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[7+] Describe a thing you cannot live without IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe a thing you cannot live without (not a mobile or computer) IELTS cue card (2022), you need to answer the following questions:

  1. What it is?
  2. How long have you had it for?
  3. Why you cannot live without it?
  4. Explain how you felt when you were without it?
Describe a thing you cannot live without IELTS Cue Card
Describe a thing you cannot live without cue card

Model Answer 1


Science and Technology have made us over-dependent on things. Likewise, there are many things in my life today that I cannot live without. But today, I’d love to talk about an interesting piece of literature that has turned my fortune.

What it is?

  • It is a book titled ‚ÄėWho moved my cheese‚Äė written by Dr Spencer Johnson and published by Penguin books.
  • The book revolves around some amazing ways to deal with change in your work and in your personal life.

How long have you had it for?

  • I have had this book for about 5 years now. The thing was gifted to me by my dearest friend and a well-wisher, Rohan.
  • The idea behind giving me the novel was to motivate me and give me some hope during the period of economic downturn.
  • I had kept the book at my office desk ever since.

Why you cannot live without it?

  • First and foremost, I consider the book as my lucky charm. Whatever I‚Äôve achieved in recent years, I owe it to that novel. That‚Äôs why I can‚Äôt afford to live a day without it.
  • Secondly, this is a great management book. It describes a simple pattern of embracing change, finding success, looking out for more change and then adapting it again.
  • Each time I read a few lines, I develop a positive attitude towards life.
  • So it is too valuable for me as an individual.

Explain how you felt when you were without it?

  • I felt lost and hopeless when someone took this book away from me.
  • I was running low on motivation and disinterested in my work. Therefore, my work efficiency felt the impact of living without it.

Concluding the cue card

In the end, I would just tell you that books are friends who never leave your side. This saying is very true as ‚ÄėWho moved my cheese‚Äô has always been there for me.

Things we cannot live without by Improvement Pill

Model Answer 2

  • I¬†don‚Äôt¬†think¬†there¬†are¬†many¬†things¬†in¬†my¬†daily¬†routine¬†that¬†I¬†can‚Äôt¬†live¬†without.
  • My¬†Activa,¬†on¬†the¬†other¬†hand,¬†is¬†something¬†I¬†would¬†actually¬†miss.
  • It‚Äôs¬†the¬†foundation¬†of¬†my¬†movement.
  • I¬†live¬†in¬†Phagwara‚Äôs¬†suburbs,¬†and¬†I¬†have¬†to¬†travel¬†to¬†the¬†city¬†for¬†most¬†of¬†my¬†needs.
  • For¬†example,¬†there¬†is¬†a¬†little¬†basic¬†food¬†store¬†near¬†my¬†house,¬†but¬†it¬†has¬†a¬†limited¬†selection.
  • Indeed,¬†my¬†school¬†is¬†the¬†city,¬†and¬†it¬†is¬†now¬†my¬†primary¬†mode¬†of¬†transportation.
  • Prior¬†to¬†the¬†epidemic,¬†the¬†city¬†had¬†a¬†typical¬†transportation¬†system.
  • The¬†transport¬†administration,¬†on¬†the¬†other¬†hand,¬†is¬†certainly¬†less¬†ordinary¬†as¬†a¬†result¬†of¬†the¬†lockdowns¬†and¬†the¬†hesitancy¬†to¬†use¬†open¬†transportation. To¬†be¬†honest,¬†there¬†used¬†to¬†be¬†a¬†bus¬†to¬†the¬†city¬†every¬†20¬†minutes,¬†but¬†now¬†there¬†is¬†one¬†every¬†two¬†hours.
  • Furthermore,¬†because¬†transportations¬†make¬†more¬†stops¬†these¬†days, travelling¬†takes¬†significantly¬†longer.
  • It¬†takes¬†me¬†10¬†minutes¬†on¬†my¬†bike¬†and¬†30¬†minutes¬†on¬†public¬†transportation.
  • Taking¬†public¬†transportation¬†to¬†the¬†city¬†is¬†also¬†acceptable,¬†but¬†returning¬†is¬†quite¬†difficult.
  • While¬†leaving,¬†I¬†can¬†wait¬†in¬†the¬†comfort¬†of¬†my¬†own¬†house;¬†nevertheless,¬†upon¬†returning,¬†I¬†must¬†wait¬†at¬†the¬†bus¬†station.
  • Without¬†my¬†bike,¬†I‚Äôd¬†be¬†completely¬†crippled.
  • I‚Äôve¬†been¬†in¬†a¬†situation¬†when¬†I¬†needed¬†to¬†live¬†without¬†it,¬†and¬†it¬†was¬†one¬†of¬†the¬†most¬†notably¬†miserable¬†long¬†periods¬†of¬†my¬†life. A¬†month¬†ago,¬†the¬†bike¬†broke¬†down,¬†and¬†the¬†community¬†of¬†helpers¬†was¬†out¬†of¬†defective¬†parts.
  • As¬†a¬†result,¬†it¬†took¬†a¬†whole¬†week¬†to¬†get¬†things¬†corrected.
  • That¬†week,¬†I¬†was¬†unable¬†to¬†do¬†anything.
  • My¬†friend¬†gave¬†me¬†a¬†ride¬†in¬†his¬†car¬†on¬†the¬†first¬†day,¬†then¬†another¬†friend¬†dropped¬†me¬†off¬†at¬†my¬†house¬†the¬†next¬†day.
  • However,¬†I¬†felt¬†strange¬†asking¬†them¬†again.
  • After¬†the¬†lockout¬†the¬†next¬†day,¬†I¬†attempted¬†the¬†transport¬†for¬†the¬†first¬†and¬†last¬†time.
  • It¬†was¬†such¬†a¬†bad¬†experience¬†that¬†I¬†decided¬†it¬†would¬†be¬†better¬†to¬†stay¬†at¬†home¬†for¬†the¬†entire¬†day¬†rather¬†than¬†take¬†public¬†transportation.
  • It¬†also¬†instilled¬†in¬†me¬†a¬†newfound¬†respect¬†for¬†those¬†who¬†travel¬†by¬†public¬†transportation¬†on¬†a¬†daily¬†basis.
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I hope it gives you some realistic idea on how to carry a conversation around Describe a thing you cannot live without IELTS Cue card topic. However, it is strongly advised not to reproduce the same answer during a speaking examination, as it may be used by many of our readers on the site. You should rather reformulate and personalise your answer.

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Rajit K.

Rajit is the co-founder and an active blogger at 'CIC Talks'. He is best known for his rich expertise in IELTS & Canadian Immigration. Feel free to connect with him on Instagram & Twitter.

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