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Describe an indoor game that you liked to play

10- IELTS Speaking part 2 recent exams - Cue Card: Describe an indoor game that you liked to play

In this article, IELTS Game will add the tenth cue card on the series of IELTS speaking exams part 2 with band 9.0 model answers that will help you in your IELTS preparation.

This cue card is asking you to “Describe an indoor game that you liked to play when you were a child“, and asking some questions related to this topic.

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Describe an indoor game that you liked to play
Describe an indoor game that you liked to play

Describe an indoor game that you liked to play when you were a child.

You should say:

  • – Who you played it with?
  • – How you played it?
  • – where you played it?
  • – And explain why you liked playing that game?

Other question format

Describe an indoor game that you liked to play when you were a child.

You should say:

  • – What is it?
  • – With whom did you play?
  • – How often you played it?
  • – How did you feel about it?

Band 9.0 Sample Answer Ideas.

• I’ve played several games, both indoor and outdoor games, and still try to play whenever I get time.

• Among those games, I enjoyed playing chess more than others.

• Chess is an indoor game where two players participate.

• This game does not involve any major physical movements like other outdoor games but a chess player has to use his/her brain and make game plans to defeat the opponent.

• I mostly play this game with my friends and cousins.

• Sometimes I play it with my father and senior relatives.

• Since playing chess requires only placing the board on a surface and sitting position of the two participating players, it is convenient to play chess almost anywhere.

• I mostly play it at our veranda, garden or bedroom.

• I enjoy this game because I have a fascination about this game from my childhood and I really like the overall theme and brainstorming involved in this game.

• It’s a thought-provoking game that gives the participating players to use their brains.

• A player can apply his/her strategy, and then allure the opponent to fall in a trap, which is much like a real battlefield.

• It’s not a game where someone would only use the physical movements rather the game requires perfect game plan, finding weakness of the opponent and a battle strategy.

• This game gives you a feel of being the King of a regime where you decide your countrymen’s fate.

• For all these reasons this is a very interesting and enjoyable game to me.

IELTS Speaking part 3 Follow Up Questions.

Here are some follow up questions you may be asked during part 3 IELTS Speaking exam by the IELTS examiner related to describe an indoor game that you liked to play when you were a child IELTS Cue Card 2020.

1. In general, how is outside play for children different to playing inside?

Outside pay is much different to playing inside. There is a lot of physical activity involved when playing outdoor games.

There isn’t much physical exercise involved in indoor games. 

Indoor games may not include as much social interaction with other players, as in the outdoor games.

2. Do you think the indoor activities and outdoor activities develop children’s abilities the same way?

I think the indoor and outdoor games develop children’s abilities in different ways.

There is more social interaction when children play outdoor games. 

There is an opportunity to play in bigger teams when playing outdoors games, which leads to more awareness of other cultures and backgrounds the other children come from. 

Indoor games may develop better strategic and decision-making skills than outdoor games.

3. What’s the most popular game in India?

I think cricket is the most popular game in India, however, after the last Olympics, badminton, wrestling and gymnastics has gained popularity.

4. How have games changed in the past few decades?

Games have changed a lot over the last few years. The format of many games has changed.

For instance, cricket, football, kabaddi and hockey are now played in the premier leagues format. 

Also, there are many TV channels now that have made many sports popular.

5. How have children’s game changed in past few decades?

Children’s games have changed greatly in the last few decades. 

There are many more options of indoor games now since the advent of technology. There are many types of video games available now.

There is also an option for motion detection in many gaming consoles.

6. How are children’s games different from adult’s games?

Children’s games are different from adult’s games mainly in terms of the physical activity involved in the outdoor games and as for the indoor games it’s the content of the games that differs and the difficulty levels.

7. Why do many adults not play games?

The main reason why many adults don’t play games is due to the lack of time. 

Everyone these days leads very busy lives and do not get the time to pursue interests like games and sports.

8. Do you think modern lifestyles encourage, or discourage, adults from playing games?

I think the modern lifestyle discourages people from playing games. 

People are busy with their hectic routines and do not get time to pursue hobbies and other pastime activities like playing games.

9. What benefits do people get from playing games?

There are many benefits of playing games, both indoor and outdoor. 

It develops sportsmanship spirit, leadership skills, social skills, co-operative attitude, more exposure to other cultures, and many more.

Sports can also be pursued as a career and it may bring a person name and fame.

10. What benefits can children get from playing games?

Children benefit a lot from playing games. They remain physically and mentally fit.

They learn many skills like leadership qualities, social skills, more exposure to different cultures, sportsmanship spirit, and many more.

This may become a career path for some students later.

11. Do you think group activities (including team sports) can help give a child a sense of responsibility?

Yes, definitely. Team sports can help a child develop a sense of responsibility. 

