IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #24 Describe a time when you moved to a new house or a new school

Describe a time when you moved to a new house or a new school. You should say:
When it happened
What kind of home did you move into? Why you moved
And explain how you felt about the moving.

Sample answer:

One year ago, I had to leave my old house and moved to Ho Chi Minh City. Now I would like to share with you about this experience and how I feel about it. For 18 years, I lived happily in my sweet home in a peaceful hometown to the Southwest of Vietnam though it is much less developed than other provinces in the neighborhood.

After I passed the university entrance exam, my family decided to move to Ho Chi Minh City so that I t could go to school more easily. The fact that I must leave my dear house, especially my little cozy bedroom hurt me seriously at the time. When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City, I couldn’t remember streets and their names. I got exhausted with the traffic in rush hours and I told my parents that I hated this place. I wished to come back to my beautiful garden with plenty of trees and green space.

However, several weeks later, my family made friends with some neighbors next door and they turned out to be quite friendly and assisted us to adjust to our new life. My new classmates were also funny and kind, and some of them also came from rural areas like me. Therefore, I managed to get along with my new companions and the city life seems to be less challenging. So, I think moving to HCMC was not that bad of a decision and I will definitely miss this city if I have to move again.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you think it’s better to rent or to buy a place to live in?
    I think it’s better to buy your own home if you can afford to do that. Buying your own home is a better investment in the long term, because you can sell the home and perhaps even make a profit on it. The alternative is to pay rent to a landlord who can ask you to leave at any moment.
  2. Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents?
    I’m not sure what the ‘right’ age would be, but I do agree with the principle that young adults should try to live alone if they can. For some people, the right age is when they get their first full-time jobs and can afford to pay rent, and for others it’s when they start university and move into a hall of residence with other students. This was what happened in my case; I moved out of the family home at age 18 when I started university.
  3. Do you like to move house frequently?
    Of course not, transferring from one house to another is a difficult task. First of all, moving to another place takes a lot of time and effort. We have to pack our things, send it to the new address and re-arrange it. Next thing is that, it cost a lot of money because we have to pay an advance payment for the new place. Also, we have to consider paying the transport fee for moving our stuffs. It is very inconvenient to keep moving from one place to another.
  4. Why do people in your country choose to move home?
    Well, there are several instances why people transfer from one house to another. One thing I can think of is, they look for a better employment that could offer them career advancement and a higher salary wage. Take me as an example, I live in ‘name’ but I decided to move in ‘name’ because they offer twice as much as I earn in Kunming. Second reason is because, some people move because of marriage. In Vietnam, once you get married you must separate from your parents and find a place to stay in but there are still some people who prefer to live with their parents in one roof.
  5. Other possible questions:
    Do you think people may feel uncomfortable after they moved to a new place?
    Why do they move if you say so?
    Can children adapt new environment easier than adults?