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Describe something you own which is very important to you

IELTS Cue Card 1 With Model Answer:

Describe something you own which is very important to you.

You should say:
  • where you got it from
  • how long you have had it
  • what you use it for
and explain why it is important to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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:
I have a huge collection of books of different types in my library and those books are important possessions of mine.

Although those books are of diversified categories, most of them are science fictions and novels of renowned authors. My best guess is that my small library has at least two thousand books. I have bought around 80 per cent of those books while the remaining books were given to me as presents on different occasions by my parents, family members, relatives and friends.

I had grown a hobby of collecting books of different genres from my childhood and it helped me buy different books while also enjoy reading them. So, I have built a small library in one of the rooms in our house. My parents motivated me to read books when I was just seven. Since then I have read and collected many books and my little adventure with books is still going on. From a very young age, I have been especially fascinated by science fictions and history-related books, and I still am about them.

My library is my little sanctuary. Every time I am in my library, I feel a different type of sensation. Sometimes, when I do not feel much inspired or get bored with the banal routine of my life, I visit my library, conceivably pick a book and read for a while in a tranquil environment. If I am not reading in my library, I either rearrange the books or clean them from time to time. All these little works give me immense pleasure, but perhaps reading a book in my own library is the greatest of all.

Reading books is important to me for primarily two reasons- it gives me joy and I can always learn something new from reading books. The pleasure of reading books is uncomparable. It also makes me wonder about the different aspects of history, science, society, and culture from a whole new perspective. My little library has been my inspiration to read and learn more and hence has great importance to me.

Sample Answer 2: 
My car is the first thing that popped up in my mind when I thought about one of my important possessions. So I will go ahead and talk about it.

I still live with my parents, and most of the essential things are owned by them. So I have very few personal belongings. Out of those, my car, which is a Toyota RAV4 model, is the most important thing to me.

I had to save money for about 3 years and take a loan from my father to purchase it. This was the first expensive thing that I bought with my own money. I bought it from a local car showroom which is owned by one of our relatives. I thought buying the car from a known person would be a better idea in terms of the parts warranty and after-sale service. I bought this car in the first quarter of the last year. So I own it for just a year and a half.

I use my car primarily for commuting to different places I need to go to or I like to go to. For instance, I use it to reach my university and the office where I work part-time in the evening. I also use it to go to different places like shopping malls, theatre, friends’ houses, library and stadium.

My commuting has become much easier and flexible after I bought this car. The comfort of owning a car is far greater than struggling to get a seat in public transportation. In our country, we have to wait a long time to actually being able to get on a bus or a train. Thus the time that is killed on the road inevitably is a wastage. Finally, the lack of privacy and the intense crowd on public transportation often irritated me in the past.

As I own a car now, I can better manage my schedules. I can take a shortcut or diversion whenever I feel there is congestion ahead. I no longer need to kill long hours to ride a bus or a train. I can listen to music, news or even talk to my family members whenever I am travelling in my car. Thanks to the car and my dad for the loan - my life has become more relaxed and I have more freedom than I used to have before I owned this car.

Idea Generation for this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card Topic:

The model answers provided in this post should give you an idea about how to answer this cue card topic. However, there are many other ways of answering this topic and the following list gives you plenty of options to pick from and generate your ideas to talk about this Cue Card topic.

Important things/possessions that you can describe for this Cue Card:
  • Your laptop. 
  • Mobile phone. 
  • Your car. 
  • Art collection. 
  • Stamp collection. 
  • Books. 
  • Computer. 
  • PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).
  • A diamond ring. 
  • A gift from someone you care about. 
  • Your photo album. 
  • Any electronic device you own and use. 
  • Your house. 
  • An animal or a pet you own. 
  • An antique object. 
  • A household device like a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, refrigerator, toaster etc. 
  • A website or blog you manage and own. 

[ Please let us know how you are going to organise your answer for this cue card topic. Write them in the comment section and one of our teachers would assess and correct your answer. ]   

Useful Vocabulary for this Cue Card topic:

  • Ownership: Possess, possession, hold, belonging, personal.
  • Important: Essential, vital, crucial, significant, salient, meaningful, critical, beneficial. 
  • Use: Utilise, apply, employ, work, operate, handle. 

Rounding off questions:
Q. Is it valuable in terms of money?
A. It did cost me money, a large sum of money that is. But I am not sure if it has great 'resale values'. I would not want to sell it either. So I am not much concerned about its value in terms of money.
Q. Would it be easy to replace?
A. I would say "no". Maybe the books of the same titles could be bought with money, but the memory and passion related to my "book collection" and building a library over time are irreplaceable.

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed.
Q. What kind of things give status to people in your country? 
A. Different things are considered related to the "status symbol" in our country. Firstly, education and knowledge are connected to social status in my country. Then, a huge sum of money may bring status and society often considers people with money powerful and successful. Sometimes fame and popularity are also considered status symbols. Finally, expensive houses, electronic gadgets, cars and fashionable and branded dresses also come into play.

Q. Have things changed since your parents’ time? 
A. Well, in terms of status symbol, things have not changed much since my parents time. The things that they used to consider as symbol status are still prevalent. Only, latest gizmos and the latest models of cars and electronic items made their places in the list.

Finally, let’s talk about the role of advertising.
Q. Do you think advertising influences what people buy?
A. Advertising has a big impact on human minds as our purchasing and consumerism decisions are often shaped by those adverts. Those advertisements influence people and often manipulate their desire for owning particular items or products. For instance, if someone goes to buy any product like soaps, cosmetics or something else from the nearby store,  she or he will prefer the one that was advertised on television and that has already been in their minds. The advertised product will subconsciously appear in their mind.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe something you own which is very important to you." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:
  • Describe a gift you have recently received. 
  • Describe a present or gift item you gave to someone.
  • Describe something you want to buy. 
  • Describe a technological device or household equipment you often use. 
  • Describe something you often use at home. 
  • Describe a tool or piece of equipment you find useful.
  • Describe an appliance or tool you can not do without.
  • Describe a gadget or equipment you want to purchase. 
  • Describe an important possession of yours.

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