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When you felt proud of your friend’s success

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 368 with Model Answer:

Describe a moment when you felt proud of your friend’s success.

You should say:
  • what the friend achieved
  • when it happened
  • how your friend accomplished it
and explain why you thought it was a success.

[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:
We all feel happy and proud of the success stories of our families and friends, whether it is big or small. But, some success stories make us even more proud because they are achieved under some trying circumstances. Today, I would like to talk about one such success, which was achieved by my friend about 10 years ago.

Kim Lee, my college friend, always liked to maintain a “low” profile for as long as I had known him. So, when he told me one day that he would run for the post of a local “councillor” in the following local city council election, I couldn’t quite believe him. Then, he assured me that he was really serious about his plan. But the more I reminded him about his “low profile” personality and the lack of “popularity”, the stronger he felt about winning the election.

So, I just stopped trying to convince him and decided to join him instead to help him pursue his “political ambition”. Anyway, we started our electoral propaganda by visiting each and every resident in our area, including people from all walks of life, background and professions. Kim also wanted to publish “advertisements” on local newspapers as well as post some “leaflets” to spread the election news except, of course, the problem was that he just didn’t have enough money. On the other hands, Kim’s parents didn’t want to go along with his “crazy” plan, so he couldn’t expect any financial help from them either. So, Kim sold his favourite “sound box” and a few other “valuable” belongings to pay for his election campaign. Of course, it was not enough, but, my friend still managed to win the election!

Anyway, I think it was a success because the “electability” of my friend was close to “zero” due to the fact that he wasn’t even remotely as popular and “aggressive” as the other candidates. Besides, it required a certain amount of funds to run for the election which my friend didn’t have. Finally, it was a success because he turned his “low profile” personality to his advantage rather brilliantly. 




Sample Answer 2: 
Success is always desired, everywhere. Everyone is after it but not all of them can achieve it. At times, the enjoyment doubles when someone close to us turns successful. My close college buddy Leonardo was successful in attaining a German scholarship. It was a tough task for him to deal with.

During the last week of September, Leo told me that he was going to apply for a German scholarship. I was wondering why he preferred Germany for the scholarship. In fact, there were many other states and we do have some great universities here in Spain. Thereby, it was a matter of surprise to me.

The entire process was tough. Leo had to apply for the German scholarship is separate universities. Owing to a moderate academic background, it was tough for him to accommodate himself at any reputed German universities for the higher studies. Leonardo – a boy of 18- loved to spend time with friends. But I saw some major changes in him during this period. However, everything turned into normalcy after he got the scholarship.

Truly, it was a success for Leo. He had to study the German language for at least six months. Besides, he also prepared for the interviews and prepared the lessons accordingly. And often he practised the language with me. Besides, he cut his virtual social network for this time. He had to fight against many odds and finally, he won the battle. He is an international student to one of the most reputed German universities now. And he promises to get a better academic career this time.  Considering all the aspects, I think it was a big success for him.

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