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IELTS Speaking Part 1: Alone or Spending Time by Yourself

Speaking Part 1

1. When was the last time you were alone?

Last night, I had come from a stressful day of work so I decided to stay in for the entire evening with some Netflix and hot tea. Although I’m kind of a social butterfly (a social person), I have come to enjoy nights in by myself from time to time. I think all of us need that as a balance.

2. What do you like to do when you are alone?

As I’m a tea addict, that’s my number one activity to do alone. Furthermore, I enjoy reading a book or a series on Netflix. I tend to get lost in (to become fully involved in) those two activities. Moreover, I enjoy taking a walk alone around town and people watching (observing strangers).

3. Do you wish to have more time alone?

Definitely not. As I live alone in a studio apartment, I sometimes get lonely, so I take every opportunity to have social interactions to avoid sitting at home alone. I would consider myself a mixture between introvert and extrovert, but definitely leaning more towards extrovert.  Although I appreciate my time alone, I certainly don’t crave (have an urge to do) anymore.

4. Is it important to have some time alone?

Without a doubt! I think we all need some time alone for self-reflection (thinking about yourself and what you do). Furthermore, when we spend too much time with people, we tend to get annoyed with them, even take them for granted (not appreciate them) at times. With this said, we all need a break from people to remember just how great they are.


  • social butterfly: a social person
    Eg: My sister is a social butterfly
  • get lost in: to become fully involved in
    Eg: I got lost in the book that I was reading.
  • people watching: observing strangers
    Eg:  Faria is busy in people watching
  • Crave: have an urge to do
    Eg: I am craving for some Chinese food
  • Self-reflection: thinking about yourself and what you do
    Eg:  One’s manners are self reflected 
  • take them for granted: not appreciate them
    Eg: One should not take anything for granted

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