IELTS Cue Card: Talk about something you or someone you know collects

Talk about something you or someone you know collects

IELTS Cue Card Question 128 with Model Answer:

Talk about something you or someone you know collects.

You should say:
  • what you or this person collects
  • how the collection is stored
  • how quickly the collection is growing
and say what kind of person would enjoy collecting that thing, and why?
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Collecting foreign coins is my hobby and many of my relations bring foreign coins for me. I have a huge collection of coins while some of them are aged over centuries.

Coins are different for me. I like to collect coins and I have a rare collection of coins where many of the coins belong to early of the 19th century. Some of my relations are on the view that collecting the coins will bring no benefits for me but I do it from my passion. I am well aware that coin collections are not the sources of income and I am not a reputed collector as well, I collect the metals only to meet my desire to get them. The beautiful descriptions on the coins attract me most and I also could imagine a bit how the situations were in those days when the coins were used for transactions. Sometimes I try to feel the touches of the people gone with the age who have used the coins.

I actually do not follow any standard way to store coins rather I have my own style. I have bought a large size book with plastic pockets inside instead of paper. It is like an album where photos are kept. I place the coins inside the pockets and write names of the country or origins. At times I use scotch tapes to paste the coins with the pages. I, in fact, do not follow any system of procedure as those appear complex to me. I collect coins for my own interest and thereby it is unnecessary for me to follow any specific rules or methods which are done during exhibitions. I was motivated to collect coins from my childhood and nurtured it as my hobby. The coins are stored only for my personal enjoyment and even I do not show the collection to anyone else. This is my own world.   

The collection book has been almost filled up with coins and it took about 16 years for me to collect all the coins I have now. I have collected the coins of different states and tried to gather all types of available coins from the countries. Sometimes my relatives who went to travel in different countries brought the coins for me as they knew I am a junior coin collector. Sometimes I have purchased the coins from commercial stores selling foreign coins and currencies. But I had to pay more during the collection from the money exchangers and most of the times they did not want to sell single coins or small amount. Thereby, the coins are my greatest wealth of my life. I had to spend lots of times in collecting the coins and sometimes I had to fight with the other boys of my class who wanted to grab my collection.    

Coin collection is not a very easy task and requires a lot of unnecessary hours to gather all the coins together. Moreover, neither the task is not exciting nor it provides any financial or other benefits to the collectors. So, people who want enjoyment with their hobbies cannot be successful coin collectors. Coins are only pieces of metal and sometimes you even cannot use them in your need. So, if you collect coins, it will incur you loses as sometimes you are to buy them at a higher cost than you expect. Besides, this is not the thing to show off. So, a person who is introvert like can collect coins. If you exhibit your coins to your surrounding people, they may not appreciate the collection after your desired level which may make you mentally upset. So, the extrovert people will not be as much delighted like the introvert. Therefore, I think coin collection is a great hobby for the inquisitive people.