Cue Card Sample

Someone or something that makes a lot of noise - Cue Card # 727

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

Describe someone or something that makes a lot of noise.

You should say:

  • who or what makes the noise
  • what the noise is like
  • why that thing or person makes the noise

and explain how you feel about it.

[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 am not sure if living near the main road has its advantages, but it sure has a major disadvantage, and that disadvantage is dealing with noise – a lot of noise – on a regular basis. So, I guess that I will go ahead today and talk about the noise of the traffic on the road near the place where I live.

Anyway, I guess that in today’s world, there aren’t too many people who don’t know about traffic noise, especially, if they live in the cities. And, we all know how busy the city roads and streets can become, with hundreds of vehicles running on them every minute and making some unbearable noises. These noises are mainly created by the traction of the road surfaces by tires, loud sounds of engine/transmission, aerodynamic noises (noises that result from the flow of air and vibration), horns, and braking elements. However, of all the noises, noises of rolling tires from large vehicles, like buses and trucks, driving on uneven pavement are found to be the biggest contributors to traffic noise which increases with higher vehicle speeds.

These traffic noises are bad and harmful enough to cause sleep problems, headaches, tiredness, high blood pressure, stress and increased risk of heart disease. Anyway, the traffic noise is usually unpleasant and inconvenient as it distracts us and confuses us. But, no matter how unpleasant and inconvenient the traffic noises really are, we can’t really get rid of them at will because it’s the very sound of motion energy, created by the fuel and engine, without which, no vehicles would run on the road.

How do I feel about it? To be honest, I have a lot of negative feelings about this traffic noise, but the most frustrating thing about this traffic noise is that I feel very helpless against it, simply because I feel like this traffic noise is inevitable and a fact of life which we will have to live with as long as we are living in a city. Even more frustrating for me is the fact that we all more or less know what this traffic noise does to our health, but still, we are doing almost nothing about it.


Model Answer 2:
In the hustle and bustle of urban living, there's a character in my daily life that stands out for making quite a racket. This isn't the usual background noise of the city but rather the intentional clamour produced by one of my neighbours on the same floor in the large apartment building where I reside.

My neighbour, a vivacious woman in her early thirties, seems to have an affinity for turning her living space into a venue for various activities that generate a considerable amount of noise. From organizing frequent gatherings to indulging in loud music and often hosting boisterous movie nights, her apartment has become a hub for all things noisy.

The noise emanating from her apartment varies; sometimes, it's the rhythmic beats of lively music reverberating through the walls, and on other occasions, it's the laughter and chatter of her guests echoing in the hallway. The thin walls of our apartment building hardly serve as barriers, making her activities audible and impossible to ignore.

Her penchant for creating a lively atmosphere in her home is evident in her frequent socializing. Whether it's a celebration, a casual get-together, or just her unwinding after a long day, the noise appears to be an integral part of her lifestyle.

Admittedly, my initial reactions ranged from frustration to mild annoyance, especially during times when I craved peace and quiet. However, over time, I've come to appreciate the diversity of lifestyles within our building. While the noise can be disruptive, it also adds a unique flavour to the shared living experience, making our building a microcosm of different ways of life. Though there are moments when I yearn for tranquillity, I've learned to find my own rhythm amid the cacophony, understanding that each neighbour contributes to the vibrant tapestry of our communal existence.

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