Describe a quiet place

Describe a quiet place

You should say :

  • Where it is
  • When you like to go there
  • What you do there
  • and why do you like to visit there.


Today I’m going to talk about a place I think is really quiet, which is the elevator.

I know library or cafe will more likely pop up in our mind when we are asked to name a quiet place, but have you ever thought about the fact that people rarely talk to each other in the elevator? Indeed, when three to four people are crammed into a confined space, human interactions are reduced to almost none and the awkward silence will continue until you exit. And that’s why I believe the elevator is one of the quietest places on Earth.

Speaking of why I think of the elevator, it was all thanks to a security guard. As I was walking my bike out of the office in the basement last week, I couldn’t find that security guard, who never left his spot, anywhere until the elevator bell rang “ding” and there he was. He walked out of the elevator with his guitar in his hands, grinning to me: “Yeah, sorry I went in to record some of my new songs. It’s so quiet and fully soundproof”. He has a thing for music so that did not surprise me one bit, yet I still hope that he pays more attention to our bikes next time.

But I guess I have to thank him and his mini studio for helping me coming up with this idea. That’s all I got.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

1. Are there any other quiet places?

There are plenty. Different places, like cafes or temples, are quiet because visitors respect others and keep silent as common courtesy. Some places require people to remain silent, such as the library. Or some places are simply not usually surrounded by people, like most parks and gardens in the morning.

2. Why do people like to spend time in quiet places?

I guess the answer to this question varies. Some people find the absence of sound a perfect opportunity to focus on their work or study. That’s why libraries often become a popular hang-out spot before final exams. Also, some introverted people love spending time in quiet cafes or parks where the tempo of life has slowed down a bit since these places give them great peace of mind.

3. Why do people like to spend time in quiet places?

Yeah there are many possibilities. Maybe some people are extroverts and enjoy crowded places as well as the exciting atmosphere. Others, on the other hand, might be afraid of quiet places because the lack of noise makes them feel lonely, which may lead to negative thoughts.

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