for this pollution one day.

With the increase in population, more and more waste is produced. The safe disposal of this waste is a big problem now. Do you agree?

Yes, it’s very true that every household has waste to throw out every day. With more and more consumption, waste is also increasing. However waste collection is not in proper shape, Infact in small towns or rural areas, the local administration is unaware of their duty towards waste collection and to discourage people to throw garbage on streets. We can see heaps of garbage lying on road sides, in colonies, near schools, parks. Though it is duty of every individual to keep his colony and city clean, but administration should encourage people to do so if people themselves are not aware. People should not be allowed to liter on roads or public places. Offenders must be punished.

Is there any pollution in your village/hometown?

Yes, like any other city or village, there is pollution in my city/Village too. The main type of pollution is smoke from vehicles, small factories, use of pesticides in farms, loudspeakers etc.

What is the best way to earn money these days?

The best way to earn money these days is to start a business in the sector in which there is high demand. It takes few years to establish business and it requires special comprehensive skills to have a successful business. But once it is established, it can give chance to earn lot of money.

Do you like receiving gifts?

Yes, I like it. My close friends and parents give me gifts on my birthday or when I stood first in college exams. On my last birthday, my father game me a mobile phone.

Do you know cooking?

Yes, I know cooking. I can cook common dishes like Vegetables, rice and few sweet dishes like Kheer. I assist my Mother in kitchen work. From her, I could learn these recipes.

Can you prepare tea? How?

Yes, take one glass of water, pour it in the bowl. Heat it to boil up. Add one spoon of tea leaves and one of sugar. Let it boil up for some time until its color becomes dark brown. Then add one cup of mill and heat it further for little time until it boils up again. Then take it away from heat and pour it in cups and it is ready to be served. In my region, tea is prepared in this way. But I have seen on TV that it has different preparation method in other countries.

Can you speak five good things about your brother?

I have one younger brother. He is very cute. He is just 12 years and studying in 7th Standard. He likes to play Kabaddi game. He is active and keeps himself involved in either study or games. He wants to become an engineer.

What means of transportation are available in your city?

In my city, Public transports like Buses, three wheelers, pedal rickshaws, Railways are available for carrying passengers. People also use private vehicles like Cars, Scooters, Vans, Cycles. For carrying goods, there are trucks and mini trucks.

Which types of transportation do you like the most?

I like buses the most. It’s cheaper and convenient. Due to lot of traffic on roads, I feel unsafe to drive my scooter or Car by myself. So I prefer to travel in local by bus.

Can you describe your most interesting Journey?

Once I went to Shimla with my school tour when I was in 9th Class. We were around 45 students and 5 teachers. We went there by Bus. On the way, I saw valleys. In Shimla, weather was cool and there were mountains all around. We stayed in a hotel. We saw mall road, Kufri and few other places. Next day, we came back. I spent a very good time there with my classmates. It was a very enjoyable tour for me. I still remember it.

If you are given money would you like to buy a new purse for you?

Yes, I need a new purse. My old purse is small and I cannot put all important things in it like Driving license and Debit cards. If I have money, I would like to buy a new one for me.

Do you know how to withdraw money from ATM?

Ofcos , I have used my debit card in ATMs many times.

In need, do you borrow money from your friends?

Asking someone for money is very difficult. First I try to manage but it is really urgent, then I ask my friends for help. I think it happens rarely.

Do you like painting?

Yes, sometimes. I like to do painting in drawing book. I also painted a wall myself in my house.

Are you talkative?

I am not talkative. I talk less. I talk comfortably with friends and parents but feel it difficult to talk with strangers or elders.

Did you play with toys when you were a child?

Yes, I used to play a lot with toys during my childhood. My parents keep many photographs of mine in which I am seen playing with toys. I remember I had a toy car which I liked the most.

Are you calm or hyper?

Most of times, I am calm but sometimes I am angry also, mostly when I am stressed.

Do you like to see beautiful flowers?

Yes I like. I like red roses. I have grown flowers in my house. I spring season, roses blossom these.

Do you like to see the flying birds?

Yes, sometimes I go on roof and see birds flying around there.

Do you like to look at stars in the sky?

Yes, in the night, I see stars and try to find pattern. Few stars are bright while others are dim.

What would you do if you see a needy person?

I would ask him how I could help him. I would offer him help. We should a keep a soft hear and sympathy towards our people who are in need.

What would you do if you see a lion before you?

Either I would a take a selfie with lion if he is in cage or I would choose to run away if he is not in cage.

Do you assist your mother in doing household work?

Yes, I assist my parents in household work. When she is finished cooking food, I serve the food to my family. I also prepare vegetable for cooking. I assist her in cleaning the house. When she is tired, I ask her to take rest and I do the rest of work at home.

Can you make a table from the wood?

I think it’s difficult for me. i have never tried to make a table.

