IELTS Cue Card Sample 208 - A greeting card you have received that was very special

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

Describe a greeting card you have received that was very special to you.

You should say:

  • who gave it to you
  • on what occasion you received it
  • what message/text was written on it

and explain why it was so special to you.


 

Model Answer 1:
I think that exchanging greeting cards is a great way to show our love and appreciation to our loved ones. Of course, I haven’t really received that many greeting cards in my life, which I would consider special, except the one which I had received from my little sister about 5 years ago.

I had just graduated from my university back then, after spending a long 5 years of study, at the expense of my parent’s money. However, none of my family members, including my parents, elder brothers and uncles, was very happy with me because my graduation results were not that great. So, it was a frustrating situation for me because most of my family members, except my little sister, thought that I had failed them with my poor university grades.

The situation became even more frustrating when I wasn’t receiving any good job offers. Of course, I kept trying even harder by learning about all the interview tricks to impress the interviewing managers, but the result was the same as I was still not getting any good job offers.  But, my little angel sister, who was only about 12 years old back then, kept encouraging me by assuring me that I had all the qualifications, skills and aptitudes to get a good job. And, she was proved out to be right because I got a good job soon after her reassurance after trying for almost a year. But, the best thing was yet to come from my sister as she gave me a very ordinary greeting card with a very extra-ordinary message that said: “I have always believed in your abilities and I will keep doing so as long as I am your sister”.

Anyway, I think, it was one of the most special messages, if not the most special one, I have ever received from anyone because it came to me at a time when I was very depressed and frustrated about my life and future. In fact, that little message from my little sister taught me that we should never give up our hope for what we want to achieve.


 

Sample Answer 2:
On different occasions like the birthday, Christmas/ Eid Day/ Puja, New Year and the academic success I have got many greeting cards from my friends, relatives and among them the one I received from my grandpa on my birthday was very special to me. On my 22nd birthday, my grandfather gave a precious gift and a birthday greeting card that I still have. Sadly my grandpa left the world after a few months of my 22nd birthday and this greeting card is the last memory I have regarding my grandfather. 

MY grandfather wrote a personal message on the greeting card and signed it. The message read “To my dearest grandson on his happy birthday. Live your full life with happiness and joy”. He wrote it inside the card and the handwriting was so excellent and lively that I still find it very hard to believe that he is no longer with us. 

This card is a special one to me as it was a precious gift that I got from my loving grandfather who is no longer with us. Whenever I look at this card and the message he wrote, I remember him and his happy and content face. This is why it is still a valuable possession I have. 

 

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:
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  3. Describe something you made by yourself.
  4. Describe a greeting card you bought for someone.
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