IELTS Speaking Part 1: What’s your favourite…?

Learn some useful tips for improving and developing your answer to one of the most common questions in IELTS speaking part 1.

In this lesson you will find out what mistake many students make when they answer this question as well as how to create a higher band score answer by adding more information to your answer.




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  1. Hi Liz! I’ve been studying through your website for about 2 months now, and i find it very helpful. I just want to ask if it is okay to say “well” at the start of every answer in ielts speaking? Because it has been my expression eversince. Thanks and more power.

    • Not for every answer. It is essential that you show a range of expressions: well / let me see / I suppose that / I guess / actually / to be honest. Of course in the test, try not to think too much about it and be natural. But before the test, try to practice a couple of alternative options. Go ahead and use “well” but also add a few other options.

  2. are ther any way to improve writing essay

  3. thanks

  4. ramya sree says:

    Thank you very much Liz mam

  5. Hi, i am happy too much beacase i saw your site. I enjoy your videos and i try to follow them.
    Thanks a lot.

  6. Hi Liz..I love reading your suggestions. I just have a question about part 1. Is it okay to limit the answers to 4-5 sentences? or is it okay to go for more?

    • There are about 12 questions to answer in less than 5 minutes. This means you will probably use about one long sentence or two sentences for your answer. The examiner will interrupt and move on to new questions if necessary.

  7. benjamin graham says:

    i am asked about any question related to flower topic in the beginning in part 1/part2, and i say ” i don’t know much about flowers” . Will the examiner change the topic ?

    • No, the examiner won’t change the topic. Students with a good level can talk about any topic regardless of their own feelings.

  8. Hello teacher,

    what do you call it in English when we eat in the middle of the night? Actually, we have three main meal per day: A) Breakfast B) Lunch C) Dinner
    Usually, we call what we eat after or before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner a snack. Am I right? However, I’m wondering what you call it in English when we eat in the middle of the night? Is there a word for it in English? Can I name it like ” midnight snack” ? It seems to me that it is very basic vocabulary in speaking test. For this reason, could you recommend for high level word for that meaning, please?
    Thanks a million!

    • A very funny question 🙂 You are absolutely right. It is called a “midnight snack” and although you think it is simple, it is considered unusual vocabulary and is high score. I have never had a student ask about this word and I have never had a student use it. So, even though it is logical and easy to understand, it is still uncommon and high level. I hope you can use it in your test. Do you know, even the word “snack” is not such a common word and is not taught until intermediate level.
      All the best

      • Thank you very much

      • In my city there is one restaurant which has started food at 11 pm and named it “supper”. Is it correct ? because I believe supper is snack taken before dinner between 4 to 7.

        • Restaurants can call the meals anything they want. It’s their choice. Many people think “supper” is just a late meal.

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