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Describe a lake, a river or a sea you like to visit

IELTS Cue Card Question 108 With Model Answer:

Describe a lake, a river or a sea you like to visit.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • when you usually visit it
  • what you do there
and explain your experience visiting this lake, river or sea.  

[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:
Passing moments by the side of a lake is highly interesting and the moments are enjoyable during the evening hours. I usually sit by the Lough Neagh, located in Northern Ireland.

The lakes in the Republic of Ireland are commonly termed as Lough and Lough Neagh is the largest lakes in the country with the span of 151 square miles. This is a freshwater lake and the sides are well decorated for the visitors. The depth of the lake is around eight feet but the deepest part of the lake is about 80 feet. The lough reaches to the River Bann and in some parts, it is considered as the Bann as well for its blend with the river. The lough also supplies a large portion of the water to the country.

I live in County Antrim and the lake is a 15 minutes drive from my place. I usually go to visit the lake during the holidays and sometimes we go for a picnic beside the lake. During the holidays, we go to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the lake. The skies look gorgeous and bright with the sun. Besides, bay view is also adorable. So, whenever I can manage time either I move to the lake with my family or friends and if I cannot manage anyone, I go there all by myself. This is a place for divine peace and the views are outstanding. Like me, many other Irish go to pass their leisure moments by the side of the lake.

There are many things to do in the lake. Different events and festivals are arranged by the side of the lake and people from different parts of the country come to enjoy the events. Most of the events usually begin in the evening and runs until midnight. But sometimes it causes trouble for me to attend an event which ends during the midnight and return home. I get late for office on such days. So, I try to come back before 9 o’clock. When I with the participation of friends arrange for personal events like a short picnic or gathering, I try to hold the event by the daytime so that everyone could enjoy and that nobody feels the urge to return.

I have lots of memories with the lake. A large portion of my teenage days has experienced the waves of the lake. I used to come here with my friends and bath on a side of the lake. Besides, fishing was a common issue for us and then we cooked the fishes on the shore too and that made us feel completely thrilled. But with the advancement of time and technology, the lake view has been changed greatly. It has turned into a famous tourist spot and thus different service providers have emerged with their attractive services and commodities. Earlier, we used to visit the lake at least once a day but with the extensive crowd of the current days, we cannot manage space to stand there. Moreover, the crowds gather most in the holidays. However, the experiences amid the crowds are enjoyable for me as well. I see and learn diversified issues from the people visiting the lake.



Model Answer 2:
I like to visit the River Daugava and it has become a regular activity for me too. The river bank provides a great natural view. The river is located in Russia. Thank you for your question.

To be specific, the river is located in the Valdai Hills in Russia. The river flows through Russia to Belarus. It also crosses Latvia and the Gulf o Riga. This is one of the wonderful rivers in the country and its length is over 1000 kilometres. But Russia has got around 325 kilometres in share. The remaining length is shared by the other regions through it is flowing.

I usually visit the river in the evening of my weekends. In fact, the river is around 50 kilometres away from my home. So, I need a drive over half an hour to reach the river bank. But once, I am there, the view removes my tiredness and makes me feel refreshed. Besides, I try to pay a visit whenever I can manage time. But unluckily I cannot manage time more than once or twice in a month. It is my business that does not allow me to spend some lazy hours by the side of the river and make a small picnic with near and dear ones.

Usually, I sit by the side of the river bank and enjoy the nature. Sometimes I try to catch fish. But my luck is not always favourable to me. I am unable to get some large-sized fishes while the other members, who accompany me there, can have the best pieces. Besides, swimming in the river is the other preferable activity for me. When I get in touch with the cold water, I feel a sense of joy inside me. Further, taking lunch under the shade of trees and then passing moments by chatting with friends is really enjoyable there. In fact, I have formed a group of seven people who eagerly wait for the weekend and plan various activities to do on the spot.

My experience in the bank of Daugava River is wonderful. Actually, I am charmed with the natural scenario. The flowing river enchants the mind. On the other side, some of its parts are deteriorated by the agricultural wastes and pollution. But initiatives to improve the locations are underway too. Though the river mouth was the place of settlement in the early days, now there are various changes available. Formerly, the River was a trading route and now it is a place for entertainment. Whenever I go there, I try to visit the surrounding nice locations as well to be relaxed. Swimming in the water was also an interesting experience for me. So, I am in love with this place.


If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a lake, a river or a sea you like to visit." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe your favourite place in your hometown. 
  • Describe a place near a lot of water. 
  • Describe somewhere you have been to recently. 
  • Describe a recent tour or picnic you have had. 
  • Describe a place you often visit. 
  • Describe a river or sea in your country. 
  • Describe a sea beach you have visited. 
  • Describe a place in your country which is worth visiting. 
  • Describe a famous tourist spot in your country. 

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