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Describe how you would spend your day off

IELTS Cue Card Question 113 With Model Answer:

Describe how you would spend your day off from your work or college.

You should say:
  • what you would do
  • where you would go
  • who you will spend time with
and explain why you would spend your day off in this way.  

[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:
Usually, I do not have much leisure hours or day offs but when I get the chance I would like to read books or watch movies of different genres.

In Rhodes, the 'law and order' is quite fine but as a police officer, I have to remain busy always round the week. You know, the police are to do a lot of things in order for the safety of the citizens, thus I have to be engaged in the works around the week. But sometimes I take a break for a day or half day and would like to read novels. Sometimes I would watch the latest movies and I prefer the action genre most while comedy and romantic movies come gradually on the preference list. Moreover, sometimes I would prefer outing with my spouse (depends on managing enough time for that) in different places of the island of Rhodes in Greece.

I am pleased with your question that where should I go on the day offs. Actually, there are lots of places to visit in Rhodes and I usually go there often to pass the day offs. Since there are a large number of places to visit, I would consider the citadel of Rhodes best for me for its historical value. The site has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1988 and been attracting tourists around the world. This is the best preserved medieval town and contains streets and structures of the medieval period. The structure was built during the 13th century to prevent the Turkish threats. Aside from the place, I would also like to go at Ancient Kamiros, located on the north-western shore of the city. This is the third ancient city in the islands of Rhodes.

I think you are also aware that the trips inside this historic city would not be complete if you do not have any companion. So, usually my wife, Margaretta, accompanies me on the visits and she loves such day-long trips. In fact, she eagerly waits for my day offs. Whenever I tell her that I am free for a day, she starts planning for the visit. Sometimes I plan that I will spend the time with my relatives and invite them to be my guest at my place and accordingly pass the day. But when I am at home and no plans to execute, I watch movies with my Margaretta and cook foods by myself. In the evenings, I go out for a walk, alone, in the streets of Rhodes and come back within one hour.

Well, I would like to spend the day off in dissimilar ways for several reasons. We are in the mechanised world now. I think you will agree with me that we just go home to get prepared for the next day office or respective duties, won’t you? So, there are a few chances to enjoy the day offs and when the day offs arrive, it appears that the moments are gone within the twinkle of an eye. You are to agree with me that reading famous novels is a great way to pass an idle day but if you continue it or make a routine, it will make life tiresome. Or if you only watch movies around the day, it will have detrimental impacts on your body. But if you are on an outing or make a combination of outing, reading or watching movies, the leisure times become enjoyable. So, I try to enjoy the moments in different ways. I would like to bring variations on the day offs so that they do not get repetitive for me. Repetition makes everything monotonous and the day off becomes boring. By enforcing the law around the week, I become bored and thus try to make the day-off exciting to get involved in the work with a refreshed mind and body.

Model Answer 2:
Being the student of BCA College in Athens, I am unable to manage a huge time for recreation. I only have a single day off and I usually have to remain busy in many unnecessary tasks. But I would like to spend the day in a different way.

I would like to begin the day lately. It means I will get up late in the day. In the usual days, I need to get up early to attend my classes. The classes begin at 8.00 am and thus I need to reach there before the class hour. Besides, I also would like to read some books and play video games on my computer.

If I can manage time, I would like to go to places where I can find some serenity. I would like to pick the beaches to visit on the day off. The beaches provide a very nice view and many other things to do there. Actually, I am fond of the water sports and other activities in the sea beach areas. Enjoying the sunset on the beach is one of the most attractive things there. But if I need to make an alternative plan for going during the off days, I would like to move for a long drive. Driving is a passion for me, but I am extremely careful when I am in the driver’s seat.

I would like to spend time with my favourite people, particularly my family members. In fact, I love my parents most and thus want always to be with them. But if I cannot get them, then I will move for my friends from the locality and college. In the usual days, I spend quality times with the college mates and cannot manage time for the local friends. So, the local friends would be preferred in this case. And finally, if I cannot manage anyone, I will move alone to make some short trips in the evening. I have the experiences to move alone and have travelled different parts of Greece.

The regular days are extremely intolerable. As a student of undergraduate, I need to remain busy round the day. In fact, I cannot manage half an hour for myself. When I am at the college, I have to participate in multiple activities related to my academic studies. Besides, when I return home, I need to focus on my assignments and other activities. So, I plan to begin the day lately. I do not want to follow the rules that I follow the other days. In fact, I do believe that this is my right to spend a day in this way. It will make me free of boredom and also will provide the necessary energy to prepare for the next days.
If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe how you would spend your day off from your work or college." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe a memorable day in your life.
  • Describe a holiday you remember well.
  • Describe your idea of a perfect holiday.
  • Describe an activity you often do.
  • Describe a day off from your work or study.
  • Describe how you would spend a day off.
  • Describe a recent holiday you have enjoyed.

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