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When the weather forced you to change your plan

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 396 with Model Answer:
Describe an occasion when the weather forced you to change your plan.You should say:
when it was
how the weather waswhat was your initial planhow you felt when you were forced to change the plan.

[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: Weather can be very unpredictable at times, and because of this unpredictability, we also have to change our plans from time to time. Today, I would like to talk about one such occasion when I was also forced to change my plan.

It happened about a year ago or so when I made a plan in order to take my little 6 years old nephew to do some fishing at a lake for the first time. My little nephew, of course, had requested this to me a number of times in the past, but because of my busy work schedule, I just couldn’t entertain his request. In fact, I was so b…

Describe a goal or ambition you have in life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 395 with Model Answer:
Describe a goal or ambition you have in your life.You should say:
what this goal or ambition is about
how long you have ithow long it might take you to fulfil itand explain why you want to fulfil this goal or ambition.

[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:
As a third-year university student, I don’t have any shortages of ambitions in my life. So, thank you very much for this interesting cue card topic as I will go ahead and talk about one of those many ambitions I have held in my heart for a long time.

Of course, the ambition or goal, I have in my life, is not anything very unique or glamorous as many students of my age from my country have the same ambition which is to become a teacher after finishing their studies. The difference, of course, here is that I actually want to go ab…

Describe an interesting discussion you had

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 394 with Model Answer:
Describe an interesting discussion you had as part of your work or studies.You should say:
what the subject of the discussion was
who you discussed the subject withwhat opinions were expressedand explain why you found the discussion interesting.
[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: I can remember having many interesting discussions and conversations over the years, especially at my work, but today, I would like to talk about an interesting and stimulating discussion here that I had as a university student.

The discussion, I am talking about, took place about 4 years ago when I was a second-year university student, and was enjoying learning about all the cool things about Physics. In fact, I liked my subject (and of course, it was “Physics”) so much that whenever there was any kind…

When you started using a new technological device

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 393 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g. a new computer or phone).You should say:
what device you started using
why you started using this devicehow easy or difficult it was to useand explain how helpful this device was to you.
[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:
I have a habit of checking up on the latest technologies from time to time in order to just keep myself informed. Of course, not that I find all types of technologies useful, as far as my needs are concerned, but when I came to know about “digital security system” about a few years ago, I thought that I could surely use that technology to protect my home someday when I buy my own home.

But, for better or worse, I didn’t really need to wait for my own home in order to use that technology as …

Describe someone you know who has started a business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 392 with Model Answer:
Describe someone you know who has started a business.You should say:
who this person is
what work this person doeswhy this person decided to start a businessand explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person.
[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:
Most of my friends, who I have a close relationship with, hold either private jobs or government jobs, and show very little, if any at all, interest in starting and running a business. But, Fernandez, my close university friend, is an exception, and today I would like to talk about him here.

Fernandez is a good university friend of mine, but when we were studying at university together, he wasn’t really very much into studying hard and all that like us, simply because he wasn’t exactly interested to hold any kind…

When you searched for something that you lost

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 391 with Model Answer:
Describe an experience when you searched for something that you lost.You should say:
when it was
what you lostwhere and how you searched for itand explain whether you found it or not.
[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:
It was almost 3 years ago when I lost my smartphone on a day when I played basketball with my friends at a local playground.

The weather was just perfect in this evening and when I reached the playground to play basketball with my friends, I received a call from my mom on my Samsung smartphone. I can't recall anything about putting the phone somewhere after that. When the dark settled, I headed to my home but not even once did I remember to check if I still had my cell phone with me or not. I noticed it once I wanted to call one of my friends about our classes…

Describe a performance you enjoyed watching

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 390 with Model Answer:
Describe a performance you enjoyed watching.You should say:
what the performance was
when and where you watched the performancewho was performingand explain why you enjoyed the performance.
[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:

As a proud Bangladeshi, I always like to learn about the history of Bangladesh. So, whenever there is performance or documentary on Bangladesh, I try to watch them, just like I watched a theatrical performance about a few months ago in Dhaka.

Anyway, the performance took place at Dhaka theatre, one of the most popular theatre groups of Bangladesh, and they performed on a play called “Payer Awaj Pawa Jaye” (meaning “ We can hear the footsteps”). Directed by late theatre personality Abdullah Al Mamun, ‘Payer Awaj Pawa Jay’ is one of the masterpieces by a prolif…

Describe a person who is often in the news

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 389 with Model Answer:
Describe a person who is often in the news, and who you would like to meet.You should say:
who this person is
how you know this personwhy he or she is often in the newsand explain why you would like to meet him/her.
[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:

He is a “Magistrate” by profession, and he runs mobile court in different places, especially, business enterprises and corrupted private and public officials, of my country and punishes them for the irregularities and corruption, they commit. The name of this magistrate is Mr Mir Shekhar, and I wish to meet him one day.

Anyway, I saw this magistrate about a few years ago on TV news for the first time, trying to find out about the irregularities of a prominent business enterprise of my country. But, when I saw him on that day, I coul…

When you were friendly to someone you didn’t like

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 388 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you were friendly to someone you didn’t like.You should say:
when and where it happened
who this person waswhy you didn’t like this personand explain why you were friendly to this person on that occasion.

[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:

Generally speaking, it is actually quite a challenging task to become friendly to someone if we don’t like him or her. I also faced such a challenge about a year ago, and today, I would like to share that story with you.

This not-so likeable person was a senior nurse at a public hospital in my town. I needed to visit this nurse because I needed to get an oral vaccine for my little cousin from that public hospital. But, as I visited him, he told me in a very harsh and authoritative tone that I missed the scheduled vaccinati…

Describe a website you have bought something from

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 387 with Model Answer:
Describe a website you have bought something from.You should say:
what the website is
what you bought from this websitehow satisfied you were with what you boughtand explain what you liked and disliked about using this website.

[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:

I don’t normally try to buy anything from website for some obvious reasons even though I like to visit them from time to time just for the sake of passing my time. But, the other day, I did use a website to buy something, and today, I would like to talk about that website to you.

The name of the website, I used in order to buy a pair of jeans, is called www.levi.co.id. Of course, I had visited this website a few times but never really felt the need to buy anything from it as I am more into buying things by visiting the p…