Cue Card Sample

When you enjoyed visiting a member of your family in their home - Cue Card # 850

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Individual Long Run - 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 enjoyed visiting a member of your family in their home.

You should say:

  • who you visited and where they lived
  • why you made this visit
  • what happened during this visit

and explain what you enjoyed about this visit.

[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:

I'd like to share a heartwarming experience when I visited my aunt, Maria, in her home in the picturesque countryside. I am so happy to be able to share this experience with you here today. 

Who you visited and where they lived:
My aunt lived in a charming cottage nestled on the outskirts of a small town. Her home was surrounded by lush green fields and had an air of tranquillity that felt like a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Why you made this visit:
The visit was prompted by a desire to reconnect with family and escape the monotony of daily life. It had been quite some time since our last meeting, and we both felt the need for some quality family time.

What happened during this visit:
The weekend at my aunt's home turned out to be a delightful blend of relaxation and joyful activities. We spent our days exploring the nearby nature trails, taking leisurely strolls in the evenings, and sharing stories over home-cooked meals. The simplicity of our days allowed for meaningful conversations and bonding that often get lost in the rush of modern life.

One highlight was an impromptu family barbecue in her backyard. We gathered around a crackling fire, sharing laughter, and stories; and savouring delicious grilled treats. The evening was adorned with starlight, adding a touch of magic to our familial bonds.

And explain what you enjoyed about this visit:
What made the visit truly special was the authentic connection we rekindled. In the quietude of her countryside abode, I found a sense of peace and belonging. There was a beauty in the simplicity of our interactions, devoid of the distractions of the digital world. It reminded me of the importance of family ties and the joy that resides in the shared moments of togetherness.

Moreover, experiencing the slower pace of life in the countryside, away from the urban chaos, was rejuvenating. It allowed me to appreciate the beauty of nature, the warmth of familial relationships, and the joy that lies in the uncomplicated moments of life.

Model Answer 2:

For this wonderful topic, I'd like to recount a recent visit to my sister's new home in the bustling heart of a city. This trip was particularly special as it marked her transition from a beloved family member to the role of a wife, living in the vibrant urban centre.

My sister, Sarah, tied the knot a couple of months ago, and now she resides in a chic apartment in the city centre. It was my first visit since her marriage, and I was eager to see her new life unfold in the lively atmosphere of the city.

The visit was driven by a mix of familial affection and curiosity about Sarah's new life. It was a chance to not only catch up on family matters but also to explore the dynamics of her urban lifestyle.

The weekend was a whirlwind of urban adventures. From exploring trendy cafes to taking evening walks in the nearby parks, the city offered a vibrant backdrop to our time together. I had the opportunity to meet her spouse, and we all spent an evening reminiscing about old times and sharing dreams for the future.

Sarah's apartment, nestled among towering skyscrapers, provided a stark contrast to our family home. The visit included a tour of her stylish abode, where she showcased her newfound skills in homemaking and decorating. 

What made this visit memorable was witnessing my sister's transformation into a wife and a city dweller. There was a unique energy in the urban landscape, and it was fascinating to observe how she seamlessly blended her small-town charm with the fast-paced rhythm of city life.

Moreover, the visit allowed us to create new memories. We explored hidden gems in the city, savoured diverse cuisines, and shared laughter amid the urban hustle. The experience was a testament to the evolving nature of family bonds and the joy of celebrating each other's milestones.

PART - 3: Detail Discussion.

Discussion topic: Family occasions

Q. When do families celebrate together in your country?
Answer: Families in my country often come together to celebrate various occasions such as festivals, birthdays, weddings, and religious events. Festivals, in particular, are significant as they provide a joyful opportunity for families to reunite, share meals, and participate in cultural traditions. When it comes to my family, we often find opportunities to be together with both our immediate and extended families.

Q. How often do all the generations in a family come together in your country?
Answer: The frequency of all generations coming together in a family varies, but it's common for such gatherings to occur during major celebrations or important life events. Extended family reunions may happen a few times a year, especially during festivals or special occasions, fostering a sense of familial unity and shared experiences. Now getting back to my family, all of our generations come together at least thrice a year.

Q. Why is it that some people might not enjoy attending family occasions?
Answer: Some individuals might not enjoy attending family occasions due to various reasons. Differences in personalities, conflicts, or strained relationships within the family can create discomfort for some. Additionally, personal obligations, work commitments, or geographical distances might hinder such participation for others. For some, social anxiety or introversion can make large family gatherings overwhelming, impacting the enjoyment of such occasions. A couple of my cousins, for example, stay far away from our grandparents' home and I have found that they do not like to travel a long distance to meet as frequently as we do. 

Discussion topic: Everyday life in families

Q. Do you think it is a good thing for parents to help their children with schoolwork? 
Answer: Yes, I believe it is highly beneficial for parents to help their children with schoolwork. Involvement in a child's education fosters a positive learning environment at home, strengthens the parent-child bond, and demonstrates the importance of education. It provides an opportunity for parents to understand their child's academic challenges, offer guidance, and instil good study habits. My parents often helped me with my homework and it helped me learn and form a great bond with them.

Q. How important do you think it is for families to eat together at least once a day?
Answer: Eating together as a family at least once a day is crucial for fostering strong familial bonds and promoting communication - I believe. It allows family members to share experiences, discuss their day, and strengthen emotional connections. Regular family meals also contribute to a sense of unity and can positively impact children's social and emotional development. Since people are busy in modern times, a meal together at least brings all the family members together and have some meaningful conversations.

Q. Do you believe that everyone in a family should share household tasks?
Answer: Yes, I do believe that sharing household tasks among all family members promotes a sense of responsibility, teamwork, and fairness. It ensures that the burden of chores is distributed equitably, preventing one person from feeling overwhelmed. Moreover, involving everyone in household tasks teaches valuable life skills, encourages cooperation, and contributes to a harmonious living environment. When people in a family share the household tasks, they share the burden of a single person - oftentimes the mother, and create a loving a caring family atmosphere.

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