[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.

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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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Follow-ups Questions (9 Bands)

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Follow-ups Questions (7 Bands)

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