List 2 questions

1. What is the meaning of your name?

2. Does your name affect your personality?

3. Tell me something about your hometown.

4. What are the differences in accent between your hometown and Hanoi?

5. What is the character of the people like in your hometown?

6. What is people’s favourite food in the region where you live?

7. Do you think that people have enough time for leisure now?

8. Are there any historic monuments in your region?

9. Describe your Job? How do you spend your typical day?

10. Tell me something about the Hue Festival.

11. How have weddings changed in recent years?

12. Tell me something about the <Holi> Festival. <change with the festival name of your country>

13. Describe a traditional wedding ceremony.

14. Name a person whom you admire? Why? What influence does he / she has on your life? Would you like to become like him / her in future?

15. Are there any traditions concerning the birth of a baby?

16. How do you like <The test city> Compare it to your hometown. How did you get to this place?

17. What place do you like best in Hanoi?

18. What places in Delhi should a foreigner visit?

19. What places would you recommend a visitor to go to in your region/hometown?

20. If you had the choice, where would you choose to live in India?

21. Which parts of India would you recommend a foreigner to visit?

22. Tell me something about your family.

23. Which is your favourite colour?

24. Do you think colours influence our life? How?

25. Which is the best place you’ve been to in India?

26. Who does most of the household chores in your family?

27. Are the traditional sexual roles within the family changing?

28. Why is the divorce rate increasing so rapidly? Is it a problem?

29. What is your opinion of the planning family policy?

30. How do you discipline your child?

31. Is it acceptable for couples to live together without marrying?

32. If you had the choice, would you have a son or a daughter?

33. Are you going to bring your child up any differently to the way your parents did?

34. What hopes do you have for your child? (if you are married)

35. Do women still have too heavy a burden in their day to day life?

36. Is the increasing influence of the West largely a positive or negative thing?

37. Are you looking forward to anything in particular in Australia / UK / USA ?

38. What do you do in your leisure time?

39. What will you do if you fail the IELTS?

40. Who should bear the responsibility for payment of tuition fees?

41. What can be done to improve education in rural areas?

42. Have recent changes affected your job in any way?

43. Do you agree with private education? Why?

44. What can be done to close the gap between urban and rural areas?

45. If you had the power, what changes would you carry out within education?

46. Describe a typical working day for you

47. How do you see yourself in ten years time?

48. If you had the opportunity to change your job, what would you do instead?

49. If you had one million dollars, what would you do with it?

50. If you could start your life again, would you do anything differently?

51. What ambitions do you have?

52. Which country/place would you most like to visit?

53. What changes do you think India will see in the next few years?

54. Will any possible future changes affect your job in any way?

55. How do you think you will cope abroad?

56. How does it feel to go abroad for the first time?

57. Are you looking forward to anything in particular in Australia / UK / USA ?

58. What do you do in your leisure time?

59. What will you do if you fail the IELTS?

60. Why are you giving IELTS? What course / job do you intend to pursue after IELTS?

List 3 – More questions for Practice:


  • Describe yourself.
  • What do you do?
  • What do you do in your leisure time?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • Describe your educational background.
  • Describe the place where you come from.


  • Describe your family?
  • Do you have a large or small family?
  • How much time do you spend with your family?
  • Do you go outside together?
  • What is personal contribution to your family?
  • What type of task you do at your home to assist your family members?
  • Whom you like most in your family? Why?
  • What do you like to do together as a family?
  • Do you get along well with your family?
  • Are people in your country generally close to their families?
  • What types of families are more common in your home town?
  • How important the family bonding to you?
  • What is your favourite memory with your family members?


  • What do you do?
  • What are your responsibilities?
  • How many hours do you work each day?
  • Do you enjoy your work?
  • If you are given a chance to change your work place, would you do that?
  • Are you satisfied to work in your current office?
  • Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
  • If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
  • Describe the process of getting a job in your country.
  • Describe the company or organization you work for.
  • What is your position?
  • Describe the office where you work.
  • What do you like about your job?
  • What do you dislike about your job?


  • Describe your education.
  • What kind of school did you go to as a child?
  • Did you go to a co-educational school?
  • What was your favorite subject as a child?
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • What is the education system like in your country?
  • Do you think your country has an effective education system?


  • What are you studying now?
  • What is your area of specialization?
  • What was your favourite subject in school?
  • What single aspect you would like to change in your school or university?
  • How the education is helpful to shape a person’s life?


  • Describe your hometown.
  • What’s special about it?
  • Where is your hometown located?
  • Is it easy to travel around your hometown?
  • What is it known for?
  • What do people in your town do?
  • What are the main industries in your hometown?
  • What problems face your hometown?
  • What languages are spoken in your hometown?
  • What are the advantages of living in your hometown?
  • What are some problems faced by your hometown?
  • Compare your hometown with another city.
  • What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown?
  • Is there any tourist attraction in your hometown?
  • What is the most interesting part in your hometown?
  • What is your favourite place in your hometown?
  • How long have you been living there?
  • Who else live in your hometown? 


  • What’s the weather like in your country?
  • Does the weather affect your mood?
  • How do rainy days make you feel?
  • What’s your favorite season of the year?
  • What do you like to do when it’s hot?
  • What do you usually do in the winter?
  • How many seasons does your country have?
  • Have you noticed any changes in weather and atmosphere in the last few years?
  • How can you contribute to improve the environment surrounding you?


  • Describe your home.
  • What kind of building do you live in?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • Describe your room.
  • Describe what you do when you stay at home?


