IELTS Speaking Part 1 Walking: Study the sample answers about walking. Learn the different topic vocabulary words of walking. Knowledge of some styles of walking is an advantage – brisk walk, casual stroll, steady walk, race walk, and the like. These words can surely help you express yourself better when answering questions about walking. Get ideas on this post and achieve a band 7.0 or even achieve a band 9.0!







Do you walk a lot?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I do as it’s part of my daily routine every morning and afternoon. My workplace is just a stone’s throw from my house so I have to go there on foot every day. Well, I like it since I can exercise every day and this helps me keep fit.

(Answer 2)


Not a lot because I drive my car or take the subway whenever I go out for work or leisure. I don’t have a lot of chances to walk except when my friends invite me for hiking or when I go to the park. I know how beneficial walking is, however, life in the suburb where I live is pretty convenient – we have an advanced transportation system, and most residents rely on using their private cars.  




Routine [noun] – action or activity that is regularly followed

Stone’s throw [phrase] – very close

On foot [phrase] – walking instead of using any means of transport

Keep fit [idiom] – to keep in good physical condition

Leisure [noun] – free time

Pretty [adv. as used in the answer] – fairly

Suburb [noun] – residential area; outlying district

Residents [noun] – locals; inhabitants

Rely [verb] – depend




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive answer and then talked about walking as part of his daily routine. Then, he transitioned to talking about the short distance of his workplace from his house and what walking does to his health. Here, the speaker was able to extend his answer a bit more simply by connecting the ideas of ‘distance’ and ‘health’. So during your exam, be more flexible when expressing your ideas like what the speaker did here.

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a partially negative answer and stated that he was dependent on using his private car and because of that he couldn’t have chances to walk a lot. Then, he talked about the times when he could walk, and that’s when his friends invite him. He wrapped up his answer by talking about how convenient the transportation system in his place is, which made people not walk a lot. The speaker was able to give a very thorough answer. During your exam, make sure that your examiner will not be confused about your answer – be direct to the point.  




Do you walk more often now than in the past?


(Answer 1)


Yes absolutely! After I was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, my doctor recommended me to do some brisk walking every now and again. When I learned that I could die from cardiac arrest from having a sedentary lifestyle, I started to exercise. That was the turning point of my life! Walking is the kind of exercise that I regularly do now and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

(Answer 2)


Unfortunately not, I’m always behind the wheels whenever I go to work or run some errands. Honestly, I’m a very busy person so I’m always for convenience, I find walking one of the inconveniences in my busy life, besides, walking isn’t common in my town since most people are dependent on using their cars. 




Diagnose [verb] – determine; identify

Cardiovascular disease [noun] – heart conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots

Brisk walking [noun] – another term for walking fast or speed walking

Sedentary lifestyle [noun] – a lifestyle that involves little or no physical activity

Turning point [noun] – a time when one makes a decision to change his situation or ways for beneficial results

Couldn’t be happier [idiom] – to be very happy

Unfortunately [adv.] – sadly; unluckily 

Behind the wheels [phrase] – driving a car

Run errands [idiom] – to go out to fulfill some tasks

Besides [preposition] – in addition




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive answer with the use of a good expression. Then he talked about the turning point of his life as to why he started walking more often now than in the past. He extended his answer by talking about his lifestyle then and now and how walking played an important role in his life. When you relate the question to your experience in life, you will surely be able to deliver a spontaneous answer. Also, make sure to add some good expressions for you to express your answer better. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a negative answer and used a good expression to express his negative answer in a not-ordinary way. Then, he described his life as being busy which made him become dependent on using cars instead of walking. His way of answering this question is really good as every idea he mentioned was connected to one another. That makes him achieve coherence. Make sure to bear in mind that Coherence is essential when answering IELTS questions. 



Do you think people will walk more in the future?


I doubt it! Considering the advancement of technology and more high-tech-related innovations coming, people will be more reliant on cars or any advanced means of transportation. I believe in the years to come, people will want more convenience than now, so walking will be the last thing they want to do in the midst of technological advancement.





I doubt it [expression] – used as a response to the question or statement about something you think is untrue

Innovation [noun] – a new method; idea; product

Reliant [adj.] – dependent on something or someone

In the years to come [expression] – in the future

The last thing (you/they) want [expression] – something you do not want or need

In the midst of [phrase] – in the course of something; during





i.) The speaker started answering the question by not saying the traditional NO, instead. he used an expression that expresses negativity. Then, he talked about his idea of advanced technologies and the convenience they would bring that would make people stop wanting to walk. His answer is logical and makes the examiner understand well. Always, make sure to explain your answer clearly. If you are unsure of your answer, you have to make sure that your assumption is well-explained. 



Where do you usually take a walk?

Well, there’s one decent park which is just a short distance from my house that I love visiting whenever I want to breathe fresh air. I enjoy walking around that park, especially when I’m exhausted or stressed out from work because the surroundings put me at ease. There’s a lake where wild ducks and swans enjoy fluttering their wings and that entertains me. Also, there are some massive pine trees that make the atmosphere around the park cool. Because of that, park-goers feel comfortable walking.





Decent [adj.] – satisfactory

Put (me) at ease [expression] – to relax

Flutter [verb] – flapping the wings




i.) The speaker immediately talked about the park and described what the park looked like. Also, he gave his reason as to why this park was his best choice to walk. He’s able to extend his answer by giving descriptions to the park without losing coherence. Take note, that when you are making answers in Part 1 in two or three sentences, make sure you achieve coherence and spontaneity.










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

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