Describe an occasion when someone or something made noise IELTS Cue Card

Describe an occasion when someone or something made noise IELTS Cue Card

Describe an occasion when someone or something made noise IELTS Cue Card


Describe an occasion when someone or something made noise
You should say:

  • Who/what made the noise
  • What the noise was like
  • What you did
  • And explain how you felt about it.

Sample 1

I am a person who loves a serene environment. So whenever an unprecedented noise comes out from somewhere, it disturbs me. There was a situation one year back when, suddenly, my neighbours started playing music at a loud noise at around 11 p.m.I follow the practice of going to bed early and rising early. So I have this habit of sleeping at 10 p.m.So that noise was disturbing for me.

The noise was too loud, and they were hooting and shunting. So, sleeping was a daunting task for me. To curb the noise, I called the security team of our township, which went there, but the people playing the music didn’t listen.

After that, I complained to the local police station; within 10 minutes, the police came and gave a strict warning to the people staying in that apartment. And after that, the noise stopped. And I had a mixed feeling. 

I was happy that the noise ceased, but I felt I had spoiled someone’s party, which was a mixed experience. And from that day, we made a rule in our society that anybody can play music till 10 p.m.And after that, nobody can play loud music.

Sample 2

Being a nature enthusiast, I prefer a noise-free environment; whenever there is noise, I feel terrible. This situation happened to me two years back when there was a lot of noise, and the noise was from a generator set.

At that time, I went to my hometown to spend a few days preparing for my exam because my roommates in the hostel used to make a lot of noise. So, to study in a peaceful environment, I went there. To my dismay, that did not work because just a night before the exam, there was a function in my backyard for my neighbours, and to make sufficient power arrangements, they arranged for a generator set.

There was a lot of noise coming out, and I felt terrible about it because studying in such an environment was challenging. I complained to my neighbour to remove that noise, but he didn’t pay much attention to my request.

After that, I called the sound pollution helpline and complained. Within one hour, the police came, and they stopped the generator set. After that, my neighbour arranged another generator set, which was noise-free, and this is how I got rid of the noise.

I felt terrible about that experience because these days, people have become comfort-oriented and do not consider whether their actions harm others. Such a selfish attitude is counterproductive for society.

Sample 3

In this modern era, noise has become an integral part of our lives
because there’s noise everywhere due to the burgeoning population and traffic conditions. And on many occasions, I have heard noises.

One such instance is worth mentioning. It was three years back when there was a lockdown in our country and all of a sudden, the government lifted the lockdown, and there was happiness everywhere.

During that time, the people of my township started playing loud music on the main lawn of our group housing. And the noise was loud music, and they were playing the chandeliers. And upon hearing that noise, even I was in the mood. I went down there, and with other people, I also danced and felt good.

Apart from that, there were mouth-watering delicacies for everyone, and we enjoyed it a lot. The overall experience was highly good because otherwise, noise disturbs me. But that day was special because, for six months, we had been indoors, missing the company of others.

Moreover, life came to a standstill. Due to that, we wanted to go out, which was a sigh of relief. That day we enjoyed a lot. And the good moments I had with my friends and neighbours that day will remain etched in my memories.

Sample 4

Most people like to help others, and I am also that person. I want to help others because it gives me happiness. When I was in 11th standard, my brother asked me to help him prepare for the exams.

Then I helped my brother. He needed many skills in his studies because he was studying medical science. When I helped my brother then, he felt pleased and understood the concepts better. And I also felt happy at that time. All my relatives and mother also gave me positive comments at that time.

Furthermore, my father also appreciated me at that time. Most of the time, I also helped my cousins draw some portraits because, since childhood, I have been good at drawing. So, most of the time, they gave me portraits and some other works to draw. That is how I help others, and I mostly like to help others.

Sample 5

In my life, many times I have faced a lot of occasions when I heard a lot of loud noise from different types of occasions and one of them is when I went to Manali with my friend for a week’s tour and when I was coming back from my tour I stayed with my aunt for two days because her house was in the middle of my way when I was returning from my trip.

Then, after I went to her house in the evening, the neighbour had a wedding function in their home, and they played loud music. Still, I was tired from my trip, and apart from that, after two days, I had an entrance exam for my Bachelor of Education, so I stayed with my aunt there.

Then, I wanted to do some studying related to my exam. Still, in the evening, I was very irritated when I heard a loud noise from the DJ system and some of the people screaming and shouting to show their happiness related to the wedding person. I was trying to sleep in my bedroom because I didn’t have enough sleep on my trip.

Apart from that, I wanted to get enough sleep because I had an exam after two days, so I was trying to close my eyes. However, I couldn’t close my eyes due to a lot of disturbance. I was trying to put the pillows on my ears to stop hearing the noise coming from a neighbour’s window, and it was disturbing my sleep at about 1 am when they turned off the DJ. Then, I felt relaxed because I could close my eyes and get enough sleep.

At that time, I felt very irritated and stressed because I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep in a loud noise. All in all, this experience I got from loud noise irritated me a lot.

