IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Weekend: Study the sample answers created by a BAND 9.0 achiever to the following topic questions so you can achieve a band 7.0+.
1.) Do you like weekends?;
2.) What do you usually do on weekends?;
3.) What did you do last weekend?;
4.) What will you do next weekend?;
5.) Do you like going to the cinema on weekends?;
6.) Do you make plans for your weekends?;
7.) Do you think it is important to make the most of your weekend?;
8.) What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?
We all love weekends! So talking about weekends on your IELTS speaking test should not be difficult. Think about the usual activities that you do on weekends and share them with your examiner. This should never be hard as this topic is relatable. Share your relevant experience and express your answers naturally and confidently.
Learn how the speaker uses topic vocabulary and collocations in his answers so you can do the same. You should strategize your answers targeting the IELTS speaking band descriptors.
Do you like weekends?
Of course! Who doesn’t like weekends? (rhetorical question – doesn’t need an answer, it is only used to add a dramatic effect) I really believe that every one of us loves weekends as we don’t need to wake up early to go to work or school. It’s the time that we can recharge our batteries (to regain our strength and energy by resting and relaxing for a time) and do something that can make us feel good. How I wish every day is a weekend!
I love weekends! Weekends are the only days that I can destress (relax after a period of work) myself. So, every weekend I make sure to do the things that I love, such as walking with my dog at the park, malling, gardening, and cooking new recipes. Today is halfway (in the middle of the period of time) through the week and you don’t have any idea how excited I am for the weekend to come.
What do you usually like to do on weekends?
As a homebody (a person who likes to stay at home ), I usually spend my free time on weekends cleaning the house, watching Netflix series, and cooking. I find pleasure ( to enjoy doing something very much ) in doing these things rather than going out or meeting people, doing the latter (second mentioned ) simply drains my energy.
I love hanging out (to spend a lot of time in a place or with someone ) with my friends as that’s the only time we can see one another and spend a great time updating each other’s lives. Most of the time we have a packed schedule on weekdays that even having a short meet-up like having coffee isn’t possible. But unfortunately these days, we’ve decided to minimize meeting outside just for safety purposes. Living during this pandemic needs extra care. You know, prevention is better than cure are words to live by (a motto; a piece of advice that one is adhered to ).
What did you do last weekend?
Well, it was a lazy weekend for me. I didn’t do anything special, at all. I just spent time sleeping or lying on my bed since the weather wasn’t good. It was raining cats and dogs (raining very hard) for the whole weekend. I hope that this coming weekend, I’ll be able to do something worthwhile (valuable).
I went shopping last weekend with my friends and unfortunately, I splurged about $400 on (splurge on – to spend extravagantly) clothes. It was such an impulse buy (something you buy suddenly without thinking about it carefully). In fact, I had some regrets for spending so much last weekend so I need to discipline myself not to spend lavishly (in a way that is expensive) for the next few months.
Honestly, I was kind of lazy last weekend, I didn’t do anything productive as I just wanted to get a good rest. I just lay on my bed for hours and hours and spent time binge-watching (watching several episodes) my favorite TV series. I don’t usually do that, but for some reason, I wasn’t inspired to do something valuable and I think that’s alright since it’s not all the time that we’re at our best (in one’s most excellent condition or state).
Well, what did I do? Oh yeah, I baked a banana cake after watching some baking videos on Youtube. It was actually my first time baking a banana cake and I couldn’t be happier (to be very happy) with the result since I was able to achieve the texture, the taste which I consider perfect, and the right moistness (the quality of being slightly wet). I might learn more about baking this weekend.
What will you do next weekend?
I’ve nothing in mind yet. I dunno, I might treat myself to eating something special or going to the cinema, just to reward myself for staying up late (to remain awake past one’s usual bedtime) preparing for this IELTS exam. I think I deserve something lovely this weekend, but honestly, I can’t decide yet on what to do this upcoming weekend at the moment as my mind is preoccupied (engrossed in thought) with this IELTS exam.
Well, I’ve already planned to visit my grandparents since I haven’t seen them for several months now. And my grandpa will turn (become ) 80 next month so I’d like to celebrate his birthday in advance as I don’t know if my schedule will be available on his birthday. I don’t want him to be disappointed so I better see him while my schedule is not tight (when the schedule is tight, it means busy) yet.
Do you like going to the cinema on weekends?
Not at all, I feel uncomfortable being with the crowd (a large number of people gathered together) of moviegoers. If I want to watch movies, I often do it online or I do the traditional one which is buying or renting a DVD from a shop and enjoying watching it in the comfort of my room.
Yes but I go to the cinema only when there’s a great movie that’s just been released or when my friends invite me. It’s great to watch a movie on the big screen (the cinema) every now and then but I can’t imagine doing it oftentimes, I’ll surely go broke (having no money) if I do it every weekend.
Do you make plans for your weekends?
Not really because I want it to be spontaneous (natural; without planning). I’m not the type of person who always organizes things ahead of time since it’s not fun. If I always plan things, I feel like I’m restricted (limited in extent, action, etc.) and I feel like a robot that I’m programmed to do what has been prepared.
Yes, I do because I want to make sure that I can do something that can surely help me relieve stress from work. As I said, Saturday and Sunday are the only days that I can destress myself so in the middle of the week, I already plan the things that I want to do for the upcoming (happening soon) weekend. And by doing that, I oftentimes make the most of (to take full advantage of something) my weekend.
Do you think it is important to make the most of your weekend?
Well, yes, if it’s possible since it’s not every day that it’s the weekend. So, people should spend time doing the things that can make them happy or make them forget about their work. And if possible, people should not work on weekends because these days are intended (meant) for relaxation.
Of course! And that’s the very main reason why I make it a habit to plan the things that I want to do every weekend. You know life is short not to make the most of our weekend. We don’t have so much time in the world so let’s be wiser in planning our weekend and doing those lovely things that can make us enjoy life.
What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?
I’m not sure but I assume (presume ) they spend valuable time with their loved ones, probably eating out, going for a drive, or perhaps doing some exercise at the park. I’m sorry, I don’t exactly know how the people in my hometown make use of their free time on weekends as I’m not living in my hometown for several years now.
It’s common for the people in my hometown to indulge (to allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of something) in a shopping spree since our neighboring town is very commercialized (profit-orientated) – there are big shopping malls where people can shop. Not only that, there are several entertainment facilities like an amusement park where families can bond which can surely make their weekend more meaningful.
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