Cue Card Sample

Describe something you did for the first time and enjoyed - Cue Card # 704

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

Describe something you did for the first time and enjoyed.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when it was
  • what you did

and explain why it was something you enjoyed so much.

[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:
Something I have experienced for the first time and was fascinated about? Well, it happened to me so many times, and in fact, our life is exciting because it keeps surprising us. Thank you very much for the opportunity to let me talk about one such experience.

A few years ago, I was travelling to Spain alone and this was the first time for me to travel out of my country and take a flight. I am not a frequent traveller, and the take-off and landing of the plane gave me an uncomfortable feeling that I am yet not accustomed to. However, during my flight to Spain, I got a window seat and the experience of flying above the clouds and seeing the whole city from almost 10 thousand feet above the ground was captivating and something quite new for me.

Since I was alone and the flight was at night, I spent most of my time reading a book on my ebook reader or looking outside through the window. As usual, I was a bit nervous when the plane started its journey and went high in the sky. But I soon forgot about my uncomfortable feelings when I looked outside and was thrilled to look at the distant city that I had just left.

From above, it looked like a small land filled with many lights, perhaps comparable to fireflies, and the experience of looking at it was something surreal. I felt the same when it was almost time to land at Madrid Airport and I could see a range of illuminated areas which, to me, seemed like a lively picture that came to reality to its observer. Large buildings were nothing more than a few dots and the whole city seemed like a great work of an artist who knew exactly how to place each piece!

I could hear the safety announcement by a cabin crew but I was so busy perceiving and enjoying the view that hardly any word of the announcement reached my ear. I was, as if, turned into a small baby trying to figure out how a butterfly could fly or a fish could swim. I was so overwhelmed with it that I returned to reality when people were rushing to the exit door which meant the plane had safely landed and I did not worry about the uncomfortable feelings of landing even for a second.


Sample Answer 2:
I am not a computer expert or a computer technician. But, I have always been fascinated by this machine which can do so many wonders within such a short period of time. I have even wanted to open this wonderful machine part by part, but never really dared to do it, until one fine morning about a few years ago. On that day, I decided to let go of my fear, and I finally opened it.

But, after opening the desktop, I initially got overwhelmed by the sheer number of parts, the computer contained inside it. Then I told myself to calm down and not to panic because that would be no help.

So, I took my time and kept looking at its different parts while matching their information with what I had learned about them earlier in a computer hardware book. Slowly and slowly things started to become easier for me as I finally understood what each part of that computer was really for and what their functionalities were. Little later, when my nerve calmed down, I started to take each part out of that computer at a time until I was satisfied. Of course, when I was taking those computer parts out from their places, I tried really hard to remember their original state and position so that I could put them back in the right places just the way they were before being taken out.

Ahh..., not sure how long exactly I spent in inspecting the parts of that computer but when I finally managed to put all those computer parts back in the computer case, I felt like I had conquered Mount Everest!

In fact, it was something I really enjoyed, primarily because I managed to overcome my fear without the help of an expert or any other people. Besides, the experience of checking those computer parts with my own hands was something I had always wanted to do. Finally, I enjoyed it so much also because it made me feel more confident than ever about learning even more about a computer.


Model Answer 3:
I'm delighted to share an experience that holds a special place in my memory—the first time I went scuba diving. It was an exhilarating adventure that left me with a newfound appreciation for the underwater world and a deep sense of joy. I feel lucky to have this topic. 

The inaugural scuba diving expedition took place during a vacation to the picturesque island of Maui in Hawaii. It was a sunny morning, and the crystal-clear waters beckoned me to explore their depths. Accompanied by a certified diving instructor and a small group of fellow enthusiasts, I embarked on this thrilling journey into the unknown.

Equipped with the necessary gear and briefed on safety procedures, I descended into the mesmerizing realm beneath the ocean's surface. As I submerged deeper, an awe-inspiring panorama of vibrant coral reefs, darting fish, and exotic marine life unfolded before my eyes. Gliding effortlessly through the underwater landscape, I felt a profound sense of serenity and wonder, unlike anything I had experienced before.

The joy of scuba diving stemmed from the sheer sense of freedom and immersion in nature's splendour. It was a surreal sensation to be weightless amidst the vast expanse of the ocean, surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of the underwater world. Every moment was filled with discovery and excitement as I encountered colourful fish, graceful sea turtles, and intricate coral formations.

Moreover, the experience offered a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of marine ecosystems and the importance of preserving our oceans' fragile biodiversity. As I emerged from the depths, exhilarated yet humbled by the experience, I knew that scuba diving had unlocked a lifelong passion for exploration and conservation. It ignited a newfound passion for underwater exploration and instilled in me a deep reverence for the wonders of the ocean.

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