Many students find it challenging to answer questions on IELTS Speaking tests. Well, here are some answers to a test in Cambridge Official Guide to IELTS. We hope that these answers would assist you to realise how to prepare for the IELTS Speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Part 1

What do you do?

I am a Software Engineer working with a multinational company in Pune, India.

What are your job responsibilities?

Well, I am responsible for understanding a client’s requirements and code a programme accordingly. I also write progress reports of my work and communicate with my seniors daily about the outcome.

Do you like your job?

I do love my job. It includes solving tough problems with the help of mathematical and coding skills that I have developed in the past eight years. However, I wish to move forward in my career.

Food and cooking

IELTS Speaking Cooking at home

What sorts of foods do you like eating most?

As an Indian, I prefer eating Indian food most of the times. However, I also favour European food since I have now developed a taste for pizza and pasta on a recent trip to Europe.

Who usually does the cooking in your home?

In my house, we have divided the task of cooking. My wife usually prepares the lunch; however, I take care of the morning breakfast and the afternoon snack. Such a division of responsibility eases the workload. Also, we can enjoy a bit of variety in the cooking styles.

Do you watch cookery programmes on TV?

Yes, of course. Sometimes I watch some cookery programmes on the internet as I like to catch up with some of the recipes that I intend to cook on that day.

In general, do you prefer Eating Out or eating at home?

I must say I love eating food at home after a busy day, it’s quite soothing to have your food with your loved ones. Even to my office, I carry home-cooked food. On the other hand, as a bachelor, I had outside food for almost 14 years. So, I hate it.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a house or apartment that someone you know lives in.

  1. Whose house or Apartment this is
  2. Where the house or Apartment is
  3. What it looks like inside.
  4. Explain what you like or dislike about this person’s house or apartment

Answer

One of the apartments that I loved in recent times is that one of my friends – Sushant. Recently he had invited our other friends and me to a housewarming party for the new house.

Sushant is a software engineer, and he recently bought an abode near his office in Pune.

It is a 3-bedroom house in a posh locality. His Apartment has a dedicated lift, swimming pool gymnasium as well as power backup. It is on the 20th floor, and the city’s view from such a height is breathtaking.

When I entered the apartment, I found that most of the rooms are quite spacious and with a very well thought layout. Sushant and his wife have decorated the condo with apt and minimalistic furniture. However, one of the significant features of his house is the balcony adjacent to the hall and the kitchen, and it has a terrace garden over here. On that, we enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea here.

Overall, I loved the balcony and the overall interior design; however, I think Sushant could have managed to decorate his Kitchen in a better fashion. It really could use some elaborate design so that the utensils could be better stored. Still, I believe he has made the right choice.

IELTS Speaking home 3 bedroom apartment

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Different types of homes

what kinds of homes are most popular in your country? Why is this?

In my country, people like to live in individual houses because most of them still live in villages where ample space is available to build a house according to one’s convenience. However, since migration from villages to cities has seen tremendous growth recently, apartments are also becoming quite popular with the Urban population. So, I can say currently both individual houses, as well as apartments, are preferred in their respective geographies.

What do you think are advantages of living in a house rather than an apartment?

I think houses are more spacious than the apartments. Usually, the owner of houses can decide for themselves how big house they need to build while in case of flats you need to choose is a suitable place from the given choices. Additionally, individual houses can be decorated according to the owners’ taste, whereas flats do have many restrictions as one needs permission from the society or from the governing body to make any changes to the apartment.

Do you think that everyone would like to live in a larger home? Why is that?

Theoretically, one may expect that everybody would love to live in a larger home. However, recently I have realised that people, especially in cities like to live in smaller houses. Such tiny houses offer them enough space to live and not worry about maintaining the area too much. So, I don’t think that everyone would like to live in a larger house.

Finding a place to live

How easy is it to find the place to live in your country?

India being a diverse country, one faces different experiences. People in cities typically find it very easy to find houses due to ample choices and open-minded people. On the other hand, in villages, people do not have many options, and they must face pre-conceived notions of the homeowners.

Do you think it’s better to rent or to buy a place to live in?

I think it’s good to rent a house rather than to buy one. I believe if you buy a place to live, you’re stuck in that town as you must look after the maintenance and taxes. However, if you rent one, you can always be free to explore many cities or even countries where eventually you can settle down. So, looking at the investment and the flexibility that renting a house offers, I believe, renting a home is always better.

Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents?

I couldn’t agree more. I think every young adult must leave the comfort of their parent’s house at some time or the other. Such a step offers a new perspective in life and makes these youngsters entirely independent and responsible. Personally, I left my house after high school. Looking at my other friends, who did not leave theirs, I can say that I am a relatively confident and independent person in comparison.

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