Speaking Part 1 - Shopping

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (shopping) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences long.

TIP >> Listen carefully to the question so that you answer in the correct tense. 

TIP >> When answering a yes/no question - answer then give your reasons for your answer. You must extend your answer to gain more marks. 

TIP >> Just relax and think of it as a regular conversation you are having, make eye contact and be positive. 

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of 'shopping' >>


Q: Are there many shops near your home? (What kind?)

A: There are many shops in the town close to where I live, including supermarkets, clothes shops, shoe shops, accessories and many others. 

Q: Do you like shopping? (Why? Why not?)

A: Yes, I love to go shopping with my mom or friends to look at the clothes, shoes and makeup. I like to have a look around, buy something new,  get a coffee and relax. 

Q: Who usually does the shopping in your home?

A: When shopping for groceries, I go shopping with my husband, so we can make sure we select items we both want. When shopping for clothes I normally go and enjoy selecting items.

Q: How often do you buy something in a shop?

A: That depends on what it is, for example, I will go the shop every day to buy freshly baked bread. For other groceries, it may be once a week and for other items, such as clothes it will be less often. 


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