Cue Card Sample

Cue Card 290 - Describe a family photograph you remember

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

Describe a family photograph you remember.

You should say:

  • when it was taken
  • who was/were in the picture
  • what it reminds you

and explain why you remember this family photograph.


Model Answer 1:
I consider all family photographs as some “family treasures”, and I always like to dig deep into these family treasures in order to bring back the rare memories that once used to be a part of my daily life. So, thank you so much for allowing me to describe one such family photograph which I hold so dear to my heart.

The family photograph, I am talking about here, was taken about 25 plus years ago when I was only about a 9 or 10 years old child. Back in those days, I don’t think that there were any smartphones or digital cameras – not at least where I lived at that time - to take any pictures. So, we either had to invite a professional cameraman at our house or visit a photo studio in order to take any picture except, of course, I wasn’t really that much interested to take any pictures.

Rather, I thought that taking pictures was just a waste of time because it would steal a valuable period from my “playtime with friends”. But on that day, my parents were determined to take my picture with them, along with my maternal grandparents and maternal uncles, who were visiting my family after a long time. So, I had no other choices but to wear the new dress and new shoes, which were given to me as some gifts by my grandparents, and pose for the family picture.

But, as I come to think of it now, I am so glad that I actually posed for that beautiful picture on that bright and sunny afternoon with my grandparents because it reminds me about how fortunate I really was to have such loving grandparents.

Anyway, I remember this family photograph, mainly because it is the only picture where my loving grandparents can be seen together with me and my entire family. Besides, it also reminds me about a time, along with my innocent way of life and thoughts, when I used to enjoy my life to the fullest without worrying about what was going on around me at all.


Sample Answer 2:
The family photograph that I really like and remember well is the one which was taken almost 20 years ago. This photograph was framed and enlarged by my father and it is still hanging on the wall in the living room. This photograph was taken when I was only 3 years old and at the 6th marriage anniversary of my parents.

My father, mother and I were standing in while my grandparents were sitting in front of us in this picture. The picture captured the memory of a very happy family. The time when this picture was taken, I was very little then and I don’t have any particular memory of this event. Back then the camera was very rare in our country and I heard from my mother that a camera man was hired to take the photo of this event. The picture was taken in the garden of our house and my grandparents used to live with us at that moment.

My grandparents have passed away and this is a revered memory of them. I still look at this picture and feel sad not to have them with us now. I was very little and I still look at me in this photograph with bewilderment. This is the picture that gives me the memory of a happy event, happy family, and innocent me. As I notice this photograph very often at my home, I remember it very well. This is, in fact, the only picture I have of my pre-school age. So this is very important and memorable for me.


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