IELTS Speaking Part 1 Language: Below are the sample answers to the questions that talk about learning a particular language. This topic of language learning is one of the recent topics in IELTS Speaking. Talking about languages is a piece of cake since most of us can speak two or more languages. When you get this topic, you can always talk about the English language or the language that you really want to learn – may it be the Chinese language, Japanese language, or other European languages.

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What languages can you speak?


Well, aside from my native language and English, I can also speak Spanish at a conversational level. I studied that language as my minor subject in college for four years. Actually, when I was a high school student, I was an avid fan of watching some TV dramas from Spain and I fell in love with the Spanish culture and which influenced me to take up the Spanish language as my second language subject in college. 




Aside from [phrase] – apart from; besides; in addition

Minor subject [noun] – opposite of major subject; a subject that is less important

Avid [adj.] – enthusiastic; passionate

Fall in love [phrase] – develop a strong liking for something

Take up [phrasal verb] – to be engaged in; to be involved in

Secondary language [noun] – a person’s second language; not the main language of a person





i.) The speaker used a very good expression (aside from) to start his answer. This is a good indicator that he could speak more than one language. As the question is in the plural form (languages), he included his native language and of course English in his answer but since it was too obvious, he didn’t spend time talking about the two, instead, he talked about Spanish which was his second language. Still, he answered the question in the plural form. 

ii.) Also, the speaker extended his answer by talking about his experience in learning Spanish. This helped him add details to his answer. Very spontaneous and clear answer! Always make sure to add a bit more of your answer in Part 1 in order for you to express yourself in English more. 


Do you think it’s difficult to learn a language?


Yes, it is difficult and for some people, it’s more complicated than they thought. I believe no one claims it’s easy unless one is born a genius at learning languages. And that’s because the sentence construction, vocabulary, pronunciation, and other aspects of a language that one is learning are different from his mother tongue. Actually, experiencing the challenges in learning a new language is just normal. 




Claim [verb] – admit

Unless [conjunction] – except if

Genius [noun] [adj.] – brilliance; great intellect; ingenious; very clever

Aspect [noun] – feature; characteristic

Mother tongue [noun] – native language; a language in which a person has grown up speaking




i.) The speaker provided a positive and direct answer to the question. He then talked about his belief that other people were having more difficulty in learning than others. 


ii.) Then he gave the main reason why learning a language was never easy. That’s the most important part of his answer as that supports his argument very clearly. Make sure to provide a clear explanation of every answer that you give to the examiner to avoid confusion. 


Will you learn other languages in the future?


(Answer 1)


 Yes, I will! I’m not closing the door on things that can contribute to my growth. I’m thinking of learning Japanese simply because I want to understand the Japanese culture even more. I always believe that to understand one country’s culture, one should learn the local language and if you can speak their language, it’s easy for you to establish rapport with them.

(Answer 2)


Yes and why not? I think it’s always interesting to learn a new language as it challenges your capability and patience. Not only that, but it also helps you broaden your perspective in life – you will learn to understand other cultures or lifestyles of people who speak a different language.  Well, the good thing these days is that I can learn a new language through online classes. It’s very convenient and less expensive. 




To close the door on something [idiom] – to stop thinking or dealing with something 

Establish [verb] – build

Rapport [noun] – a harmonious relationship with others

Broaden one’s perspective [expression] – to widen one’s understanding




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer plus a very good expression that would help him express his answer better. Also, he gave one particular example of a language that he’s interested in learning. He ended his answer by giving his reflective thought about learning a language. Well-expressed idea! Always express directly and clearly!


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker answer a direct yes and asked ‘why not’ as an affirmation that it’s good to learn a new language. He explained what learning a language could do for him. In addition, he ended his answer by talking about the easy way to learn a language in this digital generation. 


Why did you learn English and how did you learn it?


(Answer 1)


 Well, it’s not really my own decision to learn the English language in the first place. In our country, it’s mandatory to learn that language in school since English education is part of every school’s curriculum, so we’re left with no choice but to study English. Honestly, I didn’t see the value of it when I was in primary and secondary school, however, when I was in college, I realized how lucky I was to learn English at a young age. 


(Answer 2)


I love traveling and the only way to interact with the local people is to speak a common language which is English. I learned English when I was a child but it was not serious, I became focused on learning when I was a high school student. Since my parents barely spoke English during our travels in those days, we’re always having difficulty interacting with the locals. And because of that,  I realized that I needed to devote time to learn English, thanks to the internet, I can learn English every day through online English classes. 



Mandatory [adj.] – required; obligatory

Curriculum [noun] – program of studies

Value [noun] – importance; worth

Interact [verb] – communicate

Barely [adv.] – hardly

Devote [verb] – allot; commit



i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker talked about the school curriculum in his country that obliged every student to learn English. This kind of answer gave a clear insight as to why he was studying English. He then transitioned to talking about his realization of how fortunate he was to learn English early. A very well-explained answer – make sure to always provide a clear explanation to all of your answers. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave an answer that talked about his love of traveling. He immediately answered the question but not in a conventional way by saying, ‘The reason why I learned English…’. Avoid being conventional, if you can come up with a better way to answer the question. Be more flexible in expressing your ideas.





And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 Language recent topic! Now that you have some good ideas about this topic, develop your confidence and prepare to ace your exam!




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

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