IELTS Cue Card, Someone gave you something you really wanted
Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted
What it was
When you got it
How you got it
How you felt after receiving it
Sample Answer Audio
Sample Answer One
I am not used to getting presents as such. I am quite a big gamer to be honest and my Xbox was running on borrowed days. It would leave me fuming at times as it’ll hang in the middle of the game and at times, I am not even able to save the session before it turns off. I broke my Xbox and got bored of the Microsoft platform so I was looking to get the latest version of PS4. I did save some money and was looking for the best possible deals to get a new gaming device but budget constraints and student life made it quite difficult to own such a high end gadget.
As I said I am not used to receiving gifts so it has to be a very special occasion for one to spoil me. We share a special bond and she generally leaves the best of the surprises for my birthday. I was turning 22 just graduated out of college and about to move abroad for further studies. I wouldn’t be able to celebrate the next two birthdays with her due to study commitments so she thought of doing something special for me.
My sister must have heard the conversation I was having with my friend regarding it and decided to get me a PS4 on my birthday. Little did I know that I’ll be getting that as a present rather than buying it myself. I was reading and gathering information about it on a daily basis. I was looking for the best deals online and even arranged for some vouchers that I could have redeemed against the purchase.
I was over the moon. Happiness like that cannot be expressed in words. She went the extra yard to make my birthday so special and what was even more overwhelming was the manner in which she surprised me. My friend called me and asked me to get home as soon as possible. When I got home, I was surprised to see entire family and friends gathered together to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time together and danced all night to some great tunes. (360 Words)
Sample Answer Two
Over the years I have garnered a long wish list consisting of a variety of enticing objects that have captured my attention. Ranging from collectible items and books to cars and motorcycles. It is a quite common phenomenon and I am sure to be ecstatic whenever I acquire any of these things.
There was this one time when I came to know about a new watch on the market. The watch had a lot of modern and rare features such as a barometer, a compass, and an altimeter. Made of tough materials, it also offered solar charging along with world time facility as well. I wanted it because I like going on trekking trips and taking walks in forest areas, and the features in this watch would help me a lot during such expeditions. Consequently, I looked around for it and I knew that I wanted it as soon as I set my eyes on it. So much so, that I printed out a picture and pasted it on my bedroom wall and in the meanwhile also started saving for it. One day my mother told me that my uncle was coming over to visit us in the upcoming month. I was ecstatic as he always came bearing gifts and adored me a lot. The time came and my uncle arrived at our home. He unpacked his bag and called me over, handing me a package.
Surely, I was surprised and tore it up to look inside. There it was, the watch of my dreams, packed neatly in the brand packaging. I really was very delighted upon receiving this watch as I like wearing watches and did not have one back then. I was very happy and I hugged my uncle while thanking him profusely.
gather or collect. Example– The police failed to garner enough evidence against the suspect.
a fact or situation that happens. Example– Glaciers are interesting natural phenomena
feeling happiness or joy. Example– Ecstatic fans filled the stadium to see the match.
in large amounts. Example– The book is profusely illustrated with photos
Nature and its biodiversity have given us so many beautiful plants and trees of different kinds. These bear beautiful flowers, and delicious fruits and vegetables. I find all of this greenery around me to be very attractive and I like it very much. One of these is the rose flower, that I like the most. It is a perennial flower that grows on a woody plant. Highly abundant, this flower is found all over the world. It has many varieties in different colours.
Its beauty and intricate design have led to its use as an ornamental plant. Apart from that, it has a sweet and pleasing scent and has various uses. People use it for decorations, in bouquets, and for making perfumes. Also used in the making of food, drinks, and medicine, it is a highly beneficial plant.
Actually, I first saw it as a child, when I went to a rose garden with different rose varieties blooming in one place. A highly intriguing sight, these flowers enchanted me with their charm and pleasant smell and I was lost into this picturesque sight. As I grew older I found that it is also considered as a physical representation of love, and used in the art for many years. Hence, I have started liking the rose flower very much since then.
What activities do you usually do during the season?
Why is it your favourite season?
India is a highly diverse country with many geographical features, and corresponding climate conditions. We enjoy four main seasons here namely summer, autumn, winter, and spring. These have different intensities all over the country. I have lived in various parts of the country and experienced all the seasons in these places. I now live in the northern region and my city is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.
While the summers here are very short, winters can be very harsh and cold. Coming to my favorite season, it is the winter season. It lasts from November to February, and the weather is very soothing, pleasing, and dry, unlike the boiling heat of the summers. I love it due to various reasons. This season brings along with it many seasonal fruits and vegetables that I like to eat. Mostly, my choice of clothes includes long overcoats, trench coats, and woolens, which are worn during this season. There is a lot you can do to enjoy this time of the year. I love playing in the snow and taking long walks on cold winter evenings.
I love riding or driving out in the mountains to distant cold places during this season as well. The cold is very soothing and makes me feel comfortable, unlike the summers which make me sweat a lot. I like sitting outdoors with a bonfire and a cup of hot tea or coffee to read or write, which is my favorite activity, and one of the reasons why I look forward to this season of the year.
IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card: Describe something you want to buy but can’t afford.
What is it?
How much does it cost?
Why can’t you afford it?
What is the other way you can acquire it?
Every one of us has some dreams in our lives regarding materialistic things. We always keep on adding something or the other to our wish list. Sometimes we are limited by financial issues and have to wait to acquire them. I have always had different things that have been added to my wish list. One of those things is a solar panel setup for my home, which can power up the lights and heat the water supply.
It is a very good set up that is not only highly cost-effective but also environment-friendly. I went to a nearby shop to inquire about the details about the cost and the setup. I was told that it would cost me one hundred thousand Indian rupees to get the set up installed on the roof of my house.
Actually, I cannot afford this much amount right now as I have spent all my savings to buy a car two months ago. Due to this reason, I would have to wait for some time and save more money to buy the solar panel setup.
However, there is another way that I can choose to acquire it. I can purchase it on a minimal down payment and get a loan that I can pay off in monthly instalments later. But I would most preferably avoid this choice due to the fact that it would become a tiresome responsibility to set apart the instalment amount every month. Not to mention the extra amount that I would have to spend upon the loan interest. Hence, I have decided to wait for some time and purchase it at a later point.