Describe a crowded place you have been to - Cue Card # 709

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

Describe a crowded place you have been to.

You should say:

  • where the place is (or, was)
  • when you went there
  • with whom you went there

and explain how you felt about this crowded place.

[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 live in a country which is one of the biggest in the world and has a comparatively fair distribution of population in major cities and towns. This is why I scarcely experience overcrowd in most of the places I go to. However, a few months ago I went to watch a football match at the largest stadium in our city and it was packed with thousands of people, and at a time I felt like I had never seen so many people at a single place in my life.

It was a major football competition in our country which happened to take place last November and I decided to watch the semifinal of the tournament with two of my friends. As planned, we went to the stadium three hours before the match and was surprised to see the wave of people and long lines in the ticket counter. We had to move like ants in the line and I believe, it took us more than an hour just to enter the stadium due to the crowd and long queue.

I was even more surprised when I entered the stadium as I could see people all around me of all ages. It was a friendly crowd but overwhelming for me. We had to shout to talk to each other as the noise was all around us. I felt good to be there and experienced a really thrilling semifinal which was quite entertaining and suspenseful till the end.


 

Model Answer 2:
I don’t really like to visit a crowded place unless I have a very valid reason to do so. But, I still needed to visit one such congested place, a livestock buying and selling place that is, about a few years ago because I needed to buy a cow from there in order to sacrifice it during one of our major Muslim religious festivals.

The crowded place, I visited, was one of the biggest in my region, but I didn’t really feel like going there, mainly because it was too big of a place, with so many people and domestic animals from different parts of my country, which had very little or almost no order in place.

By the way, it was a very popular street market because people from all over my country would visit it once a year in order to buy cows and goats for the purpose of sacrificing them during a major Muslim religious festival called “Eid-ul-Azha”. As much as I loved the idea of visiting the market to buy an animal in order to sacrifice it, I wasn’t really very comfortable to go there alone because it would be quite a challenge for me to bring the animal home all by myself. So, I requested one of my cousins to visit the market with me, and he gladly obliged. Anyway, after visiting the animal “hut”, I became very overwhelmed to see so many cows and goats, ready to be sold to their new owners, while both the sellers and buyers, including me, were busy to get the best bargaining deals for their animals.

Anyway, I had a mixed feeling about visiting this crowded place because on one hand, people there, especially the buyers, were very excited to choose and buy their favourite animals, but, on the other hands, the sellers seemed to have very little or no respect for individual taste and preferences of the buyers. Besides, the place was so crowded that I actually had to wait about 15 minutes just to decide how I would get out of the market without getting lost.

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