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Describe a long car journey you went on

 Where you went


 What you did at this place
 Who you went there with
 Explain why you went on that journey by car

Follow ups
 Why do people like to have private cars?
 What are the differences between bicycles and private cars?
 Is it a good thing that everyone has their own cars?
 How to buy private cars in India?
 What’s the difference between men and women’s preference on
cars?
 What will cars be like in the future?
 Do many families own private cars in India?

 The long car journey I’ve ever had was in last Spring Festival when we had

14-day vacation, so my family decided to have a trip to Shanghai by car.

There were three people of us, so we thought that driving was a more

economical and convenient way. We left Beijing about 7 o’clock in the

morning and drove southward.

 We didn’t constantly drive along but visited several other cities as well during

our trip. For example, we stayed in the city of Xuzhou in the Jiangsu Province

for two days because it was a historical city and there were many famous

cultural heritage. After about four-day driving, we finally reached our

destination. We visited many renowned places, like the bustling City God

Temple, and peaceful Century Park, the gorgeous Yu Garden, and the breath-

taking Pudong skyline, and tasted lots of indigenous food.

 Travelling by our own car enables us to plan our itinerary freely, so that we

can go somewhere very conveniently and don’t have to waste our time in the

train station and airport. Besides, we can take and buy lots of things on the

way and then put them in our car, which always makes our travelling fruitful.

Answer 2
We spent a lot of time before our holiday, researching of all the interesting places to
visit and all the sights to see. So we went to Rijks museum, Van Gogh museum,
Amstell Beer museum, took a romantic sunset cruise in the water channels, drove to
Volendam, a small prettiest fisherman village, visited a cheese farm. We went to
Rotterdam, which is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. We
enjoyed the architectures and building there as much as we did walking in the neat
roads and besides the beaches. Visiting the famous Anne Frank house was an
exciting moment for me. I've read the Anne Frank's Diary in my early childhood and
witnessing the place was very much exciting.

Every evening we took long walks along the channels, resting in small gardens,
which Amsterdam has a lot of. Street artists were performing everywhere and a lot of
people came to watch their show.

We enjoyed very much everything we did and especially in such a beautiful country.
Having my friend by my side on this trip made it even more fun. Since we have never
been to Holland, everything we saw and did seemed interesting and completely new
to us. The people, their way to interpretation their culture attracted us very much.
Before leaving the place, both of us agreed that the place is worth visiting and
someday we would come back to re-explore it.

t was a short trip with my family. My parents and my brother accompanied on my trip.
It was a fun-filled trip as after a long time I got an opportunity to spend time with my
family. Moreover, we opted for a road trip so that we had the flexibility to visit other
famous places in Agra. It is rightly said, that journey matters, and not the
destination, and this is what I experienced during my short-trip.

Option3
I'd like to tell you about a trip I took with three friends of mine about a year ago. We
were in Mexico and we decided to hire a car and travel around the country for four
weeks. We did some planning before we set off, but not that much, we wanted it to
be like an adventure. We chose one of the major areas in the North, East, West and
South of the country to visit and planned to visit some other intersting places while
traveliing between those four major areas.

We all took turns driving and it was truly a great trip, one that I'm sure we'll all
remember for a long time. Like I said, we didn't really have a plan but we wanted to
see as much of the country as we could in the time we had free.... so we just used to
drive for a couple of hours and then stop in a village or town and take a walk around
and see some of the sights, have something to eat and drink and relax a little. Then
we'd continue on to the next place we had marked on our map.

In the evenings we would find a hotel and settle in for the night, go for something to
eat, maybe go to a bar or restaurant and have a look around the place. We met
some very interesting people and also had some good times... we spent one evening
dancing with mariachi bands and I can remember we met a group of foreign students
on another evening in a restaurant, they were from Europe, and we spent a lot of
time talking with them.

There are various reasons I will never forget that particular trip. One of them is the
sheer size of the country... it's massive, and each area is different, there's a lot of
diversity in terms of the climate, the enviornment and people and so on. Then there
were specific moments that are unforgettable like driving across the desert which
lasted for hours and hours... it was truly immense and we only saw one other vehicle
while we were driving... and spending Christmas in Cancun was great fun, on the
beach having a great time together. Really, so many happy memories we all have
from the time we spent traveling and exploring. The whole experience was just
amazing!

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Part 3 : Details Discussion
Q. Why do people like to have private cars?
A. Private cars are has become an essential in the current days, though it was
considered as luxury in the past. It was also considered as a symbol of status and
nobility among the people. But the necessity of cars has increased to a great extent
and by the same time the prices are affordable. Moreover, it helps saving time to
reach destinations. For example, if you are the owner of a private car, you no longer
need to stand before a queue for tickets or for riding a public bus. Sometimes, the
buses are jam packed and you might not have the chance to ride in. So, I think the
popularity of private cars is on the increase.

Q. What are the differences between using bicycles and private cars?
A. Bicycles and private cars have differences. Though you need no fuel and there
are some health benefits of a bicycle, you cannot ride more than two people together
and it takes time to reach places riding a bicycle. This is not a speedy mode of
transport while the cars are speedier than car. Besides, the seats are uncomfortable
on a bicycle while the car seats are comfortable and spacious. But you need to get
fuels for the car while your physical labour is enough to drive the bicycle ahead.
Safety is not ensured for any of the modes but if you are careful, you can stay safe.

Q. Is it a good thing that everyone owns cars?


A. I think the idea of getting a private car for everyone is not wise. Public
transportation is also required in a city. When the numbers of private cars are more
in the town, there are more chances to develop more traffic congestions which kill
times. A private car can accommodate maximum six to ten passengers at a time
while the public transports like buses or trains could hold passengers ten times more
than the private car. Besides, when anybody will have a car for him or her, parking of
the cars is also a big issue for them. So, I think everyone should not own a private
car.

Q. How to buy private cars in your country?


A. Buying automobile in Greece or in Europe is not a troublesome issue. One can
generally buy two types of cars including second-hand used car or brand new. But
the first and important thing is that you must own a driver license to buy a car. There
are numerous car selling show rooms and agents are available. They can provide
you with the car ranging from the1950s to the current days. But you are to make sure
that you are paying the price within a legal and reliable source. The buyer should
arrange for the necessary paperwork before buying the car and present the
documents to the car selling agents to prove their legality.

Q. What’s the difference between men and women’s preference on cars?


A. Women usually want their car to be gorgeous and cute in look while the men
underscore for the engines and strengths of the car. Women try to color the body
after their preferred color but the men are different in this case. Men want to have
heavy duty tire with a power steering wheel. Sometimes they prefer boosters on the
cars to run like a crazy bull. But majority of the women are against this view and they
drive their cars so smoothly so that the cars should not get any spot on the body. But
naturally, men are desperate over such issues. They do not care much about the
cars until the care turns into the must for the car. Nearly all of the times the male
drivers run their cars roughly, while women are not seen to be mad like them.

Q. What’s the difference between men and women’s preference on cars?


A. Future is entirely unpredictable but there are few possibilities that the cars will fly
on the air. It may sound weird now but after twenty to thirty years, the world will
experience cars those are flying in the sky. Air terminals will be set in different parts
for the flying cars. Some of the cars would be able to drive through the water.
Science fiction movies frequently show such cars which are flying or driving through
water but I think the scenarios will be as usual shortly in the real life world. Humans
have done things which were unimaginable before those were done and someday
this idea may also be materialized if everything goes well in the world.

Q. Do many families own private cars in your country?


A. Yes, many of the families have their own private cars in our country. But the uses
of those cars are limited. They mainly use the cars for the purposes of travelling in
long distances such as visiting to relatives living in the other cities or when they go in
vacation together etc. And they prefer using public transports for their daily purposes
and inside the city commuting. As a result the traffic congestion has been reduced to
many extents.

Your preparation for this Cue card will help you to answer the following Cue
card topics as well:

 Describe a journey that took you a long time.


 Describe a tour you remember well.
 Describe something interesting you did recently.
 Describe a journey you made by bus or train.
 Describe a journey you enjoyed.
 Describe a time when you were with your friends.
 Describe a memorable event in your life.
 Describe a time when you visited a new place.
 Describe a public transportation you often use.

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Describe an ambition you have not yet achieved.

You should say:

 what it is
 how long you have it
 what you have to do to achieve it

and explain why it is important to you to achieve it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes. You have one minute to think
about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

I have long been dreaming to turn myself into an IT specialist and establish an IT
agency that will provide all forms of IT related services. The age is advancing faster
than imagination. So, boarding on IT is a useful one and it has made me interested
in the arena. Information Technology commonly known as IT is one of the most
desired professional arena for the Asian graduates like me in the current world. I
dream of form my own IT firm that will serve the global clients in smooth and
professional manner.

I have been dreaming for the IT agency a few years back. The idea hit my brain
when I came to study in the city of Delhi from my own town of West Bengal and
found that many of the students are engaged into part time jobs at the IT firms.
Mostly they were the students of my level.

Rounding off questions:


Q. Is it important for us to have ambitions?

A. Yes, I think ambitions in our life help us to work harder and do even better. While
positive ambitions can take us further and fulfill our dreams, negative and selfish
ambitions can often drive us in wrong way.
Q. Will it be easy for you to achieve the ambition you talked about?
A. I do not think it would be as easy as a pie. However, I believe that it is achievable
with my determination, hard work and passion. I am somehow convinced that I will
work very hard to achieve this ambition.

Idea Generation for this Cue Card/Candidate Task Card Topic:


For this cue card you should describe one of your big ambitions that you have not
achieved yet. Following are some of the clues to let you brainstorm and organise
your own answer. Don't forget to add your answer in the comment section for our
evaluation.

 Your ambition to get a higher degree.


 Your ambition to work in a large company or organization.
 Your ambition to establish a business of your own.
 Your ambition to study or live in a foreign country.
 Your ambition to learn a particular skill.
 Your ambition to do something for the people of your area.
 Your ambition to become a famous leader, politician, dancer, singer, sports
person, model, film-maker, artist, designer, etc.
 Your ambition to go to a religious pilgrimage.
 Your ambition to buy a luxury and expensive items like car, house etc.
 Your ambition to travel to a part of the world.
 Your ambition to become a certain professional.
 Your ambition to implement an idea.

[Don't forget to write your own ambition that you are yet to achieve in the comment
section of this article.]

Useful Vocabulary for describing this Cue Card:


Desire and determination someone has to achieve something is an ambition.

 'Ambition' Synonyms: Aspiration, goal, aim, purpose, desire, wish, target,


dream, appetite, longing, yearning, zeal.
 Requirements to achieve an ambition: Determination, hard work, passion,
desire, motivation, enthusiasm, commitment, zeal, eagerness, energy,
qualification, initiative, hope, luck, vision, objective.
 'Achieve' Synonyms: Reach, attain, accomplish, gain, complete, earn, obtain,
enact, carry out, resolve, win.
 'Important' Synonyms: Vital, essential, crucial, significant, vital, urgent, key,
salient, meaningful.

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:


Q. What are the important qualities to achieve our ambitions?
A. The most important quality to achieve ambitions is sincerity. Then it should be
followed with perseverance. One has to stand up against all the odds, so s/ he
should never give up. A can-do attitude is also a must to reach the ambition

Q. Are all ambitions good in life?

A. Sometimes, all the ambitions are not as better as it appears in the beginning, It
happens because people start turning ambitious at a tender age and thus they
cannot differentiate between the right and the wrong. Thereby, when they start
walking on the road leading to their ambition, they do not know if it will be right or
wrong for them.

Q. What type of ambitions young generation in your country has?

A. Majority of the Indian youths want themselves to occupy the typical roles of the
society. They prefer to be doctors, engineers, scientists, politicians, government
service holders etc. But there are some other youth who dream to change the
country with their tasks. They prefer altering the corruptions from all the levels of the
society so that people could have a better living and lifestyle.

Q. Would you focus more on achieving your ambition or doing things you love
to do?

A. I have to focus more on reaching my ambition rather than executing the things I
love to do. Once I am on my destination, I will have much time to spend after my
favorite things but if I waste the time now, I will be unable to reach the target.
Moreover, time is the most precious thing in world, so I believe that wasting time is
foolish. I should march on the actions I have decided that will lead to my ambition

Your ability to talk about this topic will enable you to answer the following
IELTS cue card topics also:

 Describe an ambition you have in your life.


 Describe something you want to achieve.
 Describe an achievement you have in your life.
 Talk about a positive change you would like to have.
 Talk about a quality you admire among others.
 Describe something which is important to you.
 Describe a recent success you have had.
 Describe a goal you want to be fulfilled in your life.
 Talk about a future plan you have.
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Describe an important historical event in your country.


You should say:

 when it happened
 what happened
 who the most important people involved were

and say why it is important to the history of your country.

Model Answer:
India is one of the largest countries in the Southeast Asia and has been dominated
by the British Empire for around 200 years. The country has gained independence in
1947 and by the same time got separated from Pakistan.

