When someone gave you something you really wanted - Cue Card # 689

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

Describe a time when someone gave you something you really wanted.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when it was
  • who gave it to you

and explain how you felt when the person gave it to you.

[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:
I try not to expect anything from other people when it comes to material possession. But, there are times when we surprisingly end up getting something even when we don’t expect it. Today, I would like to talk about one such occasion when someone offered me something that I really wanted.

It was back in the year 2016 when I was still a university student. Back then, I used to live at a university hostel, as it was a residential university, so I didn’t really need to use any transportation to travel back and forth to my university. Suddenly, one day, an official order came from the university authority, ordering all the students to vacate the hostel for a couple of weeks, as the building needed some kind renovation works.

By the way, I think that it was an emergency situation as I had heard some news of accident earlier, involving electric short-circuit and fire.  So, the university authority was very much within its right to deal with the problem on an emergency basis. However, while it was nice on the part of my university authority to deal with the building issue rather quickly, it failed to arrange some kind of suitable accommodation for us, close to the university. But, still, there was no other option for us except moving to our new residences, even though we would need to walk some distance to commute back and forth from our university.  

So, I thought, it would be great if I could somehow buy or manage a bicycle for my use. I even decided to buy a bicycle at some point.  But, when one of my distant uncles heard about my situation and offered me to use his old bicycle, which he didn’t use anymore, I just couldn’t refuse his kind offer.

Anyway, I felt really glad and grateful that my uncle took the time to consider my situation and decided to help me out. Besides, the offer also brought the “child” in me back again as I thought that I could use the bicycle to roam freely and become little “adventurous” for a while.

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