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When the weather forced you to change your plan

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 396 with Model Answer:
Describe an occasion when the weather forced you to change your plan.You should say:
when it was
how the weather waswhat was your initial planhow you felt when you were forced to change the plan.

[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: Weather can be very unpredictable at times, and because of this unpredictability, we also have to change our plans from time to time. Today, I would like to talk about one such occasion when I was also forced to change my plan.

It happened about a year ago or so when I made a plan in order to take my little 6 years old nephew to do some fishing at a lake for the first time. My little nephew, of course, had requested this to me a number of times in the past, but because of my busy work schedule, I just couldn’t entertain his request. In fact, I was so b…

Describe a goal or ambition you have in life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 395 with Model Answer:
Describe a goal or ambition you have in your life.You should say:
what this goal or ambition is about
how long you have ithow long it might take you to fulfil itand explain why you want to fulfil this goal or ambition.

[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:
As a third-year university student, I don’t have any shortages of ambitions in my life. So, thank you very much for this interesting cue card topic as I will go ahead and talk about one of those many ambitions I have held in my heart for a long time.

Of course, the ambition or goal, I have in my life, is not anything very unique or glamorous as many students of my age from my country have the same ambition which is to become a teacher after finishing their studies. The difference, of course, here is that I actually want to go ab…

Describe an interesting discussion you had

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 394 with Model Answer:
Describe an interesting discussion you had as part of your work or studies.You should say:
what the subject of the discussion was
who you discussed the subject withwhat opinions were expressedand explain why you found the discussion interesting.
[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 can remember having many interesting discussions and conversations over the years, especially at my work, but today, I would like to talk about an interesting and stimulating discussion here that I had as a university student.

The discussion, I am talking about, took place about 4 years ago when I was a second-year university student, and was enjoying learning about all the cool things about Physics. In fact, I liked my subject (and of course, it was “Physics”) so much that whenever there was any kind…

When you started using a new technological device

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 393 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g. a new computer or phone).You should say:
what device you started using
why you started using this devicehow easy or difficult it was to useand explain how helpful this device was 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:
I have a habit of checking up on the latest technologies from time to time in order to just keep myself informed. Of course, not that I find all types of technologies useful, as far as my needs are concerned, but when I came to know about “digital security system” about a few years ago, I thought that I could surely use that technology to protect my home someday when I buy my own home.

But, for better or worse, I didn’t really need to wait for my own home in order to use that technology as …

Describe someone you know who has started a business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 392 with Model Answer:
Describe someone you know who has started a business.You should say:
who this person is
what work this person doeswhy this person decided to start a businessand explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person.
[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:
Most of my friends, who I have a close relationship with, hold either private jobs or government jobs, and show very little, if any at all, interest in starting and running a business. But, Fernandez, my close university friend, is an exception, and today I would like to talk about him here.

Fernandez is a good university friend of mine, but when we were studying at university together, he wasn’t really very much into studying hard and all that like us, simply because he wasn’t exactly interested to hold any kind…

When you searched for something that you lost

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 391 with Model Answer:
Describe an experience when you searched for something that you lost.You should say:
when it was
what you lostwhere and how you searched for itand explain whether you found it or not.
[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:
It was almost 3 years ago when I lost my smartphone on a day when I played basketball with my friends at a local playground.

The weather was just perfect in this evening and when I reached the playground to play basketball with my friends, I received a call from my mom on my Samsung smartphone. I can't recall anything about putting the phone somewhere after that. When the dark settled, I headed to my home but not even once did I remember to check if I still had my cell phone with me or not. I noticed it once I wanted to call one of my friends about our classes…

Describe a performance you enjoyed watching

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 390 with Model Answer:
Describe a performance you enjoyed watching.You should say:
what the performance was
when and where you watched the performancewho was performingand explain why you enjoyed the performance.
[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:

As a proud Bangladeshi, I always like to learn about the history of Bangladesh. So, whenever there is performance or documentary on Bangladesh, I try to watch them, just like I watched a theatrical performance about a few months ago in Dhaka.

