IELTS Cue Card # 182 - Describe the place where you grew up
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe the place where you grew up in your childhood.
You should say:
- what type of place it is
- whether you still live there
- if you think the place has changed much since you were young
and explain if this was a good place to grow up as a child.
Model Answer 1:
Childhood memories are always great – especially, the memories of the place(s) in which we grow up as children. So, I am really glad that I have been provided such a great opportunity to talk about a place in which, I didn’t just grow up as a child, but also hold it very dearly close to my heart.
The place, where I grew up as a child, was a small town. Well, I would describe it more like a city suburb, but it certainly had all the elements to offer happy living to a 7/8 years old child like me. By the way, prior to moving to that city suburb, my parents actually used to live in one of the major cities of my country which was very crowded and noisy for the likings of them. So, they decided to move to a small town, where I grew up as a child, in order to offer us an opportunity to remain close to the environment of the countryside.
Since the town in which I grew up as a child was small, everything was within my reach. For example, the breakfast place, movie theatre, and stadiums to enjoy all kinds of games were all in close proximity to my residence. Besides, if I rode on my bicycle for about 15 minutes on the brick-made pavement, I could easily visit a beautiful lake and cornfields. The streets, although just a few in numbers, were very wide which made it easy for me to play with my bicycle.
Unfortunately, I don’t live there anymore, and I am pretty sure that the place must have changed a lot in time because, after all, everything changes in time.
Anyway, the place, I am talking about, was certainly a good place to grow up as a child. It was quiet and beautiful. It also had a very nice and clean environment. Besides, most of the people there were very friendly, and they didn’t mind the business of their neighbours. All in all, it was a very simple and nice town for a laidback child like me.
Sample Answer 2:
I was born in a beautiful and magical suburban area called (...say the name of the place where you were born and spent your childhood...) and spent my entire childhood as well as adolescence period there. It was a small town in the northern part of the country, and it was quite beautiful. After I finished my college education, I moved to the capital city of the country for higher education. Though I no longer live in my hometown, I often go there to visit my parents and other family members who still live there.
The suburb area, where I was born, was a really nice place to grow up. It was situated beside a large lake and it had plenty of open space, including scattered cornfields, lakes, beautiful gardens, parks and wide streets. The green environment, comfortable weather, fresh air, scenic beauty and the simple life of people made it an ideal place for our generation to grow up. The modern facilities like the internet, satellite connection, theatre, library etc were all present there, and yet one could stay close to nature while also breathing the fresh air. That was the beauty and charm of this place. This area was almost pollution-free, quiet and had has some renowned educational institutes.
In a broader sense, this suburban area has not changed much compared to the time when I lived there, but of course, some changes have occurred over the period. Many high rising buildings can be seen nowadays including some factories and industries which could give a different impression of the town than it was in the past.
Farming was the main occupation of people which is no longer true, and people now have a great range of occupations. The numbers of fields and open spaces have gone down. People are widely accepting modern technology and businesses have expanded. The motorised transportations have replaced the manual ways of travelling. The lifestyle and fashions among the teenage generation seem very different than they used to be and the educational infrastructure and facilities have improved significantly than the time I had been there as a child or a teenager.
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