Cue Card Sample

Describe a thing you cannot live without - Cue Card # 790

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

Describe a thing you cannot live without.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how long you have it
  • what you use it for

and explain why you think you can not live without 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:

Well, I had never really thought that a particular “thing” is a “must” thing in our lives and that we just can’t live without it. Well anyway, not really sure about the others, but as for me, I have to have a TV at my home, and I just can’t seem to think of living without it.

Now, I am not sure when my family exactly had bought a TV for the first time, but I have been seeing it, sitting on a fancy desk in our living room, since the time I started to understand the things around me. Now, it could be a matter of debate as to from what age, kids start to develop their understanding of their world, but I am assuming that it can start as early as 3 years. In other words, we can safely guess that we have had this thing at home for at least 30 years since I am almost 30 years old now. 

Of course, within this long time, I have seen my parents buying new TV several times in order to replace the old ones, but the most important thing is that we never had to live even a single day without a TV in the last 30 years or so. And not only that, but also, I can’t seem to remember a day when I didn’t sit in front of our TV and didn’t watch a movie, drama serial, news, and other types of entertaining and educational programmes on it unless I am too busy or lying down flat on my bed because of some serious illness. 

So, I guess, it is fair to say that I can’t really live without this thing called “TV” since it has accompanied me through thick and thin whether I am happy or sad. I can’t live without it, also because it is continuously teaching me something about life while also creating a much-needed awareness of the environments and cultures around me- at the same time like a good teacher.

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