Anyway, the performance took place at Dhaka theatre, one of the most popular theatre groups of Bangladesh, and they performed on a play called “Payer Awaj Pawa Jaye” (meaning “ We can hear the footsteps”). Directed by late theatre personality Abdullah Al Mamun, ‘Payer Awaj Pawa Jay’ is one of the masterpieces by a prolif…

Describe a person who is often in the news

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 389 with Model Answer:
Describe a person who is often in the news, and who you would like to meet.You should say:
who this person is
how you know this personwhy he or she is often in the newsand explain why you would like to meet him/her.
[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:

He is a “Magistrate” by profession, and he runs mobile court in different places, especially, business enterprises and corrupted private and public officials, of my country and punishes them for the irregularities and corruption, they commit. The name of this magistrate is Mr Mir Shekhar, and I wish to meet him one day.

Anyway, I saw this magistrate about a few years ago on TV news for the first time, trying to find out about the irregularities of a prominent business enterprise of my country. But, when I saw him on that day, I coul…

Describe a website you have bought something from

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 387 with Model Answer:
Describe a website you have bought something from.You should say:
what the website is
what you bought from this websitehow satisfied you were with what you boughtand explain what you liked and disliked about using this website.

[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 don’t normally try to buy anything from website for some obvious reasons even though I like to visit them from time to time just for the sake of passing my time. But, the other day, I did use a website to buy something, and today, I would like to talk about that website to you.

The name of the website, I used in order to buy a pair of jeans, is called www.levi.co.id. Of course, I had visited this website a few times but never really felt the need to buy anything from it as I am more into buying things by visiting the p…

Describe a very difficult task that you succeeded in doing

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 386 with Model Answer:
Describe a very difficult task that you succeeded in doing as part of your work or studies.You should say:
what task you didwhy this task was very difficulthow you worked on this taskand explain how you felt when you had successfully completed this task.

[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:

Well, this difficult task, I am talking about, may not sound like a “difficult” task at all to many, but as far I am concerned, saying “no” to a very good customer for the sake of saving some money for my previous company was one of the most difficult tasks at work that I had ever had to deal with.

Anyway, to give you a bit more details, I used to work as a Senior Customer Relation Manager for a big retail clothing outlet in my country in the past. Everything was great about that previous comp…

Describe a book that you enjoyed reading

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 384 with Model Answer:
Describe a book that you enjoyed reading because you had to think a lot.You should say:
what this book waswhy you decided to read itwhat reading this book made you think aboutand explain why you enjoyed reading this book.

[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 have had the opportunity to read many books that made me think a lot. But, none of those books really made me think on such a grand scale as the book “An inconvenient truth”, written by former US vice president Mr Al Gore in the year of 2006.

Anyway, I decided to read this book after I saw a very important documentary on TV, talking how my country, including many other low-lying coastal regions of the world, would submerge under the water because of global warming and rise in the sea level, while giving references from a bo…

Important conversation that has brought a positive change

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 380 with Model Answer:
Describe an important conversation that has brought a positive change in your life.You should say:
whom you have had this conversation withhow long this conversation waswhy you had this conversationand explain how this conversation has brought a positive change in your life.

[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: 
Thank you for this great topic. It was a time when I had just completed high school. So naturally, it was time for me to decide in which direction I should pursue my file. So I went to my father for his advice as he, in my opinion, could really help me out.

My father does not rush about anything. So we started the conversation at a slow pace and he knew I was up to something important. We talked about many options, like "business studies" if I would want to do…

Skill that you believe takes a long time to learn

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 379 with Model Answer:
Describe a skill that you believe takes a long time to learn.You should say:
what skill it ishow you can learn this skillwhat benefits it offersand explain why this skill takes a long time to learn.

[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 have tried to learn several skills, some of which took me only a few days to learn while some others took me a long time, but one particular skill, which I think, takes a much longer to learn is “computer programming” or “coding” skill.

Of course, I was already aware of the fact that programming was not something which one could learn quickly, but I thought that I was smart enough to learn it easily and quickly with the use of proper planning as well as by reading good study materials, but I was proved wrong. Later on, at one point, I even got…

Radio programme you find interesting

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 378 with Model Answer:
Describe a radio programme that you find interesting.You should say:
what type of programme it ishow often you listen to this programmewhen you listen to itand explain why you think this particular radio programme is so interesting.

