IELTS Speaking Part 1 Hometown: Below are the sample answers to the questions about your hometown or your birthplace. Achieving band 9.0 is possible, just make sure to add topic vocabulary words and collocations. 

 As this is a very common topic in IELTS Speaking, prepare descriptive words to describe your hometown best.

Talking about your hometown should never be complicated, learn how to answer better, check the questions below and study how they are answered. Good luck!









What is the name of your hometown?

Well, this is my hometown, Ulaanbaatar, I was born and raised here. As you may have observed, this is not a typical metropolis where it’s packed with people and where the problem of pollution is a nightmare. This place is laid-back with scenic views.




Metropolis [noun] – capital city; a large city

Packed with people [phrase] – crowded; many people

Problem of pollution is a nightmare [idiom] – the problem is serious or terrible

Laid-back [adj.] – relaxed

Scenic [adj.] – impressive; picturesque


Note: The speaker is taking the exam in his own hometown.



Do you like your hometown?


Honestly, I couldn’t ask for more living in this magnificent place. This city is safe, people are hospitable and genuine, and the food is incredibly affordable unlike other cities in the world where I have traveled, which cost you an arm and a leg. Also, this place is rich in superb sceneries, I can say this is paradise!



Couldn’t ask for more [idiom] – something is so good that you can’t ask anything better

Incredible [adj.] – unbelievable

Cost an arm and a leg [idiom] – very expensive

Superb [adj.] – very good; excellent



What is the most interesting thing about your hometown?


I believe it’s the coldness of the winter season. Since this city is surrounded by several mountains, we can experience a temperature ranging from -20 to -40 degrees and that’s really horrible. In spite of that, if you’re a nature lover person, you’ll surely love the jaw-dropping landscapes during winter, it’s like every corner is spectacular!




Horrible [adj.] – awful; unpleasant

In spite of (that) [preposition] – although; even though

Jaw-dropping [adj.] – amazing

Landscape [noun] – scenery

Spectacular [adj.] – dramatically beautiful



Would you recommend your hometown to foreign travelers?


Yes definitely! Actually, my country itself is not yet prominent among travelers. I read some articles online that foreign people branded my country as The Land of Nowhere which I can really understand since we’re not known in the world. I want travelers to witness how magnificent my country is, especially my hometown. I want them to know that there’s more to this place than meets the eye.



Prominent [adj.] – famous; popular

Branded [verb] – labeled; called

More to (something) than meets the eye [idiom] – having more value/beauty than what it appears to be

Learn how to answer the RECENT TOPIC IN IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 about YOUR FIRST CELLPHONE on this link


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

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