Describe the game you enjoyed playing when you were younger IELTS Cue Card

Describe the game you enjoyed playing when you were younger IELTS Cue Card


Describe the game you enjoyed playing when you were younger

You should say:

What is that game
Who you played it with
Where did you play the game
and explain why you enjoyed playing that game

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 subject for one-to-two minutes.

Sample 1


Although I have played numerous games, one is unique and worth mentioning.

What is that game

The game is cricket.

Who you played it with

I played it with my classmates during the sports period.

Where did you play the game

I played it on the school ground.

And explain why you enjoyed playing that game.

I enjoyed playing the game of cricket for many reasons. Firstly in our school, every class had two sections, A and B. I was in section A, and our arch-rival was section B.Everyday the players of both units would leave no stone unturned to beat the opposite team. Due to this reason, there was a lot of thrill and excitement in it.

Secondly, I have always exhibited an immense interest in teamwork. Cricket is a game in which collaboration is of utmost importance. It fascinated me because it encouraged me to help the other team members with my performance.

Thirdly cricket is a game of uncertainties. A good or lousy span of five minutes can change the match’s trajectory. Moreover, if you fail at batting, the game allows you to bounce back through good bowling and vice versa. This aspect of the game fascinated me the most.

Lastly, I am from a nation where cricket is a religion. I grew up watching the famous batsman Sachin Tendulkar. While playing the game, I imitated his style, which greatly satisfied me.

I still love playing cricket, but I need more time to play it. However, the excellent time spent playing it will always remain etched in my memories.

Sample 2


During my childhood, I played many games, and one of them appealed to me the most; hence, it is worth mentioning.

What is that game

The game is Lawan tennis

Who you played it with

I played it with my clubmates.

Where did you play the game?

I played the game in my neighbourhood club, a stone’s throw away from my residence.

And explain why you enjoyed playing that game.

I enjoyed playing this game because it is an exciting game that is different from the other racquet games. Moreover, unlike badminton, the wind doesn’t affect your game when you play it outdoors.

The other reason was that tennis is a less time-consuming game. During my budding years, my central focus was on my holistic development, and I wanted to carve a nice for myself by leading my career toward an impressive growth trajectory. Most of my friends used to play cricket, but I enjoyed playing tennis because playing one match requires just 2-3 hours of yours. On the contrary, the game lasts more than 5-6 hours in cricket.

Moreover, I used to feel like royalty while playing it because it is a game that the masses cannot play. After all, the equipment cost is high. Unlike badminton, where there used to be a lot of rush, the tennis course would remain vacant. And I could play it without any interruption or delays.

Lastly, this game helped me attain fitness. During childhood, I gained immense weight due to binge eating, and tennis helped me shed kilos because it requires massive running. I became a fit and healthy person within two months of joining 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 the game you enjoyed playing when you were younger”.

1. What games do Indian children play now? 

The love for playing digital games has made inroads into the lives of Indian children. Games like Free Fire and Pubg have a rising popularity among juveniles. As far as outdoor games are concerned, children love playing cricket, volleyball, and basketball.

2. Do boys and girls play different games? 

Yes, boys and girls played to play different games because of their distinct interests. For example, girls tend to play games requiring less physical strength, like kho-kho and hide and seek. On the contrary, boys like to play games that require a lot of physical endurance, such as cricket, lawn tennis, basketball, etc.

3. Why do children in kindergarten play games? 

The primary purpose behind children playing games in kindergarten is to explore the world surrounding them and to uncover their strengths.

4. Should games be interesting or only to learn?

As far as the primary goal of playing games is concerned, it is to provide mental and physical stimulation, and this purpose can be achieved if and only if the game is interesting.

5. Is winning important in games?

There is no denying this conviction that the most essential thing in playing a game is participation, not the result. However, I have a counter opinion. Winning is important in games because it motivates you to work hard with determination, dedication, and discipline; moreover, it encourages you to think beyond the conventional domain to handle most of the conflict while playing the game.

6. Is it more satisfying to win in a team than as an individual?

In the end, a win is a win. So it does not matter whether you have won individually or as a team. You think good about yourself when you win individually because it is a one-person show. On the contrary, when you win as a team, other people join you in the celebration.

7. Why are some people bad losers?

People who compete fiercely find it challenging to lose. They do not comprehend that winning is a combination of luck and effort. Sometimes you do not win despite good performance, and sometimes you get success with little effort.

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