It was truly difficult to divide the countries based on the religious beliefs and the
issue was a potential one during the independence period. At that time, people
started killing each other based on their religious views which went beyond control.
As a result the necessity of two sovereign states appeared before the Congress and
the creation of India and Pakistan was done. The Hindu people started living in India
while the Muslims started living in Pakistan. A great dispute arose inside the
continent only over the religious views and the followers of one religion could not
tolerate the followers of the other religion. So, the higher authorities got worried over
the issue and they started to ponder over the separation. The then British
government finally separated the two states and the separation is also better known
as the Independence Day for Pakistan and India. Now Pakistan observes the day on
August 14 while India celebrates the day on the following day – August 15. Due to
the separation, some of the parts have still been disputed and some of the parts of
Kashmir have occupied space of both of the countries which also create conflicts
between the countries. There are no solutions have been found yet against the
problem. –

The entire region was ruled by the British Empire before the partition. When the
British started exploiting the natives, a sense of deep dissatisfaction emerged among
the locals and they started anti-British movements aiming to gain independence. But
by the same time there were some communal riots inside the country which killed a
notable number of people following Hinduism and Islam. So, the issue turned into a
concerning one for the British government and then it decided to wrap up its rule
from the region. But when the decision was made, a demand came for tow
independent states to reduce the communal riots. In the communal riots it is
estimated that around two million people were killed of different religions. As a result,
the Congress decided to make to sovereign states named India and Pakistan. Later
Pakistan was split into two states named Pakistan and Bangladesh while India was
named as the Union of India (and later the name was changed to the Republic of
India). Due to the partition, Bengal turned into the province of Pakistan and
consequently gained independence from a bloody war in 1971. After the partition,
many of the Muslims migrated in Pakistan while many members of following the
other regions migrated in India.

The then entire Congress was behind the partition and the name of Mahatma Gandhi
is a remarkable one with the name of Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Khan Abdul
Ghaffar Khan, and Maulana Azad among others is notable. Each of them has played
important roles to achieve the independence and separation of the country. Though
Mahatma Gandhi did not want to split the country based on religious conflicts and
unstable situation, later he changed the mind. He agreed to the separation and
thought that would be beneficial for all the people following different religious beliefs.

To be frank, the independence and separation of India and Pakistan is of great


benefits for the both the Hindus and the Muslims. Due to communal beliefs, they got
involved into riots which took away many innocent lives. By the same time, the
situations inside the country turned worse for several reasons. The scenarios could
have worsened if the necessary declarations would not come to separate the
countries. Finally the declaration of two sovereign states resolved the issue. After the
separation, a mass migration took place between the countries and currently they
are moving for progress. If the separation was not made in the right time, the
communal killings would raise more than imagination. The Hindus were on the view
that in the country they are majority and the Muslims should not get privilege like
them. One the other side, the Muslims did not obey the directives and this got locked
into disputes which caused the riots. So, for the separation there are no such riots
are prevailing and people are living peacefully. Thereby, the independence and
partition was important for the country.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe an important historical event
in your country” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card
topics as well:

 Talk about an important day in your country that you celebrate.


 Describe a national celebration or event in your country.
 Describe a historical event or person in your country.

Describe a house or apartment you want to live in.


You should say:

 what it would look like


 where it would be located
 what facilities this would have

and explain why you want to live there.

Humans have always been dreaming of living in luxurious house and accordingly my
dream is also similar with the other human beings. I want to live in a large and
luxurious house as I do not want experience any challenge with my living at home.
The house should be a duplex building with spacious rooms and corridors. There
should be ample space for movement after placing the furniture. Besides, the rooms
need to be well ventilated and south facing is preferable. Generally the south-faced
houses have natural light and air supply. So, one does not need to spend more
bucks after electricity or arrangement for artificial air coolers. Besides, the houses
should also contain several bed rooms. The living room needs to be spacious as I
have to place a wide range of furniture than the regular living rooms in the tiny
apartments. Besides, the house should have sufficient number of bathrooms with
modern fittings and facilities. I would like to have a balcony with my bedroom facing
the south side from where I could smell the fragrance from the garden. At the night
times, I will place a chair on the balcony to enjoy the night views, especially the
moonlit nights. Though I love rural regions than the urban areas for a tranquil
environment, I wish to have the house at the corner of an urban street. I chose to live
in a corner of the city for several reasons. First, such corner areas are usually free of
bustle of the cities. Since there are few crowds the noise level remains in minimum
level that is pleasant. Secondly, the cities are blessed with modern facilities which
are unavailable in the rural areas. The connections of internet or large shopping
malls or standard groceries are not available. But I need those to lead my life.
Generally the rural areas are quiet and I will create such an environment around my
house. But if the house is in the center or middle of any street, it is impossible to
bring the rural flavor inside the house. If I surround the house with foliage and
gardens, it will look like a large house in the rural areas. Moreover, I will have access
to the necessary places and public transportation facilities which are also rare in the
rural areas. –

The house should have all the modern amenities and facilities. It should have a
telephone connection to connect with the rest of the world in line with my cellular
phone. Besides, internet connection with satellite television network is a must. I
usually do not watch television but my parents do. For them I need to satellite
television network. The house should also have a fine garage to keep my Porsche
911 (though older, the car is of great use) with me. A small driveway is a plus with
the garage. The doors should be made with the finest woods while the windows
would be made of Thai glass window without any grills or restrictions. The roof of the
house should also be large and I intend to plant some small plants on the rooftop
garden. Besides, the entire building should have the opportunity to cover with small
plants that go attached with the walls. The other issues like the fittings, tiles and
necessary elements in the kitchen and bathrooms should be of the top class.
I generally prefer to live in a large house for its benefits. I have been born and
brought up into a large house and being a nuclear family we did not have much
family members except the three of us (my parents and I). So, I had ample spaces to
move on inside the house and play round the day. So, the habit of living into large
house has been formed since my early childhood. I cannot live into small apartments
and those appear like a cage to me. Breathing becomes difficult (literally). Besides, I
also need a quiet place to live in. So, I need a large house with all the available
facilities of the modern days and by the same time it should be peaceful. Neither my
parents nor I prefer noise and do not make so as well. A silent environment in a large
house is the most desired thing for me and my family.

If you can comfortably talk about this topic, you should be able to talk about
the following Cue card topics as well:

 Describe beautiful house or home you have seen.


 Describe a house or apartment you have lived in.
 Describe your house or home.
 Describe a large house you have seen.
 Describe a well-furnished apartment you have seen.
 Describe a place you would like to live in.
 Describe a tall building you have seen.
 Describe a room you have lived in for a long.

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Talk about something you or someone you know collects.


You should say:

 what you or this person collects


 how the collection is stored
 how quickly the collection is growing

and say what kind of person would enjoy collecting that thing, and why?
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Collection of foreign coins is my hobby and many of my relations bring foreign coins
for me. I have a huge collection of coins while some of them are aged over
centuries.

Coins are different for me. I like to collect coins and I have a rare collection of coins
where many of the coins belong to early of the 19th century. Some of my relations
are on the view that collecting the coins will bring no benefits for me but I do it from
my passion. I am well aware that coin collections are not the sources of income and I
am not a reputed collector as well, I collect the metals only to meet my desire to get
them. The beautiful descriptions on the coins attract me most and I also could
imagine a bit how the situations were in those days when the coins were used for
transactions. Sometimes I try to feel the touches of the people gone with the age
who have used the coins.

I actually do not follow any standard way to store coins rather I have my own style. I
have bought a large size book with plastic pockets inside instead of paper. It is like
an album where photos are kept. I place the coins inside the pockets and write
names of the country or origins. At times I use scotch tapes to paste the coins with
the pages. I in fact do not follow any system of procedure as those appear complex
to me. I collect coins for my own interest and thereby it is unnecessary for me to
follow any specific rules or methods which are done during exhibitions. I was
motivated to collect coins from my childhood and nurtured it as my hobby. The coins
are stored only for my personal enjoyment and even I do not show the collection to
anyone else. This is my own world.

The collection book has been almost filled up with coins and it took about 16 years
for me to collect all the coins I have now. I have collected the coins of different states
and tried to gather all types of available coins from the countries. Sometimes my
relatives who went to travel in different countries brought the coins for me as they
knew I am a junior coin collector. Sometimes I have purchased the coins from
commercial stores selling foreign coins and currencies. But I had to pay more during
the collection from the money exchangers and most of the times they did not want to
sell single coins or small amount. Thereby, the coins are my greatest wealth of my
life. I had to spend lots of times in collecting the coins and sometimes I had to fight
with the other boys of my class who wanted to grab my collection.

Coin collection is not a very easy task and requires a lot of unnecessary hours to
gather all the coins together. Moreover, neither the task is not exciting nor it provides
any financial or other benefits to the collectors. So, people who want enjoyment with
their hobbies cannot be successful coin collectors. Coins are only pieces of metal
and sometimes you even cannot use them in your need. So, if you collect coins, it
will incur you loses as sometimes you are to buy them at a higher cost than you
expect. Besides, this is not the thing to show off. So, a person who is introvert like
can collect coins. If you exhibit your coins to your surrounding people, they may not
appreciate the collection after your desired level which may make you mentally
upset. So, the extrovert people will not be as much delighted like the introvert.
Therefore, I think coin collection is a great hobby for the people with a insider nature.
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Describe something enjoyable you can do on a computer.


You should say:

 what it is
 what equipment or software you need to do that
 why and how often you do it

and explain why you enjoy doing this on a computer.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Computer is comparatively a latest invention and still is being modified with


numerous upgrades. Using Microsoft Power Point to create visual presentation is an
interesting task for me.

Microsoft Power Point is an application on computer operated with windows


operating system. This is actually a way to make presentations and present them
before audience. It is a great way to present a large number of things and also
helpful to get the issues clearly. Saying goes that a picture is worth thousand words
and it is true for the Power Point presentations. The program allows the users to
place photos or add video clips that could be played during the presentation. I am
greatly benefited with the application. When the topics are discussed through the
application, the discussions become easier and the listeners could be able to
comprehend the discussed issue not for the presenting style of the presenter rather
than the multimedia clips and images make it simple for them.

Initially a personal computer is enough to make the presentation. You can check the
presentation on your computer screen and it is appropriate for small scale. But when
I plan for a larger audience, I have to take a couple of tools and stuffs including a
laptop, a projector machine, a large screen and screen stand. I connect the projector
with the laptop and then project the presentation on the screen set a few yards away
from the projector. The larger the projector is set, the bigger the images are.
Besides, I need amplifiers as well to make sounds that I add with the presentation.

When I entered at the high school as a junior lecturer, I had to take classes without
any multimedia system. But this was an old technique to take classes and proved
failure for the students to comprehend any specific issues on the class. So, I started
making presentations over the specific issues to make the thing clear for the
students. That was done after lots of struggles and had also taken permission from
the school authority. But now I am taking classes regularly with the system and have
made lots of presentations over the mathematical issues. Now I use the
presentations around five days in a week when I take classes. But I specifically use
the presentations to make the complicated issues clearer for the students. There are
some other teachers who prefer to put all the things on their presentations to exhibit
before the class.

Making power point presentations are good for me and it is interesting as well.
Sometimes I have to add pictures of mathematical terms or equations which I collect
from different sources in internet and check properly about the copyright issues.
Sometimes, I make videos by myself with my smart phone or insert small movies
clips on the presentation related with the discussing issues so that the kids could
understand effortlessly. The top most important factor is that the students are
performing much better than they before in my course. Thereby, I like to make power
point presentations on computer. Their success inspires me to make more
presentations and make their studies easier.
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Describe something enjoyable you can do on a computer.


You should say:

 what it is
 what equipment or software you need to do that
 why and how often you do it
and explain why you enjoy doing this on a computer.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Computer is comparatively a latest invention and still is being modified with


numerous upgrades. Using Microsoft Power Point to create visual presentation is an
interesting task for me.

Microsoft Power Point is an application on computer operated with windows


operating system. This is actually a way to make presentations and present them
before audience. It is a great way to present a large number of things and also
helpful to get the issues clearly. Saying goes that a picture is worth thousand words
and it is true for the Power Point presentations. The program allows the users to
place photos or add video clips that could be played during the presentation. I am
greatly benefited with the application. When the topics are discussed through the
application, the discussions become easier and the listeners could be able to
comprehend the discussed issue not for the presenting style of the presenter rather
than the multimedia clips and images make it simple for them.

Initially a personal computer is enough to make the presentation. You can check the
presentation on your computer screen and it is appropriate for small scale. But when
I plan for a larger audience, I have to take a couple of tools and stuffs including a
laptop, a projector machine, a large screen and screen stand. I connect the projector
with the laptop and then project the presentation on the screen set a few yards away
from the projector. The larger the projector is set, the bigger the images are.
Besides, I need amplifiers as well to make sounds that I add with the presentation.

When I entered at the high school as a junior lecturer, I had to take classes without
any multimedia system. But this was an old technique to take classes and proved
failure for the students to comprehend any specific issues on the class. So, I started
making presentations over the specific issues to make the thing clear for the
students. That was done after lots of struggles and had also taken permission from
the school authority. But now I am taking classes regularly with the system and have
made lots of presentations over the mathematical issues. Now I use the
presentations around five days in a week when I take classes. But I specifically use
the presentations to make the complicated issues clearer for the students. There are
some other teachers who prefer to put all the things on their presentations to exhibit
before the class.

Making power point presentations are good for me and it is interesting as well.
Sometimes I have to add pictures of mathematical terms or equations which I collect
from different sources in internet and check properly about the copyright issues.
Sometimes, I make videos by myself with my smart phone or insert small movies
clips on the presentation related with the discussing issues so that the kids could
understand effortlessly. The top most important factor is that the students are
performing much better than they before in my course. Thereby, I like to make power
point presentations on computer. Their success inspires me to make more
presentations and make their studies easier.

Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play.


You should say:
 what musical instrument it is
 what it looks like
 what it sounds like

and explain why you would like to be able to play it.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

I love music and prefer the heavy metal genre. Thereby, I am accustomed with the
electric guitar and would like to be able to play it someday.

