IELTS Speaking Part 1 Names: Below are the sample answers to the questions about people’s names in the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1. Study how the speaker organized his answers and how he used some helpful expressions to develop high-band-worthy answers. Talking about names in your exam shouldn’t be complicated, just prepare – formulate your own ideas or get ideas on this post. 










Is it easy for you to remember people’s names?


(Answer 1)


Unfortunately not, I’m terrible at remembering names, especially to my acquaintances. I’ve had some embarrassing experiences where I called someone with a different name by mistake and all I got was a blank stare. But, with my closest friends and family, I can’t be wrong. 

(Answer 2)


Yes! I can easily remember people’s names, I believe that’s because I pay more attention when I’m introduced to someone. I don’t want to put myself in an awkward situation where I have to ask the person’s name again after the conversation. That’s simply not right!




Acquaintance [noun] – a person one knows slightly 

By mistake [phrase] – accidentally

Blank stare [noun] – a look that shows one doesn’t understand what someone has said


How do you remember people’s names?


(Answer 1)


Like I’ve just said, I’m bad at it, however, lately, I’ve been making an effort to remember names by associating their name with their personality or their special physical features like a mole, hairstyle, teeth, and the like. I think that’s the best way to improve my memory in terms of remembering names.


(Answer 2)


I just simply pay much attention when I’m introduced or when I introduce myself to people and vice versa. Normally, when you listen carefully to someone’s introduction, there’s no reason why you can’t remember their names. And honestly, that’s being taught in Values education in school.  




Associate [verb] – connect someone with something 

And the like [phrase] – and similar things

Values education [noun] – a subject in which students are taught about the ideals that society deems important


How do you feel when people can’t remember your name?


(Answer 1)


I don’t really mind at all, but if they keep forgetting my name despite seeing each other often, then I’ll surely feel bad about it because it simply shows that I don’t really matter. Yes, I accept that I’m bad at remembering names, however, never have I forgotten my friends’ names as they all matter to me.

(Answer 2)


It depends, in a business setting, if the person I’m acquainted or introduced with can’t remember my name, I lose trust in that person. If it’s a casual gathering, I don’t give importance to it. That’s just a petty thing. 




I don’t mind [expression] – I don’t worry; it’s okay with me

Matter [verb as used in the answer] – be important 

Petty [adj.] – unimportant


Do you often forget people’s names?


(Answer 1)


Yes, and I admit that that’s a bad habit that I really need to change. One of my resolutions this year is to be more mature in life and be more professional when it comes to social gatherings. And I think the first step to achieve that is remembering people’s names in both formal and informal gatherings. 


(Answer 2)


Not at all! I always make sure to remember the names of my acquaintances because I just enjoy meeting new people. I always believe that if you recognize your acquaintance by their name when your paths cross again, they feel special and they think that you’re a nice person for remembering them. I have lots of experiences where my acquaintances express their gratitude for remembering them and that makes me happy.




Admit [verb] – acknowledge

Resolution [noun] – a decision to do or not to do something 

Paths cross [expression] – when two people’s paths cross, it means they meet 

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Learn the RECENT IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic about GETTING UP EARLY on this link


It’s important to prepare some topic vocabulary about names or some collocations or expressions so you’ll be able to express your answers in a more advanced way. That’s needed if you want to achieve a higher band score. However, that’s not enough, you also need to present yourself confidently before the examiner and make sure to speak your thoughts in a natural way. You can do it! Good luck!

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