Speaking Part 1 – Hometown

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (hometown) 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 ‘hometown‘ >>

Q: Describe your hometown.

A: It is a big city in the North of England, with galleries, theatres and nightlife. It is a popular place for students, as there are two universities. Shopping and eating out are part of the lifestyle, with many places to go. In the surrounding areas, there are many historical places to visit.

Q: Is that a big city or a small place?

A: It is a big city, with a twenty-four-hour culture. It has a reputation as a party place, with many people travelling to visit the restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the city. 

Q: What do you like (most) about your hometown?

A: I like that the city is close to historical sites in Northumberland. You can easily travel by car to places that the Vikings invaded and explore quaint seaside villages on the north coast.  

Q: Is there anything you dislike about it?

A: I don’t like the drinking culture and the violence that follows. On a night out in the city, there is often a heavy police presence, as many people make trouble. People frequently drink alcohol from early in the morning until late at night, which in my opinion is not a good way to spend time or money.

Q: Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

A: I don’t currently live there, I moved away for work and now live in Greece. I do however visit quite often to see friends and family. I have no plans to move back there anytime soon. 

Q: Can you tell me something exciting about your town?

A: There have been quite a few celebrities from there, who have become well known in the media, including TV presenters Ant and Dec, Cheryl Cole, Sting and actor Charlie Hunnam.

Q: Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

A: Yes it has evolved from a relatively quiet city to a hub of shopping and entertainment. There have been major developments, with shopping mall renovations and the addition of shop lined streets leading all around the city. There are also more restaurants and bars catering for all tastes.

Q: Are there any changes you would like to make in your hometown?

A: Perhaps the introduction of strict opening times for pubs, selling alcohol from a later time in the day. Also, the coffee shops could stay open much later, to promote a healthier culture of socialisation.

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