IELTS Writing Task 2 – Essay # In some countries, private cars are now banned from certain city centers.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Essay

In some countries, private cars are now banned from certain city centers.

 

What are the advantages of such a system and do you think that this is something that most cities should adopt? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Sample Answer

Driving is a real status symbol among many people. Cars and private vehicles have made human life easier and convenient to a great extent. But in this metropolitan age, while experiencing comfort travelling, we also face the problem of traffic congestion. A lot of countries are taking efficient steps to improve pollution levels by imposing many restrictions on vehicles. In my perspective, the prohibition of private cars alone is not a long term solution as it requires varied methods like upgrading public transport facilities and the infrastructure of these metropolia. 

Undoubtedly, personal cars are comparatively suitable than public transportation, and the majority of the locals are accepting this challenge of compulsory use of public transit. Many European cities, such as London, have started implementing outright bans so driving around Central London will charge a heavy congestion fee. Therefore, half of the roads in London has been declared as ‘pedestrian priority’ zone. Besides London, Paris has also applied the no personal vehicle rule in which they have banned cars made before 1997 and also initiate people to use go car-free on weekends by using bicycles for travelling. These efforts have greatly reduced vehicle emission in several parts of the world.

However, there is other side of the coin. Completely restricting the four-wheelers from the city centers would negatively affect the overall economy of the country. A few drawbacks of this scheme are that it would restrict the freedom of the people by controlling their fundamental right. It would also affect the disabled category as they will have to face the inconvenience of taking public transport that does not have any special facilities for them. Banning private vehicles in city centers can prove to be heavy on people’s pocket too.

From my personal standpoint, banning private cars completely is not a wise idea to control environmental issues. Therefore, the government can encourage to use efficient means of public transportation. They should also spread the awareness to persuade the individuals to car-pool by restricting odd and even license plates on alternating days. Cities like Madrid and Oslo are successful in eliminating vehicle emission and taking diesel cars off their roads.

(356 words).

DIFFICULT WORDS-

  • Metropolitan- densely populated urban core.
  • Congestion fee- charge for driving in charging zone.

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IELTS Writing task 2 Essay # Reasons for sedentary lifestyle and its solutions.

IELTS Writing Task-2 # Essay

Despite a large number of gyms, a sedentary lifestyle is gaining popularity in the contemporary world. What reasons are associated with this? What solutions can you suggest?

Sample Answer

Undoubtedly, recent times have seen the establishment of a number of gyms and other fitness institutions promoting physical activities. However, an inactive way of living plays an active part in many people’s life, throughout the world. This has led to the degradation of health and fitness of numerous people. This essay will briefly discuss causes that have amounted to this sedentary lifestyle and also provide some solutions to counter these problems.

To commence with, the most prominent reason for rising the issue of unhealthy lifestyle is academic success being valued more as compared to physical health from a very young age. This often leads to people by spending minimal amount of time to focus on their fitness.  Furthermore, in the maximum number of jobs, employees are required to sit at one place for longer durations of time. The culture of “desk jobs” has drastically reduced the amount of physical activity in one’s life.  Moreover, with the emergence of entertainment industry, people are more inclined towards the inactive lifestyle. Lastly, availability of food, grocery items and other basic need products on the doorstep have contributed a major share to a lethargic lifestyle.

However, these difficulties can easily be dealt by taking a few measures. Firstly, promoting health benefits among children. Making young minds aware of benefits of healthy habits can increase the level of fitness among children. Also, including yoga and other fitness activities as a part of curriculum can also be beneficial for them. Secondly, gyms should be made in the office complexes with adequate facilities. This step can encourage people to start physical activities especially for those whose job timings do not allow them to work out lately. For an example here, according to a survey held in two metro cities, Delhi and Mumbai, of my country, this has been noticed that after introducing health facilities within office premises, that helps people to drastically reduce the health related issues. As a result, they have become more active towards their work.

To conclude, today’s academic centred as well as busy life schedule of many individuals have contributed a large proportion to the lethargic lifestyle. However, I truly believe that people can be motivated to engage themselves in physical activities.

(369 words)

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IELTS Cue Card # You learned from a member of your family.

IELTS Cue Card # You learned from a member of your family.

Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family.
You Should Say:

  • what you learned.
  • how this became useful later in your life
  • have you taught it to someone

and explain why it was important for you.

