Cue Card Sample

When you gave some money as a gift - Cue Card # 673

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

Describe a time when you gave someone some money as a gift.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • whom you gave it
  • what occasion it was

and explain why you gave some money to this person as a gift.

[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:
I have always preferred to buy gift items for my friends and families on different kinds of occasions, but I had to make an exception when it came to offering some “gifts” to one of my nieces a couple of years ago on the occasion of her 16th birthday. I actually had to offer some “money” as a gift instead of some other popular gift items on that occasion.

At that time, my niece had just passed her “O” level examination with top results, and I was supposed to surprise her with a perfect gift. But that didn’t happen because I couldn’t simply make up my mind on the type of gift items which would make her happy even though I searched everywhere in all kinds of shops and markets. I even asked my niece to help me with some kinds of “clues” in order to make my “gift-choosing” job easy, but my “plea” didn’t receive any sympathy from my “mischievous” niece. So, I just told my niece that I was going to postpone searching for her gift until her next birthday, and my niece gladly accepted my proposal.

However, when her birthday actually arrived, I simply decided to offer my niece a “substantial” amount of money instead of some gift items mainly because I was really busy with my work and a few other urgent family matters, and I just didn’t have enough time to search for a perfect gift, like the last time I searched, even though, I really wanted to do it. Besides, she was kind enough that time around to tell me what kind of gift, she exactly liked, and where she would get it from. She also told me that she would rather choose her gift with her friends instead of having me to choose one for her (perhaps realizing the fact that I wasn’t probably very good at choosing a “gift”).

So, when I asked to offer her the money (a rather “substantial” amount of money in that), needed to buy her ‘precious’ gift, she simply obliged.  And, guess what, it worked perfectly well for both of us at the end of the day!


Model Answer 2:
Thank you for the time you have allowed me to describe an event when I gave someone some money as a gift or present. In fact, I vividly remember a time when I decided to give my younger sister some money as a gift, which turned out to be a heartwarming gesture that brought us closer together. For this wonderful topic, I will share the event with you.

It was during my younger sister, Emily's, graduation ceremony from high school, which took place in June last year. I gave the money to Emily, who had just completed her high school education with outstanding grades. Her high school graduation ceremony was a milestone that marked the culmination of her years of hard work and dedication. Os I wanted to give her something that would make her happy. 

Well, I decided to give her money as a gift because I wanted her to have the freedom to choose something meaningful for herself as she embarked on the next chapter of her life. Knowing that she had plans to pursue higher education, I thought that the money could be useful for purchasing textbooks, and supplies, or even as a contribution towards her tuition fees. Additionally, I wanted to express my pride and admiration for her academic achievements and to offer her some financial support as she transitioned into adulthood. Although it may seem like a conventional gift, I believe that the gesture carried with it a sense of love, support, and encouragement for her future endeavours.

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