Answer IELTS Speaking Recent Test 17/08

Speaking Part 1

Tea and Coffee

  1. Do you prefer tea or coffee?
    Well, drinking tea or coffee is a daily habit of many Vietnamese people, and tea and coffee shops can be found at every corner of big cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. However, my preference is definitely coffee because it tastes better and I think it’s more popular among the young.
  2. Do you like drinking coffee(or tea) at home or at a coffee (tea) shop?
    I normally want to drink coffee in a coffee shop with my friends. A coffee shop is a perfect place to hang out and have some chit-chats. However, when the weather is too cold or rainy, I prefer enjoying a hot cup of coffee at home.
  3. Why do some people dislike coffee (tea)?
    In my opinion, coffee contains a lot of caffeine, which makes people stay awake at night. Besides, using stimulants like tea and coffee can have bad effects on our digestive system. A lot of people have suffered from severe stomachache due to drinking too much coffee.

  • at every corner of
  • chit-chat
  • stimulant (n)
  • digestive system (n)

Street market

  1. Are there many street market in Vietnam?
    Well, street markets are a Vietnamese “thing” and can be found at every corner of both villages and cities across the country, especially in the northern regions.
  2. What are the difference between street markets and supermarkets?
    There are some noticeable differences between open-air markets and supermarkets. First, the prices in street markets are often flexible. I mean buyers can haggle over the price to get a bargain while goods are always sold at a fixed price in a supermarket. In addition, sellers in a supermarket are often more friendly and helpful to their customers.
  3. Do you often go to supermarkets?
    To be honest, I just go to supermarket about once a month. This is because there’s only one supermarket in my neighborhood but it’s a bit far from my house. I prefer to go to some street markets which are within walking distance.

  • open-air market (n)
  • haggle over the price (v)
  • a bargain (n)
  • within walking distance(n)

Speaking Part 2

Describe an occasion when you got up early

You should say:

  • When you got up
  • What you did
  • Why you got up early

and how you felt about it.

So today I’m going to tell you about the time I got up extremely early in the morning, it happened a few months ago when I went on a trip with my family.

Well… I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m not an early bird, I always sleep in whenever I have the chance, and my job doesn’t require me to wake up early as well. That’s why I hardly ever get up before 7 AM.

Anyway, back in January, when my family and I decided to take a trip to Singapore, I was really excited since I had never been to Singapore before and I had heard so many wonderful things about this country.

While my mom took care of the hotel bookings, I was in charge of airplane tickets for the whole family. Unfortunately, all tickets were almost sold-out except for the 7AM flight, which meant we all had to wake up at 4AM in the morning!

At first, I thought it was going to be so difficult since I never had to wake up before sunrise. But to my surprise, on the day of the trip, I was the first one to get up, even before the alarm went off and had to wake everybody up. I guess I was just so excited that even waking up early was not a challenge for a heavy sleeper like me!

All in all, our trip went really well, everyone had a blast there. We travelled around the city, had lots of tasty local dishes and met wonderful people. I would definitely come back to Singapore, even if it means I have to be at the airport by 4AM again.


  • An early bird
  • Sleep in
  • In charge of
  • Sold-out
  • A heavy sleeper
  • To have a blast

Speaking Part 3

  1. What kinds of people usually get up early? Why?

I think many people have to wake up early because it is what their jobs require, like those who work far away from home and have to spend 1 to 2 hours per day just to commute. Other than that, there are some old people who couldn’t sleep past 4 o’clock in the morning or others who must start their day with a morning exercise before heading to work.

  1. Is it easier for older people to get up early than young people?

I believe so. My grandparents usually wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning. The main reason, I think, is because their health is no longer in good condition, at least not as good as it was when they were younger. So, it is hard for them to have 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night. Besides, unlike younger people who have to work or study all day and therefore need a deep and sound sleep at night to recharge their batteries, older people usually have more time on their hand. they can take naps during the day, which would affect their sleep at night, I suppose.

  1. What are the benefits of getting up early?

Well I am not a morning person you see, but I have heard a lot about the benefits of waking up early. First of all, waking up early means you would have more time in a day. This extra time can be spent on either work or exercises, all of which help you work more effectively. Along with that, traffic during early morning is usually good, making your daily commute a lot easier.

  1. Why do some people go to sleep late at night?

 From my own experience as a night owl, I think that some people stay up late to work, because they feel more concentrated and work more effectively at night than in the morning. More and more young people like myself spend tons of time working really late, and I sometimes even have to pull an all-nighter. Other than that, some people could suffer from insomnia or other health issues that can mess with their sleep habit.


  • Commute
  • Sleep past
  • Sound sleep
  • Morning person
  • Pull an all-nighter.
  • Insomnia