IELTS Cue Card Sample 158 - Describe a story that people in your country know well

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

Describe a story that people in your country know well.

You should say:

  • what the story is
  • who told you the story
  • why you remember that story

and explain why this is a well-known story in your country.


Model Answer 1:
If I remember it correctly, I heard many, many stories, which were/are well-known in my country for a long period of time, from my grandparents and the other elderly people around me.  Needless to say, I liked all those stories because virtually all of them had the elements of surprise, drama and suspense one way or another. Here is just one such story which was shared with me by my maternal grandmother, when I was a little child.

The story is entitled as “Mansamangal” (the virtue of Mansa, a Hindu Goddess) which was written to attribute glory and honour to Manasa, a Hindu goddess of snakes. However, it has become renowned for the love story between Behula (the wife) and Lakhindar (her husband).

The epic story goes on to tell how the father of Lakhindar upsets the goddess Manasa by refusing to worship her. She then becomes very angry and bites Lakhindar on his wedding night in order to exact her revenge. Because of the deadly bite, Lakhindar dies, but Behula (the wife) just refuses to give up on her husband and takes his lifeless body on a boat and sails off. After appeasing the goddess of snakes and asking for forgiveness from her, Lakhindar is eventually brought back to life again. Behula is often said to represent the essence of Bengali women from the Indian subcontinent, who never fail to demonstrate their extreme courage and love for their husbands.  

By the way, I remember the story because every time, I used to behave like an unruly boy or didn’t want to go to bed, my grandmother used to remind me about the bad snakes to force me to go to bed.

Anyway, this story is well-known in my country, mainly because it carries some religious connotation. It is also well-known because a very significant number of people in our part of the world still believe in all sorts of superstitions. Finally, this has remained a very well-known story in my country because such stories tell us a lot about inhabitants of the past such as their principles, customs and reasoning on matters.


Model Answer 2: 
Some of the Aesop's Fables are very well-known in our country and many people tell these stories without even knowing the origin of those stories. Some of the stories have been a little bit modified with the context and people of our country and some of them remain intact. We have even read some of Aesop’ stories in our textbook and almost all of the citizens of our country know those stories. 

One such well-known story from Aesop is the story of ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’ that people often tell others as a piece of advice and to the child to entertain and advise them. I heard this story from my grandfather for the first time and it was almost 20 years ago. Later on, I read this story in my textbook in grade 4. 

That was an interesting story that has a good moral and lesson. The storytelling of my grandfather was amazing and he made this story much more appealing and as I have read it in my textbook, I still remember this story. The story starts with a hare and a tortoise. The hare often made fun of the tortoise for being very slow and mocked him all the time. The hare mocked the tortoise if he ever reaches to any place at all with this unbelievably slow speed. A competition was arranged they both started their race when all other animals of the jungle were present to witness this. The hare started to run and soon was out of sight while the tortoise started walking very slowly. After a while, the hare felt it ridiculous to run with a tortoise and decided to take a nap until the tortoise could be seen nearby. The tortoise meanwhile kept going with a slow by the steady pace and after a while passed the place where the hare was in deep sleep. The hare slept peacefully and when he woke up, the tortoise had almost reached the finish line. The hare then ran very swiftly with his best effort but could not overtake the tortoise in time. Thus the tortoise won the race with his steadiness and determination even after being slow. 

The story was a great example of teaching children the importance of steadiness and determination and thus has become a very popular story in our country. We often use this story to teach others that do not boast on your ability, the race is not always to the swift, do not make fun of others even if you are superior to him, so not underestimate the ability of others, be persistent on something you do and do not waste time idly when you have a task to finish. Thus this story has become a popular story that bears many morals and lessons.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a story you know well.

  2. Describe a bedtime story you have heard.

  3. Describe a real story that inspired you.

  4. Describe a story you heard from one of your relatives.

  5. Describe a story you read in your childhood.

  6. Describe a popular story in your country.

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