Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful [IELTS Cue Card]

Last updated on March 20th, 2022 at 01:07 pm

In Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful IELTS Speaking cue card, you’ll be asked to speak about a moment in time where you put your level best for something but failed unfortunately. You should say:

🆕 Describe a time when you tried... x
🆕 Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren't very successful [IELTS Cue Card]
☑️ When it was?

☑️ What you tried?

☑️ Why it was not very successful?

☑️ How you felt about it?
Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren't very successful [IELTS Cue Card].
Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful

NOTEYou have one minute to think about what you are going to say, then you’ll have to talk about the topic for one-to-two minutes. A paper and a pencil will be given so that you can make some notes if you wish.

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Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful


Failure occurs almost everyday, in school, jobs, household work, and within families. It is inevitable, irritating and causes pessimism. So today, I would take this opportunity to talk about a tale of my failure despite repeated attempts.

When it was?

It was in the month of August, 2020 that I first started planning about my dream project but all my dreams were doomed in no time. It became difficult for me to handle the emotional fallout. Then, I talked to my uncle and he helped me find a way forward.

What you tried?

I am a passionate web developer so I tried to build an online shopping website to compete with the likes of Amazon & Flipkart. Back in college, I topped almost every computer programming competition so that’s why it was hard to digest a failure.

Why it was not very successful?

To tell you frankly, I failed because of my own lackadaisical/lethargic approach. I chose a web hosting company with no reliable security layers to secure my website. The website first got crashed in the same month I started. Somehow I backed up my content but it was too late. The whole website was affected by a malware(virus) so I call it a day, and decided to shut it down.

How you felt about it?

I felt it was end of the world for me. My spirit was down in the dumps. I was disheartened when I fortunately met my uncle who is now a successful online retailer. After listening to his story of failures, I got inspired to relaunch my website. You would be happy to know that, presently, my shopping website is live on internet and serving the essential needs of people in the Tri-city.


In the end I would just say that… Failure can show you that you are tougher than you think and you can handle more than you imagine. All we need to do is embrace the failure as a path to success.

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➡️ What’s your definition of success?

Well, each person has a different answer, depending on where they are in life, and what they want. My definition of success is having a predetermined plan and executing it successfully over a long period of time. It means having a long term vision and then having a lot of fun doing the plan. It eventually makes you a happier man.

➡️ What things do children try to succeed in?

Most of the children are addicted to games so they try to beat their opponent in things like physical sports activities or online multiplayer games. In addition, children also do their level best to fetch good marks in studies.

➡️ Which is more important for success – hardwork or opportunities?

Both are equally important! There is no point in toiling for something which has no opportunities. Once you see the present or future opportunity and you work for it, you are bound to succeed.

➡️ Do you think people would be happier if they didn’t have any goals to achieve?

No, I don’t think people would be happier! In fact, life without a goal is like a race without a finish line, and you are running nowhere. Goals bring us clarity of vision and define the purpose of life.

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