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HomeIELTS SpeakingSpeaking Part 1IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Topic Map

IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Topic Map

This topic in Cambridge IELTS 17 test 4

“Topic Map” is a familiar and basic topic in the IELTS Speaking test.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Map topics in IELTS Speaking Part 1

IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Topic Map

Do you think it’s better to use a paper map or a map on your phone? [Why?]

Well I don’t think anyone really uses a paper map these days, unless they are going hiking in a remote place where there is no phone signal. I mean, there are countless reasons why a map on your phone is better. They’re updated regularly, there is usually a built-in navigation function, and the app can even tell you how long it will take you to get to your destination, whether you are walking, riding a bicycle or driving a car.

When was the last time you needed to use a map? [Why?/Why not?]

Well I use the Google Maps app on my phone all the time. At least a couple times a week. I like to use it to know how long it’s going to take me to get somewhere, because the app can tell you if there are any traffic jams or construction on the road that might affect your journey. In terms of using a map for navigation, I pretty much use one everytime I go to a big city, because getting from A to B in an unfamiliar city in peak hour traffic can be an absolute nightmare.

If you visit a new city, do you always use a map to find your way around? [Why?/Why not?]

Yes definitely. I love exploring new cities, and I always use my trusty old Google Maps app to get me around. Although I do like using a paper map sometimes when you go to a new city and you can get a map of the local area which shows you all the attractions and things like that. In saying that though, I do sometimes like to just put my phone or map away and wander around exploring new places, you know, just following my nose. You can really surprise yourself sometimes with what you find. Like one time when I was wandering around Amsterdam without a map and stumbled upon the red light district. That was an interesting experience.

In general, do you find it easy to read maps? [Why?/Why not?]

Yes. I think some people’s brains are wired better for reading maps, while other people just can’t tell which way is up or down. I think I have a pretty good ability to read maps, it kind of seems like a fairly logical skill.


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