Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Do you know how to impressively answer IELTS questions about your country and culture?

There are always questions on the IELTS Speaking exam about your country and culture, so you need to practice discussing these topics in English, and learn impressive ways to do so.

Take notes on today’s our answers today. Write down:

In IELTS Speaking Part 1, try to answer with between 3 to 5 sentences.

Question 1: In your country, where do people generally shop for food?

Lindsay talks about how she likes to shop at Whole Foods. She uses these interesting phrases:

  • There are a number of stores…
  • I personally like…

Jessica then speaks about shopping at Winco, a discount bargain-basement grocery store. She uses these interesting phrases:

  • Well, just speaking from a local perspective, the people that I hang out with and associate with…
  • We do this because you can buy food in bulk…
  • This is the best option for people…

Question 2: Where you live, what is the most common free-time activity?

Lindsay says that people around her like to watch American football games on the weekend. She uses these interesting phrases:


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  • I think, these days, with people around me…
  • Some people really close to me like to hang out, have some beers…

Jessica describes how people in Portland are outdoorsy, so locals and tourists alike enjoy hiking. She uses these interesting phrases:

  • Portland, to be honest, is a very outdoorsy…
  • She uses the idiom “head for the hills”, which means to escape, but Jessica uses it more literally in her answer.
    • A good example of this would that some Americans are talking about “heading for the hills”, as they are afraid of living in a country with Donald Trump as president.

Practice your own answers to these questions, and use some of our phrases. And, remember, be specific!

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