IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Environment Condition

The environment has changed since last few decades. As man has improved upon the technology, their has been a considerable decline in the environment, with some of the technologies causing more harm than ever. The ozone layer has depleted and their are clear signs of other harmful effects found in humans and animals. Today, through the cue card questions, we shall be looking on a harmful environmental problem.

Describe a harmful environmental problem.

You should say:

  • What is it
  • How it is harmful
  • What harmful effects it creates

and explain what can be done to prevent this environmental problem.

Healthy environment is the most important thing to be alive. However, with changing times and improving technologies and declining man activities there has been a considerable effect on the environment, causing lot of problems. I believe the one problem that we all are facing and will surely decline more is the reducing ozone layer effect.

Ozone layer is the most important layer for us as it helps us from the harmful effects of UV rays but with the holes in the ozone layer, it has been seen that the temperature of Earth is rising and then there are glaciers melting. Even more, since now the UV rays directly hit the humans, there are more chances of getting skin cancer and cataract. Even more, some animals are losing their fertility because of ozone layer depletion.

In addition, it causes immune system depletion in human beings, making them susceptible to all possible diseases. There has been seen effect on the plants with some plants not being able to grow well as their has been a decline in the photosynthesis and flowering. Ozone layer depletion has also caused loss of biodiversity in our oceans, rivers and lakes could reduce fish yields for commercial and sport fisheries.

There are several effects of ozone layer depletion and the scientist are working towards improving the condition of ozone. It can be done if we start planting more trees and stop using the vehicles at such an alarming rate. Even more, a shift towards industries that shed of less of smoke needs to be promoted.

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Our environment is on decline and there are several issues that have effected the lifestyle of human beings. One of them is the increased noise pollution. With the coming of railway, jets and vehicles, one can see that their is more of honking and unnecessary noises being created.

Noise pollution can be caused by vehicles who horn for no reasons, to the airplanes and rails and often when a rocket is launched. It doesn’t seem to harm at the first point, so if their is someone honking one wont die, but when it happens on a everyday basis, so if everyday a person is hearing only  honks or other undesirable noises, he or she becomes more irritable. Even more, the kids who have very sensitive ears are likely to be affected very badly. In  some cases, when the music was very loud, their have been cases of children going deaf.

Noise pollution is very harmful for the old people because like children they also have sensitive ears. It has been observed that it not only effects the ears but in some cases even causes heart attacks or nervous system failure.

Apart from humans, noise pollution effects the birds and the other animals, causing a shift in their behavior. Many marine animals, especially whales, use hearing to find food, communicate, defend and survive in the ocean. Excessive noises are causing a lot of injuries and deaths to whales.

These effects may not sound troubling, but the truth is, with time, the consequences can be very worrying. There are different ways by which we can surely reduce noise pollution. One of them is switching of the devices when not in use. So, fan should be switched of or the computer, because when not in use they make certain noises. Even more, construction of soundproof rooms for noisy machines in industrial and manufacturing installations must be encouraged. Also, vegetation along roads and in residential areas is a good way to reduce noise pollution as they absorb sound.

I believe we need to start working before it is too late.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Speech

Describe a speech that someone delivered. You should say,

  • who delivered the speech
  • what was the topic of the speech

Why did you liked/disliked the speech

I have heard numerous speeches, lectures and commentaries throughout my life, but the one speech that still gets better of me and teaches me so much was the speech of Steve Jobs at Stanford. I remember, googling something about Steve Jobs few years back because I wanted to know about him and fumbled onto his speech. There have been some speeches that I have heard before and some motivational videos that have struck me but nothing was better than his speech.

It was the commencement speech of Stanford graduate students and Steve chose to tell three stories of his life. The stories of connecting dots,

He talks of how we need to trust whatever our heart is saying and whatever is happening in the present, because no matter what, all these things will certainly do connect in the future and if we do it in the best way, it is going to stay with us for a longer period of time. And the fact that our all learning are going to get connected makes it possible to be able to just trust at whatever is happening in the present and move on with life. The next story was about love and loss. He talks of how he got fired from his own company and then went on to find love and create new ventures and finally return back to his own company. He speaks of the fact that if you love what you do, life is going to be beautiful. The third story was about death. “If you live each day as if your last, some day it will be right.” And it is very powerful because when you know everyday that you may die soon, is when you start living life like never before. Finally when he closes his speech, he says, stay hungry stay foolish. And I think it is a very powerful message.

It was after that speech that I started closely following Steve Jobs and I realized that there is lot that can be learnt from him. The way he lived his life on his three philosophies and that helped him create a new history for the world. The reason that I loved the speech was because he was not talking about hard work and sacrifice and things that people get scared off. He was talking about simple plain things, love and loss. There was no reason not to understand him and whatever he said just struck me in my heart, because it was so damn true.


What are the differences between a political speech and a speech given by a non-political person?

