lost ielts speaking part 1

Lost 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.

Lost Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  1. Have you ever lost your way?
    Several times. In fact, just last week I forgot the way to my friend’s house in Delhi. It’s been ten years since I last visited and this time I got lost in the maze of buildings. It was late at night on top of that!
  2. What steps did you take to find your way?
    I just called her, and sent her my location on Whatsapp, and she came and got me in no time. Thank God for technology! It would have been difficult for me to explain to her where I was because there are no landmarks or shops in that colony!

Set 2

  1. Have you gotten lost?
    Yes, I tend to get lost when I travel to new cities, or when I have to revisit a friend’s house for the second time. Last week I was in Delhi, and forgot the way to my friend’s house. To be fair, the housing complex she lives in is like a huge maze and every building resembles the other. It’s easy to get lost.
  2. Have you ever had to help someone who was lost?
    Oh yes, all the time! Chandigarh is divided into neat, little sectors and newcomers often tend to get lost as they navigate their way through the grid. I am always stopping to guide someone through my city, and I am happy to do so!
  3. Do people in your country help people who have lost their way?
    Yes, they do. If there’s anything Indians love, it is giving others directions. Some of us will even accompany you to your desired destination. Others will guide you though they have no idea what they’re talking about. We do this because we don’t like to appear ignorant.

Set 2 Vocabulary

  • Ignorant– lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

Set 3

  1. Have you ever been lost?
    Yes, many times. I have a terrible sense of direction. Once I got on the metro in the wrong direction going to the airport and ended up on the other side of town.Luckily, I didn’t miss my flight but I had to take a taxi
  2. Have you helped someone who was lost?
    A few people have asked me for directions before. Once I was in a supermarket and I saw a young boy crying. He was only about 5 and had lost his mother. I alerted a member of staff so they could make an announcement and reunited him with his parents.
  3. Do people in your country help people who are lost?
    Germans can be more formal than some cultures but if you ask somebody for help they will do everything in their power to help. I had to ask somebody in Berlin how to find the university. The guy was so kind that he walked with me to the correct street so that I didn’t make a mistake.

Set 3 Vocabulary

  • do everything in their power – do everything they can

Set 4

  1. Do you easily get lost when you visit a new place?
    It depends. I generally have a good sense of direction, but if it is a big city, I find it easier to get lost.
  2. How does being lost make you feel?
    I feel a little nervous and overwhelmed, especially when I travel alone. But I usually try to identify landmarks, which helps a lot.
  3. What would you do if you were lost without your phone?
    I would try to ask people around, or maybe go to a shop or restaurant and ask for help. Many towns also have public maps near bus stations, or at the city centre which are often useful.
  4. Would you help someone who was lost?
    If I knew the area, I absolutely would. It can be quite scary to not know where you are, and I have appreciated it when people have helped me in the past.

Set 4 Vocabulary

  • sense of direction – ability to find your way somewhere
  • nervous– anxious, stressed
  • overwhelmed– problems processing information or feelings
  • landmarks– objects or features in a town that can be easily recognised

Set 5

  1. Have you ever gotten lost?
    Of course. I have been lost a few times in other cities and not known where I was going. Once in London, I got on the wrong tube line and ended up on the outskirts of London before I got off and turned back. It is easy to get lost in a huge city like London and the locals are not always helpful.
  2. How do you find your way when you are lost?
    I usually ask a local person to tell me which way to go. Sometimes, I try to work it out for myself by looking at online maps. Despite doing that, I always feel more certain if I double check with someone who travels the route regularly.
  3. Can you read a map well?
    I haven’t got much need to read a proper map as I only use maps online now. They can be difficult to follow and see which way the arrow is pointing though. If I had to navigate using a paper map nowadays I think I´d be absolutely useless.
  4. Have you ever helped someone who got lost?
    On occasion, I have been approached in Manchester and asked for directions. Last week, a tourist asked for directions to the football stadium and I showed them the tram route to get there. I pride myself on being helpful and kind.

Set 5 Vocabulary

  • the Tube – the London underground
  • end up – arrive somewhere you had not planned to go to
  • work it out – solve a problem
  • proper – genuine, real
  • pride myself – to be proud of you own ability

Set 6

  1. Have you ever lost your purse or wallet?
    Only once. I was taking the bus between Oxford and Cambridge and when I got off I couldn’t find my purse. I realised it must have fallen out on the seat, I ran after the bus but missed it. I wasted no time in calling the bus company but I didn’t get it back.

Set 6 Vocabulary

  • wasted no time in – did something quickly

Set 7

  1. Have you ever lost a pair of sunglasses?
    Luckily, I have never lost any. If I no longer use my sunglasses, I like to put them back in their case. I am very organised when it comes to looking after personal belongings.
    I am happy to say that I have never experienced that. Because I don’t carry them around as much, I haven’t lost any.

Set 7 Vocabulary

  • case – (in this case) a storage box for glasses or sunglasses

Set 8

  1. Have you ever lost your sunglasses?
    I am happy to say that I have never experienced that. Because I don’t carry them around as much, I haven’t lost any.

Set 9

  1. Is it easy to get lost in your city?
    It can be difficult to know where you are sometimes, the public transport system is excellent with the tram and buses. However, the tram map can be confusing for tourists and they often get on the tram in the wrong direction or need to ask the locals for help.

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