Cue Card # 62: The nicest thing you have done for a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 62

Describe the nicest thing you have ever done for a child.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • who the child was
  • what you did for the child

and explain how you felt about it. 

[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:

I am not entirely sure that children really like me, even though I have played with them, and shared jokes with them from time to time. But, writing a “eulogy” to make them happy was perhaps the nicest thing I have ever done for a child.

The child was none other than the 5-year-old son of my cousin. He was a nice child who loved playing with his “newly-found” pet friend “Tummy”. He loved “Tummy”, a nice little cat, so much that he even refused to go outside sometimes to play with his friends. The 6-year-old boy had a very warm relationship with me, but sometimes, even I was just a “stranger” to him when he was in a mood to play with his cat. But, one day, about a few years ago, Tummy fell sick and lied down on the floor for the most part of the day. Seeing this, of course, my 6 years old nephew felt sad. The next day, we were “forced” to take the cat to a local “veterinarian”, who prescribed some special pet food for him and told us that the cat would feel better after 24 hours. But, unfortunately, the cat died after 12 hours, instead of getting better, which made the 6 years old cry, non-stop.

This made me also sad, when I came to see him the next morning and wanted to do something nice to make him feel better except, of course, I just didn’t know exactly what to do. Suddenly, I got an idea and decided to write a little nice “eulogy” for the cat, letting the boy know that the cat was in “heaven”, busy playing with other cats and enjoying a lot of nice food. Needless to say, the little boy stopped crying after that.

Seeing the boy stop crying after reading my nice “eulogy”, I felt like I was the happiest person on earth at that moment. I also felt for the first time that human emotion doesn’t only touch other fellow humans, but it also touches “animals” around them, seeing how the little boy felt for the little innocent cat.

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