IELTS Cue Card #Someone gave you something you really wanted

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)

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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.

word meaning
Garnered gather or collect. Example – The police failed to garner enough evidence against the suspect.
Phenomenon a fact or situation that happens. Example – Glaciers are interesting natural phenomena
Ecstatic feeling happiness or joy. Example – Ecstatic fans filled the stadium to see the match.
Profusely in large amounts. Example – The book is profusely illustrated with photos

(295 words)

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IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card: Describe a time when you received money as a gift.

IELTS Speaking Task Cue Card: Describe a time when you received money as a gift.

Describe a time when you received money as a gift.
Please say:

  • When did you receive it?
  • What did you do with it?
  • How did you feel about it?

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Sample answer

Gifting is an integral part of everyone’s lives today. This custom is widespread all around the world for a long time. It is used for expressing various emotions in a physical manner such as love, care, or gratitude. I have received a lot of beautiful gifts that have had a lot of thought put into them, from my near and dear ones. Our culture has a tradition of gifting money when you visit some relative’s place.

I keep traveling along with my parents to other cities when they have work or to attend any functions. We keep meeting different extended family relations, and they really adored me since I was a school going child. Once I went to Delhi, at my paternal uncle’s place, for a small family get-together. I and my mother stayed there for three days, and while leaving my cousin grandmother called me and along with a hug, she gave me two thousand rupees as a token of love.

I was highly humbled and touched her feet while thanking her for it. Having received money from other people in the past, I always make it a point to save it. Following the idea, I did the same there as well and gave the money to my mother to keep in her purse. After coming back home, I added it to her bank account against the F.D. in my name. This has been my idea of using the money received as a gift from the start. Personally, I feel that it is a good practice, as no matter how well you know anyone, you can never surprise them with the best-suited choice of a gift without consulting them. The money can be spent in any manner, for instance, I can spend it for a summer camp, to buy books or stationary, or simply save it for later use.
(310 words)

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IELTS Cue Card 2018 Questions # Exciting Situation

Often in life, we get into some exciting situations, the kind of where we do not know what exactly needs to be done but the mere fact that there will be so much fun, we get dragged into it. This time we are looking at a recent IELTS cue card that talks about an exciting situation one have been into.

Describe a situation that was new and exciting for you. You should say:

  • when was it?
  • when did it happen?
  • what did you do?

and explain why it was exciting and how you felt about it?


Over a period of time, I have realized that if you love doing something it always brings new opportunities and excitement in life. Today, I am going to talk about a thrilling day I got to spent because of my job. It was a few years back and I was working for a writing company back then. My job was to create new blogs for their website and it was mostly working from home. However, I used to often go to the office to meet the staff and my senior for inputs on the website.

One day, my senior asked me to write a script for the product the company will be releasing in the upcoming quarter. It sounded so exciting to me that once I had written the script I thought the work was done. Until one day I was told that I will be the assistant director for the shoot. The day of the shoot came on a fly. On the day of the shoot, I got to meet the best photographer of our town and then a really good actress. The entire day when by in cuts, retakes and it was really exciting.

The mere fact that I was on the sets of a shoot gave me goosebumps. The takes and retakes made feel as if I am a director. I remember coming back home late and my mother scolding me, but it was the best day I had lived in some while and nothing else mattered.



IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Ideal Home

You should spend 1 minute in writing your notes.

Describe your ideal home or place to live. You should say –

  • where would it be?
  • how big would it be?
  • what would it contain?

also explain, why this kind of accommodation attracts you?

  • Almora
  • old house
  • 2 rooms, drawing room, big backyard from where mountains visible
  • study room and a bedroom
  • bike, books, media content
  • live with family
  • location is fantastic
  • memories of the place
  • get to live a life of the traveller

Bedroom – a room used for sleeping

shed – separated building from the house used for keeping garden tools

hall – an open area as you come into the house

terrace or patio – the paved area between the house and garden for sitting and eating

detached house – a house that is not connected to any other building


My dream house for a very long time has been my grandfather’s place in Almora. It is a detached house with a large patio from where we can see the Himalayas. On winters, when it is all snowy, looking at the Himalayas is much more peace than anything in the world. For a long time no one has been living in that house, but it has two rooms, a big hall, kitchen and other necessities.

I’d like to renovate the house and make it as per my imaginaton. It’d be amazing to have my study room there. The room has a window, outside of which is a big tree. In the room, I’d prefer the walls to be painted purple and on the adjacent side of the window would be my study table. Near to it will be my laptop table. On that table will be my gadgets.

The other room, the bedroom will have a window along with a small table beside my bed. On that table, I’d prefer having novels that I will read before going to bed. On a larger scale, my ideal house is the one with books, media and bike. The reason I call it my ideal house is because of the memories attached with this house and the perfect location that it is in. Living in the house gives me a perfect balance of being a traveller and a homely person.

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