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Saturday, 11 November 2017

(Cue Card) Describe a product you bought and felt happy

Describe a product you bought and felt happy.

What it was
Where you bought it-
What you use it for
and explain why it made you happy

Well, the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this topic was a mobile phone. Honestly saying, after buying this portable telephone, I was over the moon. And here I would talk about the same mobile phone.

Like I said it was a mobile phone. But it is not an ordinary one, It was a special edition luxury iPhone 8plus customised by GOLDGENIE company. There is no change in the specifications of this mobile phone. However, the major difference was in the looks/appearance of the mobile phone. Unlike normal iPhones, this stunning iPhone X is uniquely crafted. Each iPhone is fully embellished in 24ct gold with a beautiful polished effect and also comes with its Apple logo set with 53 Diamonds adding seductive detail.

Well, buying this luxury gadget was not a piece of cake. As its a luxury mobile phone, so it is not available in local market. To buy this, I had to sign up on seller's website. Then followed few more steps to show my interest in buying it. A week later, I received an email with a message that I am eligible to buy this product.


Apple's iPhone is a smartphone that can do many things, depending on what you and the user need. This phone doubles as cameras, stopwatch, voice recorder, calendar, radio and much more. Thanks to the ever-growing app store, there is no limit to the potential uses of the iPhone, depending on your own personal needs.

Some people may feel that there is no happiness in buying this product. But for me, buying this product made me feel happy. Actually, I have prepared the wish-list of the things which I want to buy.  I have bought majority of the things that I mentioned in the list, but few luxury things were not bought. So buying this iPhone gave a push in completing my wish list.

 QUESTIONS FOR PART 3

What are the differences between street market and supermarkets?
They are worlds apart, I’d say. At the markets, even thing doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg and you have the freedom to bargain with the seller for the best deal while in the supermarkets, there is a price tag for every product. Another distinction is that when it comes to the degree of convenience. I must say that shopping in air-conditioned and well-ventilated supermarkets a more rewarding experience than making your purchases at the markets; since it can be scorching hot or bitterly cold outside.

Why are many supermarkets built in the city center and some in the suburbs?
Personally, I feel the reason is that many dwell in urban areas, and the demand for purchasing daily necessities is greater. All I’m trying to say is that more supermarkets or shopping malls have to be built to accommodate the needs of a huge population living in the cities. As for suburban areas, the population is rather sparse and therefore just a handful of supermarkets are found in these places.

In your country, what is the most common thing people buy?
Well, the question is too broad to generalize, but if I have to take a pick I won't hesitate to say that people today are making more purchases of smartphones. The youths, for instance, are really eager and enthusiastic every time there’s a new version of smartphone released. The upcoming arrival of the Iphone X will attract thousands of teenagers to buy it, I guess. This indicates that we are showing a bigger preference for giving in the virtual world which is a saddening fact to know.

How often do people in your country go shopping?
Generally speaking, most people are really into shopping and they spend as much time as possible for this activity. Usually women will spend at least one or two times a week browsing for the latest lines of products, especially clothes at the supermarket or shopping mall. If they are busy, they tend to log on the Internet to see some virtual stores and compare the prices of different brands; and then wait till the weekend to satisfy their desire for shopping.

What kinds of places are popular for shopping in your country?
Usually, there are two types of places which are popular among shoppers. The first and most prevalent one is supermarket. This is simply because there are a wide range of clothes of different brands on display and the customers can feel free to try on their favorite pieces of garment. They can also take their friends along to check for them if those clothes match or not, which I think is pretty great. Another type is online shopping. Consumers can access the virtual stores on the Internet and browse for the items they love. Moreover, they can compare prices and look at the review sections and receive advice whether that product is worth buying or not

Do you think online shopping will replace shopping in reality?
Not really, I think each type has its own merits. In terms of shopping at physical stores, there are a wide range of clothes of different brands on display and the customers can feel free to try on their favorite pieces of garment; they can also take their friends along to see if those clothes match or not, which I think is pretty great. In terms of online stores, they can compare prices and look at the review sections and receive advice whether that product is worth buying or not in a nutshell, both are here to stay.