Sample 6

I have to face a lot of noise surrounding my house. There was an exam, my college exams were going, and there was a law exam, and I was under enormous pressure. But to my dismay, while I was focusing on my work and studies, the construction started outside, and it was immense noise, which I couldn’t bear. And it was like something was hammering on my mind.

And I already had a headache because of the pressure of my studies. So I couldn’t focus on my studies. And at the same time, this thing was happening. And it was frustrating for me. All my neighbours expressed solidarity with me. We went outside and talked to them to stop the construction.

But they said they had a legal license and just had one hour of work, and I had to face it. But I couldn’t bear it. So I went to my friend’s home for my studies. And I felt very depressed and disturbed. But later, I understood this was their job, and they had to do it.


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 occasion when someone or something made noise”.

1. Is noise pollution severe in India?

Yes, noise pollution is a pressing problem in India. The population needs to be lowered due to population density. Many people live in a small area and play various kinds of music. And there’s a lot of traffic congestion on the road. People blow horns, and traffic moves regularly from one place to another. Due to this, there’s unprecedented noise in every nook and corner. Only the rural areas have little noisy environment.

2. Do you like to live in a noisy place?

Living in a noisy place is a big no for me because I love a peaceful environment, and the noise disturbs my sleep. Moreover, it plays in my head, making it difficult to concentrate on my work in a noisy environment.

3. Do you like to go to noisy places? 

No, I wouldn’t say I like to go to noisy places. I prefer to live in a noise-free environment. That is why I go to only those parties where the organizer does not play loud music.

4. Where can you hear a loud noise? 

A loud noise is everywhere, especially in public places where people play music. Apart from this, there’s a lot of loud noise on the roads because of traffic congestion. So people blow horns.

5. Do you think there is more noise in people’s lives today than in the past?

Yes, people’s noise these days has increased appreciably enough. These days, there are many vehicles on the roads, and they produce a lot of noise. Apart from this, the quality of music systems has improved a lot, and the speaker size has gone small these days. But the output they give is high. So that’s why the noise pollution has increased while these send bombs.

6. Do you think the cities will become more noisier in the future?

Cities will be less noisy in the future because the administration is coming up with stringent guidelines. After all, noise pollution has become a pressing problem and could jeopardize the current generation’s peace. That’s why higher authorities are framing strict rules to curb it.

7. How does noise pollution affect people’s daily lives? 

Noise pollution affects people’s daily lives because most of the people who are working nowadays don’t have enough sleep due to a lot of noise at night time and they cannot do their work on time and they cannot give 100% related to their work so it will affect their productivity. 

8. What are some familiar sources of noise pollution in urban areas?

 In the urban areas, there are different types of sources of noise pollution.

First of all, there is a growing traffic on the road so because of the public and the private vehicles there is a lot of noise because they are blowing their horn. Apart from that there are some religious places where we can hear loud noise music from them and apart from it some of the people want to advertise their products so then they also have loud noise on the speakers so these are the sources in the urban side where there is a lot of noise.

 9. Do you think noise pollution is a severe problem in your country?

 Yes, noise pollution is a severe problem in my country. After all, there are a lot of vehicles on the road, apart from public vehicles, because people want to keep their cars private from others. That’s why the single person also takes their vehicles on the road; apart from that, there are different types of religion in India. That’s why they also play various religious songs on the loudspeaker. There are other types of functions where they play loud music to celebrate their special days. 

10. How does exposure to constant noise impact an individual’s mental health and well-being? 

Noise pollution affects the individual mental health and physical health very severely because, first of all, if people are not feeling mentally well, then they also can’t do their work quite physically because when they don’t have enough sleep and rest in their life, then, they couldn’t do their job correctly.

11. What measures should governments take to reduce noise pollution in cities? 

The government should take measures to decrease the noise pollution in the cities. First, they should ban loud music because if they increase their volume, they should pay a fine. Apart from that, they should have time-limping in the evening, like after 8 pm, they could not play loud music because it disturbs their neighbour and the community. 

12. Can you describe a situation where you were significantly disturbed by noise? 

One time, I went to Delhi by train, and at that time, I was sitting at the Delhi train station because I wanted to return from Delhi. At that time, I was very stressed by the noise because there were different types of noise in the train station.

Some of the people were talking later about their product advertisement, apart from that there was a different type of speaker later to all the trains which were telling the train schedule. There was also too much crowd, and people were talking too loudly with each other, so at that time, I was very frustrated and irritated from too much noise. 

13. How can individuals contribute to reducing noise pollution in their communities? 

They have to take some measures to reduce the noise in their community. First, they should know the effects if they think about the impact that affects human beings’ health. They should know that they have to decrease the volume when playing music on their TV or phone, and then they should know who is around them apart from that.

14. Do you think technological advancements have made noise pollution better or worse? 

 Technological advancements make a lot of noise compared to the past because, in the past, we did not have different types of entertainment sources like DJs, loud music, and iPads and laptops, which we can play loud music on our speakers. Various speakers are available in the market for sound systems, so technology plays a crucial role in increasing noise pollution. 

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