101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks about people, places, actions, things and times

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101 IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks about people, places, actions, things 

and times 

 

 

Save each section individually A to Z for future work 

 

 

Although it is impossible to predict the most likely topic for an IELTS Speaking 

Part Two (at least 50% of my students who have done an IELTS preparation 

course report being given a question in the real IELTS exam that they had never 

seen something similar to in class), 80-90% of the questions fit into the categories 

of “people”, “places”, “actions” “things” and “times”. By organising your IELTS 

Speaking practice around these categories, you can ensure that students have 

the vocabulary and grammar to be able to deal with almost any question that 

comes up in the exam. 

 

The sections below (“people” etc.) are in no particular order, but inside each 

section an attempt has been made to put the most typical IELTS questions near 

the top. The questions near the bottom of each section can be used to tie IELTS 

Speaking in with textbook topics and/ or give students an extra challenge. 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks about People 

 

Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education. 

You should say: 

-Where you met them 

-What subject they taught 

-What was special about them; 

And explain why this person influenced you so much. 

 

Describe a friend who has played an important part in your life. 

You should say: 

- How you met this person 

- How long you have known them 

- The kind of thing you do or did with them 

And explain why they have been important in your life   

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Describe one of your relatives 

You should say: 

- What that person looks like 

- What that person’s character is like 

- What they are doing at the moment 

And say which other relative of yours they are most similar to 

 

 

Describe a friend that you often spend time with: 

You should say: 

- How often you see this friend 

- Where you usually go together 

- What things you do together 

And say why you like spending time with this person 

 

 

Describe a classmate, colleague or acquaintance 

You should say: 

- How well you know them   

- When and how you first met them 

- How long you have been working or studying together 

And say whether you think you will get to know that person better in the future or 

not, and why 

 

 

Describe a friend you have had or had for a long time 

You should say: 

- How you met 

- What things you do or did together 

- What things you have or had in common 

And say why you think your friendship lasted a long time 

 

 

Describe a classmate or colleague you often meet. You should say: 

- Where you usually meet 

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- When you first met 

- What topics you usually talk about 

And say why you often meet 

 

 

 

 

Describe a classmate you had at a previous school. 

You should mention: 

- What that person looked like 

- What that person’s personality was like 

- What things that person liked doing 

And say how that person was different to you 

 

 

Describe a sportsman you know or know about. 

You should say: 

- What that person is like 

- What sport they play 

- How they reached their present position in that sport 

And say if you think there is something special about that sportsman or not, and 

why 

 

Describe someone you know or know about who has an interesting or unusual 

job. 

You should say: 

- What that person is like 

- What that person’s job 

- What you think is interesting or unusual about that person’s job 

And say if you think that person’s personality suits that job or not, and why 

 

Describe someone you know or know about who has an unusual hobby.   

You should mention: 

- What the hobby is 

- What is unusual about that hobby 

- Why you think that person has that hobby 

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And say what kind of person you think would also like that hobby, and why 

 

 

Describe a young child you know or know about. 

You should say: 

- What he or she looks like 

- What he or she likes doing 

- How that person has changed 

And say what you think they might do in the future, and why 

 

Describe someone who is well known in your town, area or country. 

You should say: 

- What they look like 

- What they do 

- Why they are well known 

And say whether you would like to have this person’s life or not, and why 

 

Describe a musician, singer or other artist you like or know about. 

You should say: 

- What kind of thing they make 

- How long they have been working 

- How they are different from other artists 

And say whether you like this person’s work or not, and why 

 

Describe a famous person you have met or know about 

You should say:   

- How famous that person is   

- Why that person is famous 

- What they are doing now 

And say if you think they will become more or less famous in the future, and why

 

 

Describe an historical figure who you know about 

You should say: 

- Why they are famous or important 

- What they did 

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- When they lived 

And say if you think they have a good reputation now or not, and why 

 

 

Describe someone you know or know about who is particularly skilful at 

something.  

