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Expensive activity you enjoy doing occasionally - Cue Card # 750

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

Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally.

You should say:

  • what activity it is
  • why it is expensive
  • who you usually do it with

and explain why you enjoy doing this expensive activity.

[Instruction: 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:
Thank you for this interesting topic. Actually, there are a number of expensive activities which I like to try from time to time, but I just can’t manage to pursue them all on a regular basis. Obviously, it is because they are more “expensive” than I can actually afford. However, there is one activity that I enjoy doing occasionally, and today, I will just go ahead and talk about that.

Now, I am not too sure how many people actually consider “driving a fast sports car”, an expensive activity, but it certainly is for me because I have to rent one, and trust me, where I live, renting just a normal passenger car can cost you a fortune, let alone a fast sports car. On top of that, they can become even more expensive if you are renting them on the weekends or any other holiday season, obviously because more people rent them during those times. Besides, adding the cost of “buying a car insurance” and “fuel” (yes, fast sports cars usually consume a lot more fuel than the regular 4-door sedans) to the cost of renting a fast sports car actually puts a huge “dent” in your pocket. 

But, of course, none of these costs really prevents me from renting a fast sports car once in a while and visiting an interesting place with my friends and family members. By the way, when the rental cost becomes a bit too high for my liking, my friends sometimes (yes, “sometimes” but not always) are kind enough to share the cost with me which actually does lessen the burden on me a little.

Anyway, no matter the cost, I actually enjoy this expensive activity, mainly because it allows me to feel the adventure and thrills of being fast on the road, like an unstoppable jaguar marching forward furiously and yet so silently. Besides, it also allows me to spend some quality time with my friends and family members away from the crowds and tedium of daily life.


Sample Answer 2:

Well, it's an interesting topic, and I would like to thank you first before I get into the details. One indulgence that I occasionally allow myself is the exquisite experience of fine dining at upscale restaurants. For this topic, I would like to talk about this. This expensive activity is a culinary journey that tantalizes the taste buds and offers a symphony of flavours.

What activity it is:
The activity is dining at high-end restaurants renowned for their gastronomic prowess. These establishments often feature renowned chefs, carefully curated menus, and an ambience that transcends the ordinary.

Why it is expensive:
The expense is attributed to the meticulous attention to detail in the preparation of each dish, the quality of ingredients sourced, and the overall dining experience. The chefs often showcase culinary artistry, using rare and premium ingredients that contribute to the elevated cost.

Who I usually do it with:
This is an activity I typically share with close friends or family members who share a passion for gastronomy. It's not just about the food; it's about creating lasting memories and shared moments of culinary delight with those whose company I cherish.

And explain why you enjoy doing this expensive activity:
Beyond the monetary investment, the joy of fine dining lies in the multisensory experience it offers. Each dish is a masterpiece, a blend of flavours, textures, and artistic presentation. The ambience of these establishments, often adorned with subtle lighting and elegant décor, enhances the overall experience. It's a momentary escape from the mundane, a celebration of taste, and an opportunity to appreciate the artistry that goes into creating exceptional cuisine.

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