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Describe a monument that you like

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 553 with Model Answer:

Describe a monument (e.g., a statue or sculpture) that you like.

You should say:
  • what this monument is
  • where this monument is
  • what it looks like
and explain why you like this monument.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Introduction:
The monument that holds a special place in my heart is the Statue of Liberty, located in New York City, United States. This iconic symbol of freedom and democracy has captivated millions of people around the world with its grandeur and historical significance. I would like to thank you for this opportunity to let me talk about this famous monument.

What this monument is:
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture that was gifted to the United States by the people of France in 1886. It stands on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor, greeting visitors and serving as a symbol of welcome and hope.

Where this monument is:
The Statue of Liberty is situated on Liberty Island, which is located in the New York Harbor. It is visible from various vantage points in New York City, including Battery Park and the southern tip of Manhattan.

What it looks like:
The Statue of Liberty stands tall at a height of 305 feet (93 meters) from the base to the tip of its torch. It is made of copper sheets and is supported by an iron framework. The statue portrays a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, holding a torch in her right hand and a tablet in her left hand on which the date of American Independence, July 4, 1776, is inscribed.
The statue is crowned with a seven-pointed spiked crown, symbolizing the seven continents.

And explain why you like this monument:
The Statue of Liberty holds a special place in my heart because it represents the ideals of freedom, liberty, and democracy. It serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for people around the world who aspire to live in a society that upholds these values. The statue's majestic presence and its symbolism resonate deeply with me. It stands as a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices made by countless individuals in the pursuit of liberty and justice.

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