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

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
  • who 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:
Last summer, I shared a meal with my friends at my home and felt really good about it. They arrived at my place all of a sudden to surprise me on my birthday. I was surprised indeed and felt glad for their regards and caring for me. I am glad that you gave me this topic to talk about.

I shared a meal with some of my college friends - Joseph, Kumar, Rathore, and Sanjay. We study in a local engineering 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.  

Though it was my birthday, the topic of discussion changed later. We started discussing some other topics. The upcoming semester final was a great concern for us. So, we also started planning for the preparation for the examination. Joseph had fallen in love with a girl of the same college and the issue was also 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. But due to the lack of preparation, we all had to share the meal together. But nobody took it uncomfortably. Rather, they appreciated my mom’s initiative. 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. They undertook huge troubles for me that night. 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. 


Sample Answer 2:
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 initial plan. But they did not want to and thought that I would feel good if they stay and accompany 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 criticised 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 to the kitchen and prepared a bowl of vegetable soup and 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 great 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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