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Something you bought and was happy about

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 357 with Model Answer:

Describe something you have recently bought and felt happy about.

You should say:
  • what you have bought
  • why you have bought it
  • how much it cost you
and explain why you felt happy about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
There are things, which we buy because we need them and there are things, which we buy, not only because we need them, but also because they make us feel happy. Today, I would like to talk about something, which I recently bought and felt really happy about it.

It is a brand new smartphone, which I bought about a few months ago. I bought it at a discounted price, which came with all the latest tools and technologies, in order to ensure the best services. The smart device has a very unique and shiny navy blue colour, and it is about 7 inches in size. Unlike my old and regular mobile phone, it also came with a beautiful “protector” in order to prevent it from getting damaged. The wireless handheld device has so many features that I am still learning about them. Of course, it was a bit difficult to handle the device initially, as it was a “new” thing for me, but as time passed, I became more and more familiar with its features.

Anyway, I bought this smart device, mainly because my old phone was getting “worn and torn”. In fact, I had used my old phone for such a long time that the mobile phone technicians sometimes called it an “ancient” machine as they were really struggling to fix it. Finding spare parts to fix my old phone was also becoming an issue. Besides, I bought this phone also because it was selling at a very low price. In fact, I paid only $200 for it while its regular price was more than $300. Finally, I bought this phone because I didn’t want to be considered an “old school” to my friends anymore.

I felt happy about buying this phone because I could actually use it, not only to make and receive phone calls but also to use it as a ‘portable mini-computer’ that came with pretty much all the features of a computer. Besides, I felt happy also because I bought it at a very affordable price, unlike my other friends.

 


Sample Answer 2:
Recently I have bought a personal computer for my home use. I have spent a smart amount to get this one as it comes with a higher configuration than the former one. It looks nice and I am in love with the curved monitor. The overall performance of the computer is good so far.

I bought the computer because the old one became slow and eventually stopped working. I do not know how it happened. But it was a stroke of bad luck for me. I stored all of my necessary data and information on that computer. Besides, that device contained a notable number of movies and documentaries too. But I lamented on losing some project proposals and presentations from my office that I stored here. I have to prepare them again, and this is a tough task indeed. Based on all the grounds, I needed another computer for my use.

The computer configuration was better than the former one. So, it was a costly device for me. I had to spend around 1400 euros to get this electronic device. I took a four-terabyte hard disk with eight GB ram. I extended the configuration so that I could use it for the next five years. Though it was an expensive matter for me, I invested in it for my future because I will not get a computer every year.

I was happy with my computer, particularly its performance was splendid. The former one had a slow performance and there were some other troubles too. I was unhappy with the storage as well. But this time I have solved all the problems. Enjoying movies on the curved screen is a wonderful experience for me.

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