Dreams Topic for IELTS Speaking Part 1

See the model answers for current topic used in IELTS speaking part 1. I’ve written a few model answers for each question so you can see the usual length of answers.

I’ve also written a list of useful words below.


  1. Do you often have dreams?
  2. Do you usually remember your dreams?
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?

Model Answers

  1. Do you often have dreams?
    1. Yes, I do. I have quite vivid dreams about things that are going on in my life at the time and I even have nightmares sometimes.
    2. No. I usually sleep very deeply and so I don’t dream at all.
    3. I used to dream all the time but in the last few years I’ve hardly had any dreams at all.
    4. I usually have dreams when I’m upset about something. I guess it’s my subconscious trying to work things out. But other than that, I don’t often dream.
  2.  Do you usually remember your dreams?
    1.  No, they’re usually very vague and I only remember the odd thing or image. But I can never remember the entire dream as they are too abstract.
    2. No, luckily I don’t remember them as they are almost always nightmares.
    3. Yes, I do. I remember almost every dream I have. I keep a dream diary so that I can analyse them later.
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?
    1. No, I don’t. I think dreams are nonsense and not based in reality so I don’t think people should waste their time trying to find a meaning in them.
    2. No, I don’t. I think most people dream because they are not relaxed enough and are not able to enter deep sleep. I don’t think there’s any meaning in what people dream.
    3. Yes, I do. I think our subconscious is trying to figure things out and we can find clues by analysing our dreams.
    4. Yes, I do. I think dreams can reveal hidden messages if we know how to interpret them correctly.
    5. Yes, I do. I know dreaming of a snake means that enemies are close. And if you dream of your teeth falling out, it means a big change will happen in your life. I think dreams are very symbolic.


  • disturbed sleep
  • deep sleep
  • peaceful sleep
  • nightmare
  • daydream
  • vivid dreams
  • vague dreams
  • abstract dreams
  • subconscious thinking / subconscious mind
  • symbolic
  • analyse our dreams
  • nonsense
  • dream diary
  • reveal messages
  • interpret dreams

See all my IELTS Speaking Tips & Model Answers


  1. Hi Liz. Thankyou so much, your videos and tips are the sole reason I did amazing today. Keep up the marvelous work! I had my speaking test on 13.01.2020.
    PART 1 – After introduction-
    1) What do you do- work/study
    2) Why do you like your field of study
    3) What do you do when you are waiting for a bus
    4) Do you consider yourself patient
    5) Are people in your country patient, in general
    6) Do you have a friend who lives far away
    7) Some question about childhood friends
    PART 2-
    Explain an interesting conversation you had.
    With whom? Where? Why did you find it interesting?
    PART 3-
    1) Do people prefer talking in phone rather than face to face
    After I answered this question as she asked me “why so?”
    2) Why some people prefer talking in phone
    3) Are visual aids important while giving a presentation?
    4) Why are visual aids considered distracting sometimes?
    5) How can this be avoided? (continuation to previous question)
    6) Some people have stage fright while giving presentations. Why so?

  2. Wanderlust says

    Thanks Liz

  3. Thanks a lot for your courses! It’s very useful to me!

  4. Hi Liz,
    I thought I’d drop a message and share my experience here in your blog. I just literally finished my speaking exam today here in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    After the introduction
    -Do you study or work?
    -What’s your work?
    -Why did you choose your job?
    -Where do you go on a day out? (I asked him if it’s an ordinary day out? He just repeated the question)
    -What interesting thing you saw in your day out?
    -Do you like going out alone or with friends?
    -Who do you normally go out with?
    *can’t remember the rest

    Favorite building
    -what it is?
    -why do you like it?
    -what/how does it looked like?
    -what’s the building for?
    *i forgot the other one, all the prompt questions you have for building topic in your blog came out in my part2

