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Describe something important that has been kept in your family for a long time IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe something important that has been kept in your family for a long time IELTS Speaking cue card, you’ll be asked to speak about something that your family has preserved for ages. You should say:

  1. What it is?
  2. When your family had it?
  3. How your family got it?
  4. Explain why it is important for your family?

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.

Describe something important that has been kept in your family for a long time IELTS Cue Card


We all love our ancestral things.. as they pass on from one generation to another. Similarly, my family has one such thing dearest to them, that we’ve kept for a long time now.

What it is?

So today, I would like to take the opportunity to talk about a wooden rocking chair – that has million stories to tell. Stories about when after a day of hard work, I sat on the old chair watching the sunset, stories about listening to the birds call while sitting on the chair, in the trees to the west of my house.

When your family had it?

Well! My family had it from an auction in 1930’s. My Grandfather was a great fan of architecture and pop culture both. He used to collect and preserve antique products. So he fell in love with the rare tribal art carved on the chair and successfully bid for it at the auction.

Also Read: Talk about a traditional object of your country

How your family got it?

It’s a long story though!! The chair was passed on to my family after the death of my grandfather. It was his inherent desire that my father should keep the chair. So this is how my family got it.

Explain why it is important for your family?

This chair has been in our house for several years now and has continued to be loved by children and adults in our family. And who wouldn’t? After all, its smooth rocking has the power to truly relax your tired mind and body. Moreover, its importance can be well justified by the beautiful turnings and curved legs which give it an elegant appearance; enhancing the overall beauty of our house. But above all, as a gift from my grandfather, it has emotional value for our whole family.


In the end I would just say that… the chair hold nostalgic memories of the past, the evenings that we enjoyed, rocking slowly, feeling good about life.

Follow-up Questions

1. Which do you think are better, old things or new things?

Truly speaking, it’s really hard to justify which one’s are better as everything boils down to personal choices. With old things people feel emotionally connected. Mostly they are part of family lineage. Whereas, new products are modern and sophisticated which makes them more useful in the present era.

2. In your culture, what sorts of things do people often pass down from generation to generation?

In Canada, people generally pass down furniture, jewellery, clothing, real estate and familial culture from one generation to another.

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3. Why do you think people keep these things?

I believe people tend to keep old stuff because of its sentimental value. For instance, something like a vase that belonged to grandmother, or an outfit a child wore when they were a baby consists love, warmth and deep memory that can help people remember the days gone by .



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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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