IELTS Cue Card Sample 492 - Describe a story that was particularly interesting

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

Describe a story that was particularly interesting to you.

You should say:

  • what it is about
  • who told you this story
  • when you heard this story

and explain why this was an interesting story to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Sample Answer 1:
Every story is taken either from human experience or from human imagination and when a story is told, the audiences and readers try to connect it with their own experience or creative thinking. Thus each story is a great one and interesting if this is told to the right audiences in a right tone. An interesting story that I would like to talk about for this cue card topic is not taken from someone's imagination; rather it is taken from a real event. I heard this story from one of my uncles and he told me this story in my childhood and this is still an inspiring story for me.

This is a story about a man who risked his life to save others from an imminent disaster or more accurately from death. It was 1995 and a massive hurricane stroke in the (...say the name of a suburban/ rural area...). As soon as the hurricane hit, the disaster and destruction were everywhere. Many people died and many were injured. Yet many others were trapped in and needed to be rescued and hospitalised immediately. Though there were many rescue workers who were working ceaselessly, they did not have enough time to save all the trapped people. At that time a man named Thomas came forward and made a group of young people in order to arrange a rescue team. Thomas himself was more than 50 years old, yet he had been able to motivate 10-12 other young men of this area to help the trapped people within a very short time.  

They worked really hard for more than 24 hours and as I heard from my uncle, more than 30 people were rescued due to the brave initiative of Thomas. My uncle was one of the team members of this rescue team and every time he mentioned Thomas, I could feel a great respect in his voice. It was a great tragedy that Thomas lost his wife and only son in a devastating earthquake a few years later and left the area to settle in a different city. People of this area will always remember his bravery and great courage, at least for next few decades.  

I have read and heard many other interesting stories but Thomas and his team did something extraordinary and I will always remember how good people among us work selflessly to help others.


 

Sample Answer 2:
Reading stories are always preferable to me and it is a delight to talk about one of the very best and most interesting stories I have ever read. Now I will discuss the novel - 'The Old Man and the Sea' which appears a very interesting and intriguing story to me.

This is a short novel by Ernest Hemingway. It was written in 1951 and was published in the following year. The entire story is about the struggle of an old man who lives by fishing and how he deals with a large marlin in the sea. In fact, the old fisherman underwent troubles in fishing and was unable to get the desired amount of fish to make his living. He passed 84 days in such condition and on the 85th day, he started for a long journey on the sea to change his luck. Though he came in close contact with a large marlin, he was unable to bring the living fish on the shore. The fish was consumed by sharks during his way back to home.    

I read the story from the private library of my father. He has a huge collection of books, novels, old documents. He gathered all the books since he was 20. But he did not allow me to read all the books at the earliest stages of my life. Rather he prescribed some of them to me and I guess he wanted me to read books that were suitable for my age. Consequently, he asked me to check the book titled – The Old Man and the Sea when I was 15 years old. I was attracted to the cover page of the book. Though dad said that the book was a novel for all ages, I was surprised by its size and shape. In fact, I was unaware that the book was a short novel. Then I started reading the novel and completed reading it in a single sitting.

Actually, I was passing lazy days in that summer. Most of my college mates were out of the city to pass the summer. So, I had nothing to do except reading books and playing video games on my computer. Besides, my dad also left the city for his business. So, I made a phone call and asked for his suggestions to pass the days. He then suggested me reading the book. Following his directives, I brought the book from his library. He also asked me to keep the book in the place I took it from. I followed all of his instructions once the book was read.   

The Old Man and the Sea is one of the greatest works in the arena of literature and I think the best work of Ernest Hemingway. The book brought him fame and contributed to achieving Noble Prize as well. The plot of the story was interesting and intriguing. There are twists and thrills in the story. The story is about an unfortunate old Cuban fisherman, Santiago and how he tried hard to change his luck. His struggles to change his fishing luck and how he finally came to meet his dream. Unfortunately, the dream partially came into being. Besides, this is the story that was an influential one that has held Hemingway to win Pulitzer Prize for the fictional story plot. For all such reasons, the story appears interesting to me.

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