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IELTS speaking CUE card topics

In past we discussed about IELTS speaking CUE cards in detail. This post contains many topics on which you can develop  describing and explaining skills .

  1. People
  2. Places
  3. Objects
  4. Habits and likes (or present tense questions)
  5. Plans (or future aspect questions)
  6. Experiences (or past tense/present perfect questions)

1. People

A helper
Describe someone who gave you help
You should say:

  • Who helped you
  • When they helped you
  • How they helped you

And explain why this help was important to you

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A person you live with
Describe a person you live with
You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • How long you have lived with him/her
  • What you do together

And explain how well you get on together
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A celebrity
Describe a celebrity who is famous in your country.
You should say:

  • Who the person is
  • Why they are famous
  • How often they appear in public

And say whether or not you admire this person.
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An influence
Describe someone you has influenced you
You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • What kind of person she or he is
  • How long you have known them

And explain how they have influenced you
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A childhood friend
Describe a friend you had when you were a child
You should say:

  • how you first met
  • how long you were friends
  • what you used to do together

and explain why you liked this person.
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An old person
Describe an old person you admire.
You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how long you have known him/her
  • what qualities he/she has

and say why you admire him/her
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A good cook
Describe someone you know who is good at cooking.
You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how you know him or her
  • what kinds of food they cook

and explain why this person is good at cooking

2. Places

Somewhere near water
Describe a place near a lot of water you enjoyed visiting.
You should say:

  • Where this place was
  • Who you went there with
  • What you did there

And explain why you enjoyed visiting that place.
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A museum
Describe a museum you enjoyed visiting.
You should say:

  • Where this museum is
  • What you can see in this museum
  • How long you spent in the museum

And explain why you would recommend this museum.
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A shop
Describe a shop or market you go to regularly.
You should say:

  • Where type of shop or market it is
  • What you can buy there
  • How often you go there

And say why you choose to go that shop
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A house or apartment
Talk about a house or an apartment you would like to live in.
You should say:

  • What it would look like
  • How big it would be
  • Where it would be located

And explain why you would like to live there

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Travel
Describe a place that you would like to travel to.
You should say:

  • Where you would like to go
  • How you would go there
  • Who you would go with

and explain why you would like to go to this place.
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A restaurant
Describe a restaurant you know.
You should say:

  • Where this restaurant is
  • What type of food the restaurant serves
  • How often you go to this restaurant

and explain why you would recommend this restaurant.
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A hotel
Describe a hotel you have stayed in.
You should say:

  • Where it is
  • What facilities it has
  • When you stayed there

and say whether you would recommend it to a friend
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A garden
Describe a garden you remember visiting.
You should say:

  • Where it is
  • What it looks like
  • What people do there

and explain why you remember it.

3. Objects

Something old
Describe something that you or you family has owned for a long time.
You should say:

  • What it is
  • How your family acquired it
  • How long your family has kept it

And explain why it is important to your family
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Modern technology
Describe a piece of modern technology you own.
You should say:

  • What it is
  • What you use it for
  • How long you have owned it

And explain why it is important for you
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An interesting subject
Describe your favorite subject at school or university
You should say:

  • What it was
  • Who taught you
  • How long you studied it

And say why it was your favourite subject
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A magazine
Describe a magazine you think is interesting
You should say:

  • How you know about this magazine
  • Where you can buy it
  • What it contains

and explain why you think this magazine is interesting.
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A photograph
Describe a photograph that you remember.
You should say:

  • When it was taken
  • Who took it
  • What is in the photograph

and explain why you remember this photograph
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A letter
Describe an important letter that you received.
You should say:

  • Who wrote it
  • What the letter was about
  • How you felt about the letter

and explain why it was important.
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Clothes
Describe your favorite item of clothing.
You should say:

  • What it is
  • When you bought it
  • Why you bought it

and say why you like it so much.

4. Habits and likes/the present

Music
Describe a piece of music you like
You should say:

  • What it is
  • What it sounds like
  • When you first heard it

And explain why you enjoy this piece of music.
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An advertisement
Describe an advertisement you like
You should say:

  • What type of advertisement it is
  • What product it advertises
  • Where you first saw it

And explain why you think this advertisement is effective
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Experiences and activities
A journey
Describe a journey you regularly make
You should say:

  • Where you go to and from
  • How often you make this journey
  • What form of transport you use

And explain why you make that journey in that way
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Favorite subject
Describe your favorite subject at school or university
You should say:

  • What it was
  • Who taught you
  • How long you studied it

And say why it was your favorite subject
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Leisure time
Describe what you usually do in your leisure time.
You should say:

  • Who you do this with
  • Where you do it
  • How you do it

and explain why you like to spend your free time this way.
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A skill
Describe a practical skill you have.
You should say:

  • What the skill is
  • How often you use it
  • Who taught it to you

and explain why the skill is so practical
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A television program
Describe a television program  you watched and did not enjoy.
You should say:

  • What this program was
  • Where and when you watched it
  • What it was about

and explain why you did not enjoy it
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A book
Describe a book you are reading
You should say

  • What the book is about
  • When you read it
  • How long you read it for

and explain what you like about the book
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5.Plans/the future

A country
Describe a country you plan to visit.
You should say:

  • What the country is
  • When you plan to go there
  • Who you would like to travel with

and explain why you would like to go there.
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Shopping
Describe something special you want to buy in the future.
You should say:

  • What it is
  • What it is like
  • When you intend to buy it

and explain why you want to buy it.

6. Experiences/The past

A childhood memory
Describe a happy memory from your childhood
You should say:

  • What happened
  • How old you were
  • Who else was there

And explain why you remember it so well.
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A project
Describe a project you worked on in your studies or job
You should say:

  • What the project was
  • Who else was involved in it
  • How long it took

And explain what you learned from this project
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A sporting event
Describe a sporting event you attended or watched.
You should say:

  • What sport it was
  • When it happened
  • Who was involved in it

And explain what you remember it
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A meal
Describe a meal you enjoyed
You should say:

  • Who was there
  • When and where it was
  • What you had to eat

And explain why you enjoyed the meal so much
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A celebration
Describe an occasion when you celebrated something
You should say:

  • What you were celebrating
  • Who was there
  • When it happened

And explain why it was memorable
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Advice
Describe some advice you received
You should say:

  • When you received the advice
  • Who gave the advice to you
  • What the advice was

And explain why you thought it was good advice or not
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A wedding
Describe a wedding you attended
You should say

  • When it was
  • Who got married
  • What happened at the wedding

And explain whether it was a typical wedding ceremony
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A decision
Describe an important decision that you made
You should say:

  • What the decision was
  • How you made your decision
  • What the results of the decision were

and explain why it was important.
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A musical event
Describe a musical event in your country
You should say

  • What the event it is
  • Where it takes place
  • What kind of music is played

And you should explain why you enjoy it
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 A news story
Describe some interesting  news  that you have recently read about or heard about
You should say:

  • What the story was
  • Who was involved in the story
  • Where you read or heard about this story

and explain why this news story was interesting to you.
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 A decision
Describe an important decision that you made
You should say:

  • What the decision was
  • How you made your decision
  • What the results of the decision were

and explain why it was important.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Iqbal says:

    great material. thank you

  2. Sadaf says:

    Great article on cue cards… i have read the first entry as well http://www.ielts-expert.pk/ielts-speaking-cue-card.html

  3. Zia Hannan says:

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