IELTS Preparation

Describe a time when you were very afraid

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 253 with Model Answer:

Describe a time that you can remember when you were very afraid.

You should say:

  • what happened
  • where you were then
  • who was with you

and explain why you were so afraid.

[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:

When I was a child, I was afraid of some supernatural entities as I experienced something unusual. When I encountered the unusual thing, I was afraid for next few days. I am going to share the event here now.

Currently, I am a college student in Rajasthan in India. My family has been living here for long years and the house we live in was established by great grandfather. In fact, we are native to the locality and been carrying the tradition for over hundred years. The house we live in is filled with trees and foliage of different categories and I was afraid as I saw something unnatural inside the garden before the house. One day, I was playing with my cousins in the garden at night and suddenly saw something supernatural. A large white and unidentified object appeared before me and started chasing me. Then I shouted out loud. Everyone came to my rescue and I described them that I saw a ghost or something like that.

The elder people of my family maintained a tradition that they did not allow the kids to play in the garden after the sunset. There were numerous rumours about the garden that some supernatural beings have been seen often while some others are on the view that the garden is cursed as a good number of killings have taken place before my ancestors built their house here. But I was unaware of the facts then and unfortunately our parents were unaware that we had been playing there for so long. If they had known about that we are still in the garden, they would have asked us to return home. The garden is located on the backside of the house and I was playing some local games and sports with my cousins. All of us were around 9 or 10 years old and we actually had no idea about the rumours. Even none of the family members made us aware of the fact. But they did not allow us to play in the garden after the sunset.

Usually, I am accompanied by my cousins who are my friends as well. Fortunately, all of us are in the same college now and been brought up together since the early childhood. Before my birth, my parents were in Delhi and in fact they got married in Delhi and returned to Rajasthan after a few months later. My father started his own business in line with his brothers. Since then, they started living in Rajasthan. As a result, I got a cordial and genuine familial environment there. So, all of my cousins were together always and I also accompanied them. A sense of deep friendship was built among us. We used to move together always and even today we do the things together. When it is about going to college, all of us go together in a motorbike and stay united there. When I got afraid in the garden in my childhood, at that moment they were with me. In fact, we were playing hide and seek together. I was responsible to seek them from their hidden places. When I started seeking them, I went to a little bit distant place in the garden.

I was too afraid on that day as I had never seen such things in my life. The object that chased me was covered in a long white piece of cloth. I can still remember that the object appeared to me suddenly and since I was a little kid, I could not do anything. I just shouted loud to help me. Hearing my shout, my relatives and parents came out running off the house and find out me sitting in a corner of the garden. I was trembling in terror and told them that a white shadow like object chased me. I also told them that when they came, the object disappeared in a moment. Then the elderly people were talking to themselves and I came to know that they were talking about the rumours in the village. For all such reasons, I was afraid on that day and could not attend school for fever. My parents took some preventive measures against the situation.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe a time that you can remember when you were very afraid.” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe a frightening experience you have.
  • Talk about something that made you afraid. 
  • Describe a negative experience you have in your life. 
  • Describe a strange event you can recall. 
  • Describe a memorable event in your life.  

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