  • Have you ever been to a wedding?
  • Whose wedding was it?
  • Where was it held?
  • What clothes do people wear?
  • Describe the wedding ceremony.
  • What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?
  • What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?
  • What is the most common tradition of wedding in your country?


  • Do you like to travel?
  • What kind of places have you visited in your life?
  • Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
  • What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
  • What are some places where you would live to travel in future?
  • Describe a place where you have recently been to.


  • Do you think computers help society?
  • Do you think computers are bad for health?
  • How do you think computers have changed the world?
  • How long have you been using a computer?
  • What do you mostly do in a computer?
  • Do you use internet?
  • How do you interact with your friends?


  • Do you use the Internet much during the day?
  • What do you usually do on the Internet?
  • What are some advantages of the Internet?
  • What are some disadvantages?
  • Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?
  • Do you do any shopping on the Internet?


  • Do you send and receive email regularly?
  • Who do you usually communicate with?
  • How often do you check your email?
  • Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?
  • What are some disadvantages of email?


  • Describe a friend.
  • How long have you known each other?
  • What do usually do together?
  • What do you like the most about him / her?
  • How often do you see each other?


  • Describe a place you like to go.
  • Why is this place special to you?
  • When did you first visit this place?
  • Where is this place located?
  • What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?


  • What do you feel about smoking in public places?
  • Do you think smoking should be banned in people’s homes?


  • What is the attitude toward marriage in your country?
  • Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?
  • What are some of the advantages of marriage?
  • What are some of the disadvantages?
  • Is the divorce rate high in your country?
  • Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?


  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • What are some of your hobbies?
  • When did you first develop this hobby?
  • What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?
  • How much time do you spend on your hobby?


  • Do you enjoy watching movies?
  • What’s your favorite film?
  • Who are your favorite actors?
  • How often do you watch films?


  • Do you enjoy shopping?
  • How do you feel about shopping?
  • Do you like shopping on the Internet?
  • Do you have any favorite stores?
  • What don’t you like about shopping?
  • Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown?


  • Do you like sports?
  • Do you enjoy watching sports?
  • Do you enjoy participating in any sports?
  • Which sports are most popular in your country?
  • What’s your favorite sport/
  • When did you first become interested in sports?
  • How often do you participate in sports?
  • What equipment do you need for your favorite sport?


  • What are some of your favorite foods?
  • What foods are popular in your country?
  • What are some of the famous dishes of your country?
  • Do you enjoy cooking?


  • What’s the most important festival in your country?
  • How do people celebrate this festival?
  • What special food is associated with this festival?
  • What special activities are associated with this festival?
  • What do you enjoy most about this festival?
  • Do you think festivals are important for a society?


  • Do you watch television a lot?
  • What do you usually watch on television?
  • How many hours of television do you usually 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?
  • What are some of the disadvantages of television?
  • What did you last watch on television?
  • Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular?


  • Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country?
  • Do a lot of tourists visit your country?
  • What do they usually do there?
  • How has tourism changed your country?
  • Is your country expensive for most tourists?
  • What are some famous landmarks in your country?


  • Describe your daily routine.
  • What do you usually do?
  • What do you do on the weekend?
  • What is you typical weekday like?
  • Does your life change much from week to week?
  • Do you have any free time during the week?


  • Describe your daily routine.
  • What do you usually do?
  • What do you do on the weekend?
  • What is you typical weekday like?
  • Does your life change much from week to week?
  • Do you have any free time during the week?


  • What type of clothes do you like to wear?
  • What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear?
  • How important is fashion to you?
  • What kind of clothes do you dislike?
  • Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes?
  • What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country?
  • Are clothes expensive in your country?


  • Do you like going out or staying at home?
  • What do you like to do when you go out?
  • How often do you go out?
  • What types of places you prefer to go to?
  • Do you like visiting public places?
  • Do people in your country go our a lot?
  • How and where do people in your country usually socialize?
  • What kind of entertainment is popular in your country?


  • Do you enjoy playing any games?
  • What kind of games do you play?
  • Do you think adults should play games?
  • What do children learn from games?
  • What kind of games did you play when you were a child?
  • What games are popular in your country today?
  • What kinds of games were popular when you were young?
  • Do you think mental games like chess are good for you?
  • What is the national sport in your country?
  • Do you play any outdoor games?


  • Do you have a favorite color?
  • What are your country’s colors?
  • Do you think colors affect our moods?
  • Can you learn anything about a person from the colors he / she likes?
  • Do you like the same colors now as you did when you were a child?
  • Does the colour of someone’s costume reflect his/ her personality?
  • What is your favourite colour for dresses you wear? 


  • Do you like music?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • When do you usually listen to music?
  • What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
  • What kind of music is popular in your country?
  • Do you play any musical instruments?
  • Do you wish you could play any musical instruments?
  • Which is your favorite instrument?
  • Who is your favourite singer?
  • What type of song you often listen?
  • Do you think listening music helps?
  • Who are some famous singers in your country?

Above is a probable list of questions that may be asked in IELTS speaking component of English (speech exam). Being confident as public speakers does help a lot in the exam.


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