Oct 14

IELTS Speaking Part 1 - where you live

Essential language for IELTS Speaking Part 1

In IELTS Speaking Part 1, there is a good chance you will have to talk about the place where you live. This is a great opportunity to use some complex language. It probably isn’t a good idea to memorise one of these answers word for word, but they each contain some excellent vocabulary for dealing with this question. 

Where do you live? 

a) I live on a busy street in the middle of town. There’s traffic noise 24/7 so it’s almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. 
b) I live in one of those fancy new apartment blocks near the river. There are spectacular views over the city but the rent is horrendously high. 
c) I live in a cramped little flat a stone’s throw from the university. It’ll do for now but I’m definitely moving out as soon as I can afford to. 
d) We live in a quaint little cottage miles away from anywhere. It’s great apart from the leaky roof.
e) I live in a secluded leafy avenue in the suburbs. It’s quite posh and some of my friends are a bit envious when they come round. 
f) I live in a dreadful run-down part of town but our flat is actually really cosy and I wouldn’t move for the world. 
g) I live in a swanky apartment in the business district of town. It’s ideally located. I practically roll out of bed and straight into amazing restaurants, nightclubs and shops. 
h) I live on the twenty-ninth floor of a high-rise block of flats. I hate it because of the vandalism and the fact that the lift is always out of order.
i) Actually, we’ve just moved from a tiny little bedsit into a ground-floor flat in a tranquil residential area. It’s going to be great for the kids. 
j) Unfortunately, I’ve had to ‘return to the nest’ as they say. I just couldn’t afford my rent anymore so had to ask my mum if I could move back in with her. 


24/7 = all the time
= expensive and fashionable
spectacular = amazing; wonderful
horrendously = extremely (in a negative way) 
cramped = not having enough space
a stone’s throw (away) from = extremely close to 
quaint = attractive because of being unusual, different or old-fashioned 
leaky = with holes in it so that water can get through when it should not
secluded = quiet; hidden away; peaceful
leafy = containing lots of trees with leaves
the suburbs = areas on the edge of cities where people who work in the city often live 
posh = expensive; of high quality
dreadful = horrible; of poor quality
run-down = old; in very bad condition; not looked after
cosy = small and comfortable
swanky = expensive and fashionable (in a way which it is hoped people will admire)
vandalism = the crime of destroying public property or property belonging to other people 
out of order = broken; not working (used for machines and mechanical equipment) 
a bedsit = a very small flat including one main room which is both a bedroom and a sitting-room or living-room 
tranquil = quiet; peaceful
to return to the nest = to go back to live with your parents or family members (to fly the nest = to leave the family home and live independently for the first time) 

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