IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Questions and Sample Answers Band 8+

IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Birthday celebration

Here are some ideas and suggested answers for IELTS Speaking Part 1. Let’s learn some new vocabularies on birthday and clothing topics.

IELTS SPEAKING Questions and Sample Answers Band 8+BIRTHDAY

1. Do you enjoy your birthday?

I used to love them a lot, but now that I’m getting older and older they aren’t as much fun as they used to be. It’s simply another day like any other day in the year.

2. Do you usually celebrate your birthday?

Yes, I do. Although it is not very huge party but I make sure that there is a party and that I have all my near and dear ones surrounding me during my birthday.

I usually am not a very big birthday fan. I think there should not be any reason to celebrate life and oneself. I am one of those who would give myself or any one else gifts out of the box with no reasons and at any time of the year.

3. Is it important to celebrate one’s birthday? Why?

Well, everyone, regardless their age, deserves to have a meaningful birthday celebration not only to mark another milestone of their life but to share wishes and happiness with their beloved ones. Even though some might claim that birthday doesn’t matter much and it only reminds them of how old they are, they still probably secretly enjoy the warmth and attention from others on their special day.

4. How birthdays of children are celebrated in your country?

Children are likely to be the ones who adore birthdays the most since they can be spoiltwith plethora of presents and wishes. There aren’t any essential differences in how people celebrate their children’s birthday among countries, I believe. Basically, we are all going to throw a party with birthday cake which could be varied in shapes and flavors and, most importantly, express our love and support for our kids on their every stage of life.

5. Which birthdays are considered important in your country?

Generally speaking, in India, every stage of a human’s life is destined for some specific activities and purposes. Therefore, we consider all phases of life with equal significance. Yet, if I had to pick one, 18 would be my choice since it is a turning point which signals maturity, opening a new chapter in one’s journey.

6. How is it celebrated?

People always have their own ways to celebrate and enjoy life and their birthday parties are no exceptions. We often come across Sweet 18 or Coming of Age ceremony, which are relatively the same as any birthday party except with bigger scale and higher bills.

Useful vocabulary and expressions:
  • milestone (n):  very important stage or event in the development of something
  • remind somebody of something: to help somebody remember something, especially something important that they must do
  • likely (a): probable or expected
  • adore (v): to like something very much
  • spoil – spoilt – spoilt (v): pamper, give someone anything he/ she wants
  • plethora (n): an amount that is greater than is needed or can be used
  • throw a party: organize a party
  • destined (for) (a): on the way to or intended for a place
  • turning point (n): the time when an important change takes place, usually with the result that a situation improves
  • maturity (n): the state of being fully grown or developed

IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Questions and Sample Answers Band 8+IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Teacher

Do you like any teachers of yours?

There were a few teachers that I was particularly fond of. Let me tell you about my high school PE teacher, Mrs. Burrier. Since she knew I was painfully shy and especially clumsy (can easily trip or fall) when it comes to gym class, she allowed me to do the dance routine that she assigned to us in a private room only in front of her to save me any possible embarrassment. I so appreciated it!

Do you still keep in touch with your teacher?

I’ve lost contact with all elementary and middle school teachers, but I keep in touch with a couple of university professors. As uni professors are allowed to have more of a relationship with students, it was easier to get to know them. My Spanish professor and I message back and forth every year to catch up.

Do you want to be a teacher?

As I’m not a patient person, I don’t think teaching is for me. Furthermore, I dread (don’t look forward to) the thought of standing in front of the classroom trying to get the class’s attention while the children fool around (play). I think it takes a special person to be a teacher, and unfortunately I don’t meet the criteria!

Do you remember your fav teach from primary school?

Of course! I’ll tell you about my second grade teacher, Ms. Puleo. She was always kind, encouraging, and incredibly patient, even with us little rascals (slang for kids). I always felt a sense of warmth in her classroom, which the students responded well to. The world needs more teachers like her.

Did you pretend to be a teacher in the childhood?

Oh yes! I remember playing teacher with a small chalkboard my friend had at her house. I used to think it was so entertaining to be the teacher and give the class assignments to do; I usually focused on Math and Art. I loved pretending to give orders!

What qualities should a good teacher have?

Firstly, I think a teacher needs to be patient. Secondly, I think the teacher must be kind and encouraging, which creates a warm, open learning environment. I also think they should have interpersonal skills to be able to understand the needs of all different students. There are different kinds of teachers, but I would use this as rule of thumb (a general rule).

IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Questions and Sample Answers Band 8+ IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Politeness

  1. Do you think people should be polite? Why?

In my opinion, politeness should be considered a basic virtue that every person must possess. Being well-mannered may not get you straight to the highest position at work within one day, but would give you respect, trust and kindness from other people, all of which are beneficial for you in a long run. Furthermore, politeness can partially reflect your educational background and your proffession as well.


Virtue (n): goodness

Well-mannered (adj): polite, showing good manner

In a long run (phrase): long term

To be beneficial for (adj): to provide advantages for SO or to aid SO

2. How do people in your culture show good manners towards others?

Good manners can be shown in a wide range of acts in our culture. For example, when we run into people who are older than us like our parents, grandparents or our university lecturers, we say hi and bow our head to show our respect towards them. Additionally, when we talk to them, we use certain pronouns and words to indicate the age gap between that person and us. Another example is our tone when we speak. Raising the voice, scream or shout to others would leave the worst impression.


a wide variety/range of (phrase): to have many options to choose from

To run into (v): to meet SO unexpectedly

3. Who taught you to be polite?

I guess similar to most people, I was raised to be a polite person by my parents. As I spent most of my time around them, they tried to set good example for me. They also gave me advice and told me moral stories about how being polite and kind to others can help me a lot in real life.


To set good example (v): to behave in a way that others should copy

4. Is it important to be polite in your country?

I believe so, yes. Being impolite to people – especially elders – is a major faux pas. Even perceived impoliteness can earn you a reprimand.

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