IELTS Cue Card Sample 158 - Tell me about a story that people in your country know well

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

Tell me about a story that people in your country know well.

You should say:

  • what is the story
  • who told you the story
  • why you remember that story

and explain why this is a well-known story in your country.

Model Answer: 
Some of the Aesop's Fables are very well-known in our country and many people tell these stories without even knowing the origin of those stories. Some of the stories have been a little bit modified with the context and people of our country and some of them remain intact. We have even read some of Aesop’ stories in our textbook and almost all of the citizens of our country know those stories. 

One such well-known story from Aesop is the story of ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’ that people often tells others as an advice and to the child to entertain and advise them. I heard this story from my grandfather for the first time and it was almost 20 years ago. Later on, I read this story in my textbook in my grade 4. 

That was an interesting story that has a good moral and lesson. The story telling of my grandfather was amazing and he made this story much more appealing and as I have read it in my textbook, I still remember this story. The story starts with a hare and a tortoise. The hare often made fun of the tortoise for being very slow and mocked him all the time. The hare mocked the tortoise if he ever reaches to any place at all with this unbelievably slow speed. A competition was arranged they both started their race when all other animals of the jungle were present to witness this. The hare started to run and soon was out of sight while the tortoise started walking very slowly. After a while, the hare felt it ridiculous to run with a tortoise and decided to take a nap until the tortoise could be seen nearby. The tortoise meanwhile kept going with a slow by steady pace and after a while passed the place where the hare was in deep sleep. The hare slept peacefully and when he woke up, the tortoise had almost reached the finish line. The hare then ran very swiftly with his best effort but could not overtake the tortoise in time. Thus the tortoise won the race with his steadiness and determination even after being slow. 

The story was a great example of teaching children the importance of steadiness and determination and thus has become a very popular story in our country. We often use this story to teach others that do not boast on your ability, the race is not always to the swift, do not make fun of others even if you are superior to him, so not underestimate the ability of others, be persistent on something you do and do not waste time idly when you have a task to finish. Thus this story has become a popular story that bears many morals and lessons.    

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:
  1. Describe a story you know well.
  2. Describe a bedtime story you have heard.
  3. Describe a real story that inspired you.
  4. Describe a story you heard from one of your relatives.
  5. Describe a story you read in your childhood.
  6. Describe a popular story in your country.
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