    Then the interviewer asked me if i’m fascinated with buildings, i just said yes, then my part3 was all about building and society. (Not the exact questions as they were lengthy)
    – how much do you think the government should regulate the buildings?
    -do you think external design is a waste of money in constructing a building?
    -what things should be considered in constructing a building?
    -how a building affects people’s work and life? (Something like that)
    *there was a question where i understood it differently, he stopped me then he paraphrased the question

    I never thought 15mins was so fast! Even the part2, i thought i cant fill the 2mins but i was stopped. I talked fast too maybe because i was nervous.
    I just wanted to share my experience here as all the comments of experiences had been very helpfull to me. Liz you are a heaven sent! Thank you very much for doing what you are doing. You are helping a lot of people.

    Tomorrow is my L-R-W exams, wish me and my husband luck as we are both taking the exams.

    Lastly, my tip is to prepare ideas (not memorize) on all the topics on this blog. You’ll never know what you will get. I was smiling when i saw my topic as I had prepared ideas about it.

    Goodluck to all of us!


  5. Thank you so much! Your model answers are very helpful!

  6. Liz you are doing Marvelous job.

  7. In the speaking test …i spoke about 1. 40 on the cue card ..is it okay ….or there will be negative marking

    • There is no negative marking. Your fluency score is based on your overall performance. Of course, it’s good to speak for 2 mins, but it isn’t a requirement.

  8. Goldie Johal says

    Could we use words like “You can say that ” “You know ” in Ielts Speaking ?

  9. krishandas says

    but in the last few years I’ve had hardly any “dreams” , will s (plural) do here , kindly guide

  10. Dear mam, could you please tell the meaning of “abstract” in the second question model answer? Is it “short” or something else? What other synonym we can use here?

  11. Hi Liz:
    I just want to ask when do we use “have been”, “has been”, and “had been”?


  12. Hi Liz,

    I found this very useful. Thank you very much.
    Well there’s one thing I’d like to ask:
    At the above we have topic for part 1 about dreams.
    What I want to ask is which tenses should we use when we want to say that we remember what happen in my dream and want was happen in our dream?

    For example my question for answer no. 2:
    “Yes I do. I often remember what I saw and feel during my sleep. My late father come then he hug me, he say he miss me” (or) “my late father came the he hugged me. He said he miss me.”

    Which tenses is correct?
    Because this is something happen in the past which is not actually happen.

    Thank you Liz 🙂

    • Yes I do. I often remember what I saw and felt during my dreams. In some dreams, my late father came to me and then he hugged me. He would say that he missed me”. The dream is finished – over. This means you use the past to describe it.

  13. Hi Liz,
    Thank you. you are doing a great job by helping others. it is a good source. I had my speaking test today. I am sharing a few questions that I remember from today’s test.
    Part 1:
    1.Have you ever been on a boat?
    2. Do plan to be on a boat someday?
    3. Do you think you could buy a boat in future?
    4. Why do you think it is important to reach in time for an interview?
    5. Do you think people in the past gave more importance to time management?
    Part 2:
    Cue card- Describe a leisure facility (e.g cinema, theatre, sports centre etc) that should be made available in your hometown.
    Why is this facility important?
    What can be done to make it available?
    What role would it play?/ What kind of people can use it?

    Part 3:
    It was about leisure activities like what importance such activities have in our lives? How people choose different leisure activities?
    Has this choice changed over the decades?
    How the choices of older people change ( in the context of leisure activities only).
    Why some people choose risky activities?

    There were few more questions in all the parts which I don’t remember now.

    An advice to the test takers- those who are learning new words to improve their vocabulary, please try to use those words on a daily basis because learning/ memorizing alone won’t help. Don’t stop until you are asked to. Don’t give the examiner a chance to tell you to speak more.

