IELTS Preparation

Describe a life changing experience you have had

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 269 with Model Answer:

Describe a life changing experience you have had.

You should say:

  • where it took place
  • who was with you
  • what happened & how you feel about it

and explain how it changed your life.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Telling a lie is always considered as an evildoing that only brings disasters in life and when it begins, it does not stop until the man who told the lie is ruined completely. Thereby, it is imperative to get rid of the habit.

I had the experience on my college and I was the student of the beginning year. In fact, I used to tell lies and have survived the situations but this was the greatest learning of my life and has changed the directions of my life as well. I did not bring the homework and falsified the information with the teacher. But I was unable to understand that the teacher would be so strict that he would take me home to check if I have done the work or not.

We had a group who used to bunk classes and homework as well. When one of us was in trouble, everyone came forward to help the troubled one. But at this moment, I was helpless and nobody could come to my help. Usually, the teacher asks the questions and we are to answer the questions from our homework copies. But on that day, the teacher checked if everyone had brought the copies or not. Unfortunately, I did not do the homework and when the teacher asked about the answer copy, I simply replied that I left the exercise book at home as I was in a rush to come in the college.

I did the biggest mistake of my life by telling the lie with the teacher. Generally, I got rid of such situations by telling lies and it turned into a habit for me. I thought I would get rid this time as well. But the things were different. The teacher asked me twice about the homework and I replied the same. Then he asked me to take him to my home. I was thundered because none of the teachers has offered such proposal to me. I know that I have not done the homework and if I take the teacher my home, my parents would be shocked and most importantly they would stop talking with me. So, I felt sorry inside and acknowledged that I lied to the teacher.

The teacher was a great man. He did not rebuke me but simply advised me to be honest with everything. He told me that honesty was the best thing that anyone could achieve in life. Without being honest, we are to fail in every attempt, he added. I realised the importance of honesty and promised to myself that I shall never tell a lie again in my entire life. I felt ashamed before the entire class but the teacher handled everything smoothly. He explained that issue to the class and his speech encouraged everyone to become honest and avoid telling lies, especially. I am really grateful to the teacher for his advice that has changed my life indeed. Now I never lie to anyone even if telling the truth invites serious risks for me.

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