Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 219 - 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 it 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 hastily, 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 an amazing and magical childhood. I spent most of my childhood days in my hometown which was a beautiful place and offered lots of adventures. I can remember many such events 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 8 or 9 years old at that time. With two other kids, I went to play near a big garden one day. Suddenly, I noticed that a bird was chattering at the top of a tree, and we assumed that it was a mother bird whose nest would have some colourful eggs. We got curious about it, and I decided to climb the tree to inspect it myself.

The tree was huge, and it was dangerous for me to climb on top of it. But I was so excited and mesmerised that I forgot the danger. I was not a good climber but that did not restrain me from fulfilling what I targeted. After some effort, I was able to climb to the top of the tree. The nest was at the edge of a very thin branch, and I thought I would not be able to reach there to see the bird’s eggs. But I started approaching the nest very slowly and found that my fellow playmates were already worried! I forgot everything around me and focused solely on reaching near the nest. After I managed to do it, I found four or five very beautiful small birds with red lips and they were playing with their mother. It was a beautiful sight. And just then, the mother bird started getting worried about my presence, and I decided not to interrupt them. So, I chose to climb down from the tree. To my surprise, I climbed down from the tree easily even though I thought that it would be a tiresome job!

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 about new things. 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.


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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