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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:
Last month I heard a song about the 'language'. It was composed marking the language day of a South Asian country named Bangladesh. The song is titled as "Amar Bhiayer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulite Pari". In fact, I heard the song for the first time and is in love with it.

The song is about the martyrs of language movement. As far as I came to know that there had been a language movement in Bangladesh in 1952. The majority of the people spoke Bengali as the first language while the then government tried to impose another language upon them. The government wanted to impose the Urdu language as the mother tongue of the local people of the country. But the agitated people protested against the decision and police opened fire on them. As a result, some of the protestors were killed in that event. To commemorate the event, the day is observed across the country and the world as well.

The song originates in Bangladesh. This is a country that has a long history to tell. The people of this state are extremely industrious and had struggled a lot since after the birth of the nation. Before its liberation in 1971, it was enslaved by the Pakistani rulers. In fact, the spirit of the liberation movement began in 1952. It was the time of language movement. The rulers of Pakistan tried to oppress the people of this country, but they failed due to the brave attempts of the local people. They started oppression with the language. They wanted to impose the Urdu language as the state langue of Bangladesh. The state was known as East Pakistan then. Since the majority of the people spoke in the Bengali language, they protested severely against the government decision. Some protestors were killed and then the song was composed to show respect to the martyrs of the movement.

The song tells the story of the martyrs who lost lives in the language movement. The song is also about the griefs of mothers, their families about the loss of lives. It tells that the day, 21st February, has been achieved by the contributions of the sons and their mothers are weeping for the children they have lost. The song begins with the statement that a brother is sacrificed for achieving the day while the singer is unable to forget about the day. Everyone is mourning the deaths. They will not forget the day. Each year they remember the day by singing the song.

This song appears really interesting to me for some reasons. The people who sing the song visit the martyrs’ memorial known as Shaheed Minar where the people were martyred on that day. Besides, they sing the song and move for the memorial with a black dress – which refers they are mourning and on barefoot. They pay tribute to the martyrs by placing wreaths on the memorial. The entire nation observes the day and the song is on the air. In line with the country, the song has also reached in my nation, Somalia. We also observe the day like the other global nations. I like the song much. It has a very different tone, lyric and creates a sense of sadness inside. It appears that I have lost someone near and dear to. In this sense, this is a really great song. It is interesting indeed to me.

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