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IELTS Speaking Part 2 an activity that you do alone. Learn how to talk about a certain thing that you love doing when you are alone. Don't worry you are not alone, as we are here to help you develop your answer. Check our sample answer.




Describe an activity that you would do alone in your free time


You should say:


What it is

How often you do it

Where you usually do it

And explain why you would like to do this activity



To be honest, I’m an introvert type so most of my spare time is spent on my own. Normally, I love spending my free time gardening. I’m lucky that I have a green thumb, I can grow many different kinds of plants from crops to ornamental plants without any difficulty.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Introvert [adj.] - reserved; unsociable

A green thumb [idiom] - refers to a person who has the ability to grow plants healthily

Crop [noun] - refers to plants such as grain, fruit, vegetable in large amount

Ornamental plants [noun] - decorative plants


Tip: The speaker starts his answer by talking about his personality and he connects it to his interest in gardening. It’s a good way to start a story. He is already giving an idea to the examiner on why he loves gardening in a subtle way.


I suppose I've inherited this interest or passion in planting from my dad. My dad is actually a successful farmer in our hometown. Surprisingly, he owns 25 hectares of land where he grows a variety of crops. He’s just amazing for amassing a fortune from his land even up to this day.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Inherit [verb] - being born with the same physical or mental characteristics as one of your parents or grandparents

Amass [verb] - to accumulate

Fortune [noun] - wealth


Tip: The speaker gives a background story on how he became interested in planting. This is a very good way to stretch your story.

Anyway, I’ve been loving gardening since I was a child. I remember I planted strawberries when I was only five years old in flower pots. I diligently took care of them and after a couple of weeks, I was more than elated to see that they were bearing tiny green strawberries. My effort really paid off after seeing them, that’s what I first thought of. And what made me more thrilled was after two months, I harvested lustrous red strawberries. It’s still vivid in my memory how delighted I was that a five-year-old kid could reap irresistible strawberries. My parents were so proud of me. Since then, I learned how to grow various kinds of plants.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Diligently [adv.]; diligent [adj.] - hard-working

Elated [adj.] - very happy

Paid off [phrase] - being successful

Thrilled [adj.] - excited

Lustrous [adj.] - silky

Vivid [adj.] - clear

Delighted [adj.] - very pleased; happy

Irresistible [adj.] - tempting


Tip: The speaker continues giving more details on his background story. And that makes his story longer. It does really help you sustain your story-telling without losing coherence. (Some examinees have a hard time sustaining or developing their story and some just keep on talking and talking which makes their sentences and ideas incoherent. Be watchful!)


These days, I’m living many miles away from my parents, I can’t deny the fact that there are times that I feel homesick. Of course, they’re just one call away but sometimes it doesn’t help much, so my best diversion is to take care of my vegetables and fruits in my garden.


I have a not-so huge garden in my backyard, and everything I’ve got in there is solely for personal consumption. However, if there’s a time that there’s just too many produce, more often than not, I share them to my beloved neighbors.


Well gardening gives me inexplicable pleasure. It’s my way to relieve all the kinds of stress that I have. Without gardening, I really don’t know how to cope with my stress and homesickness.


Vocabulary & Expression:

One call away [expression] - it means that if you need help, you can just call a person at once

Diversion [noun] - interruption; distraction

Solely [adv.] - only

Produce [noun] - agricultural products collectively

More often than not [phrase] - usually

Inexplicable [adj.] - cannot be explained

Homesickness [noun] - the condition of missing one’s home/family


Tip: The speaker talks about the current time about what he does. He adds more details about gardening and how enjoys doing it in his free time. The last paragraph gives signal to the examiner that he’s wrapping up his story - a very good way to end a story. Isn’t it?




In what situations do people need to be alone?


Well, I believe there are so many occasions that people need to spend time on their own. One is when people are overwhelmed interacting with different kinds of people, most especially in formal situations. Some easily get drained emotionally or physically socializing that right after the event finishes, they need to spend time alone regaining their energy. Another instance would be, is when people need to make a life-changing decision. In order for them to come up with the best decision in their lives, they have to spend time away from distraction contemplating. Well, the best example for that is whether or not to change a career. These are just the two of the many instances that make people want to spend their time on their own.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Overwhelm [verb] - to have a strong effect on one’s emotion

Drained [adj.] - very tired

Life-changing decision [noun] - very important decision

Come up [phrasal verb] - happen; occur

Distraction [noun] - interruption; diversion

Contemplate [verb] - think deeply



Tip: First line -> The speaker paraphrases the question. It shows that he really understands the question and in that way, he proves to the examiner that he can say it on his own words.


Do you think young people in your country have less time for themselves?


In my opinion, yes, young people are under pressure in school and at work that spending time for themselves is near to impossible. Let me tell you the sad reality here in Japan, most young workers including me have been pressured by the demanding jobs that we do. We work more than the required hours and normally go home very late and oftentimes miss having dinner with our family. Our time is mostly spent on our jobs always. Yes, we Japanese are very diligent, and that is really commendable, however, working so much all the time has taken a toll on us. Mental issues like depression emerge and what is worse some commit suicide.


On the other hand, students as well cannot get away with pressure, they have to study really hard and when I say ‘hard’, they have to spend time studying from morning to late at night even on weekends. This is for the ultimate goal of entering a reputable university. It is like 90% of their time is spent on studying. Spending time for doing personal things has become a luxury.


Vocabulary & Expression:

Under pressure [idiom] - to be in a state of stress of anxiety

Near to impossible [idiom] - seem almost impossible

Diligent [adj.] - industrious; hard-working

Commendable [adj.] - admirable; praiseworthy

Taken a toll [phrase] - to harm or damage someone in a gradual way

Emerge [verb] - become known

Get away [phrase] - escape

Reputable [adj.] - well-respected; having a good reputation

Luxury [noun] - state of great comfort


Tip: The speaker hits the questions very brilliantly. He explains well why the young people in his country do not have time for themselves. He gives two situations to support his argument which is straight to the point and coherent.


What kinds of jobs that can be done at home?

Well with the advent of technology, there are several jobs that people can enjoy doing at home without tackling the hassles such as traffic, crowded trains or buses, waking up early, and the like.


These jobs are all online-related like virtual assistant, home-based teaching, web designers, writers, proofreaders, and online marketers. Thanks to technology as these kinds of jobs are created. Those who want to work in the comfort of their homes can surely work more effectively.


I believe there will be more jobs in the future that can be added to the long list of home-based jobs and I see it favorably.


Vocabulary & Expression:

The advent of technology [expression] - the coming

Tackle [verb] - deal

Hassle [noun] - inconvenience

And the like [phrase] - and many similar things; etcetera


Tip: The speaker did not give the lists of jobs at once in the introductory part of his answer instead he talks about the cause of the phenomenon (the trend of home-based jobs). It is a very good way to develop an intelligent answer as the speaker shows his language skills to the examiner.



Do you have any questions or comments? Leave them below. Check our previous post about AN IMPORTANT PLANT in PART 2 with this link

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