Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out some recent IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions, and answers, about your home and holidays.

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Recent 2020 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions

  • Are you living in an apartment or a house?
  • Are there any public facilities near where you live?
  • Are there any attractive areas near where you live?
  • Do you prefer a short or a long holiday? Why?
  • What do you like to do on your holidays?

In today’s video, Jessica provides sample native answers to the questions about public facilities and attractive areas.

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How can you increase your score in IELTS Speaking Part 1?

The mistake many IELTS examinees make is that they sound like a student.

Instead, you need to sound like a native!

You must show a range of vocabulary and intonation to get a 7 or higher on IELTS.

It is absolutely vital that you sound different in Part 1 and Part 3.

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#1: Informal fillers

Begin your answer with an informal filler, just like a native.

For instance, you can begin by saying:

“Yeah, for sure, totally. There are tons of stunning places near my apartment.”

For a Band 7 or higher, you must be communicating more like a native English speaker, and less like a student.

Natives use fillers to introduce our ideas constantly!

#2: Be specific!

Remember to be specific in your answers, even in IELTS Speaking Part 1.

In the video, you’ll see that Jessica gives very specific examples in both answers.

Avoid general, nonspecific statements.

Share names, places, and details.

  • How you felt
  • Where you went
  • What you saw
  • Why you chose to go there
  • Who you were with

Provide specific details regarding:

  • Why
  • How
  • What
  • Where
  • When


Practice the two tips from today’s video, and you’ll be on your way to a Band 7 or higher on your next IELTS Speaking test!

These tips will help you sound more like a native, which is key!

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