There are a wide range of guitars are available and the history of guitar dates back
to the 12th century. It was introduced as a musical instrument in Europe, then.
Afterwards, guitars underwent lots of modification. An electric guitar is a modern
invention and used to play different base tones with amplification. Basically the
electric guitars could be of different size and shape, but the common electric guitars
are found with bodies like hollow, semi hollow or solid. I prefer the solid body for it is
a bit heavier than the hollow body guitars. The sound is amplified with a radio
transmitter or pitch cable and in some cases the sounds could also be modified for
the electric guitar. When played, the electric guitar is able to create intolerable sound
as well for the modern amplification system.

The electric guitars have a majestic look with different parts of it. The parts include
the headstock, nut, tuning pegs, frets, inlays, truss rod, neck joint, strings, saddle,
fretboard, body, pickups, pots, bridge, pick guard, sound board, sound hole, sides,
back part etc. With the combination of all these components, a guitar usually looks
different from the other musical instrument. They usually look slim and sophisticated
with the sleek design. But the guitars look different with their solid body design when
they are played and the solid body design become famous after the Second World
War. Different sort of strings are used in electric guitars like lighter string or heavier
strings etc. With the lighter strings, the guitar looks dissimilar and sometimes
appears that there are no strings at all when you look at the guitar from a distance
while the heavier strings look good with the trimmed guitar body.

Well, the tones and sounds of electric guitar are different from the other guitars,
especially from the acoustic guitars. The sounds may appear harsh in the beginning
if it is not followed by any tone. When the electric guitar is in full fledge the tones are
highly enjoying and without its presence it appears that the music is incomplete then.
The sounds are sometimes higher and lower and mostly depend on the strokes on
the strings by the guitarist. If you tap slightly on the strings, the sound will be lower
while if you raise the volume level, the minor tape will be heard like an explosion as
well.

I along with four of my friends have planned to form a heavy metal band. We are
also planning to compose and sing songs initially on small scale and then we will try
to grow our band. I am assigned with the duties of bass guitarists and thus I have to
learn playing guitar, particularly the electric guitar. Electric guitars help to raise the
musical beauty. The heavy tone brings a sense of thrill among the audience and the
performers on the stage.

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Describe your favourite place to eat out.


You should say:

 where it is
 what kind of food is serves
 what the decor is like

and explain why it is your favourite place to eat out.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Malaysia has become a multicultural country and a wide number of people visit the
country every year while the numbers of permanents residents are not so small as
well. Consequently, there are a great number of restaurants and eateries have been
formed to meet the hungers of the people.

Physically located in 19 Persiaran KLCC, Troika Sky Dining is my favorite place to


eat out. This is a large wide space to enjoy the foods and I mostly come to take my
dinners here, occasionally. The impressive look is one of the key causes of visiting
the restaurant frequently and the upper space also allows me to see the city in night
as it is on the top floor of the building. The restaurant offers a grand view of Kuala
Lumpur and the views are breathtaking particularly in night times. The entire city is
illuminated with colorful lights, vehicles are moving from here and there on the
streets. The other important reason for falling in love with this restaurant is its yummy
foods and cordial services. It is a different experience for me to eat inside the dining
rooms of the restaurants which is filled with all ages of people.
Though the restaurant is located at a crowded place, it could be differentiated from
the other restaurants and for its special and delicious foods. The restaurant, Troika
Sky Dining, serves almost all kind of foods to the people. Since the restaurant is
located at a prominent place in the city, a large number of visitors come here every
day and thus considering the wide number of visitors, it arranges for all types of
dishes as per requirements. There are two dining spaces accompanied with a bar to
meet the thirst of the visitors. The restaurant is mostly famous for the traditional
Malaysian cuisine. The bar is also enriched and offers all types of soft and hard
drinks within a reasonable cost. Taking foods at a high altitude is really awesome
experience for the visitors and thus they return like me whenever they could manage
time. If anyone wants to enjoy the meal here, it is important to take at least a three
course meal to get the real tastes. But it is not only the foods; it is also about the
services and other cordial environments that attract the visitors.

The décor inside the restaurant is exquisitely designed with modern architecture and
enough to make anyone feel comfortable. The restaurant inside is highly decorated
with modern furniture and amenities that is only found in the star rated restaurants.
There are two separate dining spaces for the visitors while both of the dining rooms
have access to the wine bar. The seats are limited and thus they serve on the ‘first
come first served’ basis. Some of the seats at the restaurant are located by the side
of the large window to enjoy the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. You can also get some
sofas or small chairs and tables placed inside the restaurant for resting after the
heavy meals. The wine bar is also furnished with valuable furniture and organized in
a professional manner. The tables are made with the finest glass while the chairs
and seats are made easily for the comfort of the visitors to sit back in a relaxed
mode. One of the distribution desks is attached with a heavy glass while the other
one is out of glass.

I like the restaurant most for several reasons. First of all, the location is accessible
from any part of the city. The industrial skyline view of the restaurant is wonderful
and particularly the night view is best indeed. The staffs are well trained and
behaved and they welcome the guests with a cordial heart. I have observed their
behaviors and found that there is nothing artificial with their attitudes and behaves
with the guests, it is entirely natural. The other important fact is the foods. They
serve warm and fresh cooked foods. Considering the charges, I think this is the best
place for me to eat out in the entire city.
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Talk about something you like doing during the winter.


You should say:

 what you do
 where you do it
 what clothes or equipment you need
And explain why you like doing it during the winter.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Greece is a land of ancient history. A wide range of historical events have taken
place in the land. Besides, in the current days, the country takes different looks in
different seasons. It looks most beautiful during the winter season. There are a good
number of things to do in Greece during the winter. Thus, I do not need to worry
much about things to do in this season. I mostly like to participate in special winter
film festivals held in Thessaloniki each year and I will go there this year as well. I like
to watch movies on the festivals and enjoy walking on the streets illuminated with
colorful lights during the festival time. The entire location takes the shape of a festive
mood and the night views are breathtaking. Moreover, when if I have more times to
spend, I either read novels published from home and abroad or pass the leisure
hours with my family and friends by inviting them at my place.

Usually the festival takes place in Thessaloniki in Greece and the place is occupied
with events round the year. I come to visit the place particularly in winter as the
climate is adorable and watching movies are of great fun to me during this time of
the year. Besides, there are some other places as well where I take the walk in the
evening hours to remove my day-long boredom. Mostly I visit the sea shore where
one can have the breezes, free of all forms of pollutions, is found that will take away
all of your tiredness. Sometimes I go to the downtown of Thessaloniki and this is a
very populous place. People of almost all countries are found here and mostly they
come to visit the historical places.

To continue the visit at the festivals during the winter, I need some heavy clothes to
prevent the cold. Since the locality is laid by the sea front, there are too cold
comparing the other parts of the city. The movies are screened on the island harbor
area and when the shows are on outdoor; the freezing wind is felt severely. So, I
take proper precautionary measures. Generally when I go to the festivals, I wear a
heavy jacket, cover my head with a woolen cap, a heavy pant, wear hand gloves and
then cover me with a woolen overcoat. In a word, I make myself wind-proof. It is truly
enjoyable for me. I learnt to cover myself from a real life experience a couple of
years ago. I came to enjoy a movie on the film festival and had caught a severe cold
for the surrounding environment. That was a practical lesson for me.

Winter is the best season in Greece. The entire environment remains calm and quiet.
The nature turns pale a bit but that brings a different look on them. Besides, the
crowds are not seen on the regularly crowded places and thus the streets are free of
noises. In such moments, I feel comfort to watch movies or read books alone. In fact
to me it appears that being alone in winter makes me feel better for several reasons.
The most important factor is that I can feel myself entirely alone. The feelings of
enjoying a movie alone cannot be expressed in words and when it is by the side of a
sea, the feelings turns very special. Besides, reading the novels at room heated by
charcoal is also outstanding. When I feel lonely most, then I invite the friends or the
other family members to accompany me. Then I arrange for a small private party.

Talk about a sport or exercise that you do for fitness.


You should say:

 what it is
 wow often you do it
 why you do it

and explain how this activity or sport helps your fitness.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Walking is a good form of exercise and requires less physical efforts than any other
regular forms of exercise. I walk regularly in the morning to keep my body fit.

I want to talk about one of the most popular form of exercise - walking. Walking has
a wide range of health benefits. It makes the people fit and the most important thing
is that the people who walk do not need any external instruments to perform the
walk. Moreover, it is convenient to all ages of people. There is no preset speed or
distance is set for walking. So, an individual can have the walk after his or necessity.
But in some cases when walking is prescribed from a doctor to prevent any specific
physical illness or disorder, they you are to follow the prescribed distance to get
cured.

Well, I usually take the walk in the early hours of the day and take it every day. I
have no physical disorders or any other troubles but I go for the walk to have a grand
opening for the day. Usually in the weekends, I take a break from the walk. You
know the weekend nights are too exciting in Singapore streets and thus I cannot get
back at home before mid night. If you were me, it would have been tougher for you
too to get up at 5.30am for the walk. So, I take the breaks on the weekends. But in
the other days, I do not miss the walk and also have formed a team of walkers who
accompany me in the early morning. I have two neighbors who are also conscious
about their health and thus we three move for the walk in the city street.

Do you know that walking is the best form of free hand exercise? I think you are well
informed about it. In fact walking does not need any specific cause to perform and
the benefits are more than your imagination. I get the walk done in the morning so
that I can have a healthy beginning of the day. When I go out for the walk, I have the
chance to breath in the fresh air. Besides, the surrounding environment is calm and
quiet. There are not traffics on the roads and everything remains silent which is not
found in the other times of the day. So, I walk in the morning. Besides, I have to sit
all the time in my office (the boring desk job) and lack the required movements to
burn calories I intake. Though the calories are not harmful now, they contain the
potentials to affect me after few years if I do not care about them from now. This is
another important issue for me to walk in the morning.

The morning walk is helping me to a great extent to maintain my fitness level. I have
been walking for around three years and as a result my weight is under control and
heart beat follows the regular rhythm while many of my colleagues have gained
weight only for their desk job whereas I have been fit as I was in the beginning days
of my job. Moreover, the morning walk makes my mind fresh and I feel lucky to
breathe in the fresh air. Usually the air is hot and polluted in the busy hours in this
Lion city and I also cannot manage enough spaces to walk speedily. So, I have
picked the morning to get the walk. Besides, it gives me energy to deal all the
challenges at my office. Moreover, I can think clearly which I believe is the benefit of
walking as it keeps my thoughts cool always.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Talk about a sport or exercise that you
do for fitness." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics
as well:

1. Describe something you do to keep yourself fit.


2. Describe something you do to maintain your body fit.
3. Talk about a popular form or exercise in your country.
4. Describe something you often do in the evening.
5. Describe a sport you often watch or play.
6. Describe something you often do in the morning.
7. Describe something healthy you do.
8. Describe a popular sport in your country.
9. Describe something you are planning to start in the near future.
10. Describe something you would like to add in your daily routine.
11. Describe an activity you enjoy.
12. Describe an activity or a hobby you want to start.

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Describe a situation when you were late.


You should say:

 what the event was you were late for


 what the reason was for being late
 how you felt about it

and explain how you managed even after being late.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Time is priceless and once you lose it, you are to pay heavily for the wastage of the
moments. I missed a job interview for being late and I feel regret for that late even
today.

I was called for a formal interview at Unilever against the post of communications
manager. I applied for the post about two months ago and they asked me to attend
the written test first. I attended at the test and become one the tenth applicants who
have passed in the test. Then the authority told us to contact later and accordingly I
received the latest email asking me to join at the formal interview. But unfortunately I
could not attend on the interview in time and lost the chance to attend on the job.

In Mumbai, traffic congestion is a common scenario. Many of the people have to get
stuck into the traffic jam in the early hours of morning everyday and the scenarios
are worst the central area where almost all the important offices are located. I started
for the interview about one hour before of the mentioned time but could not reach in
time there. At first I stood on a bus queue and when the bus arrived I could not
manage to ride as the bus was already packed with office going passengers. So, I
failed to board on the bus and waiting for the next metro service will be late for me.
Immediately I hired an auto to reach the Unilever office. I think my luck betrayed me
on that day so that I could not go for the interview. I got stuck again in the middle of
the road.

Initially I felt that my luck in not favoring me and losing the chance to appear on the
interview was frustrating me as well. Thereby, I felt a deep sense of anger. Traffic
congestion is a common scenario across India and the common citizens are the
worst sufferers. They cannot go to their places in the right time. I did not have the
idea how actually they felt when they missed their appointments. The delay on the
interview taught me actually how the feelings of those people were. At last I felt pity
for me as I could not go to my current office in time and also made late for the
interview by the same time.

Finally I appeared before the Unilever office building about one and a half hour later
of the scheduled time. When I entered into the interview room, I found that the
interviews were going to be ended and when I informed the interview reception that I
am one of the candidates, they allowed me to sit for the interview. But since I was
late, they in fact did not show much interest on me and simply asked few questions
about myself. With the behavior and attitudes of the interview board members I
understood that I am discarded from the list.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a situation when you were
late." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:

 Describe a time when you missed an important appointment or meeting.


 Describe a bad traffic experience you have.
 Talk about an event or time when you could not reach somewhere in time.
 Describe an embarrassing experience you recently have had.
 Describe a time when you had to work hard to meet a dead line.
 Describe a time when you missed your class or office.

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Describe a situation when you were late.


