Something you would do if you were given a day off

IELTS Cue Card Question 161 with Model Answer:

Describe something you would like to do if you were given a day off.

You should say:
  • what you will do
  • where you will do it
  • what you will need to do it
and explain why you will need a day off to do it.

[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:
Day off is a rare thing for me due to my occupational engagement. I am a gymnasium instructor by profession and thus I have to remain busy round the week or month.

If I could get a day off, suddenly, I will do only a single thing. Though there a wide number of tasks to pass a day off, I will follow a different idea. I like to watch Hollywood movies and in fact, I am a fan of action and drama movies made in Hollywood. So, when I will get the day off, I would like to watch movies. I have a huge collection of DVDs but I cannot enjoy those for the want of time. I have a plan to watch as much of the movies possible in a single day. Thus, I have accumulated the movies and waiting for an unexpected day off from the role of a gym instructor.

Watching movies is fun when you will have companies. But in this case, I would like to watch the movie at my residence where nobody could reach me. The taste of watching movies alone is also different. I have a small living room at my home which is decorated with a nice set of sofa, a television, and a few small chairs. I will play the movie on the television with the DVD player and sit back on the sofa. This is my own special style for watching movies. I try to have a comfortable position and thus move my legs frequently while I am sitting on the sofa. Sometimes I bend my legs and sit on the sofa and some other times I keep the legs straight and touching the ground.

To watch the movies, I will need a personal computer to play the movies. But a television set with a DVD player will also do the same. Though I have a personal computer, it is located in my bedroom and I cannot bring it in the living room for lack of space. So, I will use the television set with the DVD player. The television set hangs on the wall while the DVD player is connected to the television with a cable. Besides, I will also need a set of large amplifiers. Usually, small amplifiers cannot create a loud environment which is a must for enjoying movies. Sometimes, I may in need of snacks, so enough snacks should be with me during the movie watching hours.

Life is getting busier. Managing extra times for leisure is rare in the current days. With the modernization of the civilisation, people are getting engaged with their respective activities. So, they cannot perform the desired things they want to do. I am also like the other common people who are always busy. So, having a day off is of great importance to me. Despite being a movie lover, I cannot manage enough time to enjoy movies. Due to my engagement with the gymnasium, I have to be occupied. A good number of people come to the gym at different times of the day and I have to instruct them accordingly. So, if I could get the day off, it would be of great help to me. It will allow me enjoying the movies that I have been longing to watch for a long time.

Model Answer 2:
I love to participate in outdoor activities. If I get a day off, I would like to spend the entire day amid the outdoor activities. This is a great question to answer and thank you for it. Here is a brief description of the day.

I will spend the entire day in various outdoor activities. I have a plan to pass the day by hiking or by cycling in the hiking trails. Besides, I also wish to visit some of the historical places of Greece that will enrich my knowledge. Moreover, I have another plan to spend the evening sitting near a beach to enjoy the sunset.

Greece is an ancient city. It has many parts to visit. Though I have been born and brought up in Athens, I have not completed visiting the entire country. So, if I get a day off, I will move to any specific place at the night before the day off and start the day from the desired place. Before moving to the place, I will make some home works about the location and if the things are available that I want to participate in. Moreover, I also need to make a detailed expenditure plan for the purpose.

The first and most important thing I need for the purpose is the day off. I am in need of it very badly. In fact, working as a sales executive does not allow me to enjoy the day off properly. Whenever I am on a day off, I get phone calls from my office or from any potential client to meet with them in a specific time and place. So, I need to move out of the home in here and there even if it is my day off. Besides, I will also need some money to bear the costs. In fact, the expenses are still in a tolerable limit in here but I will need to reserve some money for unwanted situations.

I will need a day off to do all the things. Actually, they are not my regular activities. Each of them will take a certain amount of time to continue. These activities are out of my regular routine and I want to enjoy them completely. Therefore, to enjoy them, I need a day off. I want to walk for an hour beside the sea beach but it is not possible on the regular days. I want to sail a ship from noon till the evening. But this is too impossible on a regular working day. I need to remain busy with professional activities. Only a day off can allow me with plenty of time to do all the desired things. Therefore, I need a day off to do the things.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe something you would like to do if you were given a day off." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe something you do during your weekend. 
  • Describe an activity you would like to take part in. 
  • Describe your favourite pastime activity. 
  • Talk about something you like to do.
  • Describe something you like to do at home.

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