  14. Hi Liz,
    How can I answer this question? Is my answer enough for speaking part 1? Thanks
    What kind of dishes do you cook?
    I used to cooked chicken dishes, which I find very easy to prepare and is always available in supermarkets aside from that you can do a variety of experiment with the chicken like for example adding pineapple while boiling it with a milk, the combination of its sweetness and creamy flavor will surely remains unforgetable taste.

    • It doesn’t matter if your answer is too long. The examiner will stop you when it’s time to move to the next question. However, the question asks “What dishes DO you cook” – this means mean. Your answer is in the past tense. Pay attention to the grammar in the question and answer appropriately.

  15. hello liz, i have one question. if i am asked about useful website, can i answer ur website. as i found ur website very useful.

    • Sure. You can choose any website you want. But if you talk about an IELTS website, also try include other aspects:
      social media
      educational videos
      layout / content / style / appearance
      Try to include as much as you can in your description and that way you can steer the talk away from only IELTS and into other aspects of online media.

  16. Hi Liz,I had my IELTS exam on 9th and 10th of September.The speaking one was on 10th and the topic was A Rule you had in your school which you agreed or disagreed?What action was taken if u dint follow those rules in your school.This topic was quite uncommon.so I decided to share with you

  17. Hi,

    I am looking for someone for speaking test preparation and if somebody is living in Dubai and currently, working on IELTS so let’s help each other.

    You can contact me on 056-7443199

  18. Thank you a lot, Liz. I’m so glad I’ve found your website. I have a few questions, if you don’t mind.
    1. I often use American-style phrases, words, and constructions. Is this bad? Should I avoid it? Americans are the only native speakers I have communicated with.
    2. Can I distribute time unequally (extremely unequally) among the answers in Part 1 and Part 3? For instance, I would like to answer about sports shortly, but I would tell more about friends or food. Would a simple and short answer be sufficient as long as I explain another one deeper?
    3. Would my examinator give me a hint when my Part 2 speech exceeds 1 minute? I always feel the necessity of cutting my speech short(

    • 1. Having a mixed accent or an American accent is fine for IELTS speaking.
      2. You don’t decide the length of time for topics and questions in part 1 and part 3 – the examiner does. In part 1, there will be about 12 questions which means one or two long sentences. In part 3, there will be from 4 to 7 questions (more or less) and so you need to expand all answers, give examples and showcase the level of your English more.
      3. In part 2, your talk, you will have 1 to 2 mins for the talk. You should aim to talk for 2 mins to show fluency. The examiner will tell you when to stop.
      The examiner controls all time in the test.

      • Thanks for your answer. Time-management is my weakpoint. So, it’s good if it’s controlled by examiner. Still, I can’t understand about part one: according to your video those 12 questions should take less than 5 min, but it’s unclear how time is controlled. If my answer for 1 of 12 questions is too detailed, would examiner say “Next question!”? If my answer is too short, would he give me a hint to go on, instead of asking the next question?

        • In part 1, some questions will require only short answers – as the example I gave you. Other questions might require you to explain a bit more. At all times, the examiner will control the time. The examiner will interrupt you and move on to the next question if needed. This is very common. In fact, many students feel very uncomfortable when it happens because they think they did something wrong – they didn’t do anything wrong – it’s just a natural part of the test. So, be direct and add more – if the examiner wants to move on, he or she will stop you. It won’t affect your score at all.

  19. hi Liz,
    I got a couple of questions that popped up during my practice.
    Would you kindly answer them?
    1) I am speaking about a special cake. At the end, as a conclusion, I say ” This is the most special cake I had in my life”
    Did I use the tense correctly? Because it is still my most special cake. But that cake is a thing of past and I had many cakes after that. So should I say ” That was the most special cake” ??

    2) Is it correct to say ” current scenario “?

    3) In one of the listening tests, the answer given is school fees. Instead, if I write educational expense because I missed it during listening and later wrote from my memory, will it be counted?


