IELTS Speaking Part 1 History: Below are the sample answers about history that are equipped with topic vocabulary words and collocations. Study how each question is answered and get ideas on how to talk about history in an organized and substantial way.


Talking about history in IELTS Speaking is not complicated at all, as we all learned or have learned about this subject in school during our primary, secondary, and tertiary years. Make sure to achieve your target band score or even get a band 9.0. 








Do you like learning history? 


Answer 1

Yes, I am a big fan of history. I love learning about the past, inspirational figures, and obscure little facts. For some, history may be such a dull topic to talk about, but for me, it makes me become more knowledgeable and it helps me understand society and the world better.


Answer 2

To be honest with you, I have no interest in learning history. Back when I was still a student, history was one of the subjects I despised the most.  Simply because it’s uninteresting – most of the time I needed to memorize a great amount of information about the significant events in the past. I think history isn’t my cup of tea. 




A big fan of (idiom) – an admirer or someone who really likes something. 

Inspirational figures (noun) – a person giving inspiration; an influential person

Obscure (adjective) – not discovered or known about

Dull (adjective) – lacking interest or excitement; boring. 

Despise (verb) – to hate

Memorize (-ing) (verb) – to remember;  learn by heart

Cup of tea (idiom) – something one likes




ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive direct answer to the question and then provided one good reason to support his answer. Then after that, he transitioned to talking about the opinion of other people or students about learning history which was opposite to his. Finally ended his answer by emphasizing the main benefit he got from learning history.

ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a negative and honest answer and expressed how he hated the subject. He then simply stated his reason and the way he studied the subject. He ended his answer with a very good expression to wrap up everything that he said.  


Have you ever been to historical museums?


Answer 1

Sad to say, I have never been to a historical museum ever. For me, it is just very tedious having to stroll around the whole building just to take a glimpse at some pictures and odd-looking things that I’m restricted to touching. But I am open to the possibility that someday I can pay a visit to a museum and who knows, I might be fascinated with it. 


Answer 2

Yes of course! I always make it a point to drop by museums whenever I can, especially when traveling. Well for me, museums are wonderful places filled with wonder and mystery and they enable me to gather different pieces of information which are not usually available in books. My trip wouldn’t be complete without exploring some museums. 

Answer 3

Yes, I have been to some but it was down memory lane. As far as I can recollect in mind, it was a mandatory co-curricular activity back when I was in primary school. We always had an off-site visit to some historical museums within our city and to some nearby cities. Well, these days, I don’t visit any types of museums like others do since I am not a huge admirer of this type of pursuit. 




Sad to say (phrase) – unfortunately; expressing sadness or regret

Tedious (adjective) – boring

Stroll around (phrase) – walk around or walk in a leisurely way. 

Glimpse (verb) –  a brief look or catching a sight of

Odd-looking (adjective) – describe someone or something strange or unusual. 

Restricted (adjective) – limited; don’t allow

Fascinated (adjective) – strongly attracted and interested

Make it a point (phrase) – to deliberately do something

Drop by (verb) – to visit

Down memory lane (idiom) – happened a long time ago

Recollect (verb) – call to mind or remember something

Co-curricular (adjective) – in addition to the normal course of study in a school or university. 

Off-site (adjective) – taking place or situated away from a particular place. 

A huge admirer (phrase) – a big fan of or someone who really likes something. 

Pursuit (noun) – an activity of a specific kind especially a recreational one.




ANSWER 1: The speaker was expressing his negative direct answer to the question. He conveyed his perspective on how he thought visiting a museum would feel. However, he then added his openness to the possibility that he might be visiting one someday and might change his judgment. An impressive way to conclude his answer. 


ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a positive direct answer and indicated how salient that activity was for him, especially when he was traveling. He then justified his answer by describing what the place meant to him and stated one kind of benefit. Finally, he wrapped up his answer by saying his trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting a museum. This answer is very logical and straight-thinking. 


ANSWER 3: The speaker gave a positive answer to the question and mentioned that the experience was not recent and it happened a long time ago. He then explained that he got the chance to experience this through a school activity. Then, he finished his answer by saying that he wasn’t a huge fan of museums. It’s a good way to wrap up his answer.


