Cue Card Sample

Describe a city that you think is very interesting - Cue Card # 771

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

Describe a city that you think is very interesting.

You should say:

  • what city it is
  • what it is famous for
  • how you know about this city

and explain why you think it is a very interesting city.

[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 choosing this interesting topic for me because I actually love to learn and talk about interesting places around the world. One such tremendously interesting place, in my humble opinion, is New York City.

Now, please don’t get me wrong as I have nothing against London, Paris, Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro, but I have always struggled to understand why people would prefer these cities over New York City. To me, New York City undoubtedly is the “capital” of this world since there is just something for everybody here.

Of course, I must admit that I have visited this city only once for a week, but after learning so much about it from my visit and from my friends (living there), TV programmes, movies, newspapers and travel magazines, I think that I know a lot more about this city than the people who actually live in there!!!  Now, you are probably thinking I am just bluffing here, but I am not! For example, I know it is famous for the "Statue of Liberty” standing tall in the Hudson River, actually had arrived as a gift from France! By the way, this city, home to 80 million people, is also famous for some of the world’s tallest Skyscrapers, and the world’s largest gold reserve. Besides, the incredibly fast pace of this place, the buzzing traffic, the hustle and bustle of the people from all over the world, the 24-hour life, and the creative spirit are also some of the things which make this city really famous as well.

But, apart from all these things, what makes this city even more interesting to me is that it is undoubtedly the most linguistically diverse city in the world where 800 languages are spoken! In other words, there isn’t even a single country in this world whose citizens don’t live in this mega city or haven’t lived here at some point in time since the birth of it!  Besides, the positive vibe and energy it creates among its citizens, no matter where they come from, transcends all kinds of national and cultural barriers.


Model Answer 2:

Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a rich history and culture. I am lucky that I had been to this country a couple of years ago. The country is filled with breathtaking landscapes, fascinating castles, and charming towns. One of the cities in Scotland that I find very interesting is Edinburgh.

What city it is:
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is located in the southeastern part of the country. It is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural festivals.

What it is famous for:
Edinburgh is famous for its iconic Edinburgh Castle, which sits atop an extinct volcano and is visible from most parts of the city. It is also known for the Royal Mile, a historic street that stretches from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The city is also famous for its annual festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

How you know about this city:
I first learned about Edinburgh when I was studying Scottish history in school. Since then, I have always been fascinated by its rich history and cultural heritage. Then in 2019, I was lucky enough to visit this city and witness its stunning beauty and interesting landscapes and castles with my own eye.

And explain why you think it is a very interesting city:
Edinburgh is an interesting city because it has so much to offer. Its beautiful architecture, rich history, and cultural festivals make it an ideal destination for tourists from all over the world. The city has a unique charm that is difficult to find elsewhere. I am particularly drawn to the city's beautiful landscapes, which are perfect for hiking and exploring. Additionally, the Scottish people are very friendly and welcoming, which adds to the overall appeal of the city.


Sample Answer 3:

I am originally from India, but now live in Toronto, and I believe that it is one of the most fascinating cities in Canada, famous for its rich history, cultural diversity, and stunning architecture. For this fabulous topic, I would like to describe Toronto.

What city it is:
Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada. I have been living in this city for the last 4 years and it still surprises me every now and then!

What it is famous for:
Toronto is famous for many things, such as the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Islands, and the Royal Ontario Museum. It is also known for being a hub for business, technology, and entertainment. The city boasts a vibrant arts and music scene, with festivals and events happening year-round.

How you know about this city:
I live in this city and I know it from my heart as I consider myself to be a part of it. 

And explain why you think it is a very interesting city:
Toronto is a melting pot of cultures, with people from all over the world calling it home. This makes for a unique and diverse experience for visitors, as they can sample food from all corners of the globe, explore various neighbourhoods, and learn about different customs and traditions. The city is also very welcoming and inclusive, making it a great place to visit for all types of travellers. Additionally, Toronto is home to some of the best museums, galleries, and cultural institutions in Canada, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in art, history, or culture.

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