Describe a place/country in which you would like to live/work for a short period of time IELTS Cue Card

Describe a place/country in which you would like to live/work for a short period of time IELTS Cue Card

Describe a place/country in which you would like to live/work for a short period of time IELTS Cue Card


Describe a place/country in which you would like to live/work for a short period of time

You should say:

Where you would like to live/work?
What you want to do there?
When would you like to go there?
Why you want to live there?

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 this modern era, the world has become a global village, and we have many places to work. Although I love to work in my country, there is a nation where I would like to work for a short period.

Where would you like to live/work?

I want to work in Japan.

What do you want to do there?

I would like to day time job in a bank in Japan.

When would you like to go there?

I want to go there for many reasons. Firstly, I want to learn the working style of the Japanese people. There is no denying this conviction that in Japan, people work with paramount discipline and exhibit honesty and professionalism at their work.

By working in tandem with the Japanese, I will learn the reasons behind their spectacular success in their field.

Secondly, in Japan, people pay massive significance to teamwork and those who finish their tasks on time help others with pending work at their disposal. Due to this, there is a strong bond between the team members. By collaborating with the Japanese people at work, I will closely observe why they are motivated to engage in teamwork.

Why do you want to live there?

I want to live there because by gelling with the native population, I will know their likes and dislikes, and it would help me form a strong bond with them.

Moreover, the salaries in Japan are high compared to other nations and staying there will help me amass a reasonable sum of money.

Sample Answer 2


Being a travel enthusiast, I would like to travel to many countries, but one of them is exceptional and hence worth mentioning.

Where would you like to live/work?

I want to live in Bhutan.

What do you want to do there?

Bhutan is a country that is a hidden gem, and I would like to know more about it by staying there.

When would you like to go there?

Why do you want to live there?

There are many reasons to live there.

Firstly Bhutan has clean and untouched natural beauty, with lush forests, snow-capped peaks, and pristine water bodies.

Secondly, it has unique culture and lifestyle that is very much close to nature, and the native people do not pursue any activity which harms the surroundings.

Thirdly Bhutense people exhibit a robust sense of community and social bonding.

Moreover, it has a relatively low cost of living as compared to other nations because the native population believes in the principle of simple living and high thinking.

Furthermore, the central focus of the higher authority is on environmental sustainability and protection, with loyalty towards maintaining a sizeable proportion of land as forest. 

Apart from this, there is minimal crime, and due to that, there is a safe environment.

The other prominent reason is the Bhutanese people exhibit kindness, generosity, and honesty in their relationships.

And being a food enthusiast, I would love to relish Bhutanese cuisine, which is mouth-watering and nutritious because it is organic.

Due to the above reason, living in Bhutan for a short period will be prudent.

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 place/country in which you would like to live/work for a short period of time”.

1. What jobs are easy to get in a foreign country?

It is easy in foreign countries to get a job in restaurants, shopping malls, retail chains, etc. The job roles available in plenty include a salesperson, cashier, driver, gardener, housekeeping, etc.

2. Should young adults work abroad?

Working abroad is a prudent approach for young reasons. Firstly it makes them more confident because when they work in a new nation, they have to adjust to a new environment with people from divergent cultures and backgrounds. The exposure they get from working in a new environment helps them to handle the conflicts adroitly. Moreover, it empowers them to earn more money, allowing them to lead their careers toward impressive growth.

3. If they don’t work abroad, would it be helpful for them to travel to a foreign country?

There is no denying this conviction that traveling to a foreign nation helps us amass knowledge and experience. While going to different places, we meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

4. Do Indian parents encourage their children to work abroad?

India is a developing nation, and it has limited career options. Moreover, due to the burgeoning population, jobs are less available. Due to these reasons, the trend of going abroad to work abroad has gained momentum. And many Indian parents motivate their children to go overseas for greener pastures.

5. If you had an opportunity to live abroad, which country would you like to settle in?

If I could live abroad, I would like to settle in Japan. I have heard a lot about Japanese culture, and I would like to work with the native population to seek flashes of inspiration to lead my life toward an impressive growth trajectory. Apart from this, Japan has a clean and pristine environment which would assist me in living a healthy life. Lastly, the salaries are good in Japan, so I will do a plum job there and live an opulent lifestyle.

6. Would you like to live in a developed city with a high salary but with polluted air?

I am a nature-loving person, and a polluted environment increases my stress. Due to this reason, I would love to work for a low salary to save my health because I cannot compromise my physical and mental fitness.

7. Would you like to live alone or share a room with others?

Being a social butterfly, I love interacting with others, and spending time alone increases my stress. Due to this reason, sharing a room with a like-minded person is a prudent approach for me.

8. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living alone?

The advantage of living alone is that you can live an independent and peaceful life because staying with others jeopardizes our freedom. On the other hand, it gives us a feeling of loneliness and declines our friend circle substantially.


1. At our disposal

Meaning: Available for you to use at any time

Sentence: Spiraling inflation is a pressing problem, and due to it, the funds at the disposal of the middle class and poverty-stricken people are reducing considerably.

2. Worth mentioning

Meaning: Important enough to require a comment.

Sentence: The role of mobile phones in our day-to-day lives is worth mentioning. The most significant benefit they provide us is they help us connect freely and easily without geographical barriers.

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