IELTS Cue Card Sample 245 - Something you or someone you know collects

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

Describe something you or someone you know collects.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how long you or this person collects it
  • how the collection is stored

and explain why you or that person enjoys collecting it.


Model Answer 1:

About 20 years ago, when there wasn’t much use of the internet where I lived, I used to write letters to foreign students to make “pen friends” or “pen pals”. One such pen pal, I had from Malaysia, had sent me a beautiful postcard. But, I was so impressed with the look of that postcard that eventually I made it one of my most favourite hobbies to collect them.

Yes, I am just hooked to collecting postcards (some would like to call them “view cards” as well) from all over the world. Oh, in case if you were wondering about what a postcard or view card really is, it is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard, typically having a photograph or other illustration on one side, which is intended for writing and mailing without an envelope.

Of course, these postcards can have non-rectangular shapes as well. But, what their sizes really are, I consider them to be some of the coolest things in this world because of the rare historical and emotional values. Anyway, in the last 20 years or so, I have collected so many postcards from all eras, countries and cultures, and have tried to organize and store them as best as I can. But, most of them are kept in large picture albums since that’s where they can maintain their original looks. Then, I have kept some of them in a few large boxes as well since they didn’t really fit in a picture album that well because of their varied sizes.

Anyway, I enjoy collecting the postcards, primarily because they offer me a perfect glimpse of the past which otherwise couldn’t be captured. Besides, they also help me understand the cultures, lifestyles and traditions of people around the world who I probably would never be able to meet. Finally, I like to collect them because they bring so many famous and beautiful landscape and natural sceneries of the world into light. In fact, I would probably never know that our world is such a beautiful place if I didn’t see these postcards.


Sample Answer 2:

I would like to talk about an interesting hobby that one of my friends has. The name of this friend is (…say a name…) and he collects coins and notes of different countries and to my surprise, he has already collected more than five thousand coins and currencies of more than 100 countries. Many of those currencies are no longer in use and they have become the antique pieces.

As far as I know, he is collecting the coins and currency notes for more than a decade. I still remember him telling stories about how he has managed to collect a coin of 200 years old from his visit to an antique shop. The passion for collecting coins and notes grew in him when he was a student of high school. As he had a good collection, we all knew about him. A few years ago, there was an exhibition in our city and his coins and notes were exhibited in a gallery room.

I am not pretty much sure how he collects those currencies and notes but I have heard sometimes that he had to travel far away to participate in auctions in order to collect coins. Last time saw his collection, those were all stored in a notebook like albums and he had made an index in order to arrange those coins based on their origins.

Collecting something is a passion and has some educational values as well. I am sure this friend of mine is really passionate about collecting the coins and notes from different ages and countries. He must be very enthusiastic to collect those.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
  1. Describe an interesting hobby you know about. 
  2. Describe a hobby you or one of your family member has. 
  3. Describe something that one of your family members collects. 
  4. Describe something you want to collect in the future. 
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