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Time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 349 with Model Answer: Describe a time when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone. You should say: when and where it was why you were not allowed to use your phone what you wanted to use your phone for and explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone. [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: In today’s world, the idea of living without a mobile phone would certainly seem to be an absurd one to most of the people, who are used to rely on these little communication devices on a regular basis. But, today, I would like to talk about a time when I was not allowed to use my mobile phone. It was about a couple of years ago, when one of my close friends was seriously injured in an accident, and I needed to see him in a hospital. When I heard the news about the accide

Describe a shop that recently opened in your hometown

IELTS Cue Card/Candidate Task Card 348 with Model Answer: Describe a shop that recently opened in your hometown/area. You should say: what type of shop it is what type of people go there what it sells and explain whether you will shop there or not. [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: I live in a rather small town. So, whenever there is a new opening of anything or any new activities in my little old town, I come to know about them one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such new opening of a new shop in my area. It is a “super shop” (some people would prefer to call it a “grocery store”), a self-service store, offering a wide variety of food and household items, organized into different departments. They named the shop as “At your service” which has an opening hour from 7 am to 11 pm. I would cons

Decision made by someone that you disagreed with

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 347 with Model Answer: Describe a decision made by someone in your family that you disagreed with. You should say: who made this decision what it was how you expressed your disagreement and explain why you disagreed with this decision. [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: I have been blessed to have a very understanding and supportive family around me. However, there had been a few occasions in the past when I had to disagree with some of their decisions. Today, I would like to talk about one such decision of my family that I disagreed with. During my early university days, I was so passionate about owning a motorbike, mostly because I grew up riding on an old motorbike with my old but very “active” grandpa. Actually, my grandpa and I had such a loving and warm relationship

An enjoyable day that you spent in the countryside

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 346 with Model Answer: Describe an enjoyable day that you spent in the countryside. You should say: when and where you went who you went with what you did there and explain how much you enjoyed 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: Spending time in the countryside can indeed be a very relaxing and memorable experience for anybody who likes to live close to "Mother Nature". I also like to enjoy my day in the countryside whenever I get an opportunity, and today I would like to describe such an enjoyable day that I had spent about a few months ago. This place was not really very far from where I lived nor was it really that difficult to get there. It was a very beautiful and scenic valley with lots of green around and a flowing river with clear water. I could see som

Describe a bicycle tour that you took

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 345 with Model Answer: Describe a bicycle tour that you took. You should say: when you had this trip who went on this trip with you what you did during this trip and explain how far you enjoyed 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: Do you know what is the best thing about taking a bicycle tour? Well, you never feel obliged to take the same route when you are on a cycle path. At least, that’s what I did when I took a bicycle tour about 4 years ago from now. When I was a university student, I was really passionate about riding a bicycle, either with my friends or alone. However, the problem with riding alone was that I never felt as energized as riding with my friends. So, one day, I, along with several other friends of mine, decided to hit the road on a day-long bicycle tour

Appointment that was put ahead of the schedule

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 344 with Model Answer: Describe an appointment that was put ahead of the schedule. You should say: what type of appointment it was when it was why it was brought forward and explain how you felt about 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: There is an “unwritten” rule in my own “book of the law” which says that if you have an appointment, you must try your best to keep it. But, the problem is, I couldn’t follow my own rule sometimes from my end because the other parties either had to cancel an appointment or change its schedule. It was about a few years ago, when I was suffering from some chronic abdominal pain, and I needed to see a specialist gastroenterology doctor. But, the problem was that getting an appointment with a good doctor was never an easy thing because there wer

Describe an occasion when everybody smiled

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 343 with Model Answer: Describe an occasion when everybody smiled/laughed. You should say: what happened that made you smile when it happened who were there and explain why everyone smiled/laughed. [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: Seeing other people laughing always makes me happy just as much as sharing a story of laughter. I also believe that people should always try to laugh as much as they can, whenever there is a reason for it because laughter makes us feel happy and alive. So, it is indeed a pleasure for me to talk about this cue card topic. It was about a couple of years ago when one of my cousins was getting married. All of our family members, friends, relatives and many other distinguished guests had come to attend the marriage ceremony. It was also attended by a

A couple you know who have a happy marriage

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 342 with Model Answer: Describe a couple you know who have a happy marriage. You should say: who they are how you know them what they usually do together and explain how you feel about their marriage. [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.]

Describe an invention that has changed people’s life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 341 with Model Answer: Describe an invention that has changed people’s life. You should say: what it is who invented it when it was invented and explain how it has changed people’s life. [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: The use of the Global Positioning System, also known as GPS, has become so common in our modern life that we sometimes even forget that it exists. This invention and technology, I believe has changed people's life to a great extent. This is a relatively recent invention that helps to pinpoint any specific location with the use of satellites. It helps people determine a location, find a place they are looking for, monitor movement and interestingly enough measure time. We use it in our everyday life and our smartphones are constantly using it. The mastermin

Describe a useful plant you know about

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 340 with Model Answer: Describe a useful plant you know about. You should say: what it is where it is available what it looks like and explain how this plant is useful. [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.]

