IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Intellectual

An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and reflection about society and proposes solutions for its normative problems. Over a period of time, we meet people who are masters of their own fields or for that matter are all-rounders. These are often the same people who push the human race, the ones who come in our lives and teach us some valuable lessons. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a person you have encountered in your life who is the master of his or her field.

Describe someone who knows a lot about something. You should say :

  • who is the person?
  • how do you know him or her?
  • what did you learn from him/ her?

Also, explain why do you admire the person.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Over a period of few years, I have worked for various companies and in different fields. This has led me to know a multitude of people with varied interest. One such personality I chanced upon to meet was Abhinav. I met him during my stint at a Multinational company where we met over the group called Toastmasters. I had gone to attend a meeting of the club and heard him give an impromptu speech.

The speech motivated me to an extent that I joined the club. Over a period of time, he became my mentor in the journey of Public speaking. We came to know more about each other. It was through those talks that a realization dawned on me that not only was he an excellent speaker but also a really wise man. He had been through a lot in his life and yet chose always to be happy.

Over his journey, he told me about different things about public speaking. The quirks of writing complicated things in a shorter way, of giving a message and ensuring that people always have something to look forward to. He taught me the importance of words. How the same words can have an impact or be of no use.

The reason I really admire Abhinav is that he is one person who fought back his fears and won his battles. Coming from Hindi background he aced speaking in English and taught me the art of speaking well. He is the one person who in many ways taught that the best way of living life is to enjoy it, with all its problems and happiness.

Vocabulary :

multitude – a large number of people or things.

impromptu – done without being planned or rehearsed.

mentor – an experienced and trusted adviser.

quirks – a particular aspect of a person’s character or behavior.

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IELTS Speaking: Most common cue card topics 2017

This is a list of most common cue card topics that were given to IELTS candidates in the speaking test in 2017.

Cue card topics 2017

  1. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  2. A rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with
  3. Describe a person you work/study with
  4. Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it
  5. A foreign city you’d like to visit
  6. A plan you’ve been making for long but it didn’t work
  7. Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
  8. Talk about a friend who cleverly solved a problem
  9. Talk about a language lesson you enjoyed
  10. Describe a good news that you have heard recently about your relatives
  11. Describe recent changes in your life
  12. Talk about your ideal home
  13. A garden you visited as a child
  14. Describe something that you taught to your friend/relative
  15. A special cake
  16. A time when you teamed up with an old person
  17. Describe an interesting conversation you had with a stranger
  18. A healthy lifestyle
  19. An occasion when you helped someone
  20. Describe a person who took a decision for you recently
  21. Describe a time when you visited new school/home
  22. A time when you had to use your imagination
  23. A moment you laughed a lot
  24. Describe a website you have used recently
  25. Describe an interesting person from other country
  26. A small organization you’d like to work for
  27. Your perfect holiday destination
  28. Describe a place that is not frequented by people
  29. When someone gave positive comments to you
  30. A book that has influenced you
  31. Describe a visit to a place that is not famous
  32. Describe a special cake you made for someone
  33. A group of people that made you smile
  34. A small business you’d like to start
  35. Describe a shop recently opened in your area
  36. Describe something you got for free
  37. A plant that you find useful
  38. A person who helped you in your studies
  39. Disagreement with a decision someone made
  40. Your favourite item of clothing
  41. Good news about a person you know well
  42. Something you’re planning to do but haven’t done it yet
  43. A gift that made you happy
  44. A happy married couple
  45. An English lesson that has influenced you
  46. Something you got for free
  47. Facilities you want in your hometown
  48. Talk about your favourite sport
  49. An invention you find very useful
  50. A big company/organisation near you
  51. A businessman you admire
  52. A person’s service in a restaurant
  53. An expensive hobby you can’t pursue daily
  54. A place near a swimming pool
  55. Your favourite song
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IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Computers

The world has changed and so are the means of working. Gone are the days when everything that we did was manual. Right from the grocery stores to the way we learned. We are now in the age of computers and everything from the way we learn to the way we communicate and do business is all on computers. What amazes the world the most is that computers have the power to change the world and in so many ways it is doing it as well. This time we are listening to a BBC audio that talks about the computers and their impact on our lives.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. What is the ability of machines to copy human intelligent behavior called?
  2. What is the set of steps the computer follows in order to solve a problem called?
  3. Which computer beat the world champion of chess Gary Kasparov using algorithms?
  4. What is the guess based on knowledge and experience and therefore more likely to be correct called?
  5. Which word is used for someone or something that has limits on what it can do?
  6. What is something very new and advanced called?
  7. Which company built the AI that beat the world chess champion?
ANSWERS
  1. artificial intelligence
  2. algorithm
  3. Deep Blue
  4. educated guess
  5. limitations
  6. cutting edge
  7. IBM
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IELTS Speaking Sample Questions # Vacation

Work is the most important part of our lives. However, in days and moments when either we feel really emaciated or need to go somewhere, vacations are our last escape. Well, whether vacations come unasked for or we really hope for them to happen, they make the lives worth living. This time, we are looking at a cue card that talks about vacation.

Describe a place you have recently visited.

You should say:

  • where you went?
  • who you went with?
  • how you got there?

also, explain how you enjoyed there?

SAMPLE ANSWER

Travelling is one hobby that helps us to broaden our horizons and give us so many stories to share. It has for me been the best thing to do and I try to do it as often as possible. Recently, I visited Vishakapatnam with my teammates. Vishakapatnam or Vizag as it is often called is a city in Andhra Pradesh and is known for its amazing beaches.

We decided to go for the yearly outing after the MNC for which we work gave us the bonus. Being a team of 20 people, it was really fun going to Vizag. At around 10 we boarded a train and reached Vizag in the morning at 5. At that time, the breeze was perfect and the sun was just coming up. Across both the sides of the road, we could see the beach which made us so very excited about the place.

It was a two-day travel and on the first day, we went to Rishi Konda beach and also got to see the INS Kursura. INS Kursura is the fifth submarine of Indian Navy and we got to get inside it. Personnel there told us about the wars in which it was used and ignited in us the feeling of pride for our country.

Next day, we hopped on different beaches and relaxed later on. Towards the end of the day, we already had been to Yarda beach, lighthouse and seen some of the best things our country offers. We had made bonds over the laughs and fights, moments we all will cherish all our lives.

Vocabulary

HORIZONS –  the limit of a person’s knowledge, experience, or interest.

BOARDED – get on or into (a ship, aircraft, or another vehicle).

SUBMARINE – a warship with a streamlined hull designed to operate completely submerged in the sea for long periods, equipped with a periscope and typically armed with torpedoes or missiles.

PERSONNEL – people employed in an organization or engaged in an organized undertaking such as military service.

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