IELTS Cue Card Sample 219 - Describe an adventurous thing you did when you were a child

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

Describe an adventurous thing you did when you were a child.

You should say:

  • what you did and how old you were then
  • why you did it
  • how people reacted to it

and explain how you feel about this now.


Model Answer 1:
As a child, I never really shied away from taking up on any challenge whether climbing up a big tree or jumping into a river from a dangerous height. So, when some of my friends challenged me to cross a lake, which was more than half a kilometre from one end to the other, in just 10 minutes, I immediately decided to do it.

Of course, it was not the first time that I crossed the lake. In fact, I had crossed the lake a number of times prior to that occasion but the only difference was that this time I would have to do it within a stipulated period of time of 10 minutes. By the way, since my childhood from the age of 10/11, I just loved swimming whether I was doing on a rainy day or just a hot summer day. In fact, during the hot summer day, I would enjoy swimming more than playing with my friends or eat some of my favourite snacks with them. So, anyway, even though, I knew that it was going to be a huge challenge to cross that lake within 10 minutes, I still started to swim to prove a point or two.

Initially, I was swimming at a moderate speed, by trying not to swing my hands and feet too quickly, as I didn’t want to get tired too quickly. Then, after a while, I realized that at that speed I would never be able to reach the other end of the lake. So, I started to speed up gradually while breathing slowly and easily. Finally, I did manage to cross the lake within just 10 minutes!

Anyway, after crossing the lake, I felt so happy and excited that I actually forgot about all my tiredness. On the other hand, friends and people around me started to call me “daredevil”, which I actually enjoyed a lot at that time. Finally, after managing to cross the lake all by myself, I learned a very important lesson which was that slow and steady pace wins the race, just like I won on that occasion.


Sample Answer 2:
I had a very amazing and magical childhood and I spent most of my childhood days in my hometown which was a beautiful place and offered lots of adventures and pleasures to me. There are many adventurous things I can remember from my childhood and among those, I would like to talk about my first attempt to climb a big tree to find the nest of a bird.

I was around 7 years old at that time. With two or three other kids, one day I went to play near a big garden where we often used to play. Suddenly I notice that a few birds were chattering at the top of a tree and we assumed that the bird's nest must have some eggs. We got curious about the bird’s egg and I decided to climb the tree and reach the top to see it myself.

The tree was really big and it was dangerous for me to climb on top of it. But I was so excited and mesmerised that I forgot the danger and started climbing the tree. I was not a good climber but I that did not restrain me from fulfilling what I targeted. After some effort, I was able to climb at the top of the tree and then I found that the harder part is still was unfinished. The nest was at the edge of a very thin branch of the tree and I won’t be able to reach there to see the bird’s eggs. Then I started approaching there very slowly and found that my fellow playmates were already worried about it. I forgot everything around me and found the idea of reaching near the nest is the only target I have to fulfil. After I managed to reach near the nest, I found four-five very beautiful small birds with red lips and they were playing with their mother bird. The mother bird started getting worried about my presence and then I decided not to interrupt them. The mother bird somehow reminded me of my mother who takes care of her children the same way! Finally, I started to climb down from the tree.

That was a very adventurous thing to do for me in my childhood and I did it out of inquisitiveness that a child usually feels for new thins. I felt a great attraction in finding what there might be and that’s why I did it. Luckily, grown-up people were not there and after a few months when I told my mother about what I did on that day, she became very anxious and rebuked me for that. She told me never to do anything like this ever again. Whenever I think about that particular event of my childhood, I feel great joy. It reminds me of the greener and fairy-tale like childhood I had. I remember this event with great joy and ecstasy.


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 a childhood memory.
  2. Describe a memorable event in your life.
  3. Describe something unusual or interesting you did.
  4. Describe a brave thing you did.
  5. Describe an adventurous tour you have had.


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