Cue Card Sample

House that someone you know has recently bought - Cue Card # 626

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

Describe a new house that someone you know has recently bought.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • who bought this house
  • what type of house it is

and explain your impression of this house.

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


Model Answer 1:

A house,  an address, a place to live – whatever we call it, we all know that we need one. But the unfortunate reality is that not everybody has a house, nor all of us have the ability to buy one despite our best efforts. So, when I came to know a few months ago that my elder brother had bought a house in a city nearby where we lived, I became very happy.

The house is about 22,00 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and 3 balconies, located nearby a small lake.  Built with brick, cement, iron rods and sand, it isn’t exactly a new house even though my brother had to pay a fortune to buy this place. When you go inside the house, you will find a hall and a sitting room on the opposite of the main entrance door. Having a big kitchen on the left, this house also has a corridor on the right leading to a common bathroom and bedrooms. Standing tall next to a major intersection and a couple of other streets in the city, the house is easily accessible pretty much from all directions.

My first impression about this house was that it had a lot of stories to tell with its waning-down paintings and “cracked floors” both inside and outside of the house. Having remained closed probably for a long time, the house looked to be in a “damp” condition because of not receiving enough air and sunlight, I suppose.

However, the best thing about this house is that it is spacious enough to accommodate all of our family members, including myself and our parents, with enough rooms to run and play for my little nephew and nieces. Besides, having a lake nearby is like a “gift”, if you are living in a city, which will certainly provide the kids with an opportunity to interact with “nature” from time to time. Finally, having bought this “old” house, I think, my elder brother has offered himself a “window of opportunity” to remodel it by becoming a bit innovative without spending too much money which wouldn’t have been possible had he bought a completely new house with everything in perfect condition.

Model Answer 2:

Thanks a lot for this great topic. I am going to talk about a house that one of my cousins has recently purchased, and I will also tell where it is located, what it looks like and what was my impression of this house when I first saw it.

My cousin- Andrew, who has bought the house is a doctor and he has been planning to own a house ever since he got married. Finally, he bought a new house in (... say an area name…) and a few months ago I visited this residence. This is an emerging area in the city and several housing projects are still ongoing. It takes around an hour to reach there from the National Art Gallery - which is located at the zero-point of the city. So in terms of its location, it’s situated in a convenient area, not far away from the city centre, and yet free from the crowd. As I have noticed during my last visit, many government agencies, two private universities and a few private organisations have been relocated to this area.

Andrew’s house is a two-storey modern house, which is approximately 5,000 square feet in total. It has a small garden in front of it which makes it even more beautiful. On the ground floor, it has three bedrooms, a guest room, a dining room, a large kitchen and a small playground while the first floor has four large bedrooms - each with an attached bathroom, and finally a hall room. The spacious living and dining rooms have gorgeous marble floors and Andrew took the professional advice of an interior designer before he decorated the house.

My first impression of the house was quite remarkable. As soon as I reached there, I felt that an individual house is way better than an apartment in a large building. I wish we had had such a house instead of our apartment on a busy street in the city! The house is very beautiful. I am sure my cousin and his family enjoy living there.


Model Answer 3:

My cousin recently bought a new house in the suburbs of our city. The house is located in a serene neighbourhood with lush green surroundings and ample space for outdoor activities. I have decided to talk about this house because I like it so much. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about this topic.

My cousin, Emily, purchased this house with her husband after months of searching for the perfect place to settle down. It's a spacious two-story house with a modern design and aesthetic appeal. The exterior is adorned with large windows that allow plenty of natural light to filter in, giving the house a warm and inviting ambience.

The interior of the house is equally impressive, with an open floor plan that seamlessly connects the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances and ample counter space, making it a chef's delight. The bedrooms are spacious and well-lit, providing a comfortable retreat after a long day.

One of the most impressive features of the house is the backyard, which is beautifully landscaped with a lush lawn, flowering shrubs, and a cosy patio area. It's the perfect spot for hosting outdoor gatherings or simply enjoying a quiet evening with family.

Overall, I'm incredibly impressed by my cousin's new house. It's a perfect blend of modern design, functionality, and comfort, and I can't wait to visit her and experience the warmth and cosiness of her new home firsthand.

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