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IELTS Cue Card, August 2018: Something You Would Like To Replace.

Talk about something that you would like to get replaced. Please say

– What is it?
– How old is it?
– Why do you want to replace it?

Answer:

As usual, you will have 1 minute to brainstorm and 2 minutes to present the answer. Please use the one minute wisely.

During this one minute find out the thing that you find discomforting. It should be a THING. For example, you study table – perhaps it is too small. Or, your laptop – perhaps it is too old.

Then think of at least ONE reason and EXPLAIN it in detail. You can come up with two reasons. Explain both.

I’m a six feet tall man and the only thing I wish to replace is my bed. My dad built the teak wood, antique bed in 1970 and anyone who sees it appreciates its exquisite design and excellent material.

Though I love it since it has beautiful memories of my parents and my childhood, I wish to replace it because it does not serve the purpose. The main purpose of a bed is to allow a person to have a proper rest so that she can perform productively. This bed fails in fulfilling this task since its length is 5 feet 9 inches and I’m above 6 feet. Whenever I sleep on it, my legs hang in the air and this prevents my legs from eliminating all stresses. Moreover, this also breaks my sleep at least twice every night and I’m unable to perform optimally during the day. Recently, I visited a doctor for a regular checkup. She discovered that my blood pressure was high and, on deeper diagnosis, she attributed this to irritation resulting from lack of proper rest during the night.

If I purchase a bed more than 6 feet long, I’m sure my body will have proper rest.

Follow-up Questions:

– What are the things that get replaced often? Well, I think the clothes – particularly those of children – get replaced very often. 
– Who likes to replace things more frequently? Why? I think children love to replace the old things with new items. They always want new toys and new clothes.
– Do children replace things faster than adults? Indeed they do. Adults are less excited by new things than children. However, there are a few items that adults really love to replace. These include smartphones which are upgraded every few months.
– What are the effects of replacing items more frequently? I think replacing things too frequently has several impacts. It not only increases the waste generated by humans but also increased expenditure and puts an additional burden on a family.
How can we encourage people to do it less often? Well, people need to learn the value of money and the need to save it while the sun shines. They should learn about things that really need to be replaced and things that can continue to serve our needs.
– How is economic growth related to people becoming wasteful? The modern capitalist system is built on the idea of consumption. The more people replace old things with new items, the more is the economic growth. However, along with growth, people need to keep the idea of sustainability in mind.

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