IELTS Speaking Part 1: 'names' topic

IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘names’ topic

This is an interesting set of questions from Cambridge IELTS book 11:

Let’s talk about names…

1) How did your parents choose your name?
2) Does your name have any special meaning?
3) Is your name common or unusual in your country?
4) If you could change your name, would you?

Remembering the advice that I gave last week, try answering these questions (aloud) without hesitating too much. It’s fine to give negative answers or to say that you don’t know the answer, but you should still explain why.

IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘name’ answers

Here are some sample answers for the ‘name’ questions that I shared last week. Notice that most of these answers are negative ones; it’s completely acceptable to answer in this way.

1) How did your parents choose your name?

To be honest, I’m not sure how they chose it; I’ve never asked them. I suppose it was just a name that they both liked, and maybe they thought it suited me.

2) Does your name have any special meaning?

It might do, but I don’t know what that meaning is; I’ve never looked it up. Maybe I’ll google it later today; you’ve made me curious to find out!

3) Is your name common or unusual in your country?

Yes, it’s quite a common name. I remember that there were two other people with the same name as me in my class at school.

4) If you could change your name, would you?

No, I definitely wouldn’t. My name is part of my identity now, and it would feel strange to suddenly change it. I don’t think my friends and family would like that either.