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Describe an important text message you received

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 399 with Model Answer:

Describe an important text message you received.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who sent it to you
  • what it was about
and explain why it was so important to you.

[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:
 
Whether I like it or not, I receive tons of text messages on my mobile phone, most of which are usually not important. But, today, I would like to talk about a text message which was really important.

I received this text message about a year ago or so when I was travelling to another city because of some important professional tasks. Before leaving my hometown, I already told my family that it was going to be a while before I returned home. So, I wasn’t exactly expecting any kind of communication on the part of my family. But, still, I was on the lookout to see if there was any message on my mobile phone. Then, probably at around 8 pm one night, I did receive a message, but that wasn’t from any of my family members. Instead, the message came from a dear friend of mine who lived in abroad and who I didn’t see in more than a couple of years.

Initially, of course, I couldn’t really believe that it was indeed my friend who sent that message to me, but then I rechecked his message and confirmed that it was indeed him. Anyway, the message said that he was coming home from abroad and that he wanted to start a business with me in partnership. By the way, I gave a business proposal to this good friend of mine almost 5 years ago, but at that time, he wasn’t really sure about starting that business. So, I had no other option than to postpone the plan even though, I very much kept my hope in this business plan all along these years.

Anyway, the message was important to me, primarily because, after all those years, I was probably going to be able, I thought, to choose a career path and have a great degree of financial freedom. The message was important for me also because it gave me a hope to live close to my elderly parents, right in my little but beautiful hometown.

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