IELTS Speaking Part 1 Question with Sample Answers: Country

Country ielts speaking part 1

Country is a topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 1. Below you will find a list of some example questions and answers that you could encounter during part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test.

The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking Part 1 prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.

Country Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  1. Would you enjoy living in the countryside?
    Definitely yes! Sometimes I wish my grandparents hadn’t migrated to Mumbai. I would have loved to grow up in our village on the Konkan coast, close to the sea, listening to the sound of the waves instead of the constant cacophony of horns!

Country Vocabulary Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  • Cacophony– a hard and loud mixture of sounds

Set 2

  1. Do you prefer living in a city or the countryside? Why?
    A. This is not an easy question. People often romanticize life in the high mountains but it is tough. Food is very expensive and locals have to walk through dangerous terrain on a daily basis. Winters are biting cold and clear running water is hard to find. So I’ll admit that city life is easier.

Set 2 Vocabulary

  • Romanticize– deal with or describe in an unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is

Set 3

  1. Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?
    Not anytime soon! I can see myself living in the countryside when I am retired and walk a slower pace of life. At the moment, the countryside is great for a relaxing day out or to go and paint the landscape but I feel more at home in the city.

Set 4

  1. Do you want to live in the countryside?
    Right now, I don’t want to live in a rural area as I enjoy the nightlife in the town and going to the theatre and the cinema regularly. My parents live in a village not far from Northampton so I can stay there anytime I want but not full time.

Set 4 Vocabulary

  • nightlife – bars and discos

Set 5

  1. Have you ever spent time in the countryside?
    I go to the countryside in the North of Spain every summer as Madrid can become unbearably hot. My family have a chalet there so we all go and stay and laze about in the garden and swim in the pool. We take long walks in the mountains in the mornings and have long lunches in the afternoon followed by a nap.
  2. Would you like to live in the countryside in the future? Why?
    Right now living in the city suits me but I can definitely see myself spending more time in the countryside when I am older. The pace of life is a lot slower and less hectic. It is also a great place to spend time with family and to take it easy.

Set 5 Vocabulary

  • laze about – do nothing
  • take it easy – relax

Set 6

  1. Is farming important in your country?
    It is very common for people to take on farming duties in rural areas. It is actually one of the main industries in my country, with over fifty percent of the population living off of it.
  2. How often do you visit farms?
    I live in a metropolitan city, so I am quite far from any farming areas, but every few months I will go visit one for a change of pace.
  3. What can we do to support farmers?
    An idea could be to purchase products from local businesses, rather than buying mass-produced merchandise from large factories. I personally enjoy going to markets where people sell their own food, like fresh fruit and vegetables, and sometimes meat, too.

Set 6 Vocabulary

  • metropolitan city – large, busy city
  • a change of pace – a change from what a person is used to
  • mass-produced – produced in large quantities

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