You should say:

 what the event was you were late for


 what the reason was for being late
 how you felt about it

and explain how you managed even after being late.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Time is priceless and once you lose it, you are to pay heavily for the wastage of the
moments. I missed a job interview for being late and I feel regret for that late even
today.

I was called for a formal interview at Unilever against the post of communications
manager. I applied for the post about two months ago and they asked me to attend
the written test first. I attended at the test and become one the tenth applicants who
have passed in the test. Then the authority told us to contact later and accordingly I
received the latest email asking me to join at the formal interview. But unfortunately I
could not attend on the interview in time and lost the chance to attend on the job.

In Mumbai, traffic congestion is a common scenario. Many of the people have to get
stuck into the traffic jam in the early hours of morning everyday and the scenarios
are worst the central area where almost all the important offices are located. I started
for the interview about one hour before of the mentioned time but could not reach in
time there. At first I stood on a bus queue and when the bus arrived I could not
manage to ride as the bus was already packed with office going passengers. So, I
failed to board on the bus and waiting for the next metro service will be late for me.
Immediately I hired an auto to reach the Unilever office. I think my luck betrayed me
on that day so that I could not go for the interview. I got stuck again in the middle of
the road.

Initially I felt that my luck in not favoring me and losing the chance to appear on the
interview was frustrating me as well. Thereby, I felt a deep sense of anger. Traffic
congestion is a common scenario across India and the common citizens are the
worst sufferers. They cannot go to their places in the right time. I did not have the
idea how actually they felt when they missed their appointments. The delay on the
interview taught me actually how the feelings of those people were. At last I felt pity
for me as I could not go to my current office in time and also made late for the
interview by the same time.

Finally I appeared before the Unilever office building about one and a half hour later
of the scheduled time. When I entered into the interview room, I found that the
interviews were going to be ended and when I informed the interview reception that I
am one of the candidates, they allowed me to sit for the interview. But since I was
late, they in fact did not show much interest on me and simply asked few questions
about myself. With the behavior and attitudes of the interview board members I
understood that I am discarded from the list.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a situation when you were
late." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:

 Describe a time when you missed an important appointment or meeting.


 Describe a bad traffic experience you have.
 Talk about an event or time when you could not reach somewhere in time.
 Describe an embarrassing experience you recently have had.
 Describe a time when you had to work hard to meet a dead line.
 Describe a time when you missed your class or office.

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Describe a place that has a special meaning to you.


You should say:

 what kind of place it is


 where it is
 what it looks like

and explain why this place has a special meaning to you.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Jeffreys Bay is a small heaven on earth in South Africa. In fact this was a small
fishing town where people now come mostly for water sport on the wave and on the
sandy beach, enjoy the sunset, play with dolphins, and other recreational activities.

Commonly it is known as the J-Bay, this is an exotic location near the Port Elizabeth
under the Eastern Cape region. This is the place where several hundred surfers
come annually to surf on the famous blue sea waves and enjoy the natural beauties
of the locality. The small town mostly attracts the international surfers for different
reasons. The surfers enjoy the surfing during the morning and evening hours. They
also take sunbath, swim in different hours of the day or enjoy the sunrise in line with
the sunset. They cannot leave the location easily for its extraordinary beauty.

Geographically, J-Bay is located adjacent to the N2 Highway. It is also 75 kilometers


southwest of the Port Elizabeth. The entire town is under the domination of Eastern
Cape Province governance. Earlier, it was a tiny town where only fishermen lived
and now the area of the town is expanding to accommodate the extensive tourists
and guests. As a result, the entire environment of the J-Bay has become relaxed and
wonderful. Sea shells and gorgeous white sandy beach are the key attractions for
the surfers and tourists. The town has expanded more after the 1960s when it was
used as a location for filming the movie ‘Endless Summer’. Since then different
advancements are underway.
The entire J-bay looks wonderful. The white sandy beach glitters by the sunlight and
appears that stars glittering on the land. The sunrise and sunset scenarios are also
breathtaking and mostly attract romantic couples from home and abroad. The waves
are interesting and famous around the world. The city does not need to decorate
marking any occasion because it is well decorated round the year to welcome the
tourists. But the night view of the town is highly charming and sitting by the beach
makes a sense of deep relaxation. Thereby, hundreds of visitors are found in the
evening and sometimes they sit by the picturesque beach silently.

The J-Bay is very special for me because I have lots of memories here, particularly
with the beach. I learnt surfing in my teenage with my father and the memories are
still vivid in memory. This is the place where I proposed my fiancé to marry me in
presence of our relatives. When I was a kid, I used to come here with my
neighboring friends to swim and participate in other forms of water sports etc. When I
had mental troubles, I used to (and still I do) come here to relax and think deeply to
get the better solution. Considering all the aspects, the J-Bay is a great place for me
and I do not need to go anywhere else to pass my leisure. I am in love with the white
sandy beach!

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a place that has a special
meaning to you." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card
topics as well:

 Describe a place you have visited recently.


 Describe a street in your hometown.
 Describe a place you often go to.
 Talk about a place where you often meet your friends.
 Describe a place that reminds your childhood memory.
 Describe a place you like to visit often.
 Describe a beautiful place you have visited.
 Describe the hometown where you were born.
 Describe your hometown.
 Describe a city or town which is very special to you.
 Talk about a place where you would like to visit again.
 Describe your favourite city or town.
 Describe a naturally beautiful place you have been to.

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Talk about a part of your city that is changing.


You should say:

 where it is
 how it is changing
 why it is changing

and describe how you feel about the change.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Change is the key to development and my city Calamba is also changing gradually.
Infrastructural developments are the key changes in the area.

In Philippines, different changes have taken place after the year 2000. The wind of
change has also touched my city, Calamba. The city is often termed as the City of
Calamba or Calamba City. Geographically the city is on a striking location and owns
an enriched history from the 17th century. Settling began here with the arrival of the
Spaniards and colonization was their key intention. The city has been expanded and
developed much comparing the other cities of Laguna in the country and it happened
mostly for the hot spring resorts. There are a large number of hot spring resorts
available where people from different places of the country and overseas come to
pass a happy and healthy time for them.

In the beginning there were fewer infrastructures in the city and when the tourists
started coming in the resorts, the needs for building modern resorts and a well
established communication system emerged. Accordingly, the local government
undertook initiatives to modify the city, especially where the hot spring resorts are
located. As a result, the natural and surrounding environment changed greatly. The
places which were bush or jungles near the mountain tops turned into beautiful
places. The resorts are equipped with the latest facilities of luxury and state of the art
decorations, and the visitors adore the resorts for providing them a comfortable
experience. Besides, different business and service are also growing centering hot
spring in the locality.

Although formerly the city was not a tourist spot, it is currently becoming one for the
hot springs. With the growing need of the hot spring visitors, the locality has been
changing rapidly. When the travelers come to enjoy the hot spring, they need a safer
place to stay and enjoy them. Besides, communication system is also another
important factor for them. A well constructed communication system is also required
for the purpose. The natural environment has been degraded to some extent but the
resorts are filled with natural beauties. Diversified plants and foliages are found in
the resorts. The top of the hill resorts have made smooth roads to reach which has
enriched the beauty of the hills as well.
Sometimes changes are unwanted and cause damage to the environment largely.
But sometimes they are pleasant too when they are up to the mark and cause less
damage than expected. The changes of Calamba are notable and they are positive
for the city. Since the hot spring resorts are set on the mountain hills, they attract
visitors which help contributing on the city’s economy. Earlier, people had to
experience numerous troubles but now for the smooth roads, the communication
with the mountain tops and the city dwellers has become easier.

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Describe a TV or radio presenter you like.


You should say:

 what program he/she presents


 how often you watch/ listen to him/her
 what s/he does or talk about

and explain why you like this TV or radio presenter.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

With a pleasant personality, the television anchors make a berth among the
audience, globally. In India, I prefer programs anchored by beautiful presenter
Ayesha Faridi.

Principally she is a news presenter and anchors business news events at CNBC
TV18 and had continued with the television station since 2003 to 2010, right before
joining at ET Now. She usually anchors several programs for the television channel
and those include the flagship morning shows, including Power Breakfast, Your
Stocks, Bull’s Eye, Bazaar, India Market Wrap, Midcap Radar, The Market and First
Trades, few afternoon shows, Market @ Lunch, Riding The Bull, The F&O Show etc.
She presents the news and information over different issues and analyzes the issues
critically. She is also assigned to analyze sector based reports, a variety of current
business trends, fundamental issues of business organizations, presenting
investigative reports on the local business climates, general news on finance, and
sometimes she is also responsible to link with the external traders and business
corporations to get information for reports and more other tasks.

I am an irregular television viewer and mostly watch news only from different
channels. But I frequently watch her shows particularly the morning shows. On the
shows, she gravely analyzes the business issues and prospects of the day for
different business companies and organization. Her micro and macro level analysis
helps to get idea about the business situations of any specific company. She
analyses the facts with proper information and in some cases she interviews different
renowned business people or economists to bring out the hidden facts and analyze
them before the audience. She never presents any news or information without any
proper reference and keeps the record too for future use.

As a business journalist, market analyzing expert and television anchor, she mostly
discusses the business issues in her shows. She talks about different aspects, the
past present and the future of any specific business corporation. Sometimes the
discussions become lively and helps investors to decide over taking decisions
including raising the investment or improving the products conditions and more other
relevant phases. Since the discussions are based on the business and the current
context, the business people get ideas to resolve their troubles. Mostly the renowned
corporations and multinational companies are the regular audience of her events.
Not only she presents the news, she also takes expert opinion for the betterment of
any specific sector which is also a beneficial factor for her audience.

I like Ayesha Faridi than any other news presenters for her superb personality and
news presentation style. When she speaks, she speaks very clearly. Her
pronunciation both the Hindi and English words are adorable and appear natural,
and free of all local tones. Moreover, she always picks the best among the experts to
opine in her show so that the audience could have a real scenario of the situation
and the expert suggestions to recover. Airing time is another fact behind preferring
her shows. All her shows are aired in the perfect time when people need it best.
Most of the shows begin in the morning when people (especially the businessmen)
prepare to get out of home. After watching the early morning analysis on the
television show, they could take the necessary decisions for the day.
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Describe a decision which you have made that you feel was wrong.
You should say:

 what the decision was and why you made that decision
 how long it took to realize that it was a wrong decision
 why you think it was a wrong decision you made
and explain how you would alter that decision if you could.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]
Model Answer:

Learning a language requires some specific set of qualities like patience, willingness,
perseverance etc. but my instable nature lacks the all of those to continue something
important for me. I failed to learn German language.

I have some business relations with Germans and they frequently contact with me
over different business issues, and unfortunately it was troublesome to speak
English with them. I had to repeat the statements several times during the telephonic
conversations or had to make the issues clearer on email correspondence breaking
down the statements into very simple sentences. So, I decided to learn German
language. I was in dream of discoursing with the Germans fluently in their native
language and they were amazed with my aptitude in German. But all my dreams
shattered when my language instructor asked me to speak something in German
after attending for a month. My failure to speak German took me out of the
course.

When I ran out of German Words, I could not continue the conversation with the
instructor and the situation was embarrassing for me. All the mates laughed at me
and I felt a deep sense of shy for my inability to speak German. So, I thought if I
cannot speak German with the instructor, how could it be possible for me to speak
with the natives? As a result, I gave up attending classes from the next class. The
class used to be held thrice in a week and I started missing the classes after passing
one and a half month with the course. I thought that I should keep communicating
with the clients as I am doing now and that is much better than being ashamed
before the class.

After attending the course for the first day, I started communicating with the clients in
German and they appreciated me on hearing about my German learning attempt. I
used English to German dictionary for communication with them and gave up the
dictionary after the course admission. The troubles started to arrive when the
Germans asked me numerous issues in their native language and it was difficult for
me to decipher. About one month later, after leaving the course, I realized that truly it
is tough for me to communicate in the unskilled way. Translating the German into
English consumed more time and sometimes I could not get the right meanings too
which lead to minor misunderstanding between my client and I.

It was a wrong decision for me. I did not realize the importance of the language. It is
natural that when you have something in your hand, you will not feel the weight until
you are dropping that. The same event happened with me. The necessities emerged
right after the moment I left the course. If I continued learning the language, I could
have a better communication with them. I had to count the financial losses as well for
my emotional state.

If I had the option to go back into the class, I would take the chance. But they only
admit students for twice in a year and now I have to wait for the next admission
announcement. If I get the chance to get admitted in the course again, I will be
attentive than ever and will follow the instructions too. It has become a must for me
to learn the language for my professional purpose.

Describe your favourite means of transport.


You should say:

 what is it
 when and how often you use it
 why you use it

And explain why it is your favourite transport.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Based on the importance, transportation is termed as the most important fact and we
cannot do without it for a single day. Amid different types of transportation mode, I
prefer bicycle.

Bicycle is a very common and popular transportation mode and is available around
the world. It is mostly used for its light and easy carrying system and for its health
benefits as well. The wheels are attached with a frame for smooth movement. It was
introduced in the beginning of the 19th century and due to its easy operation, it
became famous globally. Interestingly, the number of bicycles produced after its
invention has surpassed the number of automobiles. Bicycles are the key transport
modes in the backward geographical locations. It also helps the riders to keep fit as
they are to drive it using its foot pedals.

