Describe a rule that you do not like – Cue Card # 757
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a rule that you do not like.
You should say:
- what rule it is
- how common it is for people to follow this rule
- how others feel about his rule
and explain why you do not like this rule.
[Instruction: 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 Answer 1:
I am not really an expert on rules or laws, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I like all kinds of rules and regulations that exist today in our societies. One such rule, which I don’t like, is to have different standards in place when deciding on the driving ages for men and women. In other words, this particular rule dictates that men and women should be treated differently, as far as their legal age is concerned, when allowing them the privilege to drive a car.
Now, I am not too sure as to what exactly drives the authority to decide upon such a discriminatory rule, but I am assuming that it must have something to do with age-old gender discrimination. In other words, women are the weaker gender of the two, and as such, women can’t really be trusted with their hands behind the steering wheels until they become 21 years old and more mature, as opposed to 18 years for the men.
But, no matter how uncomfortable the rule makes the others, because of its discriminatory nature, it still very much is a common practice to follow this rule around many parts of our world. What is even more frustrating for many others, wishing justice and equality for both the men and women, is the fact that many women, who are otherwise progressive, smart and open-minded, are also somehow led to believe that such rule is actually needed to ensure their safety and security!
Anyway, I don’t really like this particular rule, mainly because it is very much demeaning and discriminatory in nature for all those women who are working very hard and shoulder to shoulder with men in every respect of their life. I don’t like this rule also because it has the potential risk to cause some unnecessary tensions and rifts between men and women which is certainly not good for our societies and “male-female” relationships in the long run.
Sample Answer 2:
In order to live and function properly in our society, we all agree that we have to have certain rules. But, then, it is also true that we don’t always like all the rules, if they, especially, affect us. Today, I would like to talk about one such rule which I, as a student, can’t really say that I actually like that much.
Anyway, before I go to talk about why exactly I don’t like this particular rule at my university, it is necessary to spell out what this rule exactly says. It says that students can’t really take any others courses, outside of their majors, unless they are recommended by the university authority. This rule applies to all students even though the students really like those courses – the courses outside of their majors that is – and they feel that those courses may actually help them in future.
Now, I am sure that the university authority has their reasons behind enacting such a rule, but I think that it would do even a better job if they sometimes take the opinions of students into cognizance as well before implementing these kinds of rules in such strict manner. Well, at least, that’s what I feel, and I am pretty sure that many other students also feel the same way because I have seen them talking about this matter/rule with other students in private.
But, no matter, how much reservation we, the students, have about this particular rule, the truth is that all students follow it because the university authority is very strict about allowing any exception to this rule.
I don’t really like this rule, mainly because, I think, it prevents students from demonstrating some of their talents and skills. I don’t like this rule also because it leaves no room for the students to express their opinions on the usefulness of such a rule, even though they are the major stakeholders in this rule.
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