IELTS Cue Card Sample 331 - Describe an experience when you lost something

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

Describe an experience when you lost something.

You should say:

  • what you lost
  • how you lost it
  • where you lost it

And explain how you felt about it.

Model Answer:
I was in the second year of my university and at that time I lost my laptop with some other necessary papers and the experience was so bitter that I still remember it. I was on my way to home from the university and I took a public bus to reach home. I had my bag with me that contained my laptop, charger, some music DVDs, a pen drive, 2 books and some other necessary papers. I lost the bag so the things that I had in my bag were also lost.

I remember that I had my bag with me and I had to stand inside the bus as there was no seat available. After an hour I left the bus and took a shared taxi. Finally, I walked for a while to reach home and when I entered my room, I felt that the bag is missing. I got so tensed and get back to the street and tried to remember exactly where I lost the item. But I could not remember exactly where I lost my bag.

I felt so low and depressed that I could not sleep at night. Even though I knew that it was impossible to get the stuff back, I tried hard to have those items back. I reported to the nearby police station, contacted with the bus authority but after 7-8 days I gave up all the hopes I had to get my items back. I felt like a child who lost his most important toys! The laptop was really important to me as it has lots of valuable study materials and other files. I felt so stupid that, I was blaming myself for the whole thing and rebuked me not to be more careful. Honestly, the whole experience and the feelings were pretty depressing.  


Alternative Answer:
Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave me to talk about my experience of losing something. In my preparation time for the given topic, I thought about many occasions when I lost something and finally I decided to talk about the experience I had when I lost my University ID card. In fact, I had to go through a series of events because I lost this ID card and probably that’s why I have remembered this event very clearly.

I lost my ID card when I was in the 4th semester at my university.  I remember putting the ID card in my pocket while leaving home and to reach the University. I took a public bus and then a shared taxi on my way and I don’t know exactly where I lost it but noticed it while entering the library of my University where every student is advised to show his/her ID card. That’s the first time I noticed that the ID card is no longer is in my possession and I searched every possible place of my dress, bag and even in the classroom. But to my dismay, I could not find it anywhere.

This ID card was pretty important to me as it was required to enter the University building, library or even in exam rooms and labs. This was the only valid form of Identification Card that I had at that time to show anyone in case I needed to. Let’s say, if there is an emergency check post on the road, and the policemen ask me to show my identity, my ID card is the only piece of valid identification proof for me. So losing it was a disaster to me at that time.

I felt pretty bad and was blaming myself for being such a careless person. I wrote an application to the University authority and they suggested me to make a General Diary to the nearest police station. I had to submit several applications and had to publish lost item news in the newspaper before I was issued another ID card after almost fifteen days. Meanwhile, I had to face lots of problems and had to submit several applications that made me remember this event pretty vividly.    

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 depressing experience you have.
2. Describe a sad event you clearly remember.
3. Describe something important you lost.
4. Describe a bitter experience you had.

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