Describe a place you visited where the air was polluted IELTS Cue Card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a place you visited where the air was polluted.

You should say:

Where the place is?
When you visited?
Why the air was not good?
And explain how you felt about the place.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers and follow up questions to describe a place you visited where the air was polluted IELTS Cue Card:

Model Answer 1:

Introduction:
We all know that air pollution is an increasingly serious problem in many parts of the world today. Here, I would like to talk about my experience visiting a place where the air was polluted beyond acceptable limits.

Where the place is?
The place I visited was a large city in India. It was Delhi, the capital of India, and it was known for its crowded streets and busy markets. Unfortunately, it was also known for its air pollution problem. The air quality in the city was extremely poor, and it was considered one of the most polluted cities in the world. 

When you visited?
I visited this city in the summer of 2018. This was the peak of the summer season and the hottest time of the year. The heat and humidity, combined with the air pollution, made the air quality in the city even worse. 

Why the air was not good?
The main reason for this city’s air pollution was the high vehicular emissions. There were many cars and other vehicles on the roads, and the emissions from these vehicles added to the already poor air quality. In addition to this, the city also had a large number of industrial facilities, which further exacerbated the problem.

Explain how you felt about the place. 
It was a very unpleasant experience for me. The air was so polluted that I could hardly breathe. The air was thick with smog, and the smell of exhaust fumes was overwhelming. I could feel the effects of the pollution on my lungs, and it was a very uncomfortable feeling. I was also very concerned about the health of the people living in the city, as they had to deal with this pollution daily. 

Conclusion: 
Overall, my experience of visiting this polluted place was not a pleasant one. I was appalled by the level of air pollution and its effects on the people living there. I hope that steps are taken to reduce the air pollution problem in this city so that people can enjoy a healthy and safe environment.

Model Answer 2:

Introduction:

  • Pollution is everywhere nowadays.
  • It’s difficult to find a place where the air is not polluted.

Where the place is? and When you visited?

  • Here, I would like to talk about the city I visited, and I found the air very polluted.
  • Last year, I had to go to New Delhi with my parents.
  • We had to go to visit some relatives.
  • There was a function in their house.
  • We went by train.
  • Then we hired a three-wheeler.
  • As we were sitting in the water, I started feeling a burning sensation in my eyes, and my eyes started watering.
  • I looked at my parents and felt they were also feeling the same.
  • We live in Punjab and a small town in Punjab, and I realised that the air is much less polluted here than in Delhi.
  • I noticed that the local people there were not having many problems.
  • Perhaps their eyes were used to that pollution.
  • Released to my relative’s house and then washed my face with cold water.
  • I felt some relief after that.

Why the air was not good?

  • My uncle told me that Delhi is probably one of the most polluted cities in India.
  • The main reason for this is that the development of Delhi has largely been unplanned, and the industrial units in Delhi are spread over residential and commercial areas and not designated areas.
  • Another reason why Delhi is more air pollution, as compared to other cities, is that it has a landlocked geography.
  • The Himalayas obstruct the escape routes of air.
  • Stubble burning also contributes to air pollution in the region.
  • During the winter, the stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan causes a thick blanket of Smog to cover Delhi.
  • Air pollution affects human health severely.
  • There is a higher prevalence of chronic bronchitis, where there is more air pollution.

And explain how you felt about the place and Conclusion:

  • I was happy that I was just visiting Delhi and not living there permanently.
  • I feel pity for my relatives who permanently reside in Delhi.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “Describe a place you visited where the air was polluted”.

1. Is there more pollution now than in the past?
Yes, there is more air pollution now than in the past. New industries are opening every day. Strict rules and regulations have not been laid down for effluent treatment. Industries are not planned well to be opened in designated areas. So all this development is leading to more air pollution now than in the past.

2. In what ways can air pollution be reduced effectively?
Many steps can be taken to reduce the level of air pollution. The government can lay down strict rules and regulations for effluent treatment. New industries should only be allowed to open in designated areas. It is not the responsibility of only the government but also the people to follow the rules and regulations nicely.

3. Do you think the city is cleaner or dirtier than the countryside? Why?
I think the cities are dirtier than the countryside. The main reason is that all the development, the new industries are opening in the cities. The industrialists do not follow the rules and regulations laid out by the government nicely. Proper treatment of effluents is not done. Another reason is that the population of cities is more than the countryside. So, more vehicles are there in the cities which are also adding to the pollution. Not only air pollution, but noise pollution is also more in the cities than in the countryside. So for all these reasons, I feel that cities are more polluted than the countryside.

4. What can factories and power plants do to reduce pollutants?
Factories and power plants can do a lot to reduce pollution. The first thing they can do is follow the norms laid down by the government. For example, if the factory has a chimney, the height of the chimney can be increased according to government regulations. New industries should start with alternative sources of energy, whereas the older ones can switch to alternative sources of energy. These steps can go a long way in decreasing pollution.

5. Do you think many companies have been forced to reduce pollutants?
Yes, many companies have been forced to reduce pollutants. However, unfortunately, these industries find loopholes to escape the penalties, and so the steps taken by the government are not proving very effective. When companies pay fines, they start thinking that they now have the license to cause pollution.

6. Do you think the wind has any effect on pollution? How?
Yes, I think the wind helps to disperse the pollutants. That is why despite the high automobile population, Chennai has less pollution than Delhi. This is because the sea breeze provides an effective entry and exit for dispersing pollutants. Delhi is landlocked, so the whole pollution accumulates there only.

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Describe a place you visited where the air was polluted

Describe a place you visited where the air was polluted

Introduction:
We all know that air pollution is an increasingly serious problem in many parts of the world today. Here, I would like to talk about my experience visiting a place where the air was polluted beyond acceptable limits.
Where the place is?
The place I visited was a large city in India. It was Delhi, the capital of India, and it was known for its crowded streets and busy markets. Unfortunately, it was also known for its air pollution problem. The air quality in the city was extremely poor, and it was considered one of the most polluted cities in the world. 
When you visited?
I visited this city in the summer of 2018. This was the peak of the summer season and the hottest time of the year. The heat and humidity, combined with the air pollution, made the air quality in the city even worse. 
Why the air was not good?
The main reason for this city’s air pollution was the high vehicular emissions. There were many cars and other vehicles on the roads, and the emissions from these vehicles added to the already poor air quality. In addition to this, the city also had a large number of industrial facilities, which further exacerbated the problem.
Explain how you felt about the place. 
It was a very unpleasant experience for me. The air was so polluted that I could hardly breathe. The air was thick with smog, and the smell of exhaust fumes was overwhelming. I could feel the effects of the pollution on my lungs, and it was a very uncomfortable feeling. I was also very concerned about the health of the people living in the city, as they had to deal with this pollution daily. 
Conclusion: 
Overall, my experience of visiting this polluted place was not a pleasant one. I was appalled by the level of air pollution and its effects on the people living there. I hope that steps are taken to reduce the air pollution problem in this city so that people can enjoy a healthy and safe environment.

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