You should explain: 

- What that person’s skill is 

- What that person needs to be able to do to do that thing well 

- How you think that person learnt that skill 

And say if you think you could pick up the same skill or not, and why 

 

 

Describe someone you know or know about who has a lot of responsibility. 

You should say: 

- What that person is like 

- What kind of responsibility that person has 

- How well that person deals with his or her responsibilities 

And say if you would like to have the same responsibilities or not, and why 

 

 

Describe someone who is your hero, is the hero of someone you know, or is a 

hero of many people.   

You should mention: 

- What that person is like 

- Why that person is a hero 

- How that person is different from other people 

And say if you think that person likes being thought of as a hero or not, and why 

 

Describe someone you used to play with when you were younger.   

You should say: 

- What that person was like 

- What kind of games you used to play 

- Where you used to play 

And say if you are still in touch with that person or not, and why 

 

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Describe someone you know or know about who does his or her job well.   

You should say: 

- What job that person does 

- Where they work 

- Why you think they do their job well 

And say whether you think you could do that job well or not, and why 

 

Describe an old person you know or know about. 

You should mention: 

- What that person looks like 

- What he or she likes doing 

- How that person has changed since they were younger 

And say if you think that person is happy to be that age or not, and why 

 

 

Describe someone who looked after you when you were younger. 

You should mention: 

- What that person was like 

- How old you were when they looked after you 

- What things they used to do with you 

And say if you would look after a child the same way or not, and why 

 

 

 

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IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks about Places 

 

 

 

Describe a classroom that you study or have studied in. You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What the good things about it are 

- What the bad things about it are 

And explain how it compares to other classrooms you have studied in before or 

since 

 

Describe a room in the place you are living now 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What you usually use it for 

- What things are in it 

And say what you would change about that room if you could 

 

Describe a place you have lived in or are living now 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What are the good things about it 

- What are the bad things about it 

And say where you would like to live if you didn’t live there 

 

Describe a city, town or village you know well 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What it looks like 

- What kind of people live there 

And say if you think it is a good place to live or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a building that has made an impression on you. 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

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- Where it is 

- What it is used for 

And say if you like that building or not and why 

 

 

 

Describe a building, view or natural feature that impressed you. 

You should say: 

- What kind of place it is 

- Where it is 

- Why it impressed you 

And say whether you think you will go there again or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a workplace you have worked in or know about 

You should say: 

- What the building is like 

- What facilities it has 

- What things there are in the local area 

And say if you think it is a good place to work or not, and why 

 

Describe a school that you are studying or have studied in 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What it looks like 

- What facilities it has 

And say if you think it is a good school building or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a famous building you have seen or know about 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it is used for 

- Why it is famous 

And say whether you would like to live in or near this building or not, and why 

 

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Describe a place you often go in your free time 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- Who you go with 

- What you do there 

And say how you feel when you are there and after you leave 

 

Describe a place you often go. You should say: 

- How often you go there 

- Why you go there 

- What you do there 

And say if you enjoy going there or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about somewhere foreign tourists would enjoy going in your town or country.

You should say: 

- Why you think that place would be interesting or enjoyable 

- What people can do there 

- How long you would recommend staying there 

And say whether many foreign tourists do visit that place or not, and why 

 

Describe a place that you think is relaxing. 

You should explain: 

- What kind of place it is 

- What you do there 

- Why you think it is relaxing 

And say whether you think most other people would think that place is relaxing or 

not, and why 

 

Describe a place which you think is beautiful. You should explain: 

- What that place is like 

- How you can get there from here 

- What kind of people usually go there 

And say why you think it is beautiful 

 

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Talk about a place you have stayed in on holiday. 

