Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 146 - Describe a friend you had as a child/teenager

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

Describe a friend you had as a child/ teenager.

You should say:

  • when and how you first met this friend
  • what you liked to do together
  • what you two had in common

and explain why this friendship was important to you.


Model Answer 1:
I have been lucky to have many friends, especially, when I was growing up as a teenager as well as when became an adult. While I always cherish the friendship of all of those friends, who I met, I would like to mention specifically one of them who was a great friend of mine as a teenager.

His name was Mesbah Bhatia, and I met him for the first time during a friendly football match between two local teams in our locality when I was still a high school student about 10 years ago.

I think that his parents had just moved into our locality rather recently during that time, and he didn’t know too many people or friends to feel that he also belonged there. So, when we requested him to play for our team because one of our team members needed to leave the playground for some family reasons, he gladly agreed. Anyway, Mesbah was a friendly fellow, and later on, I also came to know that he was attending the same class as me, but he was going to a different high school. After playing a few football matches together, we soon became good friends with each other.

Since we both were the same age, we both pretty much liked and cared for the same things. For example, he liked to ride his bicycle and so did I. Mesbah even liked to eat the same type of grilled fish as me. Of course, there were some significant differences between us also. For example, he was afraid of water but I wasn’t. Anyway, we liked to do a lot of things together, but we probably enjoyed watching action movies and shopping together the most.

Well, this friendship was important to me as he would always encourage me to study harder. It was also important to me because I could trust him with anything. Finally, Mesbah was a helpful person, and he would never hesitate to help me with my homework, even when he was busy with his own.


Sample Answer 2:
Whenever I think about my childhood friends, I recall many of them who had been very close to me. One such friend, whom I would like to talk about, is Mark. He was a really good friend of mine. I met Mark when I was just 6 or 7 years old.

He was a kid from our neighbourhood, and I met him for the first time in our garden. His family lived next to our house. I was with my father in the garden and then suddenly Mark appeared there and asked me if I live there. This is how we first met, and then we spent almost 5-6 years together until his father was transferred to another state.

We did lots of things together and at that time, we were neighbours, classmates and good friends. We used to go to school together, played at our home, read and sometimes went to picnic together. We had many things in common; both of us like playing video games, reading stories, running in the field, collecting stamps, watching cartoons and animated movies. Somehow, I felt at that time that we have a similar taste of foods, clothing and views on different issues.

At that moment, this friendship was very important to me. We were like brothers and best friends. We had so many common interests and we enjoyed playing, studying and doing other stuff together. He was the only neighbouring kid who could easily spend time with me with the consent of my parents. My parents and Marks parents were like family friends and that's why we got the chance to spend so much time together. This friendship is particularly important to me because I have lots of happy memories related to my childhood and had become an unrepeatable part of it.


Similar Cue Card Topics

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3.    Describe a friend who spent a lot of time with you in your childhood.
4.    Describe a friend whom you liked to play together.
5.    Describe your favourite friend.
6.    Describe a classmate you had.
7.    Describe a friend you remember from your childhood.
8.    Describe someone you know from your childhood.

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