IELTS Cue Card Sample 343 - Describe a time when you helped someone

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a time when you helped someone.

You should say:

  • who you helped and why
  • how you helped this person
  • what the result was

and explain how you felt about helping this person.

Model Answer:
Thank you for giving me the chance to talk about this topic. Actually I can remember quite a few occasions when I tried to raise my helping hands for others. The particular event that I would like to talk about was the time when I helped a poor family in our hometown during my college years.

I can’t recall the exact name of the person but I remember that he had a family of 5 members and he was a technician. He had very little education and he mostly relied on the small shop he had to repair electronic goods. After a devastating cyclone, his small shop was demolished and he had no other income source or ability to rebuild it. One day I noticed him trying to console his small kids who were demanding for foods. This happened near our college campus and I had been there to meet a friend. I was so touched by the beautiful yet gloomy faced kids that I went ahead and talk to this person. He explained what happened and was talking in a trembling voice. He also told me he assured her wife that he would feed the kids and would bring foods to home.

I bought them some snacks and fruits and asked them to stay nearby for a while. I watched the small kids were eating the foods voraciously and they had smiles on their face. I went to my class and told the whole story to my three close friends. Finally we went to our class teacher and wrote an application regarding the suffering of the person and his family. The teacher permitted us to spend an hour to raise some money for the suffering family from other classes and we were so glad to have the permission.
We had been able to convey the sufferings of this person and his family to the students and teachers and we raised a significant amount of money which was beyond my expectation. With this money we bought some foods and clothes for this family and they were so grateful that the husband and wife started crying and praying for us. We gave the man the remaining amount and he had been able to start his work again.

About my feelings, I was very satisfied and contended. This is the first time I realized how enthralling and satisfying it is to help someone. I felt like blessed and the person and his wife revered me as if I was their dear one. In fact being able to help someone in need is something we can only feel and words can’t actually describe it.

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe something good you did for other.
  2. Describe a situation when you helped someone.
  3. Describe something that you felt good about.
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