You should say: 

- How you chose that place 

- How long you stayed there 

- What the advantages and disadvantages of that place were 

And say whether you would like to stay in a similar place in the future or not, and 

why  

 

 

 

Describe an historical place you have been to 

You should say: 

- What kind of place it is 

- What it looks like 

- Where it is 

And explain something about the history of the place 

 

Describe a famous natural feature that you have seen or know about: 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What kind of place it is surrounded by 

- What it looks like 

And say why it is famous 

 

 

Talk about a foreign country or other distant place you have been to on holiday. 

You should say 

-Where that place is 

-Why it is a good place to go on holiday 

- What things there are to do there 

And say whether you think you will go there again in the near future or not, and 

why 

 

 

Talk about a foreign country you are interested in but have never been to. 

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You should say:   

- What you would like to do there 

- What you think that place will be like 

- How you first became interested in that place 

And say if that place is popular with tourists from your country or not, and why 

 

Talk about a place in your country you have never been to but would like to visit 

You should say: 

- Why you have never visited that place 

- Why you would like to go there 

- What you would like to do there 

And say if you think most people would enjoy going to that place or not, and why

 

Talk about a day trip you have been on from your hometown or the place you are 

living now. 

You should say: 

- Where you went 

- How you travelled 

- How you had heard about that place 

And say whether you would like to go to a similar place next weekend or not, and 

why 

 

 

 

Describe a store in your hometown or the place you are living now. You should 

say:  

- How to get there from your house or flat 

- What things they stock 

- What things most people buy there 

And say whether that is one of the places you often go shopping or not, and why 

 

Describe some countryside near your hometown or the place where you are 

living now. You should say: 

- What it is like   

- What people usually do there 

- How you can get there from the place you are living 

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And say if you would like to visit that place soon or not, and why 

 

Describe a park or other green space in your hometown or near where you are 

living at the moment.   

You should say: 

- How to get there from your house or flat 

- What it is like 

- What you can do there 

And say if many people go to that place or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a long distance journey you have been on. You should say 

-Where you went 

-What kind or kinds of transport you used 

- What the good things and bad things about the journey were 

And say whether you would like to go on the same journey again and why 

 

Describe a place you want to go but have never been 

You should say: 

- Why you want to go there 

- What things you could do there 

- How you first heard about it 

And say if you think you will go there soon or not, and why 

 

Describe a place you often went as a child 

You should say: 

- How often you went there 

- Why you went there 

- What you did there 

And say if you go there less often nowadays, and why 

 

Describe your perfect workplace. You should say: 

- What the interior would be look 

- What facilities it would have 

- What the local area would be like 

And say if you think you will ever work in a place like that or not, and why 

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Describe the first place house or flat you remember living in. 

You should say: 

- How old you were when you remember being there 

- What you remember best about the place 

- What the good things and bad things about that place were 

And say how that place compares to other places you have lived or stayed in 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describe a place that you have only been to once in your life. 

You should say: 

- Where it was 

- Why you went there 

- What you did there 

And say if you think you will go there again someday or not, and why 

 

Describe a place that your parents took you to. You should explain: 

- What sort of place it was 

- How you got there 

- Why your parents took you there 

And say whether you would take your own children to a place like that or not, and 

why 

 

Talk about your next trip abroad. 

You should say: 

- Where you are going or would like to go 

- What you want to do there 

- What souvenirs you would like to bring back 

And say whether you think your next trip overseas will be as you would like it to be 

or not, and why 

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IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks about Actions 

 

 

Describe one thing that you have to do regularly in your work or studies. You 

should say: 

- How often you do it 

- How good you are at this thing 

- What you need to do in order to do this thing well 

And say if you think most people would enjoy doing that thing or not, and why   

 

 

 

Talk about a job you would like to do in the future. 

You should say: 

- What people have to do in that job 

- Why you are interested in that job 

- If there are any disadvantages or difficulties to doing that job 

And say if you think you will be good at that job or not, and why 

 

Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future. 

You should say: 

- What you need to study as part of that subject 

- Where you can study it 

- What you think the most difficult things about that subject would be 

And say if you think studying that subject will be useful in your future life or not, 

and why 

 

 

Talk about a sport you did or were interested in when you were a child. 

