Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 239 - Your favourite way to communicate with someone

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

Describe your favourite way to communicate with someone.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you use it to communicate with others
  • for how long you have been using this method

and explain why you prefer to use this way to communicate with others.


Model Answer 1:

In today’s world, many of our tasks have become easier, courtesy of modern technological innovations and inventions, and communication is certainly one of them. Of course, different people use different modes of communication, but as far as I am concerned, my favourite way to communicate with someone is always a phone.

And it always has been a phone since the time I started to learn about how to use a phone. But, unlike now, the phone, I used to communicate with in the past, was a land phone which was not always accessible to me. And the reason for this was that, unlike today, using a phone to communicate with others in the past was a bit more on the expensive side. So, basically, I would need to seek permission from my parents before using that land phone to communicate with my friends and relatives. But, that was all when I still was a boy, and I didn’t have any mobile phone or smartphone. Now that I have my smartphone (and before having a smartphone, I used to own a nice, little regular mobile phone), I can use it to communicate with others at will whether they are living inside the country or outside of it.

By the way, just so we are all on the same page when I say that my favourite way to communicate with others is a phone, I mean to say that I like to talk over the phone (as in making a voice call) as opposed to using text SMS or voice mails. Anyway, I have been using this method of communication for the last 17 years or so.

Now, why do I prefer this particular method of communication? Well, my answer would be that it is just so easy, convenient and cheap. Besides, when I use a phone and voice call to communicate with others, I feel like I am in more control of the narratives of the message which I really want to communicate with the others. Finally, I prefer it also because I just like to talk to people I care about.


Sample Answer 2:

We usually communicate with others in several different ways, and they differ based on the person we are communicating with and our convenience, geographical location and even our economic conditions. For instance, we usually communicate via email with our clients and co-workers while prefer using a mobile phone to communicate with our friends and family members and so on and on.

Well, my favourite way of communication with others is to call them on their mobile phones. It is primarily because calling someone on the mobile phone is cheaper and more convenient. It is also easy to use, widely accessible and moveable as mobile phones easily fit in bags and pockets. Mobile phones can connect to the internet, and we can use many necessary applications including calling and messaging apps when we own those smart devices. Cheap call rates on mobile phones, and virtually free call facilities while using the internet offer flexibility and freedom when it comes to contacting and talking to others.

I have a mobile phone, and when someone calls me, I can see the information of the caller and receive the phone. After the conversation is done, I just need to put the phone in my pocket. It is as simple as that. Whenever I want to call someone, I just need to dial his/her number, and after he/she receives the call, the connection is on. Besides calling, someone can easily send and receive texts on the phone which also serve as a good way of communicating with others. I own a cell phone for more than 10 years, and I find it very convenient for communication on personal and official matters.

There are several reasons why I prefer this way of communication. First of all, we can take a mobile phone wherever we go. The calling rates are very cheap nowadays, and we can refill the credit of our cell phones very easily. Calling locally and internationally both are supported, and this is why I prefer to have it as my primary way of communication. Phone calls reach the recipient instantly unlike mail and email, and this is why this is a very efficient way of communication when we need to reach someone urgently.

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