When you went to an event and arrived early - Cue Card # 716

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

Describe a time when you went to an event and arrived early.

You should say:

  • what the event was
  • where it was
  • why you arrived early

and say how you felt about arriving early.

[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:
Some members of my family tell me that I was born late. No, seriously!  I mean, my birth was delayed because of some health complication of my dear mother.  I guess that’s probably the reason, I arrive late on most occasions despite my best efforts and intention. But, today, I would like to talk about a time when I actually managed to arrive early by overcoming all odds and challenges.

To tell you the story, I would never forget about the day when my dear elder brother was celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary at his home, about a hundred kilometres away from my hometown, because it was on this occasion that I actually managed to arrive at an event early – a lot early.

By the way, even though, my brother is considerably older than me, we always have enjoyed a very special and friendly relationship between us. So, he had threatened me earlier that if I'd arrived at his wedding anniversary late again, he would have simply packed me in a bag and thrown me into a gravity-defying spacecraft so that I could finally gain some “speed” in my life! Of course, it was a joke from my elder brother, but I could probably feel his frustration also a bit because on all the previous occasions, whether he was celebrating his birthdays or wedding anniversaries, I had usually been one of the last persons to arrive.

I am not too sure that an elder brother would actually appreciate such a callous behaviour from a younger brother like me, whom he loves so much. So, around this time, I took it upon myself as a challenge to arrive early just for the sake of making my elder brother happy.

Anyway, after arriving early, I felt like I was finally coming of age and becoming a responsible person to respect the wishes of my loved ones. I also started to imagine how my elder brother would actually react after seeing me arriving so early. All in all, it was a feeling, worth a million dollars.

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