Cue Card # 145: Describe a shop near where you live

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 145

Describe a shop near where you live that you sometimes use.

You should say:

  • what sorts of product or service it sells
  • what the shop looks like
  • where it is located

and explain why you use this shop.

[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:

It is a good thing that several new shops have recently opened on the streets, where I live in, and because of this, I don’t really have to travel far, as I used to in the past, to take care of many of my household needs. Today, I would like to talk about one such shop which I like to visit from time to time.

This particular shop is a stationery store that sells office supplies, paper, pens, greeting cards, letter writing materials, and other paper-based products. But, I don’t normally visit this shop to buy a large volume of stationery products and items as I go to bigger stores to buy them so that I can save some money. But whenever I need a pen, a few greeting cards or similar products, I visit this shop.

Located right across the street, where I live, this isn’t exactly a big shop, nor does it have any additional staff to help its customers. But, even though it is a small shop, it is nicely organized and decorated with essential items. The shop is about 180 square feet and has several shelves on top of each other all around the store in order to stock the products. By the way, even though, it is a mainly stationery store, as far as I know, few people visit it to buy its stationery products. Rather, most people visit this store either to buy the airtime for their mobile phones or to send/receive money electronically. Sometimes, people visit this store also to buy SIM cards (subscriber identity number or the phone number) or to buy phone chargers. It is a fairly busy store, and its owner (and also the only staff) can be seldom seen standing idle and doing nothing.

Anyway, I visit this particular shop mainly to recharge (buy airtime) for my mobile phone and to send and receive money electronically. Besides, I like to visit this store from time to time to buy a few stationery items, and also because I have a great personal relationship with the owner of this shop.

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