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Describe a fish market you have once visited - Cue Card # 793

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

Describe a fish market you have once visited.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • when you visited there
  • why you went there

and explain how you felt about visiting this fish market.

[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:

I have visited a number of fish markets to buy fish from time to time. But, today, I am not exactly going to talk about one of those fish markets in my home town that I visit at least once a month, but a fish market which I visited after travelling to one of the biggest port cities of my country. 

I visited this port city about a few years ago when one of my cousins invited me to visit him. This cousin of mine wanted me also to move there and get a job. So, one day, I finally decided to visit my cousin and learn about the port city a bit more before making any kind of decision regarding the move. After I arrived there, my cousin happily took me to different kinds of places which included the actual seaport - where all kinds of ships from abroad were docked to load and unload the goods. I was also taken to some handicraft markets one day before going to a nice seafood restaurant. And it was in that restaurant that I became really interested in visiting a fish market in that exotic port city since it was in that restaurant, I got to eat some of the most delicious grilled fish that I had ever tried up until that point. So, later on, both my cousin and I went to the biggest seafood and fish markets in the town. 

Needless to say, after visiting that fish market, I was simply stunned because it had such a wide range of fish that for a while, I felt like I was actually walking in an ocean of fish! I also felt like it was actually a haven for foodies, photographers, and market lovers where one could easily have the best experience of authentic market life. Besides, being able to see so many fishermen at work and "in action" in chorus, chopping and cutting varieties of fish for selling to their customers, was just a treat to watch!


Sample Answer 2:

I think that fish markets are always bustling with activity, and one can have a unique experience in such a market if that person is ready to explore and enjoy. I recently had the chance to visit a great and a bit different fish market, and it was an unforgettable experience. Here, I will share the experience with you.

The fish market I visited was located in a coastal city in India, named Kochi. I visited there last year during my vacation, which was in the month of February.

I always heard about the famous fish market in Kochi, and as a seafood lover, I wanted to visit it. I was very curious about how they sold and bargained for fish.

When I arrived at the fish market, it was quite crowded, and the smell of fish filled the air. There were various types of fish, and the vendors were shouting out their prices. I was amazed by the wide variety of fish and seafood that was available at the market. The market had an old-world charm, and it felt like I was stepping back in time.

I had a great time visiting the fish market. It was fascinating to watch the vendors handle and weigh the fish. I also had the opportunity to speak to some of the vendors and learn about different types of fish and how they are used in cooking. I even tried some of the freshly cooked fish dishes and was impressed with the quality and taste.

If I ever get a chance to visit Kochi again, I will make sure to visit the fish market once more.

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