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:

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.

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