IELTS Preparation

Describe one of your birthday celebrations

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 244 with Model Answer:

Describe one of your birthday celebrations.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • who were there
  • how you celebrated it

and explain how this birthday celebration was different.

[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:

I was born in the month of March and I observe the day annually as my birthday. Often some events are arranged marking the day at my home. But last year, it was arranged at my college and my friends organised the surprising party.

I am an undergraduate student of Athens School of Fine Arts and been studying here for last six months. As a result, I have got familiar with all the students of my faculty and now we all have a good bonding among us. So, everyone knows everything like birthdays, special occasions, information about boyfriend or girlfriend and much more. Overall the relationship among all of us was excellent. When my birthday appeared in the last part of March, it was also celebrated in the class and it was highly amazed at the celebration methods. It was really unexpected and the way they celebrated the day was memorable indeed. None of them made me feel that it was my birthday. They tricked me in different manners before the celebration and behaved that they knew nothing about the day. Besides, some of my teachers have also wished me on the day and it happened only for my friends.

My birthday was celebrated inside the classroom and thus the entire class was present there. Since I have a very good relation with all of the classmates and friends, all of them participated in the preparation for the party. Some of them were involved in decorating the classroom and the rest others were busy in planning to make me a fool on the day. The entire classroom was decorated finely and especially the seat where I usually sit was decorated in a special manner. But initially, I could not understand why they were decorating everything and why my chair was being dressed differently than the others? When I asked about the issue, everyone remained silent and did not mention a single word about it. So, it was difficult for me to guess that it was being done to celebrate my birthday.

This part of the celebration was the most fascinating. The celebration began with the beginning of class. The teachers were asking me more questions for no reason. They were not in fact, trying to make me feel embarrassed in the class but the questions appeared inappropriate to me. They asked me questions like why my chair has been decorated so nicely and why the classroom has been dressed in a different manner or why the projector is beside me. They were also smiling in a different way. I was unable to answer the questions and got nervous. Nobody was asked such questions and it was only me. Finally at noon, when the classes ended, I tried to get out of the class. But my friends, who did not have a single talk with me since morning, appeared before me. One of them placed a birthday hat on my head while another one blasted a birthday balloon. Then I come to know that everything was pre-planned and they were trying me to make irritated with their activities. Finally, they disclosed that they have contributed to make the birthday a successful one and we all celebrated it.

The birthday celebration was entirely different from the other birthdays. Usually, I cut a cake at my home on the birthdays. But this time they did not allow me to cut the cake rather they pasted the cake on my face and clicked many photographs. Generally the birthday cake is ordered and brought home by my dad but this time, the cake was homemade. One of my friends had made the cake at her home only for me. Besides, the entire class gave me some exceptional presents on my birthday. We had lunch together in the classroom. Moreover, I was surprised when they arranged for a movie show with two of my favourite movies named – The Gods Must Be Crazy and Super bad. Though I have watched the movies before and for several times, this time, I enjoyed more as my friends were with me. In fact, this was a different experience that I never had before. We all laughed at the comical events of the movies. A few of our teachers also participated in the movie show. Everything was completed by the evening and we all got out of the class. My friends really made me grateful to them.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe one of your birthday celebrations.” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe a wedding or birthday celebration you enjoyed. 
  • Describe a party or celebration you had at your home. 
  • Describe a happy event you can remember. 
  • Describe a recent event that made you happy. 
  • Describe something that made you happy. 
  • Describe a surprise party you recently have had.

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/07/2016

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