India is a diverse country having four distinct seasons, namely spring, summer, autumn and winter. While the southern and western India experiences moderate summers and winters, the northern regions witness the extremes. As I belong to Chandigarh, a city in the north India, most of the people including me love the winter season. This is because summers are long and sweltering while winters bring the much awaited respite from the blazing sun.
The winters begin by the end of October and last till the end of February. The weather is usually bright and sunny with few foggy days intermittently. I really enjoy basking in the sun with my friends and sipping a cup of hot coffee. During weekends, we plan to go window shopping in the seventeen sector market plaza followed by hot meals at one of our favorite joints. Also, we plan at least one trip to Simla, a nearby hill station in the month of December , when there are chances of a snowfall. It’s still my idea of a perfect holiday with friends as there is a bit of everything to do like trekking, shopping, sightseeing , sledging and clicking loads of pictures.
Winters also bring in a lot of healthy fruits and green vegetables. This is the perfect time to try out different recipes which are colorful and full of nutrients. We do get some grandma style goodies too like peanut and jaggery sweet bars, which I absolutely love eating every now and then. What’s more, winters offer us to dress ourselves in some stylish overcoats, cardigans, caps and boots. All this and more make winter season, the most awaited season for me.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Q1. What are the seasons that you have in your country but other countries do not? Ans. That’s a difficult question actually and I need to have a sound knowledge of other countries to answer it. Still, with whatever idea I have, I can say that India is much more diverse as there are 4 distinct seasons here unlike many foreign nations. For instance, while the gulf countries witness extreme Summers , the nations in north America and Europe have long and extreme winters.
Q2. Is there a seasonal festival in your country? Ans. Yes, we do have many festivals to celebrate seasons. Harvest festivals are also seasonal festivals , celebrating both bounty and the change of seasons. Baisakhi is a festival of spring harvest in April celebrated by both hindus and Sikhs.Then, Basant panchmi is celebrated to welcome spring in the month of February. People dress in yellow to mark flowering of mustard fields. Also, pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God.It is celebrated in Janauary in the south of India.
Describe an open-air market which you enjoyed visiting.
You should say:
• where the market is
• what the market sells
• how big the market is
And explain why you enjoyed visiting this market.
open market Cue Card IELTS Band7
In this fast-paced world where more and more people are turning to online shopping, open-air markets seem to have lost their popularity. But, I come from a small town in which such markets are still quite popular. Today, I am going to talk about a well-known bazaar that I loved visiting.
It is called Sunday Market. Every weekend local shopkeepers set up their stalls in a huge ground that covers an area of about 4 square kilometers, making it one of the biggest open-air markets in my state, Punjab. This place has a lot to offer to shoppers. The main items sold in the market include traditional seasonal clothes, shoes, utensils, bed sheets, duvets and blankets etc. Some stalls sell fresh fruits, pulses, spices, herbs and vegetables as well.
I visited this market last year. I felt that it was a great place to shop at. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming there. Not only the products were of high quality but their prices were very reasonable too. There was plenty of space for people to walk and shop. This matters a lot in my country because some markets can be overcrowded at times, making it almost impossible to move.
Normally, buyers in open-air markets don’t have the privilege to return any purchased items, but to my surprise, shopkeepers were encouraging people to buy what they wanted and return it later if there was a problem. The best thing about this market was that the facilities such as toilets and car-parking were well-maintained. All in all, this market had everything which customers require. (263 Words)
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We are living in a world, where most of us are living sedentary lifestyles! The 9 to 5 job, the quirks, the facilities everything is so darning that we often end up loving this lifestyle and moving ahead with it. But, have you ever wondered, what could be the consequences of such a life!! Well, most of us do not know! But, this time we are looking at an audio clip by BBC 6 minutes English, that teaches us how to beat this sedentary lifestyle. It also ensures you have enough practice material to study and prepare well for IELTS listening!
Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS –
How long does the average person in the UK spend sitting down every day?
Which country was the unhealthiest around 40 years ago?
By what years the life expectancy has increased in Finland in the last 40 years?
Which term is used for something that is funny and should not be taken seriously?
What is the term for someone who avoids doing something usually because they are being lazy?
What is the adjective for someone who is very serious and strict, or someone without a sense of humor ?
Surf and turf is a kind of food which contains both seafood and meat, typically shellfish and steak. It also refers to the habit of shopping where a person puts things into the basket but never buys them in real life. This time we are listening to the BBC 6 minutes English where the speaker talks about surf and turf.
Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions –
Which term is used for looking at things on the internet?
In online shopping, which place is it, where we pay for shopping?
What is the phrasal verb for “throwing something out”?
According to a recent research, which items are most likely to be surfed and turfed?
What are the businesses that sell things called?
Which term is used for something that is too old or no longer suitable?
Which expression is used for online shopping without having to shop in reality?