Cue Card Sample

Describe something you would like to own in the future - Cue Card # 842

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 you don’t have now but would like to own in the future.

You should say:

  • what this thing is
  • how long you have wanted to own it
  • where you first saw it

and explain why you would like to own 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:

Well, this is an interesting topic to talk about primarily because it enables me to express one of my dreams. I think I would like to own many things in the future that I do not have now. But at this moment, the thing that I wish to have more than anything else is a "sports car".

What this thing is:
The car I want to own in the future has to be a sports car, and I would prefer to buy it from the BMW car brand. It would be a lightweight, two-door sports car with a powerful engine, rear-wheel drive and one of the latest models. 

How long you have wanted to own it:
I guess, I've been dreaming to own a car since my high school days. In our country, cars are expensive and only rich people can afford to buy and maintain them. When it comes to sports cars, they are even more expensive and have higher maintenance costs.

Where you first saw it:
I saw a sports car made by BMW many years ago when I was in grade 7. I was visiting one of my uncle's houses when this car passed me by at a busy intersection. It was so lustrous, gorgeous looking and charming that I wanted to have it right away. But I knew that I would have to earn it. 

And explain why you would like to own it:
I want to own it because, in my mind, owning a sports car would not only fulfil one of my long-desired dreams but also give me the freedom to travel to any place I like. It would be a status symbol and make me proud. I would like to own it also because I have a passion for driving a fast car, and only a sports car would give me the ultimate sensation of riding a really fast car. Finally, I want to own this sports car because I believe that it is one of the best cars that is feasible for me to buy one day if I try hard enough.

Sample Answer 2:

For this nice topic, I would like to talk about a house that I have always dreamed of owning in the future.

What this thing is:
The house that I have always wanted to own is a spacious and modern villa with a large garden. 

How long you have wanted to own it:
I have wanted to own this type of house for as long as I can remember. It has always been my dream to live in a beautiful villa with a big garden and plenty of space.

Where you first saw it:
I first saw a villa like this in a lifestyle magazine, which featured an article on luxurious villas around the world. Since then, I have always wanted to have a similar house of my own.

And explain why you would like to own it:
I would like to own a spacious villa with a large garden firstly because I love spending time in nature and being surrounded by greenery. A large garden would give me the opportunity to grow my own plants and vegetables and spend time outside with my family and friends. Secondly, a spacious villa would give me plenty of space to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Finally, I love modern architecture and design, and a villa would allow me to express my personal style and taste in a unique and luxurious way.

Part 3: Details Discussion.

Discussion topic: Owning things.

Q. What types of things do young people in your country most want to own today? Why is this?
Q. Why do some people feel they need to own things?
Q. Do you think that owning lots of things makes people happy? Why? 

Discussion topic: Salaries for skilled people.

Q. Do you think television and films can make people want to get new possessions? Why do they have this effect?
Q. Are there any benefits to society of people wanting to get new possessions? Why do you think this is? 
Q. Do you think people will consider that having lots of possessions is a sign of success in the future? Why? 

Please click IELTS Speaking Test - Sample 75 for the answer to these Part 3 questions.


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