Cue Card # 207: Describe a time when you helped your friend

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 207

Describe a time when you helped your friend.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • why you helped this friend
  • how you helped this friend

and explain how you felt about helping this friend.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

People say that “What do we need a friend for if he or she doesn’t come to any help?” Well, I also happen to agree with such sentiment wholeheartedly, and that’s exactly why I also try my best to help out my friends whenever I can, just like I did about a few months ago.

But, interestingly enough though, the friend, I helped, didn’t really ask for any help from me. But, somehow I came to figure that he could probably use my help in storing some of his very expensive furniture.

By the way, he was trying to sell out those very fine pieces of expensive furniture because he was about to leave his small flat in order to go abroad and receive some short-term job training, arranged by his company. He could have certainly chosen to keep those pieces of furniture at a nearby furniture storage facility but that wouldn’t only be a bit too costly for him but also it would probably damage them as well in the long run. On the other hand, he couldn’t carry them to his parent’s house because they were living too far away for him. So, the best option for him was to sell them at a fair price.

Luckily, I had an empty space near my car garage, so I asked him if he was willing to keep them in my empty space. I even offered my help to assist him in packing the furniture with him, after assuring him that I would also clean them from time to time to maintain their original shine and look. And I did all this because I just didn’t like to see those gorgeous pieces of furniture being sold at such a low price and lose his hard-earned money.

In the end, I felt really good about helping that friend of mine in saving some of his belongings that he loved so dearly. I also felt a bit proud of myself because I was able to identify the needs of my good friend at the right time and then offer my help accordingly even though he never really sought that help from my end.

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