I think these days there seems to be a blurred line between the both, because even politicians give speeches where they talk of the benefits of the listener. But, on a very close notice, I would say a speech given by a political person has lot of promises involved but the one by a non-political person tends to have lot of examples of how things were done and how you might follow them.

What are the important aspects of a good speech?

I think a good speech is the one that strikes you in your heart and forms an impression that lasts forever. I remember listening to Barack Obama’s speech and it was so wow, that you felt so much connected to it. There was a great content that he had written but apart from that they way he delivered the speech was beyond imagination. It was as if he was on a one to one conversation with the millions of people sitting over there. So, I think a good speech is not just a great content but also the way the person delivers it.

What do you think makes a person a good speech giver?

A lot of practice makes someone perfect in anything and that is what I believe in. I think if there is someone who wants to really give good speech than he or she should practice a lot and when giving a speech it should not be that you are trying to tell someone something, so the focus shouldn’t be on making the other person listen but on making sure that you speak from the heart and when that happens, people do listen automatically.



IELTS Cue Card Latest Question # Childhood Skill

We all are the ultimate result of the skills that we learn. There are people who can paint well and then some who can play games or for that matter write. And it takes the time to build those skills. Skills even as simple as typing can help people go a long way. This time let us have a look at a recent question asked in IELTS Speaking section.

Tell us about a skill that you have learned in your childhood.
  • What is that skill?
  • How has it helped you in your life?
  • Did your teachers, parents played an important role in nurturing the skill?
Also explain, if you think learning can be done best when someone gives their heart into it or they are forced to do it?

The one thing that has really helped me in my life is my control of keys on the keyboard. I learned to type when computers had yet not gained much momentum and we really did not know that it will be of so much use in the near future. However, I really am thankful to my father who helped me work on it. So, when other children were busy learning by writing things on their notebook, I used to make my notes on the computer and get them printed.

The entire thing came back to me only when I took up a job as a blogger. When one is writing something, it is good to have the entire focus on what needs to be a written rather than how it finally gets entered. My typing speed has not only helped me write better articles but also type them fast giving in the room for more assignments and so more money.

Even more, being a coder it is nice to have control on the keyboard. After all, it is a way by which you can actually interact with the CPU and get things done. Better control means things done faster and less frustration over petty matters.

I believe children need to be exposed to all the new possibilities around them and then let them decide what they actually want. Even if they are indecisive, they should be allowed to try their hand at more than one thing. With time, they as well as teachers and parents will know the one thing the child will be best at.



IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Important Email

We are living in this digital world with almost everyone  having an email account. We all are connected with our family, friends and the people we either work for or in some way are connected. In today’s era, almost every information, comes on mail and there are certain things which are really important for us. So, for example, it could be the first job letter, your winning game article or for that matter anything. Let us today have a look at a cue card that talks about an important email that a person got.

Describe an important email you have received.
You should say:

  • who sent it to you.
  • when you got it.
  • what was it about

and explain why this email was important to you.

Sample Answer One

There are so many websites that I subscribed to and there are so many mails that I get ever day but I remember, having receiving a mail about my selection for the Gartner.Inc. It was truly an amazing feeling because it meant I would be able to work with the best company providing BI services and it also meant I had proved my mark.

I can clearly recall, I was sitting on my couch with my laptop in hand and working over a new assignment that I had got and meanwhile something just struck me. I went to my mail and started scrolling the mails. The mail that I got was of the previous day and it said that I need to sign some documents and then some other formalities before I could go and start my work at Gartner.

The reason it was very important for me because I had truly worked for it, sacrificing lot of things that people of my age were doing. There were times when I felt exhausted and the other times when I just did not had anyone to talk to. On receiving the mail, I first called my parents and they were proud and I was happy. Finally, I could work on something that was creative.
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Sample Answer Two

I am a travel blogger and for someone who has been into the business of blogging knows that initially it is really tough job. There are days, months when one is just giving his or her best and working on the blog, putting content and yet does not receives any money. I remember, when I started my own travel blog, it took me around six months before I started getting some decent amount of money with which I could make some other plans as well.

It was some time back and I was sitting on my couch, completely exhausted over a particular post trying to figure out something and worried about paying my bills. The landlord had come to my house sometime back asking for the rent and I had nothing to give. For the first time in years, I had really questioned my job and my decision to become an entrepreneur.

Lost in my thoughts, I opened my mail account and there was this mail from Google. Initially I thought, it must be some random mail but later on when I started reading it, it was the mail regarding the number of viewers on my site and Google has decided to finally pay me for the services that I was doing and it was a check of 70000 rupees.

In a time when I did not had money, when I could not even think of surviving, when I had started questioning my dreams and my decisions, the mail was an assurance that I was on right path and that I am meant to be successful and that the only thing that I need to take care of is my work.

An important lesson learnt and a faith reassured, it was that mail that changed my life and helped me become what I did become.

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