IELTS Speaking

Part 1 is about YOU. They will ask you familiar, everyday questions about your life. This will last around 4-5 minutes.

  • Your job or studies;
  • Your hometown;
  • Your family;
  • Your home;
  • Your likes and dislikes.

Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’. You will be given a cue card and you will have 1 minute to prepare your answer. You will then be asked to speak for up to 2 minutes.

Past Themes
  1. My first Pet Animal
    1. Everyone loves to have a pet animal.
    2. The most liked pets are dogs, cats, tortoises, birds and rabbits.
    3. We love them because they follow us or love us unconditionally.
    4. When I was hardly four years, I got a lovely tortoise from one of my uncles who was a fisherman.
    5. It was dark brown like all other tortoises but its height was unusually low.
    6. I loved the tortoise so much that I made a small pond in front of my house and named it Toto.
    7. Soon the two of us became friendly and Toto started waiting for me to come home from school.
    8. After two years Toto grew up like a giant tortoise and carried on its back my school bag to and from the bus.
    9. One evening, when I returned from school my mother appeared panicky.
      1. She informed that Toto had been missing since I left to school that morning.
      2. My brothers and friends went far and wide looking for Toto but we could not get any information about him.
      3. We went on searching for Toto for a week but to no avail.
    10. I still look for TOTO in ponds and rivers whenever I go out with my friends, family or alone.
  2. An accident that changed my Life
    1. All of us meet with minor or major accidents in our life.
    2. They range from minor fall from a chair, or from a terrace, or a motor accident or sometimes an explosion that claims lives.
    3. Each accident makes drastic change in our lives and teaches us some valuable lessons.
    4. Most of the accidents are due to crashing of vehicles, fall from heights or in attacks.
    5. When I was pursuing my post graduation, an accident occurred in my life. It was a Friday evening.
    6. My friend Rahul and I were riding my bike from college to my home.
    7. Half the way home, a dog jumped in front of our bike.
    8. Suddenly, our bike skidded and crashed into a wall and the two of us fell into a ditch.
  3. My first friend.
    1. Having a good is like having the best weapons in a war.
    2. My first friend was Stephy, a girl I met and befriended in grade 2.
    3. Describe her appearance.
    4. Describe her character.
    5. How was she different from others.
    6. Describe an incident.
    7. When did you separate ways? Why?
    8. Where is she now?
      1. I have searched for her on all social network but I have not yet got any clue about her.
      2. Last year I heard from her brother that Stephy is in New Hampshire. 
  4. A wrong choice I made in my life.
    1. To err is human because we do things we had never done.
  5. My First Computer
  6. The first book I ever read.
    1. Novels and novel reading is loved by millions of people worldwide.
    2. From the beginning of human civilization, literature is man’s passion.
    3. The first book I read in my life is Sherlock Holmes written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
    4. This is a series of stories featuring a detective named Sherlock Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson.
    5. I got the first copy …
    6. I completed the first book in three days and bought the next five books.
    7. No doubt, Doyle’s style of writing is enchanting if not mesmerizing.
Past – Present – Future Themes
  1. Outdoor Games
    1. What are outdoor games.
    2. We don’t play outdoor games.
    3. Why?
    4. What happens if we don’t play outdoor games.
    5. How can we solve this problem.
  2. Giving Gifts
    1. When do we give gifts?
    2. What do we feel when we gift someone.
    3. What does the receiver feel on being gifted?
  3. Telephones/Mobile Phones.
    1. How do telephones help us.
    2. We are addicted to mobile phones.
  4. Bikes
    1. Kinds of bikes.
    2. Why is there such a craze?
    3. Who are crazy about bikes.
    4. Price factor
  5. Neighbours
  6. Newspapers Vs ePapers
    1. What was newspapers
    2. What is it now
    3. What is better – NP / EP
    4. Why are epapers better?
    5. Why are newspapers better?
    6. What will be the future of the two?
  7. Flowers
    1. There is nothing that nature has created more beautifully than flowers.
    2. The would would have been a desert if there were no flowers and plants.
    3. Rose is my most favorite flower.
    4. There are more than 400 varieties of flowers in the world, most of them in America and Europe. (Not factual)
  8. Television
  9. To talk about an experience of teaching something to someone

