Cue Card 274 - Describe an important letter you wrote to someone

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

Describe an important letter you wrote to someone.

You should say:

  •  when you wrote this letter
  •  whom you wrote it to
  •  what it was about

and explain why it was an important letter.


Model Answer 1:

I have never really considered myself to be a good letter writer. It's because I am not good at organising my thoughts, and I generally lack the patience in doing such things. But, still, I remember writing a few important letters in my life in good causes, and today, I would like to talk about one of them.

If I remember it correctly, I wrote this letter about 8 years ago, when I was either a 3rd year or 4th-year university student, to a very good high school friend of mine. He was a brilliant medical student at a medical college, and he always wanted to go abroad in order to do his post-graduation studies and research at a very good medical school. He even eventually succeeded in securing admission with a scholarship at a good medical school in the UK except, of course, the problem was my friend’s father was a person with some “physical disability”, and as a person with a physical disability, he naturally wanted his son to stay close to him.

So, anyway, when his father heard the news of my friend’s admission at a foreign medical school, he asked his son not to leave the country. Naturally, he got very disappointed and depressed after learning about his father’s opinion, and he even explained the situation to me in a letter, asking me for my opinion. Needless to say, I wasn’t really prepared to give my opinion on such an important issue, but still, I wrote a letter to him in which, I suggested him to listen to his father. In defence to my opinion, of course, I argued that family is always more important at the end of the day than studies or career.

Anyway, it was an important letter, primarily because I was writing it in order to express my opinion on such an issue which would ultimately decide the fate of a person. Besides, it was at the time of writing this letter that we should all have sound judgements in life because other people around us significantly rely upon our actions and judgements.


Sample Answer 2:

One of the very important letters that I ever wrote was the one I wrote to the councillor of our city corporation. As I recall, I wrote this letter when I was only 16 years old. It was probably 2007 and I wrote this important letter to get a solution for the repair of a bridge in our locality.

The letter was about the request of people of our community for repairing a bridge that thousands of people use daily. This was an old bridge and after an earthquake, it was in a dangerous situation. The accident might have happened anytime and the emergency repair work was needed. I wrote a letter to the councillor of our city corporation stating the facts and many persons of our locality signed on the back of this letter.

Writing this letter was very important as the councillor of the city corporation was the right person to authorise the repair work of the bridge. After I felt that we were in a great danger, I wrote that letter and amazingly after few days the councillor came to visit the bridge and made necessary arrangement to have it repaired.

I have written many letters and among them, this one was related to an issue of public safety. Since the prompt response was taken after I posted that letter, I felt really good about it. For all these reasons, this letter was of the most important letters I have ever written.


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