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When you gave someone some money as a gift

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 369 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you gave someone some money as a gift.You should say:
when it waswhom you gave itwhat occasion it wasand explain why you gave some money to this person as a gift.

[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 like to give gifts to my family, friends and relatives on different occasions whenever I get an opportunity. These gifts, of course, could be anything, from a nice gift card and flowers to some fancy objects. But, today, I would like to about a time when I offered money as a gift.

It was about a couple of years ago when the birthday of my best friend’s nephew was approaching. The boy was about 6 years old who I used to treat just like my own nephew. But, he wasn’t exactly like other boys of his age as he didn’t have much liking for things like nice shoes, dres…

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 achievedwhen it happenedhow your friend accomplished itand 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 cou…

Describe a website you use

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 367 with Model Answer:
Describe a website you use that helps you a lot in your work or studies.You should say:
what the website ishow often you use this websitewhat information the website gives youand explain how your work or studies would change if this website didn't exist.

[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 should absolutely thank Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, for inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. But, we should also be equally thankful to the websites like “youtube.com” which have made the efforts of people like Tim Berners-Lee even more revolutionizing and remarkable. But, here, I would like to talk about youtube.com, saving Mr Tim Berners for another time.

Talking about youtube.com, it is one of the most popular video search engines in today’s world which attr…

A person who has interesting ideas or opinions

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 366 with Model Answer:
Describe a person who has interesting ideas or opinions.You should say:
who this person ishow you know this personwhat interesting ideas/opinions he/she givesand explain why you think that this person has interesting ideas/opinions.

[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 have our own ideas and opinions. However, not all of us are interested to share them with others. But, some people are never afraid to share their ideas or opinions with others, be them normal or radical. Today, I would like to talk about one such person who never seemed to be short of any ideas or opinions!

He seemed to be just a regular guy. I met him rather casually at a book shop when I was trying to buy a storybook for one of my little cousins. He started the conversation with me with a casual enquiry a…

A piece of clothing that you received as a gift

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 365 with Model Answer:
Describe a piece of clothing that you received as a gift.You should say:
what it waswhen you received itwho gave it to youand explain if this gift was 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 1:
In my “not-so” short life, I have received several gifts from my family, friends and relatives, and all of them seemed to be special in one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such gift, a ‘pair of jeans”, which was important to me.

Not sure, why people still call it a “pair of jeans” even though it is just one “piece of clothing”, but whatever we choose to call it, I really liked my jeans pant when my uncle offered it to me as a gift after graduating from my high school about 15 years ago. By the way, it was a rather unexpected gift from my uncle he was nev…

Describe an experience when you lost something

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 364 with Model Answer:
Describe an experience when you lost something.You should say:
what you losthow you lost itwhere you lost 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 1:
Nobody really likes to lose anything, especially if it is valuable. But, despite our best efforts, we do become careless sometimes and go through some frustrating experience of losing something. Today, I would like to talk about one such experience.

Back in my university days, I always used to write with my fountain pen – a very nice looking and shiny black pen – which I got, as a valuable gift from one of my uncles, after graduating from high school. The pen had a nice and light golden colour pointy nib, and a very transparent plastic tube feed that connected the “reservoir” (hiding the ink tube in th…

Describe a time when you were very happy

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 363 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you were very happy.You should say:
when it waswhat was the occasionwho were with youand explain why you were 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:
Life is full of many happy events and occasions. Thankfully, I have also been blessed to experience some of these happy occasions in my short life, and this cue card topic offers me a perfect opportunity to revisit one such happy occasion today.

Back in my high school days, about 10 years ago or so, I wasn’t exactly known to be a very “strong” young lad, comparing to the other young boys of my age. So, when other school boys were busy, running and playing with each other in a field, I would just feel happy watching them from a safe distance most of the times. Sometimes, I even used to ignore the requ…

Describe something you bought but did not use much

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 362 with Model Answer:
Describe something you bought but did not use much.You should say:
what it waswhere you bought it fromwhy you bought itand explain why you didn’t use it that much.

[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 don’t usually like to buy anything unless I know for sure that I need it or will use it. But, there had been some occasions in the past, when I bought a few things, which eventually were left “unused” for the most part. Today, I would like to talk about one such item, which I didn’t use much, after buying it.

It is a regular mobile phone which I bought about 5 years ago from a local electronics shop in my hometown. By the way, the smartphones were already in the markets at that time, but still, I chose to buy a regular phone, primarily because I was never in favour of spending a…

Describe your experience of a stressful event

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 361 with Model Answer:
Describe your experience of a stressful event.You should say:
what the situation waswhat you didhow other people might have behaved in this situationand explain how you felt about it later.

[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 think we would hardly find a person who hasn’t gone through some stressful situations at some point in his or her life. I am no exception either, as I have also experienced a number of stressful events in life, and I am about to talk about one of them here today.

It was on a fine August morning about 5 years ago, when I was about to go to my job, which I had just started a couple of months earlier. As it was my new job, I made it my habit to arrive at my office well ahead of the schedule. However, on that fine morning, I wanted to arrive my office even ea…

Describe a tall building in your hometown you like or dislike

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 360 with Model Answer:
Describe a tall building in your hometown you like or dislike.You should say:
where this building iswhat it looks likewhat it is used forand explain why you like or dislike 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 aren’t exactly too many tall buildings in my hometown, as far as I know, but there are a few of them which, I think, deserve some attention, here, today, I would like to talk about one such tall building in my hometown which got my attention.

The building is conveniently located at the heart of my hometown, close to a major intersection, which can be easily accessed from all directions. The building is 15 storeys tall, with a size of about 14000 square feet on each floor, which is built with all kinds of modern building materials, including Fine Limestone Gravel,…