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 and unpredictable 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 third time for me to travel out of my country and the first time a solo trip to such a long distance. I am not a frequent air traveller and take-off and landing of the plane give me an uncomfortable feeling that I am yet to get accustomed to. However, during my flight to Spain, I got a window seat and the experience of flying above the cloud 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 looked 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 forget about my uncomfortable feelings when I looked outside and was thrilled to look at the distant city that I have 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. The same feeling returned when it was almost the time to land on the Madrid Airport and I could see a range of illuminated areas which, to me, seems like some lively pictures that came to reality like the computer animation. Large buildings were nothing more than a few dots and the whole city seemed like a great work of an artist who knew how to place them!

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 in to a small baby trying to figure out how a butterfly could fly or a fish can swim. I was so overwhelmed with it that I returned to reality when people were rushing to the exit door which means 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 in 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 about 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 won the 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.

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