IELTS Cue Card Sample 350 - Describe a shopping centre /mall that you have visited

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a shopping centre /mall that you have visited or that you know about.

You should say:

  • where the shopping centre/mall is
  • how people travel to the shopping centre/ mall
  • what kind of shops it has

and explain whether you think it is a good place to go shopping.

Sample Answer 1:
My recent business trip to Nepal has provided me with some special sort of experience regarding shopping in the country. There are some large shopping centres available in the capital city Kathmandu. So, I visited one of the largest one and now will describe the experience in brief.

I went at the Times Square Mall. This is one of the largest shopping centres in the capital city. The mall is located in Durbar Marg and the place is also considered as the heart of Kathmandu city. The mall is a four-storied building and comes with a good number of products and services. Actually, Kathmandu is a historical city and contains a substantial number of tourist spots. But the shopping malls in the city are no less attractive than the tourist spots. This specific shopping centre is located in the centre of the city and thus accessible to everyone. I went to the mall as I found it crowded than the other shopping malls. To meet my curiosity, I went there and had my shopping done.   

Nepal is not a very large country and its capital is also a smaller than I expected it should be. But it comes with all the modern amenities. Accordingly, the number of public transport is moderate. The majority of the people use the public transports while the rich have their own private means of transports. When it is about shopping, most of the people prefer to ride on the public buses or other forms of transports. They usually try to avoid the private transportation while shopping in the shopping centres for some reasons. Car parking facilities are not improved here and it is troublesome to park the car before the entrance of the shopping malls. Besides, most of the shopping centres are located in the heart of the city and thus accessible by all types of public transports. But I used my feet to reach the shopping centre as it was in a short distance from my hotel I stayed during the visit.  

There are around 30 shops and stores in this shopping centre which sell almost all types of products and services to its clients. It contains separate stores for men women and children. The entire building is dedicated to shopping while the rooftop part is covered with food courts where the visitors and shoppers will have the chance to taste the traditional and international delicious foods and items. The shopping centre is famous for selling jeans and other attires. Some of the international brands have their own outlets in this centre. Besides, it comes with makeover saloon for male and female. The products and services are the latest and affordable in terms of price and quality. The return policy of the sellers is also adorable. They will return the sold well if there are any defects found after the sales. This is a great place for shoppers including the young and middle-aged people.  

Yes, this is a very good place for shopping in Kathmandu. If you want to have a clean and preferable atmosphere, you can visit this shopping centre. This place is located at a convenient location. Besides, the prices of the products are reasonable. You will not need to bargain with the sellers. Another interesting aspect of the shopping mall is that it remains open round the year. The shops open at 11 am and you can continue shopping till its closure at 10 pm. The rooftop food courts is an excellent place to enjoy foods and live music. Based on all such aspects, this is a preferable place for shopping to me.

 


Model Answer 2:
I went to visit Germany two years ago and stayed at Stuttgart for a couple of days. The Gerber shopping mall caught my eyes with its excellent design and next evening I went for shopping there with two of my friends. This shopping mall was located near the Stadtmitte and it had more than 100 shops and restaurants.  

People reach this shopping mall using their private cars, local buses and many people who lived nearby went there on foot. I was living nearby and that’s why I went to this shopping mall on foot.

There were many shops to visit and the store concept of the mall was very lofty. It has different renowned brands with rich shopping items. Among renowned brands, it had H&M, ELB, Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Kayak etc.

After our 3-4 ours stay there, we bought few items including t-shirts, Jeans pant, coffee and a pair of shoes. I liked the admirable design concept of the shops and I really enjoyed my shopping there. The prices were moderate and the environment was very clean and it gave us a light open airy feeling. I noticed security personnel quite often and that was assuring to have a good shopping experience there. There was a grocery shop where I noticed a lot of people were shopping. My experience in this shopping mall was quite pleasant and that’s why I would say that the Gerber shopping mall would an excellent choice for shopping.

 

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. Is shopping a popular activity in your country?

Q. How have shopping habits changed over recent years?

Q. To what extent do you think advertising affects the way people shop?

Q. Do you think shopping habits are likely to change in the future?

Q. How shopping centres are changing over time? Is it beneficial to have more shopping centres?

Q. What can you tell about a person from his/her shopping habit?

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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe a popular shopping mall in your city.
  2. Describe a place you often go to.
  3. Describe a large shopping mall in your area.
  4. Describe a shopping mall near your home.
  5. Describe your favourite place for shopping.
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