You should say: 

- Why you liked it 

- How you first became interested in it 

- Why you became less interested in it 

And say if you friends were interested in the same sport or not, and why 

 

 

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Describe a project you had to do in your studies or job. 

You should say: 

- Who asked you to do that project   

- What the main aim of the project was 

- Who helped you with it 

And say if you think that project as a success or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a hobby you are interested in but have never tried. 

You should mention: 

- Why you are interested in that hobby 

- Why you have never tried it before 

- What things you would have to do before you could start doing that hobby 

And say if you think most people would also like to try that hobby or not, and why

 

 

Talk about one thing you are planning to do or might do next weekend. 

You should mention: 

- Where you can do that thing 

- How you can get there 

- Any equipment you need to do it 

And say whether you are looking forward to doing that thing or not, and why 

 

Talk about one thing you are planning to do after you pass this test. 

You should mention: 

- What you want to do 

- Why you decided you wanted to do that thing 

- How long you have had that plan 

And say whether a good mark in IELTS will help you achieve that thing or not, and 

if so how 

 

 

Talk about another language you would like to learn. 

You should say: 

- Which countries or regions it is spoken in 

- How it is different from your language and from English 

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- Why you are interested in that language 

And say if you think it is more or less difficult to learn than English and your 

language, and why 

 

 

Talk about a foreign language apart from English that you are interested in 

learning. 

You should say: 

- Where it is the main language 

- How that language differs from your language and from English 

- How you first became interested in that language 

And say if you think that would be an easy language to learn for you or not, and 

why 

 

Talk about a sport you are interested in but have never played. 

You should say: 

- What equipment people use to play that sport 

- How it is played 

- What kinds of people usually play this sport 

And say if you think you will do this sport in the future or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about one method of learning English or another foreign language you have 

used. 

You should say: 

- How you found out about this method 

- What it consists of 

- How it compares to other methods of learning a language 

And say if you think that is the best way to learn a language or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a test in English or another foreign language you have taken at school 

or elsewhere. 

You should say: 

- Where you took the test 

- How long it was 

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- What skills and language knowledge was tested 

And say if you think that was a good test of your language level or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a short term goal or ambition you have. 

You should say: 

- How you first decided on that goal or ambition 

- Who you have told about it 

- What your next step needs to be in order to achieve it 

And say if you think it will be easy to achieve that goal or ambition or not, and why

 

 

Talk about a long term goal or ambition you have. 

You should say: 

- Why you have that goal or ambition 

- When you would like to achieve that by 

- When you think you will achieve that by 

And say what you will do if you can’t achieve that goal or ambition 

 

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IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks about Things 

 

 

 

Describe an item that you have that is important to you: 

You should say: 

- What it is 

- When, where and how you got it 

- How it helps you in your life 

And say what you would do if you didn’t have one of these 

 

Describe an electronic item that is important to you: 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it can do 

- How it helps you in your life 

And say what you would do if you didn’t have one of these 

 

 

Talk about something you use for your work or studies. You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it is used for 

- How often you use it 

And say if you would be able to do you work or studies without this thing, and if so 

how 

 

 

Talk about a thing that is important to take with you when you go away on holiday.

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- How you use it 

- When you first started using it 

And say if you think this thing is important to everyone or not, and why 

 

 

 

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Describe a present that you have received 

You should say: 

- Who gave it to you 

- Why they gave it to you 

- If you liked it or not 

And say what kind of person that present might be suitable for 

 

Describe a present that you gave someone 

You should say: 

- Who you gage it to 

- Why you gave them a present 

- Why you chose that present 

And say if you think they enjoyed that present or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a famous food from your hometown or country. You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it tastes like 

- When and how it is usually eaten 

And say why you think it is famous 

 

Describe an item of clothing that you often wear: 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- When and how you got it 

- When you wear it 

And say how it compares to other clothes you have 

 

Describe an item of clothing that you have had for a long time 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- How long you have had it 

- How you got it 

And say why you have had never got rid of it 

 

 

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Describe a possession that you have had for a long time 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- How long you have had it 

- How you got it 

And say why you have had never got rid of it 

 

 

 

Talk about a pet you have or have had. You should mention: 

-What it looked like 

-What its personality was like 

-What you do or did with it 

And say what kind of person a similar pet might be suitable for. 

