IELTS Cue Card Sample 39 - Describe a thing which is important to you

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

Describe a thing that you possess and which is important to you.

You should say:

  • what is it and who gave it to you
  • what is the speciality of it
  • would you ever give it to someone else

and explain why it is important to you.


Model Answer 1:
I don’t really have that many important things, which I possess, except for my wristwatch, smartphone, laptop and camera. While all of those things are important to me in one way or another, I would choose my camera to talk about here today.

It is a digital camera. One of my elder cousins gave it to me as a gift about 5 years ago, when he visited abroad.  It is a compact, 8 Mega Pixel Camera which is about 6 inches in length and 4 inches in width. Having a beautiful silver colour, this camera has a picture resolution of 3264 x 2448. It also has a Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor. Unlike old-style film cameras, my digital camera can capture and record images of any kinds of objects around us, using digital technology. In other words, they store photographs not as patterns of darkness and light, but as long strings of numbers.

This camera has a perfect size zoom lens and carries a memory card as well as batteries in it. This is a light-weight camera which also happens to be water-proof and rather strong. Anyway, I love my camera because I can carry it anywhere I go, so I guess that I wouldn’t really be too much interested to hand it over to somebody else unless there is a very valid reason to do so. After all, I take care of my camera as a little brother, and I don’t think that others would do the same.

Anyway, this camera is an important thing for me because I have a habit of taking a lot of pictures of wherever I go.  And, since this camera has many advantages, like it gives me instant photographs, allows me to edit them at will, and makes it easier for me to share photographs using cell phones (mobile phones), emails, and web sites, it has become like an “automatic” partner for me wherever I travel. Besides, its “video recording” option allows me to record any kind of happy and fun event, like wedding, birthday parties or hanging out with friends.


Sample Answer 2:
My cell phone is very important to me as it helps me communicate with my friends, family members, teachers and gets me connected with the people I care. I use the internet on my cell phone, check my emails, update my blog, track the statistics of my website, send and receive SMS, play games, listen to music, take pictures and then share on my Facebook and Twitter profiles. Besides these I do lots of other things in my cell phone including using important apps, reading e-books, using it as a modem to use the internet on my PC etc. My father gave me the money to buy a cell phone and I bought the HTC desire X cell phone from an authorised seller. So my father actually gave the mobile phone to me.

This smartphone has a versatile usage and is very special to me. I spent significant time with this device and some of them are very positive for me like updating my blog and reading e-books. This is a small device with approximately 6.5 x 4 inches dimension but it is a powerful tool and the internet connection in it makes it even more powerful. The first and foremost speciality of this device is that it lets me get connected with my family members and friends. Second, it is an amusement and recreational device that lets me play games and listen to music. Third, I can update my social networking profiles and get updates from my friend right from my cell phone. I had to go to a cybercafe to check an email or to send one before I purchased this smartphone. Now I have this handy device that I can easily use to connect to the internet. Since this is an android OS device I can download many application and tutorials and learn new things. Sometimes I take photos and then share it with my friends. Communication has become so easy and convenient with the help of this cell phone.

Yes, if needed I can give this device to someone who I care about but I will then have to own another one. It's not like I will give this cell phone to someone and then would stop using any cell phone or switch to an ordinary phone. What I mean is, I can give this particular phone to someone but can't stop using a Smartphone. Technological advantages have made things easier especially communication and my cell phone is an important device to me.


Tips for answering this Cue Card Topic:

This cue card question asks you to talk about something you possess and which is useful to you. Since the question implies that it is a tangible thing you should not talk about something you can't touch like your painting habit, your music lessons, some advice you got from someone etc. You can talk about one of the following devices or things that you have and important to you:  

  • Your cell phone.
  • Your laptop or computer.
  • A gift you got from someone.
  • Your certificate.
  • A famous book or CD.
  • Your pager or land phone.
  • Your gaming device
  • Your exercise instruments.
  • One of your household appliance.
  • Your notebook.
  • A car you own.
  • A motorbike you have.
  • A greeting card/ letter you got.
  • A musical or sports instrument. etc.

You should talk about the thing, how you use it, how it is helpful to you and if you would give it someone or not.

Mention some of the points regarding this thing mentioned bellow:

1. This was a special gift from a family member or from a friend.
2. You use it daily and you will have a difficult time if you lose it.
3. You become depended on it and it helps you to communicate with others/ help you enhance your knowledge.
4. It helps you to do exercise and thus helps you keep your body and mind fit.
5. You learn something using it.
6. It has some good memory related to someone and thus it is important to you.
7. This is a valuable possession and you do not want to lose it.
8. You would give to someone who you really care and s/he needs that more than you do.
9. You would not give to someone random because it is very useful to you.


Some similar cue card topics you can also answer if you prepare for this cue card topic:

1. Describe a gift which is very useful to you.
2. Talk about a possession you have and you do not want to lose.
3. Describe something you use often.
4. Talk about a useful electronic device you have.
5. Describe a household appliance you own.


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