Cue Card # 17: A place/country you would like to visit

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 17

Describe a place/country that you would like to visit.

You should say:

  • where the place/country is
  • when you plan to visit the place/country
  • how you know about this place/country

and explain why you would like to visit this place/country.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Life takes us to places whether we like to go to those places or not. But, sometimes, we just feel like we want to visit a particular place/country because we want to deepen our appreciation, understanding and respect for a particular country and its culture about which we already have some good knowledge about. You know, a country like Japan is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime when you hear about it so many times from your father from your childhood. I plan to visit this great country next year so that I can enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Japan is a country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful country lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent.

So, why would I visit Japan? I could probably give dozens of reasons to answer the question and saying things like Japan is one of the most unique countries in the world because of its modern comfort, rich history and culture in a perfect mix, but that will not quite say how one should really view Japan as a country. I could also say thousands of words describing the amazing Japanese foods, but still, it wouldn’t portray Japan in its true image. Being home to the incredible Mount Fuji, we can say that Japan has some of the most marvellous-looking architecture, but it still wouldn’t quite say what Japan really has to offer to the world. We could also say that Japan probably is the most resilient country in the world because it survived the most horrific and devastating effects of 2nd world war, but still, it wouldn’t say what this great country is exactly all about – a country that arguably offers the most beautiful cherry blossoms in the world.

So, what exactly is Japan all about which arguably offers the most beautiful cherry blossoms in the world? Well… to answer, just when we think that we know all about this beautiful and super, super clean country, we are mesmerized with yet another bigger surprise. That’s Japan!

I wish I would be able to visit this country next year where I have always wanted to be. I have never been to an Olympic event before and it is a great opportunity for me that the next Olympics will be hosted by a country that is on the top of my must-visit country list.

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