IELTS Cue Card: Describe a time when you heard some good news

Describe a time when you heard some good news

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 195 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you heard some good news.


You should say:
  • what it was about
  • when you heard the news
  • who else heard this news
and say why it had a strong effect on you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Everyone wants to live a better life and some good news can tremendously change the course of their lives. It is only some good news that can affect the mental faculty of human beings and bring some good luck for them as well. I also heard a couple of good news last month and got relieved on the issues I was worried about.

I live in a nuclear family in Singapore. I have five family members and I am the eldest among the two other siblings of mine. The smallest one was worried about the admission in a college, while the only sister of mine, who was born after me, was concerned about her university admission. Both of them have applied for the admission tests to a local college and a public university but they were concerned about the result that if they would secure the marks to get a seat. By the same time, my father was experiencing some troubles in his business. So, the entire condition of my family was awful and each of the members was affected by mental torments. So, when we heard the bunch of good news, all the tensions were windup and the happy and peaceful environment returned once again.

I was at my office, where I work as an executive and I heard the news from my mom, a homemaker. She informed me that my siblings have got chances for admission in their desired college and university respectively. Now they need to appear for a formal interview with their respective authorities and have to show their documents. Then they will be permitted to get admitted to the institutions. Apart from this, she also informed me about that my dad has got rid of the troubles. In fact, he was suffering the problem for about a month. Some of his imported goods from Russia were barred entering in Singapore as some of the documents against the purchase were missing. The port authority needed the documents to release the imported goods. So, dad tried his best to convince the agencies in Russia to send the documents again. They delayed sending the documents which caused the trouble.

For all the troubles, my entire family was unbalanced. All of the members here got worried about the issues. So, once the troubles are gone, my mom informed the issue to other relatives of us. Despite being a nuclear family, we maintain a close tie with our relatives. We share our happiness and sorrows with them. Most of the relatives live in a scattered manner in the locality of Woodlands in Singapore where we live now. So, they were also happy to hear the news. They all congratulated us, especially my siblings received much appreciation from all of them for their success in securing admissions in the college and university. My father was also happy as he would get back his imported goods. He went to Russia to order for the products and did the other necessary things so that the products could reach Singapore within the budgeted time and in good condition.

I was strongly affected with the bunch of good news. As an active member of my family, I share a close bond with everyone. When I see them worried, it becomes difficult for me to tolerate. I actually cannot see the faces filled with nervousness, and even often my mom made mistakes in cooking. For her tensions over the entire troubles of the family, she turned inattentive in her daily chores and even cooking became difficult for her. My dad was so tensed that he started smoking cigarettes again while my younger sister and brother started maintaining unusual silence. So, it became impossible for me to tolerate the mental torments of my family members. When the troubles were gone and everyone started smiling, I felt comfortable. The situation was a great learning event for me as well.


Sample Answer 2:
It was about two matters happening together. Actually, it is really wonderful to have some good news around you. So, the experience last week was a blessing for me. Thank you for your option to discuss the matter with you. Here is a brief description of the events.

My bank manager told me that I would not be eligible to apply for a loan to get some necessary things done. Besides, my promotion was stuck in the office. But suddenly, there was a change in everything. I got the loan and simultaneously I was promoted in the next day. Both the news was good for me and I felt lucky.  

I was working in my office. Suddenly I got a telephone call at around 11.30 am. It was from my bank. The phone call said that my loan application has been granted. Earlier, the manager showed some excuses that they do not provide loans for the purposes I am seeking for. They did not have such policy. On the other side, my promotion was stuck for about three months. I received an envelope before getting the phone call. It would sound weird that both the things happened together. After finishing the phone call, I opened the envelope and found that it contained my promotion letter. It was a great surprise for me.   

I immediately informed the matter of promotion to my wife and other family members. But since the loan issue was completely personal, I did not inform it to anyone else except my business partner. Actually, I was trying to start an export import business and needed a smart amount of funds which I applied for. Finally, everything went well. I got the loan, I got promoted. But the consequent impacts of the promotion were interesting. I had to organise for a large party at home marking the promotion and invited all the colleagues and relatives. Everyone was happy with the matter and even my boss admitted that he made a bit late in evaluating my performance.

Both the news had a strong effect on me as I had long been aspiring for them. I am independent in nature. So, I wanted to do something by myself and required money. So, I got a partner but the money we had was insufficient to start the business. Later, I applied for a loan to my bank and got refused. Besides, the promotion in office was another thing that I needed badly. I was unable to adjust to the increasing living costs in this city of Durban. Hence, both of the matters were equally important to me. I believe that this was a heavenly blessing to me. I got the loan and promotion on the same day. I was happy indeed.