IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card: Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family.

IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card:

Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family.

  • What did you learn?
  • How did this become useful later in your life?
  • Explain why it was important for you?

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Sample Answer

I have been brought up in a joint family with thirteen family members. Apart from my parents, my family consists of my grandparents, two uncles, and their wives and children. My family has always believed in moral values and the strength they can provide to one’s character. Due to this, I have always learned something from every family elder. Apart from this, my elders have also taught me many practical things and activities. My uncle taught me swimming, my aunt taught me painting and art, and my elder siblings taught me how to play outdoor games.

Out of this long list, I have one memorable lesson that I remember is the power of reading that my grandmother taught me. She was a teacher in her early days and has always been a strict academic. Even in such an old age, she still reads many books, mostly spiritual and religious texts. She started teaching me how to read from an early age and helped me incite interest in it. With her help, I used to learn new words, and read something new every day. I understood the benefits of reading due to her.

She started inspiring me to read books other than my academic books. As the days passed and I spent more time with her, I realized that I had gained a lot of knowledge, and that too earlier than other children of my age. I have won many orations, debating, and writing competitions due to this habit. I am grateful to her for giving me inspiration and confidence as I know this habit has helped me with my studies and with my intellectual growth.

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Book That Influenced

Describe a book that influenced you.
You should say:

  • The name and the author of the book?
  • How did you first hear of the book?
  • What is the main story of the book?

And why does it plays such an important role in your life?

SAMPLE ANSWER
Whenever I get time, I try to read books and the ranges vary from profession related books, technical, religious, fiction, classic and contemporary books. Mostly while buying a book, I go for the name of the book and if it sounds interesting to me, I buy that one. Recently, I picked up a novel called “Wisdom Of Whores” by Elizabeth Pilsani. While buying this book, I was at a bookstore and had gone to rather buy the new series of “archies comics”. While shuffling through them, this book by mistake got into the stack of the comics and I fumbled into it. After reading the name of the novel, I was very much interested into reading what this book is about and so read the summary and found it extremely exciting and bought it.

This book revolves around the business of AIDS, during the early 90s when the world had just become acquiainted of this disease and work was in its initial stages. So, there is this women, who has worked in Reuters and then takes up a medical course in a university and becomes an epidemiologist. She then works for UNAIDS, making reports and questionnaire and do’s and don’ts for AIDS. It was later that she goes on and works more extensively towards it. Obviously she has a team and they try bring money from organisations to help victims of AIDS. She tells about what are things that may go wrong while taking survey and what needs to be taken care of.

The book also tries to bring into notice the different attitudes of people across world towards AIDS. For instance, suppose a country X gets affected by AIDS because of sex while in other country it is because of drugs. So, Elizabeth gives and account of how the world of brothels, gays and “innocent wives” got changed because of AIDS and the journey she had during the entire time.

For me, it was more of an eye opener and I realised that things are not always as cushy as they seem to be.

Another Similar Cue Card

Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading.
You should say:

  • Which is that book?
  • When did you read it?
  • What is it about?

And why did you feel it exciting.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO:

My grandfather used to say that books are one’s best friends. They make people travel to anywhere, anytime without moving an inch. Literary geniuses and people with inflated imaginations are the ones to pour out their creativities in form of books. In general, books are categorized in two separate classes. One class consists of facts, observations and inferences, comprising the nonfiction or literature section while other class contains purely the imaginative stories called as Fiction. I am an avid reader of both but primarily, nonfiction. One such book is ‘GLIMPSES OF WORLD HISTORY’ by J.L. Nehru, who was also the first prime minister of India. I read it when I was in high school and found it very exciting.

This book is, actually, a compilation of the letters written by Nehru to his young daughter Indira, from his prison cell, before independence. Nehru was a statesman visionary who possessed the vast knowledge of different historical events in the world. In these letters, Nehru takes up the chronological accounts of people, kings, wars, culture and conditions in different parts i.e. Asia, Europe and Americas. How the great Persian empire came into being and how it sustained for a long time? What was happening in Rome and Greece in those contemporary times? Why few kings were liked and successful while others were doomed to fail? A beautiful narration of all the remarkable historical events from medieval to modern times, has been provided in a beautiful comprehensible manner.

Till the time I happened to go through this book, I read Indian history and a little about world wars only, in context of world history. Therefore, I was ignorant of all the significant events that took place outside India. While reading that book, I could relate the contemporary events in different corners of the globe and deduce the effects produced by an event in one part to other parts. This correlation between different regions and times presented a complete picture of the world history, which made me feel exciting about the successive developments in a relative manner.

STRONG WORDS

Word Meaning
Statesman skilled/experienced leader: Nowadays, we have politicians but very few statesmen.
Chronological in order as per time: Medieval came after ancient as per the chronology of events.
Follow-up Questions

Q. 1 Why do we read books?

Sample Answer: Books are a vast storehouse of knowledge and information. Various events of the past, different scientific principles and theories help us to understand not only the world around us today, but it also details the process, how we shaped the present from the past. This gives a meaning to our existence and we feel confident in exerting control on environment. Apart from this, books are also liked, especially by children, for their captivating suspenseful and imaginary fairy-tale stories.

Q. 2 Do you feel some books as boring too? Why?

Sample Answer: Yes, there are some books which do not draw my attention and interest and I feel quite boring reading those. So, generally, I quit reading them after a few pages only. It may be for different reasons. There are some books in fiction whose stories might be too trivial and uninteresting. Others might not have that flavour of suspense that I like in a story. Sometimes, the writer is so unclear in his tone and flow that the text automatically becomes boring.

