Describe a picture or photograph in your home: IELTS Cue Card Sample 19
In the IELTS Speaking section, one of the most common type of Question is the Cue Card Speaking prompt. The IELTS Cue Card topics will prompt you to formulate a response and speak on the given topic. To attempt this question, you must narrow down the essential questions on the given topic to answer within the given time. Consider the sample Cue Card below. Study the types of questions that have been formulated based on the cue card and how to go about with your response:
Describe a picture or photograph in your home
You should say:
- What is in the photo?
- Where this photo is in your home?
- How this picture was taken?
- And explain what this photo means to you.
Sample Answer 1
Possibly, photographs are ideal for capturing moments and retaining them for long. Here, I would like to mention a family photograph hung on my bedroom wall. This photograph takes me back to the good old days and is the most cherished memory.
The photograph was taken in 2006 when I was 12 years old. The picture was taken in a park where I had gone for a short picnic with my parents and elder sister. In the photo, all of us are sitting on the grass. The garden behind us was in full bloom; thus, the background emphasizes a rich riot of colours. All of us are smiling in the picture, and it reveals the happiest times that we have lived as a family.
My sister and I were sitting cross-legged on the ground while my parents were on their knees behind us. My father had the widest smile out of all four of us. We had asked somebody in the park to click this picture. And, evidently, he did a good job.
The only reason why this photograph is unique to me is that it was our last happy family picture. Just a year after, my sister passed away because of a brain hemorrhage. Whenever I look at the picture, it fills me with many feelings, especially an accumulation of sadness and happiness.
Sample Answer 2
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Like many other families in my country, I have a big photograph of my family hung on a wall in my living room. It’s the first thing that you notice when you walk into the room.
This photo was taken a year ago on the occasion of my cousin’s wedding. It was the first time in ages that my whole family had gathered together. Even my relatives who live further away came home to attend the wedding. It was possibly the first picture of my extended family with my grandmother, all of my grandmother’s children and the in-laws, and I have lost count of how many grandchildren are in it. It’s a brilliant photo, with everyone smiling and laughing, taken by a professional photographer who put everyone at ease.
As a typical traditional person, I treasure my family. Our ties are worth more than gold. No matter what happens, I firmly believe that my parents, siblings and relatives will always be on my side, supporting me. Every time I look at the photograph of my loving family, I feel blessed and proud.
- In ages: A very long time.
Eg: I waited for ages because the flight had been delayed for several hours.
- Gathered together: It was the first time in many years that my family had all come together in the same place, at the same time.
Eg: the children were all gathered together in the garden.
- Extended family: A family group that includes not only parents and children, but also aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and in-laws.
Eg: she grew up surrounded by a large extended family.
- The in-laws: Your relatives by marriage, especially the parents of your husband or wife.
Eg: I am visiting my in-laws on Sunday [the parents of my wife and also her two sisters].
- Lose count of: To forget how many there are of something [because there are a lot of them].
Eg: I have lost count of how many times I have told the students to do their homework.
- Put everyone at ease: The photographer made everyone feel relaxed.
Eg: In the exam, the examiner put the students at ease by being friendly and informal.
- Treasure: To have something that you love and is very valuable to you.
Eg: I treasure his friendship because it is very important to me to have him as my friend.
- Ties: Strong connections between people
Eg: The ties of friendship and family ties are the most important connections in our lives.
- Siblings: Brothers or sisters
Eg: The younger children were badly treated by their older siblings.
- Blessed: Fortunate, in a way that brings a feeling of peace.
Eg: He was blessed with many good friends and a loving family
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