Cue Card On Favourite Game Essay

IELTS Cue Card Topic:

Describe a game or sport that you enjoy playing.

You should say:

– what kind of sport that is;

– who you play it with;

– where you play it;

and explain why you think doing this is healthy.

Band 8.0+ Sample Answer

I’m not a great swimmer in any sense but swimming is like my religion. It is truly refreshing and literally, washes away every disturbing thought I have whenever I dive into cold water. No matter how tight my schedule may get, I usually pay at least one visit to a local swimming pool to work myself up and get rejuvenated.

Sometimes, I have a partner or two, who have been my best friends since high school. We live in the same neighborhood so it’s not too stressful when we have to set a schedule for our swimming session. We carpool more often than not and it takes us roughly 15 minutes to get to the local recreation center where it provides the locals with a variety of facilities for training purpose such as gym class, stadium, swimming pool, tennis court and so on, which is extremely convenient for those who practice more than one activity. The only thing better then swimming itself is swimming with your besties, which is one of hundreds of things I love about my weekly ritual. Hardly do we have time to meet each other during week days as we’re all up to our neck at work and totally stressed out. Therefore, having such a healthy way to catch up with my friends and recharge battery after an exhausting week never sounds better. Just like any other sports, swimming helps maintain your health, keep you fit as well as build your endurance. However, unlike others, it’s a very relaxing and peaceful form of exercise, you don’t even sweat for hours – a supreme advantage. Therefore, if you’re looking for a kind of sport that brings you comfort and relaxation, swimming should be your first choice.

Vocabulary & Useful expression

  • refreshing (a): making you feel less tired or hot
  • literally (adv): in a literal manner or sense; exactly
  • disturbing (a): making you feel anxious and upset or shocked
  • work up:  make yourself or another person excited or upset
  • rejuvenate (v): make somebody/something look or feel younger, more lively or more modern
  • more often than not: usually
  • recreation center: a building that is open to the public where meetings are held, sports are played, and there are activities available for young and old people
  • ritual (n): something that is done regularly and always in the same way
  • be up to neck: to be very busy
  • endurance (n): the ability to continue doing something painful or difficult for a long period of time without complaining

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IELTS Cue Card Sample 75 – Topic: Describe a Game/ Sport

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Posted on Oct 22, 2016 in IELTS Tips, Speaking

Here’s a common question from IELTS Speaking Part 2:

Describe a sportsperson you admire.
You should say:

  • who the person is
  • what sport he or she does
  • when did you first hear about this person

and why you admire him or her.

Hopefully everyone reading this is at least familiar with some famous sports stars. You don’t need to be a fanatic to answer this question well… but it might help! You just need to be able to think of a person, describe what he or she does, when and where you first encountered this person, and give some reasons why you admire them.

As always, you should be writing some short notes in preparation, rather than any sentences. Mark down any vocabulary that comes to mind and which you think will help. But mostly write down words that will help you to structure your speech – this makes your words sound more natural.

See our article on how to improve your IELTS speaking.

Here are my notes:

Leo Messi

Argentina-> Barcelona



10 years ago


These are obviously very basic, but by looking at them I can speak confidently without missing any of the points from the cue card. There are two useful words of vocabulary – disability and perseverance. These words, if properly used, sound impressive and add meaningfully to the speaking task.

Sample answer

I have highlighted some useful constructions for describing a famous person. These are useful for describing Leo Messi but of course can be adapted to other people. Some are quite basic – like “some would say” – while others are more complex, such as “his inspiring story of perseverance.”

So here is my answer to the cue card above:

My favourite sports person is Leo Messi. He’s a famous football player, and some would say he’s the best football player in the world. He started his career in Argentina, where he was born, but moved to Barcelona, in Spain, when he was a teenager. He had a disability, for which the Spanish team agreed to pay his medical bills. Despite his health problems, Messi developed into a modern legend. He has won numerous trophies over the course of his career, including five “world footballer of the year” awards – which is a world record. I remember first hearing about him about ten years ago, when he was first making headlines.  I admire him because of his triumph over adversity. I think that his inspiring story of perseverance is a lesson for us all.

If anyone is interested in having me record this or has any further questions, let me know in the comment section below. 🙂

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