Band 9 Sample for Common IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic : Flats/Home/Accommodation
- 1 Speaking Part 1
- 1.0.1 1 What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
- 1.0.2 2 Do you like a house or a flat/ an apartment?
- 1.0.3 3 What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
- 1.0.4 4 How long have you lived there?
- 1.0.5 5 Who do you live with?
- 1.0.6 6 Do you plan to live there for a long time?
- 1.0.7 6 Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in
- 1.0.8 7 What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
- 1.0.9 8 Which part of your home do you like the most?
- 1.0.10 9 Should we live in a flat or a house?
- 1.0.11 10 Why do you think some people invest a huge amount of money in buying houses?
- 1.1 Vocabulary
Houses or apartments are our comfort zones after hours of work outside. Although everyone has their specific details of their own accomodation, here are some sample answers for each of the questions below along with related vocabulary.
Speaking Part 1
1 What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
For the past 21 years, I have been living in a house with my family, and I think if I can move out and start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can plan and design a house layout that suits myself since sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds troublesome to me.
2 Do you like a house or a flat/ an apartment?
I believe most people would prefer to have their own house rather than to rent a place and so do I. Hence, if I have my way, a house with a small garden would be my choice since I don’t enjoy the constant disturbance from next-door apartments and elevator rides every time coming home.
3 What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
Well, definitely I’ll spend some me-time there. I study, I chill out by reading, drawing and dancing all by myself. Sometimes I also invite one or two friends to spend time with. We’ll watch some movies together and tell each other endless stories.
4 How long have you lived there?
Although during my childhood my family had to move a lot, I’ve lived in the most recent house for almost ten years. Comparing to the old houses, I think this house has been the best so far.
5 Who do you live with?
I live with my family. There are 5 of us and we all have our own room, which is way more comfortable as the older we grow, the more privacy we need for ourselves. I think our house is big enough for us yet still a warm and cosy place that I call home.
6 Do you plan to live there for a long time?
The answer would be yes if the respondent is my parents since moving in and out is too time-consuming and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be like torture to them. For me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life, hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford to live in a flat or an apartment.
All over again (idiom): used for saying that you do the whole of something again starting from the beginning, or that the whole of a long process happens again
6 Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in
Briefly, my humble house is located in a small and quiet street, so coming home to me is like all the craziness happened outside is left behind. Just beside my house stands a big old tree. I have my own room with walls painted violet, which is kind of a peaceful colour. The air outside is fresh. I usually open the window to enjoy the wind and sunshine, which will help cool down my room without an air conditioner. Since I spend most of my time staying at home, my room means the whole world to me. It’s like a friend who is always there to share ups and downs with me. So yeah, I would always miss my house, my room whenever I’m away.
7 What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
As I’ve already mentioned my family moved several times when I was younger. And the most current house where we’ve been living for about ten years is the best house so far. All of us have separate rooms for our need of privacy yet a big dining room where we can spend the whole evenings together watching TV or having dinner.
8 Which part of your home do you like the most?
It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together. Not only lunch or dinner but all our family reunions take place in the dining room where we can enjoy a harmonious atmosphere. We always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a day without, since for us it’s the family bonding that lies behind.
9 Should we live in a flat or a house?
It heavily depends on people’s preference and affordability since each type of property has its own perks. If one enjoys the modern amenities that an apartment complex can provide such as gyms, swimming pools and convenience stores and, of course, he has money, an apartment would be a great choice. In contrast, houses are usually suitable for those who prefer privacy and a quiet lifestyle.
10 Why do you think some people invest a huge amount of money in buying houses?
People certainly have different reasons to buy property. I believe the most important one is privacy. You will gain much more independence and freedom to refurbish the place as you please since you are the owner. Besides, it would create a pride of ownership. No matter how small or big your house is, it is yours to renovate or brag about.
- Suit myself : to do exactly what you like/want
Eg: He wanted a dress that suit him.
- Troublesome (adj.): causing difficulty or annoyance
Eg: These kids are troublesome
- To make a living (v): to earn enough to support one’s self
Eg: She is working as a waitress to make a living
- Chill out (phrasal verb): relax
Eg: we are chilling out with family
- Me-time (phrase): time for one’s self alone
Eg: I want some me-time for diverting my mind from work.
- To do Something all by one’s self (phrase): to do Something alone
Eg: She wants to do it all by herself.
- All over again (idiom): used for saying that you do the whole of something again starting from the beginning, or that the whole of a long process happens again
Eg: They are repeating it all over again.
- To help (SO) do Something : to make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources.
Eg: The manager asked him to help clean the room after the concert.
- To share ups and downs : together being through good and bad times
Eg: She is sharing all her ups and downs of her life with her friends.
- Torture : great physical or mental suffering
Eg: The dog is being tortured by its master.
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