IELTS Speaking part 2 – Describe A Place Full Of Colour

IELTS Speaking part 2 recent exams - Place Full Of colour

IELTS Speaking part 2 recent exams - Topic: Describe A Place Full Of Color Cue Card

In this article, will add the fourth 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 A Place Full Of Colour“, and asking some questions related to this topic.

It is one of the cue cards that expected to appear in IELTS speaking cue cards in September 2019 to December 2019 exams.

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IELTS Speaking part 2 recent exams - Place Full Of colour
IELTS Speaking part 2 recent exams - Place Full Of colour

Cue Card: Describe A Place Full Of Colour.

You should say:

  • – What place it was
  • – Why you went there
  • – What you did there
  • – And explain why you think it was full of colour

Describe a garden or park you visited and liked.

You should say:

  • – Where it was
  • – What it looked like
  • – What you did (or, were doing) there (or, what people were doing there)
  • – And explain why you liked it.

Band 9.0 Sample Answer.

I would like to share with you my impressions of a garden that I visited last summer, which was full of colour and interest: Claude Monet‟s house and garden in Giverny, France.

As a big fan of Monet‟s paintings, especially the famous „Water Lilies‟, I had always dreamed of seeing he scene in real life.

So, when some friends suggested a visit last year, I jumped at the chance. After a journey of about an hour by train from our hotel, we arrived at Giverny.

The garden was exactly as he had painted it – it was a riot of colour, from the peaceful white of the water lilies to the striking reds and oranges which filled some of the flowerbeds.

The two parts of the garden complemented each other perfectly.

We first admired the array of bright flowers and fruit trees in the Clos Normand, but my favourite part was the water garden, and we enjoyed a leisurely stroll, taking in all the colours, perfumes and bird songs.

Monet avidly collected prints of Japanese gardens, and these inspired the Japanese bridges covered with wisterias, the water lilies in the pond, and the bamboo and weeping willows which he planted.

For me, it was like a wonderland of colours and a dream come true after so many years.

Band 9.0 Sample Ideas to answer “Describe a place full of colour cue card”.

  • We live in a world full of colour
  • It is difficult to imagine a life without the blue sky, green grass and the colourful flowers.
  • Life would be very dull and boring without colour
  • Here, I would like to talk about a place I visited which was full of colour
  • Last year I went to Tokyo with my family
  • We went there for a two-weeks holiday.
  • We saw so many palaces and forts over there.
  • We also did a lot of shopping over there
  • Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis
  • You can see colours everywhere
  • Many buildings over there are red in colour
  • We visited an ancient Japanese palace.
  • The entry ticket included the traditional Japanese meal
  • It looked as if the whole colourful culture of Japan was on display there
  • We saw many dances, including the Mai and Odori dance in which the performers were wearing the most colourful dresses.
  • Then, we saw the snake charmers dance in which the performers were dressed in black
  • Then there was the colourful puppet show
  • I bought some puppets as souvenirs for my friends.
  • We clicked many photographs over there
  • All those colourful memories are still fresh in my mind
  • It was an amazing day
  • We returned to our hotel after enjoying dinner
  • If I get a chance, I would love to see Tokyo again.

Describe a place full of colour Follow Up Questions.

The IELTS examiner will ask you some questions about the topic which is suggested to appear in IELTS speaking exams Sep -Dec 19.

Here are the most common follow up questions related to the que card about description of a place full of colour with band 9.0 answers. 

1. Is colour important for clothing?

Yes, color is important for clothing. It reflects the choice and also the personality of a person.

Also, there are many occasions where clothes in appropriate colors need to be worn. So it is important to consider color for clothing.

2. What colours are the least popular in your country?

There are no least popular colors in my country. I think it is a personal/individual preference and people have their choice or taste when it comes to colors they like or dislike.

However, it cannot be generalized for the entire nation.

3. Would these colours become popular in the future?

There may be colors that become more or less popular every year, but that is only in terms of the fashion trends.

So, colors which are not much seen or used in the fashion industry today, may become more popular in the future.

4. What colours are mostly seen in buildings in your country?

In (your city), buildings are mostly painted in lighter shades of whites, browns, and other such colors. Some buldings are made of brick and are red in color.

The buildings that make use of stone are the color of the stone.

However, these days, we can find buildings in different colors, some are light and some bright in color.

5. What colour is suitable for offices?

I think the color of the walls of offices should be mostly lighter shades, like cream, white, light blue, etc.

However, there should be some area of the office that has bright colored walls, like in the cafeteria or the recreation room.

