It might be better to express a negative opinion if that gives you more to say.

What would you do if you were asked in an interview to talk about how you feel about your hometown if in fact you really disliked living there?

Some people might think that by being truthful in this situation and giving a negative answer that this would not be the right thing to do and instead you should lie and talk about how you love living there to give a more positive sounding answer.

Actually, truthfulness is not important and neither is giving a negative opinion of something. The important thing is that you have something to express. If you have more to say by being truthful, even if it is expressing a negative opinion, then that is what you should talk about.

It would be much better to say “Actually I don’t really like my hometown….” and follow it up with your reasons for disliking it than to say “I like my hometown…” and then struggle to find anything to say.

In this video you will see how Joao deals with this situation in the best way.



I am going to take ielts exam on 21th janl. I am in troubles with speaking skill. I do not have partner who is native speakers to practice. It's difficult to correct mistakes and make my voice more naturally.

Hello veera,

The first thing I'd suggest is looking for a course at a British Council Centre if you have one nearby.

In addition, I'd highly recommend visiting TakeIELTS, where you'll find a wealth of information and advice on the test and how to prepare for each section, including speaking. You can also find some general advice on improving your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page, and visiting our Facebook page and our YouTube IELTS channel might also be useful for you.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

we have many negative things to say about our life because in this world it is no so common to happen something special everyday if that happens is once a year, therefore it is easier to talk about negative things, good point in this video, thank you so much

This is great to know since I'm a terrible liar. Haha.

the vedio is useful to me. I think the important thing is have thing to express.

truth never fall

It's useful to me....... thanks

Am new here and i read about useful video materials but i cant seem to find the link to download and view them on my computer...could you point me in the right direction please?

Hello bodemaxwell,

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