IELTS Speaking: Your favourite TV programme – Cue Card Sample 59
Describe a TV program that inspires you a lot.
You should say :
- What type of program it is?
- What is it about?
- How often you watch it?
- Is it popular in your country?
Well, I guess I could start off by pointing something about the type of the program. Actually , nowadays, I don’t watch television that often but I used to be a couch potato in my high school years. I remember sitting in front of the TV and channel-surfed until I sound something interesting. One day, a documentary on Discovery Channel named “The Sacrifice of Genius” caught my entire attention. I really have to add that this program was a serial that consists of 10 episodes. It mainly emphasized on telling the sacrificing life stories of some well – respected scientists in the world such as Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie. By their great passion in researching, those incredible people had gone through so many adversities in order to devote themselves to science. With reference to how often I watched it, as far as I remember, this documentary was broadcasted every Thursday. I was so passionate about it that no matter how busy I was, I managed to watch the box at 9 pm on Thursday. Although it is a really interesting program, it was not very prevalent during that time. I guess this is because people are often more fond of entertaining programs, rather than academic ones. But after all, this program inspired me a lot and provoke my persistence sense especially when I encounter difficulties in life.
- Couch potato (idiom): a person who spends a great deal of time watching TV
Eg: My brother is a couch potato, always binge-watches TV shows
- Channel surf (expression): change frequently from one channel to the other
Eg: My mother has a very bad habit of channel surfing, that’s why I get angry whenever I watch TV along with her.
- Catch someone’s attention (expression): attracts someone
Eg: The pink dress caught my attention when I was passing by the clothing store.
- Emphasize (v): play special importance on something
Eg: The essay emphasizes the effects of global warming.
- Adversity (n) Difficulty
Eg: Rose’s family has gone through a lot of adversity in recent years.
- Broadcast (v): transmit by Radio or TV
Eg: The Interview was broadcasted from California
- Passionate (a) have a strong feeling for something
Eg: John was passionate about bikes and cars.
- Watch the box (idiom): watch TV
Eg: On Saturdays, my mother and I watch the box and tune into our favorite show.
- Provoke (v): stimulate something
Eg: The dog started barking only after the little girl provoked it by hitting it with a stone
- Encounter (v): meet or contend against
Eg: We encountered many problems during our stay in Delhi.
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