IELTS Speaking Topics: Where Do You Come From? – Learn English Podcast 188

IELTS Speaking Topics: Where Do You Come From? – Learn English Podcast 188


Hi there you are listening to Adept English
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podcast. And happy new year for 2019. I hope you had a great New Year’s celebration and that
2019 is going to be a good year for you let’s tackle a topic today which will
help your English speaking practice. It’s also an IELTS speaking topic so I E L T
S or IELTS is the International English Language Testing System so it’s perhaps useful in our
podcast to cover IELTS speaking topics which you might be asked to speak about in an exam
an English language exam. But let’s make it more interesting for those listeners who don’t intend to
take exams in English to if there’s a demand we could do a whole course on IELTS
topics. If you think that’s a good idea if that’s a course that you would buy
because you’re learning for an IELTS English speaking exam then let us know on Facebook anyway.
One of the IELTS speaking topics and a subject which is good generally for your English
speaking practice talking about your home town your hometown is the place the village the town
or the city where you grew up where you lived when you were a child so just a
word first of all about vocabulary. I just said village town or city. So what’s the
difference in meaning between those. Well they’re different sizes mainly a village is a very
small place. A few hundred to a couple of thousand people might live in a village. Villages are usually rural that means in the
countryside not in the city. Rural is a word which English learners find difficult to say
so good English speaking practice just have a go at saying that word a few times.
Rural rural rural the word town you probably know already that’s a place much bigger than a
village. Examples of towns in the UK are Bolton, Cirencester, Doncaster Epping, Reading and
cities are on the whole much bigger. All the capitals of the countries in the world
are cities and in the UK cities are places like London Leeds Edinburg h Cardiff Manchester
so if you’re talking about your hometown as an IELTS speaking topic you might first
of all talk about whether your hometown is a small village a medium sized town or a big
city. It may be that you’ve moved around in your childhood so you don’t really have
a particular hometown. But talking about that would still give you chance in the test
to show your speaking ability or you could just pick a place that you’ve lived in that you
like to think about whether you like your own time. Do you still live there. Do you still
visit it or are you really glad that you don’t live there anymore. Do you have
relatives still living there. Family still there. Or is it years and years since you’ve been
back. For some people their hometown is a part of them and you can tell it by their accent. Has your hometown changed since you grew up
there. What sorts of things are different now. Do you think your hometown was a good place
to bring up children. Would you like to bring your children in a town like that.
Or would you be determined to choose somewhere different to bring up your own children.
Well my hometown is Bolton near Manchester in the north of the UK. You may have
heard of the football team that’s Bolton Wanderers. Now Bolton is a very big town. It doesn’t qualify
as a city even though it’s bigger than some cities. In the UK the king or queen decides when
a town can become a city and a city has to have a cathedral. Which Bolton does not.
Bolton is an industrial town. It grew up out of the cotton industry in the eighteen hundreds
and nineteen hundred its so it has lots of old cotton mills cotton C-O-T-T-O-N is
a material that grows on the plant. It’s probably what your jeans are made out of and
the mill m i l l is an industrial building where things are made. So Bolton also has
lots of old cotton mills and mill houses. If you’ve ever watched the TV programme Coronation Street
I know that goes out in all sorts of different places in the world. Well parts
of Bolton look a bit like that and other parts of Bolton are really beautiful stone
cottages and barns converted into houses. So to practice for this IELTS speaking topic about your hometown. Have a think about it. What sort of place
is your hometown. Is it an industrial town. If so what does it or what did it make.
What sort of industry. It might be a wine growing town or a coal mining town. It might be by
the sea a fishing town or it could be that the tourist industry is the main thing. Also the
weather and the climate may determine a lot about your hometown. If it’s really hot in the
summer and it has a beach that’s likely to be its main industry or if it’s really
cold and you can do winter sports that will determine what it’s like to. In the UK you
may have grown up in a small coastal village where there’s just one post office and one
village shop where you might have grown up in a busy area of south London which it is
will make a lot of difference to your experience. Bolton my hometown also has access to
lots of beautiful countryside. It’s near the Pennines which are a range of mountains up the
middle of the UK so there are lots of beautiful moors for walking or horse riding. Moors M
o o r s are a particular type of countryside where there are few trees but it’s
land that’s high up is quite wild with beautiful views. But being in the north of the UK. The weather is a bit more rainy and a
bit colder and more windy than in the south but that’s actually part of what’s enjoyable. People
from Bolton would still go out for a walk in the rain. There’s a saying in
English. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothes.” See if you can work
out what the meaning of that phrase is. So if you asked me are there a lot of things
to do in your home town then I would say yes there is a lot of opportunity for
shopping and for outdoor activities like walking and horse riding. There’s a good theatre in
Bolton called the Octagon Theatre and there’s also a Steam Museum. If you like industrial
Engineering then the Steam Museum is a good place to visit. There are also plenty of
good restaurants and lots and lots of pubs. What you can go to drink alcohol which are also
open in the day for coffee and hot chocolate and food. I was in one of them the other
day with my friend’s dog so you can take your dog in there as well. So if your hometown
think about what there is to do there. Imagine yourself as a tourist in your hometown. What would
you think of it. Or if you had a foreign visitor what would you take them
to see in your hometown. Another IELTS speaking topic question might be “What is transportation
like in your hometown?” This means how do you get around in Bolton there are buses but they take a long time. There’s also the train but the service isn’t
great so most people just use their cars. Bolton is only 20 miles from Manchester
Airport so if you want to travel internationally that’s quite good. So what is the transportation
like in your hometown. Is it easy to get around other lots of public transport systems. Or do
you have to have a car. Is there any work underway to improve the transport links in
your hometown if you ask me. “What are the people like in your hometown?” That’s
one of the IELTS speaking topic questions. I’d say that the people in Bolton my hometown
are very friendly and a phrase that we often use in English. “Down to Earth” if you say
someone is down to earth it means that they are honest and friendly and they don’t look
down on other people. So think about what the people are like in your hometown. Are they
friendly. Are they relaxed or are they very busy all the time. So hopefully all
that’s got you thinking about the IELTS speaking topics especially the possibility of being asked
about your hometown. And what you might answer in response. It’s a good thing to
be able to talk about in conversation. Anyway if you’d like more help from adept English
with IELTS speaking topics let us know! Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye. That’s the end of this podcast. Don’t
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