IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Recent Shop

Living in cities or towns, we often see many shops opening up nearby. Gone are the days when there was only one shop and the entire clan was dependant on it. We now notice the opening of multinational brands and the coming of Malls in countries worldwide. The world has now truly become a global village. This time, we are looking at an IELTS cue card that talks about a recent shop that opened up in your city or town.

Describe a shop that recently opened in your city/country.

You should say:
  • what its name is
  • where it is
  • who the typical customers are

and say if you have bought anything from the shop. Why/Why not?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE

New shops and international brands are paving their way into my country. Although India itself has got numerous outlets of international brands but they are mostly confined to metropolitans. In recent years, my city has seen an influx of international brands and one such company unveiled a new store recently.
It’s a new Lacoste outlet that has recently been inaugurated. It is a typical Lacoste store and can be spotted from quite far away. The traditional crocodile sign put on the clothing is a signature trademark and it is very easily recognisable.
The store is located in the heart of the city, right next to the cinema plaza. The store had been under construction for a while. It was only that when they put up ads in the newspaper saying “the world’s most favourite brand is now in your city” that’s when people realised, it is about time we put the rumours to bed.
It is a very well known clothing company and the quality of their products is second to none. It is a French company and all of their clothes are imported so majority of its customers are individuals that have selective taste in clothing or I can say it caters to a very posh crowd. The entire range of clothes is expensive but that crocodile emblem on the merchandise in itself tells a different story and is totally worth it.

Yeah I did buy a shirt from the store. I always wanted one and they had an inaugural discount of extra 20 percent. From the moment I stepped inside the store, I had my eyes set up on a navy shirt with a white logo on the right pocket. It was very expensive but then again good things don’t come cheap. I have one more shirt to add to my party wear collection and when I do wear it, trust me I set fire to the rain.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO

I presently reside in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is a beautiful city and has recently become one of the cities aimed at making a modern city. This decision has led to many changes happening in my town. We saw the coming of Ola and Uber and then several constructions, like flyovers etc. But, along with it, there has been an upsurge in the number of shops in my town.

One recent shop that opened up in the center of the town and fascinated a lot of crowds is the “The Baby Shop”. It has a three-storeyed building with an amazing infrastructure and is the first shop in our city to be open 24 * 7. It is a great shop for babies with a wide range of items available necessary for babies until 10 years of age. Right from, cradle to clothes, play pen and including toys like a fighter plane etc.

Besides children, parents expecting a child or the ones with children below 10 years often visit the place. What is more beautiful and satisfying about the shop is the easy accessibility of items and a very kind staff. It was only a few weeks back that I had to visit the shop for getting a gift for my nephew. My nephew loves clothes and toys and I bought them from “The Baby Shop” at very reasonable prices. I still remember the smile she gave me.

Vocabulary

cradle – small bed for a baby

playpen – a portable usually collapsible enclosure in which a baby or young child may play

upsurge – a rapid or sudden rise

reasonable – fair and sensible

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IELTS CUE CARD: A TOY YOU LIKED IN YOUR CHILDHOOD

IELTS CUE CARD: A TOY YOU LIKED IN YOUR CHILDHOOD

Talk about a toy you liked in your childhood.
You should say:

  • What it was?
  • Who gave it to you?
  • What it looked like?
  • Explain why it was a special toy for you?
Sample Answer

Toys are extremely precious for children and they are possessive about their favorite ones. As a child, I was lucky enough to have quite a few of them but there was one which I absolutely adored. It was a Barbie doll which was gifted to me by my parents.

I still remember that first advertisement of Barbie dolls in my country when they were just launched by Leo Mattel in India. It had a lovely music and displayed “the Happy Birthday Barbie”, which was wearing a pink gown with white polka dots. The doll had long golden hair and was even wearing matching pink sandals. I saw the ad every time it appeared on the TV and longed to have that doll myself. I was after my parents to get it for me which I didn’t get for a long time. Finally, I was gifted the very same doll by my parents.

I just loved everything about it- the dress, the hair and its beautiful features. I would comb it, bathe it and even made it sleep in the night. It was a special toy as it was different and unique as compared to any other doll available in those days. None of my friends had a Barbie which made me a proud owner of this English doll. There were extra dresses for Barbie with matching foot wear also available in the market and it was fun to change the dresses and make different hair styles. I spent most of my time playing with Barbie whenever i was home and it became my favorite possession.

