IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic : Describe Your House

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Topic: Describe Your House

  1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  2. Which rooms do you like most in your house? Why?
  3. Is there anything about your house that you would like to change?
  4. Tell me something else about your house.

Sample Answers

1. What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?

For the past 21 years, I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can plan and design a house layout to suit myself since sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds so troublesome to me.

  • To afford (v) to be able to financially support/have enough money to pay for Sth
  • Suit myself (v) to do exactly what you like/want
  • Troublesome (adj) causing difficulty or annoyance

2. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?

Well, definitely I’ll spend some me-time there. I study, I chill out by reading, drawing and dancing all by myself. Sometimes I also invite one or two friends to spend time with. We’ll watch some movies together and tell each other endless stories.

  • Chill out (phrasal verb) relax
  • Me-time (phrase) time for one’s self alone
  • To do Sth all by one’s self (phrase) to do Sth alone

3. Who do you live with?

I live with my family. There are 5 of us and we all have our own room, which is way more comfortable as the older we grow, the more privacy we need for ourselves. I think our house is big enough for us yet still a warm and cosy place that I call home.

4. How long have you lived there?

Although during my childhood my family had to move a lot, I’ve lived in the most recent house for almost ten years. Comparing to the old houses, I think this house has been the best so far.

5. Do you plan to live there for a long time?  

The answer would be yes. My parents have been living there for a long time and moving in and out is too time-consuming and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be like torture to them. For me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life, hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford to live in a flat or an apartment.

  • All over again (idiom) used for saying that you do the whole of something again starting from the beginning, or that the whole of a long process happens again
  • Torture (n) great physical or mental suffering

6. What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?

As I’ve already mentioned my family moved several times when I was younger. And the most current house where we’ve been living for about ten years is the best house so far. All of us have separate rooms for our need for privacy yet a big dining room where we can spend the whole evenings together watching TV or having dinner.

  • The need for Sth/doing Sth (phrase) circumstances in which something is necessary; necessity

7. Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in

Briefly, my humble house locates in a small and quiet street, so coming home to me is like all the craziness happened outside is left behind. Just beside my house stands a big old tree. I have my own room with walls painted violet, which is kind of a peaceful colour. The air outside is fresh. I usually open the window to enjoy the wind and sunshine, which will help cool my room without an air conditioner. Since I spend most of my time staying at home, my room means the whole world to me. It’s like a friend who is always there to share ups and downs with me. So yeah, I would always miss my house, my room whenever I’m away.

  • Humble (adj) having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance
  • To help (SO) do Sth (v) to make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources.
  • To share ups and downs (v) together being through good and bad times
  • To be away (adj) to or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing

8. Which part of your home do you like the most?

It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together.  Not only lunch or dinner but all our family reunions take place in the dining room where we can enjoy a harmonious atmosphere. We always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a day without, since for us it’s the family bonding that lies behind.

  • Family reunions
  • Harmonious (adj) having agreement or consensus
  • To go a day without Sth/doing Sth (v) to feel not necessary to do Sth on a day.
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