Cue Card Sample

Describe something you received for free - Cue Card # 775

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

Describe something you received for free.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • who you received it from
  • when and where you received it

and explain how you felt about it.

[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 am not sure about the others, but I don’t really mind if someone offers me something for free, even if it means that something is the smallest of the things. But, today, I am not going to talk about any small thing, but something significant or something valuable, which I received about 10 years ago for free.

Anyway, back then, I mean about 10 years ago, I was still a young boy and attending high school. But, as a high school student, I wasn’t exactly like the other boys who were growing up with me. In fact, I was more of a “loner” since I didn’t really have any friends to hang out with. Of course, I used to talk to my classmates or do things with them during school hours, but after school hours, I was more comfortable being alone. My parents and close relatives knew these things about me, and they all were perfectly okay with it except just one person. And that one person was my youngest aunt.

That aunt came to my place one day and asked me why I didn’t have any friends with whom I could hang out. In response, all I could say was that I just didn’t like being around any kind of crowd, and I didn’t like having unnecessary talks with anybody. Then, suddenly, she asked me if I liked to hear music. I answered "yes" as I did like to listen to music when I was alone. She got really excited after learning that I loved music, but what I didn’t know was that she was going to give me a nice-looking mini, cassette player for free!

And as soon as I received that cassette player from my loving aunt, I felt like my prayer to God was finally answered as someone really took the time to understand me and feel for my needs. I also felt that I could always count on my loved ones, no matter how distant they look at times.


Sample Answer 2:

Thank you very much for this interesting topic that asks me to talk about something that I received for free. And it reminds me of a time when I was offered a great buffet dinner at a nice hotel. I had to pay the room rent but the buffet dinner was offered to me for free.  

This free buffet dinner was offered to me during my visit to a foreign city on the occasion of the hotel's 10th anniversary. I had booked a room in the hotel, and upon check-in, I was informed about the complimentary buffet dinner.

I received the buffet dinner from the hotel staff who were celebrating their 10th anniversary. It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and I felt grateful for the offer. I received it in the hotel's restaurant, where they had set up a grand buffet. 

I felt elated and excited about the free buffet dinner, and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, and the ambience was superb. It was a great way to start my trip, and I felt lucky to have received this offer. The hotel staff was very courteous and hospitable, and I felt appreciated and welcomed.

I still think that it was a lovely gesture from the hotel authority, and I felt very fortunate to have received this complimentary buffet dinner which would otherwise cost me approximately $60. 

Model Answer 3:

Before I go into the details, I'd like to thank you for this nice and interesting topic. I believe everybody likes to receive free service or items from time to time, and I'm no exception. Here, I'd like to talk about a time when I received a nice-looking T-shirt and a cap for free!

A few years ago, I went to visit a high school friend of mine in his city. Though we are no longer in our high schools or live in the same city, we still have a great friendship. I spent a week in his city, and during this time, he took me to a large stadium to watch a football tournament. I knew nothing about this tournament or which teams were competing in it. But I learned that my friend was supporting the team called "Brave Flacons". I could see thousands of passionate and excited fans and followers outside the stadium, and the game was supposed to start at around 4:00 pm.

While waiting in a long cue to enter the stadium at around 3:30 pm, a couple of people with very bright and colourful costumes and funny-looking hats approached me and asked me which team I was supporting. I told them that I would be cheering for "Brave Flacons", and they seemed very excited to hear that. Then a girl, who was around 20 years old, opened a bag and gave me a t-shirt and a white cap. Both the items were designed for the fans of "Brave Falcons".

I felt a bit surprised and then delighted to receive those complimentary items. Well, then I thought that they were given by the team and the management to cheer up the fans and show their dominance in the stadium. I wore the t-shirt over the shirt I was wearing, and then put on the cap. Surprisingly they fit me well. I liked the design of the cap and the T-shirt, and it gave me a good reason to support the team even more passionately and enjoy the game with more fervour and excitement. The cap shielded me from the scorching sun, and it was nice to have it with me on the open platform of the stadium - free and useful imtes for the occasion!

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