Cue Card Sample

Describe something important that you lost - Cue Card # 827

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 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 1:
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!

Sample Answer 2:

Losing something important can be a frustrating experience. It could be anything, from a valuable item to a sentimental object that holds a significant meaning in our lives. For this topic, I am going to talk about something important that I lost in the past.

What it was:
It was a silver locket that belonged to my grandmother. The locket was passed down to me by my mother on my 18th birthday. The locket was a family heirloom that has been in our family for generations. It was a simple yet elegant piece of jewellery that had a lot of sentimental value attached to it.

How you lost it:
I had been wearing the locket every day since I received it. One day, while I was walking home from college, I noticed that the locket was missing from my neck. I frantically searched for it, but it was nowhere to be found. I had no idea when or where I had lost it.

Why it was important to you:
The locket was important to me because it was a family heirloom that had been passed down through generations. It had a lot of sentimental value attached to it, and it was a constant reminder of my grandmother who had passed away a few years ago. Losing the locket felt like losing a part of my family history.

And explain how you felt about it:
Losing the locket was a devastating experience for me. I felt sad and frustrated that I had lost something that was so important to me. I felt like I had let down my family by losing such a valuable family heirloom. It was a painful experience, but it also taught me the importance of taking care of the things that are important to us.

Model Answer 3:

Our smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, and losing one can be a major inconvenience. I am going to talk about the time I lost my smartphone, which was an important device for me. Before I share this experience with you, I'd like to thank you for this nice topic.

My smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy S9 that I had bought just a few months ago. It was my first high-end smartphone, and I loved its sleek design, advanced features, and excellent camera.

One day, I was in a hurry to leave for work, and I forgot to pick up my phone from the coffee table. By the time I realized it, I had already reached my office, and it was too late to go back and get it. I tried calling it from my colleague's phone, but it was on silent mode, and I couldn't locate it using the Find My Device app.

My smartphone was not just a device for making calls and sending messages, but it was my primary source of entertainment, communication, and productivity. I used it to take photos, listen to music, browse the internet, and stay connected with my friends and family. Losing it meant losing access to all these essential features.

I felt a mix of emotions when I lost my smartphone. I was frustrated with myself for being careless and losing such an important device. I was also anxious about losing all my data, photos, and contacts stored in it. Moreover, I felt disconnected and isolated without my phone, which had become a constant companion in my daily life. It took me a few days to come to terms with the loss and get a new phone, but the experience taught me to be more careful and responsible with my belongings.

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