IGCSE descriptive essay | 2008 Oct-Nov | The sounds of laughter and loud voices attract your attention


You are advised to write between 350 and 500 words on the following topic:

The sounds of laughter and loud voices attract your attention to a room in your house. The door is closed. Describe what you can hear, as well as what you can see, as you gently open the door.

Model Essay

As I approached the closed door, the sounds of laughter and animated conversation grew louder, drawing me in like a magnet. I hesitated for a moment, curiosity piqued by the cheerful cacophony emanating from the other side. With a sense of anticipation, I reached out and turned the doorknob, pushing the door open slowly to reveal the scene beyond.

As the door swung open, a wave of warmth and energy washed over me, enveloping me in a whirlwind of sights and sounds. The room was bathed in soft, golden light, casting long shadows on the walls and illuminating the faces of those within. The air was alive with the sounds of laughter and chatter, mingling together in a harmonious symphony that filled the room with a palpable sense of joy and camaraderie.

In the center of the room, a group of friends had gathered around a large, wooden table, their faces flushed with excitement and merriment. They were engaged in a lively game of charades, taking turns acting out clues and guessing the answers with enthusiastic gusto. Each gesture and expression was met with peals of laughter and applause, creating an atmosphere of playful exuberance that was infectious to behold.

On the sidelines, a few others sat chatting and laughing over cups of steaming tea and plates of homemade cookies. Their voices rose and fell in animated conversation, punctuated by bursts of laughter and exclamations of delight. The room was alive with the warmth and camaraderie of friendship, as friends old and new came together to share in the simple pleasures of each other’s company.


As I stepped further into the room, I was greeted by the familiar faces of my loved ones, their smiles radiant and welcoming. They beckoned me to join them, pulling up a chair and inviting me to take part in the festivities. I hesitated for a moment, feeling a surge of gratitude and happiness wash over me at the sight of their joyful faces.

I took a seat at the table, feeling the warmth of friendship and laughter wrap around me like a cozy blanket. As the game continued, I found myself caught up in the excitement and laughter of the moment, forgetting the cares and worries of the outside world for a precious few hours. In that moment, surrounded by the sounds of laughter and loud voices, I felt a profound sense of belonging and contentment, grateful for the simple joys of friendship and love.

Word Count: 411