IELTS Cue Card Sample 545 - Describe a time when you heard about riots in another country

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

Describe a time when you heard about riots in another country.

You should say:

  • what you heard
  • when you heard it
  • how you heard about it

and explain how you felt after hearing about the riots.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Sample Answer:
I went to Nepal for some business purposes and came to know about a riot between two groups of Hindus in India. It was a communal riot and sparked for some minor reasons. I heard that a couple of members of both the communities were killed while a lot of them were injured to a severe extent. Police controlled the situation but it was too late when the police arrived on the spot. This is a nice candidate task card and I am happy to get it in my share. I will describe the entire event in brief now.

I went to Nepal a couple of years ago to deal with a local company of the country who wanted to import some goods that my company manufactured. During the meeting, someone entered and told that a serious communal riot has been going on in the neighbouring country and the number of injuries is increasing. The man entered in the middle of the meeting only to share the news as the father of that company owner lived in India.

Later I heard the news in television and am international television channel was broadcasting the event live. The television report attracted attention from all of us and we were thundered seeing the attacking scenes. They were severely attacking each other and even the television reporter also had to take shelter from the violence of the people. The meeting was cancelled and the company owner immediately tried to contact his father in India.

It was a pathetic event and a notable number of people were affected in various degrees. I was sad hearing about the people who lost their lives. The issue became highlighted in both the local and international media. I returned my home with a heart filled with sadness.

More Ideas to help you prepare your own answer:

Cue Card Topic: Describe a time when you heard about riots in another country.

1.  I heard about a riot between the white and coloured people in a state in the USA. I heard about it while watching TV at my home here in Singapore. The riot took place on some petty issues in Ohio. It was a sad event that in this 21st century, people still have to quarrel about getting their rights. But it was not supposed to happen. So, I felt sad.

2. I never prefer to listen to any news or information about violence. But recently I heard a news about Myanmar. There were some riots between religious groups over supremacy. The riots were destroying and properties and lives. I came to know about the matter while reading a local newspaper here in Moscow. The issue was covered in almost all the leading newspapers in the world. I felt sorry for the victims of the riot.

3. Last month, I came to know about an uproar among a group of students in New Delhi. The matter was too serious that it got a huge media attention. I heard the news before going to bed. I actually watch the news and came to know about the situation that took place in that evening. It was pathetic. The students got involved in the public violence and destroyed some public properties. Many of them were injured and taken to the hospital. It was really depressing.

4. The disorder between two group of workers in Sri Lanka was a concerning issue. I came to know about the issue immediately it took place in the manufacturing plant I work in. Suddenly, I heard some louder noise from the ground floor of the manufacturing plant. I was concerned about the matter. Some of the workers were injured in the clash and I had to inform the local police station about the issue. The situation was normalized after roughly four hours.

5. A riot took place between two groups of tourists at a spot here in Greece. This was a completely unwanted event. I witnessed the event on the evening of the last Monday. The trouble began with a minor issue. A tourist wanted to get the ticket and broke the queue. It sparked the matter and some other people protested it. The violence began. The supporters of the violators got involved in a scuffle and it was a sad event and one of them was seriously injured.

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