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When you were forced to stay home for a few days

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 571 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you were forced to stay home for a few days.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • why you had to stay home for a few days
  • what you did during these days
and explain how you felt 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:
I distinctly remember a time when I was compelled to stay at home for several days due to an illness. It was about two years ago, during the winter season, and the experience left a lasting impression on me. I would share this experience with you now.

The reason I had to stay home was a severe bout of the flu. It started with a high fever, persistent cough, and an overall feeling of weakness. My doctor advised me to rest and recover at home to avoid spreading the illness and to allow my body to heal.

Being confined to my home for several days was initially frustrating. I was an active person who enjoyed being outdoors and participating in various activities. However, I had no choice but to stay in bed, resting and taking the prescribed medications.

During those days, I found myself with an unexpected abundance of free time. I decided to use this time productively. I began reading books that I had always meant to get to but never had the time for. It was a great opportunity to catch up on novels, especially some classics that I hadn't read since high school. Additionally, I used this period to learn some new cooking skills. I experimented with different recipes and cuisines, which turned out to be quite enjoyable.

Despite my initial frustration, the experience of staying home for those few days was not entirely negative. It gave me the chance to slow down, reflect on my health, and invest my time in self-improvement and learning new skills. It taught me the importance of self-care and taking the time to recharge, even if it means staying home.

In the end, while I wouldn't want to go through a similar illness again, the time spent at home did have its silver lining, and I emerged from it with a newfound appreciation for self-care and personal development.

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