Occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 328 with Model Answer:

Describe an occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted.

You should say:
  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you were not able to pay
  • what you did
and explain how you fell about the situation. [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:
My recent trip to India was interesting and provided me with some of the memorable experiences of my life. I went there with my family and visited almost all the notable tourist spots. But I could not pay for after dining at a local restaurant. It was a troublesome matter for me and my family. But somehow I managed to control the situation. This is a nice candidate task card and I will describe the event by answering the questions. I feel lucky to have the card in my share.

I could not pay for the shortage of local currency. I am an Indonesian and when I go abroad, I try to manage local currencies so that I do not have to get in trouble with paying bills. Besides, I also use an international credit card. But it became trouble when my family members spent all the local currencies I took there by shopping. So, when we entered the restaurant, it was an uncomfortable matter for me when they did not accept the credit card.

I apologized the restaurant manager and they also were flexible. Then, I asked the manager to allow someone to be with me so that I can pay the bill from my hotel where I was staying with family. They agreed and one of the restaurant staffs came with me to the hotel, which was not far away from the restaurant. And I paid the amount with a smart tip.

To be honest, it was an embarrassing situation for everyone. Though I checked before entering the restaurant that if they accepted credit cards and found everything okay with it. But later, the restaurant manager informed that it was impossible for them to accept the card payment. However, I was fortunate to handle the situation smoothly.

Model Answer 2:
Thank you so much for this excellent topic. In fact, it reminds me the event when I could not pay the bill when I went for a birthday shopping for my niece in Greece. My niece went shopping with me and marking her upcoming birthday, I wanted to pay for a dress. This was a nice looking frock and came with an excellent design and style. The outlook of the frock was wonderful indeed. And the most important thing was that she liked the dress. So, I wanted to pay for that.

Usually, I do not carry cash with me as I have a credit card of a local bank that I use for my everyday purchase. But this time, I forgot to pay the outstanding bill and thus the card did not have sufficient balance. So, my purchase was not honoured. It was a shameful event for me. As I went out with my niece for shopping, I should have been careful about the money. But I made a blunder and felt embarrassed.

 Later, I made a phone call to a friend to bring some cash to get rid of the unwanted situation. Accordingly, my friend arrived within half an hour with the money. And I used the cash to pay for the dress. And that relieved me from the shame a bit. Now I am careful about the credit card bill and remain updated with my outstanding bills.

 Honestly, I felt embarrassed when the salesman said the card was rejected and he said it in front of everyone there. So, it was all about my prestige and luckily I was able to save that. In fact, it might have had a negative impact on my image to my sister’s in-law’s family. I was saved at last by my friend.

Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:  

"Describe an occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted." 

Some hints here for an alternative answer may prove effective in dealing with this particular cue card questions.

1. My shopaholic wife took me to the nearest shopping mall to shop for her upcoming birthday. After spending around three hours, I took her a perfume selling store and purchased a perfume for her. While paying the bill, the salesman rejected my visa card. It was out of balance.

2. I had to entertain some guests at home and went to a supermarket. After getting the necessary groceries, I went to pay the bill. I could not pay because I left my wallet at home.

3. My baby boy is only four and wanted to have a bicycle for him. I took him to a bicycle shop and he liked one among different types. While paying the bill, I found my wallet absent in pocket. Someone picked it.

4. I always carry a smart amount of money with me while I am out. But that day I forgot to take the sufficient amount and went a restaurant with my fiancé. I could not pay the bill though I wanted much to pay that day. It was our first anniversary.

5. Reading is my hobby and I buy books occasionally. But this time I could not save enough to get a novel by my favourite author. I had to spend the saved amount entirely to [ay mu semester tuition fees.

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