Traffic congestion is a frequent event in my locality in India and most of the time I get
late for my office. I have bought a bicycle mostly to go to my office and use it not only
for reaching office I use it to go other places as well. I can reach my office in due
time and also could reach the other necessary places without getting late for the
appointments. Besides, I can have access with a bicycle where even a motor bike
cannot enter. So, the riding on bicycle is beneficial for me. If I use public transports, I
have stand on a queue to get on the vehicle. Moreover, the traffic congestion occurs
more during the office hours. So, I ride on my bicycle to reach the destinations,
particularly at the office before it is late.

Riding a bicycle has numerous benefits. Firstly, it makes you fit on each of your ride
every day. The bicycle requires physical labor to ride on. You are to pedal the cycle
using your legs to move on and that pedaling requires lot of physical energy. It helps
to burn the fat, strengthens your leg muscles, ankles and feet and thus makes you fit
physically for your daily activities. Moreover, you could reach your destinations
quickly and could also move in places where motor bikes cannot enter easily. Riding
a bicycle is much better than running in the morning or evening. So, I started using
the bicycle in my everyday transportation.

Bicycle is my preferred mode for transportation for different reasons. Firstly, it is


economic to ride on a bicycle as the prices of fuels and gas is on the rise. So, if you
are on your bike, you are saving your bucks. Secondly, riding helps to fell you
relaxed physically. As you are riding, you are having physical exercise and that will
remove all your stresses away. Besides, it helps to lose the unwanted weights from
your body and regular riding will change your shape and also will improve your
stamina. Safety is another issue which is rarely found in the other transportation
mode. When you are riding, you will pedal after your needs and there is no need to
start race with the other vehicles, thus there are less chances of accidents.
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Describe your ideal home or place to live.


You should say:

 where it would be
 how big it would be
 what it would contain

And explain why this kind of accommodation would attract you so much.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Home provides a safe shelter for all the beings regardless of humans or animals. So,
it should be comfy and well decorated for everyone.

I mostly prefer a living place that should be spacious and there should be plenty of
foliages around me. Usually such locations are unavailable in the cities and thus I
prefer rural areas. If the there is a lake or pond beside my home, that would be more
preferable to me. A serene atmosphere is the best place to make one’s own home
and I prefer a similar space which will be filled with serenity and the surrounding
environment will be quiet. The environment should be natural and every moments
living inside the house will be enjoyable. But the best house for me would be near
any sea beach where I could enjoy the sunset and sun rising scenes.

I do not need a hugely built furnished house to live in but it should be moderately
spacious. Provision for natural light is a must for the house and it should also contain
standard size windows for ventilation. Besides, the house should have at least three
rooms for my necessities. One should be the master bed room for my sleeping, and
there should be another small bed room for guests with a medium living room.
Besides, there should be wide verandah where I could set a chair to enjoy the
surrounding natural beauty. I would appreciate a two storied building built on a small
piece of land where the bedrooms will be on the first floor and the living room on the
ground. , and if such homes are unavailable a single storied home with the same
facilities will do for me.

The house should have three rooms at least with proper ventilation (as I said before)
and should have an enriched library or at least a large size bookshelf. I do not need
luxurious furniture but those should be durable for use and simple in terms of design
and style. Heavy curtains should hang in the window so that I could make the room
dark in my needs or during the sleeping hours. It would be appreciated if the house
faces south. The living room will be filled with comfortable sofas and small tables,
few small plants on the corners, a showcase in a corner and the bookshelf beside
the showcase. The wood furniture should be colored in light black while the walls will
be white or any eye soothing color. The bedroom should be of light blue color while
guest room might be like green or orange, and the kitchen should be white.
Everything should be organized in the right way.

I like to live comfortably. Everything should be in the proper manner and order and
only those are found only in an organized home. I also prefer living in a quiet
environment filled with natural environments. I love gardening but since it is
impossible to make a garden of my own, I prefer the house should be surrounded by
trees. I want my house to be decorated in a natural and pleasant a way that it should
be the best place of attraction for me. I will come here after a tiring day and when I
will be on the verandah with a cup of tea, the natural environment will make me feel
relaxed.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe your ideal home or place to
live." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:

 Describe a house or home that impressed you.


 Describe an ideal home you would like to live in.
 Talk about a perfect place you have visited.
 Describe the house you live in.
 Describe a big house or home you have visited.
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Describe an important decision you have made.


You should say:

 what it was
 why you made it and how important it was
 whether it was a good decision or not

And explain what effect that decision had on you.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Smoking is undoubtedly a bad habit and I have given it up for the healthy living of
myself and my family around three years ago.

I was a chain smoker and used to smoke around three packets of cigarettes a day. I
started smoking from my teenage (I was 17 or 18 at that time) and smoked
numerous cigarettes before I quit it in my 32. It was a hefty task for me to give up the
attraction of cigarettes. But I came to know that cigarettes contain numerous toxic
elements and those create the addiction for the tobacco. Nicotine is the most
prominent element contained in cigarettes and the attraction of nicotine is more
dangerous than getting addicted to heroin. So, I tried my best to get rid of the
addiction.

During my cigarette smoking tenure, I was having several physical disabilities. There
were few troubles in my respiratory process. Sometimes I felt pain in chest and it
appeared that the chest has become congested. Besides, I lost appetite and could
not sleep well at night. Whenever I used to wake up at night, I lit a cigarette stick and
tried to sleep after puffing the entire pieces but in vain. Gradually the symptoms
started bothering me and became the issue of concern to my family. When consulted
the doctor, it came out that the troubles were the detrimental impacts of tobacco use.
But I did not trust his words and continued smoking again. The symptoms were
severe and finally I had to give up smoking. It was important for me to give up
smoking to live a healthy life.
Certainly the decision to give up the habit was perfect for me. My health was
deteriorating and all my family members were worried about my health. Smoking has
numerous negatives impacts and I came to know after studying the bad impacts of
smoking on the internet. The passive smokers are more affected than the smokers
and I thought that I have damaged the health of my wife and kids when I smoked
cigarettes before them inside my home. I felt guilty for that. In line with my illness,
they also could have developed some other fatal disease but they are fortunately
saved with divine blessings.

I am quite fine now. After giving up smoking, I am feeling fresh, and the respiratory
disorders have gone forever. Now I have fresh breathings and I do not need to take
any mouth freshener before joining any formal events. Besides, the rooms at my
home are free of bizarre smells that produced from the cigarette smoke. Moreover, I
am saving money, the remaining money that I used after having three packets of
cigarettes daily. My family members, especially my daughters are happy now and my
relationship with them has become more intimate. Earlier, I did not come into a close
contact with them lest they feel the odors emitted from my body due to smoking, but
now I do not have such issues to consider before going to them to have fun with
different childish ways.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an important decision you
have made." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as
well:

1. Describe a choice you had to make in the past.


2. Describe a tough decision you had to make.
3. Talk about your future study plan.
4. Describe a job you want to do in future.
5. Describe a plan you have.
6. Describe something important you need to do soon.
7. Describe something useful you did lately.
8. Talk bout a decision that took you a long to make.

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Describe someone you know who is a good teacher.


You should say:

 who this person is


 how you know him/her
 what kinds of subjects they teach
and explain why this person is good at teaching.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

A teacher is the person who is like a guide and fatherly figure for all the students. Mr.
Emanuel Robertt is an English literature teacher of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University where I am studying now.

Mr. Emanuel Robertt has long been teaching English literature courses at Nelson
Mandela Metropolitan University located in Port-Elizabeth. He is famous in the
university for his special skills in making the lessons clearer to the students.
Moreover, his teaching style is also attractive and he can keep the class under his
complete control when delivering the lectures. Most of his lectures are without books
and he explains the stories and dramas by his own which is an effective teaching
method and I have never seen it before.

I met him first when I got admitted at the undergraduate course and I had English in
my course list. On the day of the class, a moderate figured man entered into the
class and I thought he might by any guardian who is visiting the classes (it happened
as I did not meet him before). When he started asking our name after introducing
himself, I realized that he is my English teacher. After the introduction session, he
discussed about the course outline and how he will teach us. He never used books
for his lectures and might have prepared before entering the class. Still I have a very
good connection with him and he is referee in my curriculum vitae as my academic
reference.

Mr. Robertt primarly was responsible to teach the history of English literature. By the
same time, he also taught different literary pieces of the English literature. I learnt to
read Shakespeare from him. Despite being a rough student, Mr. Robertt inspired me
to taste the delicious flavor of English literature. I have also read the poems of
different ages and learnt numerous amazing things. I got familiar with the poets’
thoughts and that revealed the ages before me. Moreover, when he taught the
history and we, the students of his class, asked him different questions, he took
those on a note pad and replied one after another when the lecture was ended.

Mr. Robertt is a natural teacher. He knows very well how to make the students
attentive in class and the most important fact is his teaching method. That is different
from the other teachers. He never pushed us to study his subjects rather we were
the students who used to read more and more so that we could ask him questions to
get the texts’ meaning clear. He has a loud and pleasant voice and as an individual
he is, polite and considerate. He never forced the students to perform something
special which is beyond their capacity. So, he is adored by all of the students and I
am also proud to be his student.

Similar Cue card topics that you should be able to talk about with your
preparation for this cue card:

 Describe a teacher you remember well.


 Describe a person you admire.
 Describe someone you like very much.
 Describe a teacher from you high school.
 Describe a teacher who influenced you a lot.
 Describe a career you want to have.
 Describe an important career in your country.
 Describe a person who is respected by others.
 Describe a person who has a good quality.
 Describe someone from your hometown.
 Describe a person you met after a long time.
 Describe a person who has a special talent or skill.
 Describe a person who helps others.

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Describe a photograph you have taken yourself which you particularly like.
You should say:

 what the picture show


 when you took it
 why you took it

And explain why you particularly like this photograph.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Recently I have got my iPhone 6 as a gift from my father and have taken a picture of
my family. Almost all the members living with us were present at the photo.

Capturing photograph is the way to cage the time and remember the past when you
have leisure. Photos usually take people to a different world or thoughts and they are
in a deep sense enjoyment till they continue watching the photos. Therefore, I took
the photo to make the event an ever remembering one marking the moment of
celebrating to have the very first iPhone in our family. It was the very first picture
clicked from my phone as well. The picture contained my parents, my siblings – a
younger brother and a sister, my granny, one of our neighbors who came suddenly,
our maid and my pet cat. All of them were sitting on couches and smiled when I
clicked for the photo.

It was the evening of autumn and the day before my birth date. My father rushed to
my room. He came from his office and I thought something serious might have
happened as his facial expressions looked so. As his older daughter, I knew each of
his movements and expressions but that was unknown to me. He neither was happy
nor was angry but his eyes and face looked exciting. I could not realize the fact until
he revealed and unboxed the iPhone 6. It was a great surprise for me and I did not
expect such a wonderful gift from him although he once said that he would buy me a
new cellular phone set. After receiving the iPhone, I took the picture but
unfortunately I was missing from the image being the photographer.

Before handing the iPhone over to me, my father asked all the members of the family
to be present at the living room. Accordingly everyone was there and we both came
to the downstairs. I showed the phone to everyone. All of them were glad seeing me
happy. So, I decided to do something special with the phone and asked them all to
be one place so that I could get a picture of them. Being highly joyous about the
phone, I clicked the picture and all of them were happy.

I like the picture and it is one of my favorite pictures because of so many reasons.
Firstly, the picture is the very first picture taken from the iPhone. I have captured a lot
of pictures with the iPhone but still I remember the day when I clicked the picture of
my family. I have taken a good number of selfies with the front camera but the re
rear camera is better and I have printed the picture which is flawless. Moreover, all of
my favorite people were present in the picture and even my pet also stares at the
picture hanging on my bedroom. Besides, the pose everyone gave for the photo was
excellent. The other condition like lighting was perfectly okay. Moreover, it is a
document of my success in mobile photography. For all theses causes I like the
photo very much.

Your preparation for this topic will help you to talk about the following cue
card topics:

 Describe a picture or photo you like very much.


 Describe your favourite photograph.
 Describe a photo or painting you took or drawn yourself.
 Describe a selfie you like.
 Describe a picture you took using your camera or mobile phone.
 Describe an important photograph you have.
 Describe a photograph that has a lot of memory of yours.
 Talk about a photograph you have in your home.

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IELTS Cue Card Question 69 With Model Answer:

Describe an important technological advancement in your country.


You should say:

 what it is
 how it happened
 how long it took

And explain what effect it has had on people in your country.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

Use of computer and internet has become easier and available in Pakistan. Earlier,
the country was lagging behind in technological advancement for different reasons.

With the advancement of science and technology, Pakistan has marched ahead in
line with the other countries and some special events have been occurring in the
country which were impossible to think of a decades before. The common people
have become techno-centric and use computers, internet connections in their day to
day life. The number of social networking site users has also increased in the
country. But all such issues were out of imagination and people used to avoid
technology for various mysterious reasons.

The changes did not take place in overnight. It took long years to bring the changes
and hard efforts were also invested. Due to religious reasons, most of the people are
afraid of using technologies as they were told only about the detrimental impacts of
using technology. The benefits were trickily concealed to them and thus they were
lagging behind. With the advancement of time, their needs increased and to meet
the increasing demands, they started using technology gradually. They received
benefits of technology and shared the issues with the fellow people and
consequently they got versed with the internet, using of computer applications and
numerous technological issues and gradually Pakistan has become one of the IT
service providers across the world.

