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 such topic which the Examiner may ask you could be related to free time. In today’s IELTS tips, we look at how best to share your free time activities with the IELTS Examiner in English.

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Common Questions

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

  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
  • Why do you like doing these activities?
  • How did you start doing this activity to begin with?
  • Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
  • How has the way people spend their free time changed over the years?

How To Extend Your Answer

When you think about your answer to the questions above, try to use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Also consider how you can extend your answer. For example if the Examiner asks you, “What do you enjoy doing in your free time”, do not just give a one sentence answer but try to develop your answer. Ask yourself the following questions to help you extend your answer:

  • How often?
  • When was the last time?
  • Who with?

This will help you develop your answer and you can include what you enjoy doing in your free time but also how often, when was the last time you did it and who you else you do this with.

Common Free Time Activities

If you are struggling to think of free time activities in English, don’t worry as here is a list of common activities below.

  • Going hiking
  • Doing photography
  • Playing video games
  • Playing some musical instrument
  • Listening to music
  • Going to a concert
  • Reading a book
  • Watching a movie
  • Playing chess

Grammar To Include

Some common grammatical structures to include when you talk about your free time could include adverbs of frequency: always, usually, occasionally, etc. Try to include these in your answers as these will demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively. There are more advanced phrases to express frequency of activities.

Another way to demonstrate your breadth of grammatical and vocabulary awareness when speaking is using phrasal verbs effectively. Some common phrasal verbs associated with free time activities could include:

  • To get into
  • To take up
  • To give up
  • To be into

There are many more phrasal verbs and idiomatic phrases which could be used when talking about free time activities.

Which Verb To Use

In English, we have a range of verbs to use dependent upon the free time activity or hobby. These verbs include: ‘play’, ‘do’ or ‘go’. Here is a rule below but be aware, it doesn’t always follow this.

  • Play + game/sport: ‘play chess’, ‘play video games’, etc.
  • Do + individual activity: ‘do yoga’, ‘do DIY’, etc.
  • Go + ‘-ing’ sport: ‘go swimming’, ‘go hiking’, etc.

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