  10. Talk about a natural disaster in your area

  11. Talk about a thing wanted from long time but have not done

  12. Talk about something you always wanted to buy but could not buy yet.
  13. Talk about a thing you just bought and you are happy about

  14. Talk about an important event which you celebrated

  15. Talk about a story you remember someone told you

  16. Talk about a special day which was not that expensive or on which you didn’t have to spend a lot of money

  17. Talk about a toy you liked in your childhood

  18. An activity that you found boring

  19. What would be your perfect holiday or vacation look like?

  20. Describe a development in your country like shopping centre, park

  21. Describe a sportsperson that you admire

  22. Talk about a traditional product of your country that you bought

  23. Describe a long car journey you went on

  24. Describe a school rule that you didn’t like:
  25. Describe a program or app in your computer or phone

  26. Talk about an unusual meal

  27. Describe an occasion when visitors came to your home

  28. What is your idea of a perfect home?

  29. Describe a time when you saved money for something

  30. A place you want to visit with your friends

  31. Describe a popular person

  32. Talk about an important river or Lake

  33. Describe an interesting place that few people know

  34. Describe an interesting person from another country

  35. Talk about an achievement you are proud of

  36. Describe something you bought according to an advertisement you saw

  37. A time when you teamed up with old person to teach something to a friend /relative

  38. Describe a garden you visited regularly during your young age

  39. Describe a time when you felt happy that you used your cellphone

  40. Talk about someone whom you think is the best parent .

  41. Describe a situation where you helped an old person

  42. Talk about your favourite movie

  43. Describe a piece of furniture in your home that you often use

  44. Describe an important letter that you received.
    1. കത്തുകൾ കിട്ടുന്നതും കത്തുകൾക്ക് മറുപടി എഴുതിയതും എൻ്റെ ബാല്യകാലത്തെ മറക്കാനാവാത്ത ഓർമകളാണ്.
      Receiving letters and replying to them were my childhood’s most unforgetable memories.
    2. ഒരു കത്തിൻ്റെ മറുപടിക്കായി ആഴ്ചകളോളം കാത്തിരുന്നിട്ടുണ്ട് ഞാൻ.
      I used to wait for a reply for weeks.
    3. കത്ത് കിട്ടിക്കഴിഞ്ഞാൽ എല്ലാം മറന്ന് അത് വായിക്കലാണ് പിന്നെ.
      Once I received a reply, I spent time reading it, forgetting everything.
    4. അവസാനം അതിനൊരു മറുപടി അയച്ചു അടുത്ത കത്തിനായി കാത്തിരിപ്പ് തുടങ്ങുകയായി.
      Once a reply sent to the sender, I would start waiting for its reply.
    5. എനിക്ക് പത്തു വയസുള്ളപ്പോൾ ജീൻ ഓവൻ എന്നൊരു ഒരു ഫ്രഞ്ച്കാരൻ അയച്ച കത്താണ് എനിക്ക് ലഭിച്ചതിൽ വച്ച് ഏറ്റവും പ്രധാനപ്പെട്ട കത്ത്.
    6. അദ്ദേഹം എൻ്റെ അച്ഛൻ്റെ സുഹൃത്തായിരുന്നു.
    7. അക്കാലത്ത് എന്റെ അച്ഛൻ ഫ്രാൻസിലെ ബർഗണ്ടിയിൽ ഒരു വൈൻ ഫാക്ടറിയിൽ ജോലി ചെയ്യുകയായിരുന്നു.
    8. മി. ഓവൻൻ്റെ കത്ത് തുറന്നപ്പോൾ എനിക്ക് തല കറങ്ങുന്നപോലെ ഒരു തോന്നൽ ഉണ്ടായി.
    9. More (…)
  45. Describe an activity you do to keep fit / way to stay healthy
  46. A successful businessman
  47. Describe a situation when someone gave positive comments about the work you did for them
  48. Describe a leisure facility (cinema, theater, sports center) you would like to have in your hometown
  49. Describe a language other than English that you would like to learn.
    1. ഭാഷകൾ (languages) മനുഷ്യനെ (man) മറ്റു ജീവികളിൽനിന്നും (from other animals) വ്യത്യസ്തനാക്കി. (made different)
  50. Describe a person who can use or speak a second language
  51. Describe a time when you are very busy
  52. Describe a creative inventor or musician
  53. Describe a time when you tried a new food for the first time.
  54. Describe one of your best friends
  55. Describe a photo of yourself that you like
  56. Describe a time when the weather caused you to change your plans.
  57. Describe some local news that people in your locality are interested in