A class rule that you liked in your school/college

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 339 with Model Answer: Describe a class rule that you liked in your school/college. You should say: what rule it was who imposed this rule how you felt about this rule and explain how this rule helped the class. [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: Thank you very much for the opportunity to let me talk about a class rule that I liked. The rule was about being punctual, that is, being present at the class at the right time and never being late. This was a great rule that I liked in my school days in Nha Trang – a big city in Vietnam. This habit helped me a lot to be punctual in everything in my later stages. The rule of being punctual was imposed by the school authority and every single class teacher and administrative officer in our school followed it religiously. It was a privat

Describe your idea of starting a new business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 338 with Model Answer: Describe your idea of starting a new business in your area. You should say: what business it will be how you have got this idea what preparation and planning it would require and explain whether you would personally start it or not. [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: Well, I am planning to start a business in our town and I think this is a good business idea for anyone to start in our area. I will finance the business while one of my cousins would look after it. The business idea is that we will start a store that will sell cosmetics and perfumes along with some other necessary household items. Initially, it would be a small store and I hope someday it will grow big.  I have completed my graduation a few months ago and I am searching for a suitable job. I

Occasion when you received good service from a company

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 337 with Model Answer: Describe an occasion when you received good service from a company or a shop. You should say: who provided this service what service it was when you received this service and explain how you felt about 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: I received excellent service from "Citimart" in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam a few months ago and I would like to talk about it. I went there to purchase a gift marking the upcoming birthday of my daughter. The service that I received in this store was exceptional. I was looking for a great birthday present for my daughter in Citimart, but I did not know what type of gift item to buy for her. So, I was looking for something randomly once I was in the shop. A salesgirl approached me and politely asked if I need

Describe a transportation problem in your city/town

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 336 with Model Answer: Describe a transportation problem in your city/town. You should say: what the problem is what the causes of this problem are how it affects you and explain how you think it might be solved. [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: Traffic congestion is a big problem in Hong Kong. In line with the increasing passengers, the number of vehicles is also growing at a fast pace and it is worsening the situation. Traffic jam is perhaps the most severe transportation problem in hong Kong and I would like to talk about it here. The main causes of traffic problem in Hong Kong is higher population density, increasing number of vehicles and a limited number of roads. The roads are narrow in some points where cars and other vehicles cannot move smoothly. It gets worse wh

Describe how you behaved in a stressful situation

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 335 with Model Answer: Describe how you behaved in a stressful situation. You should say: what the situation was how you behaved how other people might have behaved and explain how you felt about your behaviour afterwards. [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: No matter how hard we try, we get stressed and irritated at times and it impacts our behaviour. Some people, however, have a graceful way of handling such situations while others get vexed easily and behave in a way that they regret about later. I fall neither of these two categories, and I am more like most other ordinary people who live around us. So, in a stressful event, about a couple of years ago, when a partner with whom I started a small business, misbehaved with me in front of a few colleagues and clients, I could

Describe a popular sport in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 334 with Model Answer: Describe a popular sport in your country. You should say: what sport it is what equipment is needed for this sport how it is played and explain why it is so popular in your country. [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: We love cricket, and this is perhaps the most popular sport in our country. The whole nation enjoys this sport as if it is in our blood. Cricket is played between two teams, and each team consists of 11 players. It is an outdoor sport and requires cricket bats, ball, bails, stumps, gloves, boundary lines, protective gear, scoreboard and sight screens. If children play it in a small playground, just bat, ball and stumps are enough for them. This sport has three popular formats - Test Matches, One Day Internationals, and Twenty20. The rules of

Describe something you remember from your school or college

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 333 with Model Answer: Describe something you remember from your school or college days. You should say: what it is what actually happened how you felt about it and explain why you remember this event. [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: Thank you for this nice cue card topic. When I was a student at Hong Kong International School, located in Repulse Bay, I made a huge mistake and was deeply embarrassed about that. This is a memorable event for me as I was ashamed and also learnt from my mistake. This topic reminds me of my school days in Hong Kong and I will try to describe the event that I still remember vividly. On one occasion, when I was a grade ten student, I did not complete my homework. The night before I played video games and did not touch my homework. The next day the

A special school or college event that you remember well

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 332 with Model Answer: Describe a special school or college event that you remember well. You should say: what the event was what happened during it who was there and explain why you remember this event so well. [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: I was a student at the City University in Hong Kong, and I can remember the farewell event of the university which was held marking the end of our academic years. This was a great event and each of the students felt honoured on this day. I also took part in the event and can recall the day clearly. The university was decorated beautifully for the event. All the students from my batch, whose farewell was celebrated, were asked to be there in the morning, and accordingly, we were there. The university authority arranged a grand way to

Describe a place that has a special meaning to you

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 331 with Model Answer: Describe a place that has a special meaning to you. You should say: what kind of place it is and where it is what it looks like what memories you associate with it and explain why that place has a special meaning to you. [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: Thank you very much for this great topic. To me, "Riyadh" is a special place, which is a global city and the capital of Saudi Arabia. It has an enriched history beginning from the pre-Islamic era. I have a special attachment to this city, and I consider it very special. "Riyadh" is a spacious city that has several districts and municipalities under its authority. A wide number of commercial, entertainment, shopping and dining facilities are available there. The night view of the city