IELTS speaking test part 2-Describing a friend you spend time with

In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test you need to speak for 2 minutes about a given topic. You get 1 minute to prepare. During  this time it’s a good idea to make short notes on the paper you are given.

Here’s a sample question with some notes:


Describe a friend that you spend time with.

You should say:

– How often you see the friend

– What you do together

– Where you go

And explain why you like him/her


John, my best friend from primary school

During university holidays

We play football, tennis, computer games

To the sports centre, park, cinema

He is nice, friendly and funny

Here is a sample answer:

I spend a lot of time with my best friend John. I’ve known him since primary school where we were in the same class.

We only see each other during our university holidays because we don’t study in the same city. My university is in London but he lives in Liverpool.

When we are together we always play lots of sports like football and tennis.  John loves Manchester United and he is a very good footballer. I prefer tennis but I am not as good as my friend. We also both enjoy playing computer games. Our favourite is probably World of Warcraft which many of my friends play too.

As we live in a small town there aren’t many places to go so we normally hang out at the sports centre or in the big park near my house.  We’re both big film buffs so we go to the cinema quite often and we get a student discount.

I really like spending time with John, he’s such a nice person and very friendly. I always have a good time when we are together and he never fails to make me laugh. In fact, I think he’s the funniest person I know.

Useful IELTS Phrases

Here are some useful phrases from the sample which you can use to answer the same question.

I spend a lot of time with….

I have known him/her since…

We (only) see each other during/at…because…

When we are together we always…

We also both enjoy + noun/verb+ing.

We normally hang out at the…

We’re both big film buffs (you like films).

I really like spending time with…

He’s/She’s such a nice person and very friendly.

I always have a good time when we are together.

Now, make some of your own sentences about your friend and write them in the comments box below.

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