Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school.
You should say:
When and where you started studying it
What lessons were like
What made the subject different from other subjects
And explain why you enjoyed the subject
Economics has been one of my favourite subjects since I was at school and was first introduced to this subject when I was in the 8th Standard. I was lucky enough to have the best teacher who taught me economics as she always had a manner of make it interesting. She never taught it like a normal subject but made it exciting by relating it to current situations and gave examples to explain the theory.
I had never thought that economics could be so interesting and invigorating and that is how the lessons used to be in school. We always had interactive classes where we were not only supposed to listen to the teacher but also put up questions and discuss them at length. No other subject was like this one as the others were more theoretical and based on certain principles. But economics was and still is a subject where one has to think out of the box and relate it to what happens in our day to day lives and all around us.
One thing I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the subject in my school and have pursued the same after completing my secondary education because of the practical essence and relevance this subject has in real life.
In the past, when students did a university degree, they tended to study in their own country. Nowadays they have more opportunity to study abroad.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write at least 250 words.
The world is becoming more globalised and young people are more open about ideas to relocating to different countries for various reasons. Studying in a different country has become a new trend and there are various benefits and drawbacks associated with it and I shall discuss the same in the following paragraphs.
To begin with, studying in a different country gives us new perspective about life and it broadens our horizons. Moreover, students become accustomed to changes from an early age and are able to adapt quickly in a new environment. Another reason is, most of the students from developing parts of the world move to western countries for further education due to various reasons in their homeland. For instance, in my country, India the number of internationally recognised universities is quite few and due to an ever increasing population, securing an admission has become quite a big challenge. Therefore, heading overseas for higher education is advantageous for these students as the institutions there are globally known too and getting into them is relatively easier.
On the contrary, students become homesick after a certain time as settling into a new environment can be quite a daunting task. Besides, different surveys conducted among foreign and native students show that international learners feel twice as lonely as their counterpart. Aspirants from third world countries pay huge sums of money to get enrolment into these reputed universities. As a consequence, families back home struggle financially and in some cases even mortgage their property to fund the college fees of their offspring.
All in all, I would like to say that even though there are a number of negatives of studying abroad, the positives far outweigh them. Studying abroad can open the door to a world of new opportunities and the difficulties faced while being abroad only make us a stronger individual. (308 Words)
We all want to live in a kind of house that motivates us to be something and do something,. The kind of house that we enter and feel like home and where we can relax. Now, everyone has their own idea of a dream house. Let us today have a look at some of the possible answers related to a cue card about dream house.
Describe a house or apartment you want to live in.
You should say:
What it would look like?
Where it would be located?
What facilities this would have?
and explain why you want to live there.
Sample Answer One
Home is where the heart is. We all have dreams and things we want from our lives. It’s ok to be materialistic in life and there is no harm in having some luxuries. I was born and raised up in a valley surrounded by hills so I’d like my dream house to be ideally located somewhere in between the hills. The location of the house will be a semi urban area as there are certain places in the hills that are secluded and there are no facilities available for miles. I’d like my dream home to be located in Mussorie, a small hill station resting on the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India.
The house will be a medium sized bungalow with two floors, a front and a back garden and have all the modern day amenities. The building will be designed as such that all the windows of the bungalow will overlook the Doon valley. The architecture will be of Victorian era as it will give a very colonial look to the place. The ground floor will have a big common room adjoining a modular kitchen and a bar which will have spirits from different parts of the earth. The climate is cold so all the windows of the bungalow will be double glazed to provide insulation and protect us in the harsh cold weather. The upper floor will have a big master bedroom along with two other guest bedrooms.
As I live in the city so I’ll use this house as a holiday home and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in nature’s lap it will be a perfect relaxation spot and a perfect holiday. Once in my latter years of life I’d like to retire there and live a calm and peaceful life in a serene environment.
Sample Answer Two
We all as humans dream fancy about our houses. So, there are some who want all the luxuries in their house while some prefer living close to nature. I want my house to be a mimic of nature. So, I want a small waterfall in my house wherein I can take bath and then I want my house to have lot of flowers and be surrounded by trees. So, that in the evening when I wish to sit down, I should feel calm and serene from inside.
