IELTS speaking topics and cue cards

IELTS speaking topics for part 2

These cue cards are divided into the most common types of topic

people

places

experiences

feelings

habits and likes

objects

You should be able to talk about each of these type of speaking topics before the test. Note how each cue card asks you to describe/talk about one topic and then gives you a series of mini-topics to talk about.

How to use these cue cards to practise

A good way to use these sample cue cards to practise is to think about

how to use your preparation time for each one

useful

how to extend your answers for each part of the question

People

These cue cards ask you to talk about people in different ways. When you are answering these speaking topics it helps to think about examples

to explain people’s qualities

to show your relationship with them

Creative person

Describe a creative person you admire

You should say

who the person

how you know that person

what they do that is creative

And explain why you admire that person so much

An older person

Talk about an older person you admire.

You should say:

who this person is

how long you have known him/her

what qualities he/she has

And say why you admire him/her

Sample answer

An adventurous person

Describe an adventurous person who you know.

You should say

who the person is

how you know the person

what risks the person takes

And explain why you think that person likes to take risks

Sample answer

Someone in the news

Describe someone in the news you would like to meet.

You should say:

who the person is

what they do w

why they are in the news

And explain why you would like to meet them

An interesting person

Describe an interesting person who you spend a lot of time with.

You should say:

how long you have known this person

how  often you see each other

what you do together

And explain why this person is interesting to spend time with

A well-dressed person

Describe a person you know who think is well-dressed. You should say

who the person is

how long you have known him or her

what clothes they like to wear

And explain why the person dresses so well

Member of your family

Describe a member of your family you admire

You should say

who the person is

what they do

what their best quality is

And explain why you admire that person so much

 




A collector

Describe someone you know who collects things

You should say

what they collect

how the collection is stored

how long they have had a collection

And explain why they enjoy collecting that thing

A good language speaker

Talk about a person you know who can speak two languages.

You should say

who the person is

how long you have known them

what languages they can speak

And explain why it is helpful to speak more than one language

New home

Describe someone you know who recently moved home.

You should say:

who the person is

how you know the person

what kind of accommodation they moved to

And explain why they moved home

Talk about a good cook

Describe someone you know who is good at cooking.

You should say:

who this person is

how you know him or her

what kinds of food they cook

And explain why you think this person is good at cooking

Sample answer

A teacher

Describe someone you think is a good teacher

You should say

who the teacher is

how you know them

what they teach

And explain why you think they are a good teacher

An ambitious person

Talk about an ambitious person you know

You should say

who they are

how you know that person

what their ambition is

And explain how important their ambition is

An important job

Talk about a person you know whose job is important to society.

You should say

who the person is

what their job is

what they do at work

And explain why their job is important to society

Outdoors activities

Describe someone you know who enjoys outdoors activities

You should say

who the person is

what activities he/she does

how often he/she practises

And say why you think they enjoys outdoors activities

Funny

Describe a person who makes you laugh

You should say

who the person is

how you know him/her

how she/he makes you laugh

And explain how important laughing is in your life

Places

These cue cards ask you to talk about places you know or have been to

Tourist attraction

Describe a tourist attraction that you have visited. You should say

What the attraction was

When you visited it

Why you went there

And say whether you enjoyed the visit or not

A house or apartment

Talk about a house or an apartment you would like to live in.

You should say

where it would be

what it would look like

how big it would be

And explain why you would like to live there

Sample answer

A favourite room

Describe your favourite room

You should say

what the room is

what furniture it contains

what you do in it

And explain why it is your favourite room

A place to travel

Describe a place that you would like to travel to.

You should say:

where you would like to go
how you would go there
who you would go with
And explain why you would like to go to this place.

Sample answer

 

A restaurant

Describe a restaurant you know.

You should say:

where this restaurant is

what type of food the restaurant serves

how often you go to this restaurant

And explain why you would recommend this restaurant.

Sample answer

A tall building

Talk about a tall building where you live

You should say

what the building is

where it is

what people do there

And say what you think the advantages and disadvantages of tall buildings are

A garden

Describe a garden you remember visiting.

You should say:

where it is

what it looks like

what people do there

And explain why you remember it.




