Describe a Time When You First Talked in a Foreign Language: IELTS Cue Card Sample 45
Describe a Time When You First Talked in a Foreign Language
You should say:
- what the situation was
- where you were who you communicated with
- and explain why you used a foreign language to communicate on this occasion
Sample Answer 1
Generally, I am comfortable speaking in my native language, and I use it while conversing with my family and local friends. However, I have an extensive group of friends based in diverse countries. Primarily, I talk with my international friends in English. However, I have a few acquaintances who reside in France as well. Hence, they continue helping me with sharpening my French language.
One such incident I would like to share here is when I conversed with a Paris local in the French language. Last year, I was inclined to enrol in a culinary and baking course. Upon searching thoroughly, I found one of the best culinary courses in French.
Being in India, I sought assistance from my French friends. I spoke to them and shared my interest and requested to arrange a Skype video call with the primary tutor of this course to gain helpful information and plan my visit accordingly.
The call was arranged the next day. Unfortunately, the tutor had a tight hand in English; thus, I had to communicate with him in French. I was a bit anxious regarding whether he would understand me or not. But to my surprise, the communication went smoothly, and I got all of my doubts and issues cleared with ease.
Sample Answer 2
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I have been learning English for a long time, but I haven’t had many chances to practice speaking English with native speakers. To the best of my recollection, the first time I used it was on Christmas Eve three years ago.
At that time, I was hanging out with my friends. Suddenly, a foreigner came up to me and asked for directions to a supermarket. Honestly, he spoke too quickly for me to catch everything. But after he repeated his words, I finally understood and showed him the way to the nearest supermarket. I used body language a lot to explain the directions to him, since I didn’t speak English well then. After that, he said “Thank you” to me and headed for the supermarket. I realize that English plays an important role in our life, despite the fact that we don’t live in English-speaking countries. It is spoken globally and it’s becoming the dominant language. Therefore, I have been trying to practice speaking English daily, so that I can have a good command over the language, and I can confidently hold conversations with foreigners, no matter the topic of conversation.
- To the best of my recollection: If I remember correctly.
Eg: I was not present at that meeting, to the best of my recollection.
- Hanging out: Spending a lot of time in a particular place, but doing no special activity.
Eg: My friends and I enjoy hanging out at our local coffee shop, just chatting and enjoying a coffee.
- Came up to: Approached.
Eg: The manager came up to me and shook my hand.
- Catch everything: Hear or understand everything that he said.
Eg: At the train station it was too noisy to hear all the information clearly, and I was unable to catch everything.
- Body language: The way that you show what you feel or think by moving your body.
Eg: Sometimes, our teacher uses body language, not words, to help to communicate an idea.
- Headed for: Moved in a particular direction.
Eg: After the show finished, everyone headed for the exits.
- Have a good command of: Have a good knowledge of something.
Eg: People who apply for this job must have a good command of English, in order to communicate with our American customers