Cue Card Sample

Describe a war or conflict you know about - Cue Card # 787

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

Describe a war or conflict you know about.

You should say:

  • what it was about
  • how you know about it
  • who was involved in this war or conflict

and explain the outcome of this war or conflict.

[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:

The history of our world is full of many wars which eventually have changed the course of the world. But, in my opinion, none of these wars has had as much impact on our world as the Second World War, and today, I would like to talk about that.

Now, I am not too sure exactly when I came to know about this conflict for the first time, but I guess that I first learned about it when I was still a young boy, and I didn’t know how to put everything in proper perspective. Back then, I came to learn only a little about it by watching some TV programmes or listening to some kinds of table talks.  But, I guess, it was during my high school years that I managed to get the complete picture of this devastating conflict through the “history” class.

Anyway, in that history class, I learned in great detail about the situation of the world prior to the start of the most devastating war in human history. Not only that but also how a certain treaty, called the Treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War, fueled the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany - which ultimately resulted in the start of World War 2 in the year of 1939.  However, even though, Hitler’s Germany was the main culprit who was responsible for starting this war, it eventually spread all over the world, by drawing in some other major world powers back then like Britain, the USA, France, the former Soviet Union, Italy, Japan, Turkey and China. 

Luckily, of course, this deadly and destructive conflict didn’t continue for more than 6 years!!! But that 6 years was more than enough to cause total chaos, to say the least, all over the world, killing at least 40 to 50 million people and redrawing the maps of the world. In the end, Germany and its allies, like Japan, Italy and Turkey, had lost the war against the war alliance of Britain, France, The USSR, China and the USA.


Model Answer 2:

Well, whenever I think about war or conflict, it reminds me of major global wars like World War I or II. However, for this topic, I would like to talk about the Georgian Civil War which I have recently learned about. 

The Georgian Civil War was a conflict that occurred from 1991 to 1993, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The war was fought between the Georgian government, led by President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, and various opposition groups, including separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. I learned about this war from historical books and documentaries.

The war was characterized by various atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, and resulted in the displacement of thousands of people. Russia and other neighbouring countries were involved in peacekeeping efforts to bring an end to the conflict. Eventually, in 1993, a ceasefire was declared, and Gamsakhurdia was ousted from power. However, the conflict in Abkhazia continued and ultimately led to a full-scale war in 1998.

Overall, the Georgian Civil War was a devastating conflict that caused significant damage to the country's infrastructure and led to the loss of many lives. The war resulted in a significant shift in Georgian politics and the country's relationship with neighbouring countries.  believe that most wars are brutal and end in casualties, loss and damages. I hope we will be more peace-loving and try to avoid wars and conflicts for a better future.

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