IELTS Speaking topic: A traffic jam

Describe a time when you had to wait in a traffic jam.
You should say:
when and where it happened
how long you were in the traffic jam
where you were going at that time
what form of transport you were using
what you did while waiting
and explain how you felt when you were in that traffic jam or what happened as a result of that traffic jam.

Let me talk about the traffic jam I’ve met last time. A couple of weeks ago, I was planning to go on a business trip by airplane to another city. But I got a bit nervous and didn’t sleep well that night. So the next morning I woke up late at about 9:00, but my airplane departed at 11:00. It was really urgent because there was about one-hour driving to the airport. In a great hurry, I took a taxi and told the driver to drive as fast as possible. But unfortunately as soon as we got to the express way to the airport, we found ourselves get stuck in the heavy traffic congestion. We moved so slowly that I got totally mad. I was afraid of missing the airplane to meet my clients. I repeated asking the driver to move fast but he told me there was really nothing he could do about it. I had no other choice but gave my client a telephone call and told him that I would probably be late for the meeting and felt sorry for any inconvenience. To my surprise, my client was quite understanding and he told me not to hurry and be safe on my way. At last, It took me about one hour and a half on the way to the airport and I was on board to the last minute. That experience was really memorable because I felt I was very lucky and the traffic in Beijing was so unreliable that I should get up much earlier next time.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Digg thisShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Discussions — 9 Responses

  • clark 2015/01/23 on 4:17 pm

    Thanks for your sharing!

    • pirlo clark 2015/01/23 on 5:09 pm

      Thank you for dropping by for a visit!

  • renyiyuan 2015/01/24 on 7:33 pm

    Thanks so much!

    • pirlo renyiyuan 2015/01/24 on 8:46 pm

      Thank you ever so much for dropping by for a visit!

  • Faisal Ahmed 2015/09/28 on 7:08 pm

    Thanks. It is an important topic for the learners.

  • kartar singh sohal 2015/12/21 on 8:55 pm


  • Aman 2016/03/05 on 10:45 am

    It is an very important topic for learners

  • Calvin 2016/04/08 on 5:39 am

    I think that you’re making a great contribution to the learning process of IELTS students by offering your time and efforts in writing up these ideas expansion tips. Having said that, I also think that you should spend more time to proof read your writing as there are a number of very basic and obvious grammatical errors on the majority of your topics. For instance, it is grammatically incorrect to use the present perfect tense “I have met” if you’re going to specify a specific time, ” a couple of weeks ago”.

    I hope that you will keep doing the great work as I can tell that you’re very dedicated in helping others in improving their IELTS scores.


    Calvin – IELTS trainer

  • Amanpreet 2016/05/06 on 3:30 am

    Hi , i have problem in speaking and writing give a suggestion about that .. plzz