IELTS Cue Card Sample 441 - Your favourite newspaper /magazine

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

Describe your favourite newspaper or magazine.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how much each copy costs
  • how often you read it

and explain why it is your favourite newspaper or magazine.


Model Answer 1:
There are many newspapers and magazines in my country, Malaysia, which carry the news and information on all sorts of issues, both from home and abroad. While I try to read most of them from time to time, my favourite newspaper is the daily New Straight Times.

The daily New Straight Times is an English-language newspaper published in Malaysia. It is Malaysia's oldest newspaper, which still is in print, having been founded first as The Straits Times in 1845, and then, later on, was reestablished as the New Straits Times in 1974. The paper served as Malaysia's only broadsheet format (a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only) English language newspaper.

With a circulation of about 31000 (daily) and 86000 (daily E-paper), this newspaper undoubtedly is one of the most popular English daily newspaper which is read by all kinds of people from all walks of life. Anyway, initially, when I still was a young college going student, this paper-based newspaper was delivered to our home. But, soon after, with the introduction of computer and internet technology, I started to read this newspaper only on the world wide web since it is more convenient in that way because of the features like social media sharing, adjustable font size, media gallery, the search function for previous articles, videos and photos, as well as offline reading.

Another good thing about this newspaper is that it costs only about $1.10 per copy on the weekdays while $1.20 on the weekends. By the way, I read this newspaper at least once a day online, but I do browse it more than once or twice occasionally to get updates on some important news or incidents.

Anyway, this is my favourite newspaper, primarily because it is Malaysia's leading authoritative news source which brings exclusive, comprehensive and in-depth news reporting in an objective manner. I like to read this newspaper because it always tries to keep its news updated online. Finally, it always puts authentic videos to offer more credence to their news.


Sample Answer 2:
My favourite newspaper is ‘The Daily Mail’ and it is a daily newspaper with more than 20 million readers per day. I have been reading this newspaper for the last seven years and it is quite popular in our country.

As a daily newspaper, it is comparatively cheaper. Each copy costs a dollar and it was 40 cents a few years back. Some special editions sometimes cost a few cents more than usual price.

I read this newspaper almost every day. In the morning when I eat my breakfast, I love to read this newspaper. I also read it in the evening. The fine print quality, committed journalism, news presentation and authenticity of news are the most important aspects I like about his newspaper. I like their editorial part the most and the in-depth analysis of their journalists and editor is really good. This newspaper has comprehensive sections on international news, sports, business and political news. The way the journalist and the news analysts present news and analysis is quite remarkable and they seem to be the only newspaper that still maintains the white journalism.

As a reader, I have compared this newspaper with many others and I have always decided to continue reading it. I feel like the news and coverage of this newspaper is not biassed and whenever I read something, I can be sure of the authenticity of the news. This makes me stick to this newspaper for a long.


Sample Answer 3:
PCWorld computer magazine is one of my most preferred magazines. The magazine deals with the latest technology issues and I love it most for its stylish presentation of the trendy matters.  

This is a global computer magazine and available in almost all parts of the world. Here, in Australia, this is also available. Before 2013, the magazine was available in printed forms but now only the online publication is meeting the readers’ demands. The magazine has gained a huge reputation as it comes with the potential solutions, reviews of hardware and software and much more. Further, the magazine also contains the details of other technical issues and devices. People also can have reviews about television brands, cameras, phones and tablets etc. in this magazine. The magazine had experienced some rainy days before 2012 and there were some changes in the editorial level.    

When the magazine was in printed form, I used to be a monthly subscriber and it cost me around 6 AUD then. But now the online subscription costs less than the former charge. It costs around 2.50 AUD now for the online version of the magazine. Though the magazine is headquartered in San Francisco, it is running its business across the world effectively. Besides, there are fewer changes in online magazines and almost all the reviews and articles are the same. The magazine is also available under different other names in different countries but the popularities are skyrocketing in the present days for its online presence. The first magazine was published in 1983 and since then it is being continued. But the magazine also underwent some controversies but instead of ditching, readers have grabbed it more firmly.   

I read the magazine whenever I can manage time. Since I am a monthly subscriber, I get the online copy in my email. Downloading the copy, I read it on my iPad. Mostly, I read the magazine in my leisure times. But if I need to know about any specific issue, or if I need to read any review over technology, I browse the magazine and read it. In fact, there are no specific time frame or limits for me to read the magazine. I carry my iPad with me and the magazine is stored in that. Sometimes, I share relevant information with others if I feel necessary. Moreover, the magazine contains all the latest technological reviews over electronic gadgets. When I decide to buy any specific electronic gadget, I try to get a review from my surrounding and if they are unable to provide me with the right directives, I look that matter into this magazine. So, it appears that this is the magazine that is able to help me around the day.     

Certainly, there are a good number of reasons to like this magazine. First and the most important thing about the magazine is that it is all about technology. In fact, technology changes every now and then. So, if someone wants to keep pace with the advanced ages, they need to read this magazine. The magazine comes with the latest news about technological issues. If you are unaware of the matters, it may happen that you are lagging behind in your real-life issues. To me, it is the key to enter into the kingdom of information technology. Hence, I like it most than any other magazines.


Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:

Cue Card Topic: Describe one of your favourite newspapers/ magazines.

1. Among a notable number of magazines, I am in love with the LMD (Lanka Monthly Digest). This is one of the most popular business magazines in Sri Lanka. Each of the copy costs around RS 100. I read the magazine every month after it is published. I like the magazine because it contains all the necessary business information I need to know to run my business and get an insight into the business world. Besides, the LMD has some interesting stories on it.

2. Reading newspaper is my daily habit and I prefer the Tien Phong to go through each of the mornings. Each of the copies cost a little and I have subscribed it for a year. The newspaper is delivered to my home every morning. I love to read the newspaper as it contains all the necessary news and information about home and abroad. Besides, the cover and writing style is also adorable. This is one of the widely circulated newspapers in the country as well.

3. While talking about newspapers in Denver, I certainly will describe the Denver Post. This is an outstanding newspaper. The price is reasonable for each copy. I get a copy with a fraction of a dollar. I read the newspaper daily. And I like it so much because of the investigative and in-depth reports. The newspaper publishes news and events of varied interests. The credibility of this particular newspaper is more than the other local and regional newspapers available here.

4. I think everyone will agree with me that MEN’S NON-NO is the best magazines for men in Japan. This is a fashion magazine and published in a month. The price for each copy is around ¥760. I read the magazine slowly. In fact, I do not want the entire magazine to be finished in a moment and then I have to wait for a month to get a new edition. I like the magazine because it comes with the best news and information about men's fashion. It contains tips and tricks for health and beauty that the men most of the time ignore.

5. People who love food like me cannot avoid their bondage with ‘Delicious’. This is a food magazine in Australia and each copy costs around AUD 65. I read the magazine almost every week. And I like the magazine because it provides some special recipes. Besides, it also describes various local and international food preparation and sometimes, stories about food are also available. In a word, it has grabbed my attention and has become a constant companion for me.

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