IELTS Speaking Part 1 Reading: Study the sample answers below on reading. Understand how the answers are constructed by the speaker in a more strategic way to sound naturally conversational. Get ideas on this post and achieve your target band score or even hit a band 9.0 in your actual IELTS Speaking exam. 







Do you often read books?


(Answer 1) 


Yes, I do! For me, reading is a must as it helps me widen my knowledge about so many things. Besides, it’s a very good way to improve my vocabulary and creative thinking skills. Actually, I’m more into (be very interested) reading fiction, business, and history books.  


(Answer 2)


It’s such a shame to admit this but I rarely read books. I dunno I find it boring, it makes me feel sleepy whenever I read books, most especially if they’re history books. I know I sound dumb (stupid) because I don’t read books but I just can’t force myself to read some. I guess if I had cultivated (developed) reading habits when I was little, I think I would’ve become a bookworm (someone who is always reading)


Are your reading habits now different than before?


(Answer 1) 


Well, I think it’s just the same. The only thing that’s different now is that I read a lot of business or finance books because I find them so fascinating (interesting). You know what, these days I’ve been learning about early retirement, investing, and anything that’s money-related. I think this is common to some people, especially when they get older. 


(Answer 2) 


Nothing has changed. I’m still the type of person who doesn’t read books. Like I said earlier, people who know that I don’t read books will surely think how dumb I am but this is me. My interest is not in reading books but in listening to music and playing musical instruments. 


Have you ever read a novel that has been adapted into a film?


(Answer 1) 


Yes, of course, and most of them are novels written by Nicholas Sparks. Well, that was the time when I was a teen. I was idealistic (unrealistically aiming for perfection) back then like any other normal teen because you know a teen doesn’t know so much about life and love (Laughing). Wow, remembering those years is bittersweet (being partly sad and partly sweet and happy)


(Answer 2)


(Laughing) Unfortunately not! I remember some of my friends excitingly talked about the novels that they read and invited me to watch those films that are based on the novels that they enjoyed reading. During those times, I felt so left out (failing to include someone) because I wasn’t into reading even novels. I couldn’t share anything with them when they were talking about those novels which they thought were interesting. 


Which do you prefer, reading books or watching movies?


(Answer 1) 


That’s hard because I do love both! However, if I needed to choose one, I’d go for reading books because reading stimulates my imagination. I can create images in my mind based on the events that are described in the books. Well, movies are fun and entertaining but visuals are already fed (provided) in front of our very eyes so it’s not as challenging as reading. 


(Answer 2)


Without a doubt (certainly), watching movies! That’s actually one of my favorite hobbies. It does relieve stress and I get to learn so many things from the movies that I watch. Besides, it’s way more entertaining than reading books, I won’t fall asleep like I normally do if I read a book. (Laughing)



Do you like reading?


(Answer 1)


It’s such a shame to admit this but I’m not into reading as it doesn’t entertain me at all. I know that I may sound dumb to those who are bookworms but reading doesn’t really work for me. I’d rather watch movies or work in the garden than spend time reading.


(Answer 2)


Yes, I do! I can’t imagine life without books. Reading doesn’t only make a person knowledgeable but also helps him develop his imaginative and creative thinking skills. I’m really glad and grateful for my parents because they did help me develop reading habits at a very young age.




Admit [verb] – confess 

Bookworm [noun] – refers to a person who loves reading 

Dumb [adj.] – stupid


Do you like to read at home or in other places?


(Answer 1)


As I’ve just said, I don’t have any interest in reading so neither of the two choices. However, when I was a student, I read mostly in school. Well, for obvious the reason – it’s part of the curriculum.


(Answer 2)

Honestly, I can read anywhere as long as it’s quiet and there’s no distraction. I can read at a park, library, in my bedroom, a cafe, among others. So, you can always see a book or two in my bag wherever I go because reading is my way to kill time. I don’t have any social media accounts that most young people have these days as tools for entertainment, I only have books.




Curriculum [noun] – the subjects comprising a course of study

Among others [phrase] – to indicate that there are several more facts, things, or people like the ones mentioned 

Kill time [idiom] – to spend time doing something while one is waiting 



In what place or places, do you think it’s difficult to read?


(Answer 1) 


I suppose places where there are a lot of distractions such as restaurants, cafes, and even at home when there’s a lot of noise like a crying baby or a loud TV. But, I think it depends on the person as well because there are those readers who can still focus on reading despite distractions.


(Answer 2)


Well, I can only speak for myself since every reader is different. As for me, stations for buses or trains because those places are just unbearably noisy. I can’t imagine reading at a station, it must be awful. I wonder how some people can still read at a station, every now and then I see a couple of readers reading novels while waiting for the bus or train. It’s just unbelievable for me.




I suppose [expression] – another way of saying, I think

I can speak for myself [idiom] – to speak for one’s opinion as one’s own and not represent other’s opinion

Unbearably [adv.] – in a way that’s impossible to endure

Awful [adj.] – very unpleasant


Do you like to read by yourself or with other people?


(Answer 1)


Well, if I really need to read something, I prefer reading with other people like my friends or my loved ones so I won’t end up falling asleep. I guess it’s enjoyable to read something if you have someone with you who is also reading what you are reading.


(Answer 2)


Definitely on my own! I hate reading something with someone because I’ll only lose focus. It’s inevitable that I’ll be distracted in the middle of my reading. And if that happens, I’ll just lose my train of thought, and as a result, I won’t be able to digest the book that I’m reading. 




End up [phrasal verb] – to reach or come to a place, condition, or state that was not planned or expected

Inevitable [adj.] – unavoidable 

In the middle [phrase] – in the process of doing something 

Lose one’s train of thought [idiom] – to forget what one was talking or thinking about

Digest [verb] – to read new information and take the necessary time to understand




Learn the RECENT IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic about A TIME YOU NEEDED TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION on this link


Make sure to prepare some topic vocabulary words about reading and prepare a type of book that you can talk about in your exam, so you’ll be able to express yourself more. That’s needed if you want to achieve a higher band score.


Talking about reading is never difficult at all, even if you are not into reading you still can answer questions about reading confidently and naturally. Just make sure to prepare in advance and learn the right expressions or topic vocabulary words to express your ideas well. Good luck!

Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: 1, 2

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