Cue Card Sample

Describe a time when you talked to a foreign tourist - Cue Card # 836

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 time when you talked to a foreign tourist who was visiting your country.

You should say:

  • when and where it was
  • why you talked to this tourist
  • what you talked about

and explain how interesting this conversation was.

[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:

We get many foreign visitors every year in my country. Of course, they don’t visit my small town that often, but still, I get to see them once in a while. And when I see them, I do try to chat with them just like I did with one international traveller about a few years ago.

It was during the summertime when he visited my town. I saw him for the first time, walking on the same street where I was riding my bicycle. I didn’t really care to pay much attention to him, but just after taking a quick glance at him, I realized that he was of European origin with very fair skin and blonde hair.  But, when I saw him the next day, walking at a brisk speed on the same street, I decided to have a chat with him. So, I stopped my two-wheeler and walked towards him. Seeing me walking towards him, he smilingly said "hello" to me as if he was expecting me.

After exchanging greetings, I asked him if the weather was too hot for him since he was sweating profusely. In response, he told me with a very radiant smile that he actually could do that his whole life! Later, he also told me with a serious face that the world was big enough for everybody and yet, we can’t travel from one place to another, freely, meaning there were just too many regulations for world citizens to move freely from one country to another.

By the way, I stopped to have that conversation with him because I wanted to tell him that he would probably get sick, walking like that in such hot weather. But, in the end, I thought that it was a rather interesting conversation because it taught me how we take so many things in our life (like sunshine and warm weather) for granted. Besides, because of that little talk, I learned that there were still many people in this world who, just like me, didn’t like the artificial separation between humans and countries, imposed by the governments.

Sample Answer 2:

I live in a country that attracts many foreign tourists because of its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and historical significance. I have had several interactions with tourists over the years, but one conversation stands out in my mind because of its interesting topics. Here, I will share the experience of talking to this foreigner with you.

When and where it was:
It was a few months ago when I visited a famous tourist spot in my country called the Red Fort. The Red Fort is located in the capital city and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. While I was exploring the fort, I came across a foreign tourist who looked lost and was struggling to find his way around.

Why you talked to this tourist:
I approached the tourist and asked if he needed any help. He told me that he was trying to find the exit and was having difficulty navigating the complex layout of the fort. I offered to help him find his way and walked with him through the fort to the exit.

What you talked about:
As we were walking, we started to have a conversation about our respective countries and cultures. The tourist was from Europe, and I was fascinated by his stories about life in his country. We also talked about the importance of environmental protection and reducing our carbon footprint. The tourist was surprised to learn about some of the conservation efforts being made in my country to preserve our national history and cultural identity.

And explain how interesting this conversation was:
Well, I found the conversation to be very interesting and informative. It was refreshing to hear someone from a different part of the world share their experiences and thoughts on important global issues. It was also fascinating because, despite our differences in origins and nationalities, we agreed on important issues that the world is facing today. The conversation lasted for about 15 minutes, and we exchanged contact information before parting ways. I hope to stay in touch with the tourist and continue our discussions in the future.

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