IELTS Speaking A Crowded Place You Went To: Below is the sample monologue about a place that is crowded which you visited in the past. Study how the monologue is developed in order for you to get ideas on how to create your own story.

Also, check the sample answers in Part 3 and understand how the answers are discussed in every question. Good luck and achieve your target band score!












Describe a crowded place you went to

You should say:

Where it was

When you went there

Why you went there

And explain how you felt about it

A N S W E R 



I’m not the type of person who finds pleasure in visiting crowded places as it sometimes makes me feel dizzy, especially if I smell something odd – like people’s odor, especially when the sun is scorching, and it’s mixed with a strong perfume that some people wear. So for that reason alone, I basically don’t have so many chances to experience being in crowded places.




Dizzy [adj.] – having the sensation of spinning around and losing one’s balance

Odd [adj.] – unusual; strange

Scorching [adj.] – very hot




i.) The speaker developed his introduction in a creative way by stating his reason first as to why he’s not into visiting places that are crowded. With that kind of introduction, he already showed his language prowess and that surely helped him impress the examiner. 

Anyway, two days ago, I took my IELTS exam for the three sections and the exam was held in one of the function rooms of a hotel in our city. To be exact, I had arrived there an hour before the exam started. As I entered, I was taken aback since the hallway was already packed. Seeing a huge number of examinees in my very eyes made me feel like there were butterflies in my stomach. While everyone was still waiting for the registration to start, each found a way on how to make themselves calm or even get rid of their worries. 




Taken aback [phrase] – to be surprised or shocked that you cannot respond at once

Packed [adj.] – completely full

Butterflies in my stomach [idiom] – to be anxious or nervous

Get rid [phrase] – to free oneself from




i.) Here the speaker transitioned to start talking about what that crowded place and where that place was. He provided descriptive words to describe the setting. Notice the topic vocabulary words and the expressions he used. He used them very wisely and naturally. 


I could see that some examinees had already established rapport with other test takers since I noticed that they’re already comfortable talking with one another, some were reviewing their notes, and some were coming in and out of the restroom. So you can imagine how those happenings in the hallway added pressure on me. 


To cut a long story short, I did try to put myself at ease as I didn’t want my nervousness to overwhelm me or else, I would mess up my exam. So I decided to talk to the person who was standing next to me and we talked about each other’s plans once we reached our respective target band scores. And honestly, that coping mechanism of mine really worked as my anxiousness that’s caused by the crowd, and the fact that I needed to take the exam, subsided.  




Rapport [noun] – a close and harmonious relationship; bond

To cut a long story short [phrase] – used when you don’t want to add more details and just state the final result of something 

At ease [phrase] – free from worry

Overwhelm [verb] – have a strong emotional effect on

Mess up [phrasal verb] – to mishandle a situation

Coping mechanism [noun] – an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on the conscious or unconscious choice that enhances control over a behavior

Anxiousness [noun] – the state of being worried

Subside [verb] – become less intense



i.) The first part, the speaker continued describing the situation of the place. This would serve as his supplemental details to extend his story a bit longer. 


ii.) The last part was his way of wrapping up his story. In that part, he talked about his feelings and how he coped with the situation. And that’s a very good way to end his monologue. So looking at the whole story, you would realize how each idea presented spontaneously and that made the examiner understand clearly. 















Do people like to go to crowded places? Why or why not?


Well, that depends on the person, if one is an extrovert and especially young, he is more likely to find satisfaction in blending in with the crowd. Extroverts are usually adventurous, sociable, talkative, and friendly, so I believe visiting crowded places is their cup of tea. However, if a person is an introvert or those who are elderly, they basically avoid such places since those are overwhelming for them and that does not give them peace of mind.

Normally, they prefer serenity because they can concentrate on doing things well and at the same time save their energy. So I cannot say that all people enjoy visiting crowded places, it all depends on the personality of the person.



Extrovert [noun] [adj.] – an outgoing and confidently sociable person

Blend in [phrase] – to look or seem the same as surrounding people or things that cannot be noticed easily

Cup of tea [idiom] – something one likes

Introvert [noun] [adj.] – someone who is shy or prefers to stay alone or indoors

Overwhelming [adj.] – enormous; immense

Serenity [noun] – calmness; tranquility




i.) The speaker answered the question by not generalizing people, instead, he talked about the two types of people and explained each of them stating the characteristics of those kinds of people that made the examiner completely understand why the first type of people are more likely to enjoy going in visiting crowded places. He ended his answer by giving a conclusive statement reiterating what he previously said in the introductory part of his answer. 



Is there a place in your country that is overpopulated?


I am not really sure about one specific place that is populous in this country, however, I suppose the capital city is overpopulated. That is simply because all the better job opportunities are centered in that area. People coming from different small towns or districts or regions flock into the capital to seek better opportunities in life despite the high cost of living. Anyway, I think that is common anywhere in the world, every capital in every country is incredibly overpopulated. 



Populous [adj.] – having a large number of people 

Flock into [idiom] – to move into some place in large numbers 

Incredibly [adv.] – to a great degree; extremely




i.) The speaker expressed his honesty by stating his uncertainty and so he talked about his general assumption that the capital is overpopulated. He gave his main reason for his belief coupled with an example. That is the best way to explain his answer better. Then he ended his answer by simply concluding it with the idea that capital cities were normally overpopulated. 



Why do people still like to live in big cities?

Well like I said earlier, there are more job opportunities in the metropolis, one can find a lucrative job only in the city not usually in the country. Besides, life in the city is way more convenient – easy access to essential facilities such as hospitals, supermarkets, prestigious schools, the main government offices, advanced transportation, among others. As we know, it is human nature to desire to live conveniently and in order to fulfill that, people prefer living in major cities than living in the countryside. 


However, it is interesting that as people get older, they give up the convenience that they have enjoyed in the city and decide to retire in their respective hometowns in search of tranquility. 




Metropolis [noun] – capital city

Lucrative [adj.] – profitable 

The country [noun] – another way to say, countryside

Prestigious [adj.] – respected; reputable

Fulfill [verb] – achieve

Tranquility [noun] – the state of being calm




i.) The speaker reiterated his idea which he talked about in his previous answer, however, he didn’t dig deeper on that as he already explained such. Instead, he added another reason in order for him to extend his answer a bit more, and that helped him discuss his answer better. Right after that, he transitioned to talking about the time when people in the city got old and chose to go back to living in the countryside, it’s a very good way to end his answer.



How can the traffic congestion in the city be resolved?

I believe the government can build more roads or railways in cities to decongest the traffic. Through this, people will have more alternative routes or choices on whether they take the bus, train, or use their cars. Not only that, if the government will subsidize the fare of public transport, more and more people will make use of public transportation as it can help them save money. And in that way, those commuters who depend heavily on using their cars will minimize driving their cars, as a result, the traffic situation in major cities will surely be improved. 




Decongest [verb] – to end the congestion 

Route [noun] – direction 

Subsidize [verb] – pay part of the cost 

Commuter [noun] – a person who travels some distance to work on a daily basis



i.) The speaker simply answered the question directly by suggesting two kinds of solutions to the problem. Each suggested solution was explained thoroughly for him to discuss his answer very clearly. Then, he proceeded to talk about the effect of those things were successfully done by the government. The answer was realistic and he’s able to use topic vocabulary words to his answer. 





Anyway, that’s all for IELTS A CROWDED YOU PLACE YOU WENT TO recent topic! Now that you have some ideas on how to talk about a crowded place, make sure to work on your confidence so that you will be able to speak spontaneously in your actual exam. Good luck!


Meanings of Words and Phrases Sources: 1, 2


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