IELTS Cue Card # AN INTERESTING ANIMAL IN YOUR COUNTRY

IELTS Cue Card # AN INTERESTING ANIMAL IN YOUR COUNTRY

India has some of the world’s most biodiverse regions. The political boundaries of India encompass a wide range of ecozones-desert, highlands, tropical and temperate forests, swamplands, plains, riverbeds, grass lands and islands. These areas have diverse flora and fauna. Let us look at the cue card that asks us to talk about an interesting animal in our country.

AN INTERESTING ANIMAL IN YOUR COUNTRY

    You should say:

  • .what is it
  • .what it looks like
  • .where it lives
  • And explain how you feel about this animal.

Sample Answer

Although my country is home to a large variety of flora and fauna species, I would like to talk about “Tiger” which is the largest of all cat species. It is most recognizable for its pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur.
It has been more than 40 years since the Bengal tiger was declared as the National animal of India. It was a part of “project tiger”, an initiative launched to check the dwindling population of tigers in India. Tigers are found in different parts of Asia like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan , Malaysia etc.

Tigers occupy a wide range of habitat types but mostly require thick cover(to provide camouflage), proximity to water and abundance of prey. It is solitary by nature and doesn’t live in prides unlike Lions. Tigers also prefer secluded den locations which may consist of caves or hollow trees. They usually confine their movements within their own territories.

Tigers are one of the most majestic and beautiful wild animals but the situation for this species is critical and requires immediate action. Thousands of tigers have been killed by the poachers for their skin, bones and teeth which are sold in the western countries at exorbitant prices.
I feel that tiger is an iconic species and its conservation should be one of the main objectives of our country. Under the “project tiger” more than 25 tiger reserves have been established in India, in order to protect these animals as much as possible. The population of tigers has increased but poaching still remains a threat. I really hope that these efforts continue in order to preserve this amazing animal. (273 Words)

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

Q1.So many animals are extinct nowadays. Why you think this is happening?
Ans. In my opinion, habitat destruction and hunting are the two main reasons why so many animal species are getting endangered and extinct nowadays. In order to develop cities, farmlands and industries, deforestation has been done on a massive scale which has in turn led to animal-human conflict. Also, poaching and hunting of animals is done to sell their skin, bones etc. fetching high prices in the international market.

Q2.Why do people have pets in their homes?
Ans. A lot of people in this world are animal lovers and they keep animals like dogs and cats in their homes for a simple reason that they love them, adore them and enjoy their company. These days guide dogs or assistant dogs have become members of many families. Others, who live in the countryside also keep cows, buffaloes, horses for milking and riding purposes. In India, oxen and bulls are still used in villages for farming purposes.

Q3.Earlier people used animals for their work. What do they use now?
Ans. In the past, animals were used extensively as beasts of burden all over the world. For instance, donkeys and mules carried load, elephants carried logs and oxen were used for farming. Also, horses and camels served as means of transportation. However, in today’s technologically savvy world, machines and much faster modes of transportation have taken over the role of animals. At the same time, there are certain remote locations where these animals are used even now. A clear example would be the deserts where camels are still used widely to move from one place to another.

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IELTS Cue Card # A SEASON YOU ENJOY

IELTS Cue Card # A SEASON YOU ENJOY

A SEASON YOU ENJOY

  • -What season is t?
  • -What is the weather like?
  • -What kind of activities you do in this season?
  • Explain why do you like this season the most.

Sample Answer:

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.

IELTS CUE CARD # SPORT YOU HAVE SEEN ON TV AND WOULD LIKE TO TRY

IELTS CUE CARD # SPORT YOU HAVE SEEN ON TV AND WOULD LIKE TO TRY

Describe a sport you have seen on tv and would like to try

  • – What is it
  • – When and where would you do it
  • – What preparations and equipment you would need

