IELTS Speaking Part 1 Discussion: Answering questions for the topic DISCUSSION in the IELTS Speaking exam is never complicated at all. Just think about those topics that are commonly used for discussions like politics, economy, social problems, and many more.

When you have good ideas, you will surely be able to provide answers to the topic questions, discussion. Make sure to be confident in answering questions so you can surely achieve your target band score or even get a band 9.0








What do you usually like to talk about?


(Answer  1)

I love talking about making money, starting your own business, or anything related to financial freedom. I’m really into educating people, especially my closest friends about business as I want to help them get out of the rat race and experience how it’s like to have financial freedom. 



(Answer 2)

I can actually talk about various topics except for politics because I don’t want other people to hate or ridicule me because of my political standpoint. As you know there are some people who easily get triggered if you don’t agree with their political ideology. So for me to avoid disagreement that may lead to a heated argument, I always keep mum about my political views or I usually divert the topic when I feel like the conversation becomes political. 




The rat race [noun] – a way of life in modern society in  which people compete against each other for power and money

Ridicule [verb] – to laugh at someone in an unkind way; to mock

Standpoint [noun] – point of view

Keep mum [phrase] – to not tell anyone


Have your discussion topics changed since you were a child?


(Answer 1)

Yes definitely! When I was a child, I never bothered myself talking about decision-making, money, jobs, or the topics that adults talk about. All I could talk with my friends were computer games, anime, how we could spend our summer break, and the like. Honestly, I really miss those times, life these days is unfathomable. 


(Answer 2)

Of course! There’s a huge difference in the conversation topics that I enjoy talking about now compared to the time when I was just a kid and that’s really normal. Basically, as we get older, we become more knowledgeable and sensible, as a result, we become interested in talking about the economy, politics, business, among others. 




And the like [phrase] – used for including other similar things in what you’re saying 

Unfathomable [adj.] – incomprehensible

Sensible [adj.] – practical and reasonable

Among others [phrase] – to indicate that there are several more facts, things, or people like the one or ones mentioned, but that you do not intend to mention them all.



Do you change your opinion frequently?


(Answer 1)

Definitely not! I always stand by my opinion and because of that some of my friends called me stubborn but I don’t mind. For me, changing one’s opinion every now and then shows weakness, being unconfident, and at the same time lack of credibility. I’m not that type of person. 



(Answer 2)

Not a lot but if I realize that my opinion is insensitive or rude, I usually retract it and apologize. You know, sometimes our emotions get in the way of making an opinion that isn’t offensive to others which is inevitable, sometimes. So, if I’m in that situation and being called out, I can’t help myself but change my opinion. 




Stubborn [adj.] – being firm to not change one’s attitude 

Every now and then [phrase] – from time to time 

Retract [verb] – draw back; withdraw

Get in the way of [idiom] – to prevent someone from doing something or prevent something from happening

Inevitable [adj.] – unavoidable 

Call out [phrasal verb] – to draw critical attention to someone’s unacceptable behavior or attitude

Can’t help oneself [idiom] – to be unable to control one’s actions



Do you prefer talking or listening?



(Answer 1)

I love listening to other people because I can learn a lot of things which can really help me develop myself better. Besides, listening to someone is entertaining and easy for me as I don’t need to initiate the conversation or think about some topics that are interesting to share, well, that’s not being lazy, but perhaps I’m not just a good conversationalist. 



(Answer 2)

I prefer the former because I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell. Every time I start talking with my friends, they become so involved and I really like it. I’m happy that most of the time they really care about every single thing that I share with them. But not because I love talking, I’m not a good listener, I do listen a lot as well and most of my friends complimented me for being a good listener. 




Initiate [verb] – begin 

Conversationalist [noun] – a person who is fond of engaging in a conversation 

Involved [adj.] – being interested or engaging 

Compliment [verb as used in the answer] – politely praise for something

Learn the RECENT IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic about Jokes and Comedies on this link


And that’s all for the IELTS Speaking Part 1 Discussion recent topic! Now that you have plenty of great ideas on how to answer questions about discussion, make sure to develop your confidence and practice so you can surely ace your exam. 



Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources:  1, 2

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