Cue Card Sample
Describe a story you heard in your childhood - Cue Card # 779
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a story you heard in your childhood.
You should say:
- what story it was
- when you heard it
- who told you the story
and explain why you still remember 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 have some great childhood memories of listening to some great stories. Today, I would like to share one of those stories which were shared with me during my elementary school years. I heard the story when I was only about 6 or 7 years old. By that age, I had already heard the same stories multiple times, which meant that I was hungry for some new stories.
My parents and grandparents also thought that I was already a grown-up kid, and therefore, I didn’t really need to listen to those fairytale stories any longer. Then one day, my eldest aunt shared a true story with me which I thought was not only interesting but also heartbreaking. This story was about a very special bond between a horse and its owner. Anyway, this is how the story went:-
The horse, which was raised and kept by his owner for almost 15 years, got lost one night from his owner’s place. But, the owner wasn’t aware of it until the next morning when he went to feed it. Naturally, the owner of the horse got very worried and sad as he failed to find his horse anywhere after searching for it for almost a week. At some points, the owner gave up on his hope of finding his horse again. Then, suddenly, after a couple of years, the horse had come back to his owner, waiting for his owner at the same place from where he was lost or probably stolen. When the owner came to see it, he found that the tears were coming out of the eyes of his favourite animal. Sadly, the horse died a couple of weeks after he found his owner.
Anyway, I still remember this story because it taught us that we should care for all kinds of animals because they also perhaps have just as much feelings as humans have. I still remember it, also because it was the first story, shared with me, which didn’t involve any fairytales or ugly and scary demons.
Model Answer 2:
When I was a child, my mother used to tell me different stories and one of the most memorable ones was the story of "The Ant and the Grasshopper." It's a classic fable about an ant who spends his summer gathering food while the lazy grasshopper spends his time singing and playing, only to be left hungry and cold in the winter when the food runs out.
I first heard this story when I was around six years old, and my mother told it to me before bedtime. She used to read to me every night, but this time, she decided to tell me a story from memory. I remember being fascinated by the story and how it had such a clear moral lesson.
My mother was the one who told me this story, and she did a great job of bringing it to life. She used different voices for the ant and the grasshopper, and she made the story very engaging with her storytelling skills. I think this helped me remember the story even after all these years.
I still remember this story also because it has a timeless message about the importance of hard work and planning for the future. Even as an adult, I can appreciate the lessons that this story teaches, and I think it's a great example of how fables can be used to teach moral values to children.