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The neighbourhood you lived in when you were a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 551 with Model Answer:

Describe the neighbourhood you lived in when you were a child.

You should say:
  • where in your town/city the neighbourhood was
  • what kind of people lived there
  • what it was like to live in this neighbourhood
and explain whether you would like to live in this neighbourhood in the future.

[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 neighbourhood we grow up in holds a special place in our hearts, as it shapes our early memories and experiences. The neighbourhood I lived in during my childhood was a vibrant and close-knit community that left a lasting impression on me. For this topic, I will describe the neighbourhood where I grew up as a child.

Where in your town/city the neighbourhood was:
The neighbourhood was located in the southern part of my town, nestled amidst a serene residential area. It was characterized by tree-lined streets, well-maintained houses, and a sense of tranquillity.

What kind of people lived there:
The neighbourhood was home to a diverse mix of families, ranging from young professionals to retirees. People from different cultural backgrounds coexisted harmoniously, creating a rich tapestry of traditions and experiences. It was heartwarming to see residents of all ages engage in community activities and lend a helping hand to one another.

What it was like to live in this neighbourhood:
Living in this neighbourhood was like being part of a big extended family. There was a strong sense of community spirit, with regular gatherings, events, and celebrations. Neighbours knew each other by name, and children played together in the local parks. It was a safe and nurturing environment, where residents looked out for one another and shared a genuine sense of belonging.

And explain whether you would like to live in this neighbourhood in the future:
The memories and experiences I had in that neighbourhood hold a special place in my heart. While I cherish the time I spent there, I also recognize that our preferences and priorities evolve as we grow older. While the nostalgia of my childhood neighbourhood remains, I am open to exploring new communities and experiencing different environments. So, I may live in this neighbourhood for a while but would not settle there.

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