Cue Card Sample

Describe something you have lost recently - Cue Card # 743

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

Describe something you have lost recently.

You should say:

  • what you lost
  • how you lost it
  • how important it was to you

and explain what you did to find the lost item.

[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:

Psychologists say that losing something is more worrisome and depressing than the happiness we feel when we earn or find something of equal price or value. This was something I just read but realised every bit of it when I lost a book that I received as a gift from a dear friend of mine. I will share this story with you.

The book I lost was titled "Complete Collection Of Fyodor Dostoevsky". I was travelling to Portugal after completing my first year at the university a few months ago and met a school friend who moved to Portugal with her family many years ago. I spent some of the best vacation time in my life there, and just before the day I planned to return to my homeland, my friend - Emily, bought me a rare collection of this book. She told me that it was a gift for my upcoming birthday, which was three months later. And not to mention, it was a precious gift, and I liked her idea of selecting this book for me.

I was quite amazed by her generous gift idea and thanked her profoundly for such a thoughtful gift item. I kept the book in my handbag and my sole intention to keep it in my handbag was to read it on my return journey. I must have been very careless not to look after it properly, and I believe I dropped it somewhere at the airport. To my wildest horror, when I searched for the book in my bag, I could not find it anywhere. I rummaged my bag, and it was nowhere! It was such a sad moment!

The book was a gift from a dear friend, and she spent a considerable amount of money to buy me one of the rarest editions of this book. It was quite an important gift to me, and losing it was a depressing experience, to say the least.

I could do virtually nothing to retrieve the lost book as I was not sure where I had dropped it. I might have dropped it inside the taxi that I took to reach the airport, or at one of the coffee shops or somewhere at the airport. So, apart from sending an email to the airport, I had very few options.


Model Answer 2:

Thank you for providing me with this interesting topic. Here, I will talk about something that I lost and regretted. Losing something can indeed be a frustrating experience. Recently, I found myself in such a situation when I misplaced my favourite wristwatch.

The lost item, in this case, was a wristwatch that had significant sentimental value. It was a gift from my parents on my graduation day, and it held immense emotional importance for me. Beyond its practical function of telling time, it had become a symbol of an important achievement in my life.

Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding how I lost the watch remain unclear. I realized it was missing when I reached home after a day out. The panic and disappointment that swept over me were immediate. I retraced my steps, checked the places I had visited, and even asked people I had met during the day if they had seen it. However, my efforts were in vain.

Given the emotional attachment and the irreplaceable nature of the watch, it was of paramount importance to me. Losing it felt like losing a piece of my personal history, and the void it left was quite profound. I couldn't accept the possibility of it being gone forever.

In my quest to find the lost item, I revisited every location I had been to that day, meticulously searching and hoping for a stroke of luck. Additionally, I posted about it on social media, hoping that someone might have found it. I also reported the loss to local authorities in case it was turned in.

The search for the lost wristwatch became a lesson in patience and resilience. Despite my best efforts, the watch remains missing, but the experience taught me the importance of treasuring belongings and being more mindful of personal items with sentimental value.

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