  58. Describe a situation that made you a little angry
  59. Describe someone you know who recently moved to new accommodation
  60. Describe a dream you have had
  61. Describe a person who once moved to live with yo u
  62. Describe a character or personality of yours
  63. Talk about an occasion you had a cake that was special
  64. Describe a special meal you would like to eat
  65. Describe a important conversation that influenced you
  66. Describe a holiday you want to go on in the future
  67. Describe a time when you saw lots of people smiling
  68. Talk about a TV series you remember
  69. Talk about a company around your city which employs a lot of people
  70. Describe a useful thing that you once borrowed
  71. Describe an event/happy experience from your childhood that you remember
  72. Describe a situation you were not allowed to use your cell phone
  73. Describe an interesting conversation with someone you didn’t know
  74. A book you would like to read again or An exciting book you read
  75. A website which helped you to do something
  76. Describe a difficult decision that you were made
  77. Describe your favorite weather IELTS EXAM
  78. Describe something you would like to do if you were given a day off
    1. Although it’s not good to give answers still I have all the answersb of above universal topics and other important topics also i can send( IB)if some one really need
  79. Keeping in Contact
  80. Laughing
  81. Cold Weather
  82. Commuting
  83. Dancing
  84. Musical Instruments
  85. Traffic
  86. Colours
  87. Entertainment
  88. Clothes
  89. Food
  90. Free Time
  91. Your Favourite Place
  92. Festivals
  93. Daily Routine
  94. School Days
  95. Buildings
  96. Sport
  97. Shopping
  98. Your Home
  99. Restaurants
  100. Emails
  101. Text Messages
  102. Older People
  103. Markets
  104. New Experiences
  105. A Journey
  106. Helping Other People
  107. Surveys
  108. Restaurants
  109. Meetings
  110. Childhood Friends
  111. Parties
  112. Ideas at Work
  113. Competitions
  114. Electronic Devices
  115. A Family Member you do not welcome.
    1. My mother’s youngest brother Nick is a man of great knowledge but I can’t help hating him. Well, Uncle Nick is a smoker of the worst kind.
    2. Of all the men and women I have come across so far, my mother’s youngest brother Nick is the weirdest.
  116. Keeping Fit and Healthy
  117. Sports
  118. Making Choices
  119. A Celebrity
  120. A Friend
  121. Festivals
  122. Historic Places
  123. A Hobby
  124. Bodies of Water
  125. Websites
  126. Films
  127. A Memorable Event
  128. Something You Own
  129. An Interesting Story
  130. A Special Event
  131. A Popular Teacher
  132. A TV Programme / Reality Shows
  133. A Time You Helped Someone
  134. Photos
  135. Cooking
  136. School
  137. Historical Buildings
  138. A Song
  139. Celebrity Culture
  140. A Surprise
  141. Schools Subject
  142. Leadership
  143. A Disagreement
  144. A Short Trip
  145. Something You Would Like To Buy
  146. Learning New Things
  147. Travel
  148. Community Service
  149. International Meetings
  150. Football and Cricket / Sporting Competitions
  151. Influence of Friends
  152. National Celebrations
  153. Ideas and Education
  154. Is Religion really Needed?
  155. Technology at Home
  156. Genetic Research
  157. Health and Modern Lifestyles
  158. Choices in Everyday Life
  159. Relationship
  160. Media
  161. Teaching of History
  162. Leisure Time
  163. Water-Based Leisure Activities
  164. The Internet
  165. Censorship
  166. Changing trends in Marriage
  167. Consumerism
  168. Advertising
  169. Helping Other People
  170. Being Polite
  171. Parenting
  172. History
  173. Art Classes
  174. Leadership
  175. Happiness

Part 3 is more abstract. This is your opportunity to really develop your answers and discuss the issues brought up by the examiner. This will last 4-5 minutes.

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