IELTS Speaking Cue Card: A place where people go to spend leisure time
Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
You should say:
where it is
how they can reach there
what they can do there
and explain why it is a popular place
My hometown Dehradun is a small but vibrant city. Locals have access to a wide range of entertainment facilities such as sports centers, shopping malls and cinemas etc. Today, I’m going to talk about a very popular place which is visited by thousands of people every day.
It’s a huge shopping complex called the Pacific Mall. It was opened to the public in 2015. The building is located in a posh area of Dehradun. Young adults normally use their own mode of transport like car, bike or scooter to reach there. Some families prefer public transport as parking is quite expensive in the complex.
This shopping center is equipped with a 4-screen cinema, lots of branded shops, multicultural food courts and children’s play areas. Concerts, music and dance competitions are also organized regularly. Depending upon the interest and the purpose of visiting the mall, people can decide what they wish to do in the complex. They can watch the latest films, enjoy delicious food from China, Thailand and Italy or participate in cultural programs. Shoppers can also get a fabulous shopping experience. Children too can have a lot of fun in designated play areas.
Another special feature of this place is that people can meet renowned writers, musicians and chefs on gazetted holidays like 15th August, 2nd October and 26th January and festivals. They can even give suggestions about who should be invited in the future. The public is duly informed about the upcoming events through adverts in local newspapers. Certainly, all these facilities make it an ideal place for all age groups. It’s is worth visiting.
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
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.
Describe a TV documentary you watched that was particularly interesting.
You should say
• What the documentary was about
• Why you decided to watch it
• What you learnt during the documentary
And explain why the TV documentary was particularly interesting.
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I recently watched an amazing documentary that left a lasting impression on my mind. It’s called Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck.
It is based on the real life story of the legendary musician and the lead guitarist of the band, Nirvana. The documentary is well-versed and depicts various aspects of his life. It describes his struggle against depression and drug addiction. It is heartbreaking to see his downfall which eventually led to his death at the age of 27. The documentary was released 2 decades after his suicide.
Kurt Cobain is one of my favorite musicians. I came across the documentary while reading an article that was published about him. The reviews were quite applauding and thoughtful. The critics praised the movie to their heart’s content. I was really impressed. So, I decided to watch it.
The documentary is an inspiration for the entire young generation today. It depicts the journey of a young talented musician who becomes addicted to drugs and eventually ends his life. The movie shows the struggle of an individual suffering from mental illness and his fight to overcome the trauma. Apart from this several personal audio recording and juvenilia are also added in the movie.
The documentary doesn’t only describe the man as a rock and roll saga and typical doomed artist but also gives an insight into his artistic expressions and his infamous relationship with his wife, Courtney Love. It taught me that the choice to be successful or unsuccessful lies only and only in my hands and as an individual one has to learn to differentiate as to what is preferable or not preferable for them as they grow up. Overall, it was an overwhelming documentary. I will surely recommend it to everyone.
IELTS Cue card: Describe something you got for free
Describe something you got for free.
You should say:
what it is/was
when you got it
how you got it
and explain how you felt about it.
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Things for which we don’t have to pay have their own charm. Today, I’m going to talk about one such time when I got something for free.
I live in Dehradun. Last week I planned to go to Chandigarh to visit a close friend. She loves toffees and chocolates. Whenever I visit her, I buy some chocolates or a small present for her. But, this time I forgot to take anything for her.
On the way, the bus stopped for some time. I hurriedly got down and bought a box of chocolates. The journey was quite long, I was hungry too, so I took one bar from the box. When I unwrapped it, I saw a Domino’s Pizza coupon of 1000 INR. It was quite hard to believe first, but when I checked it thoroughly and called the given number, its validity was confirmed.
One can imagine how I would have felt. Certainly, I was more than happy. When I reached Chandigarh, my friend and I went to Domino’s. We used the coupon which I found in the bar. We ordered one big pizza, cold drinks and dessert – almost everything for free. We had to pay a small amount only. We enjoyed the meal and returned home. It became a memorable day for both of us.