IELTS Cue Card Sample 185 - Old object which your family has kept for a long time

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

Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time.

You should say:

  • what the object is
  • where your family got it from
  • how long it has been in your family

and explain why your family has kept this old object for a long time.


Model Answer 1:
There usually are so many objects in a household that we use for different purposes. Of course, not all of these objects are equally valued by us because some of them become old and worn out while the others look still new and decent. But, then, there are some objects in our households which we use for a long time but they still look very nice. Today, I would like to talk about one such object which my family has used and kept for a long time.

The object, which my family has kept for a long time, is a dining table. I have seen so many objects being replaced by newer items in my family for the last 15 years or so, but the dining table is still declaring its presence at our dining space aloud. Of course, the dining chairs around it have been changed on numerous occasions, but the dining table is still there.

This is a round-shape dining table which is made of “mahogany” wood. By the way, I must admit that this is one of the best mahogany wood tables I have ever seen. In fact, the wood of this particular table seems to be so seasoned and solid that I can hardly see any scratch on it, even after using it for almost 15 years. Of course, some regular painting works on this table, which was made at the shop of a local carpenter in my home town, have also helped it to remain smooth and in good shape for such a long time.

Anyway, we all like the dining table, and it probably will remain in our dining space for another 210 years because it has some emotional value attached to it. In fact, my parents have kept this table for such a long time because it was made from the wood of a tree, which was planted by my paternal grandfather about 60 years ago. So, again, it is some emotional stuff. Besides, I think that my family has kept it for such a long time also because it still looks nice and decent after using for so many years.


Sample Answer 2:
Some of the books which once owned and used by my grandfather are still kept with care in our house. My grandfather was a doctor and he kept his medical books and reference books with him. When he died, I was a 5 years old kid and can hardly remember things about him. But I heard that he was a great person and a first-class doctor. Everyone in our locality revered him and respected him very much. After his death, my father took one of his used tables, an armchair, and a big portrait of my grand-grandfather and some of my grandfather’s books as the remembrance of his memory. Among those things my grandfather’s medical books survived and are still reserved in our bookshelf.

These books would be more than 70-80 years old and we have those books on our shelf for the last 20 years. The caretakers sometimes bring out those books and clean those and finally put them on the shelf again. These books are mainly the academic books of my grandfather's medical college and some of the reference books for his practice as a doctor. I once opened some of the books when I was a school boy and found almost everything very obscure. Basically, they are medical science-related terms and that's why seemed jargon to me.

My family has kept these books as the souvenir of my grandfather's memory. My father was very beloved by my grandfather and I am sure he esteemed my grandfather very much. These books are the only tangible belongings my father has which were used by my grandfather and conveys my grandfather's reminiscences. Though these books do not have their material values, they are priceless to our family and remind us of the precious memory of our grandfather.


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