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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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Natural Disaster

IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Natural Disaster

Disasters happen frequently all across the world. Some of them are natural while there are many which are man-made disasters. Some of them are of low frequency while many have the power to shake up the world. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about natural disasters.

Describe a natural disaster that happened in your area. You should say :

  • when did it happen?
  • what was it?
  • how did people react near you?

also, explain what were the major changes that happened post it.

SAMPLE ANSWER

The year was 2013 and our state was shook from its core. I live in Uttarakhand and in a multi-day cloudburst, it all led to massive floods in the year 2013. It was actually the worst natural disaster to happen in India post the tsunami. There was a lot of destruction of pilgrimages and so many people were left stranded all across the state.

I was in Dehradun at that moment, and the floods did not strike us directly but they did indirectly. Our family members who were living in parts of Tehri happened to be all around with floods. The water came in their houses and they had to evacuate. Although their lives were saved their livelihoods were badly impacted. They lost their house, their clothes and had to start afresh.

The huge was so grave that the prime minister took an aerial survey of the entire state and announced 10 billion to the state. There were many other states and countries as well that came in to help the state financially in the crisis situation. After around a year the state is again back to its normal workings. But the remains of the flood sometimes still remind us of how much it impacted all of our lives.

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Boring Activity

There are so many times that we do certain things to make us happy. Sometimes, traverse the planet, sometimes go visit our friends, sometimes meet our family members. We try to do lot of activities to make sure that we have a great time. But, then there are some times when we fall in a trap. It could be a boring party or for that matter a boring activity you get assigned to. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a boring activity that you did.

Describe an activity that you found boring. You should say –

  • when was it?
  • where was it?
  • why did you find it boring?

also, explain, how do you think it could be made interesting?

SAMPLE ANSWER

Activities do bring out the best in me. I love all those activities where one has to interact with the other person or a group of people. Also, if an activity allows me to be creative, it really makes so much sense to me when compared otherwise. But, there are some that do bore me as well. I remember a few days back I went to a workshop for public speaking. It was taken by a toastmaster and had to be an all interactive workshop where one gets to find out how good or bad they are as speakers and then improvise on themselves.

Reaching the place, I met a very enthusiastic person but sadly when the workshop started, it was all presentation. The formal presentation, the do’s and the not to do. For a simple fact that it is important to have a connect with audience, instead of an example there was a line graph, which did bored me.

Towards, the  end of the workshop, many people came forward and appreciated the work that he did. The reason, I found the seminar too boring was probably because I had certain other expectations from it. Also, not being very academic I do not like much of lecture pattern. For me to be able to grasp something better, it is important to be indulged in doing it.

To make the presentation more interesting, he could have given us more examples, rather than just stating facts. Also, if one of us could have come forward applied his teaching right there, it might have worked other way round.

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