Describe a time when you received money as a gift.
When did you receive it?
What did you do with it?
How did you feel about it?
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A gift always brings a smile on our face, whenever we receive it. Moreover, it shows our importance in other’s life. Different types of gifts are given on different occasions, as a token of blessings and love. I have also received many gifts so far on various occasions. On my last birthday, I received money as a gift from my elder brother.
Since he was confused about my preference for a gift, he decided to give me some money as a gift so that I could buy anything as per my choice. He made my birthday special when he had given me an envelope containing some cash. There was an exact amount of cash inside which I required to purchase an Apple Watch. I felt so overwhelmed that tears started rolling down my eyes. Next day, I and my brother went to the market and bought a white Apple Watch for me. Out of the excitement, I clicked a picture of that watch and posted on my social site to share my happiness with my friends and relatives.
I was really grateful to my brother for the gesture of love and care he had shown me. I really love him for his unconditional love and support. He understands my needs even if I do not tell him. That gift was indeed special for me but the person who gave me that gift is the most special one.
Music is a form of art which has been a key component of celebrations in both ancient and modern times. Other than being a source of entertainment, it has profound impact on our brain too. Music is like a food for the brain, soothing and relaxing us even on a bad day. This time we are looking at a cue card that asks questions about a song you like.
DESCRIBE A SONG YOU LIKE
-What the song is
-where you first heard it
-what kind of song it is
-Explain why you like it
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Music is something that we all can associate with, although our choices can be different at different times. There are times when I like to listen to soft music, while at others I enjoy rock or peppy music. Today, I’d like to talk about a song that remains one of my favorites since I heard it around 20 years back. The name of that song is “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson. The song is from his album “dangerous”, which was released way back in 1982. In one of his interviews, Jackson said that this was the song that he was most proud to have created. He also formed a charitable organization by the same name, designed to improve the lives of children all over the world.
This song is has meaningful and soulful lyrics, talking about unity, peace and equality. It says that we should treat each other equally and put an end to discrimination based on color and religion. Let us make this world a better place to live by spreading love and not hate. It guides us to be considerate towards those who are less fortunate and feed those who are hungry. I still remember the music video of this song which features children living in different countries suffering from unrest, poverty and hunger. It is also one of only a handful of Michael Jackson’s videos not to feature Jackson himself. I’ll wrap up by saying that it is a beautiful song carrying a message to make this world worth living.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS Q1. What would be life without music? Ans. I just can’t imagine life without music- no singing, tapes or music, no dancing, no hymns and concerts. Without music our world would certainly be a bleak place. Life would be extremely dull, boring and will lose its vibrancy.
Q2. Which is more important to you- music or TV? Ans. Although, I do watch television regularly, I could probably do without it if asked to choose between TV and music. Music is definitely indispensable in my life. Music is something I can hear exclusively or read, do households etc. while playing it in the background.
Q3. What is the best time and place to listen to music? Ans. I feel that the beauty of music is that it can be always heard. However, work meeting would be an inappropriate place to listen to music. Also, I feel that you can really enjoy music if you are in the company of your friends. You can dance and groove while chit chatting with them.
Although food is defined as something that people and animals eat to survive, for us humans it is much more than that. For humans, eating and food also have symbolic meanings associated with love, comfort, security, reward and power. Throughout our lives we may associate certain foods with a holiday, past event, or specific memory. Let us look at a cue card that asks questions about an unusual meal you had.
Describe an unusual meal you had:
.When did you eat it
.where did you eat it
.with whom you had that meal
Describe why you found it unusual?
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I love to travel to new places and make sure that I try out the local cuisine of that region. This is the perfect way to sneak peek into the culture and traditions of the people out there. I’ll like to share with you one such experience I had on my visit to Pune which is a cosmopolitan city in Maharashtra, in western India. One of our local friends suggested us to have a meal at an old eatery called “Manish lunch home”, a place famous for its fresh sea food. We went there and could see a large aquarium placed right in the reception area filled up with crabs and lobsters. I was keen to try crab curry while my husband played safe by ordering usual chicken gravy.
