IELTS Cue Card Sample 454 - Something you have shared with others

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

Describe something that you have shared with others (or another person).

You should say:

  • what you shared
  • when it was
  • who you shared it with

and explain why you shared it and how you felt about it.


Model Answer 1:
I have always enjoyed sharing things with others, especially, if those things help their causes. Today, I would like to talk about one of those things which I shared with a roommate of mine when I was a college student.

It was about 8 years ago or so when I was living with a roommate in the same room at a hostel. Even though we used to study in different faculties, we both used to get along nicely. However, the room, we were sharing, was a bit too small for our liking. Or it at least looked small to us, probably because we had too many things in that room.

Anyway, whether the room was really small or not, we struggled really hard to put two study tables side by side.  But, the situation became a bit too tricky when I bought a desktop computer and a large computer desk to set that computer on. In fact, after setting up my computer desk, there hardly any space left to keep my roommate’s study table. Seeing no other options, I offered my roommate to get rid of his study table and share my computer desk to study. I even offered him to share my computer if he ever needed to. Not to mention, my good roommate gladly accepted my proposal and immediately got rid of his small study table.

After making that arrangement, initially, we had some problems in organizing our books and other pieces of stuff on my computer desktop, but that issue got solved too as we both started to utilize the space on the desk a bit more smartly.

Anyway, I needed to share it with my roommate, mainly because I wanted to ensure that my roommate also got his fair share of our room. After all, he got rid of his study table to accommodate my computer desk. But, it sure felt great to me that I shared my table and computer with my roommate because it did help him a lot in studying and doing his homework better.


Sample Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this wonderful topic. I believe that human is a social being and we need to share so many things with our relatives, friends and unknown persons on different occasions. I will talk about a time when I shared my room with one of my cousins who suddenly visited our house a few months ago.

I have my personal room where I usually live along. We have two guests room and that’s why I have never shared my room with anyone who stays our house at night. A few months ago when my cousin came to visit our home, we were renovating our second floor and that’s why we had no spare room for the guests. My cousin, Stephen, came to our town all of a sudden and informed us that he would need to stay in our town for a couple of days. He also informed me that he is planning to stay in a hotel. My father insisted him to stay with us and I thought I could easily share my room with him for a couple of days. He was 2 years younger to me but we had a friendly relationship from our childhood.

Stephen stayed two nights in our house and I shared my room, bed and bathroom with him so that he can stay in our house comfortably. We talked about our grandparents, other cousins, our works and future plans. I enjoyed his company and we had good times together. I am not habituated to share my very personal belongings and rooms with others, but sharing it with my one of the most favourite cousins was not a bad experience at all. In fact, during his stay, we had so many fun events that I invited him to visit our house again.


Sample Answer 3:
Sharing things with others brings a sense of comfort and self-satisfaction in me. So, I like to share possible things with others. Last month, I shared my meal with one of my mates at university.

I am an undergraduate student at the Paris Dauphine University , and studying math. I like to have homemade food and I often bring my lunch with me from home. My mom also discourages taking outside foods. Hence, she prepares foods for me. I shared the meal with another girl who forgot to bring her meal on that day. It is nothing new to me to share my stuff. I saw her sitting idle during the lunch hour and inquired about taking the meal. She smiled and told me that she forgot to bring her lunch. Therefore, I shared my meal.

Usually, the lunch break in the university begins at 12.45 pm. But most of the times our classes end by 12.30 pm. If there are classes after lunch, we are to stay at the university premise. On that day I had to attend a class at 2.30 pm. So, I brought the meal to have during lunch. In fact, the class was supposed to be held in the morning but the teacher – in the previous day, informed the class that he will take the class in the afternoon as he is unable to manage time in the morning for some other academic business. Accordingly, we all were prepared for the class. But she forgot about the class and made the mistake.    

I shared my meal with Lillian. She is an Irish and came here to study with a scholarship. She lives alone in Paris and is a part-time executive at a company that deals with the computer. She got a partial scholarship and so she needs to arrange for her living expenses. She remains busy round the day to make a balance between her academic and job life. Thereby, it is possible for her to forget about the meal. Actually, she often makes mistakes in bringing the necessary assignments and projects. She returns home late at night and it becomes impossible for her to organise the necessary documents or projects for the class. So, she makes late in preparing and importantly forgets to bring them in class. The teachers are aware of her struggling situations and they are flexible with her on such issues.  

I know Lillian from the very first day and she is now a close mate to me. So, I know about her struggling conditions. She left her home for some unavoidable reasons and with her ambition, she wants to grow. This is really a matter of pride and everyone cannot do so. it requires strong determination. I know that she might have forgotten to bring the lunch and if I do not share mine with her, I think she could not manage time before supper to take her meal. In fact, her occupational engagement will not allow her to take a break. So, I shared my lunch with her. I felt a sense of relief by helping her. It was really a great mental satisfaction for me.


If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:

  • Describe one of your cousins or friends.
  • Describe a guest who stayed your house for a couple of days.
  • Describe an event when you had to share your room with someone else.
  • An event when you shared something with one of your relatives.
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