IELTS Speaking: Most common cue card topics 2024

This is a list of most common cue card topics that were given to IELTS candidates in the speaking test.

Cue card topics 2021

  1. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  2. A rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with
  3. Describe a person you work/study with
  4. Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it
  5. A foreign city you’d like to visit
  6. A plan you’ve been making for long but it didn’t work
  7. Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
  8. Talk about a friend who cleverly solved a problem
  9. Talk about a language lesson you enjoyed
  10. Describe a good news that you have heard recently about your relatives
  11. Describe recent changes in your life
  12. Talk about your ideal home
  13. A garden you visited as a child
  14. Describe something that you taught to your friend/relative
  15. A special cake you had
  16. A time when you teamed up with an old person
  17. Describe an interesting conversation you had with a stranger
  18. A healthy lifestyle that you follow
  19. An occasion when you helped someone
  20. Describe a person who took a decision for you recently
  21. Describe a time when you visited new school/home
  22. A time when you had to use your imagination
  23. A moment you laughed a lot
  24. Describe a website you have used recently
  25. Describe an interesting person from other country
  26. An organization you’d like to work for
  27. Your perfect holiday destination
  28. Describe a place that is not frequented by people
  29. When someone gave positive comments to you
  30. A book that has influenced you
  31. Describe a visit to a place that is not famous
  32. Describe a special cake you made for someone
  33. A group of people that made you smile
  34. A small business you’d like to start
  35. Describe a shop recently opened in your area
  36. Describe something you got for free
  37. A plant that you find useful
  38. A person who helped you in your studies
  39. Disagreement with a decision someone made
  40. Your favourite item of clothing
  41. Good news about a person you know well
  42. Something you’re planning to do but haven’t done it yet
  43. A gift that made you happy
  44. A happy married couple
  45. An English lesson that has influenced you
  46. Something you got for free
  47. Facilities you want in your hometown
  48. Talk about your favourite sport
  49. An invention you find very useful
  50. A big company/organisation near you
  51. A businessman that you admire
  52. A person’s service in a restaurant
  53. An expensive hobby you can’t pursue daily
  54. Swimming pool(Speaking Sample Answers)
  55. Describe your favourite song
  56. My first mobile phone
  57. State of Public Transport
  58. Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school
  59. Talk about a time when you searched for some information on the internet
  60. Talk about a beautiful city
  61. Describe a decision that you made
  62. Talk about a skill that takes a long time to learn
  63. Describe something interesting that your friend have done
  64. 2021 Series
  65. Important Event
  66. Describe your dream House
  67. Describe a famous person you would like to meet
  68. Describe a time when you got into trouble
  69. Describe a building with architectural interest
  70. Describe a piece of modern technology that you own
  71. Describe a job that you hope to have
  72. Talk about an event when you were congratulated
  73. Describe someone you know who is a good cook
  74. Describe something useful that you learned from a member of your family
  75. An interesting animal in your country
  76. Talk about a season that you enjoy
  77. Describe an open- air or street market which you enjoyed visiting
  78. Describe a song that you like
  79. Describe an unusual meal you had
  80. Talk about a book that you liked
  81. Describe a sport you have seen on tv and would like to try
  82. Talk about a tv series that you remember
  83. Talk about a river or lake in your country
  84. Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country
  85. Design a building you visited and liked
  86. Talk about a talkative person that you liked
  87. Describe an important decision/choice that you made in your life
  88. Talk about a speech which somebody delivered and you heard 
  89. Describe a foreign country you have never been to.
  90. Describe a subject taught in your school.
  91. Describe your dream college/University.
  92. Tell about a time when you had to write a lot
  93. Talk about something important you lost in the past
  94. Talk about a leisure activity you have done with your family
  95. Describe a happy day you would like to have
  96. Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know
  97. Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family
  98. Describe something useful you borrowed from another person
  99. Describe any practical skill you have
  100. Talk about a recent experience when the internet solved your problem
  101. Talk about a time when you didn’t share a truth with your best friend
  102. Describe a historical period/time you want to know more about
  103. Describe a thing that has become a matter of status nowadays
  104. Describe a plant that you find useful
  105. Describe a rule that you did not like in your school
  106. Describe something you own which has important to you
  107. Describe a famous person whom you admire
  108. Describe a common dress that females in your country wear
  109. Describe a club you organized or involved in it
  110. Describe something you bought but did not use much
  111. Describe an outdoor activity that you did for the first time
  112. Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time
  113. Talk about an instance when you were cheated, or somebody lied to you, or didn’t tell you the complete truth
  114. Describe your favorite movie
  115. Describe an occasion when the vehicle you were traveling in broke down
  116. Describe an old person you met who has inspired you
  117. Describe an impressive advertisement you remember well
  118. Describe a person you know whom you think is well-dressed
  119. Describe your favorite way to relax
  120. Describe a TV series you like
  121. Describe a good law in your country
  122. A Season you enjoy
  123. Describe an important plant in your country
  124. Describe a foreign cultural festival that you like
  125. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  126. Describe the job/ career you have or hope to have
  127. Describe a piece of modern technology that you own
  128. Describe someone who learned a foreign language
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CUE CARD – Describe A Historic Place You Know

