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Cue Card # 252 - Describe a naughty thing you did when you were a child

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

Describe a naughty thing you did when you were a child.

You should say:

  • how old you were then
  • what you did
  • why you did it

and explain how you feel about it now.


Model Answer 1:

Well, in my humble opinion, childhood memories are probably some of the best things that we cherish the most as adults. As a child, I also have some memories, some of which are purely funny and entertaining while the others are plain naughty. Today, I would like to talk about one of those naughty things that I did when I was only probably 9 years old.

Anyway, when I was a child, I loved to play all kinds of sports except, of course, the only problem was that I wasn’t really any good or expert in any of those games. But, still, I kept playing those games because I was an outgoing child, and I always loved to hang out with my friends. So, one day, when I was playing football (soccer) with my friends, I was forced to play as a goalkeeper. Not to mention, of course, I never liked being a goalkeeper, but just because I wasn’t really good at playing in any other position in a regular football match, my only natural position in the team was to play as a goalkeeper.

Of course, I had played as a goalkeeper in the past, but on that occasion, I just told myself that I won’t play as a goalkeeper anymore. So, I made a naughty plan, and the plan was to not become serious about blocking the ball from the opposition team whenever it would be hit towards the goalpost at me. Not to mention, as I kept leaving the ball, headed towards our goalpost, cleverly one after another, my team had no other options but to digest one “goal” after another.  Apparently, my plan had worked as my friends and the team never asked me to play as a goalkeeper anymore after that day.

Well, as I feel about this naughty thing today, I couldn’t actually quite believe that I could be so clever and naughty! Besides, I also feel like an apology is due to my friends who had to digest so many “goals” because of the naughty me.


Sample Answer 2:

Childhood is magical, and we remember our childhood with great joy and sentiment. Even the stupid things we have done in our childhood seem exciting to us in our adult life. I did many naughty things in my childhood as I can recall, and I will mention a particular thing that I did when I was only 7 years old.

I was in grade two at that time, and one day, on my way to the school, I found that some of my classmates had gathered near a pond with the intention to catch some fish. I forgot about my school and put the school bag nearby. I was very excited with the whole idea of catching some large fish and then cooking them for lunch.

I stayed there for around 3-4 hours to catch some fish with my bare hand and with some small nets my classmates had with them. After 2-3 hours I got tired and was convinced that it was not an easy job to do. I found that my classmates had become less interested in it by this time and they were planning to go home.

By the time I realised that I did a blunder by skipping school, and made my dresses dirty, it was already too late. I was afraid that my mother would be very angry should she find out what I really did. Then I talked with my classmates and found that they got anxious as well. We were 6 friends all together, and only one of us had been able to catch 2 small fish. We then made a decision to steal some fish from other people who had already caught a good number of fish and put them in their jars.

We had been successful to steal some fish from others and when I returned home, I had 3-4 fish in my bag. I was lucky to get over with the things I had done and I still find it a very funny and naughty thing to do in my childhood. I have done many other mischievous things but this was the event that still gives me pleasure to think about it as it was indeed a daring thing to do as a small child.


Cue Card Answer 3:

Well, this is an interesting topic, and I can recall many such naughty events from my childhood. I would, however, like to talk about an event here when I went to visit the Local Museum in our city with two of my friends without our parents' permission.

I was about 9 years old back then and I was in grade three. One day our school was declared off for some reason unknown to us just after the first class. That was a pleasant surprise and a matter of great joy for us. Instead of returning home, I planned to go somewhere with two of my friends. One of my friends suggested that the Local Museum would be worth visiting and we should go there.

We gathered all the coins and money we had with us and bought three tickets for the museum after we reached there on a local bus. We got a 50% discount as students, but we had to lie to the ticket seller and the guard that we went there with one of our uncles who was already inside the museum. We entered the museum and spent almost three hours when all of a sudden I noticed that my father with a police officer and a guard was walking toward us! I just froze in fear and then noticed that my friends' parents were also there.

That was a devastating moment for me, and I found that two of my friends got paler in fear and tension. My father came to me and asked me softly whether I had eaten anything during lunch or not. He also told me that my mum was worried about my whereabouts. That was quite surprising for me but not unusual for my father to behave very calmly when others lose their temper. He took me to a nearby restaurant and ordered lunch for me as if we went there for a celebration. He told me that my mother was very anxious and we should return home quickly. He also told me that he cannot guarantee whether my mother would become furious after she hears what I did. I was happy that my father had already understood what we did, and he asked me to promise that I would never do such a thing ever again. I was quite curious to know how he found us but did not dare to ask. It must have already been a great deal of effort and anxiety for my parents.

It took many years for me to find that it was quite a naughty thing to do as a grade three student. I do not feel much ashamed of this event now. As childhood is full of unexpected events, and most of those later become memorable and cherished parts of our childhood, this was such an event when I did a naughty and unexpected thing.


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