In IELTS Speaking Part 1, the Examiner will introduce themselves and then ask you some basic questions on a range of familiar subjects which will last between 4-5 minutes. One topic that your Examiner may ask you during IELTS Speaking Part 1 could be about transport. In this post, we shall look at common questions and how best to answer.

Common Questions

Have a look at the following questions about transport and think about your answers. It would be best to write your answers down and then practise recording yourself.

  • How did you come here today?
  • What is public transport like in your town?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think people should use public transport more? Why or why not?

How To Answer The Questions

Let’s look at how to answer these questions related to public transport. The first question has a Past Simple focus, so your tense should match the question. You could focus on what transport you used to arrive to the test centre but to extend your answer, you could talk about transport you normally take to go to work and whether it was different than normal.

The second question is quite interesting as some candidates may miss the meaning of “What is public transport like?”. It is not asking about your preference and some candidates may say “I like taking the bus as it is cheap”. The question is essentially asking “What do you think about …?” or “How is …?”. So the Examiner will expect an answer such “Public transport is quite affordable/cheap but unreliable”.

When attempting to answer the question asked by the IELTS Examiner, try to focus on developing your answer in a logical manner. If you are talking about public transport in your town, then it makes sense to develop the answer towards comparing it to other places in your country or comparing it to other countries.

Common Transport Vocabulary

When talking about transport, it is important to include some expected vocabulary about this topic. Here are some words or phrases that you should include with this topic:

  • Congestion (noun): too many vehicles on the road
  • Traffic Jam (noun): as above, with too many vehicles on the road and unable to move
  • To Commute (verb): to travel to and from work
  • A Single/Return Ticket (noun): a ticket which allows the passenger to visit a destination only (single ticket) or to visit a destination and then come back to the same place (return ticket)
  • A Season Ticket (noun): it is normally a ticket for public transport (usually trains) for people to travel to a destination and then back again for a period of time such as a week, a month or a year

Common English Transport Verbs

When you talk about transport, then there are some common phrasal verbs that you should include. These include:

  • To get on
  • To get off
  • To get in
  • To get out of
  • To ride a motorbike, bicycle (or bike), horse or scooter
  • To fly a plane, helicopter or hot air balloon
  • To take a taxi

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