Describe your Hometown – 2017 IELTS Speaking Part 1 & Sample Answers - ielts speaking part 1 topic hometown - ielts speaking part 1 topic hometown

Topic 14 : Describe your Hometown

  • What’s (the name of) your hometown?
  • Is it a big city or a small town?
  • Describe your hometown a little?
  • How long have you been living there?
  • Do you like your hometown? If so, what do you like most about it?
  • Is there anything you dislike about it?
  • Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?
  • Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?
  • Are there any changes you would like to make in your hometown?

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Sample Answers to Describe Your Hometown :

1. What’s (the name of) your hometown?

Victoria is my hometown. It is a province located in the west of my country.

2. Is that a big city or a small place?

It is a small province with slightly more than 1 million people. 

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3. Please describe your hometown a little?

It has a breathtaking view of picturesque landscapes with rolling mountains and greenish lakes. However, due to the increasing economy, a number of businesses, especially in sugarcane, are invested in my hometown making it very promising.

4. How long have you been living there?

I had lived there for around 15 years before my family left for Santa City. It’s been more than ten years since I left my hometown.

5. What do you like (most) about your hometown?

Yes, I do like my hometown! I like the hospitality of people in my hometown. Also, everyone was willing to give others a hand when they needed help.


Hospitality (n) The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers

Give someone a hand (idiom) to help someone do something

6. Is there anything you dislike about it?

Personally, it’s a bit boring for me because as a small town, there isn’t a shopping mall or any other means of entertainment. The streets don’t get very crowded as well. However, I believe that it is improving day by day and turning into a potential hotspot due to the increasing number of annual visitors.

7. Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

To be honest, I hope I could go there to visit my relatives and friends, but settling down is not part of my plan. I am now getting familiar with city life as there are more job opportunities here.


To settle down (v) adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home

8. Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?

Actually yes. It has changed enormously. Around 20 years ago you would barely find tall buildings in my area, but now you’d easily be able to catch sight of skyscrapers and tower blocks there.

9. Are there any changes you would like to make in your hometown?

I would like to ameliorate the infrastructure so that I can avoid being stuck in the traffic jam during peak hours.


Ameliorate(v) make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

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Is this an important topic in IELTS or an often repeated question?

Please do not restrict yourself to important or repeated questions. You cannot predict the topics in the actual test. But it good to stay prepared on all topics. This is also one of the topics that you need to prepare.

Is it a good practice to use difficult words like ameliorate?

It is good to equip yourself with a good vocabulary which will be handy when you take the writing or speaking test. Be it in speaking or writing , difficult words should not look like inclusions. They have to used in such a way that it looks natural.

I live in India. The answer given here is for Victoria. Can I use this answer in my speaking test which means can I say I’m from Victoria though I’m an Indian?

Definitely, not. The answer given here is just a sample. You can use the vocabulary to frame your own answers.

I’m not too much into facts. So I don’t know what is the population of my hometown? How do I deal with this?

If you have lot of time for your preparation, you can find out the population of your hometown from internet. If you’re doing a last minute preparation try to say something else about your hometown which will add volume to your answer. The advice is do not give one line answers.

Is it mandatory to use idioms?

No. But it will be great if you get yourself familiarised with some. It will enhance your talk.

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