IELTS Cue Card Sample 186 - Describe an occasion when someone visited your home

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

Describe an occasion when someone visited your home.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • what the occasion was
  • what you did for the occasion and the visitor

and explain how you felt about this.


Model Answer 1:
A few months ago, one of my maternal uncles visited our home (home of my family that is). The occasion, of course, one of the major religious festivals of my country, which we were about to celebrate together. Today, I would like to about that visit in as much details as possible.

My uncle, the most senior older brother of my mother, is very much like a “word traveller”. No, seriously, he travels to at least 2/3 new places every year, whether travelling some places in his home country or abroad except, of course, he doesn’t travel to those places for fun or pleasure. But, rather, he travels to those places because of running his business.

So, yes, it is fair to suggest that he is a successful businessman, and he has at least 6/7 big and small business portfolios. Anyway, my uncle has visited us before several times to spend a few hours with us here and there, but this time around, he had actually informed us in advance that he would spend at least two days with us in order to celebrate the religious festival. Needless to say, we just couldn’t wait when I heard that news. So, we, especially my mother, started to cook our favourite foods, as well as the dishes that my uncle really liked. We even bought some gifts, like clothes and shoes, for my uncle as best as we could, because, we knew that there would be lots of gifts, coming on our way, when he arrives at our home, and we also needed to reciprocate a little by offering some of our own gifts to him.
Anyway, when my uncle arrived, it was indeed a very happy occasion for all of us. In fact, those two days, which he spent with us, was precious for me and my siblings because he had shared some of his very fond memories with us when we all were little. Besides, the visit also allowed us to see the real kind and loving person in my uncle, who we thought only cared about making a profit.


Sample Answer 2:
We often have guests, visitors and relatives in our home and for a special occasion like a birthday party, several invited guests come to our home. 

One such occasion and special guest I remember came to our home 2-3 years back. He was a famous writer and came to our home on the occasion of my older sister’s marriage ceremony. He was known to the father of the bridegroom’s senior brother and a well-known figure in our city. His name is Mr Jonathon Durik (…say a name you like…) and when he arrived all of us recognised him. The marriage ceremony was a big program and almost 200 people attended the ceremony. We had to prepare for the program for about a week before the due date. This ceremony was arranged in our own house and we had been tremendously busy for the occasion. A marriage ceremony is a big arrangement and my parents were very busy as well as sad that my sister would be leaving our house after her marriage. This was a big event and there were lots of things to be done. I had been so busy and had to greet and serve so many guests that I had a hard time concentrating.

The bridegroom and their relatives arrived and we got even busier. They introduced the guests to us and one of them was Mr Durik. I greeted him and helped him sitting on a comfortable couch. I got busy with other stuff and came to the guests from time to time to look after if he needed anything. I asked what type of foods he would prefer to eat and took him to the dining place. I had a short conversation with him and I told him that I have read some of his books and those were good stories. He smiled and asked me if I have enjoyed a book called ‘Shadows and smiles’. I understood that he was trying to figure out if I have really read his books or just told so to convince him. I told him the reasons I liked that book and I found him smiling. In the evening, just before the time of the guest’s departure, I brought a book written by him and asked if he would be kind enough to give me an autograph. He signed it and wrote a complementary note on the book.

My feelings about the occasion of my sister’s marriage was a mixture of happiness and sadness. I was happy that she was getting married as well as sad that she would not be with us the way she had always been. About the writer’s visit to our house, I would say that was exciting. Meeting a famous person and having a conversation with him/ her is always exciting and I felt the same. I wish I had more times to talk to him as that would have let me talk more about his writings and books.


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