Cue Card Sample

A birthday celebration of yours that you remember - Cue Card # 817

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

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a birthday celebration of yours that you remember.

You should say:

  • how old you were then
  • how you celebrated this birthday
  • what you did

and explain why you remember celebrating this birthday.

[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.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]


Sample Answer 1:
Thank you for this wonderful topic that reminds me of a day that I really enjoyed and cherished. I'd like to talk about my 25th birthday celebration, which was a memorable one for me.

I turned 25 in the summer of 2022, and due to the pandemic restrictions, I couldn't plan a big celebration. However, I wanted to make it special, so I decided to celebrate it with my family and a few close friends.

We decided to go on a day trip to a nearby beach, which was a 2-hour drive from our city. It was a perfect day, and we all had a great time on the beach. We played games, went for a swim, and had a delicious picnic lunch. Later in the evening, we went to a nearby restaurant and had a lovely dinner. My parents bought a large cake that we shared among ourselves as well as a few staff members at the restaurant. We also took a lot of photos on our mobile phones. We had to follow the pandemic rules throughout the day. Despite the restriction, it was so wonderful to do all thing things.

The reason I remember this birthday celebration is that it was the first time in a long time that I was able to spend time with my loved ones after the lockdown. The pandemic had kept us apart for so long, and it felt great to be able to spend time with them and celebrate my special day. It was also a reminder that simple things in life, such as spending time with family and friends, can bring so much joy and happiness. It will always be a special birthday memory that I will cherish for a long.

Model Answer 2:
Whenever I get an opportunity to discuss any birthdays, I immediately go back to some of my unforgettable childhood memories when things were very amusing and interesting. But, I think that out of all those memories, my 12th birthday deserves special attention, and today, I will go ahead and do just that for this wonderful topic.

Back then, I was just a 12 years old boy and also was very excited to start high school, except that the school was located in a different city, and this had made my grandparents a bit sad. Apparently, they didn’t like their only grandson to live so far away from them for the next 5 years or so.  In fact, even my little sister didn’t like that idea, and it was in this kind of “emotional environment” that I celebrated my 12th birthday.

So, I had a gut feeling that something “special” was about to happen on that birthday, and I was proved right when I found that a gigantic cake was decorated nicely for me, and also a very nice mountain bike was handed to me – a mountain bike which I had always liked and wanted - from my loving grandparents as a gift. Needless to say, I was so excited to see that bike that I wanted to ride it immediately, but then I realized that I first needed to finish celebrating my birthday!

Anyway, as soon as we were done with that birthday wishing thing, we ate some delicious food. A little later, we also shared some funny pictures of ours with each other from my previous school to make that occasion even more special.

Soon after that, the ceremonial activities of that birthday were over, but its nice memory is still very much fresh in my mind, not only because my grandparents probably had spent some of their savings to buy me that expensive and gorgeous-looking bike for me, but also because this was when I realized once again how much family really mattered and how much my family really loved me.

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