What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the internet?
There can be a number of courses of actions I can consider when an item I bought online fails to live up to my expectations. The first thing I would do in this case is to vote down the address of the store owner and go directly there to ask him. This is simple because the sellers must have the responsibility if they provide products that don’t meet the standards and fix them if there are any technical problems. Another thing I would take into account is that I would go to some local authorities and claim my rights if the seller refuses to repair the item: change another one or give a refund.

How is online shopping so popular these days?
It is understandable that buying stuff online is gaining tremendous popularity among people in modern society. You can see nowadays people don’t have time to get to the store in person and therefore access the virtual stores instead. There is an increase in the number of online stores, selling diverse range of products with different rice ranges which cater for the needs of people of all ages. Furthermore, the customer service is being improved greatly and I see that many people are placing their trust on online shopping these days.


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

IELTS 50 Cue Cards (OCT – DEC 2017)


  IELTS 50 Cue Cards (OCT – DEC 2017)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Describe a special cake you had.



Describe a special cake you had
-What kind of cake it is
-When you ate the cake
-Who you ate with

and explain why you think the cake is special.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Describe an English class, seminar or training session that you enjoyed. *

Describe an English class, seminar or training session that you enjoyed.

Describe an English class, seminar or training session that you enjoyed. *
You should say:
  • what the class was about
  • who the teacher or trainer was/ When it happened.
  • what you learned in this class or training session

and explain why you enjoyed it.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Cue Card - Describe an invention that changed the people’s life.


Describe an invention that changed the people’s life.
You should say:
·         What it is
·         Who invent it
·         When it was invented
And explain how it changed people’s life.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Describe a plan you haven’t done yet.



Describe a plan you haven’t done yet.
You should say:
- What it is.
- When you plan to do it.
- Why you plan to do it.

And Explain why you haven’t done it yet

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Describe a helpful person in work or study.


Describe a helpful person in work or study.
You should say:
-Who the person is.
-What this  person  did.
-How this person helped
And Explain how you felt after this person helped you?

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Sometimes, we are in a situation or circumstance in life where we need assistance / helping hand. Throughout my life, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people who have helped me. But there’s one person who I know I couldn’t live without and always helps me in work/studies. Here I would talk about him.

His name is Jatinder Singh. In my eyes, my friend will always be the most wonderful, patient, irreplaceable, and unforgettable person. This person can do anything for me, gives me wonderful advice, and has taught me a lot about life. We met in 2004 when he joined the school in which i was studying.

When I was in my 10th class, I was given a Physics assignment. I must say that he had a hand in it. And only because of his help, I scored A+ in it.

He helped me by making the assignment.  I took his help because I had to make soft copy of it. But at that time, I didn’t know how to make the assignments in digital format. But my friend has a gifted hand in using computers. Hardly, in 6-7 hours, he completed the whole assignment.

Honestly saying, after his help I felt over the moon. Even I learned from him that it’s good to help others, that we should put others first, that we should always help them and have a reputable image in front of others

Have A Hand In - Have a role in.
Janet’s cousin, who is a vice-president at the company, had a hand in getting her the job.


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Cue Card - Favourite Piece of Clothing ( May - Aug )

Describe your favourite piece of clothing
You should say
·         what it is
·         Where you got it.
·         Do you often dress it / When you wear it.
Explain why it is your favourite clothing
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For somebody like me, who loves clothes, it’s hard to decide which is my favourite piece of clothing. However, I do have one piece of clothing that I love and is my favourite. Here I would talk about my favourite.

It’s a leather jacket and this beauty in black colour is by Western Leather. This leather jacket is made of 100 percent genuine lambskin that is velvety soft and lightweight.

My jacket isn’t new. In fact , it’s quite old. I bought it two years ago from Western Leather’s Store in Ludhiana. It costed me an arm and a leg. It’s little faded now, but I think it looks nicer that way. I must say it has got better with time.

I wear this jacket at least three times a week in winters and in summers sometimes I carry it with me. The great thing about it is that I can wear it with anything. It looks good with jeans or, but it is also fine with smart clothes.

This dress is my favourite because it has lots of pockets so it's really convenient to wear around and about because it means sometimes I don't even need to take a bag with me. I also get lots of compliments from my friends whenever I wear it, which is always a good confidence boost.

