Cue Card 277 - Describe a way to relax that you find effective

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

Describe a way to relax that you find effective.

You should say:

  •  what way of relaxing it is
  •  where and when you usually do this
  •  who you usually do it with

and explain why this is so relaxing for you.


Model Answer 1:

Different people have different ideas about relaxation. While some people like to relax alone in some secluded area, others are quite the opposite and like to remain in the company of others. For better or worse, my idea of relaxation is to feel comfy on a sofa and watch some TV, either alone or with others.

Now, I am not sure since when I have had this idea of relaxation, but I am assuming that it started from my high school when I used to see my father relaxing in our living room, in front of our TV, while enjoying some hot tea and interesting TV programmes. Of course, my father was way more disciplined, unlike me, in deciding exactly how long he was going to spend his time relaxing like this. But, when it comes to me, I would sit in front of my TV and keep watching different kinds of programmes at least for 2 hours.

However, these 2 hours could easily be 3 hours if there was any arrangement for some good snacks, especially, if they are home-cooked by my mother or sister-in-law. In fact, sometimes, I enjoy relaxing like this, even more, when my entire family join me because that would allow me to talk about all of my interests, problems and frustration. After all, what could be more relaxing if you could vent out your frustration to your loved ones who don’t mind listening to you? By the way, some people like to go out to relax, but as far as I am concerned, my home is the best place for me to relax.

Anyway, spending my time at home like this is relaxing for me, primarily because home is where I feel more emotionally secure. Besides, when I relax at home, watching different kinds of interesting TV programmes, I become more intellectually stimulated, and to me becoming intellectually stimulated is just as much fun as poking funs at friends and family members. Finally, I like this way of relaxing because I can always be “myself” at home, as opposed to pretending to be “somebody else” in public.


Sample Answer 2:
Listening to my favourite music is very relaxing for me and I feel refreshed and energetic with this activity. This is one of the most effective ways to relax both mentally and physically and for me, it has been proven to be a very effective way of relaxation.

If I am at home, I listen to music either on my computer or in my music player. I listen to music when I work or even when I take a nap. Sitting on the balcony and listening to soft music is an out-of-the-world experience that I often enjoy. When I am at work, I use my iPod to listen to my favourite songs. Even in public transportations, listening to music is relaxing.

I listen to music mostly alone but sometimes I listen to it with friends who have similar taste in music. For that, I use the speaker instead of the headphone. Sometimes my niece comes to my room to listen to her favourite music and I play her favourite music on my laptop. So in a sense, I often do that with her as well. But most of the time I enjoy music alone.


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