When was the last time you read something about history?

Answer 1

Well, that was a few months ago and recently I haven’t had any chance to read one since I’ve been so hard-pressed with a lot of errands. Anyway, I read different history books whenever I get a chance, and reading about important historic events often fascinates me. I’m very passionate about learning about important historical occurrences and prominent personalities both in the past and now who changed and have changed the world we see today. 


Answer 2

I have to confess that I’m a non-reader. I’ve never enjoyed reading any books ever since I was in primary school, reading books is like watching grass grow. I can appreciate a well-written story in short bursts, but too many pages are a big no for me. Movies are my preferred medium of storytelling and it is an entertaining way to learn history.  




Hard-pressed (adjective) – having a busy schedule or being burdened with a lot of tasks.

Errand (noun) – a task or responsibility

Fascinate (verb) – draw the attention and interest of someone to something. 

Passionate (adjective) – showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief.

Occurrence (noun) – an incident or event.

Prominent (adjective) – important or famous

Like watching grass grow (idiom) –  dull or boring activity

In short burst (idiom) – a short and quick occurrence. 

Medium (noun) – an agency or means of doing something



ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct answer to the question and talked about his current situation as to why he couldn’t read history books recently. He then transitioned to talking about his interest in reading some valuable facts in history and he expressed his love of learning those things. The answer is direct and naturally developed. 


ANSWER 2: The speaker was expressing his negative direct answer to the question. He started his response by revealing that he’s a non-reader and got no interest in reading any type of book. In addition, he stated what he preferred instead, which was by watching some movies as an interesting way to learn history. Adding the speaker’s preference is a good way to make the answer more rational and realistic. 



Did you like history when you were young?


Answer 1

Back in the day, history was the one subject that me and my classmates got frightened of.  Honestly speaking, I didn’t recognize the value of History classes before, but fortunately, in this day and age, I’m able to cherish the significance of this subject. Reading history books helps me understand the past, which in turn allows me to understand the present. 


Answer 2

Definitely! When I was in my youth, I considered myself a book junkie and history was my go-to genre when selecting books to devour. I spent a lot of time reading chunky history books and it helped me widen my perspective about my country and its people, other nations, and the many kinds of political issues that affect the world.


Answer 3

It’s sad to admit but I’m one of the students who loathed the subject of history. Let’s face it, most history classes are not conducted in the most interesting way. For me, history classes only consist of lengthy lectures and reading massive amounts of books. 





Frightened (adjective) – afraid or anxious

In this day and age (phrase) – at the present time or in the modern era.

Cherish (verb) – recognize the full value or worth of something or someone.

Significance (noun) – the importance of something

Youth (noun) – the period between childhood and adult age

Book-junkie (noun) – someone who’s into books

Genre (noun) – a category of composition.

Go-to (adjective) – denoting a person or thing that may be relied on or s regularly sought out in a particular situation.

Devour (verb) – read quickly and eagerly

Chunky (adjective) – thick and bulky

Loathe (verb) – to hate

Lengthy lectures (phrase) – long classes or discussion

Massive (adjective) – large and heavy or solid




ANSWER 1: The speaker started his answer with a good expression stating the fact that he and his classmates were dispassionate about history. He then appended that, he was able to change his point of view about that subject and appreciated the value of it in the current time. The last part of his answer was his conclusive statement emphasizing the benefits he got from reading history books. 


ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a straightforward positive answer and proceeded with his explanation. In order to make his answer well-detailed, he elaborated on his love for books, especially history, and cited how history books widened his perspective. It is a realistic answer and organized. 


ANSWER 3: The speaker developed a negative straightforward answer. That expression is a good start instead of just saying ‘no’. To extend his answer and make it more logical, he then justified his grounds for why he despised history. His answer was very direct, equipped with good expressions and he sounded very natural. 



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And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 History recent topic! It’s not difficult at all, right? Good luck with your next exam and make sure to ace it! 


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

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