Follow Up Questions:
1)      Do all people enjoy shopping for clothes?
2)      Why women like to do shopping?
3)      Why some women buy cheaper clothes and expensive ones at the same time?
4)      Do you think it is good for people to buy expensive clothes?
5)      Why some people like shopping with friends?

6)      Why people like shopping for clothes online?
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The clothing I wear is my most powerful and obvious form of personal expression. What I choose to wear tells everyone what type of person I am and what I think of myself.



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Describe something that made you laugh.



Describe something that made you laugh.
You should say:
·         what it was
·         when it happened
·         who was with you
and explain why you still remember this event.
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Most people say that Life is a humdrum affair of monotonous routine activities. All they crave for is for some way to erase the boredom. But unlike others, I live exciting and lively life. There is a plethora of humorous and ludicrous incidents. Here I would like to talk about a funny situation which made me laugh.

The incident was a song sung by a classmate in my schooldays. This happened almost 2-3 years ago. That time I was a student in a university/school and I was in my 7th semester/10th class. Our class teacher was giving us an important lecture.

During a lesson, one student was randomly humming a song and the teacher was busy in teaching. But when the teacher caught him, she told him to stand up and asked him what he is singing. He then proceeded to blurt out the following phrase – “I am a barbie girl, etc. And recited the whole song in front of the class” and that too in the girliest manner.

When he sang, I was with 20 or 22 others students in the class. And everyone laughed their head off.

This is the funniest and the most laughed at the incident. Even today when I remember that incident, I have a hearty laugh. And the boy who had sung a song is my friend. So whenever I meet him. I remember that incident and we again have a laugh.

So this was all about incident which made me laugh


Monday, 8 May 2017

Describe a special meal you would like to have.



Describe a special meal you would like to have.
You should say:
·         what you would eat
·         where you would eat
·         who you would invite to eat with you
and explain why you would like to have this special meal.
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I am a foodie and I like to try new restaurants and foods. Food is something that makes me happy. I just love to eat different types of food. Here I would talk about a special meal that I would like to have.

The meal I would like to have is Gujarati Thali - Gujarati Thali is an assortment of ten wildly flavorful and addictively sweet vegetarian curries sitting alongside servings of dhal (lentils), spicy vegetables, salad and a yummy dessert. In this cuisine one finds more use of Jaggery instead of sugar.

I would like to eat this meal at Colonel's Cabin. It’s a Fine Dining Family Restaurant and a big name when it comes to tasty traditional Gujarati thali. Overlooking a beautiful garden, the restaurant is clean and cosy. Guests get good value for money, with endless servings of Gujarati food at its best, which taste just like home-made food.

But I would not be going alone to try mouth-watering meal, I would invite my friend- _________ to try this food. Just like me, she too is a foodie. Whenever I try any new food she is always with me.

I want to try this meal because I have never tried any Gujarati food and I want to have the taste of traditional Gujarati cuisine. And Gujarati Thali contains all the main dishes of Gujarati food to fulfill my objective of tasting Guajarti food.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

CUE CARD #5 - A Website often used.




Describe a website that you often use. You should say:
·   what type of website it is
·   how you found out about it
·   what it allows you to do,
and why you find it useful.

Facebook is a social networking website. It was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg and it is a free website that allows you to keep in contact with friends or find people you've lost touch with. It's one of the most popular websites in the world, with millions of users in different countries.

I learned about this website 8 years ago i.e. in 2009. At that time I used to use Orkut. It was also a social networking website similar to facebook, and even more popular than facebook. But soon Orkut fail after Facebook came into picture. My friend had already joined facebook and he sent me an email inviting me to join. I signed up and I've been using it ever since.

Unlike Orkut, Facebook allows me to do so many things.  You have a profile page with information and status updates so that you can tell everyone what you're doing. You can post messages to other people's pages. You can even upload photos and videos.


I find Facebook most useful because it has organized my life,I keep in touch with friends and store photos. I think social networking websites have become part of everyday life.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CUE CARD #4 - An Environmental Law



Describe a law about the environment that you would like to see.
You should say:
- what the law would be about.
- how the law would work.
- what effects this law would have.
and explain why you would like to see this law in existence or why you think this law is needed.

