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Describe a street in your hometown that you know well

IELTS Cue Card Question 96 With Model Answer:

Describe a street in your hometown that you know well.

You should say:
  • what is the name of this street
  • where it is and how often you go there
  • what the street looks like
and explain your memory regarding this street. 

[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:
I was born and brought up in Singapore and thus Orchard Road is a familiar street for me. It has a long history and been lying down for over a century.

The Orchard Road is named after the orchards (it is believed that there were gardens of different plants) on the surrounding locality. Now the entire view of the road has been changed and is considered as the longest street in Singapore stretching over 2 kilometres. The road is also termed as Orchard as well by the natives while the other people term it in different names like market street etc. and contains the attractive shopping zones of the country. But earlier, it was not as it is now. The newer structures and malls have been formulated when the number of tourists increased in the country.

Geographically the road is located in the Central Region and stretched about 2.5 kilometres. Starting from the Tanglin Road, the Orchard Road has occupied roads towards the Dhobi Ghaut. Considered as the shoppers’ heaven and the main shopping venue in Singapore, the road is covered with a very good number of shopping malls have been built for shopping, and food courts, coffee shops, nightclubs, residential hotels and other necessary commercial services are available here as well where tourists from different countries come to get their necessary stuff. I frequently go there to have some coffees or snacks in the evening after my office and sometimes my colleagues, friends and family members accompany me here. But during the weekend evenings, I pass my evening hours on the roadside coffee shops by chatting with my friends.

The road looks different at different hours. The night views are stunning and the lighting system of the shops and roadside restaurants make it more attractive than the daytime. Besides, during the celebrations like Christmas, the road gets a fresh and breathtaking look though the road is neat and clean on the regular days. To increase the beauty of the road, it underwent renovation back in 2009 and necessary facilities have been increased. Installation of new street lamps, tiles on the streets, flower plants by the side of the walkways has raised the beauty of the road. During the evening hours, the road looks like a paradise for its outstanding beautification. As a result, the road becomes occupied by people of different strata who come to different purposes.

In my teenage, the road was less popular comparing the current days. I have lots of memories on the road. The development did not begin then when we used to spend time on the roadsides in the evening hours, discussed over numerous issues with friends and participated in sports. We had different spots to pass our leisure hours. With the gradual development of the Orchard Road, our leisure activities changed greatly. We started taking foods from the newly made shops and celebrated different events like birthdays under the open sky on the road. When the place gradually started becoming crowded, we lost our attraction for the place. The spots were grabbed by the business people and other service providers and that was a great loss for me and my team.

Sample Answer 2:
St. Petersburg is the centre of Russia and known for many historical events. Besides, the city is also popular many reasons. A good number of streets are lying in the city which have also contributed to its fame. I want to talk about the Nevsky Prospekt street. Thank you for the question. I am happy to be here and answering the questions is a privilege for me.

The street is known as the Nevsky Prospekt. In fact, this is the most famous street of the city of St. Petersburg and there are many reasons behind the name and fame. The street runs through the centre of the city. It is also famous as it contains the most important landmarks of St. Petersburg. The street proudly holds some of the famous buildings. The street was planned by Peter the Great and connects some other streets and destinations as well. The street is the beginning to move in the other places of the city and thus the street contains the most intersections which have made transportation easier. 

Nevsky Prospekt is located in the centre of St. Petersburg. It is the street which has wings across the city. Besides, the majority of the notable structure and landmarks are on the street. The street has shopping malls, churches, book house and many other structures. The Russian National Library is also located on this street. I need to visit the street frequently for many reasons. my office is located on the side of this street and I need to use it to reach my office. Besides, when I get out of office, I also need to use the street. Sometimes, I use the street to walk down to my residence. Besides, the street has also been represented in many literary works by famous writers at different times. 

This is a moderately wide street. From the beginning, the street has served multiple roles. It was like a shelter for many of the foreigners. They have contributed to the development of the street and have built many structures. Besides, in the beginning, it was not enriched as it looks today. Many of the parts of the street were empty. People have come here and claimed their respective lands to build their own structures. The present structure that we see today and admire were built hundreds of years ago. This is also known as the street of tolerance for some other reasons. it has undergone several numbers of modifications in ages and still standing with pride. But the street was built slowly when it was made as there had no plans to make it as the central street of the city.   

This is one of the most important streets in the entire city and I have numerous memories. I was born and brought up beside this street and have experienced the gradual changes and development of the street. There are some newer structures will be found to the present day. Such structures represent the modern architecture. On the other side, the street is always busy but looks beautiful. I have participated in some national events and performances on this street. With the gathering of thousands of people, the street got a very striking look. Even when the nation celebrates various occasions, the street is well decorated. The days are gone when I sued to play with my childhood friends by the side of the street. With the change and urbanisation process, the street has completely changed. However, Nevsky Prospekt is an ideal street now. I walk on the street at least twice a day. I love the street very much.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a street in your hometown that you know well." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe your favourite place in your hometown.
  • Talk about a place you often visit.
  • Describe a place you remember well from your childhood.
  • Describe a busy street or highway in your city.
  • Talk about a street or place where you spent a lot of time in your childhood.
  • Talk about a place that has a special meaning to you.
  • Describe a street you often visited.

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