IELTS Cue Card #building with architectural interest

Describe a building/structure with architectural interest.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • what is the historical significance of it
  • why should we preserve it

and describe the building/structure in details.


Sample Answer :

The Leaning Tower of Pisa also popularly known as Tower of Pisa is an interesting and amazing  structure situated in the Pisa city of Italy.  It is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square and very famous for its unintended tilt to one side. The site is flocked by tourists all over the world and is considered a major attraction.

The height of the tower is around 183 feet. The width of the tower is higher in the lower part. The tower has 296 steps and offers a great architectural and artistic value to the world. The tilt of this tower was never planned. It occurred unintentionally. During the construction phase, the tilt was created due to the inadequate foundation on the soft ground. Later this tilt increased until the structure was stabilised. Around 200 years were taken to build this greatest structure.

There are some debates about the real architect of this world famous structure and it has been credited to Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano who are considered to be the architects of this structure. But recent studies imply this credit to Diotisalvi as the original architect. This is still a never ending debate.

This structure has many historic significance and was one of the seven medieval wonder of the world. The structure was built initially by the people of Pisa to show the value and importance of the Pisa city and justify their place in the world. The plan included a cathedral, a baptistery, a bell tower and a cemetery. The construction began at around 1173 and completed in the middle of 1300.

This famous tower is not known only for the great beauty of its Romanesque architecture but also for its historical significance. It is of great cultural and social importance to its people. The famous astronomer Galileo Galilei is said to have dropped a cannon ball and a musket ball bot hat a time from the Tower of Pisa to prove that weight does not affect the dropping speed of an object. This place has scientific importance too.

This structure was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and had been very famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World. I will surely like to visit it some day.

Follow-Up Questions :

Q1. Why are historical places considered famous?
Ans Historical places are a gateway for the curios souls. They give us an insight about the ancient rites and rituals and act as a bridging agent between the past and the present. Historical places describe the art and culture of the old times and its super fascinating.

Q2. How has architecture  developed over the years ?
Ans The buildings made in the past were generally large area structures that had lot of minimal and stones that were used in their making. The architecture today is more about glamourous and fashionable looking structures. People use variety of iron and glasses for the same purpose.

Q3. Tell us something about the historical places or places of architectural interest in your city.
Ans I currently reside in Dehradun. The city is truly a heaven’s abode and it holds lot of tourist attractions. The famous places are robber’s cave, forest research institute, Indian Military Academy and the list goes on. It is a place which I will surely recommend to people to visit.

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IELTS Cue Card #event when you were congratulated

Describe an occasion or event when you were congratulated.
You should say:

  • what was the occasion
  • when was it
  • who congratulated you and why

and explain how did this make you feel.


Sample Answer :

It’s a common gesture of appreciation that one receives on doing something good and worthy. We get appreciations for the good things we do for others or for our great achievements or personal excellence. One similar occasion when I was congratulated was when my debate team won the district/ county level championship.
It was 2012 and I was in my 10th grade. I was an influential member of my school debate team and had participated in a lot of different solo and team debate competitions. The yearly inter-school division/ county level championship was considered to be the most amazing and prestigious tournament and the in those days the finals was broadcasted on local TV channels as well as on the radio and on the internet.
Our school had a very bad past history as it was not able to win the championship before 2012. They had their last victory in the 90’s and everyone was waiting to hear the winning bells again. Though some of the debate teams participated till the semi-finals of the championship but never made it to the finale.
That year I was heading the debate team and to everyone’s great astonishment, we won the finals. Most of the people of our city watched the finals on TV and were super excited, happy and proud to see me on air and it was an added attraction that we won.
The school arranged an assembly specifically to congratulate us for our achievement and I found more than five hundred students, their guardians and local people who were eagerly waiting for us and were present there to join us in this victory. I was so proud about the whole team and excited about the occasion and when all those people started congratulating me, I felt like I was flying above the sky and my happiness knew no leaps and bounds.
Later I received many congratulations and appreciations as I grew up in my life but none of them mattered as that one occasion. We walked through the gushing crowd towards the stage of the auditorium and people stood up, greeted us and  clapped their hands. Lot of teachers, local political leaders, upper-level government employees and renowned personalities were also present there. The ceremony went on for almost 3 hours and we got many gifts and bouquets as well. Ill always remember that moment.(395 Words)

Follow-Up Questions :

Q1. What kind of people are successful in your country ?
Ans In India, generally movie stars, politicians and business tycoons are the most popular and successful people. Influential people who make social and environmental changes are also considered successful.

Q2. Is the definition of success the same today as it was in the past ?
Ans Success has different meaning to different people. People in the past considered success to be more about respect and dignity and paid more focus on the idea of getting known. The idea of popularity still remains the same but today people evaluate success in terms of money and material possessions acquired.

Q3. Why are some celebrities and movie stars more successful then others ?
Ans Some celebrities are famous because the generation today is bias and they prefer knowing or watching only those  certain celebrities who are more popular and they don’t really prefer quality. They just go with the brand name and they prefer to stick with the passive crowd and go along with fan following.

