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

Describe an occasion when you could not pay for something you wanted.

You should say:

  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you weren't able to pay
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about the situation.

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

Model Answer:
Thank you very much for this cue card topic. I would like to share my experience when I wanted to purchase a mobile phone so badly but could not pay for it. Since my younger sister had been saving money to get a smartphone, I wanted to buy her the phone. She had been saving money for at least three months by adjusting her regular expenses as she wanted to change her feature phone and own a smartphone. So, I planned to pay for the smartphone and surprise her.

Unluckily, I was unable to pay for the phone. I lost my wallet on the way to the shopping mall from where I intended to purchase the mobile phone. This unfortunate event happened in July 2017. I had no idea how did I lose my wallet with money in it! I might have dropped it in the taxi I took to reach the shopping mall. So, I could not buy the mobile phone right then.

I informed the matter to my mom and then called the bank authorities to report a lost credit card which was placed inside the wallet. It was a disaster for me.

I felt terrible. In fact, it could have been one of the happiest moments of my life. It was meant to the very first gift for my younger sister after I got my first job. But the luck was not on my side. I explained everything to my dad and he agreed to pay me a loan with which I finally purchased a Samsung smartphone for my sister. I finally could console my heart as my sister was exhilarated as soon as she unwrapped the box.

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