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Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone IELTS Speaking cue card, you’ll be asked to explain a time when you were forbidden to use your cell phone. You should say:

☑️ When it was?

☑️ Where it was?

☑️ Why you were not allowed?

☑️ How you felt about it?

NOTE-> You 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.

For easier understanding, I have divided this IELTS Cue Card into three parts ➡️ IntroductionQuestions, and Conclusion.

Introducing an occasion

Mobile phones nowadays have become quintessential part of our lives. It is impossible to even think of our life pursuits without the use of cell phones. However, there are situations where their use might be consider dangerous and a life threat. So today I’d take this opportunity to talk about a time when I was stopped from using my mobile phone.

When it was?

The incident took place last Sunday, when I was on a family trip travelling from Jaipur to Meerut. Sunday’s are supposed to be the fun days but that day was different. It became a cautionary tale which I’ll never forget.

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Where it was?

While I was driving on the route, there was a Border check post of Meerut on National Highway 23. I was stopped there by the traffic police for an action which was strictly not allowed.

Why you were not allowed to use your mobile phone?

Well…!! In India, using a mobile phone while driving is an offence and punishable by law. Therefore, I was told by the police to pull over my car because I was using cell phone on driver’s seat and violating the road safety rules. Actually, I was getting repeated calls from my brother who lives in Canada, he had to discuss some urgent financial matters. Anyway…, so as I picked up his call and started talking, the patrolling team stopped us on the check post and told me to disconnect my call. Later, I was penalised for my actions.

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How you felt about it?

I was embarrassed for my ignorance and felt truly sorry for putting everyone’s life in danger. I learnt my lesson that safety comes first, rest everything can wait.

Concluding the cue card

In the end I’d just say that… laws should be respected and mobile phones should be used only at occasions where they are permitted.


Following are the probable set of IELTS Speaking Part-3 follow up questions for Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone cue card:

What is the impact of the cell phone on peoples’ lives?

It seems to me that cell phones affect our lives both positively & negatively. Although, they made our lives easier and strengthened our relationships… but as it’s said, There is no garden without weeds, they are also largely responsible for sleep disorders, decreased attention and mental depression.

What is the most significant use of smartphone?

I think, smartphones are hugely popular among people for surfing the internet such as searching information, browsing social channels etc. Moreover, Children find them amusing because of their capability to play high-end games like PUBG, Call of Duty etc.

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What is your opinion about selfies?

It seems to me that selfies or what we call them self-portrait photographs have revolutionised the world of smartphones and social media. People crave for likes & followers more than their career goals. In fact thanks to selfies, internet is now filled with lots of ‘Duck faces‘ and ‘Fish gapes‘.

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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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