After we placed the order, waiter laid down the table and kept a pair of strange looking cutlery next to my plate. The food arrived and I was served a few pieces of crab with the shell intact. I was supposed to crack the shell using that fancy looking cutlery and then pull out the meat in there. I just didn’t know how to do that. I somehow managed to finish my serving of flatbread with the gravy which was typical of that region. It was spicy gravy with coconut milk base and a tinge of sourness. It was indeed the strangest looking food I had in my life. I promised myself to be careful and sure before ordering something which I have not tasted before.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Q1.Why do people buy foreign food? Ans. I personally believe that this is a world of consumerism. There is a wide range of exotic, attractively packed foreign foods available in supermarkets these days. Those who can afford to buy , don’t mind spending on these items. Maybe, they think that the quality of those products would be better than domestic ones. Q2.Why are humans facing food shortage? Ans. According to me, there are two main reasons why we are facing scarcity of food. Firstly, the population is increasing at an alarming rate, especially in the underdeveloped and developing nations.
A vast majority of these people belong to low socio-economic strata and simply cannot afford to buy enough food. Also, a large quantity of food is wasted by the rich in hotels, parties instead of giving it to the poor and needy people. Then, there are environmental factors too such as crop droughts and famines which result in dearth of food. Q3.Do you think having dinner at home is a good idea? Ans. Of course, having a meal together actually makes the family to spend some quality time with each other. Often, it is dinner time when all family members are together. This helps them to handle the stresses of daily life and hassles of day-to-day existence.
IELTS Cue Card # Comic Actor Who is Popular in Your Country
Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country
-who is he or she
-what type of person he/she is
-how you came to know about him/her
-why he/she is popular
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India is known for star studded film industry called Bollywood . Although, there are various talented actors excelling in action, romantic or drama movies, Akshay Kumar has a special place in comedy roles. He has been in the industry for almost three decades doing all kinds of roles, but since last 10 years he has made a name for himself in the comedy circle. I became his diehard fan after watching the movie “Singh is king.” It is one of those movies which can be seen again and again without getting bored. Apart from having an excellent sense of humor, he is a complete disciplinarian as far as his lifestyle and physical fitness is concerned. Millions of young men and women have gained inspiration from his strict exercise regime and teetotaler habits. He has a huge fan following because of his contributions to charity of soldiers of my country. Being a black belt in martial arts, he does all his action stunts on his own which has made him a youth icon. It won’t be wrong to say that he’s a multitalented personality and his movies are a complete entertainment package. (198 Words)
Follow up Questions Comic and Films
Q1 . Why are film personalities famous? ANS: Movies are an important part of our lives. We have our very own Indian film industry which is not only famous in India but is Inter nationally acclaimed as well. The film stars enjoy a celebrity status and have a huge fan following. They are role models of millions due to their acting skills, looks and style. These stars also endorse advertisements and support charities. All this makes them extremely popular.
Q2 . Do you think youngsters try to copy film stars? ANS Of course, not only youngsters but also some grow ups try to emulate actors and actresses. People try to copy their hairstyles and dressing sense. Some even go a step further to become duplicates of their favorite actors by talking and walking like them. Also, fans purchase the products that celebrities are endorsing in order to be like them.
Q3 . What are the benefits and drawbacks of it? ANS According to me, one of the positives is that people volunteer and donate for the charities their favorite stars support. Secondly, youngsters are becoming health and fitness conscious to look like celebrities. On the negative side, if a celebrity drinks or smokes in public, young people might find it glamorous and get into unhealthy habits.
Q4 . Are famous personalities rich in your country? ANS Celebrities like film stars and sportsmen are extremely rich in India. They lead an exorbitant and lavish lifestyle. Nowadays, we keep hearing in the media about films that cross 200 crores mark and actors being paid millions as signing amount. They truly are rich and famous people who can afford the haute couture, luxury cars and stay in the most luxurious foreign resorts.