IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Communication

Humans are social animal and communication is need of every individual. However, there has been a reduction in the amount of time people are spending with their family members in present times.

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Communication between family members has decreased in recent times. Do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

[Part 1 – Paraphrasing the question ]

Modern times have shown an increase in the number of people commuting across the globe in search of better opportunities. With the world expanding, citizens all over are facing psychological issues with the nomadic lifestyle, often leaving people depressed. Some believe that nowadays, number of people tend to have weak ties with their family members. In my opinion, family links are weakening for the advancement of technology and new ways of living.

[Part II – body: your example ]

The world has been taken aback by the exponential growth in technology. From times when it took months for messages to spread across, the world now can interact with the click of a button. With inventions like the internet, mobile phones and personal computing people often tend to spend more time on these devices than communicating with family members. An average Indian spend around 160 minutes daily on apps on the phone.

[Part II – body: your example ]

People are traveling more than ever in search of jobs or career advancement. This has caused an increase in the work pressure often leaving people clubbed into smaller groups. Adding to it are more working hours and reduced number of holidays adding up to the pathetic state of lives individuals are forced to live in. This results in people spending less quality time with their family members, especially the extended family.

[Part III – Conclusion]

Modern lifestyle constituting workaholics and tech-savvy people have changed the entire picture of the way society functions. Nuclear families are taking shape along with changes in work life, leaves little time for family and the trend is likely to continue in future.

Vocabulary

commuting – travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis.

nomadic – living the life of a nomad; wandering.

workaholics – a person who compulsively works excessively hard and long hours.

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IELTS Speaking cue card: a good news you heard about your relatives

Describe a good news that you have heard recently about your relatives

  • What the news was
  • When you heard it
  • How you heard this news
  • And explain how you felt about this news
Sample Answer

I am very close to some of my relatives, especially my aunt and her son. I share a strong bond with both of them. Today, I’m going to talk about a happy news which I received about my cousin brother.

I live in Dehradun and my aunt lives in New Delhi. Last Sunday I went to New Delhi for some official work. Despite having a tight work schedule, I managed to go to my aunt’s house for some time in the evening. She had prepared a delicious dinner for me. During dinner she told me about my cousin brother’s selection as a senior manager in a Five Star Hotel in London. Currently, he works as a manger in Hotel Hyatt, a luxury hotel, in New Delhi.

I felt ambivalent when I heard this news. On one hand, I was very happy about his achievement. He has worked hard to reach that level. This job offer was a reward of his hard work and perseverance.  On the other hand, I was sad because he is the only child my aunt has. She would be alone if he went to London. How would she live without him? All these questions were coming to my mind. To be honest, I didn’t discuss these concerns with her. It was their personal decision to accept or reject the offer. I had nothing to do with that. I wholeheartedly congratulated her and came to Dehradun the next day.

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IELTS Speaking cue card: A language lesson you enjoyed

Talk about a language lesson you enjoyed
You should say:

  • when it was
  • what it was about
  • what you did in the lesson
  • and explain why you enjoyed this lesson
Sample Answer

I’ve always had a deep fascination with languages. It certainly stems from the skills of my school teachers who made our lessons memorable.  Today, I’m going to talk about a language lesson I loved.

I was in 8th class. Our school provided classes in many foreign languages like German, French, Japanese and Italian etc. I opted for Japanese because my father recommended it to me. My first Japanese lesson was so much fun that I still remember almost everything about it. When our teacher entered the class, she greeted us in Japanese. She didn’t translate it in English or our local language. Initially, we were puzzled but then she drew the sun and two kids on the blackboard. We understood the meaning and all of us repeated the greeting after her. Then, the teacher opened a big box in which she had kept many things like chocolates, cold drinks, tea and a bottle of milk etc.

She started taking them out of the box one by one. She was saying the name of each item in Japanese and we were listening to her and repeating after her. Later on, the teacher just showed us the objects and we were supposed to recall their names. Everyone was actively participating in the lesson. In the next stage of the lesson, the teacher taught us how to order milk, tea or coffee in a Japanese café. She divided us in two groups. Some of us became customers while others became waiters. We practised all the words that we learned in the lesson in a very interactive way.

Not only me but all my classmates enjoyed the lesson. I found it very interesting because of the way it was delivered. The teacher created a friendly and stimulating learning environment. Its pace was also perfect for our age group. If we hadn’t been involved in the lesson, it would have been a boring lesson. All in all, I can say that this first class boosted our confidence immensely and motivated us to learn Japanese.

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IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Restaurants

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some people believe that restaurants are a waste of time and it is cheaper and healthier to cook at home.

Do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Home preparation of meals has been the traditional way of consuming meals. However, with changes in our lifestyles, eating habits of most people have seen a clear shift. These developments are often seen in negative light and in my opinion when eating at a restaurant becomes a daily habit, is gloomy for us.

Firstly, the restaurant often offers fast food, which impacts the quality of food. Most often, the methods of preparation are such that they produce maximum benefits to the owners, not taking in much account the health factors for the consumers. Even more, most restaurants offer foods that are quickly prepared. These are the foods prepared using preservatives and colors which often harm the individual.

Secondly, eating at a restaurant on daily basis means longer working hours. Although, eating outside releases the workload on individuals, more so because in present times, the number of women working outside is increasing, it increases stress. The modern lifestyle has increased nuclear families with little to no time left for family bonding. In traditional ways, through making food or sitting over at night, the bond was created. The culture of restaurants does give us food with little effort but takes away the quality time in preparation of food.

Overall, times have changed and the ways of living have as well. However, in the muddled world of ours, if we can choose to eat together and at home, there is a possibility of sanity across humanity.

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