Holiday destination cue card

Describe a holiday destination you have visited.
You should say:
• where it is
• when you went there
• what you did there
And explain why this place left an impression on you.

Sample answer

Today I am going to speak about a place where I went on holidays.
The name of the place is Manali. It’s a picturesque hill station located in Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India.
I went to Manali last week with my family. Since it is quite far, approximately 500 kilometers, from my hometown Dehradun, we decided to set off on Friday night. It was a very long drive, about 12 hours. We reached there on Saturday morning.

Manali has a lot to offer to its tourists of all ages. For the elderly and religious people, there are many ancient temples. Young adventure seekers have a wide range of sporting activities like skiing, snowmobiling, rafting, river crossing, trekking and paragliding etc. at their disposal.

On the first day of our holiday, we trekked through a dense cedar forest to reach Hadimba temple. It is the oldest temple of Manali and has a lot of religious significance in the local community. The next day we went to Solang Valley. Fortunately, we found plenty of snow in the valley. Without wasting our time, we made a small but very pretty igloo. We took the photographs of all the places we visited.

This place has impressed me very much. The main reason is its pleasant weather. Apart from that, people are honest, friendly and co-operative. They always give you the right information. Transport facilities and hotels are also well-maintained.

IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Group Think

GROUP THINK

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes learning English. It talks about the ways in which group think.

You can download the audio from the below link –

Audio

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS.
  1. The speaker describes the coffee which has its caffeine removed using a word. What is it?
  2. Speaker uses a term to describe the type of bad decisions one makes in a group? Which term is it?
  3. What is the synonym of against?
  4. In which story by Hans Christian Andersen does a young boy dare to tell the truth when everyone else goes along with an obvious lie?
  5. What is the behavior that is the same as the way most other people people behave called?
  6. The speaker uses a word to explain that the person has given up? What is it?
  7. The speaker uses a phrase to mean, “agreeing with something”. What is the phrase?
  8. The speaker uses a phrase for strong determination. Which phrase is it?
  9. What is the force that keeps something going once it has started called?
  10. Which word is used to describe the person who thinks and behaves differently from other people called?

ANSWER

  1.  decaffeinated coffee
  2. groupthink
  3. contrary
  4. The Emperor’s New Clothes
  5. Conformity
  6. fold
  7. going along with
  8. will of steel
  9. momentum
  10. non conformist
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IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Multiple Careers

We are living in times when people are having more than one jobs. With internet coming at pace, there are so many other jobs that people are being offered online. So, a person who is possibly a good coder does not end up working only for a company. He/she has the option of having some more income online. This time we are listening to a BBC 6 minute English audio that talks about multiple careers.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. What is the case for carrying large pictures called?
  2. Which profession people had the surname Bond?
  3. What is a person who makes violin called?
  4. What is a person who starts and runs business called?
  5. Which adjectives describes someone who does the same thing again and again?
  6. What is a job at a big organisation, company or corporation called?
ANSWERS
  1. portfolio
  2. peasant farmers
  3. Luthier
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. serial
  6. corporate

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Interesting Conversation

There are so many times we just start with a small talk and then end up having an amazing conversation with someone. It so happens because of the common interests or sometimes because of a topic that strikes the minds. This time let us have a look at the sample cue card that questions on an interesting conversation that you had with someone you did not know.

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know.
You should say :

  • who the person was
  • where the conversation took place
  • what you talked about

explain why did you find the conversation interesting.

SAMPLE ANSWER 1

I remember travelling alone to Bhubaneswar once from New Delhi on train. It was a long 24 hours journey and initially I was so perforated that I decided opening a novel to read. It was Steve Jobs biography and while I was reading it a girl sitting at the opposite berth asked me if I was fan of Apple. I told her my interests in the shaping of Apple and we had a great conversation on Steve Jobs and how Apple shaped the world around.

We talked about the Microsoft and Apple war and then the obvious, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. It was interesting because there were so many laughing points and then we drifted from Microsoft and Apple to India and what we as the so called youth can do something good for the country. We then shared our travel stories and it was pretty amazing. She was working for TCS in Kolkata and it was pretty amazing.


SAMPLE ANSWER 2

I was once travelling to Bangalore from Chennai and met this amazing guy on airplane. So, he was sitting next to me and I was busy gazing out of the airplane just to kill time and he initiated the conversation with a joke. We both laughed and then we talked about toastmasters. He was part of it and I was as well. So, we talked about our first speeches and the people we got to meet through out our toastmasters journey. Our mistakes and the people we admire for their speeches.

We then talked about travelling and the places we have been too. He had been to Dehradun and I have lived there. So, we shared our Dehradun diaries as well.
It was particularly interesting because for some reasons we found a ground to connect with and it we took off from there.

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