IELTS Cue Card Sample 462 - When you borrowed something from others

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

Describe an occasion when you borrowed something from others.

You should say:

  • what you borrowed
  • when you borrowed it
  • whom you borrowed it from

and explain why you borrowed the thing.

Sample Answer 1:
Well, I can think of many occasions when I had to borrow important things from others and for this cue card topic, I will talk about such an occasion when I borrowed a pen from an unknown person when I was in a bank.

I had to borrow a pen to correct the amount I wrote on a cheque leaf and to add a new signature below it. This was an ordinary gel pen that I bowed from a person who was also in the bank to withdraw money. I can’t recall his name but he was standing just behind me on the cashier counter.

It was probably 6 or 7 months ago when I went to my bank to withdraw some money. I wrote the cheque and signed it from home and went to the bank to withdraw the amount. I waited about 20 minutes in the queue and when I handed over the cheque to the cashier, she informed me that my current balance does not cover the amount I have written on the cheque and my savings account does not permit over-limit. She requested me to rewrite and figure so that she can give me the allowed amount. After she returned the cheque leave which I was supposed to correct, I found that I totally forgot to bring a pen. I asked the cashier if she had a spare pen and she told me that she had lent a pen to a customer and could not find it. I was quite embarrassed and had no other option but to ask the person for a pen who was standing behind me. He smiled and borrowed me a pen that I used to correct the cheque. After I finished with the correction, I thanked that person and showed my gratitude for lending me the pen. I asked his name and it was probably Richard or Ricardo, which I am not quite sure now.

Borrowing something in desperate moments is something we cannot avoid and I think there are several occasions when I had to do it. The particular even I talked about is a moment I needed the pen and had no other way than to borrow it from someone.


Sample Answer 2:
Enjoying a walk in the Grand Canyon National Park was a dream for me and I made the dream come true last month. But I had to borrow a car from Robin, my best college buddy. Since he was unable to go, he allowed me using his car.

I am an undergrad student at the University of Arizona. Before moving to the university in Arizona this year, I used to live in Arkansas with my parents and other family members. So, I did not have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon National Park before. Besides, being an undergrad, I have to handle extreme academic pressure. Considering all the issues, I was unable to manage time. Finally, everything was set but I needed a car. Robin Campbell borrowed his car to me to make the trip.

Actually, the academic pressure in the university goes round the year but it is a bit tolerable in the last quarter of the year (October - December). So, I made the plan to visit the Grand Canyon National Park and will stay there for a day. Accordingly, I made the plan, gathered some partners and arranged everything except a car. I could not realise before that this is an issue to be considered. In such situation, my buddy came forward to borrow his own car. In fact, he had bought this 2016 FORD Explorer a few months ago for travelling out of the city but could not use the car for academic engagement. So, he allowed using the car but under certain strict conditions.

Robin Campbell is one of my best buddies in the university. He lives in the downtown with his parents. He loves surfing and taking part in outdoor activities and most importantly travelling. Both of us had made lots of planning to move here and there in the state but hardly could manage time for the short trips. Robin wanted to move for the Grand Canyon for a couple of days, in fact, he wanted to have some camping at the spot. But the others did not agree to stay at night under the open sky. Then it was decided that we will start early in the morning and come back by evening. Robin will drive the car and we will be his passengers.

I had to borrow the car for some specific reasons. Firstly, I did not plan for the car in my original planning for the trip. Secondly, I have my own Fiat and have left that at Arkansas for my sister’s use. Besides, moving inside the park without a car is almost impossible. Using the public transport may help us reaching near the park, but we need our own vehicles to move inside this huge area. Robin suddenly felt some abdominal disorders on the trip day. So, he was unable to drive and actually he was not ready for the trip at all. His physical condition made him unfit on the day. So, considering all the issues, I asked him to borrow the car and he willingly did. It was a memorable trip for us all indeed.


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

  • Talk about an event when someone helped you.
  • Describe a time when you borrowed something from an unknown person.
  • Describe an occasion when you forgot about something important.
  • An occasion when you borrowed something from a friend or a relative.
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