Describe a meal that you have shared with friends - Cue Card 606

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

Describe a meal that you have shared with friends.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • whom you shared the meal with
  • what all of you were talking about

and explain how you felt about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

There are many acts in the world which help create a stronger bond among friends and families, but sharing meals with them probably and arguably is the most natural and gratifying act of all. So, thank you for offering me the opportunity to share a story of such a gratifying act.

I have always loved visiting my favourite restaurants in my home town every once in a while during the weekends in order to enjoy some of my favourite foods. So, the other day, about a several months ago, when I was waiting for my foods at one of my favourite restaurants, I suddenly saw one of my college friends with his newly-married wife approaching my table with a very happy and smiley face. They said that they came to visit me, but since they didn’t find me at home, they were looking for me in the neighbourhood, knowing that I would be somewhere around. I gave my friend a big hug and told him to sit at my table. I also invited the happy couple to enjoy some lamb stew, mixed with mushroom, and long-grain rice on the side, which I already ordered earlier, with me while also ordering for some more foods of their choices. They gladly accepted my proposal and enjoyed my favourite meal with me. My friend had a bubbly character, and so had been his young wife. We talked about a lot of random issues including his new job and their married life. He also requested my favour in helping him find and buy an old but good car in the near future.

In conclusion, it felt really great and fulfilling to be able to talk to one of my favourite friends from my college and enjoy a great evening over some great meals. In fact, the treat was long overdue since I didn’t invite my friend and his better half to our house because of my busy schedule. Besides, I was alone at the restaurant on that day (because my friends were really preoccupied with other tasks on that weekend), so I certainly appreciated the company of my friend and his wife.


Sample Answer 2:

Last summer, I shared a meal with my friends at my home and felt incredibly excited about it. They arrived at my place all of a sudden to surprise me on my birthday. I was overwhelmed indeed and felt glad for their regards and caring for me. I am happy that you gave me this topic to talk about.
I shared the meal with some of my college friends - Joseph, Kumar, Rathore, and Sanjay. We study engineering at a local college in Mumbai and we share a strong bond among us. I had to share the meal as it was a surprise visit by them in the middle of the night and I thought they deserved a treat.  
Though it was my birthday, the topic of discussion changed after a while. We started discussing the upcoming semester final exam. We also planned how we should plan for our exam preparation. Joseph had fallen in love with a girl of the same college and the issue was discussed and we suggested Joseph some particular measures to continue their affair.
Honestly, it was a delightful experience. My mom cooked Biriyani for us in the middle of the night and we all shared the late-night meal. My friends appreciated my mom’s initiative and praised her cooking so much. In fact, they had a plan just to wish me and leave the house but I did not allow them. Since they were my best buddies, I wanted to treat them. I felt lucky indeed and was grateful to them for taking the trouble to visit a far distance only to wish me a happy birthday. 

Model Answer 3:

Friends are special because we can share absolutely anything with them - be it a whimsical idea, a happy or a sad moment or even a cup of tea. Thank you for the topic and I would like to describe a meal that I shared with two of my best buddies.
It was almost a year ago and I still remember the event because it was something unusual and special. Jacob brought Della to my house on a Sunday evening and they wanted to take me to a theatre to enjoy a newly released movie. They came to my house all of a sudden and they had no idea that I was suffering from fever. However, they abandoned the whole idea of going out and watching a movie, and instead decided to spend the evening with me. I felt sad that they had to stay at my place despite their plan to enjoy a movie. But they did not want to and thought that I would feel good if they spend the evening with me.
We talked about so many things and the topics were shifting from silly ones to serious ones quite often. However, a recent football match, some friends from college and Della's recent tour to India were discussed for a long. At one point, Jacob even criticized a political leader's recent action and I totally agreed with him!
At around 8.00 pm, Della proposed to order a pizza but Jacob thought it would not be a good idea for me as I was ill. He insisted that I should avoid junk food for the time being and eat homemade food. Della then approached the kitchen and prepared a bowl of vegetable soup and a plate of egg pasta. Della did the whole cooking thing and I only helped her find the ingredients in the kitchen cabinet.
I must say, Della's cooking was excellent and the dish was fabulous. The quantity of the meal was not great but we three had an outstanding meal. I, despite a sour taste in my mouth, ate my whole portion!
This was a great experience and I felt really well that they decided to stay and prepare me a meal to cheer me up. We shared many meals on numerous other occasions, but the friendly gesture and sacrifice they made were exemplary and that's why this was an exceptional meal that I will remember for a long.

If you can talk about the topic 'Describe a meal that you have shared with friends', you should also be able to talk about the following topics:

1. Describe a great meal you have had.
2. Describe an experience when you spent some quality time with your friends.
3. Describe a time when you had a great conversation with your friends.
4. A time when your friends visited you at your house.
5. A meal that someone cooked and you enjoyed.
6. Describe a memorable evening that you spent at home.
7. A time when a friend visited you all of a sudden.

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