IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Spouse


The below audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes learning English. The audio talks about the fact that most people don’t have a clue about their spouse income.

You can download the audio from the given link – AUDIO

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. “Sharing the cost of something” has a phrasal meaning in the audio. What is it?What percentage of married couples don’t know exactly what their spouse earns?
  2. There is situation when a bank lends you money to buy a house. What word does the speaker uses in audio for it?
  3. The speaker uses a phrase for “physical money”. What is it?
  4. Who is the person who does not like spending money?
  5. The speaker uses a word to refer to the money you have available for something and have a plan to use it? What is it?
  6. What phrase has been used to mean that you accept that you have different opinions?


  1. go dutch
  2. 44%
  3. mortgage
  4. hard cash
  5. cheapskate
  6. budget
  7. agree to differ

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Surname

Surname is the one thing we all are born with. While some choose to keep it all through out their lives there are many who decide to drop on it. This time we are looking at a cue card on surname.

Describe your Surname? (Don`t use History, past and religion.)
– What is your surname?
– How do you feel when you use your surname?
– Is your surname is same as your forefathers?


Learn how to make notes here – MAKING NOTES

surnameFor a long time, surname has been associated with religion, cast and history. Too an extent, I do believe it is true there surely is an association, but I believe more importantly it is about the people you live with. I am a joshi by surname and for some reason it does becomes a link between the different family members. For a child who learns most by example, when a joshi does good, it becomes sort of an example for us and we can relate more to it.

When I do use my surname in public, it really does not makes any difference because there is little emphasis that I do give it. However, when I am alone ,I do think about the great work my sisters and brothers do. The realization that in some way I am connected with them, with the good, does makes me feel good. Like, my brother he recently opened an organization that gives free books, clothes and food to anyone who comes there. Amazing isn’t it.

Also, in my country people with same surname often live together and speak the same regional language. So, when these people meet somewhere in isolation to the religion, it becomes so much easier and good to talk to the world about one’s one culture. Although my surname is different from my forefathers, or specifically the use is different. Our gen uses only the surname while my forefathers used two i.e. dutt joshi or kumar joshi. We tend to have no middle names. It does not stops us in feeling good about being together and doing great things.


IELTS Cue Card Latest Questions # Love

Love is the one thing that makes anything possible for you. It is one of those things that we all want, not only from people but also from our work. This time, let us have a look at a cue card that talks so much about love.

Describe the person with whom you want to spend the maximum time. You should say –

  • who that person is.
  • when you met this person
  • where you met

and explain what is there importance in your life.


Learn how to make notes here – MAKING NOTES


There are so many people who come in our lives but then there are few who do make a difference in our lives. For me, the one person who has been the most important part of my life is my husband, Avinash. I got to know him during my stint at a MNC that I worked with for two years. We hit it off the first day we met at a badminton match. I loved playing badminton and was playing to beat a friend of mine. After almost five matches, we both started enjoying the game together and it was so much of fun. 

We did not, however, met for sometime until it was for a toastmaster event. I remember him giving an outstanding speech and from there we started meeting often. We were very different on the outer and so very similar on the core. He for me was a good friend, an adviser and my partner in the company I opened after few years. 

He is the one person who has been with me always, for no reason and tying knot with him is my life’s best decision till date. I have grown as an individual with him and we are almost a house on fire when together. There are so many people who have been with me, but with Avinash, life seems so much more beautiful, so much more simple and a lovely affair. I almost forget about everything that worries me and figure out a solution to the toughest problem. The only reason I love spending time with him is because he makes me feel the time well spent.


IELTS Cue Card # Making Notes

Making notes is one of those things that is very important in the cue card section of IELTS. Not only important, it is one of the trickiest part because what you are going to speak in this section depends entirely on the notes that you have prepared for this section. In this post, we will learn how to make effective notes, the kind of notes that will help you give a great cue card answer.

We call it making circles. Diagrams are the most easiest way to express something. So, if you know the topic and have a diagram in hand for that, explaining it is so much more easier. The cue card we are referring for this understanding is – FAVORITE EQUIPMENT

Brief Explanation – The cue card wanted you to speak off your favorite equipment, why do you like it, how do you use it and why is it important to you.



Yes, you need to draw the first circle and write down the main topic for the cue card.



See, here you are talking about computers and the three main things for which you need it are – entertainment, blogging and coding. Now, when this is done, it is time for you to delve deeper.



Now, when it comes to blogging, why do you need it? Well, there is content that needs to be uploaded and then there are photos and then videos.


When this is done, let us move towards the next main thing.


Now, when it comes to entertainment, well you need to watch movies, youtube, gaming and then facebook. So, write them down.

What about coding?


When it comes to coding, you use the computer to code on python , C, C++ and then you even make use of Oracle. So, write them down. Finally, you will have something like this –

But, then what are these rectangle boxes. We did not created them right? Well, when writing about all the important things you are going to talk about, make sure you make a note of the vocabulary. So, these rectangular words are the vocabulary words that you will be using in the cue card answer.

When this done, you are ready to get a great band. So, go on practice and get the band!


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