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

Today you’ll hear native and natural Part 1 home answers for the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Speaking Part 1 lasts for 4 to 5 minutes, and you will be asked questions about 3 different topics.

That means your answers shouldn’t be too long. We recommend responding with 3-5 sentences.

Also, there is a very high chance of being asked to describe your house or apartment as the very first group of questions!

As you listen today, note down the interesting vocabulary used so you can practice these native, high-scoring phrases!

Also, pay attention to how the answers are built-out with specific details.

Speaking Question #1: Where is your home?

  • most adorable neighborhood of Montavilla
  • a last vestige of what Portland stands for… community-oriented
  • very fortunate
  • this district

Speaking Question #2: Do you live in a house or an apartment?

  • doesn’t have the feel of an apartment
  • huge concrete structure that looks like a bunch of little boxes
  • courtyard


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Speaking Question #3: Are there many rooms in your home?

  • an old house from the 1800’s
  • as you walk in, you have…
  • a guest room… which was shocking to me
  • there are a ton of rooms

Speaking Question #4: How are the walls decorated?

  • landlord is a little bit sensitiveunderstandably so
  • walls will crumble.. tacks… nails
  • bulletin boards

Notice also that some of our answers are longer than others.

Be flexible on your Speaking Exam! If you have more to say, say it! And, on that note, if you feel like you’ve answered the question, just finish your answer!

How would you answer today’s questions?

Share your IELTS Speaking Part 1 answer in the comments section below!


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