Describe an experience when you lost something – IELTS Cue Card
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 experience when you lost something
You should say:
- What did you lose?
- How did you lose it?
- Where did you lose it?
Sample Answer 1
We all have lost something at some point in our lives. Sometimes, the thing we lose happens to be of little value, whereas in other cases, we end up losing something precious. Nevertheless, no one likes losing things regardless of their value. An experience that I would like to share where I ended up losing something of value was when I lost a ring. This ring was a treasured possession of mine as it was gifted to me by my grandmother.
Although our memory of losing things tends to be unreliable, in my case, I remember exactly how I lost my ring. It happened four years ago in 2018 when I went on a short vacation to Sundarbans with my family. One of the main attractions in Sundarbans is the beautiful mangrove forest along the riversides. One day we went for a boat ride on the river to explore the interiors of the mangrove forest. As we were observing the forest, I had the urge to feel the water with my hands, which was a dangerous decision in the first place and also forbidden by the boatman. Nonetheless, I bent over the railing and dipped my hand in the water, and my ring, which was loosely fitted already, slipped off my hand.
As I felt my ring slip off, I quickly pulled my hand back, but it was too late. I was the only one who knew about this incident as everyone else was busy having a wonderful time observing the forest and trying to spot one of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers. Eventually, I told my mother about what had happened, and she was furious with me. The ring was irrecoverable since I had lost it in the river, and there was no way to retrieve it.
Sample Answer 2
Well, if truth be told, I am generally a cautious person when it comes to handling my belongings. However, unfortunately, irrespective of how responsible you are, we all have lost some of the other things. I am no exception in this scenario, So, the recent thing that I have lost is my pen drive, which was a few weeks ago.
You must be familiar with what a pen drive is, right? Some people also call this a peripheral computer accessory, a flash drive, and it helps to store essential files, such as pictures, documents, videos, and more. Needless to say, I had 8GB of essential data in my pen drive, some personal and some professional. In fact, I would say some of the files were extremely vital that the entire functionality of my professional life was at stake. So, I suppose you can figure out how invaluable it was for me.
Regrettably, I lost it when coming back from the office. It was a rainy day, and I was traveling in an auto-rickshaw. Although I kept a tight hold on everything I was carrying to and from the house, that day, somehow, I forgot my bag in the auto. To my surprise, I got a call from an unknown number – it was the driver who had taken the number from my ID – and told me about this blunder that I had committed. He was so generous that he came back to my house to drop off the bag. So, when I checked the bag, my pen drive and a few other important documents were missing. That is one of the things that I regret losing.
- Cautious: careful
Example: While driving on the highway, everybody should be cautious of the traffic.
- Unfortunately: Sadly
Example: Unfortunately, my father didn’t find the lost phone anywhere.
- Exception: something that is excluded from the general statement
Example: Everybody in my family is a foodie. However, I am an exception.
- Invaluable: extremely useful
Example: The data stored on my laptop is invaluable.
- Regrettably: to regret something
Example: The salesperson told me that the dress I was looking for was regrettably unavailable.
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