A street

Describe a street that you like to visit

You should say

where the street is

how often you there

what buildings are on the street

And explain why you like to visit that street

Somewhere to relax

Describe you like to go to relax

You should say

where it is

when you go there

what you do to relax there

And explain why it is a good place to relax

A shop

Describe a shop you often go to

You should say

where it is

how often you go there

what things you buy there

And explain why you choose to buy from that shop

A museum

Describe a museum you enjoyed visiting

You should say

where the museum is

when you visited it

what exhibits the museum contains

And explain why you enjoyed visiting that museum

 

A hotel

Describe a hotel you have stayed in.

You should say:

where it is

what facilities it has

when you stayed there

And say whether you would recommend it to a friend

Sample answer

A place to read

Describe a place where you read

You should say

where the place is

how often you go there

what things you read there

And explain why it is a good place to read

A public park

Describe a public park you visit

You should say

where the park is

how often you go there

what people do there

And say how important public parks are

Experiences

These cue cards ask you to talk about experiences in your life. When you answer them you should think about which tenses to use giving examples of how you felt being precise about the time and place

An important decision

Describe an important decision that you made

You should say:

what the decision was

how you made your decision

what the results of the decision were

And explain why it was important

A historical event

Describe an important historical event

You should say

when it happened

what happened

who were the most important people involved

And say why you think it was important

A wedding

Describe a wedding you attended

You should say

when it was

who got married

what happened at the wedding

And explain whether it was a typical wedding ceremony

A musical event

Describe a musical event in your country

You should say

What the event it is
Where it takes place
What kind of music is played
And you should explain why you enjoy it

A news story

Describe some interesting news that you have recently read about or heard about

You should say:

what the story was
who was involved in the story
where you read or heard about this story
And explain why this news story was interesting to you.

A group or club

Describe a group or a club you joined. You should say:

what the group was
when you joined the group
where the group met
And explain why you enjoyed being part of the group

A short trip

Talk about a short trip you regularly make

You should say

how often you make the trip

where you go to

how you travel

And say whether you enjoy making that trip




A conversation

Describe a conversation that was important to you

You should say

who you talked to

when you had the conversation

what you talked about

And explain why the conversation was so important to you

A school rule

Talk about a school rule you had as a child

You should say

what the rule was

what the punishment was for breaking it

why it was made

And say whether you think it was a good rule or not

 

A long journey

Describe a long journey you have been on

You should say

how you travelled

where you went

who you travelled with

And say whether  you enjoyed the journey or not

 

A team

Describe a team you have been a member of

You should say

what the team was

when you joined it

what your role in the team was

And explain why you enjoyed being a member of that team

An indoors game

Describe an indoors game you played as a child

You should say

what the game was

who you played it with

how often you played it

And say whether you enjoyed playing that game

Extreme weather

Talk about a time you experienced some extreme weather

You should say

when it happened

what the weather was like

how long the weather lasted

And say how you dealt with the extreme weather

A new dish

Describe a time when you tried a new dish

You should say

what the dish was

where you ate it

who prepared it

And say whether you enjoyed eating the dish or not

A mistake

Talk about a time when you made a mistake

You should say

what the mistake was

when it happened

why the mistake happened

And say what happened as a result of that mistake

A bad film

Talk about a film you did not enjoy

You should say

what the film was

when you watched it

who you watched it with

And explain why you did not enjoy it

Sample answer

 

Feelings

These are experience type questions that ask you to talk about how you felt on a particular occasion.

A happy experience

Describe a recent happy experience

You should say

when it was

what happened

who you shared the experience with

And say why that event made you so happy

A time you forgot something

Describe a time you forgot something

You should say

what you forgot

why you forgot it

when it happened

And say what you did afterwards

A disappointment

Describe a time when you were disappointed

You should say

when it happened

why you were disappointed

who else was involved

And how you dealt with your disappointment

Angry situation

Describe a situation that made you angry

You should say

what the situation was

where you were when it happened

who else was there

And say what you did to resolve the situation

Imagination

Describe a time when you had to use your imagination.

