IELTS Cue Card Sample 160 - Describe a hobby you had in your childhood

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

Describe a hobby you had in your childhood.

You should say:

  • what hobby it was
  • how you adopted this hobby
  • why you liked doing this

and explain why you no longer have this hobby.


Model Answer 1:
This is such a tough topic for me because, frankly speaking, I was more of a “homely” child who didn’t exactly like to get out of his home except for just going to school. In other words, I didn’t really have many hobbies, which required me to go outside of the home, other than watching cartoons. Then again, watching cartoon itself can also be considered as a hobby. Isn’t it?

Not sure, why exactly I adopted this hobby, but I guess that it must have something to do with the cat that I raised as my pet. So, when I first saw “Tom and Jerry” (the famous Disney land cartoon) and found out that the cat named “Tom” was getting into trouble just like my little pet cat, I became hooked to it. After that, of course, I have seen many, many other cartoons, but I never found them as funny as “Tom and Jerry”.  

But that didn’t stop me from watching those cartoons during my childhood because they always stimulated my mind and brain to draw some sort of parallel between a real world, in which we live, and the imaginary world, in which the cartoon characters live, only to find out, of course, that the world, in which we live, is not as rosy and nice as they try to portray in cartoons. I adopted this hobby also because my parents didn’t really want me to go out too much, lest I would get influenced by bad company or social elements. So, I guess that I didn’t have any other option except to keep liking watching the cartoons because it at least kept my parents happy while I also kept getting my favourite chips and the toys for my pet cat.    

Anyway, watching cartoon is not my hobby anymore because, for better or worse, I have grown much older to figure out that even though, cartoons can make us laugh, they don’t do anything to solve our real-world problems. Besides, now I have found much better hobbies to try and they are way more interesting than “Tom and Jerry”.


Sample Answer 2:
In different stages of childhood and teenage time, different things attracted me and some of the hobbies I had then are no longer present in me. One such hobby of my childhood was collecting stamps. 

I was a student of grade 4 when I first found that interesting hobby. I noticed that one of my classmates has a good collection of stamps and they were catalogued based on countries in his stamp book. The idea of collecting stamp impressed me and I thought to start collecting the stamps as well. 
When I start collecting stamps I had no particular reason for doing so but the idea of collecting stamps and having a good collection seemed an appealing idea to me. But later I found that it is a good hobby that helped me knowing many different cultures, persons, occasions and custom of my country and foreign countries as well. For instance, after a found a stamp of the USA that had the Statue of Liberty printed on it, I asked my teacher about it and he explained the details information of it. In another occasion, I came to know about Alfred Nobel, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Vasko da Gama etc. from the stamps I had. The stamps also have many historical events or cultural events printed on them and I learned about them as well. Some of the stamps were from countries that I never knew about and thus the stamp collection habit helped me enhance my knowledge. Apart from that, I found that kids who collect stamps have common interests and thus become close to others. One such friend of mine was David whom I would have never met unless I had this hobby in my childhood. In my childhood, I liked this hobby mostly from pure passion & excitement and the opportunity to know about different events, famous persons and events of history. 
I am not exactly sure how I abandoned this hobby later on when I grew up but my best possible guess would be - because of my involvement in other stuff, interest in other things and business in school and study. I remember I had the stamp collecting hobby till I was in grade 8 and later on I got busy in my study, grown interest in computer technology, start playing outdoor games and developed the habit of reading storybooks and novels. 
The stamp book I had in my school has been kept in a safe place by my mother and who knows someday I will give it to my son/ daughter and s/he would start collecting more stamps. 


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 something you enjoyed doing in your childhood.
  2. Describe a hobby you had.
  3. Describe an interesting activity you had in your childhood.
  4. Describe a habit or hobby you had in your teenage.
  5. Describe an activity you once had.
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