CUE CARD – Describe a picture or a photograph

Talk about a Photograph you have in your home


You should say

  • What is happening in the photograph?
  • Where is it placed in your house?
  • When and Why was it taken?
  • And describe the photograph in detail.

IELTS Speaking latest cue card 2020. Describe a picture or a photograph in your home /room that you likeWhat is it about?

Sample Answer


Photographs capture moments in time clearer than our memories are capable of. Humans have used Photographs in abundance in the past decade to try and capture life’s most important and most trivial moments. This has led to a fad of over documentation, often at the consequence of missing reality to be able to capture it virtually.

Today I will talk about a very special photograph of me when I was around the age of 5. In the image, I am seen sitting in on ‘Santa Claus’s’ lap for a special Christmas event in a fully decked out mall. Behind one can make out a giant Christmas tree adorned with fairy lights and baubles; giant piles of decorative presents underneath.

My likeness can be seen wrapped up in a warm shawl and my very favourite red cap, rosy cheeks and the biggest grin as I had just wisped to ‘Santa’ my wish. ‘Santa’ had on a heavy blush, a nose red enough to make even Rudolf blush, and the classic half foot long white misty beard cum moustache.

The event was held every year on the days leading up to Christmas in most major malls, parents would take their children to see a friendly volunteer as ‘Santa’ who would listen to all the kid’s dreams, laugh a big belly laugh and give his blessings. Some days Book Readings were also conducted.

Back when the photo was taken, our family had just moved there and were unfamiliar with this custom, for it was our first Christmas in a Christian country. My parents tell me the photo might never have taken place had they not delayed their last-minute gift shopping. But I am glad the events played out the way they did; Else today I would not have this heartwarming image sitting framed in a cheesy glitter and mistletoe frame on our mantelpiece. It is a reminder to always smile and keep going, that is one image which will never become a waste of space.


Similar Question with Answer:

Describe a picture or a photograph in your home/room that you like

  • What is it about?
  • Where is it in your home?
  • How you got it?
  • Why you like it?

Some photographs are for decoration while some capture the best moments of our lives and keep our memories of those cherished moments alive. A few months ago, I was going through my collection of photo albums when a family photo caught my attention. It is one of my favourite photographs where I am standing with my parents in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It was taken several years ago when I visited Paris with my parents as a child.  I got it framed recently and it is placed on the wall above the study table in my bedroom.

Whenever I look at the picture it reminds me of the good times I had with my parents especially during that particular vacation abroad. I remember vividly, it was my birthday and this trip to see the Eiffel Tower was a gift from my parents. I can clearly recall how my parents had a small celebration near the water fountains and rows of flowers, where this picture was taken. It was one of the best birthday celebrations I ever had as a child.

My parents have grown old now and when I see this photo it brings back fond memories of my childhood. I don’t see them often now as I have moved to another city and whenever I miss them I have a look at the photograph. It doesn’t let me feel lonely and I feel them around me. Seeing my parents extremely young and lively in it brings a gentle smile on my face!

Vivid very clear and detailed e.g. Some people have a vivid imagination.

loving and affectionate e.g. I am fond of eating out on a weekend.


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