IELTS Cue Card Sample 51 - Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing

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

Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing.

You should say:

  • What kind of game or sports it is
  • Who you play it with
  • Where you play it

and explain why you enjoy playing it.

Possible Answer:
I've played several games, both indoor and outdoor games, and still try to play whenever I get time. Among those games, I enjoyed playing chess more than others. Chess is an indoor game where two players participate. This game does not involve any major physical movements like other outdoor games but a chess player has to use his/her brain and make game plans to defeat the opponent.

I mostly play this game with my friends and cousins. Sometimes I play it with my father and senior relatives. Since playing chess requires only placing the board on a surface and sitting position of the two participating players, it is convenient to play chess almost anywhere. I mostly play it at our veranda, garden or bedroom. I enjoy this game because I have a fascination for this game from my childhood and I really like the overall theme and barnstorming involved in this game. It's a thought-provoking game that gives the participating players to use their brains. A player can apply his/her strategy, and then allure the opponent to fall into a trap which is much like a real battlefield.

It's not a game where someone would only use the physical movements rather the game requires a perfect game plan, finding weaknesses of the opponent and a battle strategy. This game gives you a feel of being the King of a regime where you decide your country men's fate. For all those reasons this is a very interesting and enjoyable game to me.


Tips for answering this Cue Card Topic:

Since the cue card is about your favourite game or sports, you can talk about any indoor or outdoor game or sport you play or know about. Alternatively, you can talk about the computer games as well. If this is an indoor game you want to talk about  pick chess, card, table tennis, bowling, carom, computer game, gaming device game or any other game you prefer. For the indoor games, you can mention that you regularly play it with your family members or friends and enjoy it a lot. Generally, physical exercise is not involved in indoor games except table tennis and you should focus on the mental improvement and enjoyment the indoor games offer. Indoor games are usually played inside homes and you should mention that you play it in your house, veranda, drawing room or in a guestroom. You should also mention that you play it in your relatives' houses or friends' houses as well.

If you pick an outdoor game, like cricket, football, badminton, rugby you should mention that you play it with your friends and some of the neighbours. Sometimes unknown people join in such games where more than 7-8 players are needed. Mention that these games are refreshing and a good way of keeping your health fit.

For the question why do you enjoy playing this game, you should mention that you have a great passion for this game or sport and you have been playing it for a long time. You can also mention that you are usually good at it and your percentage of winning the game is very good. If you talk about an indoor game, mention the excitement and brainstorming it offers and the way you enjoy playing it with your family members and friends. For the outdoor games mention the health benefits it offers and the way you enjoy playing it.

The follow-up question of this cue card might ask you the most common types of games and sports played in your country so you should prepare for that as well.

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What types of sports are popular in your country?

Q. What are the benefits of playing a sport?

Q. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?

Q. How can sports bring people from different countries closer together?

Q. What are the advantages of hosting different international sporting events in a country?

Q. How can we encourage children to participate in different types of sporting activities?


Being able to answer this question would help you answering the following cue card topics also:

1. Talk about something you enjoy doing at home.
2. Describe something you do often.
3. Talk about an outdoor activity you have.
4. Describe a healthy habit you have.
5. Describe a game or sports you often play.
6. Describe something you do with your friends or family members.
7. Talk about a national sport or game in your country.
8. Describe something you enjoy doing.
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