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Describe an interesting song you like

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 289 with Model Answer:

Describe an interesting song you like.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • which country the song comes from
  • what story the song tells
and explain why you think it is interesting.

[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:
Music and songs are quite an integral part of our life, and interestingly, it is also important to our culture and tradition. While some songs are entertaining, some others are patriotic, and spiritual in nature, while many others are romantic, or come with deep meaning. Today, for this topic, I would like to talk about a song that I think is a bit unique and interesting which I like a lot.

The song title is roughly translated to "Listen to what I wanna say to you" in English. The origin of the song could not be pinpointed and could be found in more than three or four languages in different Asian countries. The lyric of the song is about a conversation among four family members in a nuclear family just before the time when the father is going out in the sea to catch some fish though a storm is looming around. It evokes the role of different family members in a nuclear family and how they all sacrifice for the family. It also highlights the importance of a family.

The song tells the story of the "father" first - who tells his wife and two children why he has to go to a wild and angry sea to catch fish despite the unfathomable risks. The mother then tells her children what she does for the family and how she and her husband keep the family together. Afterwards, the children keep on expressing how much they love the family and their parents, and how they will keep this relationship intact. It ends with the father promising that he will be careful and return to the family safely within a couple of weeks.

This song is interesting to me because it has very unique and impressive lyrics and a great storyline. It evokes a great emotion within us and gives us an excellent opportunity to think about other family members in our family and how much they love us and care for us. It is fascinating also because it has a piece of charming music and tone that surely would thrill listeners of all ages and demography.

Sample Answer 2:
Last month, I heard a song about the struggle and sacrifices of people for their right to their mother tongue. As soon as I listened to the song, I thought it was fascinating.

This special song was composed marking the language day of a South Asian country called "Bangladesh". The song is titled "Amar Bhiayer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulite Pari" which roughly translates to "My brother's blood-spattered 21 February, Can I forget the twenty-first of February incarnadined by the love of my brother?".

The song is about the martyrs of the language movement day on 21st February in 1952. As far as I came to know - there had been a language movement in Bangladesh in 1952. The majority of the people spoke Bengali as their first language while the then government of West Pakistan tried to impose the Urdu language upon them. But the Bengali-speaking people protested against the decision, and police open fired on them. As a result, many protestors - mostly young university students, died. To commemorate the event, the day is observed as International Mother Language Day, and this song evokes the emotion of that day.

The song tells the story of the martyrs who gave their lives for the rights of people's mother language. The song is also about the griefs of a sister, a mother, and their families about their losses of brothers and sons. The song begins with the statement that a brother's life has been sacrificed and that their sacrifices will always be remembered.

This song appears really interesting to me. First, it evokes a great patriotic feeling. It mourns the lost son, brother and thus it touches the hearts of millions of people. It has a very different tone, lyrics and meaning. It creates a sense of sadness inside our hearts. After listening to the song, it appears that I have also lost someone near and dear in 1952 - which is a powerful sentiment to tell the least. In this sense, it is a very powerful and intriguing song.

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