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Describe a tall building in your city/hometown you like or dislike IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe a tall building in your city/hometown you like or dislike IELTS Speaking cue card, you will speak about a famous tall building in your hometown that you either like or dislike. You should say:

☑️ Where it is?

☑️ What it is used for?

☑️ What it looks like?

☑️ Explain why you like or dislike it?

NOTEYou have one minute to think about what you are going to say, then you’ll have to talk about the topic for one-to-two minutes. You will get a paper and a pencil to make some notes if you wish.

For easier understanding, I have divided this IELTS Cue Card into three parts ➡️ IntroductionQuestions, and Conclusion.

Introducing a tall building

Mumbai, the city where I come from is full of sky scrappers. But here I would like to talk about a marvellous piece of architecture called The Great Bell or The Rajabai Clock Tower.

Where it is?

The Rajabai Tower is a clock tower in South Mumbai, India. It is in the confines of the Fort campus of the University of Mumbai. The tower is part of The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2018.

What it is used for?

The clock has become a cultural symbol of my city, particularly in the visual media. When a television or film-maker wishes to indicate a generic location of Mumbai, a popular way to do so is to show an image of the tower, often with a red double-decker bus in the foreground. Moreover, The Rajabai Tower functions as a focal point of New Year Celebrations in Maharashtra.

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What it looks like?

The tall structure reflects the traditional Neo-Gothic style architecture. If I am not wrong….., It’s the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the country. You wouldn’t believe…, It stands at a height of 85 m (280 ft or 25 storeys)…which is HUMONGOUS!!

Explain why you like or dislike it?

The historical relevance of this grand edifice is one of the main reasons why it is such a wonderful thing to see. In addition to this, I like visiting The Clock Tower because It’s strategically located in Southern part of the city near the sea shore, so you can always witness the beauty of sea waves in a single go.

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Concluding the cue card

In the end I would just say that…, the Rajabai tower is the pride of our city.


Following are the probable set of IELTS Speaking Part-3 follow up questions for Describe a tall building in your city/hometown you like or dislike cue card:

What are the advantages & disadvantages of living in a tall building?

Well! The principal advantage of living in a tall building is the mesmerised and iconic views from outside. Secondly, there is peace…as the level of street noise is far less. The only disadvantage I feel is that, the life in a tall building gets over dependent on the elevator and if it goes out of function, the whole world turns upside down for the dwellers.

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Do you think there will be more tall buildings in the future?

Yes, I believe so..there will be a boom of tall structures in the future. With the rising population, the scarcity of land is becoming a road block. The only solution to accommodate uncontrollable population growth would be high-storey buildings.

Why aren’t there many tall buildings in the countryside?

In the countryside, there is plenty of free or unoccupied land available. As such, It would be a fool’s errand to build tall residential places. Moreover, people living in the countryside happily live in the open spaces. So you’ll not see many tall buildings in the countryside.

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Why do some people nowadays like to live in tall buildings?

It seems to me that more and more people are nowadays getting accustomed to the life of bigger cities. There is large mobility of people towards towns who wish to live in multi-storey buildings. Above all, owning a flat in some tall residential complex is way cheaper than constructing your own house.



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