IELTS Speaking Part 1: Swimming

1. Do you like swimming?

Yes, especially in summer. I love immersing myself in cold water to get me in good shape. Somehow, I also have a feeling that swimming gives me a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

2. Where do (or can) people go swimming in your hometown (or, near your home)?

It may sound strange, but people in my hometown often swim in the Red River, which makes them feel close to nature. It is a popular outdoor activity and people do this on a daily basis, even though they may possibly drown.

3. Is swimming very popular in your country?

Yes. You know, Vietnam has a very long coastline, so Vietnamese people often learn how to swim when they are small. However, they are not trained professionally at school, they just learn from mimicking their father or siblings. This leads to the tragic fact that thousands of children drown each year.

4. Why do many people like swimming?

I’m not sure but most people around me enjoy swimming because it helps them keep fit and cool down on boiling hot days.

5. What do you think are the benefits of swimming (or, the benefits of knowing how to swim)?

First, knowing how to swim definitely helps me to protect myself, especially when I’m near the beach, and maybe even save someone else’s life.