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Describe a dream you remember well

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 319 with Model Answer:

Describe a dream you remember well.

You should say:
  • what it was about
  • how you felt about that
  • what it could indicate
and explain why you remember it so well.

[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:
A couple of days ago, I had a dream about missing a train. It was something indicative to me. But I could not get the meaning clearly right that moment and later I realized that it was a sign of my negligence to my study. Later, I started focusing on my academic studies. This is a nice cue card for me and I will explain the matter in brief here.

It was a mixed feeling. In fact, for past couple of weeks, I had not been concentrating on my academic activities. I used to move around and bunk the college classes. Moreover, I got a couple of friends who were also similar to me and with their company, I failed to focus on my academic activities. So, when I saw the dream, I started feeling guilty. It was my subconscious mind that was telling me to improve my academic career.

Actually, the dream was a kind of symbolic instruction to me. I saw that I was missing a train as I was late to reach the station. I tried to catch the train, ran for a while but could not get into that for a few seconds. It could have been interpreted in several ways. But I discovered that it was my subconscious mind which was worried about me. Through the dream, it was warning me to come back on the track. If I do not follow the usual rules, I may experience some detrimental impacts.

I remember the dream very well as it was in my present condition. I was having some wonderful day with my mates and moved to different parts of the city. I made late to return home and followed the same routine in the next day. The dream warned me. And so I remember it.

Model Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this nice cue card topic. A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream and I cannot term is a good one. In fact, it was a very bad dream. It was about the death of a friend whom I admire the most. And I shared the dream with him too. He was also shocked hearing that. However, it was merely a dream- nothing more than that. So, both of us remained worry-free. But it was a surprise for me indeed.

When I woke up in the morning, I felt sad. I felt a sense of emptiness inside me deeply. And so, I woke up suddenly after having the dream. It was like a nightmare to me. I never experienced such a dream before and do not know why I saw it that day. When I shared it with my friend who was in my dream, he also felt the same but later we both laughed at the silly dream.

I had experienced some of the worst events of my life including the death of some senior relatives here in Germany. So, I had been thinking about them and death was an issue to focus on. I think this happened as I was too much engaged in the negative thoughts for the last few months and death surrounded my mind. Moreover, I was depressed too much for the loss of lives. As a result, my subconscious mind grabbed the matter and accordingly it appeared in my dream.

As I am inexperienced with such dreams, I can clearly remember it. And it had a great impact on my mind. In fact, I am unable to bear such a loss if such things happen in reality. I was caged with sadness and could not do well the whole day. For all the reasons, I can remember the dream very well.


Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:  

"Describe a dream you remember well." 

Dreaming is natural and people dream almost every day. So, the ways to answer this cue card task might be different for individuals. Here are some of the hints for the IELTS test takers to answer the cue card in some other tones.

1. I can clearly remember the dream where I turned into a king of my own kingdom. I had no restrictions in doing things and punished some of my college friends who used to offend me frequently. But alas! It was merely a dream.

2. I fell in love with a beautiful lady whom I admired the most. She also was in deep love with me. Gradually we got married and had our kids. Suddenly I felt a terrible shake on the ground and woke up. It was a dream!

3. I do not like dreaming but had a wonderful one last night. I am weak in Physics but found that I scored the highest mark in college. Everyone was congratulating me on my brilliant success. I also could not believe so. Suddenly I came to reality and realized I was dreaming.

4. I had a nightmare last week. It was about dogs. I am afraid of dogs and try to keep away from them. But a couple of dogs started barking at me. And I ran to save my life. They also started chasing me. the situations were horrific. Finally, I woke up from sleep and found myself sweating. 

5. I went on a nice trip with my friends in a great location in Bali, Indonesia. We had camped there and did many enjoyable activities. Everyone present there was glad and had a remarkable trip indeed. But I felt missing after the sleep broke. It was a dream that I still remember obviously.

6. Thank god for saving me and I was driving my car and found the brake system was malfunctioning in my dream. It was almost impossible to stop the car. But I managed to stop it in an open space. Luckily nobody was injured and I was okay too. After the dream was over, I realized my obsession with driving.

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