    • 1. There is no conclusion in speaking part 2. This is not a formal talk. The WHOLE speaking test is informal. If you are checking your tense, you need present perfect “the most special X I have ever had …”
      2. Don’t learn phrases to use. It is rare to use academic phrases in informal chats.
      3. You can’t change the words of the answer. You must write answers exactly as you hear them.

  20. Thank you mam…..

  21. Supreet kaur says

    Thanks a lot ,,, you are a great teacher😎

  22. Thanks you so much liz

  23. thanks liz u are the best

  24. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for these model answers ! Wow, so generous of you for sharing your ideas and lessons for free. Thanks a lot.


  25. Tomorrow Morning I have exam in Saudi Arabia Jubail. I have heard a lot about Liz from my other collages who scored really good. Hopefully I get good score as this is my first time. Thanks Liz You are the best .

  26. Dear Liz,
    I would like to share me answer
    1. Yes, I am well known as dreamer person.
    It seems to me I dream every night when I go to sleep.
    2. I do remember almost all the dreams for a short time and I forgot it. However, there were some espcial dreams that I never forget it.
    3. Yes, I think that dream is one part of our life. It help to reveal something will coming soon.
    In my personal experience about dream. I could learn a lot from my dream. There were some dream that did became true and fulfill everything.

  27. Thank you so much . I really appriaciate what you do for us Liz. big thanks.

  28. Thank you so much liz

  29. Thank you so much Liz, It’s very helpful.

  30. Shrigowry says

    Thanks Liz

  31. I was asked the same questions for my part 1 on 5 July. I found it helpful.

  32. Thank you very much. You are useful girl. That is teaching me too much

  33. Thanks Liz,
    I thought that dreams means aspiration or hope in the question, and accordingly I answered it. IS IT ACCEPTED???

  34. Hi liz you are a best teaching
    for me

  35. thanks, Liz

  36. Many thanks Liz.

  37. Thnx💯

  38. gratefulforLiz says

    Much of help,
    Many thanks 🙂
    zillion times of thanks for the vocabulary list 😀

  39. Dear liz
    What should be my response,if the examiner ask me to speak on painting or color

  40. Thanks for sharing Liz! This could probably help me get the score I want to achieve in the ielts exam. 😁

  41. was it wrong to use dream as it means “hope and ambition” rather than what we see in sleep? Unfortunately, it was the meaning that first came to my mind. But It seems that “having dreams” is mainly about sleeps.

    Thanks for the speaking sample answers and best wishes!

    • When the question is “Do you often have dreams” it refers to sleep and the frequency. If the question is “What is your main dream in life?” this is about ambition and hope. But the examiner won’t mark you down because you misunderstood. You will still get marked on the language you produced. Remember, ideas are not marked in speaking, only the language is marked.

  42. Lijalo Kalebe says

    Thank u Liz, the vocabulary words you provided were very helpful, with this support, i think band 7 is possible

  43. Lijalo Kalebe says

    Thank u Liz, l am glad that you provided the list of vocabulary used, it was really helpful

  44. Mohammad Rehman says

    you are a great teacher. you really have good command on IELTS. I am also a teacher and I followed your writing style in IELTS Exam and I got 7 band scores. I appreciate your style of teaching. In short, you are one of millions.

    • Well done 🙂 It isn’t so easy to hit band 7. Good for you 🙂 And thanks for support of my work 🙂

  45. Bikramjit Singh says

    A Big Thanks to you Mam👍🏼. I have exam on 15 of july, Your blog is providing me a lot of help.

  46. Thank you ma.

  47. Prabhjot singh says

    Mam i have a question in my mind… I am talking ielts course From a private institute.My teacher there told me that overview should be written in at end of task 1.But u say to write it after introduction.what should i do know? Plz reply and help me.
    And also my ielts tutor told me to write a agree/disagree essays by giving partial opinion …but acc. To u, only a proper answer should be given.( Agree only or disagree only) who is correct …suggest me plzz.

  48. Thanks so much Liz

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