Cue Card Sample

Describe a beautiful village or rural area - Cue Card # 820

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

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a beautiful village or rural area that you have visited.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • when you went there
  • why you went there

and explain why you think this place was beautiful.

[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.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:
Sometimes, I actually blame my parents for leaving the beautiful village, in which, I grew up. Of course, blaming doesn’t really help because now I and my family are permanently settled in a crowded city. But, fortunately, that doesn’t prevent me from visiting a beautiful village or rural area once in a while just as I did about a few months ago.

Before visiting this village, I had just no idea about it since it was very far away from my place. In fact, it was located in another province (or administrative area) where one of my friends moved back and lived permanently after finishing his university education with me. And I can certainly understand why he decided to move back to that village because no doubt, it could very easily be one of the most beautiful villages or rural areas, a person ever could visit.

At least, that’s what I had gathered during my visit that lasted for about a few days when I didn’t only get to enjoy the simple yet very welcoming village life, but also some of the most delicious, home-cooked foods that would tickle your taste buds even on your worst days! Besides, the experience of collecting beautiful pebbles from under the shallow river bed with the village children there was so unique and rewarding that I would never trade it for anything. No wonder I still thank that good friend of mine, either in a letter or over the phone, for inviting me to his village to spend my summer holidays.

Anyway, it was one of the most beautiful villages, if not the most beautiful, that I had ever visited, not only because it had so much green all over it, but also because it offered a very beautiful sight of a flowing river that twisted and turned at will. Besides, the beautiful view of the village houses there, maintaining almost a similar design and architectural pattern from above the small hills, was just too hard to ignore. All in all, it was an ideal village which I would like to visit again and again.

Sample Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this nice topic. In fact, I have visited several beautiful villages in my life, but the one that stands out to me the most is the village of Riquewihr in France. It was a breathtaking experience, and I would love to visit there again someday.

Riquewihr is a small village located in the Alsace region of France, near the border of Germany. I visited the village a few years ago when I was traveling through France. I had heard that the village was known for its beauty and was interested in seeing it for myself.

As someone who enjoys experiencing different cultures, I was excited to visit Riquewihr and learn more about the local way of life. I also wanted to see the famous architecture and vineyards that the village is known for.

As soon as I arrived in Riquewihr, I was struck by the beauty of the village. The narrow streets were lined with colorful half-timbered houses, many of which had flower boxes in the windows. The local vineyards were also stunning, with rows of grapevines stretching out as far as the eye could see. The village had a peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, and I could not help but feel relaxed as I explored the town.

Riquewihr was a stunning place that left a lasting impression on me. The combination of the colorful houses, vineyards, and peaceful atmosphere made it one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to experience the charm and beauty of a traditional French village.

Model Answer 3:

For this nice topic, I would like to talk about a small and charming village called Majuli, which is located in the Indian state of Assam in India. It is one of the largest river islands in the world and situated in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra River, and I had been lucky enough to be able to visit this charming village. I visited this village during my college days when I was pursuing a project on sustainable tourism in Northeast India.

Majuli is a serene and peaceful village with lush green paddy fields and bamboo groves. The village has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its unique mask-making tradition, which is a part of the Assamese theatre. The villagers use natural materials like clay, bamboo, and cow dung to make masks and puppets, and the performances are usually held during the annual Raas festival.

The village is also famous for its Vaishnavite monasteries or Satras, which are centuries-old religious institutions dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. These monasteries are the centre of spiritual and cultural life in Majuli, and they promote traditional forms of music, dance, and crafts.

During my visit to Majuli, I was struck by the simple and sustainable way of life of the villagers. They live close to nature and depend on organic farming, fishing, and weaving for their livelihoods. The villagers were warm and hospitable, and I was welcomed with open arms and treated to delicious Assamese cuisine.

Majuli is a beautiful village that offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Northeast India. The scenic beauty, unique traditions, and friendly people make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing rural life in India.

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