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Describe a place that has a special meaning to you

IELTS Cue Card Question 101 With Model Answer:

Describe a place that has a special meaning to you.

You should say:
  • what kind of place it is
  • where it is
  • what it looks like
and explain why this place has a special meaning to you.  

[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 1:
Jeffreys Bay is a small heaven on earth in South Africa. In fact, this was a small fishing town where people now come mostly for water sport on the wave and on the sandy beach, enjoy the sunset, play with dolphins, and other recreational activities.

Commonly it is known as the J-Bay, this is an exotic location near the Port Elizabeth under the Eastern Cape region. This is the place where several hundred surfers come annually to surf on the famous blue sea waves and enjoy the natural beauties of the locality. The small town mostly attracts the international surfers for different reasons. The surfers enjoy the surfing during the morning and evening hours. They also take a sunbath, swim in different hours of the day or enjoy the sunrise in line with the sunset. They cannot leave the location easily for its extraordinary beauty.

Geographically, J-Bay is located adjacent to the N2 Highway. It is also 75 kilometres southwest of the Port Elizabeth. The entire town is under the domination of Eastern Cape Province governance. Earlier, it was a tiny town where only fishermen lived and now the area of the town is expanding to accommodate the extensive tourists and guests. As a result, the entire environment of the J-Bay has become relaxed and wonderful. Seashells and gorgeous white sandy beach are the key attractions for the surfers and tourists. The town has expanded more after the 1960s when it was used as a location for filming the movie ‘Endless Summer’. Since then different advancements are underway.

The entire J-bay looks wonderful. The white sandy beach glitters by the sunlight and appears that stars glittering on the land. The sunrise and sunset scenarios are also breathtaking and mostly attract romantic couples from home and abroad. The waves are interesting and famous around the world. The city does not need to decorate marking any occasion because it is well decorated round the year to welcome the tourists. But the night view of the town is highly charming and sitting on the beach makes a sense of deep relaxation. Thereby, hundreds of visitors are found in the evening and sometimes they sit by the picturesque beach silently.  

The J-Bay is very special for me because I have lots of memories here, particularly with the beach. I learnt surfing in my teenage with my father and the memories are still vivid in memory. This is the place where I proposed my fiancé to marry me in presence of our relatives. When I was a kid, I used to come here with my neighbouring friends to swim and participate in other forms of water sports etc. When I had mental troubles, I used to (and still I do) come here to relax and think deeply to get the better solution. Considering all the aspects, the J-Bay is a great place for me and I do not need to go anywhere else to pass my leisure. I am in love with the white sandy beach!



Model Answer 2:
Visiting different places is my hobby and whenever I get a chance, I try to pay visits. But I have a very special place here in Mumbai. This place is commonly known as Marine Drive. This is a long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is near the coast and is visited by a good number of people.

This is mostly a C-shaped road made of concrete. There are six lanes for vehicles. But this is a perfect place to spend some leisure hours, particularly enjoying the sunset scenes is a hobby for many like me. The road is connected with Nariman Point, Babulnath and Malabar Hill.

This is a 3.6 kilometres long road. The boulevard is geographically located in Mumbai. To be more specific, the avenue is in the south part of Mumbai where the coast is located. Marine Drive is facing the west and south and west again. This is a great place that has a striking shape. The street has numerous street lights and when they are switched on at night, they look awesome. The road is officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. There are palm trees on the street and there is also a beach available in the northern end of the road.

The road is also termed as the Queen’s necklace for its C-shape. Besides, the street lights appear like a string of pearl at night. It was constructed by a philanthropist. But the place is mostly used now for communication and recreational purposes. The natural bay is another attraction for them. The majority of the buildings on the side of the road were built long ago and were popular at that time. Now the beauty of the road has also increased and it has become a good place to get entertained.

This place (Marine Drive) has a special meaning to me basically for two reasons. Firstly, it is the place where I proposed my wife to marry me. Secondly, this is the only place in the city where I can have some fresh air. In fact, after a long hefty day, I need a place to be relaxed. So, I come here often and pass around an hour in the local coffee shops. A notable number of modern restaurants have opened their outlet in this place and they are operating very well. The restaurants are almost crowded and sometimes I need to wait in a queue to take my seat. Besides, there are some local and international star-rated hotels are also available to entertain the tourists. In the weekends, I come to enjoy the sunset scene with my wife. The moments become really special then. Therefore, this is a very special place to me.


If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a place that has a special meaning to you." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe a place you have visited recently.
  • Describe a street in your hometown.
  • Describe a place you often go to.
  • Talk about a place where you often meet your friends.
  • Describe a place that reminds your childhood memory.
  • Describe a place you like to visit often.
  • Describe a beautiful place you have visited.
  • Describe the hometown where you were born.
  • Describe your hometown.
  • Describe a city or town which is very special to you.
  • Talk about a place where you would like to visit again.
  • Describe your favourite city or town.
  • Describe a naturally beautiful place you have been to.

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