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Describe a city, town or village you know well

IELTS Cue Card Question 139 with Model Answer:

Describe a city, town or village you know well.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what it looks like
  • what kind of people live there
and say if you think it is a good place to live or not, 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 1:
Singapore is one of the most fabulous and desired tourist destinations in the world and often termed as the Lion City. This is a global city as the majority of the populations are from different countries.

The city geographically is located in Southeast Asia. This is only the island city with numerous establishments including high-rise structures, shopping malls and tourist destinations. The city is surrounded by different other locations like continental Asia, Riau Island – belonged to Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia. The city is shaped like a diamond and a large number of tropical flora and gardens are also found in the city. The city is a populated with a dense population and majority of them are non-native who came here for different purposes and started living in the city as they fell in love with it. Now the generations of those people are living here as permanent residents. The city has a long history and been dominated by the colonial rulers since the 18th century. During the 1960s, it gained independence from Britain and the growth of the city began after the 60s. The city is also popular for its governmental policies that take care of the citizens.

Earlier a rain-forest, the city is now filled with skyscrapers and tall buildings and modern communication system. Singapore has turned into a universal city with its universal populations. People of different nations are living together in the city and as a result, the use of several languages is a common issue. Since this is an island, the scopes of expanding establishments on the ground are limited. Thus the buildings are made vertically. Almost all the buildings are skyscrapers. There is a wide number of such establishments in the city which has increased the beauty. This is a luxurious city and playing the role of a commercial hub in Southeast Asia. This is considered as the most important trading place and almost all types of goods and services are available here. Due to the easy communication system and easy processes, many of the multinational companies and corporations have opened their headquarters in the city. Now the city has got a different look and the night views are outstanding.

Basically, in the city, there are three types of peoples are found including – Singaporean, Malaysian and Indian. Most of the people are businessmen and have their own business of different types including selling t-shirts on streets to multinational corporations. This is a universal place for the people and the older citizens are living here for centuries. The origin of the population is a bit different. As the entire country was a rainforest, the number of people living in the country was few and the city was not been established as well. But during the British Colonial rule in the 18th century, the British people came to have some business with the locals and started ruling over the country. They turned the country into a trading hub and then the formulation of the Singapore city started and took long years to complete. Then different types of people came to the city to earn their livelihood and some of them settled. Now the older settlers are not found but the people living here in the current days are bearing their legacies.

Singapore city is a good place to live in and the foods are yummy. But the most important thing is that being a luxurious city, the living costs are high. So, if you cannot manage a healthy income, it will be a bit of difficult for you to be there. In the beginning, the island was settled by people of surrounding islands but the now the scenarios are just the opposite. Global people come here to visit the island every day and have their necessary shopping or work done and stay for few days or after their needs. But if they want to live permanently in the city, it is a troublesome issue. Getting permission is difficult now and the local administration is not issuing permanent residence status to the foreigners for different reasons. The city is now filled with modern architecture and tallest buildings and communication with the rest of the world is easier. So, this is a good place for living.



Model Answer 2:
Pakistan is one of the most historically important places and owns some of the renowned cities around the world. I will now discuss the city of Pindi, also known as Rawalpindi. Thank you for the smart question.

The city is located in Pakistan and the fourth largest city in the country considering the population. The city is connected with Islamabad and its economy largely in that city. The naming of the city is a mystery and it is assumed that the city was named by the Gakhras in the early part of 1400. The city also experienced many other dominations other than the Gakhras and once it was the largest garrison for the British Indian Army after the British Raj occupied the city in 1849.

This is a metropolitan city and interconnected with the other cities of the country. It has airports, educational institutions, and many other tourist attractions. The natural beauty of the city is also attractive. The best time to visit the city is in the winter or after the summer. Because, during summer, the city is too hot to move around. Pindi is having some modern structures now. A notable number of commercial establishments are underway. But the city is mostly a military city as after the partition of India, it became the base of Pakistan Army. However, the look of the city has been changed since then.   

Rawalpindi is a multicultural city. People of all status and ethnicity live here together in peace. Among the population, over 80 percent of them are Punjabi while there are some other people like Pashto and others. This is the city of opportunity and as a result, various ethnic people migrate in this city from different parts of the country. They speak a various language like Balti, Sindhi, Punjabi and others. The majority of the people here are businessmen and they deal with various types of goods and services. The rate of education in this city is also adorable and female education is getting priority in this present days.  

Certainly, this is a very good place to live in. The city comes with all the modern facilities. The communication system is excellent. Interestingly, the rate of traffic congestions is lower in this city. Earlier, the city was not so much developed as it is now. The development boosted after the establishment of Islamabad and even in the present day, Pindi is related with Islamabad with many aspects. The name of the city suggests about the village of lakes but in the modern days, the lakes are not available as before. Nonetheless, the city is a perfect place for living and my family have been living in the city since the separation with India.

Your ability to talk about this topic will enable you to answer the following IELTS cue card topics also: 
  • Describe a place you would like to live in. 
  • Describe a beautiful village or town you have been to. 
  • Describe your hometown. 
  • Describe a city or town you want to visit. 
  • Describe a large city or village you know about. 
  • Describe a town or a city you lived in the past. 
  • Describe a city which is quite different than yours. 

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