Describe a City you Would Recommend as a Nice Place to Live (not your Hometown) IELTS Cue Card

Describe a City you Would Recommend as a Nice Place to Live (not your Hometown) IELTS Cue Card

Describe a City you Would Recommend as a Nice Place to Live (not your Hometown) IELTS Cue Card


Describe a City you Would Recommend as a Nice Place to Live (not your Hometown)

You should say:
What it is?
Where it is?
What you know about this place?
And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes

Sample Answer 1


In the modern era, many cities have umpteen issues like traffic congestion and pollution. In such a scenario, spending life in a city that is close to the arms of nature is a prudent approach.

Although I have visited and stayed in various cities, I recommend one of them as a nice place to live. 

What is it? And Where is it? 

The city’s name is Shimla, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh State of India. It is in the Shivalik hills of the Himalayas.

What do you know about this place?

Being a travelling enthusiast, I have visited Shimla numerous times. It is a combination of a hill station and a city. We can call it a lethal combination of technology and nature.

It is not too far from a big city called Chandigarh,

And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.

It is a nice place because it is away from the hustle and bustle of modern cities. There is a lot of greenery around, and people get fresh air to breathe. Apart from this, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in abundance.

Despite being a hill station, Shimla has many work opportunities, and while staying here, you can earn a decent amount of money in a clean and pristine environment.

Another good feature of this city is that the healthcare facilities are good because of the availability of multispecialty hospitals.

Lastly, the education system is well-developed, and various renowned educational institutions have centres here

Due to the above reasons, I highly recommend Shimla as a nice place to live and spend life.

Vocabulary from Sample Answer 1

1. Umpteen

Meaning: A lot

Sentence: Umpteen times I have experienced that we need the pay excessive heed to our gut feeling because it has the potential to help us make informed choices.

2. Lethal Combination

Meaning: two or more things that are dangerous/more effective when they are together or when they happen at the same time

Sentence: Good knowledge of computers with enhanced soft skills form a lethal combination, and this skillset is a must-have to get a plum job and live an opulent lifestyle.

3. The hustle and bustle

Meaning: A massive amount of activity and work.

Sentence: Recently I visited Ludhiana city to meet one of my friends. The town had a lot of hustle and bustle, and spending a long day in a polluted environment was a daunting task for me.

Sample Answer 2


There are many cities I like, but as far as nominating a city for living is concerned, I would like to recommend a city worth mentioning.

What is it?

The name of the city is Toronto, which lies in the Ontario province of Canada.

Where is it?

It is in Canada, and it is the capital of Ontario province.

What do you know about this place?

Toronto is a big city, but unlike other urban areas, it doesn’t have much pollution. Due to this, the traffic congestion is less, and you can enjoy the serenity of the countryside areas over here.

Moreover, Toronto has lush green surroundings because this city is the undisputed king of greenery. There are 1 million trees over here to provide clean and pristine air. Deforestation has become an integral part of our lives in this modern era, and Toronto is setting a good precedent for other cities to improve their environment.

The other worth talking point is the education system. Many universities and other educational institutions provide quality education, and due to their part-time work culture, students can easily finance their education by doing a side job.

Due t this, students from different corners of the world come here to get the education of their choice, and their career experiences a paradigm shift after graduating from this city.

And explain why you recommend it as a nice place.

I recommend Toronto as a nice place because it is a lethal combination of technology and nature. The residents of this place get the best facilities in terms of education, entertainment and healthcare.

Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow-up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe a City you Would Recommend as a Nice Place to Live (not your Hometown)”.

1. Where do people like to live in your country?

Most of India’s population lives in the hinterlands and small towns. However, a paradigm shift is taking place, and many youngsters are now shifting to urban areas for better earning opportunities and access to sophisticated infrastructure facilities like multispecialty hospitals, world-class universities, shopping malls, etc.

2. Why do many people move to the city?

There is no denying this conviction that people are migrating to cities because they believe they can enjoy a better quality of life in the urban area as they provide a better lifestyle. The opulent lifestyle, contemporary amenities, and entertainment options in cities motivate young people towards them.

3. What are the advantages of living close to the workplace?

The biggest blessing of living at a short distance from the workplace is the time saving coupled with less expenditure on commuting. People get a chance to spend more quality time with their family and remain away from the stress of being in traffic congestion. It is also worthwhile for the surroundings as people can go to their respective workplaces by walking or cycling instead of using two-wheelers and four-wheelers.

4. What kinds of places do older people prefer to live in?

Many senior citizens choose to live in group housing that provides a peaceful and serene environment. They dislike staying in noisy areas as it doesn’t allow them to get sound sleep. Also, they purchase accommodation close to a park or garden so they can comfortably indulge in morning or evening walks.

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