Describe something important that you lost - Cue Card # 827

[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 something important that you lost in the past.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • how you lost it
  • why it was important to you

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.]

[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?]

Model Answer:
When I was a young boy, I used to get admonished frequently by my mother for not keeping things in the right places or completely forgetting about them. And because of that habit, I even lost quite a few things, but luckily, most of those things were not that important – at least, not as important as “keys – which I lost about a couple of years ago.

Again, I lost “keys” which were attached to a nice-looking key ring.  Now, some people might be tempted to think that a key can’t really be an important item to lose, and they might very as well be right about that, but I didn’t lose just one key; rather I lost two keys that included my motorbike key and a key for my office room. Now, I am not too sure as to how exactly I lost that key ring, but I am assuming that I might have dropped it near a swimming pool when I went swimming there just one day earlier without my motorbike.

By the way, both keys were very important to me, obviously because I couldn’t start my motorbike without one of those keys, and without the other key, I wouldn’t be able to open my office! Even worse was that I lost those keys on a day when I was supposed to submit some important document to my company chairman. Of course, I could probably manage to travel to my office sooner or later, one way or another without my motorbike, but I just didn’t have a clue about how to collect those important documents from my office before attending a very important meeting with my company chairman.

So, it was quite a frustrating day, to say the least, for me since I lost that key chain. Besides, it wasn’t only frustrating, but also very embarrassing for me because I just didn’t know how I was going to explain the whole situation to him! After all, I didn’t want him to know how careless I really was as a responsible employee of his company!

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