IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Public Transportation: Study the sample answers below to the questions about transportation.  Get ideas on this post and practice! The topic of transport is never a difficult topic at all, a couple of topic vocabulary words and collocations can surely help you get a better mark. Don’t forget to be natural and confident! Aim for band a 9.0! 








Do people in your country usually use public transportation?


(Answer 1)

Definitely! I’m proud to say that our government has made so much effort to provide better public transportation to us. We have a wide choice of transport such as trains, buses, ferries, and rapid transit, among others. And what I like about our transport system is that it’s organized and more importantly the schedules are strictly followed.


(Answer 2)

Well, this country is still developing and not a lot of people can afford to own a car so I believe a lot of people are relying on using public transportation – I guess more than half of the population. With that being said, our government is doing its best to improve the condition of the public transport in our country, so we wouldn’t question where our taxes go.  




Ferry [noun] – a boat or ship

Rapid transit [noun] – a high-speed urban passenger transport like an elevated railway system

Developing country [noun] – poor and seeking to become more advanced socially and economically




i.) Answer 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer but not in a traditional way of saying yes. Then he proceeded to talking about his feelings toward the efforts that had been put by the government in his country to improve the public transportation system. In order for him to extend his answer, he enumerated some examples of public transport in his country that people could use, and that served as his topic vocabulary words. Finally, he ended his answer by expressing his opinion about the transport system in his country.  


ii.) Answer 2: The speaker developed his answer by telling the examiner the status of his country first, then gave his assumption as the answer to the question. It’s a creative way to answer that question as he was not just giving a Yes or a No introduction. In that way, he’s able to make use of his language skills better. He also added what effort his government has made to improve the transportation system in his country as a way to extend his answer.




What’s the most popular mode of transportation in your hometown?



My hometown is really remote so it’s expected that we don’t have plenty of choices in terms of public transportation, so basically people in my hometown own vehicles. It’s common in every household to have at least one car and that’s the main means of transportation there.



Remote [adj.] – far off; distant

Plenty [pronoun] – more than enough; many

In terms of [phrase] – with regard to; regarding; concerning

Vehicle [noun] – a thing used to transport goods or people such as cars, trucks, motors, etc.

(every) household [noun] – family



i.) The speaker has a different way of answering the question that instead of giving answers straightly like “train” or “bus”, he makes the examiner visualize what type of life people in their hometown have, and after that he gives his answer which is ‘car’. That’s a very good way to show the examiner his language skills. A common answer to this question would be: “Bus/Train is the most famous means of transportation in our hometown because…”, that’s a predictable answer, if you can turn a very simple answer into something creative which you can express your ideas more eloquently then don’t hesitate to do it just like what the speaker did here.


ii.) If you notice the speaker uses the word ‘hometown’ twice, sometimes don’t force yourself to paraphrase words using synonyms, you will sound unnatural when it is forced. Look at the last two words in the last sentence, instead of saying ‘hometown’ for the third time, the speaker simply uses ‘in there’. That’s great!


What’s the difference between planes and trains?



Well for sure there are so many differences between the two but let me focus on one thing which is the most obvious and that’s the classification of transportation – planes are for air travel and trains are for the land.



Obvious [adj.] – apparent; clear; easily understood

Classification of transportation [noun] – the different types or the category of transport




i.) The speaker answers the question in a simpler and natural way. You don’t need to enumerate many differences since the question is not asking you “What are…”. The speaker simply points out the reasonable difference. Brilliant!



Do people in your country drive to work?


If we talk about the people in cities, they normally use public transportation since the system is incredibly convenient. Our government invested so much in transportation in cities because the business is centered in those places. However, if we talk about the countryside just like where I come from, we definitely drive to work because there’s no other way unless you’re patient enough to spend so much time waiting for the bus.




Incredibly [adv.] – used to introduce a statement that is unbelievable; to a great degree

Invest [verb] – to spend money on something with the expectation of profit

Unless [conjunction] – except if


i.) The speaker answers the question in a more detailed way. Instead of just immediately saying ‘Yes’ or “No’, he categorizes his answers into two: people in the city and people in the countryside. That’s a great answer as we cannot really generalize all people.


ii.) Notice how the sentence construction of the speaker. He uses conditional tense and that is really helpful in making his Grammar mark better.



Which do you prefer: public transportation or private transportation?


To be honest, it’s really hard to choose between two things when you don’t equally experience them. All my life I’ve lived in the countryside and our main mode of transportation is cars, I’ve never had so many chances to take public transport such as trains or buses. So to answer the question, I can say that I prefer the latter.



Mode of transportation [noun] – another way of saying ‘means of transportation’

Public transport [noun] – refers to buses, trains, subways, etc. that charge fares and have fixed routes

(The) latter [adj.] – the second thing mentioned; the second choice mentioned



i.) The speaker starts his answer by giving his reflection. Since in his previous answers he already mentioned that the only means of transport in his hometown is a car, logically he cannot really compare the two. This shows that the speaker is not just answering the question for the sake of answering but he is also thinking about how to connect his answer to the previous ideas to achieve coherence.



Do you think people will drive more in the future?


I don’t really know, I’m not sure, maybe not! The only thing that I’m certain of is that technology is always evolving. These days we do have self-driving cars, although they’re not yet available in the market, still I have this feeling that one day people can use them as the main mode of transportation. If that happens, then people will drive less since those cars are computer-generated.



Certain [adj.] – sure; definite

Evolve (-ing) [verb] – progress; develop

Computer-generated [adj.] – designed or produced using a computer program




i.) The speaker is being so honest here since no one really knows or owns the future. Don’t be afraid to be honest if you don’t really know the answer as long as you’re able to provide an explanation why you do not know just like what the speaker did. That’s being natural!

ii.) In the last sentence, he uses the conditional tense, as I have said many times before that using conditional tenses is really good to achieve a better mark in the criterion of Grammar and Accuracy. If you can find a chance to use it in your sentences then do it!



And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 Public Transportation! It’s really easy, isn’t it? Good luck and make sure to be natural and confident when you take your actual IELTS Speaking exam!



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

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