When playing in a team, each payer has the responsibility of leading the team towards a win by giving it their best.

They need to co-operate and co-ordinate with others in the team to ensure that their performance adds to the entire team’s performance, and doesn’t hamper it.

Similarly, in a group activity, each person has a role to play and a task to complete, which helps the entire project to be successfully and efficiently completed.

Another set of part 3 follow up questions.

1. Do you play any indoor games?

Yes, I play carom board and cards with my siblings and parents.

2. Do you prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?

It depends on the weather outside. In hot summer afternoons, I play indoor games.

But, when the weather is good, I play cricket and badminton outside with my friends.

3. What indoor games did you play when you were a child?

I played carom board, ludo and snakes and ladders as a child.

4. Is there any particular indoor game that you liked (when you were a child)?

I liked ludo and snakes and ladders.

5. What sorts of indoor games do children play now?

Nowadays, children are of the digital era. They play electronic games on the computer.

6. Do you play video games?

Yes, I play Mario and tetris sometimes on my phone.

7. What kinds of video games do you like to play?

I play Mario and tetris only. Sometimes I feel I have wasted a lot of time on these two games.

8. Is it good for young people to play video games?

Yes, video games are good, but only if played in a limit.

These introduce children to computer technology, and teach strategy building skills.

9. What qualities should a team leader have?

He should have good communication skills. He should know how to get work done.

He should lead by example as far as qualities like punctuality and discipline are concerned.

10. Is teamwork important to individuals?

Yes, it is. It is needed in all fields of life. Man cannot live alone and do anything alone.

Teamwork teaches cooperation, conflict management skills and many more things which are needed in everyday life.

11. What do you think about people spending too much time on computer games?

I think these people do not realise that such games are addicting and can ruin them if they do not limit their time they spend on computer games.

Importance of electronic games

  1. Video game playing introduces children to computer technology
  2. Some games provide practice in problem solving and logic. E.g. Age of Empires
  3. Video games have proved to improve visual skills.
  4. They also improve motor and spatial skills. Children who play video games have better reflexes.
  5. They make learning fun. The cost of failure is lower. This encourages risk-taking and exploration.
  6. Some games have therapeutic applications with patients.
  7. Games are entertaining and fun.

Negatives of video games

  1. Overdependence – social isolation – usually played alone
  2. Aggressive behaviour – children practice violent acts.
  3. Games can confuse fantasy with reality
  4. Addictive

Tips for parents

  1. Limit the game playing hours
  2. Check the age-game ratings
  3. Require that homework and chores be done before game playing
  4. Play and enjoy the game with your child
Related Cue Cards:

Band 8.0 Sample.

An indoor game that I liked to play when I was a child was badminton. It started when I was in 6th grade. At that time, I was living near my uncle’s house.

Every morning, he would wake me and my cousins up early and drive us to the sport center near our house.

It was actually a badminton class, so we had teachers and other students too. We practiced badminton here for an hour

During the summer holiday, we even stayed there for another half an hour. Just like tennis, you can play badminton as a singles match or doubles match.

The rules are pretty much the same as tennis. The only difference is that the badminton shuttlecock is lighter than the tennis ball, thus, it requires less strength.

Due to my short sightedness, I was not very good at playing this game but I enjoyed it anyway. 

Firstly, it helped keep me fit. In addition, I could train my eyes to look further and faster, and it quickened my reflexes. Last but not least, it helped me a lot in improving my teamwork skills.

USEFUL VOCABULARY & EXPRESSIONS.

Badminton: [noun] an indoor game. Players hit a small light ball, with feathers round it, across a high net, using a racket, like tennis.

  • Example: A net in badminton is much higher than in tennis, and the ball and rackets are smaller and not as heavy.

singles match: [noun] a game in which one player plays against one opponent.

doubles match: [noun] a game in which two players play against two opponents.

  • Example: She won the women‟s singles gold medal in tennis in the Olympic Games.
    Then, playing with her friend, they won the women‟s doubles gold medal by defeating two
    American opponents.

shuttlecock: [noun] badminton uses a shuttlecock, not a tennis ball. It is very light and it has feathers round the edge.

  • Example: Players hit the shuttlecock across the net in badminton.

short-sightedness: [noun] a person who can only see things if they are very close, is shortsighted.

  • Example: I need glasses for reading, because of my short-sightedness.

train my eyes: [verb phrase] I developed my ability to see things quickly and accurately.

  • Example: The detective trained his eyes to look for small but important details at the scene of the crime.

quickened my reflexes: playing badminton improved my ability to move and think quickly when I played the game.

  • Example: Many people say that video games quicken your reflexes and you become more expert.

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