Cue Card Sample

Cue Card 283 - New sport or hobby you would like to take up

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

Describe a new sport or hobby you would like to take up.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you would start it
  • why you have not started it yet

and explain why you want to start it.


Model Answer 1:

I have never really been that crazy about watching or playing any sports. But, lately, I have been thinking about starting to play a new sport which, I think, is really interesting and gentle-manly.

The name of this new sport, I am talking about, is called “Cricket”.  Now, even though, for someone, like me, from Ireland, this game of “cricket” is new, I have actually seen that a growing number of people are becoming involved with this sport. In fact, just recently, I have learned that we have a national cricket team now who are playing with other cricket teams, albeit rather irregularly.

But, certainly, this particular sport is not even remotely popular like other sports, such as soccer (football), hockey, swimming and golfing. By the way, even though, I have been planning to start playing this game for some time now, I haven’t managed to do it yet, mainly because I have been fairly busy with my work all these times. Besides, I didn’t know anybody up and until recently in my area who would have been interested to play this sport with me. After all, I can’t really play this sport all by myself since, as far as I have known it, it is a team sport.

But, anyway, now that I know about a few people from England, who have recently moved in my area, and who regularly practice cricket at a nearby playground, I can go and start playing with them. In fact, I have already spoken to them about my new-found hobby, and they told me that they would be more than happy to teach me cricket. But, before anything else, I would need to buy my own bat, as they said.

Anyway, I want to start playing this new sport, mainly because I have some free time now, and I just want to spend it learning something new and interesting. Besides, I also feel that this sport would help me remain physically fit, which I am not now.


Sample Answer 2:

If I get the chance and nothing unusual happens, I would like to start playing basketball soon. This is a sport that fascinates me a lot and after 4-5 months when I will finish my graduation, I will start playing this game on a regular basis. In fact, some of my neighbours already play this game every evening in a nearby basketball playground and all I have to do is start playing with them.

They are very close to me and they’ll definitely welcome me to join their team. I will need to buy a pair of sports trousers and shoes and spend some money to start playing it. Actuality the expense is very low and that wouldn’t be a problem for me to start the activity.

Though I often watched this game on television or in our local playground, I never played it myself. Maybe I was a bit anxious about the performance or skill of mine in this game and that’s why I have not started it yet. I planned to start playing it when I was in grade 9, but because my family had to move to a new city, I could not start it.

This is a game that fascinates me and since I often watch it on television, I have a great passion for it. Two of my previous attempts to start playing this game were ruined and I feel somehow that has enhanced my interest in this game even more. I need to shape my body and I found it would be a great game to do so. That’s the most important reason I want to start as soon as possible.


Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. Why do you think some people like doing new things?

Q. What problems can people have when they try new activities for the first time?

Q. Do you think it’s best to do new things on your own or with other people? Why?

Q. What kinds of things do children learn to do when they are very young? How important are these things?

Q. Do you think children and adults learn to do new things in the same way? How is their learning style different?

Q. Some people say that it is more important to be able to learn new things now than it was in the past. Do you agree or disagree with that? Why?

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

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