It took long time to get adopt with the internet. Earlier, the common people used to
believe that internet is the way to kill time by watching stripped images of women or
some other similar things. They did not have the idea to use the technology in a
creative way. When the neighboring countries were marching ahead of Pakistan, it
started realizing the mistakes of ignoring the technology and its wings. Then with
different government and non government initiative, the use of internet spread
across the country. Besides, the prices of computers were higher in the beginning
and after the year of 2005, the prices started to reduce and many of the common
people now have their access to internet with their personal computers.

The effects of using technology are extensive on the lives of the Pakistani citizens.
The commoners used to perform manual work for their living and now a notable
portion among the common people are working using internet. Their lives have been
changed to a great extent and the living standard has also increased to a satisfactory
level. Besides, the country is also earning foreign currency from the IT sector. The
elementary schools have also introduced courses on information and technology to
make kids familiar with the technologies and advancements. Now Pakistan is much
better than ever before for the acceptance of technology in its everyday life.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an important technological
advancement in your country." you should be able to talk about the following
IELTS cue cards as well:

 Describe a positive change in your country.


 Describe a change you have noticed in your country.
 Talk about an important development your country needs.
 Describe a technological invention you know about.
 Describe a progress or improvement you would recommend for your country.
 Describe a useful technology.

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Describe your favourite way to relax.


You should say:

 what is it
 how effective it is for you
 when and how you relax.

and explain why you like this way of relaxation.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

In this mechanized world, we are stressed more or less and at a point we need to
relax. I usually mediate when I feel too much stress in the regular days.

When the stress becomes intolerable for me during my work or in any other
situations, I usually meditate to remove the stress from my body and mind. It is really
helpful for me to rid of the stress within a few minutes. It is also beneficial for the
development of mental faculty as I have enough chances to think over different
matters in a calm and quiet environment and the solutions I get are amazing.
Meditation is not a long term process and thus I perform it in different times of the
day. Usually I perform it after waking up and at times I do it in the short breaks at the
office.

Meditation is an effective tool for relaxations. All my limbs and body parts become
relaxed when I am in a deep level (as I am practicing for long, I could reach the deep
level within a few seconds) and after waking up from the meditation, I feel a sense of
deep freshness around my body and mind. The meditation process is very simple
and requires no extra initiatives to perform. I just sit on my chair in the office and
place my hands in cross over my chest. Then I take deep breathes for two to three
minutes. It helps to make the body fresh and also beneficial for the respiratory
organs insides. Next I imagine of any beautiful place I am wandering on with my
favorite personalities. I try to look every inch of the place and most of the time I go to
lonely islands (through my imagination). After passing five to ten minutes, I wake up
and feel relaxed. It is greatly beneficial for me.

Since I love traveling, in my meditation I travel from place to places and accordingly
try to imagine the real life situations and scenarios on the places. Sometimes I
reconnect with the past memories of my travels in different distant parts of the
country. But I like islands with sea beach most because a sense of tranquility is felt
on the places and I felt several times in my real life. So, I try to remember the travels
and imagine that I am there with someone favorite. Sometimes I pay lonely visits too
when I am frustrated or stressed too much.

Meditation has long been being practiced to be relaxed. It is the easiest way to be
relaxed and for that you do not need any extra preparations, instruments or any
specific locations. You can simply perform meditation by sitting or lying on floor or
bed. But meditation on sitting position is mostly comfortable. I like it for some other
reasons too. Meditation is beneficial to control your negative emotions like anger,
frustrations or resentment. It opens the door of tranquility where all your negative
emotions will be removed smoothly. Regular practicing meditation will also make you
look younger than your actual age and by the same time will keep you fit.

Your ability to talk about this topic will enable you to answer the following
IELTS cue card topics also:

 Describe something you often do.


 Describe a healthy habit or activity you have.
 Describe an activity you wish to take part in more often.
 Describe something refreshing or relaxing you do.
 Describe a way of resting or relaxing you feel is effective.
 Describe something you do daily.
 Describe a way to relax you find very effective.

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Describe a relative/ friend/ family member who you think is similar to you.
You should say:

 who is he/ she


 what he /she does
 what others think about him / her

and explain how he/ she is similar to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

I live in a joint family with my parents and relatives in Mumbai. I have a paternal
cousin living with us and he is similar to me.

My parents are on the view that a joint family is the way of living together within a
family and thus they are not giving up the living. Therefore, I am living with many of
my relatives and prefer to be with my cousins of my age. Kailas is one of my paternal
cousins and is almost similar to me in nature and activities. It appears that we are
siblings as we have many similarities. Naturally both of us are calm and dislike the
wicked kids of the family. Often the family members term us as twins since we are
always pass moments together and also live in the same room with another cousin
of us.

Kailas is a student like me and we are in the same college having our 11th grade. He
is a brilliant student with a ready wit. His sense of humor is deep and he can also
make people laugh too within a few seconds with his extraordinary speaking skills. I
am also a good speaker but he is more skilled than me. He likes to read books and
we have bought many books together to make a library in the house. Besides, he is
also a great chess player and practices his skills with me and please be noted that I
am also a good chess player and been playing for long time.

The family members are on the view that Kailas is a great student with his
extraordinary merits, and praise for his sincerity with the studies. He loves to pass
times with me by performing extracurricular activities which is the most important
issue for him. The other boys usually pass their times at out of home and get
engaged into different mischievous activities which is a great concern for the adults,
but there are no such issues with Kailas or me. He always gets a better score
comparing to me and I am also proud for that. He passes most of his time by reading
and the most important fact is his humbleness in talking with everyone irrespective of
cast creed or color.

Kailas is almost similar to me in different aspects. I like to pass time by reading


different novels and my text books, and it is all the same for him too. I am a bit
introvert and do not talk with people unless they start first, Kailas is my replica here.
Although the attitudes and behaves I do with everyone is very gentle, Kailas is more
humble than me in this case. When we go to attend any invitation, I do not make any
hurry and Kailas follows me here. Wickedness is out of my nature and he is also like
me in this sense. Our parents never think for us as the other parents do for their kids
as they always perform mischievous acts and the local people most of the time
comes with different allegations against them etc. In many aspects, I and Kailas are
similar.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe a relative/ friend/ family
member who you think is similar to you.“, you should be able to talk about the
following IELTS cue cards as well:

1. Describe someone you like to spend time with.


2. Describe a person who is similar to you.
3. Talk about a friend you like very much.
4. Describe a common interest you and one of your friends have.
5. Describe a friend who has a good understanding with you.
6. Talk about a person in your family you would like to work with.

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Describe an app you use in your mobile phone.

You should say:

 what it is
 how you use it
 what benefits do you get

and explain why this mobile app is important to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes. You have one minute to think
about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

Mobile phone is one of the greatest inventions of the modern science. It appears that
without the mobile phone life would not be as easier as it is today. The use of mobile
phone is everywhere and it has become an important part of our daily life. We cannot
do without it. I have an iPhone and there is a built-in application named compass.
But I have also installed another compass which is more functional and attractive
than the built-in one of my iPhone. The compass is a great thing for me. It is used to
navigate and get directions.

I use the compass for navigating purpose. The compass is my best favorite app on
the phone. As I like travelling much, I visit different places in the country but it is not
possible for me to know about the directions of the areas I am travelling in. Then I
unlock the phone and use the compass to navigate and get the best direction
towards my destination.

The compass is highly useful for a traveler and hiker like me. It helps me to
recognize the directions to my objective and the most important issue is that I do not
get lost wherever I go. I could get a direction to get out of the unknown roads and
areas using the compass and a map of the area. It is also helpful to navigate at night
times when there are no lights. I could also use the compass with the association of
stars and get the right direction even in the darkest night where there is no light or
directive measures to guide the travelers.
I have some very important gears to travel from place to place. All of those are
necessary for my survival when I set out for a travel. But without a compass, they are
nothing. If I fail to get the right direction of my destination, I could not be able to use
the gears. The hiking and travelling gears will be of no use if I could not get out of my
home and if I have a compass working well, I will be able to start for the journey.
Earlier, I had a physical compass but I broke that on my last trip. Then I decided to
install a suitable compass app on my iPhone despite the built-in one as I cannot do
my travelling without the virtual tool.

Cue Card Answer 2:


I use a Sony Xperia series smart phone which has Android operating system. The
Gmail android application is one of the applications I use very frequently.

As it is an email application I mostly use it to check my emails and to send emails to


others. On an average I check my emails three to four times and send around 5-7
emails per day.

As a senior employee in a multinational company I have to track the project status I


work on and thus communicating with my team members and Chief Operating
Officer is very essential for me. The nature of projects I work on demands me to
keep in touch virtually every hour – be it at office or home. Thus this application has
immense importance for me. Our office rule makes it mandatory to use the Gmail as
our primary official email address. Hence I am kind of obliged to use this application.
Personally I prefer Gmail over the Yahoo and Hotmail. Gmail is owned by the Google
Incorporation and in my opinion this is the best email client application for email
users. The simple and user-friendly design, the ease of access and the convenience
of receiving and sending attachment with this email client makes it stand out of the
crowd.

I use Gmail application for my personal communication with my friends and family
members as well. The advanced spam filter of this application filters the spam and
junk emails and thus I feel quite comfortable using this email application. The
convenient notification system of this application alerts me whenever I get a new
message and I can flag them or forward them very quickly. The tab based email
categorizing of this application, which was very recently introduced, makes it easier
to find out the important emails whereas it is quite hard in other email applications.

In fact Gmail mobile application has an immense importance to me. Each morning I
check my emails and can plan my day ahead. I can update my team members about
any important change from anywhere and can keep in touch with my family members
and friends. Thus this is an application I cannot do without personally and
professionally.

Idea Generation for this Cue Card topic:


This should be a fairly easy topic for you to describe. You can talk about any mobile
application you use like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Google
Maps, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts or even a simple utility application like 'Super
Torch' or 'Alarm Clock'. Make sure you can give some details about the application
you are talking about like how popular it is, who is the publisher of this apps and
what benefits it has for you and whether it is a free or paid application.

A web browser like Google Chrome, Opera mini or Firefox for mobile can also be
described. Avoid talking about any games like Angry Birds as they are often treated
as a game rather than a utility application.

You must mention the mobile phone you are using (iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, HTC
etc.) and then mention the type of OS it has.

Here we are picking the Android application "Instagram" and writing down some
notes to properly talk about this application, as an example. You are advised to pick
one of your most favourite mobile applications and do the same in the comment
section.

What it is = Android application "Instagram".


How you use it = For photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking. It enables
me to take pictures and videos, and then share them on a variety of social
networking platforms.

What benefits do you get = I can take and save precious moments via images and
videos, I can share them over other popular social networking platforms, It gives a
various of options to add effects to the images I take and finally it saves my photos
and videos for later use.

And explain why this mobile app is important to you = I love to capture photos
and videos with my handheld mobile phone and this application is one of the best
one for taking photos on the go. I can share my photos and videos in a low internet
bandwidth, update my profile and get in touch with my friends and family members.
The photos and videos uploaded by me are stored in their server and I can retrieve
those anytime I want. This application is fast and usages low resources of my cell
phone. One of the most popular android applications, Instagram, is an application I
can't do without.
Part 3: Details Discussion:
Q. How can technology make our life easier?

A. Technology is the use of invented science and the uses of technological tools and
that have made our life easier. For example, we are using watches to get time,
watching television for different reasons, and using telephones for communication
purposes etc and thus our life is made easier than before. But if there were no
watch, no television or no telephone invented, certainly we should have stayed in the
primitive age. The current advancement would not have been possible. Technology
has changed that way we study, work or even spend our leisure time. With the help
of technology we can have a better life standard with much more efficient tools and
devices to help us in every way possible.

Q. What are some greatest inventions you know about?


A. There are a large number of inventions have been done so far, but the most
important invention appears to me is the invention of electricity. Then I should
consider the invention of wheel which has truly has made the communication system
and travelling easier to us. Thirdly I should consider the invention of internet which
has radically changed the world. Apart from that light bulb, aeroplane, penicillin,
telephone are some other greatest inventions of all time in my opinion.

Q. Why should we restrict the use of mobile phone in public places?


A. Mobile phone, undoubtedly, is an important invention but it has some detrimental
impacts too. Using mobile phones at public places may appear indecent. Mobile
phone users talk about countless issues but sometimes the speeches may cause
irritation to others existing on the public spots. Moreover, the speakers may also
reveal their secrets inadvertently that may hamper their privacy. Moreover, since the
public places are always crowded, the chance of accidents is more while talking on
mobile phones.

Q. Why mobile phones are gaining its popularity?


A. Mobile phones are gaining popularity as those are easy to carry. Moreover,
someone can buy a mobile phone at an affordable cost and without any legal
complexities. Besides, the tariffs are also economic. It is far more convenient that
other means of communication system and faster to deliver the message. So, the
mobile phones are gaining popularity gradually.

Q. Can you do without your mobile phone?


A. In the current days, it is impossible for me to do without a mobile phone for a
single day. I need the phone not for communication purpose I also use the phone for
passing my time by playing games, using internet applications and more other
necessary issues. So it would be quite difficult for me not to use the mobile phone.
If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an app you use in your
mobile phone." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards
as well:

1. Describe your favourite mobile application.


2. Talk about an application you often use in your mobile phone.
3. Describe a piece of software you think is helpful for you.
4. Describe a useful mobile application you know about.
5. Describe a mobile application you can’t do without.

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Describe a time that you and your friend had a disagreement.

You should say:

 when this happened


 who you disagreed with
 what you and your friend argued about

and if you two solved the disagreement in the end.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer 1:

When I was a teen of 17 years old, I used to make friends more due to my extrovert
nature. But unfortunately I also had the most misunderstanding with them. However,
I have not lost any of my friends for the disagreements.

