(2024) IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Hometown – Free Lesson

Topic “Hometown” often appears in IELTS Speaking Part 1. This is not a tough topic, but to be able to answer this part correctly, you need a relative vocabulary and the ability to develop natural ideas.

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Hometown

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Hometown
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Questions and Answers

1. Where is your hometown?  

My hometown is on the south-east coast of Northern Ireland. It’s called Dundrum and it’s about 1 hour south of the capital city.

2. Is that a big city or a small place?

Sample answer 1: My hometown is a medium-size city, so it normally takes local people less time to commute. We can save a lot of time.

Sample answer 2: My hometown isn’t a major city in China but it’s not small either. As far as I know, it has a population of 5 million people. So the urban area is always crowded with people. It’s also the largest city of the province by land area.

3. How long have you been living there?

Sample answer 1: I’ve been living in my hometown since I was born. I’ve never thought about leaving my hometown because my entire social circle is there and the cost of living is pretty low. However, I also want to work in a different city for a few years to broaden my horizons.

Sample answer 2: I’m a Beijinger born and bred, so l’ve lived here all my life. I’m not telling you exactly how long, because my age is a secret…. I’m a girl after all.

Vocabulary: born and bred (idiom): used to say that someone was born and grew up in a particular place, and has the typical character of someone who lives there.

Sample answer 3: I have been living there since I was born, so it’s about 20 years. I didn’t leave my hometown until I graduated from high school.

4. Do you like your hometown?

Sample answer 1: Yes, I do. Our local food is delicious. Beef ball is famous in my hometown. Tasty food always brings happiness to people.

Sample answer 2: Yes, I do. I’m from Harbin, which is a city in the northeast of China. It’s famous for the Ice & Snow Festival there, which is a really cool annual event in my hometown. Tons of visitors come to my city to see it every year. I love being a tour guide and showing my friends from other cities this tourist attraction.

5. Is there anything you dislike about it?

Sample answer 1: There are traffic jams in every city. My city is no exception. They are quite annoying especially during rush hours. That is the only thing I dislike about it.

Sample answer 2:I love the city I live in. But of course, every rose has its thorn. Sometimes, the buses are really slow here. So as a commuter, I often get fed up with having to wait for long periods of time. I just want to get places on time, but the public transportation can make that easier said than done.

6. What do you like (most) about your hometown?

Sample answer 1: There are many public parks in my hometown. I like them very much. When I feel tired, I always go to the park with my friends. So it is a good place to make us relaxed.

Sample answer 2: Like I said, Beijing is the capital, so the transport is very good and a lot more convenient than in other cities around China. Another thing really like is the food. There’s just such a variety; not just Chinese food but cuisine from all over the world

7. Do you like living there?

Sample answer 1: Yes, I like living there. The city is eco-friendly and the environment is pleasant. There are many trees in my city.

Sample answer 2: Yeah, I really love it. When I moved here, I thought it was overwhelming. But now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. There are always cool things happening here. For example, a lot of singers come to our city for their concerts.

8. Please describe your hometown a little.

Sample answer 1: Well, my hometown is Beijing the capital of China. I think that it’s the largest city in the world, it must be fairly close. From memory it has about 25 million people in it.

Sample answer 2: I live in the quieter part of a big city. Meaning, I can take transit downtown very easily but all the hustle and bustle isn’t part of my normal day to day. There are lots of grade schools and bakeries in my neighborhood. And a lot of families live here too.

Sample answer 3: My hometown is a coastal city located in the south of China. There are various kinds of seafood which are cheap and fresh. Also, the environment is friendly.

9. Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

Sample answer 1: I’m not sure. But I don’t think I would rule out living in the country. Maybe when I’m ready to settle down, I could move to the country and enjoy the peace and quiet there. It’s really hard to tell where life will take me. I might want to just keep living in the city.

Sample answer 2: I think so, yes. I’m going to England for a year to finish my studies, but I hope when I come back I can find a good job and stay here.

Sample answer 3: Yes, I think so. I want to be a teacher in my hometown. No matter where I finish my education, I will go back to work there.

10. What’s your hometown famous for?

Sample answer 1: Shenyang is rich in history. For example, the Japanese invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to this day. Another example that I could mention is the Imperial Palace that belongs to the last dynasty – the Qing dynasty – in China. I think a sense of history is what makes Shenyang distinctive and special.

Sample answer 2: You see, as it’s an industrial city, I’m afraid, there’s nothing it can boast of. There are neither ancient buildings nor other places of interest that could possibly attract tourists. However, it is in my city that the best shoes are produced.

11. Did you learn about the history of your hometown at school?

12. What do you like about it?

It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and for me, one of the most beautiful places of earth. It has everything; fantastic beaches, rolling mountains, dense forests and picturesque countryside.

13. What do you not like about it?

It can be a little bit boring because it’s really tiny. There are only a few small shops and a couple of pubs and that’s it! In the summer, it’s OK because you can enjoy the outdoors but it would be nice to have a few more indoor facilities for the winter.

14. How often do you visit your hometown? 

Not as much as I should. I only get to visit about once a year now to see my family because I’m really busy with work and it’s quite far away, but I hope to visit more in the future.

15. What’s the oldest part of your hometown? 

There is an old Norman castle that sits on top of the highest hill of the town. It’s a ruin now, but there are some breath taking views from it and it’s easy to see why they chose that site for a castle, because you can see for miles around

16. Do many people visit your town?

Thousands of tourists visit every summer. They come from the capital city mostly to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace and quiet. There are more and more international tourists visiting because lots of scenes from the TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ were shot just outside the village.

17. How has your hometown changed over the years? 

Since I was a child the town has almost doubled in size and population. It used to consist of just one main street, but now there are many new housing developments and apartments next to the water. With all these new people moving in, it has changed the character of the town a little bit, people are not as friendly as before.

18. Are there good transportation links to your town?

The public transport system consists of just buses that pass through the town on an hourly basis. One bus goes north to the capital city which is really convenient if you need to do any shopping and the other bus goes south where you can switch buses and go across the border to the Republic of Ireland, so you could say we have international transport links which is not bad for a little town like ours.

19. Would you recommend the town to people with children?

Yes and no. It is obviously a great place to bring up kids because there are so many things for them to do like swim in the sea, play in the forest and run on the beach. However, the good schools are pretty far away and I remember having to get up really early every morning to catch a bus to school that was 20 miles away.


broaden/expand/widen sb’s horizonsto increase the range of things that someone knows about or has experiencedTravelling certainly broadens your horizons.
famous (adjective)known and recognized by many peopleMarie Curie is famous for her contribution to science.
fed up (adjective)bored, annoyed, or disappointed, especially by something that you have experienced for too longHe got fed up with all the travelling he had to do.

Terraced house (noun)

house connected on both sides by other properties

In England, most people seem to live in terraced houses with lovely back gardens.

Back garden (noun phrase)

a garden at the rear of the house

I live in a terraced house that has a living room, a kitchen, three bed rooms, two bathrooms and a lovely back garden.

Urban area (noun)

connected with a town or city

Pollution has reached disturbingly high levels in some urban areas.

Overcrowded (adjective)

with too many people or things in it

The train was so overcrowded this evening that I was unable to find an empty seat.
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