6. What was the most popular colour last year?

If I talk about the fashion industry, yellow color was in trend last year.

7. How do colours affect people’s mood?

Colors affect people’s mood in both positive and negative ways. Some colors may bring a sense of peace and serenity, for example, the blue color of the sky, or the ocean.

Some colors make us feel happy, like green, orange, and other such bright colors, especially when we see flowers in such colors.

Some colors may make us feel dull, like greys. When there are too many days without sunshine, the days are usually dull and grey and make us also feel low on energy.

8. Do you think the colours of a company’s uniform represent the image of a company?

Yes, it definitely does. The color of the uniform reflects the branding and image of the company as it gives out the message about the outlook of the organization.

It has been researched that the color of the uniform helps in bringing the customers back.

9. How differently do men and women look at the same colour?

I recently read about the research that men and women describe the same color differently.

Women are better at recognising and distinguishing colors, while men may not be that accurate about the colors they see.

It has been found out that this is because of the difference in neural connections in men and women.

10. Do colours make a difference in the advertisements?

Yes, colors make advertisements more attractive. They also help with the branding of the product.

11. What colours are suitable for formal occasions?

It depends on the occasion and the time of the event. For instance, for a formal office event, lighter shades and shades of blues, greys, and black are more appropriate.

For a more traditional event, colors can be lighter or brighter, depending on the event and the time of the celebration.

12. Is there any change in the use of colours in the present than in the past?

Yes, there is a change in the way we use colors today, as compared to the past. There have been many new colors created in the recent past, that weren’t available earlier.

These days we have more variety of colors available in everything we use and ses around us, be it buildings, clothes, gadgets, appliances, etc.

In the past, fewer colors were used in all spheres of life.

13. Do business people need to wear dark clothes?

Not necessarily. However, business people should avoid bright colored clothes, especially during meetings and presentations, as they may become a distraction.

14. Should coursebooks be colourful?

Yes, course books should be colorful as the students remain interested in reading and learning from those books.

They may lose interest in books if they are only text and in dull colors.

15. What colours do you think people would choose while decorating their houses?

I think it is a very personal decision and people chose colors for decorating their houses according to their choice and taste.

It may also depend on government regulations in that area.


In this part, you will find the most important vocabulary and expressions that you can use if the IELTS examiner asks you to describe a place full of colour. 

impression: feeling or feelings (in the plural) about the garden (impressions)

  • Example: “His impression of the meeting was that it didn’t go very well.”

fan: although the word is often used in the context of football nowadays, here it means a person who admires [ Monet‟s paintings].

  • Example: “She is a huge fan of Maroon 5.”

jumped at the chance: I enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to visit the garden.

  • Example: “He jumped at the chance to go to Las Vegas with his boss.”

a riot of colour: a collection of many different colours.

  • Example: “Sandra‟s rose garden is a riot of colour.”

striking: very attractive and unusual.

  • Example: “The woman he was with was wearing a striking outfit last night.”

flowerbeds: a piece of a garden or park in which flowers are grown.

  • Example: “He loves digging in his flowerbeds.”

complemented each other: each part of the garden added something different to the other part, so that the garden as a whole became more attractive.

  • Example: “The salad and the fish complemented each other to form a perfect meal.”

the array of bright flowers: the large and impressive collection of flowers.

  • Example: “The array of bright flowers in her garden surprised everybody. They didn’t realize she had planted so many varieties.”

a leisurely stroll: a slow, relaxing walk.

  • Example: “We went for a leisurely stroll along the beach this morning.”

taking in all the colours: our eyes noticed all the colours and features of the garden.

  • Example: “We were taking in all the colours of his garden, when all of a sudden we heard a large crash outside the garden gate. Two cars had just bumped into each other.”

avidly: Monet collected prints of Japanese gardens enthusiastically.

  • Example: “He studied English avidly, from morning until late in the evening.”

prints: copies of original drawings or paintings.

  • Example: “The artist offered her prints for $100 each.”

wisterias: white or purple flowers which cover walls, bridges or trees.

  • Example: “The wisterias in the garden were in full bloom.”

pond: a small area of still water, usually in a garden.

  • Example: “There are many beautiful fish in the pond.”

bamboo: tall tropical plants which have hollow stems [the long, thin part of the plant] used for building or furniture.

  • Example: “Pandas love to eat bamboo.”

weeping willows: trees which grow near water and have branches which hang downwards.

  • Example: “There are two weeping willows on the property, but we should cut one down.”

wonderland: an imaginary place in children‟s stories.

  • Example: “The amusement park was a wonderland for both children and adults.

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