IELTS Cue Card: Talk with a stranger

Describe a situation when you had a talk with a stranger.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • where you met him/her
  • what the conversation was about
  • and explain why you found the conversation exciting.
Sample Answer:

I enjoy meeting new people. Today I’m going to talk about a time when I met a stranger and had an interesting conversation with him.
On weekends I go to Rishikesh for learning yoga.  I normally travel by bus as the buses are quite regular and comfortable. But, on last Sunday, bus drivers were on a one day strike. So, I had to drive in the morning. This time there were many foreigners in the yoga centre. All of us did yoga for about 2 hours. Thereafter, we went to the dining hall for breakfast. Naturally, I started interacting with the person sitting next to me. He was from Scotland and had come to India to complete a 120-hour yoga course. His name was Thomson.
Somehow, the focus of our conversation went to festivals and celebrations in our respective countries. He shared some interesting information about the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Scotland. It’s called Hogmanay. The origins of this word are unclear but it’s the biggest Scottish celebration.

Many traditions like cleaning the house and singing etc. are observed on this auspicious day. The most important of them is first-footing, where families wait for the first person to visit their homes at midnight. Surprisingly, the first foot must be a man or a boy with dark hair, not a woman. It’s believed that the first foot brings fortune to the family for the New Year.  If you are the first foot, you should carry three things: food, coal and something to drink.

I found this conversation very exciting because I didn’t know anything about Hogmanay. The way we celebrate the New Year is very different from how it is celebrated in Scotland. This conversation gave me a glimpse of the Scottish culture. Altogether, the novelty of this information and his friendliness made it a memorable interaction.

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IELTS Cue Card: A book someone recommended

A book someone recommended, that you would like to read again.

  • what kind of book
  • when did you read it first
  • why was it recommended to you
  • why would you like to read it again

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Sample Answer:

I prefer reading in my leisure time. Today, I would like to speak about a book hat was recommended to me. I found it quite insightful and would love to read it again, whenver time allows me to do so.

The name of the book is Onward. It is written by Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, America’s leading coffee company and coffee house chain. This book falls under the genre of Business and Leadership.

In the Year 2010, I was working for Cocoberry, India’s first frozen yogurt brand. That’s when I came across the book as my company’s CEO gifted it to all employees and suggested us to read it. In this book, Howard shares the remarkable story of his return and the company’s ongoing transformation under his leadership. He reveals how during one of the most tumultuous economic times in history, Starbucks again achieved profitability and sustainability.

It’s been 2 years since I read this book. I’d like to go through it again. The main reason behind this is the beautiful manner in which the book is written. It keeps you motivated and tells you how not to lose hope in tough times. It includes information about the time when Howard comes to terms with his limitations and how he evolves his leadership style during that time. It represents his central leadership philosophy: It’s not just about winning, but the right way to win. It gives the readers a sense of hope that no matter how tough times get, the future can be just as or more successful than the past.

Q.
How does the literature help you understand the culture of a particular place?
Ans: Books have been the source of knowledge from the ancient times and they have acted as a medium of passing information. They have known to be an authentic source of information be it related to culture, science, medicine, history etc. culture has known to evolve overtime, being passed on generation to generation. And the best way to understand about the culture of a new place is to read about it through the books.

Talking or listening to someone might help you to an extent in understanding about the culture, but that will be a version of his or her understanding or of someone who he/she might have heard from. Thus, the authenticity could never be really gauged and relied upon. Ergo, the need of writing literature, in the ancient times. It was the prime responsibility of the historians to write the literature in such a manner that it could be referred to and easily understood by the masses as and when required, by the common masses and by those who were yet to come.

Q.
Why is it important for parents and adults to read books to their children?
Answer: A child’s mind is a clean slate, and it is up to the parents and adults what to fill it up with. Books are the vast source of knowledge and educating your kids with them is the best way to nourish their mind and help it grow. Reading books to your kids helps in enhancing their knowledge, creativity/ imagination, listening skill as well it helps in bonding the family as a whole.

Writer: Akshay Tomar

Words Meaning

Transform- Change Example- ‘Digital India’ movement has transformed the image of India globally
Genre – Class/Category/Style Example- Movies like ED and Koi Mil Gaya come under Sci-Fi genre.

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IELTS Cue Card Latest Questions # Interesting Neighbours

We are living in times when people are so busy living their lives that they don’t even remember who their neighbours are! However, there are some who manage to have really nice neighbours. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about an interesting neighbour.

Describe an interesting neighbour.
You should say:

  • who is the person?
  • how often you see him or her
  • how long you have known this neighbour

also explain, why you consider this person to be interesting.

Notes :

  • boy studying in college
  • mostly in weekends
  • probably one year
  • he does almost everything, right from cooking food to cleaning his room.
  • he is an amazing traveller
  • has a lot of knowledge.

Sample Answer:

It was a year back when I shifted to Bhubaneswar and started living in an apartment. Initially, no one lived in my neighbourhood until one day when a stout boy came there with just a bag. For few days, I thought there would be something more that he will bring along with him, but there was absolutely nothing. Just a few books, probably his documents and there was he. Later I realised he was a student at a nearby college and was doing his bachelor’s there.

We met over a confusion of a Mc Donald’s delivery boy and landed up eating the pizza together.  I remember us talking about space and then novels and games and had lots of fun! Then he told me about how great cook he is and we meet up almost every weekend!

Sometimes we go travelling, the other times to a book fair. The reason I find this person so interesting is that he is so intelligent yet so warm and then so freaky all at once.  You can never get hang of what is going on in his mind.

WORD MEANING

neighbourhood

a district or community within a town or city.

stout

rather fat or of heavy build.

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IELTS Cue Card 2017 Questions # Life Lesson

Most often in life, we meet people who not only do become our friends or comrades, they go on to teach us things that no book ever teaches us. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a life lesson that someone very special taught you.

Describe a life lesson that you learnt from someone special.

  • who is that person
  • what did they teach you
  • how did they teach you

also, explain, did you tell it to someone else as well.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Life is beautiful. This is something I can say now, but a few years back, I really could not make sense out of my life and was troubled by the smallest of changes. Back then, I worked at a software company and apart from work, made few friends here and there. Out of all of those comrades that I made and the friends that I bonded over, I met a person who taught me the importance of relationships.

She was a good friend of mine and until meeting her I thought relations are facard and everyone is busy with their lives. It was she who told me that no matter how people behave with us it is very important that we showed the love and care. This is the most important thing to have lasting relationships in life. On questioning on why should I be bothered about others, she told me that one must take care of themselves and then of people around.

All of this was not something she spoke off, but what she showed off. There were times when people left her, but the ones that stayed were amazing and her life is so much more beautiful because she has people to share it with!

I have not been able to imbibe it very well in my life, so possibly, not got the chance to share with others. But obviously, in the little actions that I do, if someone understands it, I do thank my friend Anamika.

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