 

 

 

Talk about something that is in your bag or pocket now 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- How and when you use it 

- How and when you first got it 

And say if you could live without it or not, and why 

 

 

 

Talk about an English book you have read or used. 

You should say: 

- How you got that book 

- Why you read or used it 

- What you learnt from using it 

And say if you would like to use a book like that again or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about something you would particularly like to purchase. 

You should mention: 

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- How much is costs 

- Where it can be bought 

- Why you want it 

And say if you think you will be able buy it in the near future or not, and why 

 

 

Describe the transport system for commuters in your city or country. You should 

say  

-What kind of transport is available 

-Which kind of transport is the most popular 

-What the good points and bad points of the transport system is 

And say how you think it should be changed in the future. 

 

 

Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play but can’t.   

You should say: 

- What the instrument looks like 

- How it is played 

- What kinds of music people play on it 

And say if you think you would be able to learn to play that instrument well or not, 

and why 

 

 

Describe a wild animal in your country. You should say: 

-What it looks like 

-Where it lives 

-What it does 

And say if you would like to live near one of these animals or not, and why 

 

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IELTS Speaking Part Two Tasks about Times 

Talk about a future festival or celebration in your family or your country. 

You should say: 

- If it will be an important celebration 

- What will be celebrated 

- What you will do on that day 

And say if you think you will enjoy that day or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a time when you visited someone else’s house 

You should say: 

- When and how you were invited 

- How you replied to the invitation 

- If you took anything with you 

- What you did in that person’s house 

And say if you prefer socialising in people’s homes or in restaurants etc 

 

 

Describe a party that you have been to: 

You should say: 

- Who gave the party 

- Why you were invited 

- Why the party was given 

And say if you enjoyed the party or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about an important day in your life. 

You should say: 

- When this day was 

- If you were alone or with others 

- Where you were and what happened 

And explain why this day was important to you   

 

Talk about a birthday you remember well. 

You should say: 

- What you did 

- Who you spent the day with 

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- Why you remember that birthday so well 

And say if you would like to have exactly the same kind of birthday again or not, 

and why 

 

 

Describe a holiday you have had: 

You should say: 

-How you travelled   

- What activities you did on holiday 

- Who you went with 

And say if you would recommend that holiday to a friend or not, and why 

 

 

Describe your typical day when you are not working or studying 

You should say: 

- What things you do 

- How long you spend doing those things 

- What the most enjoyable thing you do is 

And say if those days are usually the same or vary 

 

Describe a typical festival or celebration in your country: 

You should say: 

- When the celebration takes place 

- Why people celebrate at that time 

- What people do during this celebration 

And say if that celebration is important to you or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about your last or a recent family gathering. 

You should say: 

- Why you got together 

- Where you got together 

- What you did together 

And say if everyone enjoyed themselves or not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe an important historical event in your country: 

You should say: 

- When it happened 

- What happened 

- Who the most important people involved were 

And say why it is important to the history of your country 

 

Talk about your favourite day of the year 

You should say: 

- When that day is 

- What you like about it 

- What you usually do on that day 

And say if most people your age in your country feel the same way about that day

 

 

Talk about how your family usually celebrate the New Year. You should say: 

- Where people usually go 

- Who they spend time with 

- What they do to celebrate the New Year 

And say if New Year is one your favourite festivals or not, and why 

 

Talk about the next time you will go away on holiday. You should say: 

- Where you would like to go 

- What you will be able to do in that place 

- What preparations you have already made to go there 

And say if you think that is a place you will go more than once in the future or not, 

and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008