IELTS Cue Card Sample 266 - Describe a time when someone helped you

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

Describe a time when someone helped you.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • who helped you
  • why you think this person helped you

and explain how you felt about it.


 

Model Answer 1:

A few years ago, I was trying to buy my first car – a car which I really liked, and which was being sold at a great discounted price. But, even that discounted price was a bit too much for a person like me with a limited income and lots of expenses. So, I decided to secure some loan money from a bank.

But, the problem was that getting a loan, again, wasn’t really easy for a limited income person like me unless, of course, I could show the bank that I had a substantial amount of "saving money" on my name in a bank, or someone with a rather strong financial backup was willing to be a guarantor on my behalf to secure the loan for me. Not to mention, of course, I didn’t have any money, saved up in a fixed deposit account, to show to the loan issuing bank. So, I just gave up the idea of buying the car which I really liked.

And, then, a few days later, my rich and elder cousin came to my rescue who offered me to be my loan guarantor. I was surprised and asked my cousin as to how he had come to know about this. In response, he told me that my father gave him a hint about it. So, we both just went to the bank and in no time, the loan was secured. By the way, I never really asked why he chose to help me, but I am assuming that he wasn’t very comfortable with the idea that I would ask help from somebody else outside of my family because that would be an embarrassing thing for my rich cousin.

Anyway, I felt really, really happy and excited because finally, I could get my own car, and that too a car which I genuinely liked.  In fact, I became so emotional after buying that car that I gave a very tight hug to my cousin. I also felt that there are still some people in this world who would help you whether you ask for it or not.


 

Model Answer 2:

In my life, I got numerous help and useful advice and I am really grateful to the Almighty for that. Among those, one of the important help I got was from one of my teachers. The name of this teacher was (...say a teacher’s name…) and he helped me during my term final at my grade eight.

This final exam was very important in terms of getting admitted to a renowned high school. I was very much eager to get a great grade to get admitted to the most renowned high school in our town. My parents had great expectation as well. I was probably 14 years old at that time and on the third day of my exam, I reached to the exam hall at around 8.45 am. as I thought the exam would start at 9:00 am. But to my worst surprise, I noticed that the exam room was already silent and everyone was busy writing on the answer sheets. I could not relate the reality to what was happening. Then I found that a teacher was scolding me for being one and a half hours late for the exam. I could not think rationally and did not know what to do. I felt like I was just thrown down from a mountain and I was falling with great speed without any hope of surviving. At that moment I noticed Mr. (…say the teacher’s name…) and he tried to calm me. He assured me that everything would be fine. Then he asked me the reason for being late. I told him the truth that I had the incorrect timing in my exam schedule.

He then assured me and after taking permission from the principal, he arranged me the full three hours of exam time. This was really unexpected for me and I did well in the final exam. Because of the help, I got from this teacher, I had been able to secure A+ and got admitted to one of the best high schools in our city. The reason he helped me is that he was a good man with a benevolent heart, goodwill and honesty. He loved his students and simply helped me because he knew that this exam was important to me.

I felt overwhelmed and really grateful for what he did to me. The help was unexpected and that saved me from a disaster. I felt very much happy and grateful. I still feel grateful to this teacher and will always remember the help I got from him that day.



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  1. Describe someone who helped you.
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