IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 118
Describe something you own which is very important to you.
You should say:
- where you got it from
- how long you have had it
- what you use it for
and explain why it is so important to you.
[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 1:
I am not a very rich person, and as such, I don’t really own many things that should be considered as important by conventional wisdom in today’s world. Anyway, not being disheartened here as I will go ahead and talk about my bicycle, which I consider to be very important to me, even though, others might think otherwise.
I have had this bicycle for almost 3 years now, which was given to me as a gift by my grandfather when I was a final year university student. Before that, of course, I was riding another bicycle, but that was getting obsolete since my parents bought it a long, long time ago. Luckily, however, my grandfather was smart enough to understand my “poor” situation and decided to buy this bicycle for me as a gift.
Since then, I have treated it like my own little brother, which I never had, and held it very dear to my heart. In fact, since the day, I was given this beautiful bicycle to me, there hardly any day has gone by when I didn’t clean it or take care of it. By the way, my bicycle is manufactured by a famous company called “Fuji”, and its frame is painted in shiny black colour with some very light and thin yellow lines on it. The wheels and spokes are nicked-plated that shines brightly. The pedal, the steering handle and the two mudguards are made of aluminium and are polished like new. In fact, the mudguards look so shiny and polished that I can actually look myself in them when I am closed to my bicycle.
Anyway, this bicycle of mine is really important for me since I can take it so easily wherever I go without spending any money. Besides, when I ride it by a beautiful lake or some zigzag roads in a natural park, it helps me forget about my frustration. Finally, it is very important to me also because it helps me remain in good physical shape and fit without spending any extra money. I am so glad that I have this beautiful bike.
Model Answer 2:
Well, I don’t really possess many important things, which I could call my “own”, except a couple of old sound boxes, a bicycle, a wristwatch, a few books, and a laptop computer. But out of all these things, I would definitely put my laptop on top of the list of the most important things, and today I would like to talk about it here.
Now, to tell a little about this laptop of mine, I have had it for almost 2 years now, and it still looks very much in good shape and colour, unlike my last laptop which looked worn out after using it for only about a year. Of course, this is not to say that my last laptop was not as good as the one I currently have. But, the laptop, I currently own, is a bit luckier than my previous machine in the sense that I happen to take good care of it on a regular basis whether I am using it or not. Besides, when I bought this from my friend’s store – one of the biggest stores in my home town, might I add – he told me exactly how to take good care of a laptop which I didn’t know up and until that point.
Anyway, I use my laptop for preparing many official documents (for my job), creating excel sheets to keep track of my family expenses, browsing the internet, checking emails, or watching some videos or movies. Sometimes, I even take it to a local café to do some important official work, related to my job, while also enjoying a cup of coffee at the same time, on a weekend.
But, no matter whatever reasons I use it for, this laptop is very important to me, primarily because many of my important tasks, both personal and professional, would have been left undone without it, for sure. Besides, it also allows me to enjoy some quality time by myself and remain busy when I have nothing to do, or nobody is there to accompany me.