Useful Speaking Tips

IELTS Speaking Family Questions

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we do some practice in part one of speaking about “Family & Friends”.

We know many of you have faced this topic in part 1. What we want to do is to show you what possible questions you may be asked on this topic and how easily you can get 7 and above in speaking just by giving some short and clear answers.

Very well, “Family and Friends” is a topic that the examiner may ask questions about as the first topic in IELTS speaking part 1.

As you may know, when you enter the room, the examiner asks you some very short questions, like your name, where you are from and then he or she will ask for your id. After this part, once the examiner makes sure about your identification, the timer will start working and the examiner introduces himself or herself and the exam begins. This part lasts between 4 to 5 minutes.

The examiner will ask you some personal questions. in 3 different topics. First, you should talk about either one of these topics: Home, Hometown, work, studies, family. Then you will have a second and third topic. Be aware of that! All you need to do is to keep it short and accurate in 2-3 sentences to make a good impression.

1) Do you spend much time with your family?

2) Who are you closest to in your family?

3) Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends?

4) Is family important in your country?

5) Who is your best friend?

6) Are you still friends with people from your childhood?


Describe the person in your family who you most admire.
You should say:
  • what their relationship is to you.
  • what they have done in their life.
  • what they do now.

and explain why you admire them.