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IELTS Cue Card Sample 393 - A childhood song you remember well

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

Describe a childhood song you remember well.

You should say:

  • where you first heard this song
  • how old were you then
  •  what it was about

and explain how you feel now when you hear this song.

Model Answer 1:
Music is a part of our culture, tradition and life. It plays an important role in refreshing our mind and soul and gives us inspirations to do something bigger and better. Music has its own charm and charismatic power to revitalise us. I often listen to music and one of the songs that I heard in my childhood is still one of my favourite songs. The title of this song is “Wind of Change”.  It is one of the greatest songs of all time by the Scorpion music band and as far as I recall it was released in the year 1991. The name of the album that had thing song is ‘Crazy World’. I actually own a CD of this music album.

I heard this song on a radio for the first time. It was probably 1992 and I was only 7 or 8 years old then. After that, I have listened to this song several hundred times and I still love this song. ‘Wind of Change’ is considered as one of the best rock music of all time and it is a power ballad by the German music band ‘Scorpion’.

The band members of the Scorpion visited Moscow in 1989 and were inspired to write this song as a celebration of the glasnost of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), the end of the Cold War. This song speaks about the hope in a time of dense tension and possibility of war and casualty. This song represents the inner cry of people for peace and harmony.

This is one of the most widely listened songs in the world and alone in Germany more than 6 million copies of this song have been sold. In Germany, this song is remembered as the song of German reunification and a message of hope.

This song has a special meaning to me. It, on the one hand, reminds me my golden childhood and even today, on the other hand, instils hopes in me in the desperate and complex time. I love this song- it is simple yet profoundly powerful, inspires and motivates me and gives me hope. I often hum the first few lines of this song when I am tensed and the great lines like:

"Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me..."

are still quite powerful and inspirational.


Sample Answer 2: 
Childhood memories often remain vivid in our mind for numerous reasons. They, in fact, create such an impression in mind that one cannot forget the memories even if they want. I am feeling nostalgic about my childhood now. 

This is a song for the very young kids who are in their elementary schools. In fact, this is a nursery rhyme that has been created in different versions. I heard bot the rhyme and the song but the song was more impressive to me. Still, I remember the tone and each of the lines of the song. I cannot exactly remember where I heard the song but it appears to me that it was in the elementary school of mine in Chicago for the first time. I was admitted to the school to learn the basics and the teachers used to play the song in the class to make us familiar with the rhyme.  

I was around three or four years old, I cannot remind exactly. In fact, the students of the nursery are no more than four in my city at present. So, I think I was almost the same then. It was the time for me to pass moments in different academic activities and come to know about the letters and words. Besides, I was also taught about many other things related to the beginning of my education. The nursery is the time when the kids learn the basics of their life. It starts with teaching some of the most necessary educative things which are required in the later phase of the education. It builds the base of education for each of the students. Without learning the basics in this stage, it is really difficult for each of the students to grow further.   

The song was about a sheep which is black in colour. It shares it wools with people. But the meaning of the song is still mysterious. Many of the schools believe that the song is a kind of protest against the heavy wool taxation of the Middle Age while some others are in the view that it is about a slave trade. But there are not strong historical evidence have been found so far against the claims. Further, there were some other controversies about the song which indicates that this all about racism. Besides, the rhyme has also been changed to some extent in the present days. As a result, this is now only the nursery rhyme that is played in the nursery classes in the form of a song as I heard back in my days.  

When I was a kid, it was difficult for me to understand the meaning of the song. But now I know what it is all about. So, the pleasure is more severe now than it was in the past and in my childhood. I can see that a black sheep is distributing all of its production to the people. It has produced three bags of wool from its body. And now is keeping a share for its owner, one share for the dame, and the remaining one for the little boy living down the lane. I think each three has some sort of connections with this sheep and thus it is sacrificing its precious production to the surrounding people. The song really entertains me and teaches to be more willing to share my belongings. 


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