IELTS Speaking Cue card: a piece of furniture you have in your house

IELTS Speaking Cue card: a piece of furniture you have in your house

Describe a piece of furniture you have in your home.
You should say:
• What kind it is and what you use it for
• What materials it is made of
• How the piece of furniture was chosen for your home
• And explain how you feel about this piece of furniture.

Sample Answer

My house is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor furniture. Today, I’m going to talk about my study table.
This table is in my bedroom. It’s a brand new piece of furniture and is probably very expensive. It’s a large table with two shelves to keep books. It has a separate drawer for keeping a laptop and small electronic devices. It even incorporates an inbuilt LED bulb for late night reading. I don’t exactly know what material it is made of but I think it’s made of oak.
I received it as a present from my parents on my last birthday. My mum is very selective. She must have visited many furniture showrooms before buying this modern, unique piece of furniture for my room.
I love the design of this table. It’s just perfect. It has transformed the appearance of my room. In fact, this table has made me more organized. Everyone who visits me appreciates the table for its brilliant quality. They even ask about the place from where it was bought. At this point of time, I can say that I’ll keep this table for my life. Even if I move to a new place, I’ll get it transported carefully.

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions related to other cultures

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up questions

The examiner can ask some questions about other cultures if your cue card was related to cultural differences or foreign countries. Let’s look at some possible questions which may be asked in part 3 of the speaking test.

Other cultures

Q. 1: How important it is to learn about other people’s cultures?

Answer: Learning about other people’s cultures is very important in today’s globalized world. Cultural knowledge is required everywhere, be it business or travel or work. If we are familiar with the culture of a place, we can understand people better. This will make our work and life easier in a new place.

Q. 2: What difficulties can people living in a foreign country experience?

Answer A: In my view, the biggest problem which expats face is understanding the local language and culture. Loneliness, finding schools for their children, not getting the food of their choice and the weather are some other common difficulties which people experience in a new country.

Answer B: I believe the most significant difficulties about living in a foreign country would have to do with understanding cultural norms and unspoken rules, especially during social interactions. Misunderstandings can be common phenomena. Generally fitting in as well as feeling like you belong would be another big challenges.

Q. 3: What benefits can there be for people working in a foreign country?

Answer: Working in a foreign country offers both personal and economic benefits to people. At a personal level, they can enjoy a higher standard of living. Their knowledge about cultural differences and languages also develops. Professionally, the work environment gives them greater exposure which improves their professional skills. More importantly, international work experience which people gain is highly valued by employers.

A global culture

Q. 4: Do you believe in stereotypes about different nationalities?

Answer: It’s is a difficult question. In my view, the nationality and character of a person are two different things. Stereotypes about different nationalities are just based on people’s observations. They may or may not be accurate. I think that stereotypes don’t reflect reality. So, I don’t believe in them.

Q. 5: Are you in favour of adopting a universal language?

Answer: Certainly, adopting a global language would make our life easier. But, languages and cultures are inextricably intertwined. So, if we choose to have a common language, the cultural diversity will disappear. The loss will be irreparable. I don’t think it’s a wise idea to adopt a universal language.

Q. 6: What negative effects might come from a country losing its traditional cultures?

Answer: The loss of traditional cultures can affect a country in many ways. If there are businesses based on traditional skills, cultural loss can affect the economy of a country. Since traditional cultures represent a country, major changes in cultures can have an impact on tourism in that country.

Meanings of high level words

expat: someone who does not live in their own country

intertwined: twisted together or closely connected so as to be difficult to separate
Stereotype: a set idea that people have about what someone or something is like,especially an idea that is wrong
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IELTS Speaking Cue Card: An interesting person from a foreign country

Describe an interesting person from a foreign country.
You should say:

  • who he/she is
  • where he/she is from
  • how long you have known him/her
  • and explain why you think he/she is an interesting person.

Sample Answer

Today, I’m going to talk about a foreigner who I think is extremely interesting.

I work as a software developer in a multinational company called Capgemini. At present, we’re working on an international project and there are many foreigners in my team. I’ve a healthy relationship with all of them but I particularly like my team leader.

His name is Martin Henze. He is from Germany. Martin has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. I first met him in April 2015 when I went to Munich for attending a conference. It’s been almost three years since then.

In my view, Martin is a captivating person. He has many personal and professional attributes which make him special. Professionally, his in-depth knowledge of computer programming and problem-solving skills differentiate him from others. He also has effective communication and presentation skills. His excellent rapport with his colleagues and leadership skills can’t go unnoticed.

Personally, Martin has a pleasing personality. He is very kind and generous. He never shows off his seniority and treats everyone equally. All of us can share our views freely with him. If anyone has a suggestion to improve something, he always listens to them. In my view, developing all these skills is not at all easy. One has to work really hard to develop them and be like him. In short, Martin is my professional role model.

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

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.

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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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