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When you were a speaker in a meeting or a public function

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   505   with Model Answer: Describe a time when you were a speaker in a meeting or a public function. You should say: what type of meeting or public function it was why you talked in this programme what you talked about as a speaker in the programme and explain your experience of being a speaker in this programme. [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: Well, to tell the truth, I never had much opportunity to speak at any kind of meeting or public gathering except when I spoke at our local sports club meeting a few times. So, I will just go ahead and talk about the experience of speaking at one such club meeting. Now, please don’t jump to the conclusion, even just for a second, that just because I spoke at that club meeting a few times, I somehow carried some kind of credentials with me of being an exper

A time when you could not buy an item

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   504   with Model Answer: Describe a time when you could not buy an item that you needed to buy. You should say: when it was what you wanted to buy why you could not buy it and explain how you felt about it. [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: Well, I think that we all go through such situations where we may need certain things, and yet we can not buy them for whatever reasons that might be. It’s not a great feeling to go through such a situation, but still, we have to deal with it just like I did about a year ago. It was the Christmas holiday season, and all of my family members and close relatives were busy preparing for the holiday. And as we all know, preparing for the Christmas holiday means buying all kinds of gifts and other stuff for our families and friends. Needless to say, I was no exc

Book or magazine that you have read on a journey

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   503   with Model Answer: Describe a book or magazine that you have read while you were on a journey. You should say: what book or magazine it was where you were travelling how long you did read and explain how you felt about reading this book or magazine during this journey. [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: When I am on a long journey, I usually carry a book or magazine with me so that I can read it from time to time in order to get rid of the boredom of a long journey. I did the same thing when I was travelling on a bus from my hometown to the capital city of my country about a few months ago. It was actually a monthly magazine – a magazine on men’s lifestyle – which I was carrying with me on that occasion. But, even though I was carrying the magazine with me, I wasn’t exactly looking forward

Describe a hotel where you have stayed just for a night

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   502   with Model Answer: Describe a hotel where you have stayed just for a night. You should say: when it was where the hotel was located why you stayed at that hotel and explain why you decided to stay just a night at that hotel. [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: Well, I can’t say that I have always enjoyed staying at a hotel, no matter how many nights I spend there. Today, I would like to share the story of one such hotel stay, which I didn’t like even though it lasted for only one night. It happened about a year ago when I went to visit one of my cousin’s places in the remote countryside. Now, I am not sure about the countryside of other countries, but as far as the countryside of my country is concerned, one has to be extremely lucky to find any good hotels there, and I knew that too well too

Describe a boat journey that you have ever taken

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   501   with Model Answer: Describe a boat journey that you have ever taken. You should say: when it was where you went and why you used a boat for the journey who was with you and explain how you felt about this boat journey. [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: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say something about this interesting topic. Even though I haven’t had that many boat journeys in my life, whenever I had one, I always enjoyed it. Today, I would like to talk about one such boat journey that was, and still is, memorable for a number of reasons. Anyway, I had this boat journey about a couple of years ago during the rainy season when a couple of my distant cousins told me that they were planning to travel to a weekly open market on a boat to buy some stuff from the market. These cous

A person who encouraged you to achieve a goal

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   500   with Model Answer: Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal. You should say: who this person is what goal it was how he or she has encouraged you to achieve the goal and explain how useful this person's encouragement was for you to achieve the goal. [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: Sometimes, all we need is just a little encouragement from someone to do better and become successful in life. And that’s exactly how I succeeded in achieving a goal recently, which I otherwise thought was not possible. Now, calling “riding a car always” - no matter wherever I go and how short the distance is - is a “bad habit” that might actually offend some people, but it certainly felt like one to me. I found out that I was gaining extra pounds in my body, and my fitness was deteriorating

A place where you used to play when you were a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   499   with Model Answer: Describe a place where you used to play when you were a child. You should say: where it was with whom you played there what type of games or sports you played there and explain how you feel about this place now. [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: Thank you for choosing this interesting topic for me. I would be more than happy to talk about a place where I used to play as a child. It is something that I am willing to do again and again because it takes me back to some of my best memories. Now, the place, I want to talk about, was nothing but just a regular playground which was neither too small nor big. It was an open space, so anybody could visit it at any time without any restrictions. There were a number of other open spaces like this in our small town, but what made

When you did not tell a friend the whole truth

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   498   with Model Answer: Describe a time when you did not tell a friend the whole truth. You should say: when it was who this friend was why you did not tell this friend the whole truth and explain how you felt about it. [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: Well, I am not sure about others, but I have sometimes avoided telling the truth, be it the whole truth or just the partial truth, to my friends. As I look back now, sometimes I had a good reason for that, and sometimes I did not. Today, I would like to share the story of one such occasion with you. To be honest with you, during my high school years, when I was just a young kid, I was not aware of the virtue of telling the truth no matter what. Sometimes telling “lies”, to my family or my friends, as long as it wasn’t hurting anybody’s interes

When you helped someone in his/her work or study

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   497   with Model Answer: Describe a situation when you helped someone in his/her work or study. You should say: when it was whom you helped how you helped this person and explain how you felt about it. [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: Well, I am not exactly a very bright student, but still, I have managed to help some of my classmates occasionally with their studies. Today, I would like to talk about one such occasion when I helped one of my classmates in completing a math assignment. It all happened about a few years ago when we were junior college students. This classmate of mine was an otherwise good student but he wasn’t really that good in college algebra. On the other hand, I somehow used to understand college algebra a bit better than other students, and this good classmate of mine was

Describe a famous business person you know

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   496   with Model Answer: Describe a famous business person that you know about. You should say: who this person is what kind of business this person is involved in what you know about this business person and explain what you think of this business 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: Introduction: I am grateful to you for this nice and interesting topic. Here I will try to describe a business person whom I not only know but also admire. Who this person is: This business person, whom I am talking about, is Mr Robert Fuller, who is a self-made billionaire and a famous personality in our country. His father was a farmer, and he lost his mother in his childhood. As a result, he could not even finish high school. But with his hard work, determination, talent, timely initiatives and business acum