IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘neighbours’ topic
I’ve recently bought the Cambridge IELTS book 8. Below are some questions and example answers from the first speaking test in the book. Remember that part 1 is supposed to be easy, so you should give short, direct answers.
1. How well do you know your next-door neighbours?
I know my neighbours quite well. They’re really nice people, and I always stop to talk whenever I see them. I think it’s important to get on well with the people who live next door.
2. How often do you see them?
I see my neighbours at least a few times a week. We usually see each other when we’re leaving for work in the morning or coming home in the evening.
3. What problems do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
I think the most common problem is probably noise. It’s difficult to live next to people who have a dog that barks at night, or who play loud music or have too many parties.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘numbers’ topic
One of my students had these questions in her exam last week. I’ve put an example answer below each one.
1) Do you have a favourite number or a number that is special to you?
Yes, my favourite number is… because it’s the day I was born on, and it’s my lucky number.
2) Do any numbers have special importance in your country?
Yes, certain ages are special. For example, your 18th birthday is important because it’s when you are considered to become an adult.
3) Are you good at remembering numbers? Why / why not?
No, I’m not very good at remembering numbers. I don’t think it’s necessary to learn them by heart; I just save them on my phone.
4) What numbers do people often have to memorise?
The most important number to remember on a daily basis is the pin number for your bank card. Without this, you can’t pay for anything or get cash out.