2017 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Public Transportation & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Public Transport & Sample Answers
IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Public Transport & Sample Answers

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

1. What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?

2. How often do you take buses?

3. Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?

4. How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?

5. Would you ride bikes to work in the future?

6. What will become the most popular means of transport in your country?

7. Do you prefer public transport or private transport?

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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.

Vocabulary

Without any doubt/There is no doubt that (expression) a phrase expressing certainty or agreement; yes

 A wide variety of (collocation) a number or range of things of the same general class that is distinct in character or quality.

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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.

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Vocabulary

Exhaust fumes (n) waste gasses or air expelled from an engine, turbine, or another machine in the course of its operation.

Traffic jam (n) a line or lines of stationary or very slow-moving traffic, caused by roadworks, an accident, or heavy congestion.

Peak hours/Rush hours (n) the busiest hours

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, travelling by plane is clearly time-saving and enjoyable in terms of onboard services like meals or comfortable seats, while travelling 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-travellers.

Vocabulary

On-board services (n) provided on or within a vehicle

Cater (v) provide with what is needed or required

4. How much time do you spend travelling 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 the 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.

Vocabulary

Unpredictable weather (n) to not able to be predicted; changeable

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.

Vocabulary

To take the lead (v) to start winning a race or competition

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.

Vocabulary

Intensity (n) of extreme force, degree, or strength

Greenhouse gas emissions (np) the emission into the earth’s atmosphere of any of various gases, esp carbon dioxide, that contributes to the greenhouse effect.

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