Speaking – Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a historic place you know

  • What kind of place it is?
  • What does it look like?
  • Where it is?
  • And explain how the place is related to history
Sample Answer

Historic structures serve as a reminder of our rich history and former splendour. Since I was little, I have always been fascinated by history. I used to read a lot and study the history of ancient times. I never pass up the opportunity to tour historical sites. It’s an intriguing encounter. I paid my aunt, who resides in Delhi, a visit last year. I had the chance to explore the Red Fort, one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, there. It is among the world’s seven wonders. It’s a massive red-painted palace. It was our first visit there.

The enormous gate that welcomed us was a stunning work of art. Many notable historical buildings remain, including Hira Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Meena Bazaar, and many more, despite the fact that the majority of buildings are either shattered or severely damaged. With a long history, Meena Bazaar is a well regarded destination for retrophiliac and antiquarian enthusiasts. In the past, it was mostly exclusive to women—royal ladies and noblemen’s wives, to start. It used to happen exclusively on designated days of the week or on significant occasions.

Nowadays, Meena Bazar is held every day from the afternoon till the evening, which has somewhat modified the situation. In addition to the massive garden’s doubled attractiveness due to its abundance of seasonal flowers and plants, I also saw a few peacocks. Overall, the Red Fort is a symbol of great Mughal architecture and prowess in the past.

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3)related to the cue card ‘DESCRIBE A HISTORIC PLACE YOU KNOW.’
Q1. How do you feel about the preservation of historic structures in your country?
Since it exposes historical events and helps us comprehend who we are, where we’ve come from, and perhaps even where we’re going, Second, they are one of the prominent tourist attractions that generate a considerable amount of GDP and are a source of livelihood for the natives.

Q2. Do you think people should learn about history?
Certainly, studying history allows us to observe and understand our past better so that we can learn from mistakes and figure out rational steps for the future. Learning history will allow us to understand how our ancestors lived and behaved, as well as the similarities we have.

Word Meaning Example
Antiquarian A person who studies or collects antiques or rare books Antiquarian booksellers are usually old
Splendour Magnificence Due to high tourism, this place has lost much of its original splendour.
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CUE CARD – Describe an interesting song

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe an interesting song
You should say:

    • Who the song is ?
    • What story does the song tell ? / What it is about ?
    • Whether the song is popular ?
    • And, explain why you think it is interesting ?
Sample Answer

Music is one of the most beautiful forms of art, and I listen to it whenever I am feeling the blues. Today, I am going to talk about a motivational song that I love listening to, whenever I am thrown by failures in life. The song’s name is believers, by the worldwide famous band Imagine Dragons.

The song really helps me get through the impossible days when it is really hard for me to get out of bed and kick off my day. It gives a very inspirational message about the failures of life and urges one to push one’s limits and go beyond them. It empowers me to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and keeps me going even at my worst. This song put forth the never give up attitude in life even when everything appears to be the end of the world.

The song is quite popular across the globe and definitely forms a part of every individual’s playlist, especially the young blood. Like many other youngsters, I also listen to this song to work my way out through the hurtful days of life. Thanks to one of my close friends Niya, who suggested I listen to this song when I was going through some personal mid-life crisis.

