IELTS Speaking Part 1 Being Late has recently appeared in IELTS Speaking exam. This topic is easy to talk about since this is relatable as it happens to us every now and then. Develop your answers excellently using some topic vocabulary words and collocations. Ace your exam!





Have you ever been late for an appointment?


I’m confident to say that I’ve never been, not even once. I believe in the saying that time is gold, I always give importance to time. Being late is wasting opportunity and showing irresponsibility. I don’t want to be labeled such so I make sure that I arrive ten minutes early for my appointment.



Time is  gold [proverb] – it means that time is very precious and we cannot get it back; time is money

To be labeled – to be branded; to be called

Note: Introduction is a very straightforward answer.


Is it common in your country to be late?


Not at all, people in my country are diligent. As early as five years old, we are taught to value time and to show concern for other people. Of course, there are times that my countrymen are late for their work or appointment but mostly that’s because of train delays or the harsh weather. These things are beyond people’s control.



Diligent [adj] – showing care; industrious

Countrymen [noun] – another way to say ‘people in my country’

Harsh [adj] – bad

Beyond control [phrase] – cannot be controlled


What kinds of people are often late?


Honestly, it’s hard to answer this question because like I’ve said people in my country are conscious of the time. It’s rare in my country to be often late. Well, perhaps, people who are irresponsible or those who don’t know how to manage their time are the people who tend to be late.


Note: The speaker reiterates the fact that people in his country are almost never late by saying ‘like I’ve said’. Use that expression when you repeat the idea that you have mentioned before.


What reasons are acceptable when people are late?


I believe life-threatening situations such as one of the family members needs to be rushed to the hospital or being involved in an accident. Well, these are extreme but these reasons are surely be excused. Also, weather conditions or train delays can be forgiven as we are not in control of those things.


Life-threatening [adj] – a situation that risks the life of a person; emergency

Extreme [adj] – too much

Excuse [verb] – can be accepted

And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 Being Late! This topic is more than interesting to talk about as it is common among people. So there’s no reason why you can’t express yourself.

Anyway, learn how to talk about the RECENT TOPIC in PART 2 ABOUT BORROWING on this link


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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