Describe a time when you were afraid of something - Cue Card # 742

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

Describe a time when you were afraid of something.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what you were afraid of
  • why you were afraid

and explain how you felt about it.

[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:

Being afraid of something, I believe, is a natural response of a human being to avoid danger. We are fearful of different things as our ancestors were fearful in the time immemorial, or even in the time when we thought we have conquered darkness and lurking dangers just around the corner. But, we, as human, are always frightened of the unknown, just the way I was, like billion others around the world, during the rigid and unprecedented lockdown period when Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic.

It was around March 2020 when the lockdown, which was pretty much like a curfew, was imposed nation-wide to stop the spread of the Coronavirus which was responsible for the death of so many people around the world.

The first two weeks were tough but doable considering the changing circumstances and our perceptions of new normalcy. But after a couple of weeks, when the number of people who were tested positive soared rapidly and the death-toll kept on increasing, I felt very intimidated and afraid. The news of some neighbours being infected by this yet incurable virus that can often be fatal made the situation worse. I panicked, and the psychological pressure was just too much to bear.

I was anxious about the uncertainty of the situation, about my parents who were both over 60, about the fear of being contacted and then infected by the Coronavirus and the tough economic pressure that was mounting on me. This was perhaps the only time when I felt completely trapped and clueless for so many weeks and being able to do nothing about it. It was such a situation that is comparable only to our worst nightmares.

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