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Describe a letter you wrote to someone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 300 with Model Answer:

Describe a letter you wrote to someone.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who you wrote to
  • what the letter was about
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're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
When I was a teenager, I think I was barely fourteen years old back then, I used to write letters to a girl of my age. In fact, I was deeply in love with her. So, to express my feelings, I chose to write letters to her. However, writing the first letter was the most difficult of all. Thank you for the topic that reminds me of the early part of my life and the first letter that I wrote to her.

Before telling you any further about the event and my first letter to her, I would like to mention that the girl is now my better half, and we are happily married for the last eight years. She has kept all the letters I have written to her so far - both before marriage and after marriage.

I used to write those letters to Aditi - a girl from our locality who was just one year junior to me. She is now the proud mother of my kids and we are a happy family with two babies. The first letter that I wrote to her took me around three days - mostly because I did not know how to express my feeling about her in writing without sounding too desperate or foolish. 

I could not talk to her in person to express my feeling about her - I believe I was so nervous about it. This is why I decided to write a letter to her. After I wrote her the first letter, she told me that my handwriting was excellent - a sign that she liked me too. Afterwards, I often wrote letters to her. The first letter to Aditi that I wrote was about my feeling about her. I wrote about how she was constantly in my mind, how much I liked her and finally, I mentioned that it was okay if she did not like me or have someone else in her mind. 

How did I feel about writing this letter? Well, at that time, it was a herculean task -I believe I could rather conquer Everest easily than finish writing this letter. It was intimidating, perplexing, daunting and yet, it gave me a sense of satisfaction when I finished writing it. Delivering it to Aditi was another complicated task. However, when I think about this even these days, it seems a pretty sweet thing to do, and I often laugh with a sense of happiness whenever I remember this event and my experience.




Sample Answer 2:
Nowadays, I hardly write any letters that I post to someone, and I think this is primarily because we have a much more convenient way to do that with the help of the technology called "Email".  However, recently, I've written a letter to one of my friends who lives in a different state, far away from my living place. Marking the death anniversary of his father, I wrote the letter. I wrote it because I wanted my friend to know that I care about him and his family.

It was the beginning of March last year when I wrote this letter. My friend's dad diest two years ago, and the death anniversary was on the 9th March. So, I finished writing the letter a week ago and posted it immediately so that my friend could get the letter in time. 

I wrote this letter to Graham, one of my close friends from high school. We have so many happy memories together and we spent some of our golden years in the same neighbourhood and school. We spilt when we started attending two different colleges located in two distant states. However, we called each other over the telephone during the first three years or so, but that too became infrequent with time.

The letter that I wrote to Graham was about condoling him on his father's death anniversary. I also wrote how good a person his father really was and how he will be remembered as a kind and honest person. I met his father several times, and in my opinion, he was an excellent person. It was not easy to finish writing this letter because I had to be very precise with my word selection. I also apologised in the letter for not being able to attend the funeral of his father. Finally, I invited him to visit our home the next summer.

It was a bit difficult for me to write that letter, and, in fact, it took me several hours and a couple of sittings to finish it. I had mixed feeling about the whole event. I felt sad that my friend's dad left us even before his 60s, and I wondered how hard it must have been for my friend. I also felt apologetic for not being there with Graham when his father died as I was travelling to Australia at that moment. However, I was also happy when I could send the letter as I thought it would convey a positive message to Graham and his family.

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