Describe an interesting public place in your hometown, or where you are living now, that you like to go to
You should say:
- Where it is
- How often you go there
- What you do there
- And explain why you think it is interesting.
Band 8.5 Model Answer:
Today, Im going to share with you an interesting public place where I really enjoy going to to hang out with my close friends in my spare time, which is a lovely café named X.
It is situated at Y – a small quiet lane near my university in the centre of my hometown. The coffee house is decorated in an old, traditional French style, with a lot of paintings on the wall, and it attracts a lot of foreign customers. As a fulltime student, I have been so caught up in my studies, therefore, I just take a day off to go there on weekends after a long stressful week.
There are many live music events taking place there performed by acoustic guitarists, so I often check them out on the internet and come with my friends. Because this type of music is my kind of thing, I am in my element just humming the tune of the songs and relaxing in a comfy chair to enjoy myself.
The fast food tastes quite savoury and especially the coffee in X is always irresistibly delicious. That might be the reason why it was ranked among the top 5 best coffee shops in 2015. What I really love is how cozy the atmosphere is, something which I have not found in any other coffee shop yet.
Whenever things go wrong, I often go there as a hideaway to escape from all the pressures and order a cup of coffee to relieve my stress. It always works wonders. I find it extremely therapeutic and soothing. Therefore, it’s more than likely that I will still keep coming back to it as my favourite place in the near future.
Vocabulary & Useful Expression
- hang out: [phrasal verb] spend time in a particular place.
- Example: I sometimes hang out at the shopping mall on Sundays and meet up with my friends.
- lane: [noun] a narrow street in a city, with buildings on both sides.
- Example: The lane behind the museum will take you directly to the train station.
- decorate: [verb] make something more attractive.
- Example: Her living room is always decorated with flowers.
- caught up: [phrasal verb] involved in a concentrated way, so that you forget other things around you.
- Example: I was so caught up in the film that I forgot to feed the cat.
- acoustic: [adjective] designed to make natural sound, not sound produced by electrical equipment.
- Example: Artists who play traditional music usually use acoustic instruments, copying the way in which the music was originally played.
- in my element: [expression] doing what I enjoy.
- Example: I am really in my element at parties, because I love dancing and mixing with friends.
- hum: [verb] sing a tune with your lips closed.
- Example: He began humming along to the music.
- comfy: [adjective]
- Example: This new jacket isn’t as comfy as my old one.
- irresistibly: [adverb] in a way that is so strong that it cannot be stopped.
- Example: Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s play were two young lovers who were irresistibly attracted to each other.
- cozy: [adjective] warm and comfortable and safe, often used to refer to something small.
- Example: I felt cozy and relaxed sitting by the fire.
- hideaway: [noun] a place where you can go to be alone.
- Example: He escapes to his hideaway in the country at weekends.
- relieve: [verb] remove or reduce an unpleasant feeling or pain.
- Example: To relieve his feeling of guilt, he decided to tell the truth to the police.
- work wonders: [expression] have a very good effect on someone or something.
- Example: If you have a bad cold, a hot lemon drink at night works wonders.
- therapeutic: [adjective] helping you to relax.
- Example: I find that yoga is very therapeutic, and I always feel better after my yoga class.
- soothing: [adjective] that makes someone who is anxious or stressed, feel better.
- Example: The doctor has such a soothing voice that his patients feel relaxed immediately.