ANSWER: 
I was born and raised in Ludhiana and have been living here for 27 years. I have watched the city develop from a small town and grow into a modern metropolitan area in the new era. With the skyrocketing population of recent years, the city’s environment has become significantly polluted. As a result, I think environmental laws should be enacted immediately to solve this problem.

First of all, Ludhiana’s mayor should consider putting more trash bins out in the streets so that people won’t throw rubbish anywhere anytime. In addition, the city police should heavily fine those who are caught littering the streets. By doing so, not only could we save a lot of money on cleaning costs but we could also improve the surrounding public scenery.

Secondly, the city should run a campaign to educate people on how to classify and separate garbage before throwing it out. This is necessary because unsorted garbage contributes to the pollution of underground water and the earth.

In my opinion, although these above actions are minor, they would contribute to diminishing the impacts of pollution in our local area if they were done on a collective level.

VOCABULARY 
- born and raised in: to describe that you were born in a certain place and that you grew up there with your parents; “He was born and raised in New York but moved to California when he was 35.”
- skyrocketing: increasing, to describe when something goes up rapidly by a lot; “The skyrocketing airline prices have hurt the tourist towns, as fewer people are traveling.”
- significantly: in a sufficiently great or important way as to be worthy of attention, “Our profit was significantly less this month than we had predicted.”
- enacted: to put a law into place; “New laws have been enacted to keep people safe from gun violence.”
- rubbish: trash, garbage waste; “There is too much rubbish in this yard. Let‟s clean it up!”
- heavily fine: to fine someone heavily means to charge them a lot of money because they have violated a law or regulation; “The companies were heavily fined for polluting the river.”
- littering: throwing trash on the ground rather than putting it in the bin; “Littering is against the law and you can be fined $1000.”
- scenery: what you see in the natural environment; a beautiful scenery usually includes beautiful nature scenes, but ugly scenery would have trash and pollution; “The scenery in the Turkish countryside is beautiful.”
- run a campaign: to organize and work on a program to reach a goal, such as a campaign to educate people about pollution or teenage pregnancy or alcohol abuse; “He is in charge of runni, 0ng the campaign to save dogs in our rural areas.”
- to classify and separate: in the context of recycling, to classify means to figure out what bin each item belongs in, such as glass, plastic, paper and then to put them into the appropriate bins; “He is lazy and doesn‟t like to classify and separate his garbage.”
- to throw something out: to get rid of something; to put it in the trash; “My mother threw out all my boyfriend‟s old letters.”
- unsorted: not separated; “The shirts were unsorted, so all the colors were mixed together and it made it hard to find all the red ones.”
- minor: small or insignificant; “We had a minor accident in our car today.”
- diminishing: going down, lessening; “The pain has been diminishing since I took the aspirin.”
- impacts of: the effects of something on something else; “The impact of the storm has yet to be fully understood.”
- collective level: a collective is a group of people, so in this context if you are working at a collective level, it means that people are working together to solve a problem; “This problem will only be solved if we work at it on a collective level, not an individual level.”

Thursday, 13 April 2017

CUE CARD #3 - An Indoor Game



Describe an indoor game that you played when you were a child
You should say:
-what the game was
-who you played it with
-how you played it
-where you played it
and explain why you liked playing that game.

ANSWER:
- An indoor game that I liked to play when I was a child was badminton. It started when I was in 6th grade. At that time, I was living near my uncle’s house. Every morning, he would wake me and my cousins up early and drive us to the sport center near our house.

- It was actually a badminton class, so we had teachers and other students too. We practiced badminton there for an hour. During the summer holiday, we even stayed there for another half an hour.

Just like tennis, you can play badminton as a singles match or doubles match. The rules are pretty much the same as tennis. The only difference is that the badminton shuttlecock is lighter than the tennis ball, thus, it requires less strength.

- Due to my short-sightedness, I was not very good at playing this game but I enjoyed it anyway. Firstly, it helped keep me fit. In addition, I could train my eyes to look further and faster, and it quickened my reflexes. Last but not least, it helped me a lot in improving my teamwork skills.