Q. 3 Are there any particular subjects, on which you want to read apart from fiction?

Sample Answer: A person’s interests keep on shifting with the passage of time. For instance, I liked reading history till the time I was unaware of the past events. But once I knew most of those, I started reading psychology books. To know the what and how of brain and various processes and disorders related with it turned out to be an interesting read for me. Therefore, I think, based on the mind-set and changing interests, I keep on hopping on the subjects of different kind of books.

Q. 4 Do you like reading a story or watching that? Why?

Sample Answer: Well, as a child, I loved watching stories on TV. The visual effects, while watching a story on TV, simply add to the value of the story. Every emotion, feeling and act is vividly represented in front of our eyes. The pulsating tones of different actors provide a wonderful auditory experience too. But, although I grew up watching lots of movies, my interests shifted to books gradually, which were not thoroughly experienced by me. So, later on, I started enjoying reading books in a calm atmosphere, with no noise of movies


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IELTS Cue Card #Talk about an interview you faced in the past

IELTS Cue Card #Talk about an interview you faced in the past

Talk about an interview you faced in the past.
You should say:

  • When were you interviewed last and for what purpose?
  • What was the nature of the interview?
  • What was its duration and how did you proceed?

And what were your learnings?

IELTS Cue Card #Talk about an interview you faced in the past

Sample Answer :

Well, I had an interview session after my high school, when I was intending to join a science college. It was two years back in 2020.Candidates were being shortlisted for college admissions through interview process. That was also my first interview as I never had the chance to face one during my school time.

About the nature I will say, it was one to one, formally structured interview where all the answers were open ended types. College Principal was the interviewer. After a brief personal introduction, I was asked about my hobbies and subjects of interest. Thereafter, he fired a few question from my high school curriculum, related to the concepts of physics. Most of the questions which he asked were already written on a paper. He used to, kind of classify a few and kept on asking me in a patient manner.

My interview stretched, if I could remember, for nearly 20 minutes. There was no break obviously, for such a short one, although the peon offered me a glass of water in the beginning. To start with, I must admit that I was a little nervous as this interview commenced. Not to the extent of profusely sweating but definitely my anxiety was visible enough, due to which Principal Sir asked me to relax. He helped me develop a steady state of mind over the time and then, I was answering quite confidently. I answered all the questions as per my knowledge and overall it went good.

Since it was my first formal interview therefore it provided me some key learnings. The foremost thing that I learnt was to stay calm and composed during an interview. Puzzlement and anxiety driven mind creates confusion which brings ambiguity in the answers, so it should be avoided. Also, being in the present is an art that I developed over time after facing that interview. Staying focused on the present enhances one’s performance in every work zone.


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IELTS Cue Card #Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired

IELTS Cue Card #Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired

Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired.
You should say:

  • What was it and when did it break?
  • How did it break?
  • How did you repair it?

And how was your experience?

IELTS Cue Card #Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired

Sample Answer :

I am very fond of period pieces. Our old crown tv belonging to early 80’s can be categorized under e-antiquity. I still feel that nostalgia whenever I happen to watch it occasionally. I must say that the picture quality is still incomparable to those of the LED’s found nowadays. Few days back on my birthday, I decided to sit in front of my tv and watch some old episodes.

Just when I switched on the main plug, a rapturous spark shimmered in the picture tube and smoke ensued from the back. It was enough of the scene for me to acknowledge some major dismantlement in picture tube. Now, was it the age factor or did the supplies fluctuated abruptly was a little difficult to discern. For a moment, I was in a state of desolation for this loss. My TV had never been submitted to repairs earlier.

Anyways, I decided to call the repairman. It was a little onerous for me to locate the exact person who can repair the old crown tv. I mean, the company doesn’t even exist now. Still, after some stretched search, I finally found the mechanic. He was an old person and asked me to bring the television to his shop. I put the TV in the old cardboard box, which I preserved along my TV and took it to the shop. After close scrutiny, that old man informed me that I need to replace my picture tube along with few other circuitries. He said that he will have to ship it from Bombay and will take a few days for replacement and so, the TV needs to be put in his shop, which I shall be getting back in the perfect condition after, nearly 10 days. With a heavy heart, I agreed. I returned after 10 days and found my crown screen shining with the same quality picture as earlier.

I was beaming with happiness and joy. I thanked the old man for everything. Needless to say, I was very dejected at the initial loss but having it back in a perfect working condition gave me more delight than before.

STRONG WORDS
Word Meaning
Onerous difficult: Cracking IELTS is not very onerous task.
Follow-up Questions

Q. 1 Do you think there has been a degradation in quality of products used at home?

Sample Answer: Yes, indeed. There are ample of evidences to show that, although extra features have been added to the home gadgets but their strength, efficiency and shelf life has decreased significantly over the years. Electronic equipments like refrigerator, TV, heater etc. are clearly not that superior as they used to be earlier.

Q. 2 What kind of things do people like to repair by themselves?

Sample Answer: Earlier, we had just few home gadgets like transistor, TV; but still many times they needed the mechanic supervision, in case something goes wrong. Nowadays, on the contrary, we have a fat list of gadgets at home and still, by reading the instructions on web, many of the minor repairs can be undertaken at home only.

Q. 3 Do you think that major repair of digital equipments nowadays is accessible and affordable?

Sample Answer: Yes, I think that digital revolution has been reasonable in its growth, in the sense, that necessary repair and accessories ecosystem has also been developed along with. Not just metros and big cities, rather tier2 and tier3 cities today, too have the affordable repair shops round the corners.


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