You should say

when it was

why you had to use your imagination

what you did

And say  if you found it easy or difficult

A time you were late

Talk about a time when you were late for something

You should say

when it happened

what you were late for

why you were late

And what you did after you were late

Some good news

Talk about some good news you received

You should say

what the news was

how you were told it

how you reacted to it

And explain why the news was so good

Disagreement

Talk about a time when you have had a disagreement

You should say

when it happened

who you disagreed with

what you disagreed about

And explain what happened as a result of your argument

A change of plans

Describe a time when you changed your plans

you should say

when it happened

what you planned to do

how you changed your plans

And say whether you were right to change your plans

 

Habits and likes

These cue cards ask you to talk about things you do regularly or things you like doing. When you are answering these speaking topics it helps to think about

how often your habits are and revise your language for speaking about habits

how much you like them

explaining why you enjoy/dislike doing these things

A country

Describe a country you would like to visit

You should say

what the country is

when you would go there

what you would do there

And explain why you would like to visit it

 

A purchase

Describe something special you want to buy in the future.

You should say:

what it is

where you will buy it

when you intend to buy it

And explain why you want to buy it.

Exercise

Describe an activity you do to keep fit

You should say

what it is

how often you do it

where you do it

And explain why you chose to do that exercise

An expensive activity

Describe an activity you do that is expensive

You should say

what the activity is

who you do it with

when you do it

And explain why you choose to spend money on that activity

Website

Describe a website you regularly visit

You should say

what the website is

how often you visit it

how you found out about it

And say why you visit it so often

App

Describe an app on your computer or phone that you often use

You should say

what the app is

what you use it for

how often you use it

And say why you use that app so often

Music

Describe a piece of music you like listening to

You should say

what the music is

when you first hear it

when you listen to it

And explain why you enjoy listening to that piece of music

Something to study

Describe something you enjoy learning about

You should say

what it is

when you study it

how you study it

And explain why you enjoy studying it so much

Restaurant

Describe somewhere you like to eat out

You should say

where it is

what kind of food they serve

how often you eat there

And explain why you choose to eat there

A place

Describe a place that means a lot to you

You should say

what the place is

when you visit it

what you do there

And explain why that place means so much to you

Winter activity

Describe something you enjoy doing in winter

You should say

what you do

where you do it

what clothes you need

And explain why you like doing it in winter

Talk about an activity you enjoy doing in your free time.

You should say

what the activity is

when you do it

who you do it with

And explain why you choose to do that activity

Television programme

Talk about a television programme you often watch

You should say

what the programme is

how often you watch it

who you watch it with

And say why you enjoy watching that television programme

A festival

Describe a festival in your country

You should say

when it happens

where it happens

what people do during it

And say how important you think that festival is for people in your country

 

A large company

Describe a large company that you are interested in

You should say

what the company is

how you know about it

what it does

And explain why you are so interested in that company

Objects

These sample IELTS speaking topics ask you speak about objects.

A work of art

Describe a work of art you admire

you should say

what the work of art is

when you saw it

how it made you feel

And explain how important art is in your life

An item of clothing

Describe a favourite item of clothing

You should say

what it is

when you bought it

why you bought it

And explain why you like it so much

Sample answer

 

A photograph

Talk about a photograph you remember

You should say

when it was taken

who took it

what was in the photograph

And explain why you remember that photograph

Sample answer

 

A book

Talk about a book you have been reading

You should say

what the book is

when you read it

how long you have been reading it

And say why you enjoy reading it

Sample answer – book

Sample answer – magazine

 

Newspaper or magazine

Talk about a newspaper or magazine you sometimes read

You should say

what the newspaper or magazine is

what it contains

how often you read it

And say what you learn from reading that newspaper or magazine

Something old

Describe something old you have kept

You should say

what the object is

where it is kept

how often you use it

And say why you decided to keep its

An item of furniture

Describe your favourite item of furniture

You should say

what it is and looks like

where it is

how long you have had it

And explain why you like it so much

Something you lost

Talk about something you once lost

You should say

what it is

when you lost it

what you did to find it

And say how important the loss was to you

Something borrowed

Talk about something you once shared with someone else

You should say

what it was

when you shared it

who you shared it with

And say why you decided to share it

A means of transport

Describe a means of transport you regularly use

You could say

what it is

how often you use it

who else uses it

And explain why you choose that means of transport

A present

Talk about a present you have bough recently

You should say

what the present was

who you bought it for

where you bough ti

And say why you chose that present

A souvenir

Talk about a souvenir you have bought

You should say

what the souvenir is

when you bought it

why you bought it

And say what memories that souvenir has for you

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