Once I bought few novels to read in my leisure hours during the summer vacation of
the college. During the vacation, one evening two of my college friends reached my
home. After having some chats, one of them started looking at my library that I have
built since my childhood (I love reading books from my early age and has a huge
collection of different types of books). He picked one of the books that I just have
started reading since the morning that day.
It was Thomas, my bosom friend at the college. I helped him greatly in mathematics
and physics on the exam before the college closure on the summer. The
disagreement began with him when he wanted to take the novel at his home for
reading. The novel named - An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser was his first
choice.

I tried to make him realize that I had started reading the novel before they arrive at
my home and has already read a substantial portion of the book. But he was
determined to take the book. Thus the disagreement continued. Samuel, the other
friend of us sat motionlessly and observed us exchanging words with each other.

The argument continued for about 15 minutes, and I tired him to persuade in taking
some other books but he was determined. He did not change his mind and said that
once he started reading the novel but could not finish the book for some reasons.
Now he does not want to miss the chance to complete the book.

I had completed reading the one fourth of the book and as a quick reader, I proposed
him to take the book on the very next day. But he was unchanged in his attitude. He
blackmailed me emotionally saying that if I do not allow him to take the book, then he
should not consider me as his friend.

Finally, I had to give up on his stubbornness and let him take the book on one
condition that he should return the book just after he finishes reading and also will
not lend someone else (he had lost most of his books by lending others for his
extraordinary generosity) as he did earlier with my books.

Alternative Answer 2:
Last year during the summer I had a big disagreement with one of my closest friends
about a trip we were planning to go to. It was just after the final term exam in our
university when one of our friends proposed to plan for a trip. We planned to visit a
foreign country and have the tour for about two weeks. The disagreement occurred
with Jonathon when he proposed to visit Mexico while I preferred travelling to
England.

Jonathon might have reasons to visit Mexico but I preferred to visit a place far away
from our home country and enjoy the tranquility and rich heritage of England. I
argued that majority of other friends have agreed to visit England and the sudden
change of the plan would deter many of them to actually join us. I also tried to
convince him that Mexico would be a too exotic a place for us and less interesting for
the trip. He seemed quite determined to go to Mexico and completely adamant to
listen to my reasons. After an hour’s argument, frustration and disagreement I told
him that I would in no way tour to Mexico. My friend insisted me that we should in
fact have an unusual tour and unfamiliar experience from this tour. I admitted that his
opinion was reasonable but we should value other friends’ opinion before fighting
each other. When he kept on arguing, I became angry and more frustrated and left
his house that day.

After returning home I felt bit ashamed to quarrel over such a silly issue with my
friend when I could have easily fixed that in a much calmer way. I texted him at night
and asked him to meet me next evening. I also informed other friends who were
willing to take part in the tour and we had a much friendlier discussion at that time.
One of the friends proposed that we take the tour in Australia where he has his
relatives and friends. He also proposed that we should talk to our parents about our
destination and should not fix that until our parents give their opinions and consent.

This friend was Pollock and his idea and explanation was something we could not
refute. Thus the disagreement ended and we finally had our tour in Australia!

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a time that you and your
friend had a disagreement." you should be able to talk about the following
IELTS cue cards as well:

 Describe a friend you like to talk to.


 Describe a time when you had to be nice to someone you disliked.
 Describe a time when you had a fight with someone.
 Talk about an unpleasant experience you recently had.
 A time when you had to disagree with a friend.
 Describe a friend who you had a quarrel with lately.

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Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike.


You should say:

 who this person was


 why you do not like him/her
 what happened

and why you still had to be nice to him/her.


[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer 1:

Humans cannot live alone. A society or community is a must to live in peace and
harmony. It is also essential to avoid different disasters or distresses together. But to
move on with the society, one cannot have the right person always. There are some
people who want to make troubles even in the delicate situations of the other people
but to be courteous, we are to remain calm and show respect to them even when it is
proved that they are responsible to make the mess.

In my family, I have a relative who is a kind of ill-mannered man and elder in age.
So, I cannot tell him about his sick nature and consequently I have to be nice with
him always. He is skilled in making troubles among the other family members and
most of the time he brings some false allegations against us (I was also victimized by
the man.) He is an uncle of mine and the relationship between him and my family is
intimate. He is the brother of my mother and lives adjacent to our apartment block in
the town with his own family.

There are some villainous characters found in movies and when they exist in real
life, the life turns into a hell. I cannot like or prefer the uncle for his weird behavior.
He always tries to create confusions among his surrounding people and he finds an
invisible delight in doing so. Now, all of the family members of my family have
become aware of his attitude and behaves. But in the beginning, when he brought
charges against someone, all the other people used to believe and accordingly took
measures against the individual. Sometimes the alleged person was punished rigidly
too. Rebuking was the lowest of the punishments.

Once he brought a false allegation against me and he reported the issue to my


parents. But fortunately I became able to prove that the allegation was false. The
uncle alleged that I had broken a vase at his apartment on a specific event when he
invited some of the guests including our family members. But I denied the allegations
and proved that I stayed for a few moments at his apartment and I did not entered at
the room where the flower vase was kept. I had to take a leave from the party due to
my academic engagement.

When I turned successful in proving the issue, he changed his tone and said that it
was his mistake to blame me. He also apologized for his mistake. It is his habit to
seek apology when he is proved wrong and then imposed the blame to someone
else. As a result the innocent relatives of the family turned tired of on him.

Despite all the negative doings, I still have to be nice with him because he is the
older than me. My parents have taught me to be nice in behave with everyone
regardless of age, gender or class. I never had misbehaved with him after the
allegation and pay proper respect. The other teen members of our family also pay
respect to the man but he believes that we are afraid of him. He takes our modesty
as our weakness and consequently plots different mess to involve us imaginarily.

Sample Answer 2:
I never thought I would have to talk about this incident which I personally hate very
much. It was probably early November in 2014 when I was a fresh graduate and was
looking for a job to start my career. I applied to several jobs, mostly from an online
job portals, and for my second interview I had to confront a very rude HR manager of
the company.

I can’t recall the name of this person but he was around 40 years old and he
processed my application for the interview I faced. I got a call from the HR
department that I would have to be present for the interview in the early morning and
the person who called gave me specific instructions about the interview which I very
clearly memorized and followed. I was instructed to wear a tie and formal dress, take
my updated CV and photocopy of my academic certificates. On the job interview
date I reached the office and I was completely soaked as a hard rain hit me on the
way. I could not wait somewhere fearing that I would be late for the interview. After
my arrival, the HR manager (the rude one) asked me to wait in the conference room
and did not show up in next 30 minutes. After he reappeared he asked me for the
papers. I handed him the papers very politely and he was very much annoyed
because he could not find the original certificates. I told him that I was instructed to
bring the photocopies and that’s why I did not bother to bring the original copies. I
also assured him that I can provide him the necessary documents anytime he likes.
He looked at me with an angry face and told me why I have not used my common
sense to follow a simple instruction. He was even angry because my dresses got
soaked from the rain. He did not even offer me a dry towel or something like that.

From the very first moment I met him I started disliking him. He was mean, rude and
unfriendly. When he told me that I was not properly dressed for the interview
indicating my wet dresses, I thought to leave the office immediately. However, I did
the opposite. I apologized for the inconveniences caused by me and assured him
that it was completely unintentional. I usually protest whenever someone
misbehaves without any valid reason but in this case I remained silent and behaved
very politely. Most probably I was trying to be professional and thought that as part of
the job search. Though I was somewhat surprised from this unfriendly and offensive
behaviour, I took as part of the professional life I was going to start. I wanted to face
the interview thought I was determined not to join this company even if they offer me
the job and that’s probably the main reason I had been very nice and polite to this
person.

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Describe a time when you got lost.


You should say:

 when and where it happened


 who was there with you
 how you felt when you got lost

and explain how you eventually found your way.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you
wish.]

Model Answer:

When I was a student of 9th grade, I went to a summer camp in Palo Duro Canyon
State Park in Texas and got lost from my team.

It was in the beginning of a summer when the school authority decided to take us to
a summer camp in a remote place of Texas. All of us were thrilled to hear that we
are going to learn some extra ordinary skills to survive in a desert land. When we
were taken at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, we found the place with a different form
of natural beauty and the camping sites were perfect for us. Following the teachers’
instruction, we pitched our camps and some of us started collecting woods for fueling
the foods preparation for the first night under the open sky. I also went to collect
woods (although there were fewer trees), I was lost.

I was accompanied with three of my friends to collect woods to be used as fuel for
preparing the foods at night. So, four of started to collect woods in four different
direction. As the entire location was almost like a desert land, there were no large
trees that could be used as fuel. So, I walked for about 20 minutes in search of such
woods and finally decided that I have to uproot the grass-type smaller trees for fuel. I
collected many of them and put those into my collection bag. But suddenly I realized
that I am alone and I could not see any of my team mates who came with me to
collect woods.

I felt scared. I have read many stories earlier over the incidents in deserts. I heard
that there were wild animals that kill the lone rangers on the deserts or try to attack
them on their way. Moreover, I was afraid that what will happen if I cannot get back
at the campsite. I also thought if the teachers and team members will look for me or
not. I felt a deep sadness inside. I remembered my family members and friends. I
started thinking if I die now, they will be unable to find my body or the body may be
eaten by the wild animals. Unfortunately, I left my compass at bag in the campsite
and if that was with me, I could have started the return journey using the directions.
Actually I was truly scared when I was lost.

After sometimes, I started planning how to get back. I in fact did not have any bend
on my way rather I followed a straight path and reached the place currently I am
standing on. I had some small plants on the bag as fuel. So, I thought that if I start
my return journey on just the opposite direction, it will be a smart idea. Thus, I
started walking back on the reverse way I came here. After walking for a few
minutes, I heard some noises; in fact it was my mates and the other students and
teachers of the camp. They were looking for me and were shouting by my name. I
felt a sense of relief that now I am not alone in the desert.
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Describe a job you would like to have.


You should say:

 what it is
 why you would like to have this job
 what skills you will need to do this job

and explain why you want to have this job.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about
what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

For a living in the planet, we need a job, but that should be standard and motivating enough to
maintain me and my passion and expenditures. I want to be a journalist in my professional life.

Journalism is the way to explore information and it is also considered as a prestigious job across
the world. I have a fascination for journalism since my childhood and now I am a few years away
to grab the job. After completing my graduation on Journalism and Media Studies, I would like to
take it as my profession. Moreover, it has a good number of benefits too. If you become a
journalist, you will be able to learn about many issues which were unfamiliar to you. You have to
be aware of the happenings of your surroundings and you will also have the chances to travel in
different countries and places in order for collecting news and thus you will be wiser than before.
This job also has a natural obligation for informing people about the events and insight of
everything you write about.

Journalism is a challenging job. No other profession is as challenging as it appears to me. It is


challenging in this sense that a journalist has to collect news and information over different issues
but sometimes they are in real trouble if they fail to collect the news or if they reveal any
confidential information to mass people. In both the ways, they are to experience different
troubles like losing job and sometimes they are to lose their lives too. Whatever the risks are, it is
truly a thrilling job. Another important aspect is that journalists are accessible to the places which
are too difficult and sometime beyond imagination for the common people. Besides, they are sent
to meet with famous people or celebrities in order to collect their news and views.

I need at least a graduation on Journalism or similar other subjects. A higher study over the issue
is highly preferable but the graduation will do. I am planning to pursue a higher study on the field
after starting my career as a journalist. Besides, the journalists always need to be careful about
each of their issues related to news collection. They need to use cameras, writing abilities,
drafting skills, shorthand writing capacity to collect news fast, preparing news for the publication
or telecast etc. among the other tasks. Therefore, I have also admitted into a short-term basic
photography learning course, and bought a book to learn shorthand writing skills. Besides, a
sharp sense is the other important factor for journalism.

When I read news on newspapers, I try to imagine that I am one of those who are engaged into
collecting the news. They travel here and there and remain busy all the day long. They travel
from different vehicles and mostly collect news from awkward situations. Regarding the
television channels, some news are aired live and the journalist present there share the latest
situations live with the audience. It is truly an exciting job. Again some of the news reporters turn
famous for their outstanding ability to discover something special.

Since my childhood, I have been rearing the dream to be a journalist and therefore, I am planning
to be one.

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Describe something kind that someone did for you.


You should say:

 who this person was


 where and when it happened
 what s/he did for you
and explain how you felt about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

Since both of my parents are engaged into two different professions, I have to be alone at
home for most of the time and during a sudden illness in the absence of my parents, one
of my neighbors helped me greatly.

It was Aunt Sally who came into my help during a sudden physical illness. She is our
neighbor and lives just opposite of our apartment. She is the wife of my father’s business
partner and very kind in nature. Although she has two kids, she loves me like her own kid
too and never makes any hesitation to share her love and affection to me. I also paid
proper respect to her for her kindness to me. In the absence of my parents, she took care
for me and even I stay at her apartment when my father goes abroad with her husband for
business purposes and my mother goes to meet her parent.

I came back from my school early as I was feeling uncomfortable. Father dropped me at
the school and said that he would take me back when the school is finished. But suddenly
I started feeling uncomfortable. I was affected with a high fever and it was accompanied
with a frequent cough. My muscles were filled with pain and I was feeling like that
someone is beating me. Then I asked my class teacher for an emergency leave. The
teacher allowed me to leave the school and also sent a school staff with me for my safety.
The school staff carried me all the way to my home and handed me over to Aunt Sally as
I informed that she will take my care until my parents return.

