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

Today we’ll present native high-scoring houseguest IELTS speaking answers to help you with this common Part 1 topic.

In many cultures, having visitors to your home is common. However, in some places, such as crowded cities featuring tiny abodes, people usually meet each other outside their home.

However, questions about having people over to your home do come up in IELTS Speaking Part 1.

If you are asked about having houseguests, and this isn’t common where you live, just be honest with the examiner.

You can say, for example, “To be honest, we don’t really have people over to our homes in my city. However, I have learned that it is common in a lot of other British/American cities. They talked about this topic on a recent episode of a podcast I listen to called IELTS Energy…

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Question: How often do you have guests in your home?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • big ol’ house
  • typically during the summer
  • barbecues, fire pits
  • nice way to build community around our house
  • s’mores


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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Question: How do you welcome visitors to your home?

Notes from Jessica’s answer:

  • respectful, welcoming, generous
  • feel at home
  • snacks
  • yesterday, a plate of cheese and crackers

We recommend answering with 3-5 sentences in IELTS Speaking Part 1. However, remember to be flexible. If you have a lot of interesting, specific stuff to say for an answer, you can speak for longer!

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