IELTS WRITING TASK 1 Graph # Leisure activities by males and females in the USA

IELTS WRITING TASK 1 Graph # Leisure activities by males and females in the USA

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The bar chart below provides information about the time spent in leisure activities by males and females in the USA in 2014.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

leisure activities by males and females in the USA

leisure activities by males and females in the USA

Sample Answer:

The bar graph compares the amount of time men and women expended every day in different leisure and sports activities in America in 2014.
One striking feature of the chart is that watching TV was the favorite free time activity for both the genders. On average, males spent 3 hours daily in front of their TV sets while women spent 2.6 hours. Socializing and interacting with family and friends was the next most preferred form of recreation. Both men and women spent 0.7 hours per day on this activity.
Leisure activities, sports, exercise and using electronic devices like computers were more popular among males. On the other hand, the opposite was true for reading as females expended 0.4 hours daily on this activity whereas men spent merely 0.3 hours. Interestingly, thinking or relaxing were equally popular among both sexes. This form of entertainment accounted for 0.3 hours daily for both men and women.
Overall, there were minor differences in the amounts of times males and females spent in different leisure and sport activities but watching TV was the activity which occupied the most time. (184 Words.)

 

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IELTS Cue card: A plant that you find useful

IELTS Cue card: A plant that you find useful

Describe a plant that you find useful.
You should say:

  • Its name
  • Where it is commonly grown
  • What it looks like
  • And explain why you find it useful.

IELTS Cue card: A plant that you find useful

Sample answer

I’m a nature lover. I have planted many different types of plants in my garden. All of them have their own special features. Today, I will talk about one plant which I think is highly beneficial.

The name of the plant is Aloe Vera. It’s a stem less or very short-stemmed succulent plant. The average height of the plant is around 60-100 cm. It has triangular, fleshy green leaves with serrated edges. These prickly leaves act as a defence against animals and insects.

There are different species of aloe vera and they are commonly found in most parts of the world. Aloe can grow indoors as well as outdoors. A certain amount of sunlight is essential for these plants to thrive.

I’ve read many reports about the health benefits of aloe vera. This plant is not only used in medicine but is also a vital ingredient in cosmetic products. It’s packed with antiviral and antibacterial properties which make it ideal for curing skin problems. My mother always uses aloe vera mixed with coconut oil to moisturize her hair before washing it, and I have to say, she’s nearly fifty years old but there are no signs of white, fragile or dry hair. It really is an incredible plant, and it’s so easy to grow too!

High level words and their meanings:

succulent: a plant in which the leaves and stem are thick and can store a lot of

water

serrated: having a row of sharp points along the

edge

thrive: to grow, develop, or be 

successful 

fragile: easily damaged, broken, or harmed

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IELTS Speaking Cue Card: Describe a time when you laughed a lot

IELTS Speaking Cue Card

Describe a time when you laughed a lot
You should say:
• when it was
• where you were
• who you were with
• and explain why laughing is important.

a time when you laughed a lot IELTS Dehradun

Sample Answer

Generally, I don’t laugh a lot. But, today, I’m going to talk about a time when I couldn’t control laughing.
Last Friday was my close friend Gurdeep’s 21th birthday. He is my childhood friend. We’ve been together for almost 10-12 years. As it was a special occasion, we wanted to celebrate it differently. But, none of us was interested in going to a sophisticated café or restaurant and partying there. Without making any great plans I invited Gurdeep and 2-3 common friends to my room to spend some quality time together.

At around 7 pm, everyone was there. While chatting one of us suggested to watch a newly released movie of Amir Khan, a famous Indian actor. There was no objection as such. So, we decided to go ahead with his suggestion.

The name of the movie was Three Idiots. The story revolved around 3 friends and their struggle to fulfil the dreams of their parents. The main objective of the film was to highlight a major problem of the Indian society i.e. parental pressure. Most parents don’t let their children choose a career. They just want them to become engineers or doctors. The trauma which young students in India experience after completion of their secondary school is beautifully picturised in this movie. There were a few serious scenes in the movie, but, in general, the whole film was full of comedy. We laughed a lot that day.

Coming to why laughing matters, there is an old adage: “Laughter is the best medicine.” And, now, health benefits of laughing are scientifically proven. Laughter reduces stress levels and boosts our immune system. It can bring a positive change in our life. In short, we should laugh and smile daily to lead a happy and healthy life.

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IELTS Speaking cue card: A friend who cleverly solved a problem

IELTS Speaking cue card: A friend who cleverly solved a problem

Talk about a friend who cleverly solved a problem
You should say:

  • who he/she is
  • what the problem was
  • what solution he gave
  • and explain why you think his solution was clever
 

IELTS Cue Card solved a problem

Sample Answer

 We come across many problems in our day-to-day life. Some people can find workable solutions while others may seek help for tackling their problems. Today, I’m going to talk about a close friend who gave an effective solution to my problem. His name is Rishabh Agarwal. He is from Haryana. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

I’m the manager of a primary school in Mumbai.  It rains heavily in Mumbai in the rainy season which lasts from mid-June to early October. School kids cannot play any outdoor games during these months because playgrounds become slippery and muddy. The long rainy season affects children’s health and moods as well. It’s also not possible for kids to be in sport halls all the time.  I discussed this problem with Rishabh and asked for his advice to handle this situation.

He came up with a clever idea of having pedals installed in school desks so that kids can pedal in classrooms. I loved his creative idea and thought of implementing it in our school.  Within a month pedals were installed in five classrooms. It was an experiment to check kids’ response. To our surprise, children started using pedals regularly and the overall outcome was very positive. All students became physically active and their fitness and health levels improved dramatically. In studies too, kids did considerably well.

In my view, Rishabh’s solution was very clever for two main reasons. First of all, it was very practical. Secondly, it was not expensive. If the school had to spend a lot of money on this solution, I think it wouldn’t have been approved by the management committee. Sometimes a complex problem has a simple solution, we have to just strike the right note. I think those who use their knowledge in a practical way are better problem-solvers.

Some more ideas for this cue card
  1. You were getting sleepless nights. Your friend recommended making your own tongue twisters and automatically falling asleep in the process.
  2. Water glasses in your kitchen were full of hard water stains. You asked your friend for advice, who recommended mixing vinegar in your cleaning liquid. Amazing results.
  3. Your child/nephew/cousin dropped their curry on a newly painted wall in a temper tantrum. It was looking ugly. Your friend helped you out by creating a swirly crème and brown design on the wall. It looked professional.

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