Cue Card Sample

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 overcrowding 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 in 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 were surprised to see the wave of people and long lines at 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:
One of the most bustling places I've ever been to is Times Square in New York City, a vibrant and iconic location known for its electrifying energy and a constant stream of people. It was so crowded that at one time I thought that I should leave the place without spending much time there. For this topic, I'd like to share this experience with you.

Times Square is situated in the heart of Manhattan, in the USA, and it's renowned for its massive digital billboards and theatres. It is a major commercial intersection visited by millions of people every month.

I visited Times Square during a family trip to New York City a couple of summers ago. We deliberately planned our visit in the evening to witness the dazzling lights that make the square come alive. 

Accompanied by my parents and siblings, we navigated through the bustling streets, taking in the lively atmosphere and the kaleidoscope of colours emanating from the towering billboards.

Being in Times Square was an exhilarating yet overwhelming experience. The sheer volume of people, each engrossed in their own agendas, created a dynamic and energetic ambience. The noise, the myriad of languages, and the constant movement of both locals and tourists contributed to the sensory overload. It was both exciting and a bit chaotic, like being at the epicentre of a global celebration.

As I stood there, surrounded by the luminous advertisements and the sea of people, I felt a sense of awe. The collective energy of the crowd was infectious, and despite the density, there was an odd sense of unity in diversity. At a time I did not feel good due to the extreme overcrowding. But I got used to it in a while. While it was challenging to navigate through the throngs of people, the experience left an indelible mark, showcasing the vivid tapestry of urban life. It was a snapshot of the world converging in one spot, creating a memory that vividly illustrates the dynamic nature of bustling metropolises.


Model Answer 3:
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 goat 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 designated animals 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 going 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 selected animals, ready to be sold to their new owners, while both the sellers and buyers, including me, were busy getting the best bargaining deals for their animals.

Well, I had a mixed feeling about visiting this crowded place because on the one hand, people there, especially the buyers, were very excited to choose and buy their favourite animals, but, on the other hand, 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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