IELTS Listening Sample Questions # The Talk

We all as humans communicate and express our emotions. There are, however, different ways in which we humans express our emotions. Some people prefer having a quiet talk where they politely talk about their problems or their happy moments. There are then few others who prefer yelling or shouting before they actually tell the things bothering them. Each group of people can have different perspectives on the other one. This time we are going to listen to a BBC learning 6 minute English audio on the different ways people interact.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. Which phrase is said to someone you have argued with but still would like to be their friends?
  2. In which country does shaking your hand means yes?
  3. Which term means that you have done something embarrassing in a social situation?
  4. What phrase means that you have made someone angry or upset?
  5. What does waving arms to express your feeling called?
  6. If a person shows what he feels or thinks, what do we call him or her?
  1. no hard feelings
  2. Bulgaria
  3. faux pas
  4. to offend
  5. gesticulating
  6. expressive

IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Clothing

Humans started clothing around 1745000 years back. Before that, it is believed that humans moved about naked. The first kinds of clothing were the leaves and the flesh of the animals worn by humans to protect them from the wrath of nature. We have now grown years and our creativity has expanded multifold in terms of clothing. One can now see, people wearing different types of clothes, colors and often even fuss about the brand. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about clothing.

Talk about a piece of clothing that you received as a gift recently.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • when you received it
  • who gave it to you

and explain if this gift was important to you.


I am a bookworm so clothes are rarely the items that I do prefer for gifts. However, recently on my 22nd birthday, my parents gifted me one of the best clothes present in my wardrobe currently. For a very long time, I had been longing for a leather jacket and my parents knew about it. However, for certain other responsibilities, it was always out of the budget to be able to buy one.

But on my birthday, my father asked me to go and get ready for a tour of a nearby town and asked me to wear a jacket as it will be cold outside. Initially, I was puzzled about his specificness on the jacket, but I went straight to my room only to be amazed and surprised by the jacket hanging outside my wardrobe. It was a black jacket with the rider look. Next to it was a traveler bag and there was nothing more I could have asked for. I dressed up and hugged my parents for the gift.

It was an extraordinary gift for me simply because it was something my parents gifted me. My brother later told me that they had spent weeks deciding on the clothes that I can have and finally after a lot of discussions decided to go for it. Looking back at it, I still cherish the gift and the moments we spent together. Later when I decided to become a traveler, the jacket was the first thing I had to motivate me to follow my dream.


bookworm – a person who enjoys reading

wardrobe – a large, tall cupboard in which clothes may be hung or stored.


IELTS Writing task 1: Bar graph 2017


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the percentage of unemployed people aged between 15 and 24 in five European countries in 2005, compared with the overall percentage of unemployment in those countries.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Sample Answer

The bar chart provides information about the unemployment rates of young adults aged 15-24 and that of the total workforce in five European countries in the year 2005.

Looking at the proportion of jobless young adults, the lowest figure was recorded in Denmark (just over 5%).  Germany and Hungary had approximately three times higher youth unemployment rates compared to Denmark. The highest unemployment rates were observed in Italy and Poland, about 23% and 37% respectively.

As regards the overall unemployment rates, Poland witnessed the highest figure in this category as well.  Fifteen percent of the Polish workforce was jobless while 5% fewer people were idle in Germany. Italy and Hungary came next with similar levels of overall unemployment, nearly 6-7%. In comparison, Denmark had only around 3% unemployed people.

In general, what stands out from the chart is that the youth unemployment rates were significantly higher than the overall figures in all the listed countries. Poland ranked the first in both the categories while Denmark came last. Italy and Germany were in the halfway marks with Hungary representing the overall mean.


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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Recent Shop

Living in cities or towns, we often see many shops opening up nearby. Gone are the days when there was only one shop and the entire clan was dependant on it. We now notice the opening of multinational brands and the coming of Malls in countries worldwide. The world has now truly become a global village. This time, we are looking at an IELTS cue card that talks about a recent shop that opened up in your city or town.

Describe a shop that recently opened in your city/country.

You should say:
  • what its name is
  • where it is
  • who the typical customers are

and say if you have bought anything from the shop. Why/Why not?


I presently reside in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is a beautiful city and has recently become one of the cities aimed at making a modern city. This decision has led to many changes happening in my town. We saw the coming of Ola and Uber and then several constructions, like flyovers etc. But, along with it, there has been an upsurge in the number of shops in my town.

One recent shop that opened up in the center of the town and fascinated a lot of crowds is the “The Baby Shop”. It has a three-storeyed building with an amazing infrastructure and is the first shop in our city to be open 24 * 7. It is a great shop for babies with a wide range of items available necessary for babies until 10 years of age. Right from, cradle to clothes, play pen and including toys like a fighter plane etc.

Besides children, parents expecting a child or the ones with children below 10 years often visit the place. What is more beautiful and satisfying about the shop is the easy accessibility of items and a very kind staff. It was only a few weeks back that I had to visit the shop for getting a gift for my nephew. My nephew loves clothes and toys and I bought them from “The Baby Shop” at very reasonable prices. I still remember the smile she gave me.


cradle – small bed for a baby

playpen – a portable usually collapsible enclosure in which a baby or young child may play

upsurge – a rapid or sudden rise

reasonable – fair and sensible

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