IELTS Cue Card # You learned from a member of your family, IELTS BAND7 DEHRADUN

Sample Answer :

I grew up in a small family with 4 members. They are my mother, father, my sister and our dog named Oreo. Because we were so less in number, I got to observe them very closely and I had the opportunity to learn many good things and values from them and it is in fact natural that a kid would learn things from his/her family members.

I picked up strong determination from my mother, reading and artistic abilities from my father, understanding and compassion from my sister and lot of adorable tactics from my dog. I have learned how to handle head-end stress and bad times from my parents. I learnt a lot of things from them, not that other things I learned from other family members are of less importance, but the values that I learned from my parents are different and have had a long lasting impression on me till date.

I find my dad very charming, caring and he holds a great personality and aura. He has been a voracious reader and because of that, he is more learned and wise than people of his age. Initially, I thought that how could he know so much? Over the time I became close to him because of my fascination with stories, and he used to often help me with my studies. He started inspiring me to read novels and books other than my academic ones. He read me stories  with vivid audio change and with a lot of verbal exaggeration and that helped me grow an interest towards books.

I am grateful to him that he so painstakingly explained different topics and help me grow good as a person. Because of his contribution, I have started reading books of different genres whenever I get time which I think is a better investment than spending time idly.

I have carried ahead with passing on this legacy of inspiring the young family members and cousins to read books, I often read them stories which would be interesting to them and give them sweets, candies, ice-cream as a reward on completing the story.

Follow-up Questions:

Q1. Why should we learn from others?
Ans.As a matter of fact we are individuals and everyone of us is different. This gives us ground for learning a lot of new things. It gives us the opportunity to identify our own strengths and accordingly work on the weaknesses. It helps us grow as a human being.

Q2. What are the importance of having friends?
Ans. Friends play a very important role in our lives. They help us to be strong and stay motivated when times are bad. They stand as a never ending support in our lives. I think one should always value friends.

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IELTS Cue Card # You know who is a good cook

IELTS Cue Card # You know who is a good cook

Describe someone you know who is a good cook.
You should say:
•  who this person is
•  how you know him or her
• what kinds of foods s/he cooks
and explain why this person is good at cooking.

Sample Answer :

To be honest, I’m a terrible cook. But I love eating and food acts as a major need and mood buster to me. I’m going to talk about my mom who is an amazing chef.

I have never enjoyed any meal in the world in a similar way that I enjoy the dishes made by my mother. She is a legendary cook and she has a huge popularity in the family for making delicious cuisines. She is also a pro in managing the kitchen and the kind of food she makes is amazing and worth trying. I always wonder that she secretly takes training for the same but in reality she actually learnt cooking after she got married and was in charge for cooking for the entire family. She is a chemical engineer by profession and she always had a knack for learning new and challenging things. My mother was born and raised in a suburban area and got married when she was 23 years old. She has effectively managed to maintain both her career and the household responsibilities in a prideful manner. Often family members and friends appreciate her cooking and I feel super proud of her.

She cooks effortlessly and I often wonder how does she manage to do it so swiftly. I’d rather say that it’s an artistic performance on display. In times of emergency or when we are visited by uninvited guests ,I have been astonished to find her cooking food in no time for the guests.

She loves cooking for the family and she regularly makes bread, rice, meats, fish, burgers, sweet-meats, curry etc. For the festivals she makes sweets, cakes, snacks, local and foreign cuisines. Apart from making Indian dishes she is well versed with knowledge to make various cuisines like Chinese, Thai, Italian and Mexican foods. Its always a fascination as to how she has learned those long and vivid menus as she has never travelled to those countries nor has taken any training in making any particular cuisine. She is the best chef that I know of.

Follow-up Questions:

Q1• What are the prospects of building a career as a cook in your country?
Ans India looks upon cooking as a very inferior job but with modernisation and the impact of several cooking shows inspired from foreign countries  cooking is gaining prestige and I think with time it will come out as a worthy profession in due time.

Q2• What special dishes you want to taste? Why?
Ans I wish to taste the local pizza’s and several Mexican cuisines as I really wonder what the actual taste would be like. As a foreign cuisine what we get to eat in India is but a version of the same which is fitted and modified to fit the taste buds of the locals.

Q3• What traditional food you would like your foreigner friends to try?
Ans I’d like my foreign friends to try out Dal-Batti, Churma and Dosa as they have an amazing taste and also come under the list of my own favourites. I feel Indians have a variety of cuisines and everything is worth a shot.

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