Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young IELTS Cue Card

Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young IELTS Cue Card

Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young IELTS Cue Card


Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young.

You should say:

  • What it was?
  • Where you did it?
  • Who you did it with?
  • Why you enjoyed it?

Sample 1

Doing various activities is an integral part of our life. So whenever I get time, I try to indulge in new activities. In the past, when I was young, I did one activity, which I would like to do now also, but due to a shortage of time, I’m not able to do it. And that activity is a group discussion. 

When I was in college, I regularly used to engage in group discussions, mostly in the college or sometimes outside the college, in a cafeteria or at a public place. I used to do it with my college mates, and sometimes I used to invite professors and our parents also in those debates. I enjoyed doing this group discussion and debates for various reasons. 

First of all, it is a reliable medium to improve your communication skills because when you interact in a group, you listen to others’ viewpoints and then present your opinion and sometimes that leads to conflict. 

The way you manage that conflict, the way you acknowledge the differences, and the way you close them improves your communication skills. 

Apart from that, it was a good stress buster also, because when I was in college, I used to have a lot of pressure from my studies. So through these group discussions, that pressure I used. Another thing was it enhanced my friend circle also because before joining the group discussion, my only friends were people from my college. 

However, after this initiative, I started meeting people from different colleges and different educational backgrounds. And due to that, my friend circle grew exponentially. 

Today also, I love to be part of various group discussions, but because of my hectic schedule, which is due to the fierce competition these days, I do not get enough opportunities to do so.


Here are some examples of follow-up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe an activity you enjoyed in your free time when you were young ”.

Is it essential to have a break during work or study? 

Yes, getting a break from studying or work is essential because if we sit in one place, we get bored and cannot focus as much. If we take a break, our minds can get free and relax, so we should take a break. 

What kind of sports do young people like to play nowadays? 

Young people like to play cricket nowadays. Before 100 years ago, people usually played kabaddi or something like hockey, but nowadays, the trend has changed, and people are going for cricket, volleyball, and basketball, the Western games.

Are there more activities for young people now than 20 years ago? 

Yes, there are more opportunities for children nowadays because people know sports and the advantages they can get. So people nowadays have many options and can quickly get trainers during school time. They can also go into sports if they are interested. 

Do adults and children have enough time for leisure activities nowadays? 

Nowadays, children, like small children, have time, but when they get old, like teenagers, they do not have time. First, they go to school, then they come from school and go to tuition. After that, they are tired and usually use their phones, so they cannot enjoy their free time doing activities. 

Can most people achieve work-life balance in India? 

  Nowadays, people can achieve work-life balance because they can manage their weekends and daily routines. They can work a 9 to 5 job, after which they can exercise, or in the morning, they can exercise and have a balanced diet to manage their time nicely. 

What activities do children and adults do nowadays? 

Children and adults are not doing much physical exercise nowadays because they use the items of the technology they are playing with. Children used to play outdoors, but nowadays they are sitting inside their homes and just playing video games or using their phones and the same is true for the adults they go to work, and sometimes the work is also on the computers and after coming from the work they are using their phones for their entertainment. 

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