Describe a foreign country you have never been: IELTS Speaking Part 2 / IELTS Cue Answer

Describe a foreign country you have never been to.

You should say:

  • where the country is
  • when you plan to visit this country
  • why you would like to go there

and explain why this is a good country to visit.

Sample Response:

One country that has always captured my imagination but I’ve never had the opportunity to visit is New Zealand. Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand consists of two main islands, both of which are renowned for their jaw-dropping landscapes and biodiversity.

If all goes according to plan, I hope to visit New Zealand in the next two years. Ideally, I’d aim for their spring season, which falls around September to November, to best enjoy the temperate climate and blooming flora.

There are myriad reasons that pull me towards New Zealand. The first, without a doubt, is its unmatched natural beauty. Movies like “The Lord of the Rings” showcased the country’s diverse landscapes, from the sprawling meadows of Matamata to the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps. Besides the visual appeal, I am also drawn to the adrenaline-pumping adventures the country offers – be it bungee jumping in Queenstown or hiking the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. New Zealand is also home to the Māori culture. I’m particularly intrigued by their traditions, dances, and history and would love to immerse myself in their cultural experiences, possibly by visiting a Marae or witnessing a traditional Haka performance.

But it’s not just the landscapes and adventures that make New Zealand an excellent country to visit. It’s the New Zealanders or “Kiwis” themselves. They are often described as one of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world. This, coupled with the nation’s relatively low population density, means visitors can expect both warm interactions and vast, unspoiled terrains.

Recommended Vocabulary:

  1. Myriad: A countless or extremely great number.
  • Example: There are a myriad of reasons to love summer.
  1. Jaw-dropping: Extremely surprising or impressive.
  • Example: The view from the mountain was jaw-dropping.
  1. Temperate: Relating to a region’s mild climate.
  • Example: The temperate weather conditions make it ideal for outdoor activities.
  1. Adrenaline-pumping: Causing a feeling of excitement or nervousness.
  • Example: Skydiving is an adrenaline-pumping adventure.
  1. Immerse: Involve oneself deeply in a particular activity.
  • Example: She likes to immerse herself in her studies to fully understand the subject.
  1. Māori: The indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.
  • Example: The Māori culture has a rich history that spans thousands of years.
  1. Marae: A communal or sacred place in Māori society.
  • Example: The marae serves as a venue for meetings and social gatherings in Māori communities.
  1. Haka: A traditional war cry or dance in Māori culture.
  • Example: The haka is a powerful display of a tribe’s pride, strength, and unity.
  1. Kiwis: A colloquial term for New Zealanders.
  • Example: Kiwis are known for their friendliness and hospitality.
  1. Unspoiled: Not harmed or affected by anything.
    • Example: We hiked through unspoiled forests that were teeming with wildlife.
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