Then I want my house to have a library as well. Library of the books that I have already read, so it will be more like a collection of books that I love and could offer others to read and in the library there will be my study table and in one corner will be the place where I could look out of window and see the entire nature at its best and have some thing to drink or relax. There will be part of my house, where I will allow anyone to come in and sleep over and have food just for free. Because, I want people to travel and travel with entire safety. With nothing to worry I want them to explore this beautiful world.
Also, in my house I wish to have a beautiful field wherein I could go for jogging or play some games. I don’t wish for the most expensive house in the world but I wish for the house that is the most special for me.
Sample Answer Three
Everyone has lot of dreams about their house. I too have. I wish my house to be a duplex building with spacious rooms and corridors. It is very important for me to be able to move freely and I wish to have ample space even after placing the furniture. The house should be well ventilated and the view from outside the window should be of something close to nature. I would love to have a balcony in my house with my bedroom facing the south side from where I could smell the fragrance from the garden. At the night times, I will place a chair on the balcony to enjoy the night views, especially the moonlit nights.
Although I like natural places, but for my house I would like it to be in the middle. So, somewhere where it is not very far from the city neither too close to the town. It should have the feel of a city life with no troubles that it brings along with it, like lot of traffic and noise pollution. Even more, the house should have all the modern amenities. It should have a telephone connection with which I can connect with the entire world and then there should be Internet.
Also, I need a garage wherein I can keep my car and the roof of the house should also be large as I intend to plant some small plants on the rooftop garden. Even more, it is very important to have good quality fittings,tiles and necessary elements in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Ultimately, I want to live in a big house wherein I can have a feeling of a house and can roam about freely because that is very important.
IELTS Cue Card #building with architectural interest
Describe a building/structure with architectural interest.
You should say:
what is it
what is the historical significance of it
why should we preserve it
and describe the building/structure in details.
Sample Answer :
The Leaning Tower of Pisa also popularly known as Tower of Pisa is an interesting and amazing structure situated in the Pisa city of Italy. It is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square and very famous for its unintended tilt to one side. The site is flocked by tourists all over the world and is considered a major attraction.
The height of the tower is around 183 feet. The width of the tower is higher in the lower part. The tower has 296 steps and offers a great architectural and artistic value to the world. The tilt of this tower was never planned. It occurred unintentionally. During the construction phase, the tilt was created due to the inadequate foundation on the soft ground. Later this tilt increased until the structure was stabilised. Around 200 years were taken to build this greatest structure.
There are some debates about the real architect of this world famous structure and it has been credited to Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano who are considered to be the architects of this structure. But recent studies imply this credit to Diotisalvi as the original architect. This is still a never ending debate.
This structure has many historic significance and was one of the seven medieval wonder of the world. The structure was built initially by the people of Pisa to show the value and importance of the Pisa city and justify their place in the world. The plan included a cathedral, a baptistery, a bell tower and a cemetery. The construction began at around 1173 and completed in the middle of 1300.
This famous tower is not known only for the great beauty of its Romanesque architecture but also for its historical significance. It is of great cultural and social importance to its people. The famous astronomer Galileo Galilei is said to have dropped a cannon ball and a musket ball bot hat a time from the Tower of Pisa to prove that weight does not affect the dropping speed of an object. This place has scientific importance too.
This structure was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and had been very famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World. I will surely like to visit it some day.
Follow-Up Questions :
Q1. Why are historical places considered famous? Ans Historical places are a gateway for the curios souls. They give us an insight about the ancient rites and rituals and act as a bridging agent between the past and the present. Historical places describe the art and culture of the old times and its super fascinating.
Q2. How has architecture developed over the years ? Ans The buildings made in the past were generally large area structures that had lot of minimal and stones that were used in their making. The architecture today is more about glamourous and fashionable looking structures. People use variety of iron and glasses for the same purpose.
Q3. Tell us something about the historical places or places of architectural interest in your city. Ans I currently reside in Dehradun. The city is truly a heaven’s abode and it holds lot of tourist attractions. The famous places are robber’s cave, forest research institute, Indian Military Academy and the list goes on. It is a place which I will surely recommend to people to visit.