When I returned home, Aunt Sally took my responsibilities on her shoulder and took
immediate actions to make me feel comfortable. She informed the issue to my parents
over the telephone and asked them to return as soon as possible. She took me to her
apartment, wiped my body with wet clothes and gave some pain killers and other
necessary medications after consultation with a doctor. Then I slept on a bed in that
apartment and when I woke up I saw my parents are sitting beside me. I would have
fallen in a real trouble if Aunt Sally was not at home on that day.

I am truly grateful to her for her kindness to me. She has done a lot of things for me. She
never missed one of my birthdays and even she does not forget to wish me on my
birthday. I am highly lucky that I have a neighbor like her. She is like a motherly figure to
me and I find a sense of happiness when I meet or talk with her. When I remember that I
was trembling in fever and my muscles were filled with unbearable pain, she was the only
woman who came for my assistance. She cared for me like her own son and undertook all
the necessary steps for my cure until the arrival of my parents. It is a blessing for me I
have such a great neighbor.

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Describe a place you went to which was full of colours.


You should say:

 where it was
 why you went there
 what you did there

and explain why you think that place was made so colourful.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about
what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

I live near the Skagit Valley and the place remains colorful almost round the year, and the colors
change with the seasonal changes. But the colors are more flamboyant and attractive during the
Tulip Festival in fall.

The Skagit Valley is a highly charming attraction and located in a prominent place between
Seattle and Washington in the USA. Skagit River is the life of the valley and has crossed the
locality in a snake-like shape. It is in the northwest corner of Washington, a few kilometers away
from my residence. The valley takes different colors in different seasons. To observe the valley
perfectly, you are to visit during the winter. Hiking or riding a ferry is the best way to enjoy the
colorful valley. Migrant birds of different types and colors visit the valley during the season.
During the spring season, the tulips bloom across a long filed which is another colorful attraction
for the tourists. April is the best month to observe the tulips in their brightest color and I hope to
visit the valley in the next fall to observe the tulips only.

Skagit Valley is an eye-catching place and many of the global tourists visit the place only to
enjoy its natural beauty. I also went there to enjoy the natural scenes and beauties of the valley.
The valley is a unique one and filled with different colors. The environment is highly colorful that
attracts the mind and the activities undertaken at the valley are incredible and remarkable as well.
Many of my friends have paid their visits at the valley but I could not manage time with them to
be there. So, I planned my visit at the Skagit Valley with my family members and the trip also
aimed to make the other junior members of the family aware of this natural beauty spot in the
state.

There are many things to do for the tourists and we made lots of fun. We participated in both the
indoor and outdoor activities and particularly the kids were the key participants in all the events.
We started hiking in the valley. Then we watched the wildlife of the valley and the kids were
truly contented with the animals and birds under the open sky. Moreover, some of my family
members rode on beach bikes and the other rode on canoe. I preferred fishing most but could not
catch a single fish within the fishing time. One of the kids wanted to have skiing but I did not
allow him to do that as he is too young to go with the ski board. We also visited the museum
during our return from the valley and truly it was an awesome experience for us all.

The place was too colorful. The environment was charming and the natural colors were eye
soothing. The birds were of different color, the tulips were attractive for their extraordinary
shades and the people visiting the valley also worn dresses of different attractive and unusual
colors. Everything formed a sense of exceptional and sensual color around. The trees in the
National Park were breathtaking green, the deep blue water on the beach, the flowers, birds and
small animals, lighting of different colors at the shopping centers, ripe and green crops at the
fields everything is merged with the nature and thus the nature has created a colorful environment
at the valley.

Idea Generation for this IELTS Cue card topic:


For this cue card topic you can talk about a place you know/ visited which is naturally colourful/
colourfully decorated. Sometimes a colourful appearance is given to a place for a festival and
you can also talk about it.

Some ideas are given below and you should be able to pick one of it and develop you own
answer:

Colourful places:
India:

 Valley of Flowers National Park, India.


 Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India.
 The Tulip Garden, Srinagar, India.

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Describe an unusual building you have visited.


You should say:

 where it is
 what it is used for
 what it looks like

and explain why you think it is unusual.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

People love unusual or weird things and accordingly try to make their own things bizarre
and thus special. When buildings are made unusually, they actually gain fame as the
Basket Building in Ohio has turned so.

The Basket Building is in fact headquartering for a corporation named Longaberger


Company. It is located in Newark of Ohio in the United States. The idea to make such a
strange and attractive building came from the founder of the company and replicates a
medium size basket produced by the corporation. The building is seven storied and made
with steel structure. It took around seven years to complete the construction of the
building and it was opened for activities from 1997. The building has a unique interior
and exterior decoration that has made it strange and attractive to the media and global
people as well.

The building is used as the headquarter of Longaberger Company and the plan was that
the other office buildings of the company will be made on the basket design, but after the
death of Dave Longaberger, the company owner, his daughter did not allow to make all
the buildings by the same design. Due to the steel structure and decoration, the building
resembles the basket made by the company and has been awarded too for its splendid
design and unusual decoration.

The Basket Building is the exact replica of a medium market size basket produced by the
Longaberger Company. The company manufactures baskets and other lifestyle products
in the USA. From a notable distance, people become perplexed at the first sight that a
large basket is standing but they realize their mistake when they approach near the
building. Due to its strange look, the building has become the issue of media attention and
media-men of different countries have paid their visit at the building. Inside of the
building is also decorated in an efficient manner to grab attention by the first sight of the
visitors. The grand staircase is the most notable thing after the entrance inside and many
of the visitors start playing the grand piano kept aside of the staircase.
The building is unusual in a positive sense. It is truly beautiful. The interior and exterior
decoration is a wonder of modern days. The glass ceiling inside the building allows the
visitors to look at the basket handles and the family paintings on the wall inside are
amazing too. The floors are made with marble and the wood works were done from
cherry wood farmed in private gardens of the founder family. The seven storied building
is also considered as the world’s largest basket in the world. The building looks beautiful
most at night for the lightings.

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Something you borrowed from your friends or family.


You should say:

 what it was
 when you borrowed it and from whom
 why you borrowed it

and explain why it was important for you to borrow it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to
think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

Due to my wicked nature, I was admitted to a boarding school where I lived with my
friends of similar nature. I had to borrow a tie from one of my friends to attend a
presentation in the class.

It was a blessing for me that the friend did not have the course that I took in the high
school grade. So, I was able to borrow a tie for the presentation of my group in the class.
The teacher ordered us all to be formal in attires during the presentation day and
accordingly all of us planned to put on black suit with a white tie. But unfortunately my
tie was red in color and I started seeking one. The teacher also said that if he sees
someone in informal attires, he would not allow the student to appear in the presentation.
It means he is to stay in the same grade for another year.

The presentation was set on 10am and my classroom was just beside the dormitory - it
took a 3-minute walk to reach the classroom. So, I used to get up late and get prepared for
the classes in the regular days and it turned into a habit for me. So, the events were
repeating even on the presentation day. When it was 9.45am, I noticed that I need a tie.
So, I asked the other roommates and all of them said that they are going with me for the
presentation, and accordingly they cannot offer me their tie. I was upset and the race
against time began. Then I moved to the next room of mine and found that Robin, one of
my batch mates is sleeping on his bed as he does not have any presentation on that day.

Although there were dress codes in my school, but the presentation day attire was our
creation. Some of the intelligent (!) students, I was one of them, set the dress code as
black and white. The color combination was great but I forgot to mention them that I do
not have any white tie. The one I have is red in color and I do not use it frequently except
any special occasion. When I found that the color is red, it was like a bolt from the blue
on me. I started seeing a white tie and had to borrow it from Robin to appear on the
presentation. The presentation was important to me as it was the year ending presentation
over a special assignment that we did for last quarter.

If I failed to appear before the teacher and my classmates with the assignment, my
promotion to the next grade would have been halted by the school authority. In line with
the written examinations, we are to present some specific topics before the teachers and
fellow classmates which are counted like an exam. So, absence in the presentation refers
absent in the exam. My promotion will be stopped, and I have to study in the same grade
again. I had everything except a white tie. Usually I do not borrow anything from anyone;
I had to do so on that day due to lack of time and my negligence. So, it was highly
important for me to borrow the tie from Robin and later I thanked him generously.

Part 3 – Details Discussion:


Q. How often you borrow something from others?
A. Borrowing is not in my nature but when I am in extreme need of something and I
cannot manage alone getting that, I borrow. But it is a rare event to me and my
surrounding people that I am borrowing something from them. However, I do not bother
in lending.

Q. In which situation people usually borrow things?


A. When people have nothing to do with any specific issue, they are to borrow from
others. For instance, you are standing on a bus queue to get the ticket for returning your
home and suddenly realized that someone took your wallet (I mean you are experiencing
a pickpocket) but you have to go home, what will you do? This is an emergency for
you. The first thing you will do is that you will look for any familiar people who can help
you in that situation by paying your ticket fare. In such a situation, you will not mind in
borrowing and also will return the favor in the next day or when it is possible.
Q. Is it good to borrow apart from emergency situation?
A. But if you make it a habit to borrow things in every situation, it will be considered as a
bad habit. Moreover, it will reduce your credibility and a help building a negative image
of you among your surrounding people. You can borrow anything you need if it is an
emergency for you. Besides, the people will extend their helping hand towards you
without any condition or second thought when they will realize that truly you are in
danger. But if you abuse their generosity, at the end of the day you will get no help from
any of them. In this case you can recall the moral story of the cowboy and tiger.

Q. Is it okay to borrow money from neighbors?


A. You can take anything if you truly need them. It may be money, it may be any favor or
even it may be any sort of physical and mental support. But it should be necessary and
you need to be unable right that moment to gather the things you are borrowing. You can
borrow money from your neighbors too but you need to be honest in this case. You are to
return the money within the promised returning time. If you miss the deadline, the
neighbor may not say you something due to courtesy but you may not get any further help
from him/ her in future.

Q. What problems can occur while collecting return money from people?
A. Usually people love to forget the favors. Many people do not care about the favors
once they receive those in their emergencies. As a result, they ignore to acknowledge the
favors and do not refund them and even if they return, the break several deadlines. It
mostly happens for money. If you give someone money as loan, you will never get that
back in time. It happens everywhere. The beneficiaries start showing different excuses
against the return. You are to run after them to collect the money and they in fact do not
care about the importance of your favor. These are the common problems for lending
money and getting that back.

Q. Why sometimes it is difficult to ask somebody to return money they borrowed?


A. Sometimes people cannot ask the money that was borrowed to someone mostly for the
inter-personal relationship. Sometimes the relationships are so warmer that the borrower
does not return the money in time and the person who offered cannot also ask for that. It
becomes difficult for him/ her to ask the money. It may also happen that the borrower is
still in distress and thus the loan provider cannot ask to return the money. Besides, it may
also happen that the loan provider has become irritated by running after the borrower, and
in that case it becomes difficult as well to ask for the money return.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Something you borrowed from your friends or
family.", you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:

1. Describe a time when you borrowed something from other.


2. Talk about a friend who once borrowed you money.
3. Describe something you have planned to buy.
4. Describe something you own.

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Describe an important social change in your country.


You should say:

 what it was
 how it happened
 how long it took

And explain the effect it has had on people in your country.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about
what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

Pakistan is the country with numerous hopes, potentials and aspirations. But in some cases the
state is lagging behind and improvement on the sectors has already started. The rate of schooling
has increased comparing to the previous days.

Earlier, parents did not sent their kids to school for different reasons and particularly the female
education was one the less important issues. However, in the current days, the scenario has
changed greatly, most of the girls are sent to school and they are completing their secondary and
in some cases pursuing to the highest degree of the country. But once could not have thought of
sending his/ her girl to an educational institution. It was only allowed that the girls will be
educated inside of their home with the religious studies and the higher education was a banned
for them.

The change has taken after a large number of troubles and revolutionary attempts. Education for
women at first was discouraged by the governmental initiatives and then when the government
started realizing the importance of empowerment of the women to survive and sustain the modern
days, it started inspiring the female education. Since education broadens the outlook, changes the
attitudes and creates a deep sense of right and wrong, it is a must for the people to go ahead and
make the country a developed one. The government has realized the issue lately as different
awareness activities has been undertaken by different non government organizations. As result,
the women of all classes have the access to education at any level; they are completing their
academic studies and getting involved into different professions.
It took about decades to improve the situation. Women were not allowed to participate in most of
the out of home activities and the males were the key wage earner. They also did not allow their
women to go out of home. But with the change of time, they started realizing the effects of
keeping their wives at home. When the world is marching ahead with different development
endeavors, Pakistan started to lag behind and fell in different political and socio-economic
difficulties. In fact, it is impossible to go ahead by leaving the half of the population is darkness.
Gradually, education for women was made easy and their spontaneous participation in education
began.

Currently, Pakistan is marching ahead with a great speed as the women of the country are being
educated. They are empowered and own the authority to express their opinion in familial and
other related issues. Due to their participation is development activities, the productions are on
the increase and as a result the national economy is upping. The social and cultural environments
are getting changed. Women are out for work and participating in almost all sectors for their
livelihood. Consequently, the countrymen have started reaping the benefits.

Your preparation for this Cue card will help you to answer the following Cue card
topics as well:

1. Describe a law you would like to implement in your country.


2. Describe a change you have noticed in your country.
3. Talk about a law you like.
4. Describe a social change you think is needed.

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