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Home town vocabulary and ideas for IELTS

One of the topics you are most likely to be asked about in part 1 speaking is your home town. This lesson gives you some vocabulary and ideas to help you along. You will also find a download version of this vocabulary and a quiz to test yourself.

You can find some speaking practice questions to talk abut your hometown here.

Talking about quality of life

These ideas should help you discuss what you enjoy/dislike about your home town. Remember to try and give examples/reasons to extend your answers.


“the rat race” is a nice idiom for the fast pace of modern city life where no one has the time to sit back and enjoy life

Areas of a city

If you are asked where you live, you should try and be precise.


“the inner city” is normally (in English) associated with poverty – although this will obviously vary from city to city

“the outskirts” are the outer parts of a city/town

Means of transport


You will of course need some adjectives too. You should note how I use “fairly” “really” and “quite” to qualify these adjectives

Test yourself

Hometown vocabulary quiz

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Vocabulary to describe your home town - part 1 speaking (44485)

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  4. farshid January 26, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Hi dear
    I don’t understand what the meaning of ‘ the rat race’ is!
    is it popular just in big cities?
    is this sentence true? “The rat race in my city is very popular because of the fast pace of life”

  5. farshid January 26, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    i found it in Cambridge dictionary
    a way of life in modern society, characterized by people competing with each other for power and money:
    He decided to get out of the rat race, and went to work on a farm.

    but I thing ” the rat race” may be popular in small cities (like my city). (not only in “modern society”)

    • Dominic Cole July 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Yes but it’s important to see that the idea of the rat race is essentially a negative one.

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