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IELTS Speaking : Free Time

  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
  • Why do you like doing these activities?
  • How did you start doing this activity at first?
  • Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
  • How has the way people spend their free time changed over the years?

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Model answer 1


Well, I do quite a lot of sport actually. I go swimming twice a week. Thereís a very good pool just around the corner from my office. I swim for an hour and do about 40 lengths. I also cycle to work when I can. Apart from that, I do a lot of reading and photography.

Model answer 2


When I was younger, I did a lot of surfing. I used to go snowboarding quite often too in the winter. But I havenít been for a long time, although I might go this year with some friends. These days I go cycling when I can. At the weekends I like to cook and invite friends around for dinner. Iím a big fan of cooking programs, and often try to copy the recipes, but they donít always turn out very well.

Model answer 3


I donít have a lot of time to myself now that Iím married with two young children. So, a lot of my free time is used taking my kids to their activities. For example, on Saturday morning, I have to take my son to his basketball games, and my daughter to football practice. Then I have to ship them off to parties or friendsí houses. Two or three times a month, my wife and I go for a meal with friends, and once a month, we go the cinema when my parents look after the kids. Thereís a great little cinema that shows independent or foreign films just near where we live.

Model answer 4


I have tennis lessons with a group of friends at the weekend. There are eight of us, four moms and dads and four kids. The idea was that the lessons would give us the chance to do something sporty with our children, and itís great. The teacher is really good and we all have a fantastic time. Plus, weíre getting better at tennis. Best of all, after an hour of tennis, the kids go off to play, and we can have a drink and a chat. Now, thatís my idea of playing sport. Apart from that, I also go out bowling once a month.

Model answer 5


I play golf at the weekend. I get up really early on Sunday and play for about five hours with some friends from work. While Iím out, my husband prepares lunch which is usually ready by the time I get back. Apart from that, I play online video games and read a lot. Also, I go for a drink after work every Friday with my work colleagues. Thereís a pub nearby and we usually stay there for a couple of hours, which is good fun.


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