[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: 
After seeing the widespread use of television, I thought that radio was going to be extinct sooner rather than later. But, with the introduction of FM radio as well as some interesting programmes, aired by them, it looks like radio is trying to make a comeback. However, today, I would like to talk about one such programme, which I find really interesting.

It is a programme on “improving communication skills” for young job seekers. I have been listening to this programme for about a year, which is aired at around 7…

When someone did not tell you the complete truth

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 377 with Model Answer:
Describe a situation when someone did not tell you the complete truth.You should say:
when it waswho did not tell you the complete truthhow you later learned about itand 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 was always taught to tell the whole truth, as opposed to the partial truth, as it always minimises the possibility of a misunderstanding. But, still, some people often go for this kind of partial truth, just as it happened to me a few years ago.

It happened about 5 years ago, when I had just graduated from the university, and I was desperately searching for some kinds of internships or jobs. But, unfortunately, things were not looking too bright for me as my country was going through some kind of recession back then. But, still, I kept trying.…

An interesting talk or a lecture you have heard

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 376 with Model Answer:
Describe an interesting talk or a lecture you have heard.You should say:
when it waswhat it was aboutwhat you learned from itand explain why you think this was an interesting talk/lecture.

[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 have had the opportunity to hear many interesting talks or discussions in my “not-so” long life, which were both intellectually and philosophically stimulating. But, they were not as intriguing as this particular talk, which I am about to describe, as it had kept me thinking for a long time.

The talk place about 5 years ago, when I still was a university student, at a public library. Back then, I used to visit a public library in my hometown almost regularly, as I loved to read different types of newspapers and books while exchanging my views and opinions …

When you needed to repair a broken item

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 375 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you needed to repair a broken item.You should say:
when it waswhat item it washow you managed to fix/repair itand explain how you felt after you had it repaired.

[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 usually like to handle things, be them valuable or not, with great care. Therefore, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I hardly ever need to repair anything – the things which I personally use – except on an occasion when I needed to repair my smartphone.

It happened about a couple of years ago at a time when I was walking on the side of a busy road in my hometown. Walking on the side of a road itself wouldn’t be much of a problem if I wasn’t also busy talking on my smartphone at the same time. We all know how dangerous it can get if we are not careful en…

A sport you have watched on TV and would like to try

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 374 with Model Answer:
Describe a sport you have watched on TV and would like to try.You should say:
what sport it ishow it is playedwhether you have ever tried itand explain why you are interested in trying this sport.

[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 don’t really watch sports on TV much because, most of the times, they show such sports which I don’t really enjoy. However, I do like to watch a sport from time to time, which I consider being more “gentlemanly” game, because it doesn’t involve that much physical activity or efforts.

The name of this sport is “pool” which is considered by many as a popular “billiards” game of British origin. This sport is played on a rectangular, wooden-table, covered with a green cloth, which has 4 pockets in each of its corner and two pockets in the middle of th…

A public facility that has been recently opened

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 373 with Model Answer:
Describe a public facility (park, school, theatre etc) that has been recently opened in your locality. You should say:
what facility it iswhen it was openedhow important it was to have itand explain how this facility will help people in your locality.

[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: 
I live in a rather large locality which is shared by people from all walks of life, background and professions. While there is no shortage of civic facilities, including paved roads and streets, sidewalks, sewers, water lines and street lighting, in my locality, it didn’t have any public park facility. But, we got that one too recently.

As I've just mentioned, the public park has opened recently, about a couple of months ago, with the help of our local government and Mayor. The park has a be…

A special day in your country's history

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 372 with Model Answer:
Describe a special day/date in your country's history.You should say:
what day/date it iswhat happened on that day/datehow this day/date is observedand explain why this is a special day/date in your country's history.

[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: 
Japan, as a nation, has a long history which has helped us become the strong “Japan” as we are today. Anyway, while there are a number of special dates in the history of my country, I would like to specifically mention one of them here.

It is called “The Hiroshima Day”, which is being observed on 6th of August every year since the year of 1947, in order to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a major Japanese city in the southwestern Honshu region. People in Japan consider this day as one of th…