Public Transportation: IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sample Answer
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- 1 Speaking Part 1
- 1.0.1 1 What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?
- 1.0.2 2 How often do you take buses?
- 1.0.3 3 Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?
- 1.0.4 4 How much time do you spend traveling on a normal day?
- 1.0.5 5 Would you ride bikes to work in the future?
- 1.0.6 6 What will become the most popular means of transport in your country?
- 1.0.7 7 Do you prefer public transport or private transport?
- 1.1 Band 9 Vocabulary
IELTS Speaking Part 1 consists of a short discussion between the examiner and the candidate. You will be asked a series of questions on common topics. You have to state your opinion or experiences.
Given below are real IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions with sample answers on the subject – Public Transportation.
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Speaking Part 1
1 What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?
Without any doubt, I would say motorbikes. You can see people driving a motorbike all over the place in my country. Almost everyone travels by motorbike. The reason why a motorbike is so popular is due to their reasonable price and convenience. They also extremely varied in terms of size, color and quality, thus a wide variety of choices is available for everyone.
2 How often do you take buses?
Almost every day. Since my house is so far away from my university, it’s impossible for me to travel by motorbike. In addition, the air is heavily polluted by exhaust fumes and traffic jams always take place, especially during peak hours. Thus, I’d prefer to take the bus, to save time, save gasoline and causing less pollution.
3 Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?
Planes and trains regularly depart and arrive on time. Plus, there are many convenient facilities catering particularly to certain groups of passengers. However, traveling by plane is clearly time-saving and enjoyable in terms of onboard services like meals or comfortable seats, while traveling by train offers you a chance to see the world outside, admire the views from their seats. It’s totally a great experience for most train-travelers.
4 How much time do you spend traveling on a normal day?
I have to commute from my home to my workplace on a daily basis. It normally takes me 30 minutes to travel back and forth.
5 Would you ride bikes to work in the future?
Definitely not. Riding a bike means you’re exposing yourself to unpredictable weather and to air pollution. What is worse, I’m afraid are the main streets or the highway which is too dangerous for cyclists, as cars, motorbikes and buses will travel at a very high speed. Thus I’d rather ride a motorbike or take the bus instead.
6 What will become the most popular means of transport in your country?
I think buses will take the lead. You can travel the distance without much worries about ticket price or rainy weather outside. Also, new buses now offer better services like comfortable seats for the elderly or good air conditioning systems.
7 Do you prefer public transport or private transport?
I think I’d prefer public transport. It’s much more inexpensive and because it can contain a large number of people, it helps ease the intensity of traffic jams during peak hours and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles. Private transportation is more costly in terms of fees, taxes and gasoline.
Band 9 Vocabulary
- Intensity: Of extreme force, degree, or strength
Eg: The hatred gained intensity
- Greenhouse gas emissions: The emission into the earth’s atmosphere of any of various gases, esp carbon dioxide, that contributes to the greenhouse effect.
Eg: There has been a lot of greenhouse emissions in the past few decades
- Without any doubt/There is no doubt that: A phrase expressing certainty or agreement; yes
Eg: “Yes you can accomplish the work without any doubt”
- A wide variety of: A number or range of things of the same general class that is distinct in character or quality.
Eg: There are a wide variety of people in this world
- Exhaust fumes: Waste gasses or air expelled from an engine, turbine, or another machine in the course of its operation.
Eg: There were a lot of exhaust fumes coming out from the chimney
- Traffic jam: A-line or lines of stationary or very slow-moving traffic, caused by roadworks, an accident, or heavy congestion.
Eg: There was a traffic jam on the main road
- Peak hours/Rush hours: The busiest hours
Eg: We need to reach home before the rush hours
- To take the lead: To start winning a race or competition
Eg: He took the lead in his hand for the recent project