Describe a childhood memory you have – IELTS Cue Card
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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 a childhood memory you have
You should say:
- What was the memory?
- Describe the memory?
- What are the effects of that childhood memory?
Sample Answer 1
Memories tend to become hazy and difficult to recollect as we grow older. It is tough to remember all the intricate details of your childhood and school life after a certain age. However, certain moments and experiences in our lives tend to linger on for many years. The nature of these memories can be happy, exciting, and sometimes even traumatic. One such memory that is etched in my mind for eternity is when I almost slipped and fell on the railway tracks.
This incident happened during my early teenage years when I traveled on trains quite a lot. I was around 14 or 15 years old, and I used to take cricket coaching lessons at a cricket club in the central part of my city. The club was far away from my residence, and I had to take a local train to the club. My grandmother used to accompany me on these weekly trips. One such day, she came to pick me up from cricket practice. After my training session, I walked back with my grandmother to the railway station, which was within walking distance of the cricket club. After we reached the station, my grandmother took a seat, and I went head playing on the platform. After going some distance ahead, I noticed that a train was approaching the station. In a sudden frenzy, I ran toward my grandmother in fear of missing the train. As I paced through the empty platform, I slipped on some spilled water right by the edge of the platform. Everyone gathered around me to pull me away from the edge, and I remember my grandmother bursting into tears at the sight of my near-death experience.
This incident instilled a deep fear of railway stations and trains in my mind. Even today, sometimes, I have nightmares about this occurrence, and it leaves me feeling petrified. Although I have overcome my fear and do not face any major issues traveling on trains, nevertheless I tend to be extra careful in this mode of transport.
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Sample Answer 2
There are lots of beautiful childhood memories to remember. The enjoyment of school life is different from college life. I miss those days when I was first admitted to the school. I want to tell you about my first day in school.
The first day of my school is still memorable in my mind. I had started my education at the National High school but due to my father’s promotion, I had been transferred twice from classes 1 to 12. So I was able to make lots of friends from different states. I got maximum time to explore different schools with diverse cultures and ways of education. On the first day, I was a bit scared and confused to make new friends. But I had a kind conversation with my new classmates. I can still recall my class teacher asking us to do something in front of everybody on the first day. But I was the only one to perform in front of the whole class. Everybody was laughing and teachers were speaking among themselves about my performance. I was very very introverted, shy, and scared of doing something new. I have no regrets that my first day was not good when I was in class 1. I learned a lot from my friends and I used to dance and sing during break time. From the second day, my life changed.
I am very glad that I have my childhood friends from my three schools. But the friends of my first school are the most integral part of my life. I had learned etiquette along with my studies. So my school friendship bonds are very strong and long-lasting than those of my college friends.