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This might seem a very obvious topic but practising this will be very beneficial because free time is a very common Speaking Part 1 topic.

And even if it doesn’t come up directly in your test,  parts of your answer can be used in other related topics e.g. family, friends, hobbies etc.

Part 1 answers don’t always have to be as long as in the video – just answer the question and extend it naturally but don’t worry if you run out of things to say. The examiner will ask you the next question. 

Make sure you include some good natural vocab in your answer and build up to practising the whole question.

You could use notes to help you but don’t rely on them. Your answer should be a different each time – that’s natural. Some examples of good vocab are highlighted in the audioscript below:

“Well, one of the things I love to do is just hanging out with my friends. It might sound kinda obvious but my friends are really important to me, and believe it or not I’m kind of an introverted person so I’d rather meet up with them 1-2-1 than in a big group, you know. So maybe we’ll catch up over a coffee or grab some lunch. With my friends back in England, I try and keep in touch over facebook or whatsapp, have a bit of banter and I love getting all their gossip. I’m a bit rubbish sometimes in terms of keeping in touch but I try not to leave it too long without having a proper catch up.”

Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

– What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

– How often do you hang out with your friends?

– How do you keep in touch with your friends?

Try practising these questions. Let me know how it goes!


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