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Describe a story popular in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 312 with Model Answer:

Describe a story popular in your country.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • how you heard it
  • what lesson or moral it teaches
and explain why possibly this is a popular story in your country.

[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:
Telling lie is never appreciated and to prevent people from lying to each other, a good number of stories are found across the world. The story of a tiger and a cowhand is a popular one around the other nations and this is the same here in Ghana. In fact, this is a great story that inspires people from telling lies.

The story is about a young cowhand who used to tell lies to other people, particularly the other cowhands in his surroundings. He used to shout about tigers and the remaining cowhands rushed to help him. They got prepared with tools and arms available to prevent the tiger. But there was nothing such found finally. When they came to save the young cowhand and his cattle, the young one used to laugh at them. He got a satisfaction that he has fooled them. The similar thing happened for a couple of days and one day the tiger came. He shouted for help but none arrived in his support. They thought the young one might want to befool them again.

I heard the story to my grandma. In fact, when I was a kid, my grandma used to tell such stories at night. Sitting in a round circle at the house, I heard the story. Some of my cousins also had the same experience. They also used to listen to the story from the same storyteller – my grandma. Later, when I was at school, I found the story in my textbook. It was easier for me to cope with the story as I heard it before. Actually, many of the students were unable to go with the story as they did not have the chance to know it beforehand. I was lucky in this sense that my grandma had told many other stories like this and all of them were entertaining and educative as well.

This is a short story and teaches to never tell a lie. In fact, telling a lie may bring a temporary satisfaction or gain in life but in the long run, it destroys the life. When someone tells lie more and more, s/ he cannot tell the truth even if they want. It turns into a habit that is tougher to leave. Moreover, by telling lies, you are hurting the emotional state of someone. When you will lie to them, and if they can comprehend the issue, they will never trust you again. The liars, usually, lose trust from people. Nobody loves them or trust them. Even they are ignored in their families. The detrimental impacts of telling lies are huge than anyone can imagine. The story is about truth. If the cowhand did not tell the lie and befool the other cowhands, he could have managed support at the time of necessity.

This is a much popular story in my country. To make an example, majority people cite the story and tries to convince others in avoiding lies. Besides, most of the people here are simple and lead ordinary lives. But there are some people who are really troublesome and lies always. This is also a lesson for them to give up the habit of telling lie. The story is particularly popular among the kids as they hear it frequently. When I was a kid, the story was interesting to me as it is now. This is the story that is available in many other countries with minor modifications in the consequences of the cowhand. But it teaches a great lesson for life. So, it is popular in my country.

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