Cue Card Sample

Equipment that is important in your home - Cue Card # 768

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

Describe a piece of equipment that is important in your home.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how often you use it
  • what you use it for

and explain why you think this is so important for your home.

[Instruction: 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:

I think that it is important to have some necessary equipment at home because we just never know what we would need them for and when. My home also carries some such equipment and today I will try to talk about one of them.

The equipment, I have chosen to talk about, is called a “coffee maker”. Of course, we all know what a coffee maker really is, and what it really does. But, this coffee maker is certainly no “ordinary” equipment since it has been serving its owner uninterruptedly for well over 5 years without any major sign of wearing and tearing! Now, how many coffee makers can actually do that! Well, the answer obviously is “not too many”! So, what can possibly be the reasons behind such robust performance?! Well, the answer is, again, it is made by a very top-notch electronics company in the world, and my family paid a very considerable amount of money to purchase it.

Of course, by now, you are probably thinking that I am praising our coffee maker just a bit too much, but you would also probably do the same thing if you were in my position. After all, wouldn’t you also do the same thing if your coffee maker was being used at least 10 times a day by 10 different people to brew coffee for at least 20 people almost every day?! And here I am not even counting the number of guests who treat my home like a “guest house”! But, I guess, you already got the idea. 

Anyway, I do think that this equipment is indeed important for my home because it helps all of my family members to relax and enjoy whenever they wish. It also helps us to quickly serve many of the guests, who visit us quite often, even when my family members are busy. Finally, it always helps bring all of my family members together over a cup of coffee like a true family.


Model Answer 2:

I think I'd easily be able to talk about this topic as I am sure what equipment it is, when and how I use it, and I know exactly why this is important to me.

What it is:
The equipment I am referring to is a washing machine. It's a home appliance that is used to wash clothes, and in this era of modernization, where everyone is busy with their work, this equipment is a time saver and an essential item in any household including mine.

How often you use it:
I use my washing machine at least twice a week, sometimes more often depending on the laundry load. It saves me a lot of time and effort that I would have otherwise spent on handwashing clothes. I am grateful for this equipment as it helps me manage my household chores efficiently.

What you use it for:
I use my washing machine for cleaning all types of clothes, bed sheets, curtains, and towels. This appliance is equipped with different washing modes, such as a delicate cycle for silk and wool and a regular cycle for cotton and other sturdy fabrics. It also has a quick wash option that comes in handy when I am in a hurry.

And explain why you think this is so important for your home:
I think the washing is worth the money it costs as it saves both time and energy. It helps me maintain hygiene and keeps our clothes looking new for longer. It has become an essential item in our daily routine, and it's hard to imagine life without it. The washing machine has brought convenience, efficiency, and comfort to my life, making it an important piece of equipment in my home.

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