IELTS Cue Card Sample 462 - When you borrowed something from others

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

Describe an occasion when you borrowed something from others.

You should say:

  • what you borrowed
  • when you borrowed it
  • whom you borrowed it from

and explain why you borrowed the thing.

Sample Answer:
Well, I can think of many occasions when I had to borrow important things from others and for this cue card topic, I will talk about such an occasion when I borrowed a pen from an unknown person when I was in a bank.

I had to borrow a pen to correct the amount I wrote on a cheque leaf and to add a new signature below it. This was an ordinary gel pen that I bowed from a person who was also in the bank to withdraw money. I can’t recall his name but he was standing just behind me on the cashier counter.

It was probably 6 or 7 months ago when I went to my bank to withdraw some money. I wrote the cheque and signed it from home and went to the bank to withdraw the amount. I waited about 20 minutes in the queue and when I handed over the cheque to the cashier, she informed me that my current balance does not cover the amount I have written on the cheque and my savings account does not permit over-limit. She requested me to rewrite and figure so that she can give me the allowed amount. After she returned the cheque leave which I was supposed to correct, I found that I totally forgot to bring a pen. I asked the cashier if she had a spare pen and she told me that she had lent a pen to a customer and could not find it. I was quite embarrassed and had no other option but to ask the person for a pen who was standing behind me. He smiled and borrowed me a pen that I used to correct the cheque. After I finished with the correction, I thanked that person and showed my gratitude for lending me the pen. I asked his name and it was probably Richard or Ricardo, which I am not quite sure now.

Borrowing something in desperate moments is something we cannot avoid and I think there are several occasions when I had to do it. The particular even I talked about is a moment I needed the pen and had no other way than to borrow it from someone.

If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:

  • Talk about an event when someone helped you.
  • Describe a time when you borrowed something from an unknown person.
  • Describe an occasion when you forgot about something important.
  • An occasion when you borrowed something from a friend or a relative.
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