Important email you have received lately - Cue Card # 706

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

Describe an important email that you have received lately.

You should say:

  • who sent you the email
  • when you received it
  • whether you were expecting it

and explain how important this email was 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 1:
The email or electronic mail is a fabulous gift of the technology that has revolutionized the way we contact people. It has such a profound impact on our life that if it no longer exists, our life would be in a chaotic situation. I would like to thank you for this great topic and here I will talk about an important email that I've recently received.

The email was from the Malaysian airlines that reached my inbox at the beginning of last July, more specifically on 4th July. A few days before that, I travelled to Kuala Lumpur on an official trip and unfortunately, during my return flight, one of my luggage was lost at the (...mention the name of the airport in your country...) airport. I waited for more than 3 hours and talked to several airport officials as well as two persons from the aviation authority but my luggage was nowhere. I was so frustrated about the event that I sat at the corner of the airport for half an hour blaming myself for the incident though I knew that I had nothing to do about it.

The lost luggage, tragically, had some important documents and my laptop in it, including some gift items I have purchased for my family and a couple of colleagues.

After several attempts throughout the whole week from my side after the incident, I lost all hope and stopped contacting with the airport authority. But on 4th July, almost two weeks later, I received an email from the airport authority that my luggage was found and I could go and claim my luggage any weekday during the office hours.

It could have been just another email sitting innocently on my inbox, but it was not. It carried a piece of great news and I was utterly relieved to receive the email. It was one of the most important emails I have ever received because it was unexpected, literally came at a moment when I was least expecting it. Next morning I went to the airport and received my luggage which was exactly the way I checked in at the Malaysian airport and had everything I packed inside.


Sample Answer 2:
Not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing, but I like to check my email at least once every day, if not more. And the reason, I like to check my email regularly, is because I don’t really like to be considered as a careless or irresponsible person in case if I ever miss an important email to respond to. Today, I would like to talk about one such email – an important email – which I received about a few weeks ago.

The email was sent to me by a very well-wisher of me, who treats me like his own younger brother. By the way, I met this brother, who is significantly senior to me not by only age, but also in wisdom, knowledge and experience, about almost 8 years ago at a job fair in my country. There, in the job fair, he provided me with a lot of tips and advice about how to apply to a job and how to face an interview.

Of course, I didn’t get any job offer from that job fair, but it certainly offered me the chance to build a brotherly relationship with a great person. But, then suddenly one day about 6 months ago, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he immediately had to go abroad for his treatment. There, he was receiving his chemotherapy except that I just didn’t know what his condition was. On the other hand, I didn’t want to contact him, thinking that it would probably bother him more than making him happy. So, I just kept praying for him while waiting for some sort of news about him. Then came that email to me which said that he was slowly recovering from his cancer.

Anyway, the email was very important to me, because it gave me the good news about a very significant person, who I have always considered as a mentor, in my life. It became even more important to me because it made sure that this senior brother of mine didn’t think of me negatively since I didn’t contact him over these past 6 months.

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