Dreams Topic for IELTS Speaking Part 1

See the model answers for current topic used in IELTS speaking part 1. I’ve written a few model answers for each question so you can see the usual length of answers.

I’ve also written a list of useful words below.


  1. Do you often have dreams?
  2. Do you usually remember your dreams?
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?

Model Answers

  1. Do you often have dreams?
    1. Yes, I do. I have quite vivid dreams about things that are going on in my life at the time and I even have nightmares sometimes.
    2. No. I usually sleep very deeply and so I don’t dream at all.
    3. I used to dream all the time but in the last few years I’ve hardly had any dreams at all.
    4. I usually have dreams when I’m upset about something. I guess it’s my subconscious trying to work things out. But other than that, I don’t often dream.
  2.  Do you usually remember your dreams?
    1.  No, they’re usually very vague and I only remember the odd thing or image. But I can never remember the entire dream as they are too abstract.
    2. No, luckily I don’t remember them as they are almost always nightmares.
    3. Yes, I do. I remember almost every dream I have. I keep a dream diary so that I can analyse them later.
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?
    1. No, I don’t. I think dreams are nonsense and not based in reality so I don’t think people should waste their time trying to find a meaning in them.
    2. No, I don’t. I think most people dream because they are not relaxed enough and are not able to enter deep sleep. I don’t think there’s any meaning in what people dream.
    3. Yes, I do. I think our subconscious is trying to figure things out and we can find clues by analysing our dreams.
    4. Yes, I do. I think dreams can reveal hidden messages if we know how to interpret them correctly.
    5. Yes, I do. I know dreaming of a snake means that enemies are close. And if you dream of your teeth falling out, it means a big change will happen in your life. I think dreams are very symbolic.


  • disturbed sleep
  • deep sleep
  • peaceful sleep
  • nightmare
  • daydream
  • vivid dreams
  • vague dreams
  • abstract dreams
  • subconscious thinking / subconscious mind
  • symbolic
  • analyse our dreams
  • nonsense
  • dream diary
  • reveal messages
  • interpret dreams

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  1. Thanks you so much liz

  2. thanks liz u are the best

  3. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for these model answers ! Wow, so generous of you for sharing your ideas and lessons for free. Thanks a lot.


  4. Tomorrow Morning I have exam in Saudi Arabia Jubail. I have heard a lot about Liz from my other collages who scored really good. Hopefully I get good score as this is my first time. Thanks Liz You are the best .

  5. Dear Liz,
    I would like to share me answer
    1. Yes, I am well known as dreamer person.
    It seems to me I dream every night when I go to sleep.
    2. I do remember almost all the dreams for a short time and I forgot it. However, there were some espcial dreams that I never forget it.
    3. Yes, I think that dream is one part of our life. It help to reveal something will coming soon.
    In my personal experience about dream. I could learn a lot from my dream. There were some dream that did became true and fulfill everything.

  6. Thank you so much . I really appriaciate what you do for us Liz. big thanks.

  7. Thank you so much liz

  8. Thank you so much Liz, It’s very helpful.

  9. Shrigowry says:

    Thanks Liz

  10. I was asked the same questions for my part 1 on 5 July. I found it helpful.

  11. Thank you very much. You are useful girl. That is teaching me too much

  12. Thanks Liz,
    I thought that dreams means aspiration or hope in the question, and accordingly I answered it. IS IT ACCEPTED???

  13. Hi liz you are a best teaching
    for me

  14. thanks, Liz

  15. Pauline says:

    Many thanks Liz.

  16. Thnx💯

  17. gratefulforLiz says:

    Much of help,
    Many thanks 🙂
    zillion times of thanks for the vocabulary list 😀

  18. Dear liz
    What should be my response,if the examiner ask me to speak on painting or color

  19. Thanks for sharing Liz! This could probably help me get the score I want to achieve in the ielts exam. 😁

  20. was it wrong to use dream as it means “hope and ambition” rather than what we see in sleep? Unfortunately, it was the meaning that first came to my mind. But It seems that “having dreams” is mainly about sleeps.

    Thanks for the speaking sample answers and best wishes!

    • When the question is “Do you often have dreams” it refers to sleep and the frequency. If the question is “What is your main dream in life?” this is about ambition and hope. But the examiner won’t mark you down because you misunderstood. You will still get marked on the language you produced. Remember, ideas are not marked in speaking, only the language is marked.

  21. Lijalo Kalebe says:

    Thank u Liz, the vocabulary words you provided were very helpful, with this support, i think band 7 is possible

  22. Lijalo Kalebe says:

    Thank u Liz, l am glad that you provided the list of vocabulary used, it was really helpful

  23. Mohammad Rehman says:

    you are a great teacher. you really have good command on IELTS. I am also a teacher and I followed your writing style in IELTS Exam and I got 7 band scores. I appreciate your style of teaching. In short, you are one of millions.

    • Well done 🙂 It isn’t so easy to hit band 7. Good for you 🙂 And thanks for support of my work 🙂

  24. Bikramjit Singh says:

    A Big Thanks to you Mam👍🏼. I have exam on 15 of july, Your blog is providing me a lot of help.

  25. Thank you ma.

  26. Prabhjot singh says:

    Mam i have a question in my mind… I am talking ielts course From a private institute.My teacher there told me that overview should be written in at end of task 1.But u say to write it after introduction.what should i do know? Plz reply and help me.
    And also my ielts tutor told me to write a agree/disagree essays by giving partial opinion …but acc. To u, only a proper answer should be given.( Agree only or disagree only) who is correct …suggest me plzz.

  27. Thanks so much Liz

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