IELTS Cue Card 609 - Occasion when you could not pay for something you wanted

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

Describe an occasion when you could not pay for something you wanted.

You should say:

  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you weren't able to pay
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about the situation.

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

Model Answer 1:
Thank you very much for this cue card topic. I would like to share my experience when I wanted to purchase a mobile phone so badly but could not afford it. Since my younger sister had been saving money to get a smartphone set, I wanted to get that mobile phone for her. She had been saving money for past few months by reducing her regular expenses. Actually, she wanted to change her old-fashioned one. So, I made a plan to pay for the mobile phone and surprise her with it.

Unluckily, I was unable to pay for the phone set. I lost my purse on the way to the shopping mall I intended to purchase the phone. I lost my purse and do not know how it was lost. I might have kept that back in the taxi I used to reach the shopping mall located in the central part of Hokkaido in Japan. So, I could not get the phone right then.

I informed the matter immediately to my mom through a public phone booth. I also informed the issues to bank authorities as well because I had my credit and debit cards inside the purse. It was a disaster for me.

I felt sad. In fact, it could have been the happiest moment of my life. It was the very first gift for my younger sister after I got my first job with a multinational corporation. I explained everything to my sister and she also felt sad. But she was glad when she came to know my intention. I took some loan from dad and bought the phone to her finally. I did so because she was expecting something from me. But the surrounding situations made us all surprised.

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