Describe an exciting experience in your life – IELTS Speaking Cue Card Sample 69
In the IELTS Speaking section, one of the most common question types is the Cue Card Speaking prompt. The IELTS Cue Card topics will prompt you to formulate a response and speak on the given topic. To attempt this question, you must narrow down the essential questions on the given topic to answer within the given time. Consider the sample Cue Card below. Study the types of questions that have been formulated based on the cue card and how to go about with your response.
Describe an exciting experience in your life
You should say:
- What it was?
- when it was?
- Why did it happen?
- And explain why it was the best experience.
Sample Answer 1
I live to experience life from a distinct perspective, be it through traveling or spending hours with an elder, listening to their stories. So, talking about my latest exciting experience, it would undeniably be my last trip.
So, last month, a friend came to visit from Bangalore. Although she intended to spend some time with me, I, on the other hand, had different plans altogether. Since my friend and I share the same interest in traveling, I planned a trip to Delhi with her.
Since 2020, I hardly got a chance to get out of my house, just like millions of other people. Considering that covid-19 cases began declining in my area, I made the most of this opportunity and planned a week-long trip.
One of the reasons why this was the best experience of my life so far was because this was my first trip with a friend. So far, I have only traveled with my family. But, this time, I experienced life and came across the world on my own. Right from booking hotels to deciding upon transportation, my friend and I did everything independently.
In the end, I received utmost satisfaction from this trip. And, no doubt, in the future, I will plan a lot of solo trips as well.
Sample Answer 2
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It was almost 8 years since I competed in an English Speaking Contest, standing on a big stage in front of a hundred-strong crowd to deliver one of the best speeches I’ve ever given with the support of my friends. That was something you can never forget in your whole life and the most magnificent moment, bar none, of my high school highlights.
Never did it cross my mind that one day I would be on stage talking about the thing I treasured most in my life – my family and friends or just be qualified enough to represent the entire school competing in such competition. If it hadn’t been for my English teacher’s constant encouragement, I wouldn’t have participated in the contest in the first place. Students were free to choose their topics and were asked to present them in front of a panel of judges and an audience. It sounded intimidating for so many reasons, but I had managed to subdue my anxiety and learned to believe in myself. Preparation for D-day was tough for everyone, both emotionally and physically. We kept practicing nonstop for 4 hours straight, every single day; me trying to perfect my pronunciation and acquire that American accent, my friends singing their heart out Miley Cyrus’s song “True Friend” since we wanted to kick our performance up the notch by featuring some musical element. Our hard work had finally paid off with us bringing home the Champion Cup as well as the Best Performance Award. It brought me to tears as I realized at that moment it wouldn’t have mattered if we hadn’t won because we already won when we got over ourselves, stepped out of our comfort zone, and kept going till the end. That was our true victory. Until now, the lesson I’ve learned 8 years ago still has its own value and will always be there to remind me of those good old days.
- Deliver a speech: give a speech
Eg: The Vice President delivered a speech on Republic Day.
- Magnificent (a): extremely attractive and impressive
Eg: Burj Khalifa is a magnificent piece of architecture.
- Bar none: with no exceptions
Eg: Amitabh Bachchan is the most talented actor, Bar none.
- Cross one’s mind: to come into your thoughts as a possibility
Eg: The idea of adopting a pet never crossed my mind.
- Represent (v): act or speak officially for somebody
Eg: Saina Nehwal represented India in the Olympics.
- In the first place: in the beginning
Eg: We should have never gone to Delhi in the first place.
- A panel of judges: a group of persons selected to act as a team to judge a contest
Eg: Rose was one among the panel of judges to shortlist the winners.
- Intimidating (a): frightening in a way that makes a person feel less confident
Eg: Meera can be very intimidating when she’s angry.
- Subdue(v): calm or control your feelings
Eg: When John was not shortlisted for the post of HR, he subdued himself.
- Sing one’s heart out: to sing with vigor or intensity
Eg: On her wedding day, Rose sang her heart out and thanked her parents for everything.
- Kick something up the notch: to do something with vigor or intensity
Eg: Mary was late for the office. So she asked the driver to kick his speed up a notch.
- Pay off: yield good results, succeed
Eg: John’s hard work paid off when he got an immense profit in his business.
- Bring someone to tears: to bring someone to the point of crying
Eg: During the graduation ceremony, the speech by the dean moved everyone to tears.
- Step out of your comfort zone: do things that you
Eg: If he wants to be successful, he must step out of his comfort zone and start working hard.