IELTS Topic Vocabulary for Speaking test: Hometown

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Hometown Vocabulary for IELTS

Hometown is very common topic for IELTS speaking test. That’s why I devoted this post to it. I’ve collected  IELTS speaking questions for  part 1,  part 2 and part 3. If you want to learn what words and phrases to use when talking about your hometown, then you definitely should read this article.

There is also a number of examples (articles, podcasts and video) of how native-speakers talk about their hometown and what are words which they use. In the end  of the article, there is also quick links to a few most helpful  lessons from professional teachers who gave their answers to help IELTS candidates with this topic.

What you will find in this article:

  • Common questions from Part1,2 and 3 of speaking test.
  • Collocations, words and phrases that will help you to talk about food and diet.
  • How other people tell stories related to hometown and places we live.
  • Links to useful materials which you can use to read articles, listen podcasts and watch video about city, town and how to describe them.
  • Vocabulary from sub-topics and related areas such as: sightseeing places, famous local people, city’s location, urban problems.

Part 1 Sample Questions 

  • Describe your hometown.
  • What’s special about it?
  • Where is your hometown located?
  • Is it easy to travel around your hometown?
  • What is it known for?
  • What do people in your town do?

Part 2 Sample Question: Cue Card

Describe your hometown
• Describe the place
• What is special about it?
• Compare it to other cities in the world?

Part 3 Sample Questions 

  • In what ways can you improve your hometown?
  • What is the main reason for liking a hometown other than the fact you were born there?
  • Most people in this world do not live in their hometowns. Why?

Reading: Hometown  Vocabulary Found on QUORA | What is Your Hometown Famous For?

  • there is  a big…
  • it has… then any place I’ve visited
  • more than … % of the town …
  • I don’t have much fondness for my town
  • I was born, raised and still live in a city called ….
  • …the biggest city of in northwestern ….
  • among other things … is known for being…


  • [city name] …is home of the famous…one of the biggest cities known for…
  • … is also known for a couple of dark  things
  • we have a very cool…
  • we have food tourism
  • the local … team attracts fans from…


  • I’m from… My home city is … situated in the north of the country
  • … is famous for many things
  • here are few of them…
  • its geography gave birth to [city name]’s …
  • as well as being famous for… [city name] is famous for….
  • [city name] boasts 2 football teams
  • as well as …. [city name] is famous for [person’s name] – Olympic gold medalist
  • [city name] has produced some world famous musicians and bands
  • it is only available in [city name]


  • I live in a small town in … called  [city name]
  • many would think a small town wouldn’t have much to be famous for, though they would be wrong
  • … was invented here
  • then there is our famous writer …
  • the town has also  been mentioned on …. for …
  • there is also local food item known as ….


  • the town I grew up [town name] isn’t famous for too much
  • regional market
  • harbor town
  • it’s at the southern end of….
  • there is a small university there, [name of university]
  • the place I live now, [city name], is most famous for…
  • once you get outside of town


  • the town itself grew up on ….. money
  • imposing local buildings
  • at one point there was a huge…
  • it closed in …
  • …. ware constructed in this area in  … century
  • we have  here one of the  more interesting constructs I’ve seen…
  • we have local delicacy


  • if  you are ever in the area
  • we also just got one of the newest…
  • most of all, the whole region is known for…
  • there are … growing around
  • city’s culture



What is Your Hometown Famous For?


  • the downtown got reshaped
  • intersection
  • dramatic change
  • ropeway conveyor
  • railway
  • the central train station
  • industrial facilities


  • familiarity of people around me
  • the place where you have been born
  • the place where you have been brought up
  • fresh air
  • less crowded roads
  • people trusting each other
  • neighbors caring for neighbors
  • my hometown make me feel like a kid
  • family and parens
  • simple but rich life
  • accessibility from one end to other end of town i shortest time
  • people who know me on a first name basis
  • family and friends
  • roadside tea stalls
  • where I live  now
  • 5 minutes away fro us


Which is the best rephotography picture of your hometown?

What do you miss by living out of your hometown?

Podcast: Hometown  Vocabulary | The Urbanist – Hometown bound

  • life of neighborhood
  • cities we live in
  • places that we know intimately
  • after years living away
  • it used to be
  • it really improved economically
  • growing rapidly and expanding


  • small town can offer a real sense of place
  • growing fast as business center
  • small lake city
  • tourist and college town
  • massive concrete statue
  • [city name] is long way from…
  • economic center


  • you have to drive 2 hours to go to…
  • a paradise for sports lovers
  • my dad takes me to…
  • the local team won the bronze medal at the … in 20…
  • we have world class medical center
  • we have university
  • we have a lot of government services


  • a lot of retail
  • it’s wonderful place to have kids and to live
  • it’s really clean
  • the  area is perfect
  • we don’t really have much of any pollution
  • there is small industries
  • large new building


  • many local businesses
  • [city name]  is surrounded by ….


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Video: Hometown Vocabulary | It’s Our City. Let’s Fix It (

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