IELTS Speaking Cue Card July 2017: An Unusual Food

Talk about an unusual food you have eaten abroad. Please say

– Where was it and what was the food?
– Did you like or dislike that food? Why?
– Why did you decide to try it?


Invest one minute in brainstorming about this topic’s questions. If you’ve not read my advice on developing each answer in a proper way, please read the lesson on speaking.

PLUS, you can implement the idea of collocations in this answer. Here is the link to a truly useful article: Lessons in speaking – collocations.

IELTS offers you one minute to prepare an answer and two minutes (maximum) to speak.

I am a foodie and a frequent traveler. So, I get opportunities to taste dishes from different cultures. (Introductory statement)

Last year I traveled to China’s capital Beijing. In a traditional Chinese restaurant, I tried a strange dish made up of sea weeds. Sea weeds, as you know, are vegetarian foods grown in the sea and are very nutritious. (Where was it, what was the food) 

I loved tasting it the first time. No other food comes close to it in terms of taste and it is difficult for me to explain it. I loved it not only because of the taste but also due to the abundance of nutrients in it. (Like or dislike. Why.)

Since I’m a traveler, I have first-hand experience of how humans will face a shortage of nutritious food in the future. Scientists have proposed seaweed farms as a solution to the problem. I just wanted to taste the future of human food. (Why try.)

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you prefer to buy foreign foods?
  2. Why do people buy foreign foods?
  3. Why are humans facing food shortage? Propose a solution.
  4. Would you spend more on foreign foods?
  5. Why is that?

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