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

This is an odd but possible IELTS topic, so it’s great to prepare for.

You never know what you’ll get– there could be questions about anything from mirrors to hats!

What types of bags do you like?

Words and phrases from Jessica’s answer:

Firstly, to be honest, I’ll tell you what bag I don’t like.

I don’t adhere to stereotypes.

Purses are a bit cumbersome.

It’s awkward.

Do you usually carry a bag when you go out?

Words and phrases from Jessica’s answer:

I find comfort in always having a book with me.

I carry a fanny pack.


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Do you have different bags for different occasions?

Words and phrases from Jessica’s answer:

As I said previously…

Pretty little handbags, little clutch purses… black pearls… posh.

Try not to repeat answers that you’ve already given.

***You might be asked a question that it seems you’ve already addressed. In this case, you can summarize briefly what you already said, but you must find something new to say.

What kind of bags to women like to buy?

Words and phrases from Jessica’s answer:

Honestly, I take offense…

We don’t want to put genders in boxes.

The fashion industry would have us believe that women lust after these bags.

Speaking Part 1 is your first chance to impress the examiner.

Bring your A-game right away. Don’t sound bored, even if they are boring questions!

Express your personality and communicate honestly.

How to practice spontaneity:

  1. Go to
  2. Speak out loud for 2 minutes about any random prompt.
  3. Do this a couple times a day!

How would you answer these IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!

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