IELTS Speaking Part 1 Fish & Fishing Recent Topic: Study the sample answers to the questions about fish or fishing. Learn the different topic vocabulary words of the said topic and study how each answer is developed in order for you to achieve your target band score.











Do you like fishing?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I do and it’s my first love. Fishing became my favorite pastime since I was little because our house was situated near a lake. I remember every summertime, my dad and I spent much time fishing on his tiny boat at the nearest lake and we usually caught plenty of freshwater fish. I have wonderful memories of fishing with my father – well, these days, in spite of my hectic schedule, I still find time to go fishing. 


(Answer 2)


Not at all, honestly, I tried it once but it wasn’t as enjoyable as I thought. Perhaps because I’m impatient or maybe it’s not my cup of tea. But anyway, I find pleasure in eating raw fish – the taste and smell are delectably inexplicable. 




First love [idiom] – the first or main thing 

Pastime [noun] – hobby

Plenty (of) [pronoun] – a lot of 

Hectic [adj.] – very busy

Find time [phrase] – to make some of your time available to do something

Cup of tea [expression] – something that someone likes

Find pleasure [phrase] – to enjoy doing something very much

Delectably [adv.] – delightfully; enjoyably 

Inexplicable [adj.] – unable to be explained; incomprehensible




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer and described fishing as his first love. Then, extended his answer by recalling his wonderful childhood experience fishing which made him develop a great interest in fishing. Right after that, he transitioned to talking about the current time in which he still enjoyed fishing. That’s a great way to end his answer since the question was in the present form so he needed to make sure not to focus only on his past experience. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a direct negative answer and talked about his one experience of fishing which he failed to enjoy. To stretch his answer, he transitioned to talking about his interest in eating some raw fish. Notice how advanced his vocabulary words are.



Is fishing a good hobby?


(Answer 1)


Indeed, as I said, it’s my first love. I think it’s one of the best hobbies a person can have. I find fishing helpful to relieve my work-related stress and it helps me feel a sense of fulfillment, most especially when I catch some of my favorite fish like tuna, trout, and cod. My day’s complete once I get one of those. 


(Answer 2)

Well that depends, those who are fanatics about fishing, would surely say it’s the best hobby in the world, but people like me who find it boring would surely never consider it as a good one. So it’s just a matter of personal preference. 

(Answer 3)


To be honest with you, I’ve never tried fishing so I don’t have any idea of whether or not fishing is fun. But I guess, that’s not difficult to love, especially if one is an outdoor-type of a person. I think that’s exciting but it surely tries one’s patience. I’ll add that to my bucket list. 




Relieve [verb] – alleviate

Sense of fulfillment [phrase] – the feeling of satisfaction

Fanatic [noun] – a person who is extremely interested in something

Personal preference [phrase] – personal choice

Test one’s patience [idiom] – to put one’s tolerance to a severe test

Bucket list [noun] – a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to achieve during their lifetime




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker started answering by using a good expression to reiterate what he said in his previous answer. Then shared his opinion about fishing and how it helped him feel better. Also, he cited some types of fish and that helped him extend his answer longer. With that kind of answer, he’s able to showcase his vocabulary knowledge well. 


ii.)  ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a categorical answer talking about the two kinds of people – fanatic and not for fishing. He provided a very logical answer and was straightforward. 


iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker expressed his honesty by stating that he had not tried fishing but for him to express himself more, he talked about one kind of personality of a person who’s highly likely to enjoy fishing. Then ended his answer by stating that fishing was one of the things that he would love to do. A great way to end his answer. 



Do you like eating fish?


(Answer 1)


Without a doubt! Fish is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s loaded with essential nutrients like protein and Vitamin D. Not to mention, it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for optimal body and brain function. Actually, I prefer eating fish over meat.  


(Answer 2)


I’m not a big fan of eating fish. I hate the smell of it and I feel uncomfortable with its texture when I start swallowing and chewing it. I feel like I eat some cotton when I eat fish. Well, I don’t know, maybe I’m just too fussy. 




Without a doubt [phrase] – indisputably

Not to mention [phrase] – in addition to

Crucial [adj.] – of great importance

Optimal [adj.] – best or the most favorable

Not a big fan [phrase] – not interested

Fussy [adj.] – finicky; picky




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a very good natural expression to express his positive answer. Then, he explained how healthy fish are to people’s bodies. He ended his answer by simply stating that he’s more into eating fish than meat. With that kind of answer, he’s able to provide good topic vocabulary words. 

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker started answering by giving a negative expression to express his negative answer. To stretch his answer more he simply talked about how he felt when eating fish, then he gave his assumption about his personality as a way to end his answer. 




What kinds of fish do you like eating?


I can eat any kind of fish but my favorites include mackerel, tuna, trout, and salmon. I know they cost an arm and a leg but they’re extremely healthy. Well, I wouldn’t compromise my health by eating more meat just because it’s cheaper than fish. 




Cost an arm and a leg [idiom] – be extremely expensive

Compromise [verb] [the way it’s used on the answer]  – harm or damage



i.) The speaker answered the question by citing some examples of his favorite fish some of which were expensive. Then he explained why he preferred fish over meat. Notice the expressions and topic vocabulary words that he used in his answer. Those surely helped him get a good mark in the criterion, Lexical Resource. That’s how you answer this recent topic of IELTS Speaking Part 1 Fish and Fishing to achieve your target band score. 




And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 Fish and Fishing, recent topic! Now that you have some good ideas on how to answer this topic, make sure to develop your confidence so you’ll be able to achieve your target band score. Good luck!




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

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