– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– How did you feel in high school?
– Did you like it?
– Do you still meet your friends from high school?
– Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
IELTS Cue Card
Describe a place people do sport in (swimming pool, stadium)/ Describe a popular place where people go swimming.
You should say :
- where this place is
- what kinds of people go there
- why people choose to go to this place instead of other places
- what facilities it has
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I don’t usually wander far from my neighborhood when I am not at work, so I tend to find a local place if I need to catch up with some friends or simply, exercise. And lucky for me, we do have a recreation and sport center only 10 minutes away which has been attracting plenty of sporty people since its opening in 2014.
This center can be considered a symbol of the town, showcasing local sportsmanship and unification. It was built to replace the old stadium which was barely used by nearby residents and has become unexpectedly well-liked thanks to its wide range of facilities and modernity. The center has a large football field, 5 tennis courts, 3 swimming pools and many other rooms for different purposes. With people who enjoy swimming like me, this is an ideal place where all necessary facilities are provided: 3 pools with 2 indoors and 1 indoor, saunas, water slides, shower areas as well as a cafeteria by the pool, which are all neatly clean and nicely designed. As a result, it’s quite self-explanatory why people prefer this center and the number of visitors is increasing every month. Soon, anyone living in the area who wishes to exercise different kinds of sports is going to gather here due to its convenience and outstanding infrastructure.
Wander (v): to walk slowly around or to a place, often without any particular sense of purpose or direction
Recreation center (n): a facility open to the public for leisure and recreation activities
Showcase (v): to present somebody’s abilities or the good qualities of something in an attractive way
Sportsmanship (n): fair, generous and polite behaviour, especially when playing a sport or game
Unification (n): the act or process of joining people, things, parts of a country, etc. together so that they can form a single unit
Modernity (n): the condition of being new and modern
Self-explanatory (a): easy to understand and not needing any more explanation
Infrastructure (n): the basic systems and services that are necessary for a country or an organization to run smoothly, for example buildings, transport and water and power supplies
Questions for Part 3
Should swimming pools be free ?
Even though it would be ideal to have swimming pools or any other sport facilities provided for free, I still think people should be charged upon entering. If we don’t pay when using swimming pools, the authority will have to rely on public spending to cover labor costs, renovation and so on, which can be used in more meaningful activities such as helping the underprivileged or building a new medical center. And anyway, entrance ticket to the pool is not that pricey that people cannot afford.
Rely (+on) (v): to need or depend on somebody/something
Public spending (n): money spent by the state; government expenditure
Labor cost (n): the sum of all wages paid to employees
Renovation (n): the act or process of repairing and painting an old building, piece of furniture, etc. so that it is in good condition again
Underprivileged (a): having less money and fewer opportunities than most people in society => the underprivileged (n): people who are underprivileged
Is it important to learn swimming ?
Swimming is not only one of the necessary survival skills but a great leisure activity, hence, it would be both beneficial and pleasurable to know how to swim. Every year, there are many heartbreaking accidents related to water incidents and most of the victims cannot swim or are not good swimmers. Thus, in order to ensure their own safety and help those in need, people should be able to swim well.
Survival skills (n): techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of natural environment
Leisure (n): free time
Pleasurable (a): enjoyable
Heartbreaking (a): extremely sad
Ensure (v): to make sure that something happens or is definite
Who is the perfect person to teach people how to swim ?
The ones who know how the techniques and are able to swim well, of course. A swimming athlete would be much better, but I doubt we can find one easily. Swimming is a sport which means it has some risky elements that need taken into consideration. Therefore, to be able to handle unexpected situations such as cramps or drowning, a teacher should be trained about medical in advance and improvise quickly upon emergency.
Technique (n): a particular way of doing something, especially one in which you have to learn special skills
Element (n): a small amount of a quality or feeling
Take into consideration = take into account: to think about and include a particular thing or fact when you are forming an opinion or making a decision
Cramp (n): a sudden pain that you get when the muscles in a particular part of your body contract, usually caused by cold or too much exercise
Drowning (n): the process of dying because of being underwater and unable to breathe for too long; an act of dying in this way
In advance: before the time that is expected; before something happens
Improvise (v): to make or do something using whatever is available, usually because you do not have what you really need
Emergency (n): a sudden serious and dangerous event or situation which needs immediate action to deal with it