Cue Card Sample

Describe your favourite place for shopping - Cue Card # 686

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

Describe your favourite place for shopping.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what types of products are available there
  • how frequently you visit there

and explain why this is your favourite place for shopping.

[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:
I don’t like to go shopping much unless I have a good reason to do so because it usually takes longer than usual for me to do the shopping most of the time. However, here I would like to talk about a shopping place which rather encourages me to visit it once in a while.

The name of this shopping place is “Buy All You Can” which is located on the outskirts of my hometown. It is more like a “supercenter” which opens at 6:00 am every morning and closes at 11:00 pm. I would say that it is easily one of the busiest shopping places in my town because I have seldom found a dull and quiet moment there, no matter what time I visit it.

Covering an area of about 7000 square feet, with a large parking space in front of it, this shopping place draws all types of customers, not only from within the city but also from outside of the city, most of the time. Of course, these customers have a handful of reasons to visit this busy supercenter, but the main reason is that it sells a complete line of grocery products, including fruits, vegetables, dry foods, snacks, loaves of bread and cakes, fish, meat, dairy products, frozen food, kitchen and household appliances, and cleaning products, among many other items for our daily needs. This supercenter also has separate sections for “seasonal clothing items” and “beauty products”.

One of the distinct features of this shopping place is that it sells both the “high-end” products as well as the products for “regular” customers. There are other reasons for visiting this great shopping place, but I visit it twice a month mostly to buy some fresh fish and vegetables. 

This is my favourite shopping place because I can find and buy the products, I want, rather easily and quickly without asking the store crews there. Besides, I also like to visit this big store because it promotes the products of “serious small businesses” as opposed to just selling the merchandise of only big and profit-making companies.


Model Answer 2:

One of my favourite places for shopping is the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It's the largest shopping mall in the United States and offers a wide range of products and entertainment options under one roof. For this topic, I will talk about this shopping mall.

Where it is:
The Mall of America is situated in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul in the state of Minnesota. It's conveniently located near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, making it easily accessible for both local residents and visitors from out of town.

What types of products are available there:
The Mall of America boasts over 500 stores, ranging from high-end luxury brands to budget-friendly options, covering almost every category imaginable. From fashion apparel, accessories, and cosmetics to electronics, home goods, and speciality items, there's something for everyone's taste and budget. Additionally, the mall features numerous dining options, entertainment venues, and attractions, including an indoor amusement park, an aquarium, and a miniature golf course.

How frequently you visit there:
I visit the Mall of America several times a year, often during weekends or holidays when I have free time to explore and shop. 

And explain why this is your favourite place for shopping:
The Mall of America holds a special place in my heart for several reasons. Firstly, its sheer size and variety of stores ensure that I can find everything I need in one place, saving time and effort. Whether I'm looking for trendy fashion items, the latest gadgets, or unique gifts, I know I'll find them at the mall.

Moreover, the mall's vibrant atmosphere and diverse mix of retailers create an exciting and dynamic shopping experience. I enjoy strolling through its spacious corridors, browsing through the latest collections, and discovering new brands and products.

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