Learning A Language # Cue Card

Cue cards come in the part two of the speaking section. You are given a cue card and some time to write about the possible answer in a page. After the time is over, you are expected to speak fluently on the topic.

So, let’s practice some cue cards.

CUE CARD 

LEARNING A LANGUAGE

How long have you been learning English language?

where did you learn?

what is the most easy or difficult part of English?

Is English important in your profession?

ANSWER

I have studied in an English medium school through out my schooling, so English was the second language I became familiar after my vernacular. Practically, we can say that I have been familiar with English for now 18 years. Although I never took English very seriously, in terms that I really never bothered about the grammar rules for most of the schooling. It was in class VIII that I understood the importance of learning grammar and vocabulary. Since then, I have been an avid reader and have made conscious attempts to understand grammar and use good vocabulary words.

For me, the most difficult part of English was grasping new English words and then applying them. However, since I loved English, it was not very painful to me. I have enjoyed learning the nitty gritty of English.

I am a writer and I write blogs and they are in English. So, English does forms a very important part of my profession. It is very important that when I write they are in perfect English as my words represent me. And I make sure that I keep updating my knowledge English all time.

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Related To Books # Discussion Topics

If the cue card question is related to books or the reading capabilities or your favorite books, it is very obvious that the discussion topic will be related to books.
Here are some of the questions that could be asked related to books.

What is the importance of books in your life?
Books are like oxygen to me. I love reading books on different topic, they help me grow intellectually. Even more often there are problems in life, which I believe could be easily solved by reading good books.
Do you think with the coming of computers, people don’t read enough?
If we are taking about reading books, obviously yes. With the coming of internet getting information has become very easy. This has led to a loss of interest in reading and searching books. Even more smart phones have arrived and nowadays people usually prefer reading e-books. However, those who are fond of reading books do read books.
Do you think there is a way out of making children read more?
I believe children these days are more creative and have a different approach towards learning. If we want our children to read more, we need to add graphics and animations in the text books. Rather than putting simple text, we need to add text such that it is combined with certain experiments.
How do book preference have changed as compared to the past?
I believe that a book is always an individual choice. However, on a general level, earlier people loved reading religious book or the books related to philosophy. However, at present people often read either fiction books or autobiographies.
In your opinion, will paper books disappear completely in future?
I believe that the revolution has already started. Most of the schools these days have smart classes and the black board pedagogy has been replaced by online education. It is quite possible that paper books will be replaced at a large extent in future. However, I believe that people will still be interested in reading books because the experience that reading a paper books gives is nowhere to be found.

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Let’s Talk Family # Discussion Topic

Family is one of the most common topic that is asked in IELTS. Although, they often ask it in the part I of speaking section, questions related to it even get asked in the discussion topic.
Let’s have a look at some of them.

What are some of the ways in which family members can be similar to each other?
Although every individual is unique, there are some characteristics that they do inherit from their family members. Usually, family members are alike in their physical appearances. For example-: children look like their parents in their facial expressions, type of color, height etc. some of them even inherit character and behavior from their parents.
It is often seen that daughters are more similar to their mothers rather than to other male relatives. Do you agree. disagree?
We cannot say about every individual, as all of them are unique. There are girls who look like their father or other male relative. These include facial features, hair, color, heights etc. however, mostly girls do resemble their mother in physical appearances.
Do you think people are more influenced by their family or friends and in what ways?
Most people spend their growing years with their family and it is during these years that the personality of an individual is formed. Even after that people usually spend a lot of time with their family members. However, recently it has been seen that people were influenced by their friends. This happens often when individuals spend more time with their friends than family. Rather, I believe that it is the ones with whom we spend more of our times and trust more, have influence on our personality.

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Materialistic Interests # Discussion Topics

The discussion section of speaking section consist of a varied range of questions. Given below are some of the questions that could be asked if the cue card is related to gifts. These questions asked are related to materialistic interests.

Do you think people have become more or less materialistic in 25 years?
I feel that people’s attitude towards materialistic things is not a state depending on time, it is more of an individual thing. For example: earlier kings and queens used to live lavishly and it was the common man who lived a simple life. The difference is that at present people have access to more luxuries and comforts which were not available in the past. The main reason being the economic progress that we have made. Apart from it, the attitude towards materialistic remains the same.
What are the things that give a sense of an honor to people these days?
Honor is very personal thing and different people feel honored by different things. Some of them get a great deal of prestige in material possessions. For example-: having a luxurious car or a bungalow. There are even some who desire for power. Giving them political power is a feeling of honor for them. There are even some who take pride in their education. Certain professions like engineers, doctors and teachers are more respected in the society.
What do you think were the things that were a status symbol in the past?
I am not sure whether material possessions were status symbol but having a lot of land surely was considered honorable in the society. Even more, political power and educated people were considered status symbol. I believe status symbol mostly remains the same throughout the ages.
Do you think that these days’ people buy a lot of things for prestige rather than genuine need?
Certainly yes. At present times people have money and often they go for luxurious items, mostly because they want others to look upon them. For example. It might be possible that a person needs a car, but when buying they will chose the one considered elite in the society.
What things, according to you, might give prestige to people in future?
I believe, even in future wealth will be a major factor. Apart from it education and advancement in technology might be something that gives honor to people. Also, I think communication abilities might give a sense of pride in future.

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