Describe a story you heard in your childhood - Cue Card # 779

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:

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 to find 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.

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