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What has been your favourite holiday?


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People love going on holiday, and people also love talking about holidays, whether it be holidays they have been on in the past or future holidays they are looking forward to. Although everyone enjoys going on holiday, not everybody likes to do the same thing or go to the same places. In fact, what many people consider a great holiday, others would consider it be a nightmare! For example what a group of youngsters going on holiday without the parents for the first time want is likely to be very different to what a family with young children are looking for in a perfect holiday destination.

Talking about holidays is a very common topic in part one of the speaking paper in the FCE (B2 First) exam. English learners need to be able to give their opinions on what they liked or disliked about particular holidays, as well as describing their experiences with sufficient detail.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Can’t stand (somebody/something) (Phrase) = to dislike or hate somebody or something.
Example: “I can't stand the smell of cigarettes”.

Importance (Noun) = how important someone or something is.
Example: “People often underestimated the importance of a healthy balanced diet”.

Make the most of (Phrase) = to take full advantage of something because it may not last long.
Example: “Let's make the most of this lovely weather and go for a picnic”.

When it comes to… (Phrase) = used to introduce a new idea that you want to say something about.
Example: “When it comes to young children I think that they should focus less on exams.”.

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.

What has been your favourite holiday?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to What has been your favourite holiday?
  • Tell me about an enjoyable holiday you had when you were a child
  • Where do people usually go on holiday in your country?
  • Where did you last go on holiday?
  • Do you prefer to go on holiday with friends or family?
  • Would you rather go on holiday in your own country or abroad?
  • What would be your ideal holiday destination?
  • What has been your worst holiday? Why?
  • Is there a particular part of the world you would like to visit?

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