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions # Dictionary

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions #Dictionary, IELTSBAND7 DEHRADUN
Q1:Do you often use a dictionary?
ANS:Even though I am a big fan of the English lexicon, it has been a long while since I used the dictionary. I remember having one during school time and using one on quite regular basis during college years, especially the last semester when I had to write my dissertation. Once in a blue moon I come across a new word that I struggle to find the meaning and then in that moment I turn towards my old friend for some help and to find the meaning of that particular word.

Q2:Do you prefer to use an electronic dictionary or a dictionary made out of paper?
ANS:In this digital age where all the facilities are available on the touch screen of your Smartphone that provides you wealth of information it’s quite hard to overlook these benefits. I used to own an oxford paper dictionary at school times, I lost it after my college days and with the ease of using digital media and thanks to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing etc it has become so much convenient and easy to get meaning of any word in any language not only in English that the thought of buying a dictionary never crossed my mind.

Q3:If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?
ANS:I’d love to own a dictionary again. I’d be over the moon if one fine day someone gifts me a dictionary. There are some things that feel right the old school way and getting a dictionary as a gift would make me feel ecstatic. I have recently joined an institute as an English teacher and having a dictionary in my bag will make me ready to simplify any word in the English language on that very moment. As I take a cab back home from the institute which is around ten miles from my place so I can use that time to learn some new words.

Q4:Do you think it would be interesting to write a dictionary?
ANS:It will be wonderful to write one. The joy of simplifying difficult and complex words that even some native speaker might not know of will be quite a challenging and daunting task but at the same time one that will take my interest in the English language to the next level. It will also test my knowledge of the language and challenge me to get one on the previous versions as with every new edition new words are added and some of the previous words are explained with a better understanding. It will be a lot more than just interesting as seeing my name on the back of either Oxford or Cambridge official dictionary.

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IELTS Speaking # Clothes You Like To Wear On Special Occasions

IELTS Speaking about Clothes

Clothing, also known as apparel, attire or clothes is a collective term for items worn on the body. Wearing clothes is restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depend on body type, gender, social and geographical considerations. Apart from making us look and feel good, clothes also serve as a protection from harsh weather, insects, microbes and various human activities. Let us look at a cue card which asks us to talk about clothes that you wear on special occasions.

IELTS Cue Card # Clothes you like to wear on special occasions

  • What is it
  • On what occasion you wear this
  • Do other people wear the same dress on special occasions
  • Explain why you like to wear this dress.

saree, IELTS Speaking # Clothes You Like To Wear On Special Occasions, IELTS BAND7 DEHRADUN

Sample Answer:

Although I like to dress up casually on a day to day basis, I love to wear a sari for a social event, celebration or festivity. Saree is a female garment for the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards. It is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end hanging over the shoulder. It is one of the oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment of the past.
A majority of Indian women wear saree as a traditional dress which has a great cultural significance. Over the years it has not only become sensuous, glamorous all-time-wear for women , but also the canvas for printers and weavers to create artistic weaves, prints and jeweled embellishments. Saree is one of the most graceful dresses as it elegantly covers the entire body by showing natural curves in the most dignified way.
Whenever I wear a saree, I feel delicate and feminine. I particularly like the ones which are made of soft flowing materials as they are easy to drape. On festivals and other formal occasions I love to wear the traditionally woven silk sarees like Kantha, Baluchari and Paithani. These are sarees hand woven in different states of India. Each one of them has ethnic weaves typical of that region.
The best thing about sarees is that they never go out of fashion. What’s more, designers have come up with sarees with modern twist which are even easier to wear and handle. There are semi stitched versions available which can be draped in lesser time than the unstitched ones.

Follow Up Questions

Q1.Do you enjoy buying clothes?
Ans. Till a few years back, I loved shopping for clothes and other stuff with my friends. It was more of a fun day having a bit of shopping, sightseeing and spending quality time with loved ones. However, nowadays I prefer online shopping as it is less time consuming and cheaper than going personally to the shopping malls for purchasing garments. Also, there is a vast variety of clothes one can choose from these shopping websites.
Q2.What kinds of clothes you like to wear?
Ans. On a daily basis, I prefer getting dressed up in casual wear like jeans and T-shirt but for special occasions, I stick to formal wear like a saree or salwar suit. I believe that it’s really important to wear clothes according to the occasion so as to be a part of your social group.
Q3.What factors do you think affect the clothes we choose to wear?
Ans. I personally believe that there are many factors that determine our choice of clothes. Firstly, we purchase clothing according to our liking and comfort level. Then comes, the amount of money we want to spend while selecting our clothes for particular occasions. Lastly, we choose to wear our attire according to weather and geographical location. I would also like to add here that in certain circumstances, religion determines what one wears. For instance, muslim women have to wear hijab or burkha while sikh men wear a headgear called turban.
Q4.Is it possible to look good without spending too much on clothes?
Ans.I feel that it dosen’t necessarily mean that only expensive clothes look good. The way that the wearer carries himself or herself matters the most. Also, if one knows the skill to mix and match different items of clothing that go well together, one can actually generate many new looks without spending much. Adding a few accessories can accentuate the dress which is otherwise simple and inexpensive.

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