Sample Answer

Sports channels these days telecast all kinds of sports events like a cricket tournament, Wimbledon champion ship , FIFA world cup, Olympics etc. While watching Times sports channel, I came across a spectacular equestrian show. It was show jumping , a competitive equestrian event in which horse and rider are required to jump a series of obstacles that have been designed for a particular show. I was really fascinated by this sport as it is spectator friendly and easy to understand. The jumper has to negotiate a series of obstacles, where emphasis is placed on height and width. The time taken to complete the course is also a consideration. Horse’s athleticism, agility along with rider’s precision, accuracy and responsiveness are tested. Most importantly, jumping tests the partnership between the rider and the horse.
I would like to join a riding club in the near future and learn the basics of riding. First of all, walking the horse has to be mastered followed by trotting and then cantering and galloping. After being able to perfect these skills, jumping has to be started with low lying obstacles and then gradually adding height to them. Like all sports, proper equipment, dress code and safety precautions have to be considered. The riding gear includes a pair of riding shoes, helmet, riding stick and trousers called breeches. (220 Words)

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

Q1. Why do you think sports are important?
ANS There are many reasons why sports are necessary. For me, playing a sport is about having fun and spending some time with my friends and family. Apart from that, sport helps you to keep fit and healthy , not just physically but mentally as well. Sports can teach children valuable life skills such as team spirit, discipline, concentration, self control and good work ethics.

Q2. Do you think sportspeople are good role models for children?
ANS I personally believe that sportsmen and women have a huge responsibility to be the perfect role models for children as they are looked upon by their young fans. For instance, Mahender Singh Dhoni and Sania Mirza are amongst those sport stars who have inspired millions of young children in my country due to their hard work, determination and untiring perseverance.

Q3. Do you agree that sport stars earn too much money?
ANS I believe that a lot of hard work, discipline, endurance along with time and money goes into making of a sports star. Those who reach the peak in their respective sports have actually proved themselves to be the best. Also, players have a short career span and they bring laurels for their countries. All this justifies the amount of money and fame they earn.

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IELTS Dehradun Uttarakhand Tel: 8439000086
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IELTS CUE CARD # TALK ABOUT A TV SERIES YOU REMEMBER

IELTS CUE CARD # TALK ABOUT A TV SERIES YOU REMEMBER

Talk about a tv series you remember

  • -what series is it
  • -who are the characters
  • -what do you like/dislike about it

Sample Answer

In this day and age, there are hundreds of TV channels broadcasting news, soap operas, reality shows, sports events etc. There is something for the people of varied interests and choices. Here I would like to talk about an American fantasy drama series called “game of thrones”. I began watching it few years back when one of our family friends recommended it to us. It’s an adaptation of A song of ice and fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A game of thrones. It has an ensemble cast estimated to be the largest on television. The series premiered on HBO in 2011 and its seventh season ended in 2017. The concluding season 8 would be broadcasted next year. The story revolves around the iron throne of the seven kingdoms and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the noble families fighting for the throne. Game of thrones has attracted record viewership including active broad international fan base.
The series is filmed in one the most magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful locations in the UK, Canada, Iceland, morocco, Spain and the US. The costumes and sets take the viewers back in time and captivate them throughout the serial. The series exhibit the most extraordinary cinematography skills, animation and graphics including the giants and dragons which seem absolutely real. Even a few video games have come up inspired by the game of thrones. The only thing which I dislike is excessive violence in some of the serials. (255 Words)

FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Q1. Do you think most people watch TV for education or for entertainment?
ANS. I personally feel that majority of viewers actually watch TV in their leisure time for entertaining themselves. Most of the channels on TV broadcast soaps, reality shows and sport events rather than education based shows. However, there are some channels exclusively telecasting lectures and tutorials which can be accessed by paying some extra subscription amount.

Q2. Should TV play a role in educating children? How?
ANS. Yes, TV can definitely be used as a medium to educate children. Mass media like television can have a profound impact on the young minds. If I talk about certain channels like Discovery science and National geographic, they have a whole range of knowledgeable shows not only for adults but for children also. When the young minds actually see what they have studied theoretically , they understand and remember the ideas in a much better way. Also, programmes on animals and environment make them sensitive about their conservation which is a must in today’s circumstances.

Q3. Do you think TV viewing habits change as people get older?
ANS. It’s undeniably true that as people age , their day to day routine and interests also change. The same is true as far as choice of contents of programmes and the time when they want to watch TV is concerned. While toddlers watch cartoons , teenagers have a keen interest in music and sports. Then, in adulthood, the focus is towards news and politics. Similarly, the elderlies like watching religion based channels.

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IELTS Dehradun Uttarakhand Tel: 8439000086
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