Band 9 Speaking: Part 1 – Walking


1. Do you like to walk?

“Sure, I like to walk. I normally walk around the park near my house to get some exercise. It’s also a good way for me to relax and clear my head. I normally go for a walk in the early morning or the evening when the weather is cooler.”

TIP – Try to answer NATURALLY. Your main idea can be simple (e.g. “Sure, I like to walk”) and then you can give some details like “Why?” “When?” “Where?” etc.

2. Do you like to walk on your own or with others?

I prefer to walk by myself. Like I said before, I think walking is a good way to clear my mind and think about any problems I have or decisions I have to make. Also, I like to walk fast so I don’t want to have to slow down for someone else.”

TIP – Use some simple synonyms to show your vocabulary. In this example, “on your own” is changed to “by myself”. Try to link your ideas to boost your coherence score. Use phrases such as “Like I said before” to link your ideas and avoid repetition.


3. Would you say that your city is a good place for walking?

“Definitely not. It’s much too crowded. The sidewalks are taken up with motorbikes and other stuff so there’s nowhere really to walk. Also there is heavy air pollution so being outside for a long period of time is not good for your health.”

TIP – Link different ideas with simple words like “also”. Try to use some topic-specific words like “sidewalks” and “heavy air pollution”.

4. Do people in your country walk a lot?

“Not really. At least not in cities. Like I just said, cities are too crowded to make walking a good option. People normally get around by motorbike, car,  bike, or public transport. Not to mention in the summer it’s too hot to walk long distances.”

TIP – Link your answers with phrases such as “Like I just said”. Introduce new ideas with phrases like “Not to mention”.


5. Do you think walking is important?

“Yes, I think it’s extremely important. Nowadays most of us live a very sedentary lifestyle which means we don’t get enough exercise and are often overweight. Walking is a simple way to stay healthy and avoid a lot of modern health problems.”

TIP – Try to use some advanced vocabulary like “sedentary lifestyle”. Show your view clearly with adverbs like “extremely”.

6. Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?

“I think the country is a much better place to walk because rural areas avoid all of the problems that urban ones have. The air is fresher, there is more space, and you don’t have to worry about being hit by a bus or motorbike.”

TIP – try to use some synonyms for the main topic. In this example, “countryside” is changed to “rural areas” and “city” is changed to “urban ones”.


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