Describe Something You Did That Was New or Exciting – IELTS Cue Card Sample 70
Describe Something You Did That Was New or Exciting
You should say
- What did you do?
- When and where you did do it?
- Who did you do it with?
- And explain why you think it was exciting.
Sample Answer 1
Post our degree completion, the hoard to discover a well-paying job led to boringness all around. Thus, to circumvent monotony and tediousness in life, I planned a trekking trip with my college friends to Himachal Pradesh.
All of this happened in the mid of the last December. To tell you the truth, the last quarter of the year is always somewhat pressurizing. With a new year around the corner, the gravity of choosing a perfect career deepens, leading to more pressure than usual. So, Himachal Pradesh being one of the best places for trekking in India, I put forth this idea to my friends, and they ecstatically agreed to it.
When we commenced our journey, we were four boys. However, the moment we entered the Himachal Pradesh’s territory, we stumbled upon a group of adventurers. They were 15 in total, and we joined them without a second thought.
Himachal Pradesh is one such state that features the world’s tallest and youngest mountain ranges. All of them are breathtakingly guarding the Himalayas. This state is bestowed with an array of enthralling treks that offer every element of thrill and excitement. The hikes took us through shimmering rivers, meandering streams, and a mixed dense forest of pine, silver oak, deodar, and birch. On this trip, we completed Hampta Pass Trek, Kheerganga Trek, Beas Kund Trek, and Chanderkhani Pass Trek – all of which were mesmerizing.
Sample Answer 2
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In all seriousness, between school and the office where I am working as an intern, I barely have time for entertainment. When I do, however, I take it seriously. Once or twice, I manage to get out of the city and indulged myself in secluded areas where Internet service and its distracting minions like social media and advertising emails cease to exist. My latest sweet escape was my trip to Binh Ba island last summer.
Binh Ba was one of the four deserted, yet beautiful islands located in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam due to little exposure to tourism. This, however, would change drastically within the next few years since Binh Ba had been drawing lots of attention thanks to positive feedback from those who had wandered there. I went to Binh Ba alone just to take a break from the fast-paced city life and to have time to contemplate myself, which I rarely did with people around. It had been an intriguing 2-day journey full of surprises. That was the first time I traveled alone, my first time riding on a speedboat, my first time scuba diving, and my first time having dinner with a life jacket on my back and crystal clear water as my dining room. Additionally, the seafood here was a bomb that came in different kinds and varieties. People I met during my stay at a villager’s house were ultra-friendly and helpful, both locals and visitors who shared their stories as though you were their long-lost friend stopping by to catch up. And there was nothing better than enjoying great company over a nice meal and bonfire.
Binh Ba left an unforgettable impression on me where I learned to appreciate precious moments with those I cared about and be grateful for whatever life had to offer. Life is tough but it would be lifeless without its toughness.
In all seriousness: very serious
Eg: In all seriousness, I don’t take it well when people give rude comments without a sound reason.
Barely; rarely: almost not
Eg: Jim barely knows anyone when first moving to the new city.
Cease (+to): bring to an end:
Eg: Those talented artists never ceased to amaze the world with their masterpieces.
Take something/ someone seriously: regard someone or something as important and worthy of attention
Eg: Nowadays, people are taking environmental issues more and more seriously.
Manage to do something: succeed in doing something, especially something difficult
Eg: Alex managed to close the deal with XYZ company after several times rejections.
Indulge in: allow yourself to have or do something that you like, especially something that is considered bad for you
Eg: She got herself indulged in some serious unhealthy diet after her latest breakup.
Secluded; deserted: quiet and private; not used or disturbed by other people
Eg: That secluded island is suitable for those who need to get away from a busy life in a big city.
(Little) exposure to: the state of being in a place or situation where there is no protection from something harmful or unpleasant
Eg: Local tribes in that mountainous area have little exposure to civilization.
Drastically (adv): extremely
Eg: The weather has changed drastically within the last few years.
Draw someone’s attention: attract someone to notice
Eg: Ally’s amazing transformation has finally drawn Tim’s attention, whom she always has had a huge crush on forever.
(Positive/ constructive/ negative) feedback: advice, criticism, or information about how good or useful something or somebody’s work is
Eg: I usually receive constructive feedback from my boss about how to improve my work or productivity, which I find very appreciative.
Take a break (from): to rest or cease temporarily from something
Eg: He took a break after 4 consecutive hours of working on the project.
Contemplate: to think deeply about something for a long time
Eg: Everyone should have some time to contemplate and reflect on themselves once in a while to truly understand who they are as a person.
Long-lost friend: a friend you haven’t met for a long time
Eg: She is my long-lost cousin whom I haven’t seen for ages.
Good/ great company: someone who people enjoy spending time with
Eg: Nick was a great company when we met during my trip to Sapa last year.
Unforgettable impression: a feeling/ opinion one gets which is hard to forget
Eg: She left an unforgettable impression on me at the party last night.