I was emotionally tormented by the loss of a family member and felt emotionally drained and mentally exhausted. At the time I also was not able to cope with the work and thus, my work-life balance was not very good as there was a lot on my plate. It was at that time, that I started listening to this song and overcame my demons. This song is meaningful in a lot of ways, as it is inspired by the band’s own personal struggles that they went through before actually gaining popularity in the mainstream.

Thus, this is a song that I found particularly interesting.

 Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘Describe a person you only met once and want to know more about.

Q1. Why are many music competitions popular in India ?

There is a myriad of music competitions that are widely popular as they are really enjoyed by people from across the remotest corners of the country. Singing shows such as the Voice, Indian idol, and Voice Global are some of the very popular music competitions that people like to watch. It is because of these public platforms that a lot of talented individuals are getting an opportunity to display their singing talent.

Q2. What kinds of music do young people like ?

I think young people like listening to a lot of pop and hip-hop music followed by some rap music as well, which is slowly taking over the music industry. Young bloods these days want to listen to something they can relate to and not something that is superficial and fake. Thus, these are the kinds of songs that young people like listening to.

Q3. What kinds of people like to listen to traditional music?

I believe with the advent of western music, we have somehow managed to suppress our traditional music forms, and thus, a very handful of individuals enjoy traditional songs and these are generally the locals of a particular community who are true to their roots and promote their traditional music.

Q4. Why do you think old people like old songs ?

I believe that old person like old songs because they do not relate to the songs that are presently in trend. Moreover, the old songs remind them of their era and their time when life was supposed to be very simple, unlike the modern competitive world. The old songs have slow beats and are full of life with a deep sense of meaning to it. They feel very connected to it. Therefore, old people like to listen to old songs.

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CUE CARD – Describe something that helps you concentrate

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe something that helps you concentrate
You should say:

    • What it is ?
    • When you do it ?
    • How did you learn about it
    • How it helps you concentrate ?

Sample Answer

In a physical growing world, It is quite impossible to concentrate, as, there is too much to achieve and too little time. Here, I would like to talk about meditation which is the key to my good concentration.

I do meditation on my terrace, whenever I feel there is a lot on my plate, and to achieve all my tasks with a calm mind before the deadline hits. I think it is one of the best ways to clear my stress out and feel relaxed. I generally start my day at five in the morning with meditating for at least half an hour everyday. It rejuvenates me for the day, and, prepares me better to achieve my daily targets.

I was very young when my mother told me about the merits of practicing it regularly. So, I was just a kid when I first started following my mother. It really does help me to concentrate on the work that I have to do. In fact, the huge corporate sectors are adapting to the necessary once a week meditation session now a days, in order to make sure the well being of their employees. According to the recent studies, it has been found that, the principal advantages of meditation rests in upgraded memory, better cognitive skills making me feel more joyful and grounded, and immunes me to everyday stresses of life.

Therefore, meditation is something which helps me in maintaining better work-life balance by enhancing my concentration.

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘describe something that helps you concentrate’.

Q1. Is it important for children to concentrate ?
I think definitely yes, because children at very young age are suffering from stress, and, as a result they are not able to lay emphasis on their studies. So, in order to help them out it is important that we must include important sessions on improving concentration regularly. For instance, it has often been observed that young minds who are indulged in some yogic practices have better concentration power.

Q2. What kind of jobs require higher concentration?
Well, to be honest, almost every field now a days require high concentration, for the world is becoming more competitive everyday, and so, in order be the best, one needs to be well focused towards his goals. But, some precision jobs like that of a surgeon needs greater attention to the patient, as , it is a matter of life and death.

Q3. Have you ever felt difficult to concentrate ?
Definitely I have. I think as humans, sometimes or the other, we all find it difficult to concentrate on our work and so did I. It was a day before yesterday, when I could not complete my office work as my attention was distributed to a lot of other stressful things going in my life, and I was emotionally drained, thus, resulting in poor concentration. So, yes, I have felt difficult to concentrate a lot of times in my life.

 

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