IELTS Cue Card Sample 51 - Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing.
You should say:
- what kind of game or sport it is
- whom you play it with
- where you play it
and explain why you enjoy playing this game or sport.
Model Answer 1:
We love to get involved in different kinds of spectators and individual sports in Myanmar. In fact, our government also encourages us to play sports. Anyway, today I would like to talk about a sport, which I enjoy playing the most like millions of others in my country.
The name of this sport is football. In fact, football by far is the most popular sport in my country, followed by Golf, especially after the modern Myanmar national football league was formed in the year of 2009. Besides, football has a long and rich tradition in my country as used to be one of the best Asian teams along with Iran and South Korea, winning Asian Games football tournaments twice, in 1966 and 1970, as well as being runner up in the 1968 Asian Cup, after the champion and host Iran. Myanmar youth team had also crowned Asian youth championship titles seven times.
Anyway, when I was younger, I could play this sport anywhere in our streets, where I lived, with my friends and neighbours because back then, the streets were not really that busy. But, as I've grown up now, I only play this great sport in the field by dividing ourselves, including my friends and neighbours, in two teams, with 11 players in each, and we play like true professionals. In fact, we even organize a “friendly cup” football tournament for our wards (“ward” is a local city authority in my country) in our town every year where the champion team receives an award.
In fact, when our “ward” team plays in this friendly cup football tournament, we support our own teams by chanting and screaming for them so that they become spirited and energized to score goals.
Anyway, I enjoy this sport because it allows me to socialize and mingle with my friends and neighbours while also having fun in the field. The game helps me recuperate from the fatigue and tiredness of my busy working life. Finally, the sport also allows me to remain physically fit and healthy like no other game.
Sample Answer 2:
I've played several games throughout my young age, both indoor and outdoor games, and I try to play whenever I get time. Among those games, I enjoyed playing chess more than others. Chess is an indoor game where two players participate. This game does not involve any major physical movements like other outdoor games but a chess player has to use his/her brain and make game plans to defeat the opponent.
I mostly play this game with my friends and cousins. Sometimes I play it with my father and senior relatives. Since playing chess requires only placing the board on a surface and sitting position of the two participating players, it is convenient to play chess almost anywhere. I mostly play it at our veranda, garden or bedroom. I enjoy this game because I have a fascination for this game from my childhood and I really like the overall theme and barnstorming involved in this game. It's a thought-provoking game that gives the participating players to use their brains. A player can apply his/her strategy, and then allure the opponent to fall into a trap which is much like a real battlefield.
It's not a game where someone would only use the physical movements rather the game requires a perfect game plan, finding weaknesses of the opponent and a battle strategy. This game gives you a feel of being the King of a regime where you decide your country men's fate. For all those reasons this is a very interesting and enjoyable game for me.
Tips for answering this Cue Card Topic:
Since the cue card is about your favourite game or sport, you can talk about any indoor or outdoor game or sport you play or know about. Alternatively, you can talk about computer games as well. If this is an indoor game you want to talk about, pick chess, card games, table tennis, bowling, carom, computer game, gaming device game or any other game you prefer. For the indoor games, you can mention that you regularly play it with your family members or friends and enjoy it a lot. Generally, physical exercise is not involved in indoor games except table tennis and you should focus on "improvement" and "excitement" the indoor games offer. Indoor games are usually played inside homes and you should mention that you play it in your house, veranda, drawing room or in a guestroom. You should also mention that you play it in your relatives' houses or friends' houses as well.
If you pick an outdoor game, like cricket, football, badminton, rugby you should mention that you play it with your friends and some of the neighbours. Sometimes unknown people join in such games where more than 7-8 players are needed. Mention that these games are refreshing and a good way of keeping your health fit.
For the question why do you enjoy playing this game, you should mention that you have a great passion for this game or sport and you have been playing it for a long time. You can also mention that you are usually good at it and your percentage of winning the game is very good. If you talk about an indoor game, mention the excitement and brainstorming it offers and the way you enjoy playing it with your family members and friends. For the outdoor games mention the health benefits it offers and the way you enjoy playing it.
The follow-up question of this cue card might ask you the most common types of games and sports played in your country so you should prepare for that as well.
Part 3 – Two-way discussion:
Q. What types of sports are popular in your country?
Q. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
Q. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
Q. How can sports bring people from different countries closer together?
Q. What are the advantages of hosting different international sporting events in a country?
Q. How can we encourage children to participate in different types of sporting activities?
Being able to answer this question would help you answer the following cue card topics also:
1. Talk about something you enjoy doing at home.
2. Describe something you do often.
3. Talk about an outdoor activity you have.
4. Describe a healthy habit you have.
5. Describe a game or sports you often play.
6. Describe something you do with your friends or family members.
7. Talk about a national sport or game in your country.
8. Describe something you enjoy doing.