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Describe a time when you were appreciated - Cue Card # 693

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

Describe a time when you were appreciated for something you did.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what you did
  • who appreciated you

and explain how you felt when you were appreciated for the thing you did.

[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 try to help out people without seeking any appreciation or any other things in return. And, it is, of course, our human nature to appreciate the help, even though, not all of us show or display our appreciation explicitly. But, today, I would like to talk about a time when someone explicitly appreciated me for my assistance.

It happened about a few years ago, and my neighbour, Kim Lee, needed to leave the city for a few days in order to see his ailing grandmother.

To introduce Kim, he could easily be considered as one of the nicest neighbours one could ever hope for, and he lived with his family a couple of blocks away from my house in the same neighbourhood. Kim used to own and run his own small super shop which I used to visit almost every other day in order to buy different kinds of stuff. So, we had a very warm relationship with each other. Thus, when he asked me to watch after his house for a few days, I just couldn’t refuse.

Kim told me what exactly needed to be done, including picking up the newspapers from his front lawn every morning, helping his employees to open and close his super shop and turning the lights on in his house during the evening.  He also asked me to spend a couple of hours at his house every day, if possible, and keep the “heater” in his house turned on in order to keep his house warm, as it was really cold at that time. Anyway, Kim left the city after giving me the instructions. But, when he came back after visiting his old and seriously ill grandmother, he didn’t forget to thank me with a very big smile on his happy face.

Even though I wasn’t exactly looking for any kind of appreciation from my neighbour, I felt really great and useful after his words of appreciation. I also felt that a little token of appreciation for our good deeds, from the people around us, would take our relationship even farther,  a really long way.


Model Answer 2:

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about a memorable experience when I was appreciated for something I did. It evokes a memory that I have not cherished for quite a long, and for this opportunity, I would like to thank you profoundly.

When it was:
It was during my final year of college when I volunteered to organize a fundraising event for our class charity project. The event aimed to raise funds for underprivileged children in our community to provide them with educational resources and support.

What you did:
I took the initiative to plan and execute the entire fundraising event. This involved coordinating with local businesses for sponsorships, designing promotional materials, and managing logistics for the event day. Additionally, I worked with a team of volunteers to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Who appreciated you:
After the event concluded successfully, our college principal, along with the faculty members involved in the charity project, called me to express their heartfelt appreciation for my efforts and dedication. They commended my leadership skills and the impact the event had on the community.

And explain how you felt when you were appreciated for the thing you did:
Being appreciated for my contributions was an incredibly rewarding experience. It filled me with a sense of pride and accomplishment to see how our collective efforts positively impacted the lives of those in need. The recognition served as validation for the hard work and dedication I had put into organizing the event, and it motivated me to continue making a difference in the lives of others.

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