VOCABULARY:
- badminton: [noun] an indoor game. Players hit a small light ball, with feathers round it, across a high net, using a racket, like tennis.
Example: A net in badminton is much higher than in tennis, and the ball and rackets are smaller and not as heavy.

- singles match: [noun] a game in which one player plays against one opponent.
- doubles match: [noun] a game in which two players play against two opponents.
Example: She won the women‟s singles gold medal in tennis in the Olympic Games. Then, playing with her friend, they won the women‟s doubles gold medal by defeating two American opponents.

- shuttlecock: [noun] badminton uses a shuttlecock, not a tennis ball. It is very light and it has feathers round the edge.
Example: Players hit the shuttlecock across the net in badminton.

- short-sightedness: [noun] a person who can only see things if they are very close, is short-sighted.
Example: I need glasses for reading, because of my short-sightedness.

- train my eyes: [verb phrase] I developed my ability to see things quickly and accurately.
Example: The detective trained his eyes to look for small but important details at the scene of the crime.

- quickened my reflexes: playing badminton improved my ability to move and think quickly when I played the game.

Example: Many people say that video games quicken your reflexes and you become more expert.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

CUE CARD #2 - Ambition not yet achieved

Describe an ambition that you have not yet achieved. You should say: -What your ambition is. -When you first had this ambition (or, how long you have had this ambition). -How you plan to achieve it/what you have done towards achieving this ambition. and explain why you have not achieved it yet?
Describe an ambition that you have not yet achieved.
You should say:
-What your ambition is.
-When you first had this ambition (or, how long you have had this ambition).
-How you plan to achieve it/what you have done towards achieving this ambition.
and explain why you have not achieved it yet?

Cue Card - A small successful business



Describe a successful small business that you know.
You should say:
- what the business is
- where it is
- who runs the business / how you know about this business and explain why you think it is successful.


ANSWER

- Nowadays, there is a new booming [1] trend of start-ups in my city; however, not all of them are successful. One of the businesses that I think is the most successful is the CCD chain of restaurants and café boutiques.

- I remember 2 years ago, they only had one business in our city. It quickly became one of the favorite [2] spots for young Ludhianvis to get together. Now they have expanded with franchises [3] in almost every corner of my city. The fame of CCD has spread by word of mouth, and in my case, a friend told me about it.

- The owner of the chain is a young woman, who is only 31 years old at the moment. Since I have always been [4] interested in opening up a small café/ restaurants of my own, I admire her work a lot.

- She has successfully created a brand name of real food, in the environment of a modern, energetic and urban café, introducing the foreign lifestyle to our rustic city. Every time I have visited this restaurant, it has always been full [4] and this applies to all other CCD locations in our city, not just one specific place.

- Recently, the group announced that it had [5] raised a 5.5- million-dollar investment from overseas funds. This proves that the CCD chain is considered to have great potential in developing further and becoming even more successful in the future.

VOCABULARY 
1) booming: [adjective] having a sudden increase in business, wealth and success. 
Example: The owner was able to buy new machinery, because his company was booming and he had money to invest.

2)start-ups: [noun] companies that are just opening.
Example: Many start-ups fail because they do not have enough money to survive their first year in business.

3) chain: [noun] a group of businesses owned by the same company. 
Example: There are about 6 large chains of supermarkets selling food in the UK.

5) boutiques: [noun] a small business that sells fashionable products. 
Example: A famous street in London is full of small boutiques selling all the latest styles of clothes.

6) franchises: [noun] businesses which have been given permission by a company to sell its products in a particular area. 
Example: The largest restaurant franchise in the UK is McDonalds.

7) word of mouth: [expression] The chain is famous because people have talked about it to each other. 
Example: The news of the accident spread by word of mouth, hours before it was reported on TV.

8)brand name: [noun] the name given to a product by the company that produces it. 
Example: The brand name of the most famous trainers is NIKE.

9) rustic: [adjective] simple – typical of the countryside. 
Example: It is impossible to see rustic styles of houses in Hanoi nowadays.

10) investment: [noun] a sum of money that you lend to a business, expecting that you will make more money over a period of time. 
Example: The investment of money by the bank enabled the business to expand.