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Person you know who collects something - Cue Card # 677

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

Describe a person you know who collects something.

You should say:

  • what he/she collects
  • how he/she stores/saves the collection
  • how long he/she has been collecting this

and explain why he/she enjoys collecting this.

[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:
Different people like to collect different things for different reasons. While some people like to collect things to preserve memories, others like to collect them just for the fun of it. However, my friend, Ronin Gomez, likes to collect things in order to “appreciate their beauty”, even if it sounds a bit unusual.

If my memory serves me well, Ronin has been collecting “watches” from his childhood for about the last 15 years or so, and during this period, I have seldom seen him talking about any subject without any “footnotes” on his watch collection! But, I must say that my friend is really passionate about collecting different kinds of really beautiful and stylish watches from different eras and different countries even if it means travelling from one corner of the country to another with time permitting, of course. Besides, I should also mention that Ronin’s parents have been really supportive, financially or otherwise, of his “passion” for collecting watches without which, I don’t think that Ronin would be able to carry on with his “hobby”.

It’s not that Ronin just likes to collect those watches randomly and leave them here and there, but he likes to organize and store them inside a beautiful, glass-made “showcase” in the safest part of his home, away from “light” and public access, with serial numbers and other necessary information placed next to them, so that if they are ever stolen or lost, he can easily file a police report on them. And, then, of course, Ronin also makes sure that his beautiful collections are “polished” with distinguished and expensive “liquid cleaning materials” on a regular basis in order to preserve their shiny and unique looks.

Anyway, my friend enjoys collecting watches because it introduces him to the “artworks” and “technological pursuits” of different countries and eras in a way which wouldn’t be possible to know otherwise. Besides, the hobby allows my friend a “bragging right” to his friends about his efforts and “accomplishments”. Finally, he enjoys collecting watches because it keeps him busy when there is nothing really important to do.


Model Answer 2:

Well, for this topic, I'd like to talk about my cousin Eric, who has a fascinating hobby of collecting postal stamps. Eric's passion for stamp collecting has always intrigued me, and I've often admired his dedication to this unique hobby. I am so glad for this topic that allows me to talk about Eric and his passion for collecting stamps.

What he/she collects:
Eric has been an avid collector of postal stamps for as long as I can remember. His collection spans a wide range of stamps from different countries, each with its own unique design, historical significance, and cultural relevance. From vintage stamps dating back to the early 20th century to modern commemorative stamps featuring iconic landmarks and famous personalities, Eric's collection is both diverse and impressive.

How he/she stores/saves the collection:
To preserve and showcase his extensive collection, Eric meticulously stores his stamps in specialized albums and protective sleeves. He takes great care to organize them according to various themes, countries, and time periods, ensuring that each stamp is catalogued and displayed with utmost attention to detail.

How long he/she has been collecting this:
Eric has been collecting postal stamps for over a decade now, ever since he stumbled upon his grandfather's old stamp album during his childhood. Inspired by the beauty and diversity of the stamps he discovered, Eric began his own collection and has been passionately adding to it ever since.

And explain why he/she enjoys collecting this:
For Eric, collecting postal stamps is not just a hobby; it's a journey of discovery, learning, and appreciation for the rich tapestry of world history and culture. He enjoys the thrill of hunting for rare stamps, the satisfaction of completing sets, and the sense of connection he feels with people and places around the globe through the miniature works of art he collects. Moreover, stamp collecting serves as a creative outlet for Eric, allowing him to express his curiosity, creativity, and attention to detail in a meaningful and fulfilling way. Above all, Eric finds joy in sharing his passion for stamp collecting with others, whether it's through attending stamp fairs, exchanging stamps with fellow collectors, or simply discussing the fascinating stories behind each stamp in his collection.

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