IELTS Cue Card Sample 144 - Describe your favourite colour

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

Describe your favourite colour.

You should say:

•    what is it
•    what is the significance of this colour
•    how you started liking it

and explain why do you like this colour.

Sample Answer 1:
I’m not sure I have just one favourite colour, but if you insist on making me choose I know which one it would be. I’m going to tell you what it is, why it is significant and as far as I can how it is I started to like it. I’ll try and explain why I like the colour so much, but that might be hard to do – liking a particular colour is, after all, a very personal thing.

My favourite colour is blue! That doesn’t seem quite enough to say. There are so very many variants of the colour. Sky blue; sea blue; azure blue; navy blue; royal airforce blue; midnight blue; cobalt to name but a few. Then there are all those colours that are sort of blue, but tip over into green as well like turquoise or teal. To make it even more complicated there are rich blues that might almost be purple like the colour of the iris flower in my country. If you go to a DIY store and pick up a colour chart for different paints I expect there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to describe the colour blue – and I don’t even know if we all see the colour in the same way. It is mind boggling!

I don’t know quite what the significance of the colour is, but I find it a really attractive hue. In nature, I love a clear blue sea, or the complex blues of a sky. Moody grey blue before a storm, dark midnight blue at dusk or bright blue littered with fluffy white clouds on a summer day. As a child, I pronounced at an early age that blue was my absolute favourite colour. I think I did it partly to be different, most girls were expected to like pink but I wanted to dissociate myself from that and stubbornly declared a preference for blue, traditionally a boy’s colour. We used to go for walks from my first school in a big crocodile of children. We each held on to a coloured ribbon that was attached to a long piece of rope, accompanied by two teachers, one leading at the front of the rope and a second walking at the back of the line to keep us all safe. My classmates would fight for the pink ribbon, but ‘my’ blue one was always free. That helped me feel an affinity for the colour from when I was very young.

As an adult I think the colour blue suits me to wear, particularly dark blues, I look positively ill in paler colours for some reason. I don’t know if that goes anyway to explain why I still like the colour so much, perhaps vanity is part of it. However, I think the main reason has to be that I associate blue with huge spaces, be that a great sea stretching out to the horizon or the sky opening away to infinity. Looking at that gives a sense of perspective, we are such tiny beings in a vast universe, what could be more impressive a colour than one that reminds us of that!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris | Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]


Model Answer 2:
My favourite colour is green and I have loved this colour from my early childhood. Green is the colour of nature, liveliness, fertility and freshness. The first reason I like this colour is that nature bears this colour everywhere. There is nothing more beautiful than the vast green trees, green vista and fields. Green is the symbol of life and it represents the safety. The colour green also represents good luck, health, tranquillity. This colour has long been a symbol of fertility and that's why once been used in the wedding gowns mostly in the 15th century. This colour is often used in decorating to show the calmness.

If we judge the colour green from the colour psychology perspective, we learn that green balances the heart and emotions and thus create the equilibrium in heart and brain. From the meaning of colour perspective, green is the symbol of growth, the colour of spring and symbolises renewal and rebirth. It is the sanctuary away from the complexity and stresses of the modern lives and the tranquillity of the calm, fresh and greener area.

I have my wall painted in green colour and it is generally believed that green is an eye friendly colour, unlike red. The mild green colour is a popular colour which does not look too violent or too dull. I liked this colour even in my childhood and that I can be sure from the dominant green usages in my childhood paints. My teachers sometimes laughed at my weakness on green colour when I painted a green sun and green moon. I still remember I painted a green alien and that painting became very famous among our friends.  

I am not quite sure how my fascination started growing on green colour but I guess I started liking this colour as I had spent my childhood in an area where green was the most dominating colour. This was the colour of nature and I was surrounded by the beauty of nature. I noticed in my childhood that green is the colour for living and yellow and red means dying, specifically for the trees and plants I had. Maybe this idea influenced my preference of colour. Maybe this choice is not directly related to any of my experience and reflected in a later stage as part of my individuality and personal preference. Whatever is the reason, I guess Green is a colour of profound importance and is my favourite colour.

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

1.    Describe a colour you really like.
2.    Describe a colour that you always prefer.
3.    Describe the most beautiful colour.

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