CUE CARD – Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution.


You should say:

    • Where is it?
    • When you visited there?
    • What kind of pollution you saw there?
    • And explain how this place was affected?
Sample Answer 

In the name of globalisation and development, we have somehow managed to ruin our natural habitat by exploiting resources. As a result of this, the levels of pollution has increased drastically. Today, I would like to shed some light on one of the world’s most polluted cities, Delhi.

I went there few years back, when I was in my final year of graduation. My bosom friend, Riya who was then my roommate took me there to shop for her sister’s wedding. It was a three day stay, we booked a hotel in advance.

The thing which startled me the most was the air. The moment we reached there, the air was so much polluted that one could clearly make out the difference. The city had tall apartments, industries and high rise buildings which all came at the cost of natural environment. The air pollution is predominantly due to the smoke from the vehicles which comes as a result of burning petroleum or diesel. The expulsion of these harmful gases in the air from the factories or industries is what is responsible for the bad air. The levels of oxygen has decreased in the air whereas the rise in the carbon monoxide and other nitrogenous gases is particularly responsible for the severe health concerns like, breathing problems such as asthma, bronchitis and skin allergy and irritation followed by acute migrane. Initial few days I was sick, but then with consistent medication i was finally able to get back on my feet. It was only then, that I was finally able to go for shopping for the wedding.

Therefore, this was a place where there was a lot of pollution.

Word Meaning Sentence
Poaching illegal hunting Poaching of tigers for their skin should be banned.
Exploit make use of We should not exploit nature for our selfish needs.

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution’.

Q1. What kind of pollution are serious in your country?

There are several sorts of pollution that are widespread in my country. The most prominent ones are water pollution and air pollution.

Q2. What can individuals do to protect our environment?

There are a lot of key steps that one must take to preserve nature, like planting more and more trees in order to recover the lost forest cover. Government should implement strict code of conduct in areas which is surrounded by forests and should impose penalty on illegal hunting and poaching of animals.



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