 

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Public Transport

IELTS Cue Card # USED PUBLIC TRANSPORT

We all need to travel everyday to work, to school or college, to meet people or to visit different places. During earlier times, people usually commuted by public modes of transportation partly because only a few owned their personal vehicles and partly due to the fact that these were considered more comfortable and safe. However, in this day and age, not only has the proportion of privately owned vehicles increased enormously, but also there is a common belief that public buses or trains are over- crowded, uncomfortable and unsafe. Certainly, our government is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that the maximum number of people start using public vehicles in order to make our cities pollution free. Let’s consider a cue card asking us to talk about a time when we used public transport.

Describe a visit that you made using public transport. You should say –

  • what was the visit?
  • when did you make?
  • with whom did you make the visit?

also, explain, how was your visit?

Sample Answer One

It’s been a long time since I’ve not been using public modes of transportation on daily basis, except at times when we decide to travel by long distance trains on our holiday trips sometimes .However, there was a time, when I regularly commuted in a “Mumbai local train”, from my home to college every day. Our house was located in a suburb called “Bandra” and my junior college was in town ,”Grant Road” to be precise. The local train took around 45 minutes to cover this distance.
I used to get the monthly pass made for the first class compartment as it was much less crowded than the regular one. I really preferred travelling in the local train as it was the fastest means to cover the distance from home to college. At the same time, it was bang on time, comfortable and safe too. There were separate ladies compartments which were always less crowded than the men’s compartments. Most importantly, it gave me a unique insight into the life in Mumbai- a megacity which is home to people from different regions of this country.
Each day I would see many new faces while travelling. There were people from all walks of life- from students to fisher women and from tourists to local office goers. Sometimes, I would read a newspaper or a book while at others I just gazed out of the window. I even made a few friends in the train, who were regular commuters like me.
Unfortunately, if I ever think of travelling in the local these days, my cousins in Mumbai would call me insane. This infamous local train has the ability to make people shudder merely on the mention of its name. These days, the local trains are extremely overcrowded, the doors never close and passengers are constantly hanging out of them. Luckily, I have all the good memories of my unique travel experience, though I never tried doing that again after finishing my college and moving out of Mumbai. (335 Words)

Sample Answer Two

Being a solo traveler, public transport is the only medium that I confide in the most. It is the safest and one gets to interact with the local people on the bus. I remember visiting Shravanbelagola a few months back and it was on my journey to the place that I extensively used the public transport. Not knowing the places and the language, public transportation really did helped.
It was the time when people all over the country came to the place for the festival of Jains and so the government had also made the arrangements in that manner. I visited the place and on interacting with the locals got to know about the places near by and visited them using the public transport.
It was an amazing experience travelling to the place and although public transport did not made it seem simpler, but sure it made me feel more comfortable and safer. Also, using the public transport never made me feel as if it was a solo trip. I always felt surrounded by people.

IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Perfect Holiday

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. True it is in all sense. Work is definitely the most important part of our lives but only work often makes our lives dull and mundane. This is the reason most people take holidays, sometimes to spice up there lives and more often to

What would your perfect holiday look like? You should say –

  • where would it be?
  • whom would you go with?
  • how would you spend it?

also, explain, why do you think it would be perfect?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE


My perfect holiday would most likely be in a snow decked winter
landscape. Somewhere cold, sunny and high up view to behold.

I would go with my sister, she too adores the fresh mountain
air. And I am sure my cousins would love to tag along, together we would be a
really rowdy bunch. We would go skiing, sledging and ice skating. I can just
imagine their faces when they slip up on the ice, me laughing with them.

We would go to the Christmas Carnival and have delicious hot
chocolate while joking about how are feet are going to freeze off. Baking
cookies and watching some movies when it gets too cold out, all huddled up
together. Making blanket forts after long days of snowball fights and building
snowmen are some other things I imagine we
would do.

It would be perfect, because we would all be together, having
the time of our lives as a family. There is nothing more I could ask for.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO

Holidays have been an important part of my life. Not only do I like giving it to others, I enjoy them for myself as well. They could be either group trips or solo trips. But, my perfect holiday would be on an all India tour all by myself. It has been my dream for a very long time to be able to travel across India and write down the stories of the country. Of meeting new people and getting to know their stories.

I would start off from my base location and move ahead towards the east. Traveling across all the east, and moving towards north, west and then south. It will be all an all travel to the different cities, the major festivals, major temples, and more importantly the common people of the place. I want to meet all those people and then interview them. Get to know their stories and write about it.

If I am able to do this holiday, it would be the best thing to happen to me. Not because, it will be a big one, but because it would be for me a dream come true. Knowing my country, and getting to know its past, present, and future is what makes this holiday perfect for me.

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