IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card with Model Answer.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Model Answer 1:
Ok right then, well after thinking for a little bit just now, what I’ve decided to talk about is the time I waited for a boat at the West Lake in Hangzhou. And as for when this happened, well I suppose it must have been about two or three months ago by now, and it was on a weekend, so we kind of knew that there would be a long queue for the boats!
So yeah, when we got there, we were told that there would be a wait of about an hour or so, at least, which was what we pretty much expected. But we didn’t feel like twiddling our thumbs and hanging around for an hour doing nothing, so instead, what we actually decided to do was to get a ticket number first and then go for a walk around the lake, have lunch and then come back again in the afternoon. Do it that way!
And I’m glad to say that, when we went back later and showed the guy our ticket, he told us we could get on the next boat. So we felt pretty good about it, and it was quite a relief as well, cos I mean, he could have told us that we missed our turn and would have to get another ticket number, you know, like they do in the bank. But thankfully, he took pity on us, especially after I’d said that we had waited for about 4 hours! So yeah, it all worked out pretty well for us, cos we almost immediately got onto a boat. I’m not sure the other people waiting were very impressed, cos it kind of looked like we were queue barging, but anyway, that’s basically what happened!
So that’s about it, thanks for listening!
Queue –队伍 (it can be used as a noun or verb)
Wait – here it is used as a noun
It was what we pretty much expected. – 跟我们想象的差不多一样
twiddling our thumbs – do nothing, 无所作为 (抚弄大拇指)
hanging around -闲呆着
it was quite a relief -令人庆幸,让我们松了一口气
he took pity on us – 他同情了我们
it all worked out pretty well for us – 最终结果不错
queue barging – jumping the queue, 插队